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

June 27, 2018 | juliette

Photo by Kristen Marie Parker

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.

Check out our top 10 mother-son dance songs:

  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

photo by Karra Leigh Photography

  1. You Are the Sunshine of My Life – Stevie Wonder
  2. Home – Jack Johnson
  3. Moon River – Audrey Hepburn
  4. I’ll Stand By You – The Pretenders
  5. Mom – Meghan Trainor
  6. Old Pine – Ben Howard
  7. You’ll Be in My Heart – Phil Collins
  8. Kind & Generous – Natalie Merchant
  9. Don’t Blink – Kenny Chesney
  10. The Wish – Bruce Springsteen

photo by The Portos

  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

photo by Kaoverii Silva

  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

photo by Eyekahfoto

  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


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! ;)

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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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