Popular Mother Daughter Songs at Weddings
Know popular songs that celebrate a relationship between a Mom and Daughter.
Updated on February 28, 2023 | Written by Matthew Campbell (Editor of My Wedding Songs and wedding DJ)
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Mother-Daughter songs are special songs between a daughter and her mother – this includes a bride and her mother. Brides can celebrate their mothers on their wedding day in the form of a dedication or dance during the wedding reception.
When selecting a song to dedicate to your mom, I recommend selecting a song with a special meaning for both of you.
New Mother-Daughter Songs
- “Light On In The Kitchen” by Ashley McBryde (Country – 2023)
- “superhuman” by Bishop Briggs (Pop – 2022)
- “Hey Ma I Made It” by Ella Langley (Country – 2022)
- “Mamas” by Anne Wilson, Hillary Scott (Country – 2022)
- “Child of Mine” by Michaela Anne (Folk – 2022)
- “My Mother’s Hand” by Jill Barber (American – 2022)
- “Cover Me In Sunshine” by P!nk, Willow Sage Hart (Pop – 2021)
- “Morning” by Sarah Jarosz (Pop – 2021)
- “You Will Always Be (My Baby Girl)” by Angel Sessions (R&B – 2021)
- “I Get To Be The One” by JJ Heller (Indie – 2021)
Trending Mother And Daughter Dance Songs
- “When God Made You My Mother” by Riley Roth (Country – 2021)
- “Mom” by Meghan Trainor feat. Kelli Trainor (Pop – 2016)
- “Slow Down” by Nichole Nordeman (Christian – 2015)
- “Like My Mother Does” by Lauren Alaina (Country – 2011)
- “Mama” by Spice Girls (Pop – 1996)
- “A Mother’s Prayer” by Celine Dion (Pop – 2004)
- “Never Grow Up” by Taylor Swift (Country – 2010)
- “Mama’s Hand” by Queen Naija (R&B – 2018)
- “A Mother Like You” by JJ Heller (Singer-Songwriter – 2019)
- “Shiny” by Sara Bareilles (Folk – 2019)
Spotify Mother Daughter Playlist
Our curated list of mother-daughter songs should help jog your memory or even find a new symbol of your bond.
It’s up to the bride and mother how much attention they wish to have with mother-daughter songs.
You will enjoy a list of the most popular and unique mother-daughter dance songs or dedications.
Every couple’s music tastes are different. Thus, I selected mother-daughter songs that include many different eras and music styles.
Best Pop Mom and Daughter Music
superhuman – Bishop Briggs
Released in 2022 on the album superhuman, Genre: Pop
This song is about hope for her unborn child. A song about having meaning in your life, doing what you love, and being passionate about what you do.
Bulletproof as can be
I know the truth is
You can do anything
You’ll Be in My Heart – Brent Morgan
Released in 2021 on the album You’ll Be in My Heart, Genre: Pop
Originally released by Phil Collins for the Tarzan film. It is a song about two people with a very close bond who will be physically separated, but always together in spirit.
No matter what they say
Yes, you’ll be in my heart
My Hero – Westlife
Released in 2021 on the album Wild Dreams, Genre: Pop
A song about someone being there for you through the ups and downs no matter what.
And I want you to know that I feel like
You are my hero
Cover Me In Sunshine – P!nk, Willow Sage Hart
Released in 2021 on the album All I Know So Far: Setlist, Genre: Pop
The song was about staying positive and bringing sunshine into your life – directly from a mother and daughter.
Cover me in sunshine
Shower me with good times
Tell me that the world’s been spinning since the beginning
And everything will be alright
Morning – Sarah Jarosz
Released in 2021 on the album Blue Heron Suite, Genre: Pop
A song about a child leaving home and that the Mom parent will be there to help you through anything.
I still hear her whispering the same
Drifting higher in the blue
Oooh, she reminds me of you
Her – Anne-Marie
Released in 2020 on the album Her, Genre: Pop
The song means to shower your mother with love even though you may not be able to be together physically.
All thanks to you, the lessons that I’ve learnt
If I had to put it into words
I think of an angel and all I see is her
Shiny – Sara Bareilles
Released in 2019 on the album Amidst the Chaos, Genre: Pop
The song stands as a reminder to Moms to see how special they are and what an important role they have in their child’s lives.
But there’s a glimmer in her brown eyes
The ones she gave to me
So I know we can both be shiny
Little Girl – Christina Grimmie
Released in 2018 on the album Little Girl, Genre: Pop
The song was released as a tribute to her mother who battled breast cancer.
Little girl, clear your mind
And think of my love this time
Mom – Meghan Trainor feat. Kelli Trainor
Released in 2016 on the album Thank You, Genre: Pop
A song with a special message of thanks to her mom for being a great mom and always taking care of her.
Her love’s ’til the end, she’s my best friend
Ain’t nobody got a mom like mine
Sweetest Devotion – Adele
Released in 2015 on the album 25, Genre: Pop
The song describes a love of a child from the perspective of the Mother.
