Let’s Start a New Tradition: The Parents’ Dance | 25+ Perfect Songs

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While searching for first dance songs, I stumbled upon an old favorite, “Remember When” by Alan Jackson. The lyrics tell the story of school bus sweethearts who’ve grown old and gray together – think about the photo reel montage in Disney Pixar’s Up! Instantly, I knew I had to work the song into my own wedding. But how? Certainly, it wasn’t our first dance song. My husband and I met at 26 and 21, respectively. But Walker’s parents met in middle school! Wait! There are other parts with which my own parents could even identify…. So what if we did a parents’ dance after the mother-son dance? Well, we did, and it was a smashing success for so many reasons!

1A Parents’ dance gives you an opportunity to honor and consider someone other than yourselves. Folks love to say that your wedding day is all about YOU and YOUR wishes. It’s actually not. It’s also about your family and the loved ones who have supported you along the way. Furthermore, weddings are about community. It’s a time to come together. It’s about celebrating an incredible institution that adds stability and betters couples in all ways – spiritual, financial, emotional, and even physical. So take three minutes and uplift your folks. Highlight their journey as a source of strength and hope for all in attendance.

2But maybe your parents have been remarried… So what better way to have a moment that includes all sets of parents than this dance? Even if your dad and your step dad won’t both walk you down the aisle, you can still find a way to celebrate all of your folks. Surely, this is THE easiest and most opportune moment to be inclusive and egalitarian.

3And you two love birds can revel in the chance to take a breather. *Whew* Someone else to focus on for just a few moments! Please and thank you!

4You will get amazing photos of your parents. There won’t be anyone else on the dance floor to obstruct the photographer’s view.

25 Perfect Parents’ Dance Songs

All of these songs listed below have one common theme: they’re all about celebrating lasting love. And nearly all will please even the pickiest of music snobs in attendance.

Classics & Oldies:

“How Sweet It Is” by James Taylor

“The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra

“Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis

“In My Life” by The Beatles

“Lovin’ You” by Minnie Riperton

“At Last” by Etta James

“Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green

“Just the Way You Are” by Billy Joel

Current + Contemporary Hits:

“Thinking out Loud” by Ed Sheeran

“I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz

“Everything” by Michael Buble

“Do You Remember” by Jack Johnson

“Stay with You” by John Legend

“How Long Will I Love You” by Ellie Goulding

“Like I’m Gonna Lose You” by Megan Trainor ft. John Legend

For the 90s Babies:

“All My Life” by K-Ci & JoJo

“Because You Loved Me” by Celine Dion

“I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston

Country Lovers:

“Remember When” by Alan Jackson

“I’d Love You All Over Again” by Alan Jackson

“You’re Still the One” by Shania Twain

“Forever and Ever, Amen” by Randy Travis

“When I Said I Do” by Clint Black

“Two People Fell in Love” by Brad Paisley

“Then” by Brad Paisley

“Look at Us” by Vince Gill

“Amazed” by Lone Star

“I Don’t Dance” by Lee Brice

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