63 Mother-Son Dance Songs for Your Wedding Reception

Check out our Spotify playlist or jump to one of our song sections to find the perfect mother-son dance song for you and your mom.

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Mother-son and father-daughter dances are precious wedding moments that you’ll never forget. These traditions allow you to share a few minutes with your parent on one of the biggest days of your life. Choosing a song for these dances can be a challenge. There seem to be endless options for fathers and daughters, but finding a mother-son dance song can be tough. We created this list of 63 mother-son dance songs to help inspire some ideas.

Whether you want to break out into a dance number or sway to a slow tune, there’s sure to be a song that will allow you to enjoy this sweet moment with your mom.

Check out our Spotify playlist or jump to one of our song sections below:

Unique Mother-Son Dance Songs

Upbeat Mother-Son Dance Songs

Fun Mother-Son Dance Songs

Country Mother-Son Dance Songs

Classic Mother-Son Dance Songs

Mother-Son Dance Song Playlist

Unique Mother-Son Dance Songs

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Every parent-child relationship is different. You may joke with your mom, confide in her, or a mix of both. Personalize your wedding and choose a song that represents your relationship. Show that you have a lot of fun together with your song choice. If you’re more serious with your mom, choose a song that is slower and sweeter.

  1. “The Perfect Fan” by The Backstreet Boys
  2. “A Mother Like You” by JJ Heller
  3. “A Mother’s Prayer” by K. Michelle
  4. “Days Like This” by Van Morrison
  5. "Sweetest Devotion" by Adele
  6. “River” by Leon Bridges
  7. "God Made You Beautiful" by Beyoncé
  8. "A Song for Mama" by Boyz II Men
  9. "Hero" by Mariah Carey
  10. “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac
  11. "How Long Will I Love You" by Ellie Goulding
  12. “Your Joy” by Chrisette Michele
  13. “Close Your Eyes” by Michael Bublé

Our top pick: "God Made You Beautiful" by Beyoncé

“And your love, it shines so bright/You bring me back to life, back to life/You make everything right/And your love, it shines so bright/You bring me back to life, back to life/You got that light inside, light inside”

Upbeat Mother-Son Dance Songs

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Slow and serious swaying isn’t everyone’s style. If you and your mom like to bust a move on the dance floor, choose one of these upbeat jams. Get extra creative and plan some choreography for a few songs, and get your wedding band or DJ to seamlessly transition between them. Your guests will be on their feet and you and your mom will have a blast.

  1. "The One Thing" by Shakira
  2. "Mama Said" by Lukas Graham
  3. "Turn to You" by Justin Bieber
  4. “Mom” by Meghan Trainor
  5. "Hey Mama" by Kanye West
  6. "I'll Be There" by Mac Miller ft. Phonte
  7. "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" by Stevie Wonder
  8. “Nobody’s Love” by Maroon 5
  9. "Letter to My Mother" by Edwin McCain
  10. “Kind & Generous” by Natalie Merchant
  11. “All You Need Is Love” by The Beatles
  12. "I'll Always Love My Mama" by The Intruders

Our top pick: "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" by Stevie Wonder

“You are the sunshine of my life/That's why I'll always stay around/You are the apple of my eye/Forever you'll stay in my heart”

Fun Mother Son Dance Songs

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If you want to have fun on the dance floor with your mom but still want some sentimentality, choose a playful song with some meaning behind it. You can waltz or two-step to these songs and laugh at the same time. We listed fun options from every genre of music, from country to jazz, so you can choose one that fits your wedding style.

  1. “The Rainbow Connection” by The Muppets
  2. “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” by James Taylor
  3. "Oh, Mother of Mine" by The Temptations
  4. "93 Million Miles" by Jason Mraz
  5. “Home” by Michael Bublé
  6. "Wide Open Spaces" by The Chicks
  7. “Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwoʻole
  8. "Sweet Child O' Mine" by Guns N' Roses
  9. “You Are My Sunshine” by Morgane Stapleton with Chris Stapleton
  10. "You'll Be In My Heart" by Phil Collins
  11. “I’ll Be There” by The Jackson 5
  12. “God Only Knows” by The Beach Boys

Our top pick: “The Rainbow Connection” by The Muppets

“What's so amazing that keeps us stargazing/And what do we think we might see?/Someday we'll find it, the rainbow connection/The lovers, the dreamers, and me”

Country Mother-Son Dance Songs

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There’s something special about the relationship between a boy and his mama. Celebrate this bond with one of these heartwarming songs, perfect for a barn or country wedding. We have listed several written from the perspective of the child and others written by mothers, so you can choose which narrative you find most meaningful.

  1. "Mother Like Mine" by The Band Perry
  2. “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts
  3. “Boy” by Lee Brice
  4. "Like My Mother Does" by Lauren Alaina
  5. "You're Gonna Be" by Reba McEntire
  6. “He Gets That From Me” by Reba McEntire
  7. "Never Grow Up" by Taylor Swift
  8. “I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack
  9. “If I Didn’t Have You” by Thompson Square
  10. “There You'll Be” by Faith Hill
  11. “Humble And Kind” by Tim McGraw
  12. "Angels" by Randy Travis
  13. “Sweet Child of Mine” by Sheryl Crow

Our top pick: "Like My Mother Does" by Lauren Alaina

“When I'm weak and unpretty/I know I'm beautiful and strong/Because I see myself like my mother does/Like my mother does”

Classic Mother-Son Dance Songs

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“Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd through the speakers makes for such an iconic moment. If you can’t decide which song to dance to, it’s always a good idea to turn to the classics. These choices are tried and true, and they’re sure to make this a special dance between you and your mom.

  1. “I’ll Have to Say I Love You in a Song” by Jim Croce
  2. “Stairway to the Stars” by Ella Fitzgerald
  3. “Unforgettable” by Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole
  4. “Child of Mine” by Carole King
  5. "Have I Told You Lately" by Van Morrison
  6. “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd
  7. "Time After Time" by Cyndi Lauper
  8. "Forever Young" by Rod Stewart
  9. "I’ll Stand By You" by The Pretenders
  10. “It’s All in the Game” by Tommy Edwards
  11. "The Wish" by Bruce Springsteen
  12. “You Raise Me Up” by Josh Groban
  13. "Beautiful Boy" by John Lennon
  14. "The Wonder of You" by Elvis Presley

Our top pick: “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd

"Boy, don't you worry, you'll find yourself/Follow your heart and nothing else/And you can do this, oh baby, if you try/All that I want for you my son, is to be satisfied"

The songs that you choose for your wedding set the scene. From the processional song to the final dance, each choice is meaningful, making each choice difficult. If you can’t seem to land on a good song choice, visit our Spotify playlist below or listen through the ideas above. This mix of styles and genres is sure to spark some inspiration. If you still can’t think of any, check out our father-daughter dance song post for more suggestions.