Mother Daughter Songs: An Unforgettable Wedding Dance Moment

Updated November 14, 2023 | Author: Matthew Campbell

Know popular songs that celebrate a relationship between a Mom and Daughter.

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.

Mother and daughter dance songs at weddings

When picking out the song to dance the mother-daughter wedding dance, you must consider the following 3 factors:

  1. Does the song have a special meaning to both of you?
  2. Does the song’s meaning describe your relationship?
  3. What is the tempo of the song (fast or slow) to determine the style of dance that fits best?

As an experienced wedding DJ, I’ve assembled a list of songs for the mother-daughter dance. Songs are selected by the meaning of the song and popular hits by today’s brides. Besides the relationship type between the mother and bride, additional lists are grouped by genre to match your taste in music.

New Mother-Daughter Songs

  1. “On Purpose (For My Future Daughter) ” by Bellah Mae (Pop – 2023)
  2. “Mama’s Do ” by The Dryes (Country – 2023)
  3. “Mama’s Eyes” by Tenille Arts (Country – 2023)
  4. “Girls” by Rachel Platten (Pop – 2023)
  5. “Everything Was For Love” by Carla Morrison (Soundtrack – 2023)
  6. “She’s Superman” by Taylor Austin Dye (Country – 2023)
  7. “Light On In The Kitchen” by Ashley McBryde (Country – 2023)
  8. “superhuman” by Bishop Briggs (Pop – 2022)
  9. “Hey Ma I Made It” by Ella Langley (Country – 2022)
  10. “Mamas” by Anne Wilson, Hillary Scott (Country – 2022)
  11. “Child of Mine” by Michaela Anne (Folk – 2022)
  12. “My Mother’s Hand” by Jill Barber (American – 2022)
  13. “Cover Me In Sunshine” by P!nk, Willow Sage Hart (Pop – 2021)
  14. “Morning” by Sarah Jarosz (Pop – 2021)
  15. “You Will Always Be (My Baby Girl)” by Angel Sessions (R&B – 2021)
  16. “I Get To Be The One” by JJ Heller (Indie – 2021)
  1. “When God Made You My Mother” by Riley Roth (Country – 2021)
  2. “Mom” by Meghan Trainor feat. Kelli Trainor (Pop – 2016)
  3. “Slow Down” by Nichole Nordeman (Christian – 2015)
  4. “Like My Mother Does” by Lauren Alaina (Country – 2011)
  5. “Mama” by Spice Girls (Pop – 1996)
  6. “A Mother’s Prayer” by Celine Dion (Pop – 2004)
  7. “Never Grow Up” by Taylor Swift (Country – 2010)
  8. “Mama’s Hand” by Queen Naija (R&B – 2018)
  9. “A Mother Like You” by JJ Heller (Singer-Songwriter – 2019)
  10. “Shiny” by Sara Bareilles (Folk – 2019)

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Best Pop Mom and Daughter Music

  1. superhuman – Bishop Briggs
  2. You’ll Be in My Heart – Brent Morgan
  3. My Hero – Westlife
  4. Cover Me In Sunshine – P!nk, Willow Sage Hart
  5. Morning – Sarah Jarosz
  6. Her – Anne-Marie
  7. Shiny – Sara Bareilles
  8. Little Girl – Christina Grimmie
  9. Mom – Meghan Trainor feat. Kelli Trainor
  10. Sweetest Devotion – Adele
  11. Blue – Beyoncé
  12. In My Life – Chantal Kreviazuk
  13. Little Things – One Direction
  14. Every Mother’s Dream – Teresa James
  15. Count on Me – Bruno Mars
  16. Always There – Canadian Tenors
  17. Oh Mother – Christina Aguilera
  18. A Mother’s Prayer – Celine Dion
  19. Mama – Il Divo
  20. You Don’t Have To Let Go – Jessica Simpson
  21. Goodbye’s (The Saddest Word) – Celine Dion
  22. I’m Blessed to Call You Mother – Molly Pasutti
  23. My Baby You – Marc Anthony
  24. I Turn To You – Christina Aguilera
  25. My Mother’s Eyes – Bette Midler
  26. Mama – Spice Girls
  27. Because You Loved Me – Celine Dion
  28. Hero – Mariah Carey
  29. Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler
  30. Slipping Through My Fingers – ABBA
  31. You and Me Against the World – Helen Reddy
  32. What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
  33. God Only Knows – Beach Boys
  34. Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera) – Doris Day

Tip

Another popular way to honor your mother is to have a mom-son dance for your wedding.