You’re the right kind of madness
And you’re my hope, you’re my despair
You’re my scope, everything, everywhere
Blue – Beyoncé
Released in 2013 on the album Beyoncé, Genre: Pop
A song from a blessed and proud mother of her daughter.
I feel so blessed to be looking at you
‘Cause when you open your eyes
I feel alive
In My Life – Chantal Kreviazuk
Released in 2012 on the album Colour Moving and Still, Genre: Pop
The song is about Jesus talking to us and just like Jesus, you will always be by their side.
For people and things that went before
Know I’ll often stop and think about them
In my life I love you more
Little Things – One Direction
Released in 2012 on the album Take Me Home, Genre: Pop
The song talks about the best things you like in another.
I won’t let these little things slip out of my mouth
But if it’s true, it’s you
It’s you, they add up to
I’m in love with you
Every Mother’s Dream – Teresa James
Released in 2012 on the album Every Mother’s Dream, Genre: Pop
The song is from the perspective of a mother to her daughter, letting her know that she is proud of her daughter and thankful for her.
Count on Me – Bruno Mars
Released in 2010 on the album Doo-Wops & Hooligans, Genre: Pop
The song is about being there for another no matter what.
You can count on me like one, two, three
I’ll be there
Always There – Canadian Tenors
Released in 2009 on the album The Canadian Tenors, Genre: Pop
A song about always being there for another no matter the circumstances.
You come shining through
You always do
You are always there for me
Oh Mother – Christina Aguilera
Released in 2006 on the album Back to Basics, Genre: Pop
The song is a tribute to her Mom who left her dad in an abusive relationship to raise her as a single mother.
We always pull through
Oh mother, oh mother, oh mother
A Mother’s Prayer – Celine Dion
Released in 2004 on the album Miracle, Genre: Pop
The song tells a story about a mother’s prayer to a fallen star wishing for the good fortune and happiness of her child.
Lead her to a place
Guide her with your grace
To a place where she’ll be safe
Mama – Il Divo
Released in 2004 on the album Il Divo, Genre: Pop
A song from the viewpoint of a child giving thanks and gratitude for their mama.
Mama remember all my life
You showed me love, you sacrificed
You Don’t Have To Let Go – Jessica Simpson
Released in 2003 on the album In This Skin, Genre: Pop
The song could be interpreted as a Mother letting go of her daughter when she leaves the house to live her own life.
Praying for my life, sacrificed just to make me
Who I am on my own
You don’t have to let go
Goodbye’s (The Saddest Word) – Celine Dion
Released in 2002 on the album A New Day Has Come, Genre: Pop
A song about how mothers have to let go of their children as they grow up.
You gave love to me
Turned a young one into a woman
I’m Blessed to Call You Mother – Molly Pasutti
Released in 2000 on the album Yours, Mine & Ours, Genre: Pop
A song from the viewpoint of a child being thankful for their mother.
Just when I thought my world would end
I’m blessed to call you mother
Blessed ’cause you’re my friend
My Baby You – Marc Anthony
Released in 2000 on the album Marc Anthony, Genre: Pop
A song that Anthony wrote as a dedication to his daughter and how happy he is that she is in his life.
My baby you
Are the reason I could fly
And ’cause of you
I don’t have to wonder why
I Turn To You – Christina Aguilera
Released in 1999 on the album Christina Aguilera, Genre: Pop
The song talks about how when you are in need and need to talk, you can always reach out and I will be there for you.
For everything that’s true
For everything you do
For everything that’s true
I turn to you
My Mother’s Eyes – Bette Midler
Released in 1998 on the album Divine Madness, Genre: Pop
The song could be interpreted that your mother lives within you and a part of her lives within you.
Have I seen all that I could?
Have I seen more than I should
With my mother’s eyes?
Mama – Spice Girls
Released in 1997 on the album Spice, Genre: Pop
The song is a tribute to all mamas that raise their children through the pains of growing up.
So now, I see through your eyes
All that you did was love
Mama, I love you
Because You Loved Me – Celine Dion
Released in 1996 on the album Falling into You, Genre: Pop
The song is meant to represent love from a mother to her child. It is giving thanks to a mother for her guidance, and encouragement, and for making her who she is today.
You gave me faith ’cause you believed
I’m everything I am
Because you loved me
Hero – Mariah Carey
Released in 1993 on the album Music Box, Genre: Pop
The song tells a story of even though you may feel discouraged that you are a “hero” if you look inside and see your own inner strength.
Look inside you and be strong
And you’ll finally see the truth
That a hero lies in you
Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler
Released in 1988 on the album Beaches Soundtrack, Genre: Pop
Even though the song was intended for one lover to another, it has taken on many more meanings such as always being there and guiding your child through life and giving thanks for them.
Did you ever know that you’re my hero
And everything I would like to be?
Slipping Through My Fingers – ABBA
Released in 1981 on the album The Visitors, Genre: Pop
The song describes a mother’s regret at how quickly her daughter is growing up, and the lack of time they have spent together.
Do I really see what’s in her mind?
Each time I think I’m close to knowing
She keeps on growing
You and Me Against the World – Helen Reddy
Released in 1974 on the album Love Song for Jeffrey, Genre: Pop
The song is told from the viewpoint of a single mother telling her child that they will get through whatever life puts in front of them together.
