35 Song Ideas for Your Mother-Son Dance

This special parent dance should be easy to dance to, fun to watch and meaningful to the duo on the dance floor. Let some of our favorites inspire you.
by The Knot
Mother and son dance at wedding reception
Mint Photography

Parent dances, though certainly not mandatory, will always hold a special place in our hearts. They're a sweet, sentimental wedding tradition that lets each newlywed highlight a VIP in their life. If you're a groom planning to share a dance with your mom (or grandma, aunt or BFF) at your wedding reception, you're going to need the perfect song for it. That's where we—and your band or DJ—come in. Check out a few of our top picks to play during your very special mother-son dance.

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

2. "All to You," Scott Keo

3. "Angels," Randy Travis

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

5. "Child of Mine," Carole King

6. "Days Like This," Van Morrison

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

8. "Forever Young," Bob Dylan

9. "God Only Knows," The Beach Boys

10. "Greatest Love of All," Whitney Houston

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

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

13. "I Hope You Dance," Lee Ann Womack

14. "In My Life," The Beatles

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

16. "Mama," Boyz II Men

17. "Mama's Song," Carrie Underwood

18. "Mom," Lucero

19. "Mother," Danzig

20. "Mother," Pink Floyd

21. "Mother Like Mine," The Band Perry

22. "My Wish," Rascal Flatts

23. "My Love, My Life," ABBA

24.  "River," Leon Bridges

25. "Simple Man," Lynyrd Skynyrd

26. "Stand by Me," Ben E. King

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

28. "Thank You Mom," Good Charlotte

29. "The Best Day," Taylor Swift

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

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

32. "What a Wonderful World," Louis Armstrong

33. "You Are the Sunshine of My Life," Stevie Wonder

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

35. "You Raise Me Up," Josh Grobin


Shelby + Tyler by Reel Special Productions from Love Stories TV.
Watch more sweet mother-son moments on LoveStoriesTV.com.

Not sure where to begin with your wedding planning? Take our Style Quiz and we'll pull together a custom wedding vision and vendors to match, just for you. After that, create a free, personalized wedding website to keep your guests informed (and excited!) about your plans, and a time-saving Guest List Manager to organize your attendees. Even better? You can sync your Guest List Manager and wedding website to update everything at once.

Up Next
Wedding party entrance wedding party entrance songs
50 Wedding Party Entrance Songs to Get the Party Started
Have your wedding party make a grand entrance with our list of 50 wedding party entrance songs.
by Christin Perry14 min read