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50 Of The Best Mother And Son Dance Songs For Your Big Day

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So, you’re looking for the best mother and son dance songs for your wedding. 

Well, we’re here for you! After all, aren’t mothers great?
They clothe us, bathe us, feed us, and raise us to be good people (special shout-out to my mom!). 

That’s why, as we work on planning for your big wedding day (congrats btw bud!) it’s also important that we pick the best mother and son dance songs for your special dance with her.

Because, while you can always just twirl your mom around the living room in good fun while your favorite songs are playing, nothing quite compares to a traditional dance with her, especially during your wedding day. And hey, we also hear that it’s also a good way of making sure there isn’t a dry eye in the venue!  

Thing is, finding the best mother and son wedding dance songs can be a bit tricky to pin down, especially when there’s so many to choose from!

But fret not, we’re here to make things a little easier with our best mother-son dance songs selection. Categorized by genre, we hope this list of the best mother and son dance songs help you find the perfect pick.

No time to waste, let’s start!

Table of Contents

  1. Classic Mother and Son Dance Songs
  2. Mother and Son Dance Ballads
  3. Rock Mother and Son Dance Songs
  4. Pop Mother and Son Dance Songs
  5. Country Mother and Son Dance Songs
  6. Best Practices for Picking the Best Mother-Son Dance Song

Best Classic Mother And Son Dance Songs

If you want nothing but the absolute crowd-pleasers in terms of the best mother-son dance songs, then you can never go wrong with these classics. Sure, they’re mainstays in playlists for the best mother and son wedding dance songs, but that’s only because everybody already loves them (including your mother).

  1. “What a Wonderful World” – Louis Armstrong
  2. “In My Life” – The Beatles
  3. “Unchained Melody” – The Righteous Brothers
  4. “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” – Stevie Wonder
  5. “Stand by Me” – Ben E. King
  6. “The Way You Look Tonight” – Frank Sinatra
  7. “What a Wonderful World” – Ray Charles
  8. “Moon River” – Andy Williams
  9. “Unforgettable” – Nat King Cole
  10. “You’ll Be in My Heart” – Phil Collins

Best Mother and Son Dance Ballads

If your mom is the slow-dance type, then this list of ballads should serve as the perfect background music. These songs are also particularly effective if you just want to share a slow and tender moment with your mom, or even talk softly and thank her for everything she’s done for you (aww 🥺) before you start a new life with your partner. 

  1. “Simple Man” – Lynyrd Skynyrd
  2. “Wind Beneath My Wings” – Bette Midler
  3. “My Wish” – Rascal Flatts
  4. “The Perfect Fan” – Backstreet Boys
  5. “I Hope You Dance” – Lee Ann Womack
  6. “Your Song” – Elton John
  7. “You Raise Me Up” – Josh Groban
  8. “Because You Loved Me” – Celine Dion
  9. “What a Difference You’ve Made in My Life” – Ronnie Milsap
  10. “You Decorated My Life” – Kenny Rogers

Best Rock Mother and Son Dance Songs

Hey, who says moms can’t have fun and rock out as well!? If your mom is the type to head bang now and then, then why not start an impromptu rock concert (well, sort of) for the mother-son dance? Whichever artist or band your mom fancies, this list of the best rocking mother-son dance songs should have something she not only recognizes, but also loves. 🤘

  1. “Sweet Child o’ Mine” – Guns N’ Roses
  2. “Mother” – Pink Floyd
  3. “Simple Man” – Shinedown (Lynyrd Skynyrd cover)
  4. “What I Got” – Sublime
  5. “A Song for Mama” – Boyz II Men
  6. “I’ll Stand by You” – The Pretenders
  7. “Sweet Child o’ Mine” – Sheryl Crow (Guns N’ Roses cover)
  8. “With Arms Wide Open” – Creed
  9. “Angie” – The Rolling Stones
  10. “Teach Your Children” – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

Best Pop Mother and Son Dance Songs

Hey, we totally get that not every mother and son dance song has to be sweet and slow, so how about something more fun and upbeat? What’s more, these songs can also get people ready to get on the dance floor, because why not share the stage once you’re done showing everybody that you’re a mama’s boy? 👐 

  1. “You’ll Be in My Heart” – Phil Collins
  2. “A Song for Mama” – Boyz II Men
  3. “Wind Beneath My Wings” – Bette Midler
  4. “My Wish” – Rascal Flatts
  5. “You Raise Me Up” – Josh Groban
  6. “Because You Loved Me” – Celine Dion
  7. “Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)” – John Lennon
  8. “Count on Me” – Bruno Mars
  9. “Sweetest Devotion” – Adele
  10. “Isn’t She Lovely” – Stevie Wonder

