Nearly every couple getting married asks for help with song suggestions. By far, the song that couples need the most help with is… the Mother Son Dance.
This list is here to help! Ideally, you’ll find a song that has special meaning to both the groom and his mother, but let’s be honest, not every family has that song. This list consists of the 65 (plus a couple more) best mother son wedding dance songs in existence.
Get ready to listen, have fun with these tracks, and you’ll find one that fits for you. This dance moment at your wedding isn’t about the perfect song, it’s about recognizing the groom’s mother.
To the list!
A Song for Mama – Boyz II Men
“You taught me everything. Everything you’ve given me, I’ll always keep it inside. You’re the driving force in my life.” With lyrics like that, it’s easy to see why “A song for Mama” is one of the most popular Mother Son Wedding Dance songs year after year.
I’ll Always Love My Mama – The Intruders
“I’ll always love my mama, she’s my favorite girl. I’ll always love my mama, she brought me in this world.” Before there was ‘A Song for Mama’ by Boyz II Men, there was ‘I’ll Always Love My Mama’ by The Intruders. It’s a six and a half minute ode to how awesome moms are. Don’t worry, you won’t have to dance for all six and a half minutes.
God Only Knows – The Beach Boys
“I may not always love you. But long as there are stars above you, you never need to doubt it. I’ll make you so sure about it. God only knows what I’d be without you.” Great song, appropriate lyrics, and it is SHORT, specially designed for grooms who don’t like to dance.
What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
“I see trees of green, red roses too. I see them bloom, for me and you. And I think to myself, what a wonderful world.” You are probably using this song somewhere in your wedding. It’s a classic and usually makes an appearance. Simply put, you can’t go wrong with this song, ever. If there’s any song you are stuck on, whether it’s the Mother Son Dance, Father Daughter Dance, Bridal March… whatever song you are stuck on, plug in ‘What A Wonderful World’ and you’re there. #WeddingHack
Over The Rainbow – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
“Somewhere over the rainbow, blue birds fly. And the dreams that you dream of, dreams really do come true.” Like ‘What A Wonderful World’ above, this song will be used somewhere in your wedding. It can go anywhere, and it works in all situations.
The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra
“Some day, when I’m awfully low. When the world is cold, I will feel a glow just thinking of you. And the way you look tonight.” If you can’t dance to this on your wedding day, you might be dead inside.
Stand By Me – Everybody
“When the night has come, and the land is dark. And the moon is the only light we’ll see. No I won’t be afraid. No I won’t be afraid. Just as long as you stand, stand by me.” This song is so good, it’s been covered by everybody in the music industry. Just pick a version that you like, they are all fantastic. It doesn’t matter if it’s Ben E. King, Otis Redding, John Lennon, or even Prince Royce.
(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher & Higher – Jackie Wilson
“You know your love keep on lifting, higher and higher. I said your love keep on lifting me, higher and higher.” If it’s good enough for Ghostbuster 2, it’s good enough for your wedding. Fact.
Mama Said – Lukas Graham
“When Mama said that is was okay, Mama said that it was quite alright. Our kind of people had a bed for the night, and it was okay.” Just in case you want a song written in this millenium, here you go.
93 Million Miles – Jason Mraz
“Oh my beautiful mother, she told me ‘son, in life you’re gonna go far. If you do it right, you’ll love where you are. Just know that wherever you go, You can always come home.’” This is a great, upbeat song that sits in between the slow and fast tempo songs on this list. This song should be used more in weddings.
The Perfect Fan – Backstreet Boys
“You showed me when I was young, just how to grow. You showed me everything that I should know. You showed me just how to walk without your hands. ‘Cause mom you always were the perfect fan.” If you can stomach dancing to a boy band tune at your wedding (or you’re a boy band superfan), this is your top choice.
My Wish – Rascal Flatts
“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. And while you’re out there getting where you’re getting to, I hope you know somebody loves you and wants the same things too.” Rascall Flatts have made a good living off of singing songs with some sappy lyrics.
Because You Loved Me – Celine Dion
“Maybe I don’t know that much but I know this much is true, I was blessed because I was loved by you.” Celine Dion sang her way into the hearts of an entire generation. Mainly, your mother’s generation. She’ll love it.
Child of Mine – Carole King
“You don’t need directions, you know which way to go. And I don’t want to hold you back, I just want to watch you grow.” Not to be confused with ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’. Actually, that song wouldn’t be bad either. In fact…
Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns N’ Roses
“She’s got a smile it seems to me, reminds me of childhood memories. Where everything was as fresh as the bright blue sky.” It’s a fun song, has appropriate lyrics, and you can dance to it. It has also been covered by dozens of artists, so it’s easy to find a version of this song that you love. The song is so good, Slash did a cover of his own song.
