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List of the Top Mother-Daughter Songs


Whether you dance with your mom at your wedding, dedicate a song, throw her the best 50th birthday party ever, this list is every bride’s dream. Mother-Daughter songs are special songs between a bride and her mother. This can come in the form of dedication or dance during the wedding reception.

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What Are the Best Mother-Daughter Songs?

Below is a list of the best songs for a mother to dedicate to her daughter. It is also applicable for daughters to dedicate to their mothers. If you are looking for special father-daughter songs, be sure to visit our list of father-daughter songs.

Mother Daughter song list curated by Matthew Campbell
Last Updated: March 30, 2021

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Slipping Through My Fingers
1981, Pop
Sweetest Devotion
2015, Pop
Alicia Keys
Girl On Fire
2012, R&B
Amy Grant
Oh How The Years Go By
1994, Christian
2020, Pop
2008, R&B
Band Perry
Mother Like Mine
2013, Country
Beach Boys
God Only Knows
1966, Pop
Bette Midler
My Mother’s Eyes
1998, Pop
Bette Midler
Wind Beneath My Wings
1988, Pop
2013, Pop
Boyz II Men
A Song For Mama
1997, Evolution
Brett Young
2020, Country
Bruno Mars
Count on Me
2010, Pop
Canadian Tenors
Always There
2009, Pop
Carole King
Where You Lead, I Will Follow
1971, Folk
Carrie Underwood
Mama’s Song
2010, Country
Cast from Fiddler On The Roof
Sunrise, Sunset
1964, Broadway
Celine Dion
A Mother’s Prayer
2004, Pop
Celine Dion
Because You Loved Me
1996, Pop
Celine Dion
Goodbye’s (The Saddest Word)
2002, Pop
Chantal Kreviazuk
In My Life
2012, Pop
Christina Aguilera
I Turn To You
1999, Pop
Christina Aguilera
Oh Mother
2006, Pop
Christina Grimmie
Little Girl
2018, Pop
Crosby, Stills & Nash
Teach Your Children
1970, Country Rock
Doris Day
Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)
1956, Pop
Ella Fitzgerald
They Can’t Take That Away from Me
1959, Jazz
Elton John
Can You Feel The Love Tonight
1994, Rock
Faith Hill
There You’ll Be
2001, Country
Faith Hill
You Can’t Lose Me
1996, Country
Garth Brooks
2014, Pop
Good Charlotte
Thank You Mom
2000, Rock
My Song
2018, My Song
Helen Reddy
You and Me Against the World
1974, Pop
Il Divo
2004, Pop
Barbie Bandaids
2008, Christian
Jackie Wilson
(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher & Higher
1967, Soul
Jackson 5
I’ll Be There
1970, R&B
James Taylor
You’ve Got A Friend
1971, Folk
Jamie O’Neal
Somebody’s Hero
2005, Country
Jessica Simpson
You Don’t Have To Let Go
2003, Pop
Jhene Aiko feat. NAMIKO & Miyagi
2014, R&B
JJ Heller
I Get To Be The One
2021, Indie
JJ Heller
A Mother Like You
2019, Pop
John Legend
Right By You (for Luna)
2016, R&B
Josh Groban
You Raise Me Up
2002, Inspirational
Love Can Build a Bridge
1991, Country
Mama He’s Crazy
1984, Country
Kellie Pickler
If It Wasn’t for a Woman
2017, Country
Kelly Clarkson & Hoda Kotb
I’ve Loved You Since Forever
2018, Pop
Mother’s Love
2010, R&B
Kenny Rogers
Through The Years
1982, Country
Kylie Rae Harris
Twenty Years From Now
2019, Country
Lauren Alaina
Like My Mother Does
2011, Country
Lee Ann Womack
I Hope You Dance
2000, Country
Louis Armstrong
What A Wonderful World
1967, Pop
Lykke Li
2018, Rock
Marc Anthony
My Baby You
2000, Pop
Mariah Carey feat. Trey Lorenz
I’ll Be There
1992, R&B
Mariah Carey
1993, Pop
Martina McBride
In My Daughter’s Eyes
2003, Country
Martina McBride
Teenage Daughters
2011, Country
Meghan Trainor feat. Kelli Trainor
2016, Pop
Molly Pasuti
I’m Blessed to Call You Mother
2000, Pop
Nichole Nordeman
Slow Down
2015, Christian
One Direction
Little Things
2012, Pop
P!nk, Willow Sage Hart
Cover Me In Sunshine
2021, Cover Me In Sunshine
Point of Grace
How You Live (Turn Up the Music)
2007, Christian
Queen Naija
Mama's Hand
2018, R&B
You’re My Best Friend
1976, Rock
Rascal Flatts
My Wish
2006, Country
Reba McEntire
I’ll Be
2000, Country
Reba McEntire
You’re Gonna Be
2005, Country
Rod Stewart
Forever Young
1988, Rock
Rod Stewart
Have I Told You Lately
1991, Rock
By Your Side
2000, R&B
Sara Bareilles
2019, Pop
Spice Girls
1997, Pop
Steven Curtis Chapman
I Believe in You
2004, Christian
Steven Curtis Chapman
I Will Be Here
2003, Christian
Stevie Wonder
You Are the Sunshine of My Life
1972, R&B
2018, Country
Suzy Bogguss
Letting Go
1992, Country
Taylor Swift
Never Grow Up
2010, Country
Taylor Swift
The Best Day
2008, Country
My Girl
1964, R&B
Teresa James
Every Mother’s Dream
2012, Pop
Tom Petty
1994, Rock
Tony Bennett
The Best Is Yet To Come
1962, Pop
Tori Amos
2014, Rock
My Darling
1999, Rock
26 (Cents Sign)
1998, Country


