90 Perfect Mother Son Dance Songs for Weddings

There is perhaps nothing more sentimental on a wedding day than mom’s first dance with her son, the groom, except the father-daughter dance, but that’s for another post. The mother-son wedding dance is an extraordinary moment and a way to honor and recognize that formative, loving relationship with the first woman in your son’s life. 

Some mothers and sons have had a song picked out for years but for others the choice can be difficult. Don’t worry, there are so many fantastic mother-son dance songs to choose from. Some of the tunes are classics, some pop and many are country songs but whichever you pick, be sure to grab the tissues because we can guarantee there will be tears.

The mother-son dance is a special moment (photo credit Melissa Headlee Gibbons)

90 fantastic choices for the mother son wedding dance

  1. My Wish by Rascal Flatts

2. Humble and Kind by Tim McGraw 

3. Love of My Life by Carly Simon

4. You’ll Be in My Heart by Phil Collins

5. Teach Your Children by Crosby Stills and Nash 

6. I Hope You Dance by Lee Ann Womack

7. Simple Man by Lynyrd Skynyrd 

8. Forever Now by Michael Bublé 

9. One of the Good Ones by Gabby Barrett

10. Child of Mine by Carole King

11. Beautiful Boy by John Lennon 

12. Forever Young by Rod Stewart

13. Circle Game by Joni Mitchell

14. Cat’s In The Cradle by Harry Chapin

15. Stand by You by Rachel Platten

16. Slow Down by Nichole Nordamon

17. Cross My Heart by George Strait

18. You’ve Got a Friend in Me from Toy Story

19. In My Life by Beatles

20. Mom by Garth Brooks

21. Blessed by Elton John

22. I Knew I Loved You Before I Met You by Savage Garden 

23. I Loved Him First by Joyce MacPhee (change to male lyrics)

24. I Am Your Child by Barry Manilow

25. Because You Loved Me by Celine Dion

26. Times of My Life by Paul Anka

27. Wind Beneath My Wings by Bette Midler

28. Through the Years by Kenny Rogers 

29. Days Like This by Van Morrison

30. Precious Memories by Dolly Parton

31. Little Wonders by Rob Thomas

32. How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You by James Taylor

33. The Man I Want To Be by Chris Young 

34. The Man You’ve Become by Molly Passuti

35. Music of the Heart by Gloria Estefan

36. Over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

37. Her Little Man by Jamie Grooms

38. Wagon Wheel by Darius Rucker

39. Boy by Lee Brice

40. That’s What Mamas Do by Jason Matthews

41. Landslide by Fleetwood Mac

42. You’ll Be In My Heart by Tarzan

43. A Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong

44. Time in a Bottle by Jim Croce

45. A Song for My Son by Donna Lee Honeywell 

46. First Lady in My Life by Paul Todd

47. Find Yourself by Brad Paisley 

48. Best Thing That Ever Happened by Gladys Knight

49. 93 Million Miles by Jason Mraz

50. Make You Feel My Love by Bob Dylan

51. Puff the Magic Dragon by Peter Paul and Mary

52. Never Alone by Lady Antebellum

53. Return to Pooh Corner by Kenny Loggins

54. Hand to Hold by JJ Heller

55. Smile by Uncle Kracker

56. Mother Like Mine by The Band Perry

57. Precious Love by James Morrison

58. All To You by Scott Keo

59. If I Could by Regina Belle

60. Turn Turn Turn by The Byrds

61. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life by Stevie Wonder 

62. Letter To My Mother by Edwin McCain 

63. God Only Knows by The Beach Boys

64. A Song for Mama by Boyz II Men

65. (They Long To Be) Close To You by The Carpenters

66. Hero by Mariah Carey

67. Do I Make You Proud by Taylor Hicks

68. Wildflowers by Tom Petty

69. Just the Way You Are by Bill Joel

70. He Gets That From Me by Reba McEntire

71. Sweet Child O’ Mine by Sheryl Crow

72. Sweet Child O’ Mine by Guns N’ Roses

73. Say A Little Prayer by Aretha Franklin

74. What I Never Knew I Always Wanted by Carrie Underwood

75. Don’t Blink by Kenny Chesney

76. Bridge Over Troubled Water by Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel

77. Home by Phillip Phillips

78. Sweetest Devotion by Adele 

79. Home by Jack Johnson

80. The Rainbow Connection by The Muppets

81. The Wish by Bruce Springsteen

82. Time After Time by Cyndi Lauper

83. My Baby You by Marc Anthony

84. Like My Mother Does by Lauren Alaina

85. Mother by Sugarland 

86. Take Your Mama by Scissor Sisters

87. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

88. Unforgettable by Nat King Cole

89. The Perfect Fan by Backstreet Boys

90. A Mothers Love by Jim Brickman

We hope that whatever song you pick speaks to you and imbues that moment together with deep meaning. So happy dancing. 

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About Helene Wingens

Helene Wingens has always been passionate about painting pictures with words. She graduated from Brandeis University with a degree in psychology and three years later from Boston University School of Law with a Juris Doctor. In a year long clerkship for an appellate judge Helene honed her writing skills by drafting weekly appellate memoranda. She practiced law until she practically perfected it and after taking a brief twenty year hiatus to raise her three children she began writing a personal blog Her essays have been published in: Scary Mommy, Kveller, The Forward, and Grown and Flown where she is Managing Editor. You can visit Helene's website here

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