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55 Mother-Son Dance Songs That'll Give You All the Feels

Make the moment special with one of these sentimental tunes.
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by Sarah Hanlon
sarah hanlon associate editor the knot
Sarah Hanlon
Associate Editor
  • Sarah is an Associate Digital Editor for The Knot, with special focuses in fashion, pop culture and wedding trends.
  • Before joining The Knot Worldwide, Sarah was a contributing writer for Bravo at NBC Universal.
  • Sarah has a degree in journalism and resides in New York City.
Updated Jul 13, 2020

Though certainly not mandatory, parent dances—be they mother-son, mother-daughter, father-daughter or father-son—will always be an emotional part of any wedding day. The mother-son wedding dance is a sweet, sentimental tradition that lets grooms share a meaningful moment with a VIP in their life. If you're a groom getting ready to dance with your mom (or grandma, aunt or mother-figure) at your wedding reception, you'll want a list of heartfelt mother-son dance songs to inspire you. 

Your mom has probably been looking forward to dancing with you at your wedding ever since your engagement announcement. Picking the right mother-son wedding song will make that moment all the more special. Do you want to make her cry, make her dance, or make her laugh? Think about what kind of music your mom likes, and what kind of mother-son wedding dance songs you've seen work at other weddings. No matter what you're looking for, we've got the right mother-son dance songs for you. Check out our mother-son dance song roundup to get inspired (and maybe grab a few tissues first).

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When Does the Mother-Son Dance Happen? 

There are plenty of traditional dances that take place at a wedding reception. The most popular, though, are the first dance, the father-daughter dance and the mother-son dance. Of course, the specifics are up to you—you and your S.O. can dance with any family members you want to during your reception. The timeline for these dances is up to your discretion as you can have just one dance or all three. Once you've narrowed down the dances you want to have, work with your planner or day-of coordinator, as well as your band or DJ, to organize the order of events.

The order of your dances comes down to personal preference. There are no hard or fast rules that dictate when each dance should happen, but wedding tradition can serve as a guide. The reception typically starts with the first dance (this is your big moment, after all, and it sets the tone for the rest of the evening). Guests typically like to join the couple on the dance floor as the first dance wraps up, so keep this in mind when planning the order of dances. If you want to do a father-daughter or mother-son dance immediately after, make some sort of announcement so guests know what to expect. 

Plan your dances to take place at any time you want throughout the evening. They can serve as great ways to break up the night—for example, you can party with guests after your first dance, and then use other organized dances to transition between dinner courses, speeches and dessert. The choice is yours—just work with your team of vendors to ensure everyone is on the same page when the time comes. 

Now that you know the tradition behind wedding dances, it's time to pick a song for your special moment with Mom. Below, we've rounded up our favorite mother-son dance songs for your wedding. We've also broken out our picks by style so that you'll find a tune that hits all the right notes. 

Groom with mother at wedding

Slow Mother-Son Dance Songs

Slow things down with one of these mellow mother-son songs. Among the classics, any of these tunes are great go-tos. And, to make your selection even easier, we've included our favorite lyrics with each option. Below, find the best sentimental songs that'll make Mom feel special during your reception. 

1. "A Song for My Son," Mikki Viereck

"I don't know where/ The time has gone/ Since those little boy days/ Doesn't seem that long/ Yet here you are/ It's your wedding day"

2. "Bridge Over Troubled Water," Simon & Garfunkel

"When tears are in your eyes, I will dry them all, all/ I'm on your side, oh, when times get rough"

3. "Do I Make You Proud,"  Taylor Hicks

"You were the one/ The one to guide me through/ Now I can see/ And I believe/ It's only just beginning"

4. "Forever Young," Bob Dylan

"May your heart always be joyful/ May your song always be sung/ May you stay forever young"

5. "God Only Knows," The Beach Boys

"You never need to doubt it/ I'll make you so sure about it/ God only knows what I'd be without you"

