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31 Mother-Son Dance Songs to Celebrate the Big Day

When I got married, we couldn’t afford to have a reception. There was no meal and certainly no dancing. Even so, I can’t imagine the pressure there is to choose an unforgettable mother-son dance song for a wedding.

To narrow down the options, I scoured the internet and Spotify to see what songs were the most popular mother-son dance songs for some inspiration. I was shocked to see the number of songs that were completely inappropriate, so I set out to find classy and timeless options that will make your day one to remember.

The songs below may not be specifically written for moms, but you can definitely make them work, and I promise there won’t be any awkward lyrics to take you by surprise. The key lyrics of every song are listed to help you pick the perfect song for your mother-son dance so you can celebrate the new adventure of your beloved son with the perfect moment that’s just for the two of you.

31 Mother-Son Dance Songs for Weddings

1. “You’re My Best Friend” by Queen

Queen Greatest Hits

Key lyric: “You’re the best friend that I ever had”

2. “God Only Knows” by The Beach Boys

Beach Boys Greatest Hits

Key lyric: “God only knows what I’d be without you.”

3. “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong

What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong

Key lyrics: “I hear babies cry/I watch them grow/They’ll learn much more/Than I’ll never know/And I think to myself/What a wonderful world.”

4. “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King

Stand By Me by Ben E. King

Key lyrics: “No I won’t be afraid/Oh, I won’t be afraid/Just as long as you stand, stand by me.”

5. “She’s Got a Way” by Billy Joel

She’s Got a Way by Billy Joel

Key lyrics: “She’s got a way about her, mmh / I don’t know what it is / But I know that I can’t live without her”

6. Three Times a Lady” by Commodores

Three Times a Lady by Commodores

Key lyrics: “Thanks for the times that you’ve given me / The memories are all in my mind.”

7. Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac

Landslide by Fleetwood Mac

Key lyrics: “Well, I’ve been afraid of changin’/’Cause I’ve built my life around you/ But time makes you bolder/ Even children get older/ And I’m getting older too.”

8. “Your Song” by Elton John

Your Song by Elton John

Key lyric: “And you, you’ll be blessed/You’ll have the best/I promise you that/I’ll pick a star from the sky.”

9. Days Like This” by Van Morrison

Days Like This by Van Morrison

Key lyric: “When everything falls into place like the flick of a switch/ Well my mama told me there’ll be days like this”

10. Forever Young” by Bob Dylan

Forever Young by Bob Dylan

Key lyrics: “May your heart always be joyful/ May your song always be sung/ May you stay forever young.”

11. “Just the Way You Are” by Billie Joel

She’s Got a Way by Billy Joel

Key lyrics: “I said I love you, that’s forever / And this I promise from the heart, mmm / I couldn’t love you any better / I love you just the way you are, right.”

12. Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Simple Man by Lynard Skynard

Key lyrics: “You’ll find a woman, and you’ll find love/ And don’t forget, son, there is someone up above.”

13. Let It Be” by the Beatles

Let It Be by the Beatles

Key lyrics: “And in my hour of darkness / She is standing right in front of me / Speaking words of wisdom / Let it be.”

14. Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

Over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

Key lyrics: “Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high / There’s a land that I heard of once in a lullaby / Oh, somewhere over the rainbow skies are blue / Clouds high over the rainbow, makes all your dreams come true, ooh.”

15. You Are So Beautiful to Me” by Joe Cocker

You Are So Beautiful to Me by Joe Cocker

Key lyrics: “You’re everything I hoped for / You’re everything I need / You are so beautiful / To me.”

16. “You’ve Got a Friend” by James Taylor

You’ve Got a Friend by James Taylor

Key lyrics: “You just call out my name / And you know, wherever I am / I’ll come runnin’ / To see you again.”

17. Sweet Child O’Mine” by Sheryl Crow

Sweet Child O’ Mine by Sheryl Crow

Key lyric: “I’d hate to look into those eyes and see an ounce of pain

18. “Here Comes the Sun” by the Beatles

Here Comes the Sun by the Beatles

Key lyric: “Little darling/ It feels like years since it’s been here/ Here comes the sun/ Here comes the sun/ And I say, It’s all right.”

19. “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” by Stevie Wonder

You Are the Sunshine of My Life by Stevie Wonder

Key lyrics: “You are the sunshine of my life / That’s why I’ll always be around / You are the apple of my eye / Forever you’ll stay in my heart.”

20. “Make You Feel My Love” by Adele

Make You Feel My Love by Adele

Key lyric: “I’d go hungry, I’d go black and blue / I’d go crawling down the avenue / No there’s nothing that I wouldn’t do / To make you feel my love.”

21. “Songbird” by Fleetwood Mac

Landslide by Fleetwood Mac

Key lyrics: “For you, there’ll be no more crying / For you, the sun will be shining / And I feel that when I’m with you / It’s alright, I know it’s right.”

22. “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” by Marvin Gaye

How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) by Marvin Gaye

Key lyric: “How sweet it is to be loved by you.”

23. “A Song for Mama” by Boyz II Men

Mama by Boyz II Men

Key lyric: Mama, Mama you know I love you. (You know I love you). Mama, Mama you’re the queen of my heart. Your love is like tears from the stars, yes it is.”

24. “All You Need Is Love” by The Beatles

All You Need Is Love by The Beatles

Key lyrics: “All you need is love/ All you need is love/ All you need is love, love/ Love is all you need.”

Country Mother Son Dance Songs

25. “I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack

I Hope You Dance by Lee Ann Womack

Key lyrics: “I hope you never lose your sense of wonder / You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger / May you never take one single breath for granted / God forbid love ever leave you empty handed / I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean / Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens.”

26. “Godspeed” by the Dixie Chicks

Godspeed by the Dixie Chicks

Key lyric: “Godspeed little man / Sweet Dreams little man / Oh, my love will fly to you each night on angel’s wings / Godspeed (Sweet Dreams).”

27. “I Cross My Heart” by George Strait

I Cross My Heart by George Strait

Key lyrics: “I cross my heart / And promise to / Give all I’ve got to give / To make all your dreams come true / In all the world / You’ll never find / A love as true as mine.”

28. “Life’s a Dance” by John Michael Montgomery

Life’s a Dance by John Michael Montgomery

Key lyrics: “Life’s a dance you learn as you go / Sometimes you lead, sometimes you follow / Don’t worry about what you don’t know / Life’s a dance you learn as you go.”

29. “Forever and Ever, Amen” by Randy Travis

Love you forever randy travis

Key lyric: “As sure as I live, this love that I give / Is gonna be yours until the day that I die.”

30. “To Make You Feel My Love” by Garth Brooks

To Make You Feel My Love by Garth Brooks

Key lyrics: “When the evening shadows and the stars appear / And there is no one there to dry your tears / I could hold you for a million years / To make you feel my love.”

31. You Are My Sunshine” by Morgane Stapleton and Chris Stapleton

You Are My Sunshine by Morgane Stapleton and Chris Stapleton

Key lyrics: “You are my sunshine, my only sunshine / You make me happy when skies are grey / You’ll never know, dear, how much I love you / Please don’t take my sunshine away.”

 

Which one of these is your favorite mother-son song for a wedding? Share it with me in the comments!

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