65 Mother-Son Dance Songs That'll Move Your Mom to Tears

Here are the sweetest songs for this special moment

Two grooms dancing with their mothers at their wedding

Photo by Lance Nicoll

Get your tissues ready, because it's time for the mother-son dance. Similar to the father-daughter dance, the mother-son dance is a tender moment shared between the groom and his mother (or mother-figure) in the midst of the big day to show gratitude for the person that made it all possible. This dance typically takes place right after the father-daughter dance, which traditionally follows the first dance between the newlyweds.

As the groom, your mother is likely the one who stood by you and nurtured you through the years, safely delivering you to the love of your life and the next chapter of your journey. When deciding on which song to play while you take her for a sweet spin around the dance floor on your wedding day, consider what type of music your mom loves. Is she into oldies, or would she appreciate something more modern? Although we love the idea of a tender and heartfelt moment, maybe you and your mom want a nontraditional upbeat song to dance to. Think about your relationship and personalities, and choose a song that represents them best.

Below, we've rounded up 65 songs that capture the love between a son and his mother (we might've shed a tear or two while doing so).

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"A Song for Mama," by Boyz II Men

Lyrics of Love: "You taught me everything/Everything you've given me/I'll always keep it inside/You're the driving force in my life"

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"Because You Loved Me," by Celine Dion

Lyrics of Love: "You were my eyes when I couldn't see/You saw the best there was in me/Lifted me up when I couldn't reach/You gave me faith 'cause you believed/I'm everything I am/Because you loved me"

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"Child of Mine," by Carole King

Lyrics of Love: "You don't need directions/You know which way to go/And I don't want to hold you back/I just want to watch you grow/You're the one who taught me/You don't have to look behind"

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"I Say a Little Prayer," by Aretha Franklin

Lyrics of Love: "While combing my hair, now/And wondering what dress to wear, now/I say a little prayer for you/Forever, forever, you'll stay in my heart"

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"I'll Always Love My Mama," by The Intruders

Lyrics of Love: "A mother's love is so special/It's something that you can't describe/It's the kind of love that stays with you/Until the day you die"

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"You Raise Me Up," by Josh Groban

Lyrics of Love: "You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains/You raise me up to walk on stormy seas/I am strong when I am on your shoulders/You raise me up to more than I can be"

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"God Only Knows," by The Beach Boys

Lyrics of Love: "If you should ever leave me/Though life would still go on, believe me/The world could show nothing to me/So what good would living do me/God only knows what I'd be without you"

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"What a Wonderful World," by Louis Armstrong

Lyrics of Love: "The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky/Are also on the faces of people going by/I see friends shaking hands saying how do you do/They're really saying I love you"

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"Mama Said," by Lukas Graham

Lyrics of Love: "'Cause we were good kids/I know which place I'm from/I know my home/When I'm in doubt and struggling/That's where I'll go"

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"93 Million Miles," by Jason Mraz

Lyrics of Love: "Oh my beautiful mother/She told me, 'Son in life you're gonna go far/If you do it right you'll love where you are/Just know/Wherever you go/You can always come home'"

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"How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)," by James Taylor

Lyrics of Love: "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/With sweet love and devotion/Deeply touching my emotion"

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"Forever Young," by Rod Stewart

Lyrics of Love: "And when you fin'lly fly away, I'll be hoping that I served you well/For all the wisdom of a lifetime, no one can ever tell/But whatever road you choose, I'm right behind you win or lose"

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"The First Lady in My Life," by Paul Todd

Lyrics of Love: "So here we are today, now I'm finally grown/About to take a wife, and start a family of my own/Everything I am, I owe to you/You molded me so carefully and you saw me through"

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"I Hope You Dance," by Lee Ann Womack

Lyrics of Love: "Promise me that you'll give faith a fighting chance/And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance/I hope you dance/I hope you dance"

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"Thank You Mom," by Good Charlotte

Lyrics of Love: "The only thing I ever had was you, it's true/And even when the times got hard you were there/To let us know that we'd get through/you showed me how to be a man"

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"Mama," by Spice Girls

Lyrics of Love: "Catching me in places that I knew I shouldn't be/Every other day I crossed the line I didn't mean to be so bad/I never thought you would become the friend I never had"

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"The Perfect Fan," by The Backstreet Boys

Lyrics of Love: "And I've had many years of grace/And it flatters me when I see a smile on your face/I want to thank you for what you've done/In hopes I can give back to you/Be the perfect son"

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"Sweet Child O' Mine," by Guns N' Roses

