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Top 10 Mother-Son Wedding Dance Songs For 2021

Wedding Music

Like the Father-Daughter dance, the mother-son dance is one of the most touching moments of the entire wedding day. In this intimate portion of the wedding reception, the groom and his mother have a chance to share a dance together. In a way, this is a sort of “goodbye” for mother and son (something many of the songs in this list touch on). Such a powerful moment deserves a great soundtrack !

To help you find the right song for your Mother-Son wedding reception dance, we’ve listed our 10 most popular recent requests that we expect to be popular again in 2021.

10 Great Song Choices For Your Mother-Son Dance

Here are the most popular requests we’ve received this year, in no particular order:

“My Wish” – Rascal Flatts

A beautiful song about wishing the best for someone you love, “My Wish” is an ideal selection for the groom-mother dance, especially if you like Country music. “My Wish” is a little more upbeat than most of the songs on this list, but lines like these keep the message clear:

But more than anything, yeah, more than anything
My wish for you is that this life becomes all that you want it to
Your dreams stay big, your worries stay small
You never need to carry more than you can hold

“A Mother Like You” – JJ Heller

“A Mother Like You” is actually sung from the perspective of a daughter singing to her mother, but that doesn’t stop it from being one of our most frequently requested songs for this section of the wedding reception. 

Taking a look at lines like these two, it’s no wonder it’s so popular: 

‘Cause I know that this world would be better
If everyone had a mother like you

“A Mother’s Prayer” – Celine Dion

In this song, the speaker prays that God will look after her daughter, but the sentiment is close enough that it has become a popular song choice for the groom-mother wedding dance in recent years.

Plus, how can you resist Celine Dion’s powerful voice ?

“You’re Gonna Be” – Reba McEntire

“You’re Gonna Be” is a popular pick from moms, especially since the song opens by talking about how scary it can be holding your baby for the first time !  Like others on the list, the speaker promises unconditional love to her child: 

You’re gonna fly with every dream you chase
We just have to believe things work out like they should
Life has no guarantees, but always loved by me
You’re gonna be always loved by me

“I Hope You Dance” – LeeAnn Womack

“I Hope You Dance” by LeeAnn Womack is all about wishing the best for someone you love, and the metaphor of dancing makes it a suitable choice for this point in the wedding reception. 

You likely already know this song, but here are some of the most poignant lines from its lyrics: 

I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean,
Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens,
Promise me that you’ll give faith a fighting chance,
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance…
Dance… I hope you dance.

“Simple Man” – Lynyrd Skynrd

“Simple Man” is one of Lynyrd Skynrd’s most popular songs, and its message of being a caring, loving individual makes it an ideal selection for a tender moment during the reception. 

“A Song For My Son” – Micki Viereck 

Like many songs on this list, “A Song For My Son” is a combination of life advice and loving words from mother to son. Even better, Micki Viereck highlights the wedding day with, “Now I’ll try not to cry as you walk away”:

You filled my life
With so much joy
As I watched you grow
From that little boy
Now I’ll try not to cry
As you walk away

“The Perfect Fan” – The Backstreet Boys

Coming off the Millennium album in 1999, “The Perfect Fan” was outshined by major hits like “Larger Than Life” and “I Want It That Way.” Those popular songs may receive less airtime now in 2021, but “The Perfect Fan” remains a hit at weddings for its loving message from son to mother:

You showed me
When I was young just how to grow
You showed me
Everything that I should know
You showed me
Just how to walk without your hands
‘Cause mom you always were
The perfect fan

“A Song For Mama” – Boyz II Men 

A powerful testament of a son’s love for his mother, “A Song For Momma” can turn into a tearjerker !  If you choose this song, make sure you’re prepared for Boyz II Men’s powerful vocals. 

Mama, I just want you to know lovin’ you is like food to my soul
Yes it is, yes it is, oh, yes it is, yes it is, yes it is oh

“A Mother’s Song” – T Carter

A nice Country son-mom dance song, T Carter’s “A Mother’s Song” is a wonderful choice if you’d like a song from the perspective of the mother. Like “Simple Man,” “A Mother’s Song” mixes life advice while reminiscing about the past. 

Be warned, you and the crowd might need tissues for lines like these:

Be faithful and be true
Show love in all you do
Then you’ll know, just how
You make your mother proud

10 More Song Ideas for the Mother-Son Dance

If you’re looking for some more options, here are 10 more songs we frequently receive requests for: 

  • “The Man You’ve Become” – Molly Pasutti
  • “All To You” – DJ Keo
  • “Hero” – Mariah Carey
  • “Days Like This” – Van Morrison
  • “You Raise Me Up” – Josh Groban
  • “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You” – Rod Stewart
  • “Unforgettable” – Nat and Natalie Cole
  • “Wind Beneath My Wings” – Bette Midler 
  • “Forever Young” – Joan Baez
  • “I Just Called To Say I Love You” – Stevie Wonder

If you need additional guidance in picking a song or planning for your wedding, visit our wedding planning resources. You’ll find a longer list of songs for the mother-son dance, recommendations for other parts of your wedding, and helpful guides for planning your wedding ceremony and your wedding reception.

4 Comments

  1. Valicia Williams

    Need assistance with finding the perfect for my son’s wedding. Mother/son dance

    Reply
    • Steven Vance

      Feel free to contact us if you need more ideas!

      Reply
  2. Debra M Hans

    Need a song for my son dance .
    About how he has changed his life around and found love. And how proud I am

    Reply
    • Steven Vance

      Hi Debra, feel free to contact us if you don’t find the right song in this article!

      Reply

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