Best Country Mother and Son Dance Songs

Want some of that good ol’ country twang and sentimentality during your dance with your ma? There’s so many to choose from! Whether it’s a song that’s specifically written about a mother or a son, these songs should get you on the right track… and might even lead to shedding a tear or two 🥹

  1. “My Wish” – Rascal Flatts
  2. “Mama Said” by Lukas Graham
  3. “I Hope You Dance” – Lee Ann Womack
  4. “Your Everything” – Keith Urban
  5. “Mom” – Garth Brooks
  6. “In My Daughter’s Eyes” – Martina McBride
  7. “God Only Knows” – The Beach Boys
  8. “He Gets That From Me” – Reba McEntire
  9. “Don’t Blink” – Kenny Chesney
  10. “I Loved Her First” – Heartland
A DJ playing the best mother and son dance songs during a wedding.

Best Practices For Picking The Best Mother-Son Dance Song

  1. Reflect On Your Relationship: First and foremost, the best mother and son dance songs are the ones that reflect that relationship you share with your mother. Was it a song she used to sing to you at night? Was it a song you shared together while growing up? Maybe she even introduced you to a specific artist? By considering these points, you are sure to pick something that will really tug at her heartstrings!

  2. Consider The Lyrics: Of course, it’s also important to pay attention to the lyrics of the song you chose. While it’s a given that the words should be meaningful or heartfelt, it’s also good to make sure that they fit the context. Make sure not to veer into too much romantic territory too, that’s for your partner!

  3. Think About Tempo And Style: When making a list of the best mother-son dance songs, also pick ones with tempos that match your comfort level on the dance floor. If you and your mother enjoy a slow, intimate dance, opt for a ballad. If you prefer something more lively and upbeat, consider a pop or rock song. Either way, just make sure your mom’s feet aren’t aching WAYYY before the night is over! 

  4. Consider Your Ma’s Tastes: While looking for a song that resonates with both of you is always a good thing, you can also surprise your mom by playing a song from a particular genre or artist she loves! You can even go the extra mile by asking your DJ to start with a typical mother-son dance song, before fading out and fading into one of her all-time favorite tunes! Now that’s one way to make a mother feel special ❤️
  1. Consult With Your DJ: If you’re still at a loss (hey, we get it buddy!), why not discuss your preferences with your DJ? After all, these are the pros, and they often have experience with the best mother and son dance songs for your wedding. What’s more, you can also get valuable insights, suggestions, or even customized mixes like the one we mentioned above. 
  1. Practice, Practice, Practice: Whether you and your mom are planning a simple sway or something more choreographed, make sure to practice together before your big day! This way, you can avoid mistakes, be more comfortable with your routine, and have some extra bonding time with your mom! Plus, this also gives you time to practice dancing to several songs before making the final decision. You might even like one song but find that you and your mom enjoy dancing together to another one more.
  1. Personalize The Dance: For extra personality, why not add your own touches to the dance? For example, you could add a brief speech, a special dedication, or even something extra to make the moment more sentimental. You know your mother best, so add something that will make it more memorable for her! 
  1. Have Fun: Last but not least, have fun and savor the moment! While this sure isn’t the only moment where your mother can share a dance together, it’s also one of the most sentimental parts of any wedding celebration. It can be so easy to get caught up in picking the best mother and son dance songs for your wedding that you can forget that this moment is about you and your mother. So take a deep breath, look into your mother’s eyes, and let the music carry you. 
One of our wedding DJs playing music during a mother and son dance.

Final Thoughts

And with that – we end our list of the best mother and son dance songs for your wedding. 

The mother-son dance is a cherished tradition that gives you an opportunity to celebrate the bond you have with your mother, so we hope our list of the best mother-son dance songs is helpful in making your decision. 

And just in case you don’t have a DJ yet to make sure the timing of your dance is right, why not reach out to us at DJing.ca? As Canada’s largest DJ company, we maintain our 5-star rating by only working with the top 1% DJs here in Canada, all of which are pros at finding the best mother and son dance songs.

We here at DJing.ca also offer videography and photography services,  have more than 1,000+ successful events under our belt, and can’t wait to be a part of yours. So, simply fill out our quote form, or call us at (1 800) 431-4685, and we’ll be in touch immediately to get the ball rolling. 

We congratulate you on your upcoming wedding and wish nothing but success in all of your planning! 

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