Aside from the bride and groom, the most important guests at your wedding will likely be your parents. And while they may be used to playing a supporting role, they too deserve their moment to shine. What better way to honor your mom and dad than to dedicate a heartfelt song to them at your reception?
If you want to go the sentimental route, your guests will be sure to tear up when they hear Bette Midler’s “Wind Beneath My Wings,” or Elton John sing “Can You Feel The Love Tonight.” But if your family is more the joking type, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince’s “Parents Just Don’t Understand” will have your guests in stitches.
From heart-wrenching tales of unconditional love to feel good classics, here are 60 songs to dedicate to parents at your wedding.
“Because You Loved Me,” by Celine Dion
Lyrics of Love: “You were my strength when I was weak/You were my voice when I couldn't speak”
“How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You),” by Marvin Gaye
Lyrics of Love: “I needed someone to understand my ups and downs/And there you were”
“Wind Beneath My Wings,” by Bette Midler
Lyrics of Love: “You were content to let me shine, that's your way/You always walked a step behind”
“Mama Said,” by The Shirelles
Lyrics of Love: "Mama said there'll be days like this, there'll be days like this/My mama said"
“Parents Just Don’t Understand,” by Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
Lyrics of Love: “You know parents are the same/No matter time nor place”
“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”
“My Father’s House,” by Bruce Springsteen
Lyrics of Love: "My father's house shines hard and bright/It stands like a beacon calling me in the night”
“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” by Marvin Gay featuring Tammi Terrell
Lyrics of Love: “Cause baby there ain't no mountain high enough/Ain't no valley low enough”
“Can You Feel The Love Tonight,” by Elton John
Lyrics of Love: “And can you feel the love tonight?/It is where we are”
“Dance With My Father,” by Luther Vandross
Lyrics of Love: “I'd play a song that would never ever end/How I'd love, love, love to dance with my father again, ooh”
“I Got You (I Feel Good),” by James Brown
Lyrics of Love: “When I hold you in my arms/I know that I can't do no wrong”
“What A Wonderful World,” by Louis Armstrong
Lyrics of Love: “I see them bloom for me and you/And I think to myself what a wonderful world"
“Song for My Dad,” by Keith Urban
Lyrics of Love: "There were times I thought he was being just a little bit hard on me/But now I understand he was making me become the man he knew that I could be"
“You Are My Sunshine,” by Johnny Cash
Lyrics of Love: “You are my sunshine, my only sunshine/You make me happy when skies are gray”
“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”
“Your Smiling Face,” by James Taylor
Lyrics of Love: “Whenever I see your smiling face/I have to smile myself”
“My Dad,” by Paul Peterson
Lyrics of Love: “He isn't much in the eyes of the world, He'll never make history/No, he isn't much in the eyes of the world, But he is the world to me”
“Your Joy,” by Chrisette Michele
Lyrics of Love: "No one can compare to the way my eyes fit in yours/You'll always be my father, and I'll always be your joy"
“Mama,” by the Spice Girls
Lyrics of Love: "Back then I didn't know why you were misunderstood Mama/So now I see through your eyes all that you did was love"
“The Best Day,” by Taylor Swift
Lyrics of Love: “I grew up in a pretty house and I had space to run/And I had the best days with you"
“Just The Way You Are,” by Billy Joel
Lyrics of Love: “I took the good times, I'll take the bad times/I'll take you just the way you are”
“A Song for Mama,” by Boyz II Men
Lyrics of Love: “Whenever I was down/You were always there to comfort me”
“Stand By Me,” by Ben E. King
Lyrics of Love: “No I won't be afraid, no I-I-I won't be afraid/Just as long as the people come and stand by me”
“Hey Mama,” by Kanye West
Lyrics of Love: "See you're unbreakable, unmistakable, highly capable lady that's makin' loot/A livin' legend too, just look at what heaven do"
“Don’t Stop Believin’,” by Journey
Lyrics of Love: “Don't stop believin'/Hold on to the feelin'"
“Daddy,” by Beyonce
Lyrics of Love: “You've given me such security/No matter what mistakes I make you're there for me”
“Landslide,” by Fleetwood Mac
