Mother Son Dance Songs: Personalized to Your Relationship

Updated November 14, 2023 | Author: Matthew Campbell

The mother and son (groom) dance during the wedding reception is a very special moment between parent and child. The dance celebrates your relationship.

Know popular mother-and-son songs chosen from real weddings – and unique hits.

mom and son dancing at wedding
Photo Credit: M Place Productions @mplacepro

When picking out the song to dance the mother-son 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-son 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 groom, additional lists are grouped by genre to match your taste in music.

New Mother-Son Songs

  1. Growing Up Raising You – Gabby Barrett (Country – 2023)
  2. Perfect Day – Al Green (R&B – 2023)
  3. Drew Baldridge – Can She Have This Dance (Country – 2023)
  4. Mama’s Do – The Dryes (Country – 2023)
  5. Raised Up Right – Riley Green (Country – 2023)
  6. Mother’s Love – Soul Payn (R&B – 2023)
  7. “Can She Have This Dance” by Drew Baldridge (Country – 2023)
  8. “No Prayer Like Mama’s” by Jay Allen (Country – 2023)
  9. “superhuman” by Bishop Briggs (Pop – 2022)
  10. “You Will Always Be My Son” by Caleb and Kelsey (Pop – 2022)

Below is a list of popular and unique alternative mother-son dance songs. The songs on the left are popular mother-son dance hits. The songs on the right are similar alternative tracks in the same music style, tempo, and mood – but not played at every wedding.

Popular SongsUnique Alternatives
1. My Wish – Rascal Flatts
2. Humble And Kind – Tim McGraw
3. You’ll Be In My Heart – Phil Collins
4. A Song For Mama – Boyz II Men
5. Simple Man – Lynyrd Skynyrd / Shinedown
6. Days Like This – Van Morrison
7. What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
8. I Hope You Dance – Lee Ann Womack
9. Landslide – Fleetwood Mac / The Chicks
10. Thought You Should Know – Morgan Wallen
11. Forever Young – Rod Stewart
12. Boy – Lee Brice
13. Because You Loved Me – Celine Dion
14. Her Little Man – Jami Grooms
15. In My Life – Beatles
16. Stand By Me – Ben E. King
17. You Raise Me Up – Josh Groban
18. 93 Million Miles – Jason Mraz
19. Don’t Blink – Kenny Chesney
20. You’re Gonna Be – Reba McEntire
21. Never Alone – Jim Brickman, Lady A
22. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life – Stevie Wonder
23. Your Song – Elton John
24. Like Jesus Does – Eric Church
25. The Perfect Fan – Backstreet Boys
26. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) – J. Taylor
27. Lean On Me – Bill Withers
1. Can She Have This Dance – Drew Baldridge
2. Most People Are Good – Luke Bryan
3. No Matter What – Calum Scott
4. Mother – Michael Bublé
5. Loves Me Like A Rock – Paul Simon
6. Days Like This – Dermot Kennedy
7. Perfect Day – Al Green
8. You Are My Sunshine – Chris & Morgane Stapleton
9. Glitter In the Air – P!nk
10. I Called Mama – Tim McGraw
11. Story Of Love – Bon Jovi
12. You Will Always Be My Son – Caleb and Kelsey
13. When God Made You My Mother – Riley Roth
14. He’s Her Life – Waylon Nihipali
15. You’ve Got a Friend in Me – Randy Newman
16. One Call Away – Charlie Puth
17. No Prayer Like Mama’s – Jay Allen
18. House of Gold – 21 Pilots
19. Next Thing You Know – Jordan Davis
20. The Good Ones – Gabby Barrett
21. Call My Name – Lukas Graham
22. I Got You – Ciara
23. I Love You Mom – Jackson Nance
24. Mama Ain’t Jesus – Jordan Rowe, Lainey Wilson
25. superhuman – Bishop Briggs
26. Your Mama Don’t Dance – Loggins & Messina
27. Will You Be There – Michael Jackson