Think about the days of me and you
Of you and me against the world
What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
Released in 1967 on the album What a Wonderful World, Genre: Pop
The song is about appreciating the beauty and good people of the world.
I hear babies cry, I watch them grow
They’ll learn much more
Then I’ll ever know
God Only Knows – Beach Boys
Released in 1966 on the album Pet Sounds, Genre: Pop
The song describes a love that should never be doubted – but without you, life would not be worth living.
So what good would living do me
God only knows what I’d be without you
Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera) – Doris Day
Released in 1956 as a Single, Genre: Pop
The song is about a mother and daughter relationship. Then again with the daughter as an adult with her own children. The mother tells her daughter that she doesn’t know what the future holds, but everything will be OK.
When I was just a little girl
I asked my mother, what will I be
Another popular way to honor your mother is to have a mom-son dance for your wedding.
Popular R&B Tracks
You Will Always Be (My Baby Girl) – Angel Sessions
Released in 2021 on the album You Will Always Be (My Baby Girl), Genre: R&B
A sponge from the perspective of a mother and that she will always be there for her as she grows up and she loves her daughter.
Baby girl when you cry, I cry
I will be by your side
Momma’s here for you
Stand – Haley Smalls
Released in 2021 on the album Stand, Genre: R&B
A song that was released on Mother’s Day to celebrate all mothers. The song describes how you will be there for your child.
When you’re lonely
You can call me
I’ll be there
My Song – H.E.R.
Released in 2018 on the album My Song, Genre: R&B
The song describes a bond that two people have and it is unbreakable.
Everything that you’ve told me
I thank you every day for
All the things you wanted me to be
Is everything I’ve prayed for
Mama’s Hand – Queen Naija
Released in 2018 on the album Queen Naija, Genre: R&B
A song that celebrates the love between a mother and child.
Hold on to my hand, never let it go
Just hold on to mama’s hand and never let it go
Right By You (for Luna) – John Legend
Released in 2016 on the album Darkness and Light, Genre: R&B
Even though the song has a background of the perspective of a father. The song represents what it means to be a parent and be there for them.
And if we fell today, must you tomorrow?
Sanctify your answer not your prayer
Oh, I will be there, yeah, I will be there
Promises – Jhene Aiko feat. NAMIKO & Miyagi
Released in 2014 on the album Souled Out, Genre: R&B
The song was written to her brother letting him know that his daughter was going to be okay. He died of cancer.
You are such a star
And, you know that you are
So, every single little moment
I can’t be there to hold your hand
Girl On Fire – Alicia Keys
Released in 2012 on the album Girl on Fire, Genre: R&B
The song is meant as an empowering song for girls and they can do whatever they set their minds to.
She got her head in the clouds
And she’s not backing down
This girl is on fire
Mother’s Love – KEM
Released in 2010 on the album Intimacy: Album III, Genre: R&B
A song stating that a mother’s love for her children never dies and will never let go.
In a mother’s love, you are free to dream
Because she sees what you can be
Mother – Ashanti
Released in 2008 on the album The Declaration, Genre: R&B
The song explores the unconditional love a mother has for her child.
And all because a mother’s love is unconditional
With all my heart and all my soul, I wanna let you know
Said I thank you
By Your Side – Sade
Released in 2000 on the album Lovers Rock, Genre: R&B
In moments of need, the song describes how you will always be there for them.
And if you want to cry
I am here to dry your eyes
And in no time, you’ll be fine
I’ll Be There – Mariah Carey feat. Trey Lorenz
Released in 1999 on the album MTV Unplugged, Genre: R&B
A song that describes how no matter where you are, no matter what you are doing or how you feel, I will be there for you.
I’ll reach out my hand to you
I’ll have faith in all you do
Just call my name and I’ll be there
Isn’t She Lovely – Stevie Wonder
Released in 1976 on the album Songs in the Key of Life, Genre: R&B
Wonder wrote the song as a celebration of the birth of his daughter.
Isn’t she pretty?
Truly the angel’s best
Boy, I’m so happy
We have been Heaven-blessed
You Are the Sunshine of My Life – Stevie Wonder
Released in 1972 on the album Talking Book, Genre: R&B
Even though the song was written for a relationship of a married couple, it can also represent the love between a parent and child.
You are the sunshine of my life
That’s why I’ll always stay around
I’ll Be There – Jackson 5
Released in 1970 on the album Third Album, Genre: R&B
A song that describes a love for another that will never fail.
I’ll be there with a love that’s strong
I’ll be your strength
I’ll keep holding on
My Girl – Temptations
Released in 1964 on the album The Temptations Sing Smokey, Genre: R&B
The song tells a story of how happy a girl makes you feel and you don’t need anything else in your life.
I’ve got a sweeter song
Then the birds in the trees
Well, I guess you’d say
What can make me feel this way
If you have a stepmother, see our list of stepmom songs for a dance or dedication.
Loving Country Tunes
What is a good mother-daughter country song?
