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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.

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 WeddingWire.com

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.

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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: May 29, 2021

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Pop Mother Daughter Songs

ABBA – Slipping Through My Fingers
1981, Pop

Do I really see what’s in her mind?
Each time I think I’m close to knowing
She keeps on growing

Adele – Sweetest Devotion
2015, Pop

You’re the right kind of madness
And you’re my hope, you’re my despair
You’re my scope, everything, everywhere

Anne-Marie – Her
2020, Pop

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

Beach Boys – God Only Knows
1966, Pop

So what good would living do me
God only knows what I’d be without you

Bette Midler – My Mother’s Eyes
1998, Pop

Have I seen all that I could?
Have I seen more than I should
With my mother’s eyes?

 

Bette Midler – Wind Beneath My Wings
1988, Pop

Did you ever know that you’re my hero
And everything I would like to be?

Beyoncé – Blue
2013, Pop

Each day
I feel so blessed to be looking at you
‘Cause when you open your eyes
I feel alive

Bruno Mars – Count on Me
2010, Pop

You can count on me like one, two, three
I’ll be there

Canadian Tenors – Always There
2009, Pop

You come shining through
You always do
You are always there for me

Celine Dion – A Mother’s Prayer
2004, Pop

Lead her to a place
Guide her with your grace
To a place where she’ll be safe

 

Celine Dion – Because You Loved Me
1996, Pop

You gave me faith ’cause you believed
I’m everything I am
Because you loved me

Celine Dion – Goodbye’s (The Saddest Word)
2002, Pop

Momma
You gave love to me
Turned a young one into a woman

Chantal Kreviazuk – In My Life
2012, Pop

For people and things that went before
Know I’ll often stop and think about them
In my life I love you more

Christina Aguilera – I Turn To You
1999, Pop

For everything that’s true
For everything you do
For everything that’s true
I turn to you

Christina Aguilera – Oh Mother
2006, Pop

We always pull through
Oh mother, oh mother, oh mother

 

Christina Grimmie – Little Girl
2018, Pop

Little girl, clear your mind
And think of my love this time

Doris Day – Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)
1956, Pop

When I was just a little girl
I asked my mother, what will I be

Garth Brooks – Mom
2014, Pop

A loving angel tender, tough and strong
It’s almost time to go and meet your mom

Helen Reddy – You and Me Against the World
1974, Pop

Think about the days of me and you
Of you and me against the world

Il Divo – Mama
2004, Pop

Mama remember all my life
You showed me love, you sacrificed

 

Jessica Simpson – You Don’t Have To Let Go
2003, Pop

Praying for my life, sacrificed just to make me
Who I am on my own
You don’t have to let go

Kelly Clarkson & Hoda Kotb – I’ve Loved You Since Forever
2018, Pop

Oh, I’ve loved you since forever
And forever’s how long you’ll be loved by me

Louis Armstrong – What A Wonderful World
1967, Pop

I hear babies cry, I watch them grow
They’ll learn much more
Then I’ll ever know

Marc Anthony – My Baby You
2000, Pop

My baby you
Are the reason I could fly
And ’cause of you
I don’t have to wonder why

Mariah Carey – Hero
1993, Pop

Look inside you and be strong
And you’ll finally see the truth
That a hero lies in you

 

Meghan Trainor feat. Kelli Trainor – Mom
2016, Pop

Her love’s ’til the end, she’s my best friend
Ain’t nobody got a mom like mine

Molly Pasutti – I’m Blessed to Call You Mother
2000, Pop

Just when I thought my world would end
I’m blessed to call you mother
Blessed ’cause you’re my friend

One Direction – Little Things
2012, Pop

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

P!nk, Willow Sage Hart – Cover Me In Sunshine
2021, Pop

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

Sara Bareilles – Shiny
2019, Pop

But there’s a glimmer in her brown eyes
The ones she gave to me
So I know we can both be shiny

 

Sarah Jarosz – Morning
2021, Pop

I still hear her whispering the same
Drifting higher in the blue
Oooh, she reminds me of you

Spice Girls – Mama
1997, Pop

So now, I see through your eyes
All that you did was love
Mama, I love you

Teresa James – Every Mother’s Dream
2012, Pop

 

