60 Songs That Celebrate the Love Between Mothers and Daughters

Connect with your mom with a special song.

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It’s no surprise that weddings are monumental for the mother of the bride. It can be hugely symbolic for moms when their daughters get married. But all the emotions that come with such a big step, combined with the nonstop festivities of a wedding reception, can take away a mom's ability to truly reflect on the occasion as it’s happening.

So, just as the father of the bride gets a dance, why not carve out a special moment for mom? Picking a song that's reminiscent of your bond is a great way to do it. You can have the DJ announce that your chosen tune is meant to honor the bride's mother before it plays, or you can surprise your mom with her very own dance to mark your love. Take it back to the ‘60s with The Temptations's “My Girl,” or pick something more modern and sentimental like “Never Grow Up” by Taylor Swift. Whatever you choose, your deep connection with your mom will have the grand moment it deserves.

Here are 60 touching songs for daughters that express the intense love that exists between mothers and daughters.

“My Girl,” by The Temptations

Lyrics of Love: “I've got so much honey, the bees envy me/I've got a sweeter song than the birds in the trees”

“The Best Day,” by Taylor Swift

Lyrics of Love: “Don't know if Snow White's house is near or far away/But I know I had the best day with you today”

“I’ll Be There,” by The Jackson 5

Lyrics of Love: “I'll have faith in all you do/Just call my name and I'll be there (I'll be there)”

“By Your Side,” by Sade

Lyrics of Love: “I'll tell you you're right when you're wrong/And if only you could see into me”

“Landslide,” by Fleetwood Mac

Lyrics of Love: “But time makes you bolder/Even children get older and I'm gettin' older, too”

“You’re My Best Friend,” by Queen

Lyrics of Love: “I really love you/Oh, you're my best friend”

“Ribbon in the Sky,” by Stevie Wonder

Lyrics of Love: “But what it is that was always meant/Is our ribbon in the sky for our love, love”

“My Wish,” by Rascal Flatts

Lyrics of Love: “My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to/Your dreams stay big, your worries stay small”

“Mama, He’s Crazy,” by The Judds

Lyrics of Love: “He beats all I've ever seen/Mama, he's crazy, he's crazy over me”

“My Darling,” by Wilco

Lyrics of Love: “And be sure, darling/To make all the good times last”

“Thank You Mom,” by Good Charlotte

Lyrics of Love: “I'll always love you, there's nothing I won't do/To say these words to you”

“Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” by Elton John

Lyrics of Love: “It's enough for this restless warrior/Just to be with you”

“Oh Mother,” by Christina Aguilera

Lyrics of Love: “So, mother, I thank you/For all you've done and still do”

“Because You Loved Me,” by Celine Dion

Lyrics of Love: “For every dream you made come true/For all the love I found in you”

“Mom,” by Meghan Trainor

Lyrics of Love: “Her love's 'til the end, she's my best friend/Ain't nobody got a mom like mine”

“Count on Me,” by Bruno Mars

Lyrics of Love: “If you ever find yourself lost in the dark and you can't see/I'll be the light to guide you”

“Girl on Fire,” by Alicia Keys

Lyrics of Love: “Looks like a girl, but she's a flame/So bright, she can burn your eyes”

“Sweetest Devotion,” by Adele

Lyrics of Love: “When you wonder if I'm gonna lose my way home/Just remember, that come whatever, I'll be yours all alone”

“Right by You (For Luna),” by John Legend

Lyrics of Love: “Will we do right by you? Will you have what you require/To make your days on this Earth not so dire?”

“Mother,” by Sugarland

Lyrics of Love: “She stands here to help you/there's nothing she won't do”

“Promise,” by Tori Amos

Lyrics of Love: “Where the sun shines I will be there/You are the light”

“Wildflowers,” by Tom Petty

Lyrics of Love: “I have seen no other/Who compares with you”

“Never Grow Up,” by Taylor Swift

Lyrics of Love: “I won't let nobody hurt you/Won't let no one break your heart”

“Mama,” by The Spice Girls

Lyrics of Love: “So now I see through your eyes/All that you did was love”

“In My Daughter’s Eyes,” by Martina McBride

Lyrics of Love: “I see who I want to be/In my daughter's eyes”

“What a Wonderful World,” by Louis Armstrong

Lyrics of Love: “The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night/And I think to myself, what a wonderful world”

“The Way You Look Tonight,” by Frank Sinatra

Lyrics of Love: “I will feel a glow just thinking of you/And the way you look tonight”

“Slipping Through My Fingers,” by ABBA

Lyrics of Love: “I'm glad whenever I can share her laughter/That funny little girl”

“Days Like This,” by Van Morrison

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

“You Are My Sunshine,” by Kina Grannis

Lyrics of Love: “You'll never know dear, how much I love you/Please don't take my sunshine away”