Some of the best country mother-daughter songs for dedication are sung by female artists. These songs include “Mamas” by Anne Wilson, and Hillary Scott, “Like My Mother Does” by Lauren Alaina, and “In My Daughter’s Eyes” by Martina McBride.
Hey Ma I Made It – Ella Langley
Released in 2022 on the album Hey Ma I Made It, Genre: Country
A song about a mother and daughter relationship and being thankful to her mama for who she is today.
As long as I got wheels on the streetThere’s knees on the bedside praying Waiting to hear, “Hey, Ma, I made it”
Mamas – Anne Wilson, Hillary Scott
Released in 2022 on the album My Jesus, Genre: Country
The song is a heartfelt dedication to the special bond between a mother and her daughter.
I don’t know why God made living life down here so hard to doBut I know why God made mamas ’cause He knew I needed you
When God Made You My Mother – Riley Roth
Released in 2021 on the album When God Made You My Mother, Genre: Country
A special thanks to God for the Mother given to her.
That you would be my heroAnd everything I wanna be When God made you my mother He was bein’ good to me
Hey Mama – Britnee Kellogg
Released in 2021 on the album Hey Mama, Genre: Country
A song dedicated to mothers who got this and they can get through anything.
You’ve got the strength of a hurricane
You’re a fighter in every way
Hey mama you got this
Lady – Brett Young
Released in 2020 on the album Weekends Look a Little Different These Days, Genre: Country
A song from the perspective of a father and his relationship with his wife and daughter.
Look at her, baby girl
And you’ll learn
How to be a lady
Mother – Sugarland
Released in 2018 on the album Bigger, Genre: Country
The song is a metaphor for the Statue of Liberty and how she’s a feminine icon that represents America. However, you can take it to represent all mothers and what they represent to families.
As long as she’s alive
you’re not alone
you’ve got each other
That’s your mother
If It Wasn’t for a Woman – Kellie Pickler
Released in 2017 on the album If It Wasn’t for a Woman, Genre: Country
The song was inspired by Pickler’s grandmother. However, it could represent any mother figures that you call mom.
Teaching me wrong from right
Praying for me at night
I’d be half the woman I am
If it wasn’t for a woman
Mother Like Mine – Band Perry
Released in 2013 on the album Pioneer, Genre: Country
A song for the person that she calls mom and who is her hero.
We’d walk on grass that’s greener
And our cares would all be freer
If the world had a mother like mine
Like My Mother Does – Lauren Alaina
Released in 2011 on the album Wildflower, Genre: Country
The song is an ode to mothers for their maternal love and strength.
When I love I give it all I’ve got
Like my mother does
When I’m scared, I bow my head and pray
Like my mother does
Teenage Daughters – Martina McBride
Released in 2011 on the album Eleven, Genre: Country
The song is a tribute to the moms raising teenage daughters and to those that are teenage daughters and their crazy life.
My baby’s growin’ up
She thinks she’s fallin’ all in love
And that I hate her
At seventeen, she’s just like me when I was seventeen
Mama’s Song – Carrie Underwood
Released in 2010 on the album Play On, Genre: Country
The song is about a girl trying to find a guy that will please her mama.
Mama there’s no way you’ll ever lose me
Giving me away is not goodbye
As you watch me walk down to my future
I hope tears of joy are in your eyes
Never Grow Up – Taylor Swift
Released in 2010 on the album Speak Now, Genre: Country
A song about a girl who is insecure about growing up.
Won’t let no one break your heart
And no one will desert you
Just try to never grow up
The Best Day – Taylor Swift
Released in 2008 on the album Fearless, Genre: Country
A song written as a dedication to her parents but most verses are for her mother.
Don’t know if Snow White’s house is near or far away
But I know I had the best day with you today
My Wish – Rascal Flatts
Released in 2006 on the album Me and My Gang, Genre: Country
A song from a parent to a child hoping that they live a happy life and all of their dreams come true while being a good person.
My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to
Your dreams stay big, your worries stay small
You never need to carry more than you can hold
Somebody’s Hero – Jamie O’Neal
Released in 2005 on the album Brave, Genre: Country
A song about a mother and daughter relationship where the mother wants to be someone that her daughter can look up to and consider her hero.
Bedtime stories every night
And that smile lets her know
She’s somebody’s hero
You’re Gonna Be – Reba McEntire
Released in 2005 on the album Reba #1s, Genre: Country
A song about a mother who tells her child that she can be anything she dreams to be.
We just have to believe things work out like they should
Life has no guarantees, but always loved by me
You’re gonna be
Baby Girl – Sugarland
Released in 2004 on the album Twice the Speed of Life, Genre: Country
A song about a girl who tells her parents not to worry and that she will be OK and not to worry. She is also happy living her dreams.
This time I’m gonna make our dreams come true
Well, I love you more than anything in the world.
Your baby girl
In My Daughter’s Eyes – Martina McBride
Released in 2003 on the album Martina, Genre: Country
A song from the perspective of a mother that she realizes her daughter is the reason she gets through every day.