R&B Mother Daughter Songs

Alicia Keys – Girl On Fire
2012, R&B

She got her head in the clouds
And she’s not backing down
This girl is on fire

Ashanti – Mother
2008, R&B

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

Boyz II Men – A Song For Mama
1997, R&B

You will always be the girl
In my life for all times
Mama, Mama you know I love you

Haley Smalls – Stand
2021, R&B

When you’re lonely
And broken
You can call me
I’ll be there

H.E.R. – My Song
2018, R&B

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

 

Jackie Wilson – (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher & Higher
1967, R&B

You know your love (your love keeps lifting me)
Keep on lifting (love keeps lifting me)

Jackson 5 – I’ll Be There
1970, R&B

I’ll be there with a love that’s strong
I’ll be your strength
I’ll keep holding on

Jhene Aiko feat. NAMIKO & Miyagi – Promises
2014, R&B

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

John Legend – Right By You (for Luna)
2016, R&B

And if we fell today, must you tomorrow?
Sanctify your answer not your prayer
Oh, I will be there, yeah, I will be there

KEM – Mother’s Love
2010, R&B

In a mother’s love, you are free to dream
Because she sees what you can be

 

Mariah Carey feat. Trey Lorenz – I’ll Be There
1992, R&B

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

Queen Naija – Mama’s Hand
2018, R&B

Hold on to my hand, never let it go
Just hold on to mama’s hand and never let it go

Sade – By Your Side
2000, R&B

And if you want to cry
I am here to dry your eyes
And in no time, you’ll be fine

Stevie Wonder – You Are the Sunshine of My Life
1972, R&B

You are the sunshine of my life
That’s why I’ll always stay around

Temptations – My Girl
1964, R&B

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
My girl

 

Country Mother Daughter Songs

Band Perry – Mother Like Mine
2013, Country

We’d walk on grass that’s greener
And our cares would all be freer
If the world had a mother like mine

Brett Young – Lady
2020, Country

Look at her, baby girl
And you’ll learn
How to be a lady

Carrie Underwood – Mama’s Song
2010, Country

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

Faith Hill – There You’ll Be
2001, Country

I’ll keep a part of you with me
And everywhere I am there you’ll be

Faith Hill – You Can’t Lose Me
1996, Country

No matter how far
My love is where you are
You won’t be lost if you believe

 

Jamie O’Neal – Somebody’s Hero
2005, Country

Bedtime stories every night
And that smile lets her know
She’s somebody’s hero

Judds – Love Can Build a Bridge
1991, Country

Love can build a bridge
Between your heart and mine
Love can build a bridge
Don’t you think it’s time?

Judds – Mama He’s Crazy
1984, Country

I’ve never been so in love
He beats all I’ve ever seen
Mama, he’s crazy, he’s crazy over me

Kellie Pickler – If It Wasn’t for a Woman
2017, Country

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

Kenny Rogers – Through The Years
1982, Country

And I’m so glad I’ve stayed
Right here with you
Through the years

Kylie Rae Harris – Twenty Years From Now
2019, Country

Twenty years from now
My prayer is that somehow
You’ll forgive all my mistakes
and be proud of the choice I made

 

Lauren Alaina – Like My Mother Does
2011, Country

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

Lee Ann Womack – I Hope You Dance
2000, Country

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

Martina McBride – In My Daughter’s Eyes
2003, Country

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

Martina McBride – Teenage Daughters
2011, Country

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

Rascal Flatts – My Wish
2006, Country

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

 

Reba McEntire – I’ll Be
2000, Country

When you feel that rain falling down
When there’s nobody else around
I’ll be

Reba McEntire – You’re Gonna Be
2005, Country

We just have to believe things work out like they should
Life has no guarantees, but always loved by me
You’re gonna be

Sugarland – Baby Girl
2004, Country

This time I’m gonna make our dreams come true
Well, I love you more than anything in the world.
Love,
Your baby girl