When selecting a song to dedicate to your mom, we recommend selecting a song that has special meaning between you both. 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 taught me strength and you gave me guidance,
Whenever faith was lost you were there to find it,
And all because a mother’s love is unconditional,
With all my heart and all my soul I want let you know.”
Mother by Ashanti

Similar song lists for further reading:


Is it Uncommon to have a Mother-Daughter Dance?

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 of your choice and your future husband with his, by all means, do so.

“My dad won’t be at the wedding, my mom has been both father/mother to me so I want to do that with her.” Mayra at

If the father-of-the-bride passes away before the wedding date, a special dance between a bride with her mother may replace the father-daughter dance.

The most important issue is that you discuss these options with your professional wedding planner. 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.

Mother-Daughter Dedication Songs

Songwriters are often the best spokesperson for our emotions. We relate to songs in an emotional way. Mother-daughter songs are especially good for May weddings because of Mother’s Day.

With that said, these songs can be played at a mother’s or daughter’s birthday, to celebrate the birth of a granddaughter, and also as a remembrance of a mother by a daughter.

If you’re creating a video or special dedication for your mom’s milestone birthday (50, 60, 70), this song list is a great resource as well.

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65 responses to “90 Best Mother Daughter Songs For Weddings”

  1. Lisa says:

    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

    • Matthew Campbell says:

      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.

  2. Brianna says:

    “Mama,” by Boyz II Men

    • Matthew Campbell says:

      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.

  3. Chris Wojo says:

    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?

  4. Leigh says:

    Ed Sheeran’s ‘Small Bump’ is about a pregnancy loss. Might want to remove it from this list…

    • Matthew Campbell says:

      Thank you, Leigh. Someone else recommended it and I forgot to review the lyrics. Thanks for the tip as it has been removed.

  5. Sue says:

    How do I get the songs to be played at my daughters 18th birthday having a meal out

    • Matthew Campbell says:

      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.

  6. Lynda Seitz says:

    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

  7. Shelly says:

    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???

  8. Jill Tomaszewski says:

    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?????

  9. Jenna Jarrard says:

    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.

  10. Rose Morris says:

    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

    • Matthew Campbell says:

      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.

  11. elaine says:

    Hello, do you have any suggestions for a mother’s 75th birthday celebration?

  12. Kathy says:

    Also Canadian Tenors with “always there”….it’s beautiful!!

  13. Claire says:

    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.

  14. Mary says:

    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 .

  15. Bri says:

    Promises by jhene aiko is a good song makes me tear up all the time the lyrics are so meaningful

  16. Rosa says:

    You forgot Sade “By your side “

  17. Liz says:

    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

    • Matthew Campbell says:

      Hi Liz. Many of the songs above are good. What about Carole King – Where You Lead, I Will Follow for your situation?

  18. samanthaeyer says:

    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.

    • Matthew Campbell says:

      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”.

  19. Heather moore says:

    Your gonna be by reba McEntire or I’ll be by reba also both excellent songs made my daughter cry. Good luck

  20. chielo says:

    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

  21. mikayla says:

    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..
    Xx mikayla

  22. mikayla says:

    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 ?

    • Matthew Campbell says:

      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.

  23. Stephanie says:

    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?

    • Matthew Campbell says:

      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.

  24. mollie says:

    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!

    • Kelly says:

      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

  25. Liss says:

    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

  26. Maria Blake Waddell says:

    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

  27. Kahree says:

    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.

  28. Jade Peacock says:

    What a wonderful world
    Have I told you lately?
    Rod Stewart
    me and my mother are having one of those.

  29. Sue says:

    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.

  30. theresia says:

    Should have read the lyrics better… John Mayer’s “Daughters” is about women with daddy issues….

  31. Dee says:

    So sorry for your loss. I can’t imagine what you are going through.

  32. sylvia bruno says:

    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.

    • Matt Campbell says:

      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.

    • Emily says:

      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…

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