It’s hanging on when your heart is had enough
It’s giving more when you feel like giving up
I’ve seen the light
It’s in my daughter’s eyes
There You’ll Be – Faith Hill
Released in 2001 on the album Pearl Harbor Soundtrack, Genre: Country
If your mom has passed away, the song reminds us to remember them and that they are here with you.
I’ll keep a part of you with me
And everywhere I am there you’ll be
I Hope You Dance – Lee Ann Womack
Released in 2000 on the album I Hope You Dance, Genre: Country
A song from a mother telling her child not to worry and go out and explore the world and take chances. Metaphor – A ship was built not to stay at the docks.
Promise me that you’ll give faith a fighting chance
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
I hope you dance
I’ll Be – Reba McEntire
Released in 2000 on the album So Good Together, Genre: Country
A song from a mother to her child that she will be there for support and guidance.
When you feel that rain falling down
When there’s nobody else around
26 (Cents Sign) – Wilkinsons
Released in 1998 on the album Nothing but Love, Genre: Country
A song about a daughter leaving home for her own place. The song’s title comes from the “penny for your thoughts, a quarter for the call” her mother gives her before she leaves.
Here’s a penny for your thoughts
A quarter for the call
And all of your momma’s love
You Can’t Lose Me – Faith Hill
Released in 1996 on the album It Matters to Me, Genre: Country
A song about a mother or mother figure that is always going to be there for you.
No matter how far
My love is where you are
You won’t be lost if you believe
Letting Go – Suzy Bogguss
Released in 1992 on the album Aces, Genre: Country
A song about how a mother feels as her child leaves home and how she will move on without her child.
There’s room enough to fly,
And even though, she’s spent her whole time waiting
It’s never easy, oh letting go
Love Can Build a Bridge – The Judds
Released in 1991 on the album Love Can Build a Bridge, Genre: Country
This is a song that reminds us all that love can conquer all. It builds community and relationships.
Love can build a bridge
Between your heart and mine
Love can build a bridge
Don’t you think it’s time?
Mama He’s Crazy – The Judds
Released in 1984 on the album Wynonna & Naomi, Genre: Country
A song about a daughter telling her mother that she has fallen in love and someone has fallen in love with her.
I’ve never been so in love
He beats all I’ve ever seen
Mama, he’s crazy, he’s crazy over me
If you want to dance with your mother-in-law, see our list of mother-in-law songs for a dance or dedication.
Faithful Christian Songs
Slow Down – Nichole Nordeman
Released in 2015 on the album Every Mile Mattered, Genre: Christian
The song is about how fast our children grow up and to try to treasure every moment. You cannot slow down time.
I am your biggest fan
I hope you know I am
But do you think you can somehow
Barbie Bandaids – Isaacs
Released in 2008 on the album Big Sky, Genre: Christian
The song is about a girl who has grown up and the mother just wants to remember the good old days as the child grew up.
Bedtime stories and Little Bo Peep
Saying prayers for the little lost sheep
Mama’s lipstick and skinned up knees
How You Live (Turn Up the Music) – Point of Grace
Released in 2007 on the album How You Live, Genre: Christian
The song is about a parent telling a child to live a good life, be kind to others, and be a good person in God’s eyes.
Don’t run from the truth
‘Cause you can’t get away
Just face it and you’ll be ok
I Believe in You – Steven Curtis Chapman
Released in 2004 on the album This Moment, Genre: Christian
A song from the viewpoint of a parent telling their child that they are proud of them and that they believe they can do whatever they dream.
So spread your wings and fly
On the winds of knowing
I always believe in you
I Will Be Here – Steven Curtis Chapman
Released in 2003 on the album More to This Life, Genre: Christian
A song about a relationship that you will always be there for and will never leave.
I will be here
When you feel like being quiet
When you need to speak your mind
Oh How The Years Go By – Amy Grant
Released in 1994 on the album House of Love, Genre: Christian
A song about how you will experience love, pain, laughs, and cries – but through it all, I will be there for you.
The soul never dies
We fight, we laugh, we cry
As the years go by
If you wish to save time and highlight your parents with a single dance, plan a wedding dance with both parents.
Fun Rock Hits
utopia – Lykke Li
Released in 2018 on the album So Sad So Sexy, Genre: Rock
A song about all a mother wanted for her daughter and all her daughter wanted for her own child.
If there’s a bomb in your heart I’ll disarm it
If you want it then I want it
We could be utopia
Promise – Tori Amos
Released in 2014 on the album Unrepentant Geraldines, Genre: Rock
A song about a mother and daughter relationship and coming to a compromise about how they feel about each other.
You are the light
That follows you everywhere
And look for my love
Where the sun shines
I will be there
I Love You Because – Elvis & Lisa Marie Presley
Released in 2012 on the album Elvis Presley, Genre: Rock
The song was first recorded before Elvis became famous and Lisa Marie added her vocals to the song in 2012. It reflects a father’s love for helping a daughter get through the days.
I know your heart will always be true
I love you for a hundred thousand reasons
But most of all I love you ’cause you’re you
Thank You Mom – Good Charlotte
Released in 2000 on the album Good Charlotte, Genre: Rock
A song about thanking your mom for raising you as a single parent and you will love her forever.