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Mother-Son Dance Songs by Relationship

Mother and Son Are Friends

  • You’ve Got A Friend – James Taylor
  • You’re My Best Friend – Queen
  • In My Life – Beatles

Mom’s Love For Her Son

  • Dance With Me, Baby – Toni Becker
  • No Matter What – Calum Scott
  • Everything – Matthew John
  • Boy – Caleb and Kelsey
  • He’s Her Life – Waylon Nihipali
  • You’re Gonna Be (Always Loved by Me) – Reba Mcentire
  • Mama’s Hand – Queen Naija

Son’s Love For His Mom

  • Mother – Michael Bublé
  • All To You – Scott Keo
  • I Love You Mom – Jackson Nance
  • A Song For Mama – Boyz II Men
  • I Love This Dance – Caleb Beachy

Putting Mom in High Regard

  • superhuman – Bishop Briggs
  • My Hero – Westlife
  • Perfect Fan – Backstreet Boys
  • Hero – Mariah Carey
  • Mama Ain’t Jesus – Jordan Rowe, Lainey Wilson

Moms and Sons Being There For Each Other

  • Call My Name – Lukas Graham
  • One Call Away – Charlie Puth
  • You’ll Be In My Heart – Phil Collins
  • There You’ll Be – Faith Hill
  • I’ll Be There – Jackson 5
  • Stand By Me – Ben E. King

Unexpected & Fun About Moms and Sons

  • Sorry Mom – The Band CAMINO
  • Mama – Lunchmoney Lewis
  • Your Mama Don’t Dance – Loggins & Messina
  • Loves Me Like A Rock – Paul Simon
  • I’ll Always Love My Mama – Intruders

Mom’s Dedication To Son For The Future

  • Forever Young – Rod Stewart
  • Find Your Wings – Mark Harris
  • Humble And Kind – Tim McGraw
  • My Wish – Rascal Flatts
  • Simple Man – Shinedown
  • Days Like This – Van Morrison

Songs for Every Mom & Son

  • What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
  • Teach Your Children – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
  • I’m Happy Just To Dance With You – Beatles
  • Over The Rainbow – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

Songs For A Single Mom and Son

  • Mama Was Daddy Too – Tainted Lyric
  • Mother – Pink Floyd

Songs For A Stepmom and Stepson

  • Blended Family (What You Do For Love) – Alicia Keys feat. A$AP Rocky
  • Step by Step – Brandon Davis
  • My Boy – Elvie Shane
  • (See more stepmom and stepson songs)

Groom and Mother-In-Law

  • The Good Ones – Gabby Barrett
  • I Hope You Dance – Lee Ann Womack
  • Most People Are Good – Luke Bryan
  • Humble And Kind – Tim McGraw

Groom and Grandma

  • Mamaw’s House – Thomas Rhett, Morgan Wallen
  • Grandma’s Garden – Zac Brown
  • Grandma’s Hands – Bill Withers
  • You’ll Be in My Heart – Brent Morgan

Groom and Sister

Tip

It’s a good idea to listen to the lyrics and select a love song or a special song that tells your story.

 

Indie Mother-Son Dance Songs

  1. Sorry Mom – The Band CAMINO
  2. I Love This Dance – Caleb Beachy
  3. House of Gold – 21 Pilots
  4. You’ve Got A Friend – James Taylor

Tip

If you have selected a mother-son dance, don’t forget about the bride! Plan a father-daughter dance with a special song.

Pop Mom-Son Dance Tracks

Dance With Me, Baby – Toni Becker

Most Meaningful Lyrics: “Looking at you takes my breath away / from the moment your life began / to this strong and handsome man / On your wedding day”

The song is a love sentiment from a mother to her son. “Dance With Me, Baby” expresses all the love and emotion that a mom feels for her son as they dance for all that was and all that’s yet to be.

