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13 Mother-Son Dance Songs to Play at Your Wedding

Most people can’t imagine their dream weddings without having parent dances. These sweetly sentimental formalities are one of the best ways for newly-weds to express their love and appreciation for parental figures. A mother-son dance song is a sweet moment shared between the groom and his mom. 

Much of the beauty in these moments comes down to the right music choice. Artists of many different genres have reflected on these important relationships in their own unique ways. With plenty of choices, you won’t have to settle on the wrong parent dance songs.

Find the perfect mother-son wedding songs for your big day!

Best Mother Son Dance Songs

If you’re a groom looking for the perfect mother and son wedding dance songs, be sure to check out our list ranging from the oldies to their modern counterparts. Many of these songs will also work great for a father-daughter dance!


“My Mother’s Eyes” by Frankie Valli

Lyrics: “One bright and guiding light / That taught me wrong from right / I found in my mother’s eyes / Those baby tales she told / That road all paved in goldI found in my mother’s eyes.” 

If your mother is a fan of the oldies, be sure to check out Frankie Valli’s “My Mother’s Eyes” and consider adding the tune to your playlist of mother and son songs. Despite being recorded over fifty years ago, the lyrics in “My Mother’s Eyes” have remained timeless in expressing love and appreciation for a parent.


“Child of Mine” by Carole King

Lyrics: “And I don’t want to hold you back / I just want to watch you grow / You’re the one who taught me / You don’t have to look behind”

No list about mother and son songs would be complete without mentioning Carole King’s “Child of Mine.” Her piano ballad beautifully captures the gratitude and wonders of being a parent, which will feel particularly special on your wedding day.


“The Perfect Fan” by the Backstreet Boys

Lyrics: “Everything that I should know / You showed me / Just how to walk without your hands / ‘Cause mom you always were / The perfect fan” 

The Backstreet Boys might seem like the last musical group that would be making mother and son wedding songs, but take a listen to “The Perfect Fan” and step back in time. This tenderhearted track is sung from the perspective of a son who realizes how much his mother has influenced him in becoming his current self and those feelings will definitely be echoed on your wedding day.


“Thank You Mom” by Good Charlotte

Lyrics: “I said I thank you / I’ll always thank you / More than you would know / Than I could ever show / And I love you / I’ll always love you”

Although Good Charlotte is known for their rock hits, their style mellows out on “Thank You Mom” and won’t feel out of place among other mother and son songs. The lyrics from this song might appear simple from a first listen, but the deep message behind them isn’t undermined. “Thank You Mom” has endured among mother and son wedding songs for its loud statements about respect and admiration. 


“Letter to My Mother” by Edwin McCain

Lyrics: “Mama, how do I write the words to you / You were the only one who loved me true / But there’s a woman that we don’t even know / She gave me life, then you gave me a home” / A sweet song that expresses how the love for a mother remains even as a son gets older”

Edwin McCain’s “Letter to My Mother” enters more into indie rock territory, but doesn’t lack in any energy or emotional depth from other mom and son wedding songs. Incorporating “Letter to My Mother” on your special day will create sentimental vibes that you and your mother won’t ever be able to forget. 


“Mama Hold My Hand” by Aloe Blacc

Lyrics: “And I would wonder so far from home / That I would lose my way / Then I call my Mama to help me / And she came right away.”

If you want mother and son wedding songs with a layer of soul, consider playing “Mama Hold My Hand” during your wedding reception. Aloe Blaac sings this evocative song about venturing into the unknown and those themes will feel especially relatable on your special day. 


“Mother Like Mine” by The Band Perry

Lyrics: “She’s the sky that holds the clouds / She’s the lady of the house / A blind believer in all I dare to be / There’s no safer place I’ve found / Than the shoulder of her white night gown”

The Band Perry’s “Mother Like Mine” has earned its place among mother and son wedding dance songs due to its mellow instrumental and lovely lyrics. This song is a touching reminder about the strength and beauty of your mother, which will be guaranteed to bring her to tears. 


 “Like My Mother Does” by Lauren Alaina

Lyrics: “I’ve got her spirit / She’s always got my back / When I look at her / I think, I want to be just like that”

Lauren Alaina’s “Like My Mother Does” is the perfect choice from any groom who wants mother and son songs from the country genre. This touching song highlights how a child ends up imitating their mother for the better and will definitely pull your heartstrings.


“93 Million Miles” by Jason Mraz

Lyrics: “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”

Jason Mraz’s heartfelt lyrics on “93 Million Miles” about maintaining a strong relationship between a man and his mother as he ventures into the unknown makes the song an essential for mom and son wedding songs. Playing this song during your wedding will definitely inspire sentimental feelings from your guests.


“God Made You Beautiful” by Beyonce

Lyrics: And your love, it shines so bright / You bring me back to life, back to life / You make everything right”

If you’re looking for mother and son wedding dance songs that carry a spiritual tone but still have a modern twist, Beyonce has got you covered with “God Made You Beautiful.” The pop legend doesn’t shy away from using her powerhouse vocals to express her love towards her children in this affectionate track. 


“The One Thing” by Shakira

Lyrics: “You are the one thing that I got right / It’s a big ol’ world, yeah, it’s a big ol’ world / You turn the darkness into sun light”

If you want mother and son dance wedding songs that are more contemporary but are still deeply meaningful for your special day, look no further than Shakira’s “The One Thing.” Her tender song starts off slowly against an acoustic guitar, but picks up energy by the chorus to express her compassionate feelings.


“Sweetest Devotion” by Adele

Lyrics: “I wasn’t ready then, I’m ready now / I’m heading straight for you / You will only be eternally / The one that I belong to” 

Adele doesn’t hold back even for a second on “Sweet Devotion” with expressing her adoration as a parent to her child. “Sweet Devotion” was originally written about her son and Adele’s powerful vocals match the strong relationship as depicted in the lyrics, making the song an easy pick for a playlist of mom and son wedding songs.


“Everything” by Matthew John

Lyrics: “You taught me everything / How to tell what’s wrong from right / You gave me everything / Made me who I am inside / And even tough I’m different / I’m still the man you thought I’d be”

Matthew John penned “Everything” as a Mother’s Day gift in 2018 and the song has appeared in mother son wedding dance playlists ever since. “Everything” begins slow but picks up in speed during the chorus, matching the build-up of supportive emotions that a groom might feel towards his mother throughout his life.


Final Thoughts

If you’re still undecided about picking from this list of mother and son songs, reach out to your married friends and family for their suggestions. The mother of the groom is sure to love her special moment with her son no matter what song you choose!

Reading the full lyrics or the background information about these songs might also help you with making a final choice. Feel free to check out our list of first dance songs if you want some extra inspiration!

Listen to all 13 of our favorite mother and groom dane songs on our YouTube playlist below to hear every lyric and find your favorite.

Let us know in the comments if any of these mother and son wedding songs sound perfect for your upcoming wedding and let us know why you want to play them on your special day!

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Lauren Peterson

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