Sweet Songs for the Mother-Son Dance That Aren't Too Sappy

These eleven tunes may help keep everyone from crying.

The father-daughter dance may be considered the more classic custom for including parents in the reception; however, the mother-son dance is a lovely tradition as well. Plus, there are plenty of brides who choose to share a turn on the dance floor with their mom, for a variety of reasons. The mother-son (or mother-daughter) dance is not only a touching moment, but it is also a great way to honor your mom for how she raised you. 

upbeat songs for the mother-son dance
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Choosing the right song for this dance can be tough. You want something that’s meaningful, but you also don’t want it to make you or your mom so emotional that you’re sobbing on the dance floor. Instead, an upbeat number will keep the vibe light and positive. You may even choose to choreograph a routine together, which will also create more bonding moments leading up to the wedding. Here are our suggested songs to help make that moment extra special: 

“How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” - James Taylor

“Some Kind of Wonderful” - Michael Bublé

“Mama Said" - Lukas Graham

“In My Life” - The Beatles

“Halo” - Beyoncé

“You Are the Sunshine of My Life” - Stevie Wonder

“Just the Way You Are” - Billy Joel

“You’re My Best Friend” - Queen

“I’ll Always Love My Mama” - The Intruders

“God Only Knows” - The Beach Boys

"Dear Mom & Dad" - Us the Duo

For more ideas, listen to 30 songs that real brides used for their father-daughter dance and discover Disney tunes to use for the big day

Authored by: Emily Lasnier