  1. superhuman – Bishop Briggs
  2. You Will Always Be My Son – Caleb and Kelsey
  3. Mother – Michael Bublé
  4. My Hero – Westlife
  5. Call My Name – Lukas Graham
  6. No Matter What – Calum Scott
  7. Everything – Matthew John
  8. Sweetest Devotion – Adele
  9. Mama – Lunchmoney Lewis
  10. The One Thing – Shakira
  11. All To You – Scott Keo
  12. Halo – Beyonce
  13. The Man You’ve Become – Molly Pasutti
  14. Never Alone – Jim Brickman feat. Lady A
  15. Do I Make You Proud – Taylor Hicks
  16. Thank You – Dido
  17. Perfect Fan – Backstreet Boys
  18. You’ll Be In My Heart – Phil Collins
  19. Because You Loved Me – Celine Dion
  20. Blessed – Elton John
  21. A Song For My Son – Mikki Viereck
  22. Forever Young – Rod Stewart
  23. Your Song – Elton John
  24. What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
  25. God Only Knows – Beach Boys

Tip

Not every wedding is standard. If your father “re-married”, take a look at our list of stepmom and stepson songs.

 

Christian Mother-Son Dance Tunes

  1. Boy – Caleb and Kelsey
  2. Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus – Alan Jackson
  3. Find Your Wings – Mark Harris
  4. I Will Be Here – Steven Curtis Chapman

Tip

If you would like to have a special dance with your mother-in-law, see a list of songs for a groom to dance with his mother-in-law.

Country Mother-Groom Dance Hits

  1. Growing Up Raising You – Gabby Barrett
  2. He’s Her Life – Waylon Nihipali
  3. I Love You Mom – Jackson Nance
  4. She’s Magic – Mike Parker
  5. Tell Me Twice – Chayce Beckham
  6. Son Of A – Dillon Carmichael
  7. Mama Ain’t Jesus – Jordan Rowe, Lainey Wilson
  8. Mama’s Boy – Ryan Griffin
  9. That’s What Mamas Are For – Chris Lane
  10. Mama Was Daddy Too – Tainted Lyric
  11. Mommas – Swon Brothers
  12. I Called Mama – Tim McGraw
  13. Mothers & Sons – Paul Bogart
  14. Mothers – Thomas Finchum
  15. Her Little Man – Jami Grooms
  16. Mama’s Boy – Heidi Raye
  17. Mother – Sugarland
  18. Boy – Lee Brice
  19. Humble And Kind – Tim McGraw
  20. Mom – Garth Brooks
  21. That’s What Mamas Do – Jason Matthews
  22. Don’t Blink – Kenny Chesney
  23. My Wish – Rascal Flatts
  24. You’re Gonna Be (Always Loved by Me) – Reba Mcentire
  25. He Gets That From Me – Reba McEntire
  26. Then They Do – Trace Adkins
  27. Godspeed (Sweet Dreams) – The Chicks
  28. There You’ll Be – Faith Hill
  29. I Hope You Dance – Lee Ann Womack
  30. Mama – B. J. Thomas
  31. You Are My Sunshine – Morgane Stapleton with Chris Stapleton
  32. What I Never Knew I Always Wanted – Carrie Underwood
  33. If I Didn’t Have You – Thompson Square
  34. Mother Like Mine – The Band Perry
  35. The Best Day – Taylor Swift
  36. God’s Been Good to Me – Keith Urban
  37. Angels – Randy Travis
  38. The Baby – Blake Shelton
  39. In My Life – Johnny Cash
  40. Just to See You Smile – Tim McGraw

Tip

If you would like to have your sister step in for your mother, see our list of brother and sister songs for a special dance.