You were my mom, you were my dad
The only thing I ever had
Was you, it’s true
My Darling – Wilco
Released in 1999 on the album Summerteeth, Genre: Rock
The song is a love dedication from a parent to a daughter and a reminder to enjoy every day
Please, don’t you grow up too fast
And be sure
To make all the good times last
Can You Feel The Love Tonight – Elton John
Released in 1994 on the album The Lion King Soundtrack, Genre: Rock
A song about two people loving each other unconditionally.
Can you feel the love tonight?
The peace the evening brings
The world, for once, in perfect harmony
Wildflowers – Tom Petty
Released in 1994 on the album Wildflowers, Genre: Rock
Lyrically the song could be interpreted as a song from a parent to a daughter that she should go out and explore the world and that you are proud of her.
You belong among the wildflowers
You belong somewhere close to me
Far away from your trouble and worries
Have I Told You Lately – Rod Stewart
Released in 1991 on the album Avalon Sunset, Genre: Rock
The song was originally released by Van Morrison. It is about your relationship with God and having religious faith.
There’s a love that’s divine
And it’s yours and it’s mine
Like the sun
Forever Young – Rod Stewart
Released in 1988 on the album Out of Order, Genre: Rock
The song was written by Stewart as a dedication to his kids by wanting to help them grow up to be better people when they are adults.
And may you never love in vain
And in my heart, you will remain
You’re My Best Friend – Queen
Released in 1976 on m the album A Night at the Opera, Genre: Rock
Even though the song was written for a lovers’ relationship, it is about having eternal love for another.
You’re my sunshine and I want you to know
That my feelings are true
I really love you
Oh, you’re my best friend
Teach Your Children – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Released in 1970 on the album Déjà Vu, Genre: Rock
A song about accepting your parents from their generation and accepting your child from her generation.
And teach your parents well
Their children’s hell will slowly go by
And feed them on your dreams
Another special moment at receptions, if you have siblings, is to have a sister wedding songs and/or song for a sister to dedicate to a brother.
Unique Indie Tunes
I Get To Be The One – JJ Heller
Released in 2021 on the album Deeper, Genre: Indie
A song about how God feels about His children.
I get to be the one
Through birthdays and broken bones
I’ll be there to watch you grow
I get to be the one
A Mother Like You – JJ Heller
Released in 2019 on the album A Mother Like You, Genre: Indie
A song that talks about the appreciation for your mother and her unconditional love along with the sacrifices she makes.
I hope that I love like you do
‘Cause I know that this world would be better
If everyone had a mother like you
Where You Lead, I Will Follow – Carole King
Released in 1971 on the album Tapestry, Genre: Indie
A song about following a loved one no matter where they go.
If you need, you need me to be with you
I will follow where you lead
You’ve Got A Friend – Carole King
Released in 1971 on the album Tapestry, Genre: Indie
A song about relying on someone through life’s struggles and being there for them like a best friend.
All you have to do is call
And I’ll be there
You’ve got a friend
Misc Dedication Songs
My Mother’s Hand – Jill Barber
Released in 2022 on the album My Mother’s Hand, Genre: Americana
A thank you card in the form of a song from a daughter to her mother.
There’s a certain recognition
Any child can understand
There’s comfort in what’s written
In my mother’s hand
Child of Mine – Michaela Anne
Released in 2022 on the album Child of Mine, Genre: Folk
The song is a reimagined song first released by Carole King. The song is a reminder to a mother from a daughter that she has a lot to live for in life.
Child of mine
Oh yes sweet darling
So glad you are a child of mine
Lay of the Heartland – Rose Rock Daughters
Released in 2016 on the album Rose Rock Daughters, Genre: Folk
From their mother’s influence comes a rich legacy of the Christian faith, given by their great-grandmother who was a prayer warrior and a woman of the land.
Mama know the lay of the land
Of the heartland
You Raise Me Up – Josh Groban
Released in 2002 on the album Once in a Red Moon, Genre: Inspirational
The song is about capturing your spirituality, and faith, and finding happiness.
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders
You raise me up to more than I can be
Sunrise, Sunset – Cast from Fiddler On The Roof
Released in 1964 from the Fiddler On The Roof Soundtrack, Genre: Broadway
The song is sung in the musical as two parents sing about how they can’t believe their daughter and her groom have grown up.
Swiftly fly the years
One season following another
Laden with happiness and tears
Just like mothers and daughters have a close relationship, so do fathers and sons. See a list of songs about a father son relationship.
Are there any songs for mother-daughter?
Of course, there are. First, select the style of music that you and your mom like the best. Then, listen to the lyrics that best describe your love for each other. Also, It is up to you if you want a song sung by a male or female to dedicate to your daughter or mother.
What is a good song for a mother to her daughter?
A good song for a mother to dedicate to her daughter is one in which the lyrics describe their relationship from the mother’s perspective. One great song to choose would be “Cover Me In Sunshine ” with both P!nk and her daughter Willow Sage Hart singing on the track.
