These 60 Mother-Son Dance Songs Won’t Leave a Dry Eye in the House

June 27, 2019 | juliette

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We’ll be the first to admit that emotional groom moments make us cry like nobody is watching, and the mother-son dance is no exception. The mother-son dance is more than just a tradition. It’s a way for the groom to thank his mother—the first love of his life—for raising him. With this emotional tradition in mind, we’ve curated a mother-son dance songs playlist that is full of everything from sentimental classics and old school mother-son dance songs to tear-jerker new hits and country wedding songs. This emotional moment needs the right music and we’re here to help make this mother-son dance a moment that nobody will forget.

If listening to all of the options in search of the one that sparks that sentimental joy for you is more your speed, then tune in to the Spotify playlist at the bottom of this post and get your notepad ready.

The Top 10 Best Mother-Son Dance Songs

Choosing our top 10 songs was like choosing your favorite child (you’re not supposed to and—even if there’s a clear winner—you might feel guilty doing it). We tallied the votes from the Junebug team and these are our favorites.

  1. Mother Like Mine – The Band Perry
  2. My Wish – Rascal Flatts
  3. Unforgettable – Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole
  4. Simple Man – Lynyrd Skynrd
  5. Humble and Kind – Tim McGraw
  6. How Long Will I Love You – Ellie Goulding
  7. God Only Knows – The Beach Boys
  8. Days Like This – Van Morrison
  9. Close Your Eyes – Michael Bublé
  10. You Are My Sunshine – Morgane Stapleton with Chris Stapleton

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  1. More Mother-Son Dance Songs

  2. If our Top 10 list didn’t have “the one” for your mother-son dance, don’t panic. We have 50 more songs for you to choose from below! You can also use our Spotify playlist linked at the bottom of this post to get inspired.
  3. You Are the Sunshine of My Life – Stevie Wonder
  4. Home – Jack Johnson
  5. Moon River – Audrey Hepburn
  6. I’ll Stand By You – The Pretenders
  7. Mom – Meghan Trainor
  8. Old Pine – Ben Howard
  9. You’ll Be in My Heart – Phil Collins
  10. Kind & Generous – Natalie Merchant
  11. Don’t Blink – Kenny Chesney
  12. The Wish – Bruce Springsteen

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  1. Through the Years – Kenny Rogers
  2. In My Life – Johnny Cash
  3. I Say a Little Prayer – Aretha Franklin and Nina Simone
  4. Because You Loved Me – Celine Dion
  5. Beautiful Boy – John Lennon
  6. He Gets That From Me – Reba McEntire
  7. A Song for Mama – Boyz II Men
  8. I’ll Be There – Jackson 5
  9. Lean on Me – Bill Withers
  10. Stand By Me – Ben E King

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  1. You Raise Me Up – Josh Groban
  2. What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
  3. Child of Mine – Carole King
  4. There You’ll Be – Faith Hill
  5. Time After Time – Iron and Wine
  6. Here Comes the Sun Again – M.Ward
  7. I Hope You Dance – Lee Ann Womack
  8. Loves Me Like a Rock – Paul Simon
  9. Over the Rainbow – Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwoʻole
  10. Then They Do – Trace Adkins

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Even More Mother-Son Dance Songs

  1. Just the Way You Are – Billy Joel
  2. Godspeed – Dixie Chicks
  3. Isn’t She Lovely – Stevie Wonder
  4. Blessed – Elton John
  5. Sweetest Devotion – Adele
  6. The Perfect Fan – Backstreet Boys
  7. Do I Make You Proud – Taylor Hicks
  8. I’ll Have to Say I Love You in a Song – Jim Croce
  9. Letter to My Mother – Edwin McCain
  10. 93 Million Miles – Jason Mraz

Photo by By Amy Lynn Photography

  1. Never Alone – Lady Antebellum
  2. How Sweet It Is to Be Loved By You – James Taylor
  3. Forever Young – Rod Stewart
  4. Like Jesus Does – Eric Church
  5. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
  6. You’re My Best Friend – Queen
  7. Wildflowers – Tom Petty
  8. Close to You – The Carpenters
  9. Take Your Mama – Scissor Sisters
  10. Like My Mother Does – Lauren Alaina

Photo by Sarah Joy Photo

The mother-son dance closely rivals the father-daughter dance for our favorite scene of the evening. Whether you’ve chosen a sentimental slow dance or a new age pop jam, you can be confident that this scene is one that you and your guests will cherish. Once you’ve got this song picked—or choices narrowed down—it’s time to pick your DJ. We’ve rounded up some World Class DJ’s just for you.

Don’t neglect a wedding photographer to document your mother-son dance beautifully, either. At Junebug Weddings, we’re here to help you find your dream vendor team.

Still searching for the perfect Mother of the Groom dress? Check out our pretty picks that are all dance floor approved!

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  1. You left our “The Baby” by Blake Shelton. Gets me crying every wedding.

  2. Great songs! I did shed a tear!

  3. very cool songs!
    By the way, there are a lot of cool tracks for weddings and wedding videos on https://taraweddings.ca/wedding-videography/

  4. I found this one! The groom and mother will just love it. It takes us on a mother and son journey from birth to that very moment on the dance floor of his wedding day. A special bond between mother and son. Its country and fits perfectly for the occasion.

    “Her Little Man” – Jami Grooms

    • Wow thank you for this song. It’s the one I’m gonna go with.

  5. this one is awesome. I cried so much

  6. What a great selection of songs to choose from, some of which I had totally forgotten about!

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