6. "Greatest Love of All," Whitney Houston

"Because the greatest/ Love of all is happening to me/ I found the greatest/ Love of all inside of me"

7. "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"

8. "Beautiful Boy," John Lennon

"Before you go to sleep/ Say a little prayer/ Every day in every way, it's getting better and better"

9. "In My Life," The Beatles

"Though I know I'll never lose affection/ For people and things that went before/ I know I'll often stop and think about them/ In my life, I'll love you more"

10. "Mother and Child Reunion," Paul Simon

"Oh, the mother and child reunion/ Is only a motion away"

11. "Mom," Lucero

"With time, all things must change/ The road, it might take its own course/ But at its end, we're still your boys"

12. "Mother," Pink Floyd

"Mama's gonna keep baby healthy and clean/ ooh baby, ooh baby, ooh baby/ You'll always be baby to me"

13. "My Love, My Life," ABBA

"You are still my love and my life/ Still my one and only"

14. "Simple Man," Lynyrd Skynyrd

"You'll find a woman and you'll find love/And don't forget, son, there is someone up above"

15. "Stand by Me," Ben E. King

"No I won't be afraid, no I won't be afraid/ Just as long as you stand, stand by me"

16. "The First Lady in My Life," Paul Todd

"You were my best friend, my inspiration/ The one I looked up to/ Hey Mom, the first lady in my life was you"

17. "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," Roberta Flack

"The first time ever I saw your face/ I thought the sun rose in your eyes/ And the moon and the stars were the gifts you gave/ to the dark and the endless skies"

18. "What a Wonderful World," Louis Armstrong

"I see trees of green, red roses too/ I see them bloom, for me and for you/ And I think to myself/ What a wonderful world"

19. "You'll Be in My Heart," Phil Collins

"Cause you'll be in my heart/Yes, you'll be in my heart/From this day on/ Now and forever more"

20. "You Raise Me Up," Josh Groban

"You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains/ You raise me up to walk on stormy seas/ I am strong I am on your shoulders/ You raise me up to more than I can be"

Upbeat Mother-Son Dance Songs

Maybe a slow or emotional song doesn't fit the vibe you want for your dance with Mom. If you'd rather keep things energetic, you'll love these upbeat mother-son wedding dance songs. We've selected a variety of different tunes that would all be great options for your moment on the dance floor. Find our favorite high-energy mother-son songs below.

21. "Days Like This," Van Morrison

"When everything falls into place like the flick of a switch/ Well my mama told me there'll be days like this"

22. "Child of Mine," Carole King

"Oh yes sweet darling/ So glad you are a child of mine"

23. "Mama Said," The Shirelles 

"Mama said there'll be days like this/ There'll be days like this, my mama said"

24. "Hit the Road Jack," by Ray Charles

"Hit the road Jack and don't you come back/ No more, no more, no more, no more"

25. "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"

26. "How Sweet It Is (to Be Loved by You)," James Taylor

"How sweet it is to be loved by you, feels so fine/ How sweet it is to be loved by you"

27. "Loves Me Like a Rock," Paul Simon

"Oh, my mama loves, she loves me/ She get down on her knees and hug me/ Oh she loves me like a rock/ She rock me like the rock of ages/ And loves me"

28. "Mother," Danzig

"Mother/ Tell your children not to hold my hand/ Tell your children not to understand/ Oh mother"

29. "Sweet Child O' Mine," Guns N' Roses

"She's got a smile that it seems to me/ Reminds me of childhood memories/ Where everything was as fresh as the bright blue sky"

30. "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"

Country Mother-Son Dance Songs

Some country songs simply encapsulate your emotions perfectly. If country music is your go-to genre, we've rounded up the best options to dance to with your mom. Here, you'll find a variety of options, new and old, that will make everyone get in their feels. 