If the song is a dedication from a father to his daughter from the father’s perspective, a great song to choose would be “My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw. This is also a very popular father-daughter dance song.
What is a good song to dedicate to mom?
When selecting a song to dedicate to your mom, listen to the lyrics to find one that describes your relationship. Popular songs chosen to dedicate to their mothers from daughters include “Mom” by Meghan Trainor, Kelli Trainor, “A Mother Like You” by JJ Heller, and “Like My Mother Does” by Lauren Alaina.
Is there a mother-daughter dance at weddings?
In the past, this was uncommon because tradition favored the typical roles. With single parents and same-sex parents, the mother-daughter dance will only become more prominent. If you’d like to dance with the parent or parent figure of your choice, by all means, do so.
If the father of the bride passes away before the wedding date or had no relations with the bride, a special dance between the bride with her mother may replace the father-daughter dance.
The most important issue is that you discuss these options with your DJ or music entertainment. Some brides opt to dedicate a song to their mother during the reception instead. That can be an upbeat song to celebrate their friendship as well as their love. And, of course, keep the party going.
Dedicating a song to the mother of the bride in remembrance
Sadly, sometimes the mother-of-the-bride passes away before the wedding. Though sad, it may be a good time to remember your times, even with a slide show. So many special women in our lives fill the mother role – aunts, grandmothers, friends, and mentors. It’s your special day. Honor the people that matter most to you. Two songs to consider are “Show Me Around” by Carly Pearce and “Visiting Hours” by Ed Sheeran.
What is a good song to dedicate to your mom at her funeral?
Two songs to dedicate to your mom at her funeral to consider playing are “Bye Mom” by Chris Janson and “Supermarket Flowers” by Ed Sheeran. See a wedding memorial playlist for remembering loved ones.
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this is a really amazing list of songs! The mother-daughter dance is such a special moment – thanks for sharing this :)
Thank you. Glad it helped you out.
My daughter is getting married in March 2021. I want to surprise her by signing a song dedicated to her and our forever bond! What is the best song for this occasion
Congratulations! This is a tough one to answer as I do not know the type of relationship you have. However, If you want to sing a song at your daughter’s wedding, check out Love You True by Lydia Luce. It was sung for sister and her new husband but you could change the words to fit your relationship.
“Mama,” by Boyz II Men
Hi Brianna. Thank you for sharing. We have “A Song for Mama” on our Mother-Son song list but have not added it yet to this list. Thanks, we will add it today.
My daughter is getting married in the fall and Butterfly kisses has always been our song. Has there ever been a female artist that recorded it?
Hi Chris. Thanks for reaching out. Yes, a female has recorded this song. Check out Butterfly Kisses by Lauryn Evans.
Ed Sheeran’s ‘Small Bump’ is about a pregnancy loss. Might want to remove it from this list…
Thank you, Leigh. Someone else recommended it and I forgot to review the lyrics. Thanks for the tip as it has been removed.
How do I get the songs to be played at my daughters 18th birthday having a meal out
HI Sue. Thanks for reaching out. You can download the songs from Amazon and play the songs through your phone. You can also play the songs from our Spotify playlist.
My daughter is getting married and she said I sung a song to her a few times years ago. We can’t remember but she said it was something about “remembering you”. Can you help me please? Thank you
Was it Remembering You by Stephen Chapman Curtis? https://amzn.to/2MyHOOp
For the life of me, I can’t remember a song that touched my heart a long time ago. It was about a mother and daughter from the mother’s point of view and had 3 life sections…one as a her daughter was a little girl and then one when the daughter was getting married and then one when the mom was elderly and the daughter took care of her. I seem to think it was country but not for sure. Can anyone help me remember???
Patty loveless how can I help you say goodbye?
Thank you Kelly for the suggestion.
Check the list above. It’s called hero by a singer with the last name of O’neel.
Hi my daughter is getting married in oct of this yr. I’m trying to find I loved her first song by a female to play as a first dance with my new son but I can’t find it. I know it exists I heard i I just didn’t catch her name. Can anyone help please?????
Hi Jill, here is a beautiful female cover of I Loved Her First – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUz0LbNKTdA
Heartland sings it.
I’m trying to find a song that I literally only remember a few details about. Female voice, country; and a scene where a woman gets dropped off to the hospital in a cab, she waddles inside, has a contraction and collapses, knocking over a medical tray in the process.
It’s been years since I heard it. But I remember that scene and the soft music so clearly.
Hi Jenna. Sorry, I am not familiar with the song you are referring to. However, maybe one of our readers will know.
It’s Reba McEntire, you’re gonna be.
Trying to find a play list of songs cd to give personal to my daughter from me divorced parent daughter getting married . No male vocalists or father to daughter tracks please
Hi Rose. That is a tough one because CDs just aren’t as common as they use to be. I would recommend buying the songs you like in digital format and then giving your daughter a flash drive of the songs.
Hello, do you have any suggestions for a mother’s 75th birthday celebration?
Hi Elaine, depends on your Mom’s likes of music. Maybe check out our music lists from the 50s and 60s. https://www.myweddingsongs.com/wedding-song-lists/best-1950s-music/ and https://www.myweddingsongs.com/wedding-song-lists/best-1960s-music/
Also Canadian Tenors with “always there”….it’s beautiful!!
