The mother and son dance at wedding receptions has become a tradition only in recent times and represents a dance of the mother with her son (The Groom) before she “gives him away” to his new love.

Mother & Son Holding Flower

Because most of the attention has been on the bride and her family all day, this is the groom’s opportunity to show his mother she hasn’t been forgotten.

The music for the mother and son dance should be slow and melodic, something moving, lyrically suited and beautiful.

This will, like the father and daughter dance that took place before it, be a dance that the bring tears to many eyes.

The groom should focus on his mother during this dance and let her enjoy these last few uninterrupted minutes of being his mother to the fullest.

He should make sure this dance is memorable for her and keep in mind that she is feeling a sense of loss as well as a sense of joy on this special day.

Popular Mother & Son Dance Songs


93 Million Miles – Jason Mraz
2012 | Youtube

Mama Hold My Hand – Aloe Blacc
2010 | Youtube


Hero – Enrique Iglesias
2001 | Youtube

I Hope You Dance – Leanne Womack
2000 | Youtube

Mama – Il Divo
2004 | Youtube

Mom – Lucero
2009 | Youtube

A Mother’s Song – T Carter Music
2009 | Youtube

Take Your Mama – Scissor Sisters
2004 | Youtube

Thank you Mom – Good Charlotte
2000 | Youtube

Treat Yo Mama (With Respect) – John Butler Trio
2004 | Youtube

You Raise Me Up – Josh Groban
2003 | Youtube


A Song for Mama – Boyz II Men
1997 | Youtube

Because You Loved Me – Celine Dion
1996 | Youtube

Blessed – Elton John
1995 | Youtube

Have I Told You Lately – Rod Stewart
1993 | Youtube

I’ll Stand By You – The Pretenders
1994 | Youtube

Lucky Man – The Verve
1997 | Youtube

The Time of Your Life – Green Day
1997 | Youtube


Sweet Child O Mine – Guns N Roses
1988 | Youtube


Always on My Mind – Elvis Presley
1972 | Youtube

Child of Mine – Carole King
1970 | Youtube

Close To You – The Carpenters
1970 | Youtube

Dancing Queen – Abba
1976 | Youtube

Long and Winding Road – The Beatles
1970 | Youtube

Loves Me Like a Rock – Paul Simon
1973 | Youtube

The Rose – Bette Midler
1979 | Youtube


L-O-V-E – Nat “King” Cole
1965 | Youtube

Memories – Elvis Presley
1968 | Youtube


That’s Amore – Dean Martin
1953 | Youtube

The next tradition to consider after the Mother & Son dance is the Anniversary Dance and the Bouquet Toss

More about the Mother and Son Dance

The song for the mother and son dance is often the most difficult to choose.  There aren’t nearly as many songs out there about Mothers and Sons as there are about Fathers and Daughters.

Finding a song that both Mum and Groom like – and the Bride approves of – can be difficult.

Add in the “cheese” factor (no one wants to dance to a song that’s too cheesy when everyone is staring at them) and you have a real problem.

To avoid this situation, start looking months in advance. Fortunately, the Internet makes it much easier.

You can listen to audios of dozens, if not hundreds, of songs until you find the right one. There are some popular mother and son dance songs in the middle of this page.

It’s All About the Feeling of a Song

Keep in mind that it’s the overall sentiment and feeling rather than the specific words that convey how you feel – the song doesn’t have use the words “Son” and “Mom” or even talk about a parent/child relationship to be about this kind of love.

Songs like Wind Beneath My Wings and You Raise Me Up tell a mother unmistakably what she’s meant to her son and make beautiful tribute songs for the Mother and Son Dance.

The groom and his mother should decide together on a song that they both enjoy and that is meaningful and important to them.

The bride should try to be very flexible – remember, this moment is less about her and more about the groom and his mother!

And after all, once this dance is over, the bride and groom will have each other for the rest of their lives!