Jul 10, 2009

Top 10 Best Father Daughter Dance Wedding Songs

AOL Radio listeners have rated these songs as the 10 best father-daughter wedding songs:

10. Whitney Houston: 'I Will Always Love You'
Did you know? Dolly Parton is the original author of this song. She wrote it in 1973 for her former business partner and mentor, country music star Porter Wagoner, with whom she was having a disagreement . Houston recorded the song for the movie 'The Bodyguard,' which was handpicked by her co-star, Kevin Costner.
9. Bette Midler: 'Wind Beneath My Wings'
Did you know? Six years before Bette Midler's version of the song won her a Grammy, Gary Morris' recording won Song of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards.
8. Louis Armstrong: 'What a Wonderful World'
Did you know? After the Sept. 11 attacks, Clear Channel created a list of songs that might not be appropriate for airplay, and 'What a Wonderful World' was included, for some reason. Ironically, the song was written as an 'antidote' to the stresses of the modern world and is meant to lend listeners a few minutes of escapism.
7. Luther Vandross: 'Dance With My Father'
Did you know? This was Vandross' final song to enter the Billboard Top 40. It was the title track on Vandross' last album before his death in 2005. The inspiration for the song was his childhood with his father and the fun they had dancing with each other.
6. Mariah Carey: 'Hero'
Did you know? Carey was recruited to write the song for the film 'Hero' and never intended to sing it herself, instead having Gloria Estefan in mind to perform it. Carey initially believed the song sounded too old-fashioned. However, after making the song more personal, Carey decided not to hand it over to the movie after all.
5. Frank Sinatra: 'The Way You Look Tonight'
Did you know? 'The Way You Look Tonight' was originally performed by Fred Astaire and written by Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields. Fields, a lyricist and author of over 400 songs in her lifetimem said, "The first time Jerry played that melody for me I went out and started to cry. The release absolutely killed me. I couldn't stop, it was so beautiful."
4. Faith Hill: 'There You'll Be'
Did you know? The song was written by Diane Warren for the movie 'Pearl Harbor.' It was first offered to Celine Dion, who sang Diane Warren's 'My Heart Will Go On' for the 'Titanic' soundtrack, but Dion refused and Faith Hill was chosen instead.
3. Josh Groban: 'You Raise Me Up'
Did you know? 'You Raise Me Up' was originally an instrumental titled 'Silent Story.' The song is based on a traditional Irish tune that also lends its melody to the popular 1910 song 'Danny Boy.' The lyrics were written by Brendan Graham, and after it became a hit in Europe, Josh Groban was chosen to perform the song.
2. Celine Dion: Because You Loved Me
Did you know? This is the second song written by Diane Warren to make our list. It stayed at number 1 on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks for 19 weeks.
1. Bob Carlisle: Butterfly Kisses
Did you know? The song was written by Carlisle as a tribute to his daughter and the time he shares with her. The same year Carlisle released his version two other country artists made covers of the song. Obviously, the love put into Carlisle's song resonated with other fathers. The song went on to receive a Grammy Award for Best Country Song.

Michael "Romeo" Montague
mike@partykc.com

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