100 Best Mother Daughter Songs For A Dance Or Dedication

Updated on January 31, 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 dedication or dance during the wedding reception.

When selecting a song to dedicate to your mom, we recommend selecting a song that has a special meaning for both of you.

Mother-Daughter Wedding Songs

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 songs for dance or dedication.

Every couple’s music tastes are different. Thus, we selected mother-daughter songs that include many different eras and music styles.

 

My Top 10 Mother-Daughter Songs

  1. “When God Made You My Mother” by Riley Roth
  2. “Like My Mother Does” by Lauren Alaina
  3. “Cover Me In Sunshine” by P!nk, Willow Sage Hart
  4. “Mama” by Spice Girls
  5. “Her” by Anne-Marie
  6. “Mama’s Hand” by Queen Naija
  7. “A Mother Like You” by JJ Heller
  8. “Twenty Years From Now” by Kylie Rae Harris
  9. “Shiny” by Sara Bareilles
  10. “Mamas” by Anne Wilson, Hillary Scott

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What are the popular mother and daughter songs by genre?

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.

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.

Pop

superhuman – Bishop Briggs

Released in 2022 on the album superhuman, Genre: Pop
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Lovable Lyrics:

You’re superhuman
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
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Lovable Lyrics:

No matter what they say
Yes, you’ll be in my heart
Always

My Hero – Westlife

Released in 2021 on the album Wild Dreams, Genre: Pop
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Lovable Lyrics:

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
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Lovable Lyrics:

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
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Lovable Lyrics:

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
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Lovable Lyrics:

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
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Lovable Lyrics:

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
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Lovable Lyrics:

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
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Lovable Lyrics:

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
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Lovable Lyrics:

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
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Lovable Lyrics:

Each day
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
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Lovable Lyrics:

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
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Lovable Lyrics:

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
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Count on Me – Bruno Mars

Released in 2010 on the album Doo-Wops & Hooligans, Genre: Pop
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Lovable Lyrics:

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
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Lovable Lyrics:

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
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Lovable Lyrics:

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
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Lovable Lyrics:

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
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Lovable Lyrics:

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
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Lovable Lyrics:

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
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Lovable Lyrics:

Momma
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
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Lovable Lyrics:

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
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Lovable Lyrics:

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
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Lovable Lyrics:

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
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Lovable Lyrics:

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
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Lovable Lyrics:

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
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Lovable Lyrics:

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
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Lovable Lyrics:

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
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Lovable Lyrics:

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
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Lovable Lyrics:

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
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Lovable Lyrics:

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
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Lovable Lyrics:

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
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Lovable Lyrics:

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
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Lovable Lyrics:

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

Another popular way to honor your mother on your wedding day is to have a mother son dance.

R&B

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
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Lovable Lyrics:

Baby girl when you cry, I cry
Baby Girl
I will be by your side
Baby Girl
Momma’s here for you

Stand – Haley Smalls

Released in 2021 on the album Stand, Genre: R&B
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Lovable Lyrics:

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

My Song – H.E.R.

Released in 2018 on the album My Song, Genre: R&B
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Lovable Lyrics:

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
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Lovable Lyrics:

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
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Lovable Lyrics:

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
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Lovable Lyrics:

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
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Lovable Lyrics:

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
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Lovable Lyrics:

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
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Lovable Lyrics:

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
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Lovable Lyrics:

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 199 on the album MTV Unplugged, Genre: R&B
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Lovable Lyrics:

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
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Lovable Lyrics:

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
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Lovable Lyrics:

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
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Lovable Lyrics:

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
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Lovable Lyrics:

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

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

Country

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
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Lovable Lyrics:

As long as I got wheels on the streetThere’s knees on the bedside prayingWaiting to hear, “Hey, Ma, I made it”

Mamas – Anne Wilson, Hillary Scott

Released in 2022 on the album My Jesus, Genre: Country
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Lovable Lyrics:

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
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Lovable Lyrics:

That you would be my heroAnd everything I wanna beWhen God made you my motherHe was bein’ good to me

Hey Mama – Britnee Kellogg

Released in 2021 on the album Hey Mama, Genre: Country
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Lovable Lyrics:

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
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Lovable Lyrics:

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
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Lovable Lyrics:

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
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Lovable Lyrics:

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
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Lovable Lyrics:

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
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Lovable Lyrics:

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
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Lovable Lyrics:

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
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Lovable Lyrics:

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
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Lovable Lyrics:

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
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Lovable Lyrics:

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
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Lovable Lyrics:

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
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Lovable Lyrics:

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
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Lovable Lyrics:

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 the album Twice the Speed of Life, Genre: Country
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Lovable Lyrics:

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

In My Daughter’s Eyes – Martina McBride

Released in 2003 on the album Martina, Genre: Country
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Lovable Lyrics:

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
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Lovable Lyrics:

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
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Lovable Lyrics:

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
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Lovable Lyrics:

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

26 (Cents Sign) – Wilkinsons

Released in 1998 on the album Nothing but Love, Genre: Country
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Lovable Lyrics:

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
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Lovable Lyrics:

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
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Lovable Lyrics:

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
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Lovable Lyrics:

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
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Lovable Lyrics:

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.

Christian

Slow Down – Nichole Nordeman

Released in 2015 on the album Every Mile Mattered, Genre: Christian
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Lovable Lyrics:

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

Barbie Bandaids – Isaacs

Released in 2008 on the album Big Sky, Genre: Christian
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Lovable Lyrics:

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
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Lovable Lyrics:

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
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Lovable Lyrics:

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
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Lovable Lyrics:

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
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Lovable Lyrics:

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 combined parent dance.

Rock

utopia – Lykke Li

Released in 2018 on the album So Sad So Sexy, Genre: Rock
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Lovable Lyrics:

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
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Lovable Lyrics:

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 (Duet) – Elvis & Lisa Marie Presley

Released in 2012 on the album Elvis Presley, Genre: Rock
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Lovable Lyrics:

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
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Lovable Lyrics:

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
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Lovable Lyrics:

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
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Lovable Lyrics:

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
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Lovable Lyrics:

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
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Lovable Lyrics:

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
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Lovable Lyrics:

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

You’re My Best Friend – Queen

Released in 1976 on m the album A Night at the Opera, Genre: Rock
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Lovable Lyrics:

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
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Lovable Lyrics:

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

Another special moment at a reception if you have siblings is to have a sister’s song and/or sister and brother’s song both for a dance or dedication.

Indie

I Get To Be The One – JJ Heller

Released in 2021 on the album Deeper, Genre: Indie
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Lovable Lyrics:

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
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Lovable Lyrics:

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
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Lovable Lyrics:

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

You’ve Got A Friend – James Taylor

Released in 1971 on the album Mud Slide Slim, Genre: Indie
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Lovable Lyrics:

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

Other

My Mother’s Hand – Jill Barber

Released in 2022 on the album My Mother’s Hand, Genre: Americana
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Lovable Lyrics

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
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Lovable Lyrics:

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
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Lovable Lyrics:

Mama know the lay of the land
Of he heartland

You Raise Me Up – Josh Groban

Released in 2002 on the album Once in a Red Moon, Genre: Inspirational
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Lovable Lyrics:

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
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Lovable Lyrics:

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

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 a 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 our list of memorial songs for remembering loved ones.

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About Matthew Campbell

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67 Comments

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

  2. 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

    1. 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.

    1. 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. 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?

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

    1. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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???

  6. 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?????

  7. 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.

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

  8. 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

    1. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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 .

  11. 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

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

  12. 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.

    1. 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”.

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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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 ?

    1. 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.

  17. 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?

    1. 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.

  18. 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!

    1. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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

  21. 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.

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

  23. 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.

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

  25. 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.

    1. 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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