Best mother son dance songs for weddings

Best Mother Son Dance Songs, From Real Brides

You’ve chosen your first dance song and father daughter dance song. Now you are left to select the mother and son dance song - because we all know the grooms are usually not the best planner, and you have to step in to the rescue.

 Mother and son have a very special bond. A mother is the first woman a son ever loved, so the song selected should reflect all the emotions and be a way for a son to honor his mother in a heartfelt way. The best mother son dance song can celebrate the mother and son bond in a joyous way or be a way to thank her for all the sacrifices she has made. It could also be the song that has special meaning for the both of them. For example, a song that his mother always played or loves singing to. 

If you’re struggling to find the perfect mother son wedding dance song, you’ve come to the right place. We asked our past and future Bella Belle brides to list the songs they selected to represent the unfaltering mother and son bond. From classic and sentimental to groovy tunes, these are the best mother-son wedding dance songs according to real brides. 

Best Mother Son Dance Songs

Humble and Kind by Tim McGraw

If you’re looking to get the people in the room teary-eyed, then this is the song for you. Tim McGraw sings about the valuable life lessons that a mother teaches her son. From the importance of hard work and giving their all in everything they do, to showing respect to others. Most of all, Tim sings about how a mother will always be there for her son, no matter the time and place. 

Bella Belle bride, Autumn, says: “This song is all about mothers teaching their sons to be kind, genuine, humble and treat people right. My husband and I own a business and have had many successes and blessings in life. We always stay true to our roots. We remain humble and kind all the time and treat people the way we would want to be treated. It talks about home grown values and holding them dear in your life - and also paying it forward.

A Song For Mama by Boyz II Men

This song truly is a song for a mother. The lyrics are almost like a letter of gratitude for everything that a mother has done for her son, “You’re always there for me, have always been around for me even when I was bad, you showed me right from wrong”. Along with the sweet and buttery voice of Boyz II Men, this song has become one of the most popular mother-son dance songs at weddings, and it’s easy to see why. 

You Raise Me Up by Josh Groban 

A mother wants the best for her son. She wants him to be the best he can be, even exceed what she hopes for him. Josh Groban in this song sings “I am strong when I am on your shoulder, you raise me up to more than I can be”. This song is the perfect way for a son to say thank you to his mother for her guidance and love, to lead him to where he is in life right now. 

Forever Now by Michael Buble

This song made it into our best father-daughter dance song wedding list, so it’s no surprise that this song is also a favorite as a mother-son dance song. The song follows a parent’s journey, from being the person that their kids always run to, to learning to let them go and spread their own wings. Forever Now tells the journey of being a parent, which makes it the perfect song for a mother-son dance. 

 From our bride, Katelyn: “Forever Now is a song that I’ve always loved and coincidentally, my future mother in law loves it too! Michael Buble is one of the only artists both my fiance and I (and both of our mothers) love.

Sweetest Devotion by Adele 

Adele, also known as the Queen of Ballads, wrote this song for her son when he was born. Put perfectly by Adele, “This song is all about my kid. The way I’ve described it is that something much bigger has happened in my life. I love that my life is now about someone else”. Besides, what could be better than having Adele fill the room with her voice on your wedding day? 

What I Never Knew I Always Wanted by Carrie Underwood 

If your mother in law loves country music, then she is sure to love this beautiful song by Carrie Underwood. Carrie wrote this sweet song for her then seven month old son, Isaiah and describes the unexpected joy that he has brought into her life. The lyrics, “Never pictured myself singing lullabies, sitting in a rocking chair in the middle of the night, what a sweet surprise” perfectly describes a mother who never thought she was ready to be a mother. But the minute her son was born, she realized she could not have been more ready.

Because You Loved Me by Celine Dion

The lyrics, “For all the times you stood by me, for all the truth that you made me see, for all the joy you brought to my life, for all the wrong that you made right” is a  perfect way to pay tribute to a mother who made her son the man he is today. 

Our #BellaBelleBride Johanna says “This is my mother-in-law's favorite song and it reminds her of the relationship she has with her son, and how much her son means to her

93 Million Miles by Jason Mraz

Just because this song is more mellow than the other songs on this list, it doesn’t mean it’s anything less meaningful. The lyrics, “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” shows a mother who truly believes in her son’s capabilities, and encourages him to be the best he can be in life. 

The First Lady In My Life by Paul Todd

A mother is the first woman in a son’s life, so this is the perfect way to honor and acknowledge that unwavering fact. We love the lyrics “You held my hand while I learned to walk, you were my best friend, my inspiration, the one I looked up to”. What better way to pay a beautiful tribute to a mother than with this song? 

Do I Make You Proud by Taylor Hicks

American Idol Season 5 winner, Taylor Hicks, sang this song during the finale, which eventually helped him win the singing competition. The lyrics are beautifully written and talk about a son wondering if he has made his mother proud from all of his achievements and accomplishments he made in life, after the struggles he went through to get to where he is today. 

These ten songs are the best mother-son dance songs for weddings that were submitted by our real brides. We hope this list helps you find a song that means something to your fiance and his mother.  


1. What is the most popular mother-son wedding dance song?

While there are a lot of popular songs that are commonly used for the mother-son wedding dance, our Bella Belle brides voted for "Humble and Kind" by Tim McGraw as number 1 due to the sentimental value of the lyrics. 

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