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50 Perfect Groom And Mom Dance Songs For Your Wedding

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The groom and mom dance is a poignant moment in any wedding.

Introduction

Before anything, we’d just like to raise our metaphorical glasses (just imagine that we’re all holding one) to your upcoming nuptials! 🥂

At this point in your wedding planning, you probably already have a song in mind for your first dance with your wife-to-be, but have you already picked the song for the other important woman in your life a.k.a. your mom?

Now, we’ll be the first to admit that pinning down that groom and mom dance song is tricky, especially when there’s so many other things you’re planning for the wedding (somehow, picking the right color for the flowers is taking SOOOO much time).

But fear not! As we selected the best groom and mom dance songs to make that dance all the more special. 

And to make your choice easier, we also categorized the songs with these: soul, country, R&B, rock, and instrumental. 

So, let’s not waste any more of your time (tons of planning to still do!) and get right into i

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Soul Mom And Groom Dance Songs

Mixing elements of R&B and gospel, soul music places huge emphasis on emotion, which is why we think they’re perfect picks for a classic slow dance shared by the groom and his mother. No frills, no surprises, and no gimmicks, just an affectionate and personal moment between a mother and her now fully-grown son. 🥹🥹

  1. “A Song for Mama” – Boyz II Men
  2. “Lovely Day” – Bill Withers
  3. “Stand By Me” – Ben E. King
  4. “What a Wonderful World” – Louis Armstrong
  5. “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” – Stevie Wonder
  6. “Just the Two of Us” – Bill Withers
  7. “Lovely Day” – Bill Withers
  8. “Unforgettable” – Nat King Cole & Natalie Cole
  9. “My Girl” – The Temptations
  10. “Lean On Me” – Bill Withers

Country Groom And Mom Dance Songs

So much of the best country music is about familial love and personal relationships, which is why they have forever been a staple in wedding playlists. And for our money, we think these picks are the cream of the crop for a groom and mom dance, especially if you’re a country kid at heart. 

  1. “My Wish” – Rascal Flatts
  2. “Simple Man” – Lynyrd Skynyrd (Shinedown version is also popular)
  3. “In My Life” – The Beatles (Johnny Cash cover is another option)
  4. “I Hope You Dance” – Lee Ann Womack
  5. “The Perfect Fan” – Backstreet Boys
  6. “The Dance” – Garth Brooks
  7. “I’ll Be There” – The Jackson 5 (Mariah Carey and Trey Lorenz cover is also a good choice)
  8. “You’ll Be in My Heart” – Phil Collins
  9. “Wind Beneath My Wings” – Bette Midler (Gary Morris’s country version is well-loved)
  10. “Never Alone” – Lady Antebellum

R&B Groom And Mom Dance Songs

If you’re looking to add a little more pizzazz in your groom and mom dance, then how about considering some R&B tunes? Combining heartfelt lyrics with classy melodies, R&B is a definite crowd-pleaser, and is surely something your mom will love jiving along to! 

  1. “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
  2. “You Are My Sunshine” – Johnny Cash (with Ray Charles for an R&B twist)
  3. “I’ll Always Love My Mama” – The Intruders
  4. “Isn’t She Lovely” – Stevie Wonder
  5. “Sweet Love” – Anita Baker
  6. “My Cherie Amour” – Stevie Wonder
  7. “Oh Mother” – Christina Aguilera
  8. “You Raise Me Up” – Josh Groban
  9. “Wind Beneath My Wings” – Bette Midler (Gladys Knight and the Pips also have a soulful version)
  10. “I’ll Stand By You” – The Pretenders (Boyz II Men also covered this song)

Rock Groom And Mom Dance Songs

If your mom has a history of head banging and rocking out, then why not pick a rock song for the groom and mother dance? For a ceremony that’s traditionally solemn, adding some rock music will also help liven the energy, and will give you and your mom a fond memory to talk about in the years to come (air guitar playing moments included 🎸) 

  1. “The Wish” – Bruce Springsteen
  2. “Simple Man” – Lynyrd Skynyrd (Shinedown’s version is also popular)
  3. “Landslide” – Fleetwood Mac
  4. “Thank You Mom” – Good Charlotte
  5. “You’ll Be in My Heart” – Phil Collins
  6. “Your Song” – Elton John
  7. “Teach Your Children” – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
  8. “Wildflowers” – Tom Petty
  9. “You’ve Got a Friend” – James Taylor
  10. “Forever Young” – Rod Stewart

Instrumental Groom And Mom Dance Songs

Of course, the groom and mother dance song doesn’t need to have lyrics. If you’re envisioning an elegant and classy ballroom waltz while everyone watches fondly, then these instrumental picks should more than live up to the occasion.

  1. “Beautiful Day” – U2 (instrumental version)
  2. “What a Wonderful World” – Louis Armstrong (instrumental version)
  3. “Can’t Help Falling in Love” – Elvis Presley (instrumental version)
  4. “Mama’s Song” – Carrie Underwood (instrumental version)
  5. “Wonderful Tonight” – Eric Clapton (instrumental version)
  6. “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole (instrumental version)
  7. “A Thousand Years” – Christina Perri (instrumental version)
  8. “All You Need Is Love” – The Beatles (instrumental version)
  9. “Here Comes the Sun” – The Beatles (instrumental version)
  10. “Stand By Me” – Ben E. King (instrumental version)
Two people sharing a moment during a groom and mom dance at a wedding.

Tips For Choosing The Best Groom And Mom Dance Songs

  • Consider Shared Memories: Your mom is probably one of the people you’ve spent the most time with growing up, so why not pick a song that reminds you of those times? With so much wonderful shared history, we’re sure you’ll find something that will make you both start tearing up on the dance floor. 😭😭

  • Think About the Tempo: Depending on your mom’s preferences, consider whether you want a classic slow dance or something more energetic. Bonus points if you bring your mom some dance shoes just for that special moment! 

  • Consult Your Mom: Mothers always know best, so why not ask for her input in picking a song? She might have a particular song in mind that she always wanted to dance to, so this is your chance to make that dream of hers come true! 

  • Danceability: If you and your mom are up for it, consider the song’s danceability. Will the song work with a slow, swaying dance? Or will it really come alive with a lively and choreographed routine? Or how about a mix of both (with a special song remix courtesy of your DJ) just to surprise everybody? The sky (and… well, your dancing skills) is the limit! 

  • Test the Dance Floor: We’re sure your mom told you that “practice makes perfect” when you were a kid, and now’s not the time to forget that important lesson! Regardless of the type of dance you want to share, make sure to practice it beforehand just to help yourself feel more confident. This is also a good time to go through some possible song choices and check whether your dance fits with the tune.  

  • Be True to Your Style: Ultimately, choose a song that feels authentic to you and your mom. The dance is all about celebrating your relationship with her, after all, so enjoy the moment and bust out the moves! (Tip: ask your mom to do a headspin, we’re kidding you go do it instead)

Final Thoughts

To sum it up – pick a song that celebrates you and your mom’s personal relationship. While you can always ask your old folks for a dance around the living room, moments like this can only come a few times in a lifetime, so make sure that it really counts! 

And as you go through our list of the best groom and mom dance songs, don’t forget to holler at your DJ to make the necessary arrangements and ensure your hitching… goes without a hitch (get it? Get it?) 

Speaking of DJs, in case you haven’t found the perfect one yet, how about reaching out to DJing.ca? As Canada’s biggest DJ company, we only work with 1% of the top DJs to maintain our stellar 5-star rating. And with over 1,000 events under our belt, DJing.ca knows how to pick the right songs for the right occasion. 

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