 
Groom and mom dance at reception
Photo Credit: M Place Productions @mplacepro

Rock Mother-Son Tracks

  1. Story Of Love – Bon Jovi
  2. Days Like This – Dermot Kennedy
  3. 93 Million Miles – Jason Mraz
  4. Simple Man – Shinedown
  5. Sweet Child o’ Mine – Sheryl Crow
  6. Days Like This – Van Morrison
  7. Mother – Pink Floyd
  8. You’re My Best Friend – Queen
  9. Landslide – Fleetwood Mac
  10. Simple Man – Lynyrd Skynyrd
  11. Loves Me Like A Rock – Paul Simon
  12. Your Mama Don’t Dance – Loggins & Messina
  13. Teach Your Children – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
  14. In My Life – Beatles
  15. I’m Happy Just To Dance With You – Beatles
  16. Letter To My Mother – Edwin McCain
  17. Thank You, Mom – Good Charlotte
  18. Thank You for Loving Me – Bon Jovi
  19. With Arms Wide Open – Creed
  20. When You Need Me – Bruce Springsteen
  21. Forever Young – The Pretenders
  22. I’ll Stand By You – The Pretenders
  23. Mama, I’m Coming Home – Ozzy Osbourne
  24. Nothing Else Matters – Metallica
  25. Your Mama Don’t Dance – Poison
  26. Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns N’ Roses
  27. Dog and Butterfly – Heart
  28. Here Comes The Sun – The Beatles
  29. Sweet Thing – Van Morrison
  30. Your Mother Should Know – The Beatles
  31. With A Girl Like You – The Troggs

Tip

You are already thinking about the parent dances for your wedding. Have you picked a song for your first dance as a married couple yet?

 

R&B Mother-Son Dance Songs

  1. My Little Boy – Chris Jasper feat. Margie Jasper
  2. Mama’s Hand – Queen Naija
  3. Mother’s Love – KEM
  4. A Song For Mama – Boyz II Men
  5. Hero – Mariah Carey
  6. Greatest Love Of All – Whitney Houston
  7. Three Times A Lady – Commodores
  8. I’ll Always Love My Mama – Intruders
  9. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life – Stevie Wonder
  10. I’ll Be There – Jackson 5
  11. Stand By Me – Ben E. King

Tip

Other parent dances to consider not at every wedding would be a father-son dedication song and also a song for a mother and daughter dance. Do what makes you happy!

Misc Mom-Son Dance Tracks

  1. Momma’s Love – Morray
  2. MOM – Daniyel
  3. You Raise Me Up – Josh Groban
  4. My Son – Frank Patterson
  5. My Baby You – Marc Anthony
  6. Over The Rainbow – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
  7. Sunrise, Sunset – Cast from Fiddler on the Roof
 
 

FAQs

The best mother-son dance song is typically a song for a special dance during your wedding reception.

A good choice should represent the commonality and unique relationship between the groom and his mother.

The song can also be a slow song or an upbeat song.

The mother-son songs can also be awesome to celebrate a special moment like a birth.

The songs can also be used as a dedication song from a son to his mother on Mother’s Day.

It would be impossible to name all the great mother-son wedding songs to make a perfect choice on your big day.

Just be sure your wedding band or DJ has your requested playlist beforehand of your song choice.

Traditionally, the Mother-Son Dance is the dance between the mother of the groom and her son. It comes after the Father-Daughter Dance in the wedding reception timeline.

It is a heartfelt moment during the wedding reception. Most likely, it will be filmed and photographed, so be sure to choose a great song to celebrate your special relationship.

Some wedding couples combine the father-daughter dance with the mother-groom dance. Both couples dance to the same song. (See a list of music to play for both parents and wedding couple to dance at the reception)

If you decide to do this, talk to your wedding planner and DJ; they should be able to give great suggestions that will help you choose the song.

Traditionally at weddings, the groom will dance with his mother (or mother figure) during the wedding reception immediately following the father-daughter dance.

If his mother has passed, the groom can choose to dance with his mother-in-law or sister as a replacement. The mother-son dance signifies the love between a mother and her son.

The song you choose to dedicate to your son as a mother can be many of the songs listed here.

