The mother-son dance is one of the sweetest moments at any wedding. It’s filled with love, joy, pride, and a hint of the bittersweet as a mother witnesses her son become a husband. There are so many lovely songs to express this special moment; picking one that is unique to your mother-son bond will make this memory unforgettable. Here are a few suggestions that span the classics, a few under-the-radar choices, and and one or two songs with a fun twist. Have fun selecting the right song, and make your mom proud!
For Soulful Moms
► “A Song For Mama” – Boyz II Men
A bit of a tear jerker, but this 90’s hit is a classic for the groom who is still a proud mama’s boy.
► “God Bless The Child” – the original Billie Holiday version or Tony Bennett’s version
A classic, plain and simple. Both Billie and Tony do it justice; pick the artist your mom likes more.
► “My Mother’s Eyes” – Etta Jones
A jazzy and sweet song for a slower mother-son dance.
► “To Zion” – Lauryn Hill
A great choice for a modern mom with a big heart.
For Country Mamas
► “I Hope You Dance” – Lee Ann Womack
A new country classic that hits a sentimental yet joyful note.
► “Coat of Many Colors” – Dolly Parton
A whimsical but touching country classic that your mom probably already knows and loves.
► “My Wish” – Rascal Flatts
A modern country hit with a great melody and a positive message.
For Sentimental Moms
► “Beautiful Boy” – John Lennon
A great tribute to a loving son.
► “In My Life” – The Beatles
The quintessential song about the bond between parent and child.
► “I’ll Have to Say I Love You in a Song” – Jim Croce
A simple song with big meaning for this special moment.
► “Teach Your Children” – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
A great choice for moms who remember (and love) the music of the 60’s and 70’s.
► “What a Wonderful World” – Louis Armstrong
This is the classic mother-son dance song. It’s not “fresh,” but it never gets old.
For Moms with a Humorous Side
► “Take Your Mama” – Scissor Sisters
A really upbeat and fresh song for a lighthearted dance that guests will love to watch.
► “Mama Tried” – Merle Haggard
A great track for the formerly rebellious groom who wants to tease his mom a little bit.
► “Your Mama Don’t Dance” – Loggins & Messina
A humorous twist on the occasion with a song everyone knows and loves.
For the Rocker Mom
► “Sweet Child O’ Mine” – Guns N’ Roses
A fun song for an upbeat mother-son dance.
► “Simple Man” – Lynyrd Skynyrd
A slower rock song that’s a mom tribute.