“Mother,” by Kacey Musgraves

Lyrics of Love: “Bursting with empathy, I'm feeling everything/The weight of the world on my shoulders”

“Where You Lead I Will Follow,” by Carole King

Lyrics of Love: “All you have to do is call my name/And I'll be there on the next train”

“I Hope You Dance,” by Lee Ann Womack

Lyrics of Love: “I hope you never lose your sense of wonder/You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger”

“Butterfly Fly Away,” by Miley Cyrus and Billy Rae Cyrus

Lyrics of Love: “You tucked me in, turned out the light/Kept me safe and sound at night”

“You Make My Dreams (Come True),” by Daryl Hall and John Oates

Lyrics of Love: “'Cause I ain't the way you found me/And I'll never be the same, oh yeah”

“I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch),” by Four Tops

Lyrics of Love: “When you snap your finger or wink your eye/I come a-running to you”

“I’m a Believer,” by The Monkees

Lyrics of Love: “Then I saw her face, now I'm a believer/Not a trace of doubt in my mind”

“Lovely Day,” by Bill Withers

Lyrics of Love: “Just one look at you and I know it's gonna be/A lovely day”

“Wind Beneath My Wings,” by Bette Midler

Lyrics of Love: “Did you ever know that you're my hero/And everything I would like to be?”

“You Raise Me Up,” by Josh Groban

Lyrics of Love: “I am strong when I am on your shoulders/You raise me up to more than I can be”

“Forever Young,” by Rod Stewart

Lyrics of Love: “May the good Lord be with you down every road you roam/And may sunshine and happiness surround you when you're far from home”

“I Turn to You,” by Christina Aguilera

Lyrics of Love: “When I'm scared, losing ground, when my world is going crazy/You can turn it all around yes”

“A Song for Mama,” by Boyz II Men

Lyrics of Love: “Mama, Mama you're the queen of my heart/Your love is like tears from the stars, yes it is”

“God Only Knows,” by The Beach Boys

Lyrics of Love: “I'll make you so sure about it/God only knows what I'd be without you”

“Through the Years,” by Kenny Rogers

Lyrics of Love: “Can't imagine anything we've missed/Can't imagine anything the two of us can't do”

“Oh How the Years Go By,” by Amy Grant

Lyrics of Love: “Oh how the years go by/Oh how the love brings tears to my eyes”

“Mother,” by Ashanti

Lyrics of Love: “And I appreciate your love and all sacrifice/Without you by my side, I never could survive”

“A Mother’s Prayer,” by Celine Dion

Lyrics of Love: “So let the children remember the sun/Let them dance, let them soar”

“In My Life,” by The Beatles

Lyrics of Love: “But of all these friends and lovers/There is no one compares with you”

“Stand by Me,” by Ben E. King

Lyrics of Love: “Oh, I won't be afraid/Just as long as you stand, stand by me”

“Loves Me Like a Rock,” by Paul Simon

Lyrics of Love: “Oh, my mama loves me, she loves me/She get down on her knees and hug me”

“Have I Told You Lately,” by Rod Stewart

Lyrics of Love: “Fill my heart with gladness, take away all my sadness/Ease my troubles, that's what you do”

“Teach Your Children,” by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

Lyrics of Love: “So just look at them and sigh/And know they love you”

“There You’ll Be,” by Faith Hill

Lyrics of Love: “In my dreams, I'll always see you soar above the sky/In my heart, there will always be a place for you, for all my life”

“I’ll Stand by You,” by The Pretenders

Lyrics of Love: “When the night falls on you, you don't know what to do/Nothing you confess could make me love you less”

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

Lyrics of Love: “You are the apple of my eye/Forever you'll stay in my heart”

“Wonderful Tonight,” by Eric Clapton

Lyrics of Love: “I feel wonderful because I see/The love light in your eyes”

“Your Song,” by Elton John

Lyrics of Love: “I hope you don't mind that I put down in words/How wonderful life is while you're in the world”

“Unforgettable,” by Natalie Cole and Nat King Cole

Lyrics of Love: “Never before has someone been more/Unforgettable in every way”

“Isn’t She Lovely,” by Stevie Wonder

Lyrics of Love: “Isn't she pretty?/Truly the angel's best”

  • When should the mother-daughter song be played during the reception?

    Ultimately, the lineup is up to the bride, but the mother-daughter song will likely follow the father-daughter dance.

  • Do a mother and daughter have to dance during the mother-daughter song?

    If you know that your mom won't be comfortable dancing, then you can always have the DJ dedicate the song to her. Prior to the wedding reception, jot down a quote or a tribute that the DJ can read aloud to announce your chosen mother-daughter song.  

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