Lyrics of Love: "She's got a smile it seems to me/Reminds me of childhood memories/Where everything/Was fresh as the bright blue sky/Now and then when I see her face/She takes me away to that special place"

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"Hero," by Mariah Carey

Lyrics of Love: "And then a hero comes along/With the strength to carry on/And you cast your fears aside/And you know you can survive"

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"Mother Like Mine," by The Band Perry

Lyrics of Love: "She's the lady of the house/A blind believer in all I dare to be/There's no safer place I've found/Than the shoulder of her white nightgown/Oh I've got the best and the worst of her in me"

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"Mother and Child Reunion," by Paul Simon

Lyrics of Love: "Oh, little darling of mine/I just can't believe it's so/Though it seems strange to say"

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"Oh, Mother of Mine," by The Temptations

Lyrics of Love: "Oh mother of mine, I've been blind/The things that you tell me, I really/Paid it no mind/Oh please forgive me, yes, I know I was wrong/But now, now I know, my place, my place is at home"

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"Hey Mama," by Kanye West

Lyrics of Love: "I want to tell the whole world about a friend of mine/This little light of mine, I'm feelin' let it shine/I'm feelin' take y'all back to them better times/I'm feelin' talk about my momma if y'all don't mind"

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"Dear Mama," by 2Pac

Lyrics of Love: "There are no words that can express how I feel/You never kept a secret, always stayed real/And I appreciate, how you raised me/And all the extra love that you gave me"

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"Your Song," by Elton John

Lyrics of Love: "If I was a sculptor, but then again no/Or a man who makes potions in a traveling show/Oh I know it's not much but it's the best I can do/My gift is my song/And this one's for you"

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"The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," by Roberta Flack

Lyrics of Love: "The first time ever I saw your face/I thought the sun rose in your eyes/And the moon and the stars were the gifts you gave/To the dark and the endless skies"

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"Do I Make You Proud," by Taylor Hicks

Lyrics of Love: "My heart is full/Of endless gratitude/You were the one/The one to guide me through"

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"Love Can Move Mountains," by Celine Dion

Lyrics of Love: "Just a little faith/Just a little trust/If you believe in love/Love can move mountains/Believe in your heart"

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"Mama's Song," by Carrie Underwood

Lyrics of Love: "Mama you taught me to do the right things/So now you have to let your baby fly/You've given me everything that I will need/To make it through this crazy thing called life"

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"Greatest Love of All," by Whitney Houston

Lyrics of Love: "And if, by chance, that special place/That you've been dreaming of/Leads you to a lonely place/Find your strength in love"

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"Bridge over Troubled Water," by Aretha Franklin

Lyrics of Love: "When evening falls so hard/I will comfort you/I'll take your part/Oh when darkness comes/And pain is all, is all around/Just like a bridge over troubled water/I will lay me down"

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"In My Life," by The Beatles

Lyrics of Love: "Though I know I'll never lose affection/For people and things that went before/I know I'll often stop and think about them/In my life, I'll love you more"

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"Unforgettable," by Nat King Cole

Lyrics of Love: "Never before/Has someone been more/Unforgettable/In every way/And forever more/That's how you'll stay"

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"Wonderful Tonight," by Eric Clapton

Lyrics of Love: "I feel wonderful because I see/The love light in your eyes/And the wonder of it all/Is that you just don't realize how much I love you"

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"Always on My Mind," by Willie Nelson

Lyrics of Love: "Maybe I didn't love you/quite as often as I could have/Maybe I didn't treat you/quite as good as I should have/If I make you feel second best/I'm so sorry I was blind/You were always on my mind"

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"There You'll Be," by Faith Hill

Lyrics of Love: "Well, you showed me how it feels/To feel the sky within my reach/And I always will remember all/The strength you gave to me/Your love made me make it through"

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"Angels," by Randy Travis

Lyrics of Love: "You've never seen an angel?/Never felt the presence of one standing by?/No robe of white/No halo in site/Well you missed the most obvious thing/Man, are you blind?/Just look in your mother's eyes"

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"Have I Told You Lately," by Van Morrison

Lyrics of Love: "Have I told you lately that I love you/Have I told you there's no one above you/Fill my heart with gladness/Take away my sadness/Ease my troubles, that's what you do"

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"All You Need Is Love," by The Beatles

Lyrics of Love: "There's nothing you can know that isn't known/Nothing you can see that isn't shown/There's nowhere you can be that isn't where you're meant to be/It's easy/All you need is love"