The First Lady In My Life – Paul Todd
“From sleepless nights and rocking chairs, your smiling face was always there. From little trucks and building blocks, you held my hand while I learned to walk. You were my best friend, my inspiration, the one I looked up to. Hey Mom… the first lady in my life was you.” It’s very clear that Paul Todd wants to be a part of your wedding, and frankly, you might want to let him. Check out his website. There’s not much going on there. We should throw him a bone. Also, anyone that can rock the Founding Fathers look in the 2000’s deserves your respect.
How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) – James Taylor
“I needed the shelter of someone’s arms, and there you were. I needed someone to understand my ups and downs, and there you were.” Everyone knows this song, even if they don’t think they do. Everyone loves this song, even if they don’t think they do.
I Hope You Dance – Lee Ann Womack
“I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean. Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens.” For the country fans in the audience. We hope you dance.
Thank You Mom – Good Charlotte
“I’m sitting here, I’m thinking back to a time when I was young. My memory is clear as day, I’m listening to the dishes clink. You were downstairs, you would sing songs of praise. And all the times we laughed with you, and all the times that you stayed true to us.” If you were in high school in the late 90s or early 2000’s and wore a lot of black without ever leaving your room, this song might be for you. Show your mom how much you’ve grown up and share the moment with your friends and family.
Oh, Mother of Mine – The Temptations
“Oh mother of mine, I’ve been blind. The things that you tell me, yeah, I paid, I really paid it no mind. Oh please, oh please forgive me. Yes, I know I was wrong. But now, now I know, yeah, my place, my place is at home.” Sort of like the Good Charlotte song from above. It’s for the bad kids who grew up to have better taste in music.
Mama – Spice Girls
“I didn’t want to hear it then but, I’m not ashamed to say it now, every little thing you said and did was right for me.” For the guys who were little monsters growing up and want to say I’m sorry through song, dance, and the greatest British Pop Group of all time.
Hero – Mariah Carey
“So when you feel like hope is gone, look inside you and be strong. And you’ll finally see the truth, that a hero lies in you.” Bonus points if you can tough it out through the dance without any hot tea.
Mother Like Mine – The Band Perry
“There’s no safer place I’ve found than the shoulder of her white night gown. Oh I’ve got the best and the worst of her in me, and I’d share her if I could.” More country. If you like that vibe, this is a winner.
Hey Mama – Kanye West
“Forest gump momma said, life was like a box of chocolates. My momma told me go to school, get your doctorate. Something to fall back on, you can profit with. But still supported me when I did the opposite.” Imma let you finish, but my Momma is one of the greatest Momma’s of all time…
Your Song – Elton John
“I hope you don’t mind that I put down in words, how wonderful life is while you’re in the world.” This is another song that has been covered precisely one million times. Nothing against Elton John, he’s a living legend. But, have you heard the Lady Gaga version? Is there a song she can’t crush?
You Are So Beautiful – Joe Cocker
“You are so beautiful, to me. Can’t you see? You’re everything I hope for, you’re everything I need. You are so beautiful to me.” Joe Cocker is famous for taking fun songs and rearranging them to make you want to cry.
Simple Man – Lynyrd Skynyrd
“Mama told me when I was young, ‘come sit beside me, my only son. And listen closely to what I say. And if you do this it’ll help you some sunny day’” Great song. Even the Shinedown version is good.
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
“Listen baby. Ain’t no mountain high, ain’t no valley low, ain’t no river wide enough baby. If you need me call me, no matter where you are, no matter how far. Don’t worry baby, just call my name. I’ll be there in a hurry” All time classic. Bonus points for it being on the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack, which means you’re current, relevant, and now whilst still at your wedding.
In My Life – The Beatles
“There are places I remember, all my life though some have changed. Some forever not for better.” You can’t go wrong with the Beatles. They always get the job done.
Unforgettable – Nat King Cole
“Unforgettable in every way, and forever more, that’s how you’ll stay.” Classic song. If you are struggling to find a song, just stop and go with this one. Problem solved.
I’ll Be There – Jackson 5
“Whenever you need me, I’ll be there. I’ll be there to protect you with an unselfish love I respect you. Just call my name and I’ll be there.” Appropriate lyrics? Check. A groove you can dance to? Check. King of pop prior to damaging legal proceedings? Check.
You’ve Got A Friend – James Taylor
“When you’re down and troubled and you need a helping hand, and nothing, whoa, nothing is going right. Close your eyes and think of me and soon I will be there, to brighten up even your darkest nights.” This song is good in its own right, but a lot of people confuse it with our next recommended song…
You’ve Got A Friend In Me – Randy Newman
“There isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for you. We stick together and see it through, ’cause you’ve got a friend in me.” Excuse me, Toy Story is on somewhere and I must watch.