 

Popular R&B Tracks

  1. You Will Always Be (My Baby Girl) – Angel Sessions
  2. Stand – Haley Smalls
  3. My Song – H.E.R.
  4. Mama’s Hand – Queen Naija
  5. Right By You (for Luna) – John Legend
  6. Promises – Jhene Aiko feat. NAMIKO & Miyagi
  7. Girl On Fire – Alicia Keys
  8. Mother’s Love – KEM
  9. Mother – Ashanti
  10. By Your Side – Sade
  11. I’ll Be There – Mariah Carey feat. Trey Lorenz
  12. Isn’t She Lovely – Stevie Wonder
  13. You Are the Sunshine of My Life – Stevie Wonder
  14. I’ll Be There – Jackson 5
  15. My Girl – Temptations

Tip

If you have a stepmother, see our list of stepmom songs for a dance or dedication.

 

Loving Country Tunes

  1. Hey Ma I Made It – Ella Langley
  2. Mamas – Anne Wilson, Hillary Scott
  3. When God Made You My Mother – Riley Roth
  4. Hey Mama – Britnee Kellogg
  5. Lady – Brett Young
  6. Mother – Sugarland
  7. If It Wasn’t for a Woman – Kellie Pickler
  8. Mother Like Mine – Band Perry
  9. Like My Mother Does – Lauren Alaina
  10. Teenage Daughters – Martina McBride
  11. Mama’s Song – Carrie Underwood
  12. Never Grow Up – Taylor Swift
  13. The Best Day – Taylor Swift
  14. My Wish – Rascal Flatts
  15. Somebody’s Hero – Jamie O’Neal
  16. You’re Gonna Be – Reba McEntire
  17. Baby Girl – Sugarland
  18. In My Daughter’s Eyes – Martina McBride
  19. There You’ll Be – Faith Hill
  20. I Hope You Dance – Lee Ann Womack
  21. I’ll Be – Reba McEntire
  22. 26 (Cents Sign) – Wilkinsons
  23. You Can’t Lose Me – Faith Hill
  24. Letting Go – Suzy Bogguss
  25. Love Can Build a Bridge – The Judds
  26. Mama He’s Crazy – The Judds

Tip

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

  1. Slow Down – Nichole Nordeman
  2. Barbie Bandaids – Isaacs
  3. How You Live (Turn Up the Music) – Point of Grace
  4. I Believe in You – Steven Curtis Chapman
  5. I Will Be Here – Steven Curtis Chapman
  6. Oh How The Years Go By – Amy Grant

Tip

If you wish to save time and highlight your parents with a single dance, plan a wedding dance with both parents.

 
 

Fun Rock Hits

  1. utopia – Lykke Li
  2. Promise – Tori Amos
  3. I Love You Because – Elvis & Lisa Marie Presley
  4. Thank You Mom – Good Charlotte
  5. My Darling – Wilco
  6. Can You Feel The Love Tonight – Elton John
  7. Wildflowers – Tom Petty
  8. Have I Told You Lately – Rod Stewart
  9. Forever Young – Rod Stewart
  10. You’re My Best Friend – Queen
  11. Teach Your Children – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

Tip

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

  1. I Get To Be The One – JJ Heller
  2. A Mother Like You – JJ Heller
  3. Where You Lead, I Will Follow – Carole King
  4. You’ve Got A Friend – Carole King

Misc Dedication Songs

  1. My Mother’s Hand – Jill Barber
  2. Child of Mine – Michaela Anne
  3. Lay of the Heartland – Rose Rock Daughters
  4. You Raise Me Up – Josh Groban
  5. Sunrise, Sunset – Cast from Fiddler On The Roof

Tip

Just like mothers and daughters have a close relationship, so do fathers and sons. See a list of songs about a father son relationship.

 

FAQs

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.

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.

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 Pink 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.

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.

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.

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.

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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Matthew (Matt) Campbell is the founder/editor of My Wedding Songs from his experience as a wedding DJ. He is the author of two wedding planners: ‘Wedding Songs Planner’ and ‘The Wedding Music Toolkit’. Matt is the host of the ‘Wedding Songs Podcast’. He shares music inspiration in his weekly newsletter the ‘Wedding MusicLetter’. His articles have been published on Rolling Stone, DJ Life Magazine, and DJ Times. Matt resides in the wedding capital of the world – Las Vegas.

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Milo Nelson
Milo Nelson
2 years ago

this is a really amazing list of songs! The mother-daughter dance is such a special moment – thanks for sharing this :)

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2 years ago
Reply to  Milo Nelson

Thank you. Glad it helped you out.

Lisa
Lisa
3 years ago

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

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My Wedding Songs
3 years ago
Reply to  Lisa

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.

Brianna
Brianna
3 years ago

“Mama,” by Boyz II Men

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My Wedding Songs
3 years ago
Reply to  Brianna

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.

Chris Wojo
Chris Wojo
3 years ago

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?

