The mother-of-the-groom dance is one of the many highlights of a wedding reception. It’s a time when the groom gets to honor his mother (or any mother figure in his life) with a special dance, creating a memorable moment that stays with them for life. For this reason, choosing the right song is important in making the dance stand out.
However, choosing from mother son wedding songs can be a difficult task. There are countless options available, making it challenging for you to pin down the perfect song. Nevertheless, decisions have to be made, and the best way to find one of the ideal mother groom dance songs is to explore varying artists or genres.
Below, we’ve put together a list of songs that will be perfect for your big day to help you make your decision. Whether you prefer slow or upbeat tunes, you are sure to find what you are looking for from our options.
Slow Mother Son Dance Songs
The songs listed in this category include slow and classic titles that are all about sentiment and the special bond between mother son.
"I'll Stand By You" by The Pretenders
Although written originally as a love song, this song expresses the willingness to stay by someone's side no matter what happens, which perfectly captures the essence of the unconditional love a mother has for her child.
"I'll stand by you/I'll stand by you, won't let nobody hurt you/I'll stand by you/Baby, even to your darkest hour, and I'll never desert you."
"Because You Loved Me" by Celine Dion
With its tender melody and sentimental lyrics, this tune has what it takes to create a powerful moment between mom and son.
"For all those times you stood by me / For all the truth that you made me see / For all the joy you brought to my life / For all the wrong that you made right."
"Handprints on the Wall" by Kenny Rogers
The song perfectly describes the joys of raising a child and conveys parents' readiness to continue to support their child whenever needed.
"Days go by so quickly/Summer turns to fall/Seems like only yesterday/That you began to crawl/So don't be afraid to take that step/I'll catch you when you fall."
"Do I Make You Proud" by Taylor Hicks
The beautifully-written lyrics and meaning makes "Do I Make You Proud" one of the most loved mother son wedding songs of all time.
"This is what we dream about / But the only question with me now / Is do I make you proud / Stronger than I've ever been now / Never been afraid of standing out / Do I make you proud."
Upbeat Mother Son Dance Songs
The best part about the mother-of-the-groom dance is that it can include tunes from any genre. If you prefer a more upbeat and lively number, the following mother groom dance songs are a great choice.
"I Say A Little Prayer" by Aretha Franklin
It's hard not to dance to the groovy tunes of Aretha Franklin. Make the mom and son dance number lively and fun with this song.
"I run for the bus, dear/While riding I think of us, dear/I say a little prayer for you."
"How Sweet it Is to Be Loved By You" by James Taylor
Another classic song that's hard to resist. Plus, the beat is easy to choreograph a dance to, which you and your mom might appreciate.
"I needed the shelter of someone's arms/And there you were/I needed someone to understand my ups and downs/And there you were"
"Ain't No Mountain High Enough" by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
You can never go wrong with a classic by Marvin Gaye. "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" is one of his most famous tracks and is a great tune to dance to with your mom on your special day.
"Cause baby, there ain't no mountain high enough/Ain't no valley low enough, ain't no river wide enough/To keep me from getting to you, baby."
"Home" by Phillip Phillips
Home is a more contemporary choice for those seeking to find an upbeat pop tune with just a little hint of country sound.
"The trouble, it might drag you down/If you get lost, you can always be found/Just know you're not alone/'Cause I'm gonna make this place your home."
Country Mother Son Dance Songs
If you and your mother both love country music, then you can't go wrong with the following songs:
"Mother Like Mine" by The Band Perry
Mother Like Mine has a fun, country vibe with a sentimental message that honors the lady who raised you.
"She's our father's one great love/She's the one he wanted most/She's the light in the window of the house I grew up in."
"My Wish" by Rascal Flatts
My Wish by Rascal Flatts is one of the most famous mother groom dance songs in the genre - and for a good reason.
"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."
"Humble and Kind" by Tim McGraw
Warning: this song is a tear-jerker. It speaks about some of the best lessons a mother can teach her child: working hard, respecting others and doing your best.
"Go to church 'cause your mamma says to/Visit grandpa every chance that you can/It won't be wasted time/Always stay humble and kind."
"Like My Mother Does" by Lauren Alaina
This country classic is an excellent choice for a meaningful yet fun dance.
"When I love I give it all I've got / Like my mother does / When I'm scared, I bow my head and pray / Like my mother does."
Latest Mother Son Dance Songs
Are you looking for a more modern vibe? Then, choose from these contemporary mother groom dance songs to find a good fit for your number.
"Mom" by Meghan Trainor
Mom by Meghan Trainor is a great upbeat, contemporary track that is easy to dance to.
"Have a mom, she might be the bomb / But ain't nobody got a mom like mine / Her love's 'til the end, she's my best friend / Ain't nobody got a mom like mine."
"How Long Will I Love You" by Ellie Goulding
A more mellow and sentimental option - but powerfully describes the depth of a mother's love.
"How long will I love you / As long as stars are above you / And longer if I can / How long will I need you."
"93 Million Miles" by Jason Mraz
This charming ballad is an excellent choice for a heart-felt mother-son moment.
"Son in life you're gonna go far/If you do it right/You'll love where you are/Just know that wherever you go/You can always come home."
"Count On Me" by Bruno Mars
The song is written about good friends who are there for each other no matter what - much like how moms are always there for their children. Plus, Count On Me has a catchy beat that is fun to dance to.
"If you ever find yourself lost in the dark and you can't see/I'll be the light to guide you."
Funny Mother Son Dance Songs
The titles in this category are perfect for a mother and son pair who have a good sense of humor and prefer an unconventional song for their dance.
"You've Got a Friend in Me" by Randy Newman
You might know this song from the top-rated animated movie Toy Story. If that is a movie you watched together with your mom as a child, this could be a good song option for you.
"You got troubles, I've got 'em too/There isn't anything I wouldn't do for you/We stick together and see it through/'Cause you've got a friend in me."
"The Rainbow Connection" by The Muppets
Another song taken from a popular children's show will bring back memories.
"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."
"Take Your Mama" by Scissor Sisters
An unconventional option, but this track has a great beat that can help create the memorable moment you are hoping for.
"When you grow up, livin' like a good boy oughta / And your mama, takes a shine to her best son / Something different, all the girls they seem to like you."
"Your Mama Don't Dance" by Loggins & Messina
This song is a unique and uncommon option but has an enjoyable vibe.
"Your mama don't dance/And your daddy don't rock and roll/When evening rolls around/And it's time to go to town/Where do you go/To rock and roll?"
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