20 Suggested Mother-Son Dance Songs for a Wedding

Working with many couples through the years, we have found that one of the toughest planning choices tends to be the Mother-Son dance. First, there are relatively few songs to select from when compared to songs available for the Father-Daughter dance. Second, it can be difficult to find a song whose lyrics reflect the relationship between a specific mother and son.

Who should pick the Mother-Son song? It can be selected by either the groom or his mother. Mothers usually opt for songs with lyrics that are written from the perspective of a Mother to a Son (for example, Molly Pasutti's "The Man You've Become"). When sons select the song, they will opt for a song with a general good feeling, or a song with lyrics written from the perspective of a Son to a Mother (for example, DJ Keo's "All to You").

Take a careful listen to the lyrics of your selected Mother-Son dance. Be careful not to use songs that are about the love between a husband and wife, or that contain bittersweet themes. Roberta Flack's "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" is an example of a song that sounds good in theory, but upon a careful listen is clearly inappropriate.

Following are our Top 20 Mother-Son Dances, with the musical genre shown in parentheses. All of these songs have been field-tested and contain appropriate lyrics and themes. Please comment with your own favorite Mother-Son songs! Also, you can view videos of all of these songs on our Mother-Son Dance Pinterest Board.

20 Suggested Mother-Son Dance Songs

  1. Stand By Me - Ben E. King (soul)
  2. I'll Always Love My Mama - The Intruders (R&B/Soul)
  3. Singing a Song for My Mother - Bohannon (R&B/Soul)
  4. A Song for Mama - Boyz II Men (R&B/Soul)
  5. You Raise Me Up - Josh Groban (classical)
  6. Close to You - The Carpenters (soft rock)
  7. Child of Mine - Carole King (folk)
  8. Song for My Son - Mikki Viereck (wedding)
  9. It Happens in a Heartbeat - Teresa James (wedding)
  10. The Man You've Become - Molly Pasutti (wedding)
  11. You've Got a Friend in Me - Randy Newman w/Lyle Lovett (Disney)
  12. The Wind Beneath My Wings - Bette Midler (vocalist)
  13. All to You - DJ Keo (country)
  14. My Wish - Rascal Flatts (country)
  15. I Hope You Dance - LeAnn Womack (country)
  16. Through the Years - Kenny Rogers (country)
  17. Forever Young - Alphaville (80s)
  18. Can't Smile Without You - Barry Manilow (vocalist)
  19. Simple Man - Lynrd Skynrd (classic rock)
  20. What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong (classic)

For additional Mother-Son dance song ideas, visit our friends at Wedding Music Central.

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