Thank you, Kathy. Great suggestion and we will add it to the list.
Taylor Swift’s “Never Grow Up” is definitely a good one, “Small Bump” by Ed Sheeran is also good, though may not fit the tone.
Thanks Claire. We’ll look at adding each song.
I am after a female vocalist that sings “I loved her First ” there are plenty of male versions father to daughter but I would like mother to daughter .
Hi Mary. Here is a version sung by a female artist found on Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLPB-D6wurE
Promises by jhene aiko is a good song makes me tear up all the time the lyrics are so meaningful
Thanks Bri for the suggestion. We will definitely add it to the list.
You forgot Sade “By your side “
Thanks for the suggestions Rosa. We will add it to the list.
My father was never around, so I’m having my mother walk me down the aisle and we are doing a mother daughter dance. What kind of song or should I just let my mother pick
Hi Liz. Many of the songs above are good. What about Carole King – Where You Lead, I Will Follow for your situation?
So me and my mom have been through a lot together. She was shot when I was a little girl. She was shot by my father at that!! She survived and I have been by her side since then as not just a best friend but as her daughter. She over came all that divorced him and is now ready to get married after9 long years of being alone and not dating. She’s getting married in January and I wanna sing her a song that will make her cry with happy tears. I keep getting the same answers which are wind beneath my wings, I hope you dance, because you loved me.. None of them really fit. I need a song to sing to my mom on my moms wedding day.. PLEASE help its coming faster then we expect!! Running out ta time.
Samantha. Instead of someone trying to tell you what is a good song for you. Why don’t you select a song that means a lot between you and your Mom already. Was there ever a song that has special meaning between both of you? It would mean more than trying to “pick one”.
Your gonna be by reba McEntire or I’ll be by reba also both excellent songs made my daughter cry. Good luck
how about Slipping through my Fingers by abba… why its not on the list? what can you say about the song..? id like to hear from you
Thank you Chielo. We will add it to the list!
Hello again. Sorry to be a nuisance …. we like the song little things by one direction…. we both have daddy issues our fathers want nothing to do with us… so maybe something that relates to our relationships and our love for each other… I’m her number one… before the rest of the kids… so special..
My mom is getting married and im 14.. she has been through alot and i want to suprise her with a mother daughter dance ideas please ?
Hi Mikayla. First we would suggest to pick a special song between you and your Mom. It does not have to be a slow song. Then, select a song that describes your relationship. Another approach would be Count On Me by Whitney Houston & CeCe Winans. Congrats to your Mom.
My mother is getting married and i want to sing her a song and surprise her at her wedding with it! Any good ones to sing to just my mother?
Hi Stephanie. I would first select a song that means lots to you and your Mom. A good song could be Mother’s Love by KEM.
My daughter is getting married in a couple months. She is only 25 and she lost her daddy at 22. She is having a very difficult time as you could imagine with all the things that her daddy should be here for. I am surprising her with the mother daughter dance but I am struggling for the words for that moment when we are in her dressing room alone and the only thing I can see in her eyes is that she wishes her daddy was here!
How about “I’ll Be” by Reba. My dad bought me that single when I was young, and often played it for my sister and I, as we grew up. We lost him last October. He was the center of my universe, and I miss him so much
Hi Kelly. Thanks for the message. It is already on the list.
You didn’t mention the two songs that my daughter and I have as “our” songs. Promise by Tori Amos and They Can’t Take That Away From Me by Ella Fitzgerald
Thanks for sharing Liss
My son is getting married next month to a wonderful girl. Her parents and siblings have disowned her but I live her like she is my own daughter can you send me some songs for her and I to dance at the wedding
Hi Maria. You may consider I’ll Be There by Jackson 5 or Maria Carey.
My mother and I have a very special song and whenever we miss each other this is what we listen to. My mother being a major survivor of stomach, throat and breast cancer, she is truly my hero. Please listen to 26 cents by the Wilkinson’s. Its beautiful. Also like my mother does by Loren Alaina.
What a wonderful world
Have I told you lately?
me and my mother are having one of those.
A great song for a mom to dance with her daughter or even son at the wedding is,” Sunrise Sunset” from the musical Fiddler on the Roof. (Is this the little girl I carried, Is this the little boy at play, I don’t remember getting older when did they.
Thank you for sharing Sue.
Should have read the lyrics better… John Mayer’s “Daughters” is about women with daddy issues….
So sorry for your loss. I can’t imagine what you are going through.
Hi today is my daughters birthday Raquel would be 32 . She took her own life last year:( I’m wanting to have some songs for her today . What do you suggest? Thanks so much.
Hi Sylvia, sorry for your loss. Please see our Memorial songs list. There are many good songs to remember your daughter like My Heart Will Go On and Angels In Waiting.
I know I’m late on this but for any other times you are thinking about your daughter…For Always by Josh Groban. It always helps me when I am feeling the pain of missing loved ones who have passed. I am so truly sorry for your loss…