You’re My Best Friend – Queen
“Ooh you make me live. Whenever this world is cruel to me, I got you to help me forgive. Ooh you make me live now honey. Ooh you make me live.” Just a subtle reminder that your mother literally gave you life.
Maybe I’m Amazed – Paul McCartney
“Maybe I’m amazed at the way you’re with me all the time. Maybe I’m afraid of the way I leave you. Maybe I’m amazed at the way you help me sing my song, right me when I’m wrong. Maybe I’m amazed at the way I really need you.” All time classic song with an all time classic guitar solo. What more do you need?
The Wonder Of You – Elvis Presley
“When no-one else can understand me, when everything I do is wrong. You give me hope and consolation, you give me strength to carry on.” Elvis doesn’t get the respect he deserves. His legacy is that he got fat. But look at the outfit this guy is rocking. It’s like he pointed to pictures of Liberace and Dracula and said ‘that’s what I want.’ That collar is 8 inches high. And he’s rocking a sash harder than you’ve ever rocked anything. Hats off to the king.
Do I Make You Proud – Taylor Hicks
“You were the one, the one to guide me through.” There’s something about “Karaoke Dad” from American Idol singing a song that you can dance to with your mom that feels so right.
Mama’s Song – Carrie Underwood
“Mama you taught me to do the right things, so now you have to let your baby fly. You’ve given me everything that I will need to make it through this crazy thing called life.” More country. But it’s crossover country, so you’ve got that going for you.
Have I Told You Lately – Barry Manilow
“Have I told you lately that I love you? Have I told you there’s no one above you? Fill my heart with gladness, take away my sadness, ease my troubles, that’s what you do.” This will be the one and only time we ever recommend Barry Manilow to anybody. Feel free to use Van Morrison’s version as an alternate.
All You Need Is Love – The Beatles
“Love, love, love. Love, love, love. Love, love, love.” It’s all you need, man.
Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler
“Did you ever know that you’re my hero, and everything I would like to be? I can fly higher than an eagle, for you are the wind beneath my wings.” For an updated take on this song, check out the wickedly talented Adele Dazeem. Er, wait… no. Idina Menzel.
The Rainbow Connection – Carpenters
“I’ve heard it too many times to ignore it. It’s something that I’m supposed to be. Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection. The lovers, the dreamers, and me” This version is solid, of course, but true wedding master’s go with Kermit the Frog’s version.
I’ll Remember – Madonna
“And I’ll remember the strength that you gave me. Now that I’m standing on my own, I’ll remember the way that you saved me. I’ll remember.” More great lyrics, as long as you can handle dancing to Madonna.
Upward Over The Mountain – Iron & Wine
“Mother don’t worry, I’ve got a coat and some friends on the corner. Mother don’t worry, she’s got a garden we’re planting together.” This song is for the grooms with long hair, a bushy beard, and a group of friends that he only sees once a year, at Bonnaroo.
Wildflowers – Tom Petty
“You belong among the wildflowers. You belong in a boat out at sea. You belong with your love on your arm. You belong somewhere you feel free.” Tom Petty is awesome, but steer clear of using ‘Last Dance With Mary Jane’.
The Baby – Blake Shelton
“I guess she was tired by the time I came along, she’d laugh until she cried. I could do no wrong. She would always save me, because I was her baby.” Works best if you were the youngest of several brothers. And… potentially also a rotten kid.
My Girl – Temptations
“I’ve got so much honey, the bees envy me. I’ve got a sweeter song than the birds in the trees. Well I guess you’d say, what can make me feel this way? My girl.” Ok, yes, the lyrics are not all that appropriate. In fact, it’s kind of creepy if you think about it too long. But it’s too good of a song not to include on this list.
You Are My Friend – Patti LaBelle
“The thought of you helps me carry on. When I feel all hope is gone, I see the world with brand new eyes. Your love has made me realize my future looks bright to me, oh because you are my friend.” There’s something nice about kids growing up and finding out that they actually like their parents, and not in the obligatory family-love type of way.
The Color of Love – Boyz II Men
“Like a bridge over troubled, troubled water, you stood beside me, stood beside me. And your love, did not falter. And then the angel, angel in you, ave me the strength to know that I will get through” Is this a good song? Yes. Is this song included only to pad the song count for the comprehensiveness of this blog post? Also yes. Look, if you are using a Boyz II Men song, it’s should be ‘A Song For Mama’.
Time After Time – Cyndi Lauper
“If you’re lost you can look and you will find me, time after time. If you fall I will catch you. I’ll be waiting, Time after time.” This song distills the definition of what being a parent is. Someone that will always be there. Let it flow.