Lyrics of Love: “Well, I've been afraid of changin'/'Cause I've built my life around you”
“Lovely Day,” by Bill Withers
Lyrics of Love: “Then I look at you/And the world's alright with me”
“Family Affair,” by Mary J. Blige
Lyrics of Love: “Let's get it crunk, we gon' have fun/Up on up in this dancerie”
“I’ll Stand By You,” by The Pretenders
Lyrics of Love: “Nothing you confess/Could make me love you less”
“He Didn’t Have To Be,” by Brad Paisley
Lyrics of Love: "Lookin' back, all I can say about all the things he did for me is/I hope I'm at least half the dad that he didn't have to be"
“The Best Day,” by George Strait
Lyrics of Love: "Dad, this could be the best day of my life/I've been dreaming day and night about the fun we've had, just me and you doing what I've always wanted to”
“We Are Family,” by Sister Sledge
Lyrics of Love: “We are family/Get up everybody and sing”
“Hero,” by Mariah Carey
Lyrics of Love: “When I had you there/But then I let you go”
“Through The Years,” by Kenny Rogers
Lyrics of Love: “Through the years/You've never let me down”
“You’re My Inspiration,” by Chicago
Lyrics of Love: “You're the meaning in my life/You're the inspiration”
“Dear Mama,” by 2Pac
Lyrics of Love: "And there's no way I can pay you back/But my plan is to show you that I understand/You are appreciated"
“The Wish,” by Bruce Springsteen
Lyrics of Love: “And if it's a funny old world, mama, where a little boy's wishes come true/Well I got a few in my pocket and a special one just for you"
“Father and Daughter,” by Paul Simon
Lyrics of Love: “I believe the light that shines on you/Will shine on you forever”
“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”
“Color Him Father,” by The Winstons
Lyrics of Love: “Never a frown always a smile when he says to me 'How's my child?'/I think I'll color this man father/I think I'll color him love"
“Mama’s Song,” by Carrie Underwood
Lyrics of Love: “Mama, you taught me to do the right thing/So now you have to let your baby fly”
“Father’s Eyes,” by Amy Grant
Lyrics of Love: “When people look inside my life, I want to hear them say/She's got her father's eyes”
“A Mother Like You,” by JJ Heller
Lyrics of Love: “I know it won't always be easy/I hope I can love like you do”
“Oh! My Papa,” by Eddie Fisher
Lyrics of Love: “Oh, my pa-pa, to me he was so wonderful/Oh, my pa-pa, to me he was so good”
“The Baby,” by Blake Shelton
Lyrics of Love: "She'd laugh until she cried. I could do no wrong/She would always save me because I was her baby"
“Kind and Generous,” by Natalie Merchant
Lyrics of Love: “You've been so kind and generous/I don't know how you keep on giving”
“Thank You,” by 33Miles
Lyrics of Love: “Thank you for everything/thank you for loving me”
“Always Be Your Baby,” by Natalie Grant
Lyrics of Love: “Now I can stand on my own/But I know you'll never let go”
“Mom,” by Megan Trainor
Lyrics of Love: "Ain't nobody got a mom like mine/Her love's 'til the end, she's my best friend"
“These Three Words,” by Stevie Wonder
Lyrics of Love: “ "When was the last time that they heard you say/Mother or father, 'I love you?'"
“Daddy’s Hands,” by Holly Dunn
Lyrics of Love: “I remember daddy's hands how they held my mama tight/And patted my back for something done right”
“Coat of Many Colors,” by Dolly Parton
Lyrics of Love: "Momma sewed the rags together/sewin' every piece with love”
“It’s for My Dad,” by Nancy Sinatra
Lyrics of Love: “He always was a rock when I needed one/He gave me good advice when I needed some”
“Have I Told You Lately,” by Rod Stewart
Lyrics of Love: “Have I told you lately that I love you/Have I told you there's no one else above you”
“Papa Don’t Take No Mess,” by James Brown
Lyrics of Love: "Papa is the man who can understand how a man has to do whatever he can"
“Mother,” by Ashanti
Lyrics of Love: "You taught me strength, and you gave me guidance/ Whenever faith was lost you were there to find it"
“I Learned From You,” by Miley Cyrus and Billy Ray Cyrus
Lyrics of Love: “I learned from you that I do not crumble/I learned that strength is something you choose”
"First Man" by Camilla Cabello
Lyrics of Love: “You held me so tight, now someone else can/But you were the first man that really loved me”
“Speechless,” by Alicia Keys
Lyrics of Love: “I used to know all the words to say, I used to write all the poetry/But now you take my breath away”