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90 Best Mother-Son Dance Songs


Every mother dreams of the day when she can dance with her son at his wedding. The mother-son dance is the symbolic ending of one family and the beginning of another — just like the father-daughter dance. It’s a beautiful thing to watch. It can be quite a tear-jerker, in fact.

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What Are The Best Mother-Son Wedding Songs?

The best mother-son wedding song is a ballad. This song should represent the commonality and unique relationship between the groom and his mother. With that said, our list of mother-son songs can be used for other celebrations.

The mother-son songs can also be awesome to celebrate the birth of a son. They 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 but below are the Top 90 popular songs.

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

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SongAmazon Link
21 Pilots
House of Gold
2011, Indie Rock
Sweetest Devotion
2015, Pop
Alan Jackson
Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus
2006, Christian
B. J. Thomas
1966, Country
Backstreet Boys
Perfect Fan
1999, Pop
Beach Boys
God Only Knows
1966, Pop
I’m Happy Just To Dance With You
1964, Rock
In My Life
1965, Rock
Ben E. King
Stand By Me
1961, Soul
2009, Pop
Billy Joel
Just The Way You Are
1977, Rock
Blake Shelton
The Baby
2003, Country
Bon Jovi
Story Of Love
2020, Rock
Boyz II Men
A Song For Mama
1997, R&B
Caleb and Kelsey
2019, Christian
Caleb Beachy
I Love This Dance
2021, Indie
Calum Scott
No Matter What
2018, Pop
Carrie Underwood
Mama’s Song
2010, Country
Cast from Fiddler on the Roof
Sunrise, Sunset
1964, Broadway
Celine Dion
Because You Loved Me
1996, Pop
Chris Jasper feat. Margie Jasper
My Little Boy
2019, Pop
I Got You
2015, Pop
Three Times A Lady
1978, Soul
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Teach Your Children
1970, Rock
2020, Hip Hop
Dermot Kennedy
Days Like This
2020, Rock
Thank You
2000, Pop
Dixie Chicks
Godspeed (Sweet Dreams)
2002, Country
Ed Sheeran
Supermarket Flowers
2017, Pop
Elton John
1995, Pop
Elton John
Your Song
1970, Pop
Elvis Presley
1968, Pop
Elvis Presley
The Wonder Of You
1970, Pop
Eric Church
Like Jesus Does
2013, Country
Eric Clapton
Wonderful Tonight
1977, Rock
Faith Hill
There You’ll Be
2001, Country
Fleetwood Mac
1975, Rock
Frank Patterson
My Son
1999, Irish
Frank Sinatra
The Way You Look Tonight
1964, Pop
Garth Brooks
2014, Country
Garth Brooks
The Dance
1990, Country
Granger Smith
Man Made
2020, Country
I'll Always Love My Momma
1973, R&B
Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
Over The Rainbow
1990, World
Jackson 5
I’ll Be There
1970, R&B
James Taylor
How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)
1975, Rock
James Taylor
You’ve Got A Friend
1971, Rock
Jason Matthews
That’s What Mamas Do
2008, Country
Jason Mraz
93 Million Miles
2012, Rock
Jim Brickman feat. Lady Antebellum
Never Alone
2007, Pop
Joe Cocker
You Are So Beautiful
1974, Rock
Josh Groban
You Raise Me Up
2002, Inspirational
Mother’s Love
2010, R&B
Kenny Chesney
Don’t Blink
2007, Country
Kenny Rogers
Through The Years
1982, Country
Lauren Alaina
Like My Mother Does
2011, Country
Lee Ann Womack
I Hope You Dance
2000, Country
Lee Brice
2017, Country
Lee Brice
The Best Part Of Me
2017, Country
Loggins & Messina
Your Mama Don’t Dance
1972, Rock
Louis Armstrong
What A Wonderful World
1967, Pop
Luke Combs feat. Amanda Shires
Without You
2020, Country
Lunchmoney Lewis
2015, Pop
Lynyrd Skynyrd
Simple Man
1973, Rock
Marc Anthony
My Baby You
1999, Latin
Mariah Carey
1993, R&B
Mark Harris
Find Your Wings
2005, Christian
Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
1967, R&B
Matthew John
2018, Pop
Meghan Trainor
2016, Pop
Mikki Viereck
A Song For My Son
1991, Pop
Molly Pasutti
The Man You’ve Become
2008, Pop
MotherLode Trio
Farley’s Boy
2003, Country
Nat King Cole & Natalie Cole
1991, R&B
Paul Simon
Loves Me Like A Rock
1973, Pop Rock
Phil Collins
You’ll Be In My Heart
1999, Pop
Pink Floyd
1979, The Wall
Queen Naija
Mama’s Hand
2018, R&B
You’re My Best Friend
1976, Rock
Rascal Flatts
My Wish
2006, Country
Reba McEntire
He Gets That From Me
2003, Country
Reba Mcentire
You’re Gonna Be
2005, Country
Rod Stewart
Forever Young
1988, Pop
Rod Stewart
Have I Told You Lately
1993, Rock
Scott Keo
All To You
2012, Pop Rock
The One Thing
2014, Pop
Sheryl Crow
Sweet Child o' Mine
1998, Rock
Simple Man
2003, Rock
Steven Curtis Chapman
I Will Be Here
2003, Christian
Stevie Wonder
You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
1972, Soul
2018, Country
Swon Brothers
2020, Country
Taylor Hicks
Do I Make You Proud
2006, Soul
Thomas Finchum
2019, Country
Tim Mcgraw
Humble And Kind
2015, Country
Tim McGraw
I Called Mama
2020, Country
Tom Petty
1994, Rock
Trace Adkins
Then They Do
2003, Country
Van Morrison
Days Like This
1995, Rock
Whitney Houston
Greatest Love Of All
1985, R&B

What Is the Mother-Son Dance?

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.

Some wedding couples combine the father-daughter dance with the mother groom dance. Both couples dance to the same song. 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.

Similar song lists for further reading:

What If My Family Isn’t Traditional?

Families have complex relationships these days. That’s okay. Same-sex couples can choose to dance with the family member of their choice: mother, mentor. Step-mothers can have a second song. Estranged family members can have stand-ins. You can even dance with your in-laws if you wish.

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 song for each. Talk about it with your professional wedding planner or DJ.


Can I Do the Mother-Son Dance without My Mom?

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.


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6 responses to “90 Best Mother-Son Dance Songs”

  1. jeffrey says:

    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.

    • Matthew Campbell says:

      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.

  2. Dian says:

    House of Gold
    21 Pilots

    Supermarket Flowers
    Ed Sheeran

  3. kikee says:

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

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