First, select the music style and from there listen to each song on the list to determine if the song tells the same relationship you have with your son.

Typically the groom or the mother of the groom will select the song for the mother-son dance.

At a typical wedding, there is no formal dance for the groom to dance with his new mother-in-law.

However, the groom can dance with her during the dancing part of the reception to signify their new family bond.

If the dance is important to the wedding couple, you could choose to have an in-law dance where the bride dances with her new father-in-law and the groom dances with his new mother-in-law.

See our list of in-law dance songs.

Families have complex relationships these days. That’s okay. Same-sex couples can choose to dance with the family member of their choice: mother, or mentor.

A better way for stepmothers can have a second song. Estranged family members can have stand-ins. You can even dance with your in-laws if you wish for a sweet moment on your special day.

Grooms, if you have more than one mother in your life, there are options.

One can tap the other on the shoulder in the middle of the dance so you can dance with both of your moms. You may even want a sweet song for each.

Talk about it with your professional wedding planner or DJ.

No matter if the mom is the mother to one of the wedding couples or if she is the bride, many songs describe the love and bond between a mother and her son.

Just be sure to listen to the lyrics when selecting a song that describes your life journey with your son.

If one of the wedding couple’s parents is no longer living, you can adapt or skip the Mother-Son Dance.

This is an emotional decision, for sure. If your new spouse will dance with her father, then you’ll certainly want to have your time to shine.

Perhaps your mom passed away or you are estranged. If your mother isn’t alive, a common substitute is a mother figure.

Many of us have those people in our lives. Your sister or aunt would make a very nice gesture See our list of sister-brother songs.

If this dance is too painful because of a recent loss or estrangement, you can skip the Mother-Son Dance.

It’s your celebration. Talk to your wedding planner; they are experienced with this delicate relationship.

Country music is known for telling great stories. Many county songs describe a mother and son relationship including “Mama’s Boy” by Ryan Griffin, “I Called Mama” by Tim McGraw, “Boy” by Lee Brice, and “That’s What Mamas Are For” by Chris Lane.

Why trust Matthew Campbell?

DJ, Author, Music Lover

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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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Charlene Fiorentino
Charlene Fiorentino
1 year ago

Suggestion for mother son dance when mom is the bride

My Wedding Songs
My Wedding Songs
1 year ago

Hi Charlene. Thank you for your question. Many of the above songs would be appropriate for a dance with your son. However, I will create a list for just the scenario and add it this page.

Lynne B
Lynne B
2 years ago

Love the song “I get to love you” by Ruelle. Does this seem appropriate?

My Wedding Songs
My Wedding Songs
2 years ago
Reply to  Lynne B

Hi Lynn. Thanks for your question. I love Ruelle’s song “I Get To Love You”. We have it on several ceremony songs. However, we would save the song for a moment between the wedding couple and not a parent-child moment. Hope this helps.

jeffrey
jeffrey
3 years ago

I’m getting married. I am older than my sister and my mother has passed on. My sister used The Wind Beneath my Wings for a dance for the two of us at her wedding. I want something to dance with her at my wedding that is equally special so please give me ideas.

My Wedding Songs
My Wedding Songs
3 years ago
Reply to  jeffrey

Hi Jeffery. Thanks for reaching out. Please see our list of Sister Brother songs. Listen to each song and the lyrics to see if one describes your relationship. However, we always recommend playing a song that is special to both of you over trying to find a song that describes your relationship. Hope this helps.

Dian
Dian
4 years ago

House of Gold
21 Pilots

Supermarket Flowers
Ed Sheeran

My Wedding Songs
My Wedding Songs
4 years ago
Reply to  Dian

Thank you so much Dian. We will definitely be adding your 2 song suggestions on our next update!

kikee
kikee
4 years ago

I’ll pick thank you for loving me by bon jovi

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My Wedding Songs
4 years ago
Reply to  kikee

Hi Kikee. Thanks for sharing. A great modern classic rock love song!