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

June 27, 2018 | juliette

photo by Nick + Danée

We are the first ones to admit that emotional groom moments will make us cry like nobody is watching, and the mother-son dance is no exception. That dance is more than just a tradition; it’s a way for the groom to thank the first love of his life for raising him to find the newest love of his life. So, we’ve curated a mother-son dance playlist that is full of sentimental classics and tear-jerking new hits to help make that moment one nobody will forget.

Mother Like Mine – The Band Perry

My Wish – Rascal Flatts

Unforgettable – Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole

Simple Man – Lynyrd Skynrd

Humble and Kind – Tim McGraw

How Long Will I Love You – Ellie Goulding

God Only Knows – The Beach Boys

Days Like This – Van Morrison

Close Your Eyes – Michael Bublé

You Are My Sunshine – Morgane Stapleton with Chris Stapleton

photo by Karra Leigh Photography

You Are the Sunshine of My Life – Stevie Wonder

Home – Jack Johnson

Moon River – Audrey Hepburn

I’ll Stand By You – The Pretenders

Mom – Meghan Trainor

Old Pine – Ben Howard

You’ll Be in My Heart – Phil Collins

Kind & Generous – Natalie Merchant

Don’t Blink – Kenny Chesney

The Wish – Bruce Springsteen

photo by The Portos

Through the Years – Kenny Rogers

In My Life – Johnny Cash

I Say a Little Prayer – Aretha Franklin and Nina Simone

Because You Loved Me – Celine Dion

Beautiful Boy – John Lennon

He Gets That From Me – Reba McEntire

A Song for Mama – Boyz II Men

I’ll Be There – Jackson 5

Lean on Me – Bill Withers

Stand By Me – Ben E King

photo by Kaoverii Silva

You Raise Me Up – Josh Groban

What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong

Child of Mine – Carole King

There You’ll Be – Faith Hill

Time After Time – Iron and Wine

Here Comes the Sun Again – M.Ward

I Hope You Dance – Lee Ann Womack

Loves Me Like a Rock – Paul Simon

Over the Rainbow – Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwoʻole

Then They Do – Trace Adkins

photo by Eyekahfoto

Just the Way You Are – Billy Joel

Godspeed – Dixie Chicks

Isn’t She Lovely – Stevie Wonder

Blessed – Elton John

Sweetest Devotion – Adele

The Perfect Fan – Backstreet Boys

Do I Make You Proud – Taylor Hicks

I’ll Have to Say I Love You in a Song – Jim Croce

Letter to My Mother – Edwin McCain

93 Million Miles – Jason Mraz

photo by By Amy Lynn Photography

Never Alone – Lady Antebellum

How Sweet It Is to Be Loved By You – James Taylor

Forever Young – Rod Stewart

Like Jesus Does – Eric Church

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

You’re My Best Friend – Queen

Wildflowers – Tom Petty

Close to You – The Carpenters

Take Your Mama – Scissor Sisters

Like My Mother Does – Lauren Alaina

photo by Sarah Joy Photo


Ready to hire the perfect DJ for your reception? We’ve rounded up a few of our favs just for you. Or maybe you’re searching for a wedding photographer to document your mother-son dance beautifully? Either way, 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 — all dance floor approved! ;)

Looking for more music ideas to round out your wedding day soundtrack? Check out these curated playlists:

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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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