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My Wedding Songs
3 years ago
Reply to  Chris Wojo

Hi Chris. Thanks for reaching out. Yes, a female has recorded this song. Check out Butterfly Kisses by Lauryn Evans.

Leigh
Leigh
4 years ago

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

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My Wedding Songs
4 years ago
Reply to  Leigh

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

Sue
Sue
4 years ago

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

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My Wedding Songs
4 years ago
Reply to  Sue

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.

Lynda Seitz
Lynda Seitz
5 years ago

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

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My Wedding Songs
5 years ago
Reply to  Lynda Seitz

Was it Remembering You by Stephen Chapman Curtis?

Shelly
Shelly
5 years ago

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???

Kelly D
Kelly D
5 years ago
Reply to  Shelly

Patty loveless how can I help you say goodbye?

Matthew Campbell
Matthew Campbell
5 years ago
Reply to  Kelly D

Thank you Kelly for the suggestion.

Rebecca
Rebecca
5 years ago
Reply to  Shelly

Check the list above. It’s called hero by a singer with the last name of O’neel.

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5 years ago
Reply to  Rebecca

Thanks Rebecca!

Jill Tomaszewski
Jill Tomaszewski
5 years ago

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?????

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My Wedding Songs
5 years ago

Hi Jill, here is a beautiful female cover of I Loved Her Firsthttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUz0LbNKTdA

Tonya
Tonya
5 years ago

Heartland sings it.

Jenna Jarrard
Jenna Jarrard
5 years ago

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.

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My Wedding Songs
5 years ago
Reply to  Jenna Jarrard

Hi Jenna. Sorry, I am not familiar with the song you are referring to. However, maybe one of our readers will know.

Amber hopkins
Amber hopkins
5 years ago
Reply to  Jenna Jarrard

It’s Reba McEntire, you’re gonna be.

Rose Morris
Rose Morris
6 years ago

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

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My Wedding Songs
6 years ago
Reply to  Rose Morris

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.

elaine
elaine
6 years ago

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

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My Wedding Songs
6 years ago
Reply to  elaine

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/

Kathy
Kathy
6 years ago

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

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My Wedding Songs
6 years ago
Reply to  Kathy

Thank you, Kathy. Great suggestion and we will add it to the list.

Claire
Claire
8 years ago

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.

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My Wedding Songs
8 years ago
Reply to  Claire

Thanks Claire. We’ll look at adding each song.

Mary
Mary
8 years ago

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 .

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My Wedding Songs
8 years ago
Reply to  Mary

Hi Mary. Here is a version sung by a female artist found on Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLPB-D6wurE

Bri
Bri
8 years ago

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

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My Wedding Songs
8 years ago
Reply to  Bri

Thanks Bri for the suggestion. We will definitely add it to the list.

Rosa
Rosa
8 years ago

You forgot Sade “By your side “

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My Wedding Songs
8 years ago
Reply to  Rosa

Thanks for the suggestions Rosa. We will add it to the list.

Liz
Liz
8 years ago

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

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My Wedding Songs
8 years ago
Reply to  Liz

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

samanthaeyer
samanthaeyer
8 years ago

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.

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My Wedding Songs
8 years ago
Reply to  samanthaeyer

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”.

Heather moore
Heather moore
8 years ago

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

chielo
chielo
8 years ago

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

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My Wedding Songs
8 years ago
Reply to  chielo

Thank you Chielo. We will add it to the list!

mikayla
mikayla
8 years ago

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

mikayla
mikayla
8 years ago

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 ?

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My Wedding Songs
8 years ago
Reply to  mikayla

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.

Stephanie
Stephanie
8 years ago

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?

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My Wedding Songs
8 years ago
Reply to  Stephanie

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.

mollie
mollie
8 years ago

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
Kelly
8 years ago
Reply to  mollie

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

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My Wedding Songs
8 years ago
Reply to  Kelly

Hi Kelly. Thanks for the message. It is already on the list.

Liss
Liss
8 years ago

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

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My Wedding Songs
8 years ago
Reply to  Liss

Thanks for sharing Liss

Maria Blake Waddell
Maria Blake Waddell
8 years ago

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

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My Wedding Songs
8 years ago

Hi Maria. You may consider I’ll Be There by Jackson 5 or Maria Carey.

Kahree
Kahree
8 years ago

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.

Jade Peacock
Jade Peacock
8 years ago

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

Sue
Sue
8 years ago

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.

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My Wedding Songs
8 years ago
Reply to  Sue

Thank you for sharing Sue.

theresia
theresia
8 years ago

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

Dee
Dee
8 years ago

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

sylvia bruno
sylvia bruno
8 years ago

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.

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My Wedding Songs
8 years ago
Reply to  sylvia bruno

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
Emily
8 years ago
Reply to  sylvia bruno

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…