Photo by Wedding Photographer Blane Marable

The mother-son dance is a timeless wedding tradition that serves to present the mother of the groom with her newlywed son in a moment of closeness that both can treasure for years to come. Often, the groom will choose a song to dance to that holds a special place in his mother’s heart. However — not everyone has a sentimental song associated with their mom. This blog post outlines five categories that provide guidelines for picking a music selection that will create a tender mother-son memory that will last beyond the occasion. 

Travel Back in Time 

Music from decades past creates an air of dreaminess in the room during the MOG’s spotlight moment on the dance floor. There is a familiar elegance and magic found in tunes born from older generations. Here are a few prime choice songs from artists of our parents’ youth that speak to the bond between a mother and her child:  

  • “Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)” by John Lennon
  • “God Only Knows” by The Beach Boys
  • “I’ll Be There” by The Jackson 5
  • “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King

Photo by Wedding Photographer Blane Marable

Go the Disney Route

Disney soundtracks speak to our inner child and stir the sweet nostalgia of early motherhood in our cherished moms. There are plenty of songs in the Disney vault that feature themes of family and friendship appropriate for a son to dance to with his mother on his wedding day: 

  • “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” by Randy Newman from Toy Story
  • “You’ll Be In My Heart” by Phil Collins from Tarzan
  • “If I Didn’t Have You” by Billy Crystal and John Goodman from Monsters Inc.
  • “Remember Me” by Benjamin Bratt from Coco
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Opt for an Upbeat Crowd-Pleaser

Uptempo songs have their place on the dance floor, and the mother-son dance is no exception. These songs would be fitting for any playful mother son duo:  

  • “Come On Eileen” by Dexy’s Midnight Runners
  • “Boogie Shoes” by KC & The Sunshine Band
  • “Hey Mama” by Kanye West
  • “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell 
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Play the Best Friend Card

There is no shame in claiming your mom as your best friend. Best friends are reliable, loyal, and forgiving — all characteristics that encompass a mother as well. Songs that describe friendship are perfect for a mother and son with an unbreakable bond:

  • “Lean on Me” by Bill Withers
  • “Count on Me” by Bruno Mars
  • “You’re My Best Friend” by Queen
  • “History” by One Direction
Photo by Wedding Photographer Molly Weir

Wield that Southern Charm

We love our southern moms! Whether you’re from Athens, Georgia or Nashville, Tennessee, for those with country roots, these song choices are sure to make the mother of the groom beam with pride:

  • “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts
  • “Humble and Kind” by Tim McGraw
  • “Don’t Blink” by Kenny Chessney
  • “Landslide” by The Chicks
Photo by Wedding Photographer Blane Marable

You can find all of these songs, along with other suggestions, on this Mother-Son Dance Songs Spotify playlist! 

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