You’ll Be In My Heart – Phil Collins
“Come stop your crying, it will be alright. Just take my hand and hold it tight, I will protect you. From all around you, I will be here, don’t you cry.” Phil Collins is known as the guy who sings that song with the drums. This isn’t that song, but it’s a good one from a Disney movie.
Colour My World – Chicago
“As time goes on, I realize, just what you mean to me.” They spell color in the fancy, British way, so you know it’s a classy song choice.
Love Me Like a Rock – Paul Simon
“My mama loves, she loves me. She gets down on her knees and hugs me. She loves me like a rock. She rocks me like the rock of ages. And she loves me, she loves me, loves me, loves me, loves me.” A song with money lyrics and a groovier beat than some of the other songs on this list.
Turn Turn Turn – The Byrds
“To everything there is a season. And a time to every purpose, under heaven.” For when you want to quote the bible, without quoting the bible.
God’s Been Good To Me – Keith Urban
“We’ll I can’t believe I’m sittin’ here today, picking on my banjo with a big smile on my face.” This song doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with your mother, but it celebrates how awesome your life is. That’s appropriate for your wedding day!
You’re Gonna Be – Reba McEntire
“6 pounds and 9 ounces, lookin’ up at me like I have all the answers. I hope I have the ones you need. I’ve never really done this, now I know what scared is.” Yes, it is that kind of song. Does your mom like Reba? If so, insert song here.
I’ll Stand By You – Pretenders
“When the night falls on you, you don’t know what to do. Nothing you confess could make me love you less. I’ll stand by you.” With this song, the sentiment is there and it’s a golden oldie, so it hits on a few levels.
You Are The Sunshine of My Life – Stevie Wonder
“You are the sunshine of my life, that’s why I’ll always be around. You are the apple of my eye, forever you’ll stay in my heart.” Many mothers look to their children as the “light of their lives,” so in this case, let the song say it for you.
I Say a Little Prayer – Aretha Franklin
“The moment I wake up, before I put on my makeup, I say a little pray for you. While combing my hair now, and wondering what dress to wear now, I say a little prayer for you.” Not an ideal selection, but if you’re into soul music, Aretha can do no wrong.
Here For You – Neil Young
“Just close your eyes and I’ll be there. Listen to the sound of this old heart beating for you.” Context be damned, your mother is there for you and this song sells that.
Days Like This – Van Morrison
“When it’s not always raining there’ll be days like this. When there’s no one complaining there’ll be days like this. When everything falls into place like the flick of a switch, well my mama told me there’ll be days like this” This is the closest thing to a positive song we can expect from Van Morrison.
Home – Phillip Phillips
“Just know you’re not alone, ’cause I’m going to make this place your home.” Your mother literally was your home for the better part of a year. Whisper that in her ear during this tune and the waterworks will begin.
Make You Feel My Love – Adele
“I could make you happy, make your dreams come true. There’s nothing that I wouldn’t do. Go to the ends of this Earth for you, to make you feel my love.” Do not use Bob Dylan’s version. Dylan is awesome, and his version of the song is great. But trust us on this one. For your wedding, stick with Adele. Adele = wedding gold.
No Matter What – Badfinger
“No matter what you are, I will always be with you.” Another song that’s been covered by pretty much everybody. From bands you’ve heard of like Def Leppard, to bands you probably haven’t like The Clarks. All versions are solid.
Three Times A Lady – Commodores
“Thanks for the times that you’ve given me. The memories are all in mind.” Remember when Eddie Murphy was funny? Those were good times.
Landslide – Fleetwood Mac
“Well, I’ve been afraid of changin’ ’cause I’ve built my life around you, but time makes you bolder. Even children get older, and I’m getting older, too.” A song about changes, love, and the passage of time? Sounds good to me.
That’s What Mammas Do – Jason Matthews
“She’ll change a dirty diaper, wipe a runny nose, get a two day purple Kool-Aid stain right out of your clothes. And she’ll put her last spare dollar under your pillow, when you lose a tooth.” You can’t get any more “on the nose” than this one, so if you’re into the literal, this is your song.
Here Comes The Sun – The Beatles
“Here comes the sun, and I say, It’s all right.” Not necessarily a song about a mother and son relationship, but it’s all about the dawning of a new day and your wedding day is exactly that. A new day.
All in all, there are many ways to enjoy a memorable Mother Son Wedding dance on your special day. This list of Best Mother Son Wedding dance songs is simply here to act as guidance on your journey. Planning a wedding is a lot of work, but it can be a ton of fun as well, especially when you get to taste delicious food and listen to music. If after listening to all these tunes, you’re looking for a DJ to play them for you, give us a call.