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"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?/I can fly higher than an eagle/For you are the wind beneath my wings"

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"Landslide," by Fleetwood Mac

Lyrics of Love: "Well, I've been 'fraid of changin'/'Cause I've built my life around you/But time makes you bolder/Even children get older/And I'm gettin' older, too"

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"I'll Stand by You," by The Pretenders

Lyrics of Love: "When you're standing at the cross roads,/And don't know which path to choose,/Let me come along, 'cause even if you're wrong/I'll stand by you"

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"That's What Mamas Do," by Jason Matthews

Lyrics of Love: That's what mamas do/They raise you,/Ground you/Build their whole world around you/And they'll carry the weight of your world too"

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"You've Got a Friend," by Carole King

Lyrics of Love: "When you're down and troubled/And you need some love and care/And nothing, nothing is going right/Close your eyes and think of me/And soon I will be there/To brighten up even your darkest night"

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"Letter to My Mother," by Edwin McCain

Lyrics of Love: "Mama, how do I write the words to you/You were the only one who loved me true"

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"The Best Day," by Taylor Swift

Lyrics of Love: "I know you were on my side/Even when I was wrong/And I love you for giving me your eyes/Staying back and watching me shine"

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"Thank You for Loving Me," by Bon Jovi

Lyrics of Love: "Thank you for loving me/For being my eyes/When I couldn't see/For parting my lips/When I couldn't breathe/Thank you for loving me

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"I'll Be There," by The Jackson 5

Lyrics of Love: "I'll reach out my hand to you/I'll have faith in all you do/Just call my name and I'll be there"

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"Simple Man," by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Lyrics of Love: "'Boy, don't you worry, you'll find yourself/Follow your heart and nothing else/And you can do this, oh baby, if you try/All that I want for you my son, is to be satisfied'"

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"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/You never need to carry more than you can hold"

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"He Gets That from Me," by Reba McEntire

Lyrics of Love: "His curly hair and his knobby knees,/The way the sun brings those freckles out,/Talkin' talk never miss a beat,/Yeah he gets that from me"

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"My Mother's Eyes," by Franki Valli

Lyrics of Love: "One bright and guiding light,/That taught me wrong from right,/I found in my mother's eyes"

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"The Wish," by Bruce Springsteen

Lyrics of Love: "I remember in the morning, ma, hearing your alarm clock ring/I'd lie in bed and listen to you gettin' ready for work/The sound of your makeup case on the sink"

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"Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)," by John Lennon

Lyrics of Love: "Before you cross the street/Take my hand/Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans"

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"Lean on Me," by Bill Withers

Lyrics of Love: "Lean on me, when you're not strong/And I'll be your friend/I'll help you carry on"

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"Mama Hold My Hand," by Aloe Blacc

Lyrics of Love: "Then I call my Mama to help me,/And she came right away/To help me get back home, where I wanna be/And here's what I say/Mama hold my hand,/I don't think I can cross this road by myself"

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"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/Oh, she loves me like a rock"

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"A Mother's Song," by Daniel Kirkley

Lyrics of Love: "Be faithful and be true/Show love in all you do/Then you'll know, just how/You make your mother proud"

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"Time After Time," by Iron and Wine

Lyrics of Love: "If you're lost, you can look and you will find me/Time after time/If you fall, I will catch you, I'll be waiting/Time after time"

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"All to You," by Scott Keo

Lyrics of Love: "Can I have this dance with you one more time/Before I start down the road of my brand new life/There's no way to thank you, for all that you have done/No matter how old I get I will always be your son"

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"Everything," by Matthew John

Lyrics of Love: "You taught me everything/How to tell what's wrong from right/You gave me everything/Made me who I am inside"

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"I'll Be There," by Mac Miller feat. Phonte

Lyrics of Love: "See I was 6 years old with a dream/When my Moms told me I can do anything/Said she'd be there forever/No matter what's the weather/She'd always have my back even when we weren't together"

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"Turn to You," by Justin Bieber

Lyrics of Love: "Mom, you were so brave/There was nothing that would stop or get in our way/And I know you will always be there for me"

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"Sweetest Devotion," by Adele

Lyrics of Love: "The sweetest devotion/Hitting me like an explosion/All of my life, I've been frozen/The sweetest devotion I've known"

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"No Matter What," by Calum Scott

Lyrics of Love: "She said, 'I love you no matter what/I just want you to be happy and always be who you are'/She wrapped her arms around me/Said, 'Don't try to be what you're not/'Cause I love you no matter what'"

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