31. "All to You," Scott Keo

"There's no way to thank you, for all that you have done/ No matter how old I get I will always be your son"

32. "Angels," Randy Travis

"She counted your fingers and toes and thanked god you were whole/ Son you oughta know who loved you first, that's right"

33. "Never Alone," Lady A

"Wherever you fly/ This isn't goodbye/ My love will follow you, stay with you/ Baby, you're never alone"

34.  "Mother," Sugarland 

"She's your mother, you love her/ There won't be another/ place like her again that you call home/ She stands here to help you/ there's nothing she won't do"

35. "Mama's Song," Carrie Underwood

"Mama, there's no way you'll ever lose me/ And giving me away is not goodbye/ As you watch me walk down to my future/ I hope tears of joy are in your eyes"

36. "Mother Like Mine," The Band Perry

"She's the sky that holds the clouds/she the lady of our house/ we need her, but no one more than me"

37. "My Wish," Rascal Flatts

"This is my wish (my wish for you)/ I hope you know somebody loves you (my wish for you)/ May all your dreams stay big (my wish for you)"

38. "The Best Day," Taylor Swift

"I know you were on my side/ Even when I was wrong/ And I love your giving me your eyes/ Staying back and watching me shine"

39. "There You'll Be," Faith Hill

"When I look back on these days/ I'll look and see your face/ You're right there for me"

40. "Mommas," The Swon Brothers

"We don't call 'em enough, love 'em enough/ But we'd all be lost without them/ We don't thank 'em enough, hug 'em enough/ Even when they move our mountains/ They'll pick you up and dust you off/ And catch the tears if they start fallin'/ You better love 'em while you got 'em/ Thank God for Mommas"

Modern Mother-Son Dance Songs

Perhaps you want your mother-son dance to feel fresh and modern. If that's the case, go for a recent song nearly everyone will recognize. We've referenced the charts to find the best modern mother-son dance songs, from Adele to Kanye West. 

41. "Sweetest Devotion," Adele

"The sweetest devotion/ Hitting me like an explosion/ All of my life, I've been frozen/ The sweetest devotion I've ever known"
42. "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"
43. "A Song for Mama," Boyz II Men

"Mama, Mama you know I love you/ You know I love you/ Mama, Mama you're the queen of my heart"
44. "I Got You," Ciara

"Hush little baby don't you cry/ Momma's gonna love you all your life/ And if you ever need a friend/ Momma's right there till the very end"
45. "House of Gold," Twenty One Pilots 

"She asked me, 'Son, when I grow old/ Will you buy me a house of gold?/ And when your father turns to stone/ Will you take care of me?'/ I will make you queen of everything you see"
46. "Everything," Matthew John

"You taught me everything/ How to tell what's wrong from right/ You gave me everything/ Made me who I am inside/ And even though I'm different/ I'm still the man you thought I'd be"
47. "Mama's Hand," Queen Naija

"And I promise to give you everything that I have/ There's not a dream in this world you can't accomplish or grasp/ I will cross any ocean before I let you land/ Just hold on to mama's hand and never let it go"
48. "Thank You Mom," Good Charlotte

"I'll always thank you/ More than you would know/ Than I could ever show/ And I love you/ I'll always love you"
49. "Home," Phillip Phillips

"Just know you're not alone/ 'Cause I'm gonna make this place your home"
50. "Only One," Kanye West feat. Paul McCartney

"And when you cry, I will cry/ And when you smile, I will smile/ And next time when I look in your eyes/ We'll have wings and we'll fly"
51. "River," Leon Bridges

"In my darkness I remember/ Momma's words reoccur to me/ "Surrender to the good Lord/ And he'll wipe your slate clean"
52. "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/ Wherever you go/ You can always come home"
53. "Drops of Jupiter," Train

"Tell me/ Did you fall from a shooting star/ One without a permanent scar/ And did you miss me while you were/ Looking for yourself out there?"
54. "Hey Mama," Kanye West

"You know I love you so, I'll never let you go/ I wrote this song just so you know no matter where you go Imma love you" 
55. "Turn to You," Justin Bieber

"So when you're lost and you're tired/ When you're broken in two/ Let my love take you higher/ 'Cause I still turn to you"

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