Sugarland – Mother
2018, Country

As long as she’s alive
you’re not alone
you’ve got each other
That’s your mother

Suzy Bogguss – Letting Go
1992, Country

There’s room enough to fly,
And even though, she’s spent her whole time waiting
It’s never easy, oh letting go

 

Taylor Swift – Never Grow Up
2010, Country

Won’t let no one break your heart
And no one will desert you
Just try to never grow up

Taylor Swift – The Best Day
2008, Country

Don’t know if Snow White’s house is near or far away
But I know I had the best day with you today

Wilkinsons – 26 (Cents Sign)
1998, Country

Here’s a penny for your thoughts
A quarter for the call
And all of your momma’s love

 

Christian Mother Daughter Songs

Amy Grant – Oh How The Years Go By
1994, Christian

The soul never dies
We fight, we laugh, we cry
As the years go by

Isaacs – Barbie Bandaids
2008, Christian

Bedtime stories and Little Bo Peep
Saying prayers for the little lost sheep
Mama’s lipstick and skinned up knees

Nichole Nordeman – Slow Down
2015, Christian

I am your biggest fan
I hope you know I am
But do you think you can somehow
Slow down

Point of Grace – How You Live (Turn Up the Music)
2007, Christian

Don’t run from the truth
‘Cause you can’t get away
Just face it and you’ll be ok

Steven Curtis Chapman – I Believe in You
2004, Christian

So spread your wings and fly
On the winds of knowing
I always believe in you

Steven Curtis Chapman – I Will Be Here
2003, Christian

I will be here
When you feel like being quiet
When you need to speak your mind

 

Rock Mother Daughter Songs

Crosby, Stills & Nash – Teach Your Children
1970, Rock

And teach your parents well
Their children’s hell will slowly go by
And feed them on your dreams

Elton John – Can You Feel The Love Tonight
1994, Rock

Can you feel the love tonight?
The peace the evening brings
The world, for once, in perfect harmony

Good Charlotte – Thank You Mom
2000, Rock

You were my mom, you were my dad
The only thing I ever had
Was you, it’s true

Lykke Li – utopia
2018, Rock

If there’s a bomb in your heart I’ll disarm it
If you want it then I want it
We could be utopia

Queen – You’re My Best Friend
1976, Rock

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

 

Rod Stewart – Forever Young
1988, Rock

And may you never love in vain
And in my heart, you will remain
Forever young

Rod Stewart – Have I Told You Lately
1991, Rock

There’s a love that’s divine
And it’s yours and it’s mine
Like the sun

Tom Petty – Wildflowers
1994, Rock

You belong among the wildflowers
You belong somewhere close to me
Far away from your trouble and worries

Tori Amos – Promise
2014, Rock

You are the light
That follows you everywhere
And look for my love
Where the sun shines
I will be there

Wilco – My Darling
1999, Rock

Please, don’t you grow up too fast
And be sure
To make all the good times last

 

Indie Mother Daughter Songs

Carole King – Where You Lead, I Will Follow
1971, Indie

If you need, you need me to be with you
I will follow where you lead

James Taylor – You’ve Got A Friend
1971, Indie

All you have to do is call
And I’ll be there
You’ve got a friend

JJ Heller – A Mother Like You
2019, Indie

I hope that I love like you do
‘Cause I know that this world would be better
If everyone had a mother like you

JJ Heller – I Get To Be The One
2021, Indie

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

 

Miscellaneous Mother Daughter Songs

Cast from Fiddler On The Roof – Sunrise, Sunset
1964, Broadway

Sunrise, sunset
Swiftly fly the years
One season following another
Laden with happiness and tears

Josh Groban – You Raise Me Up
2002, Inspirational

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

 

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:

 

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

  1. Milo Nelson says:

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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?

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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???

  9. 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?????

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. elaine says:

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

  13. Kathy says:

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

  14. 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.

  15. 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 .

  16. Bri says:

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

  17. Rosa says:

    You forgot Sade “By your side “

  18. 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?

  19. 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”.

  20. 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

  21. 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

  22. 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

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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

  26. 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

  27. 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

  28. 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.

  29. Jade Peacock says:

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

  30. 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.

  31. theresia says:

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

  32. Dee says:

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

  33. 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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