Wedding tradition typically excludes mothers from any major role – and we have a problem with that. Luckily, modern brides and grooms have started righting this wrong: more and more couples are incorporating their moms in their weddings in major ways. The father-daughter dance is customary during most receptions, but additional mother-son (and mother-daughter) dances have been on the rise for the last few decades.
There are so many beautiful songs that your mom will love, but it’s an overwhelming index, so we complied some of our favorites to help you make the tough decision (for credibility, moms were consulted in the making of this list). We've included a variety of musical stylings – even a musical-turned-motion-picture favorite – hand-picked to get your mother's feet tapping and her eyes misty.
“How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” – Michael Bublé (or James Taylor)
“You’ll Be In My Heart” – Phil Collins
“100 Years” – Five For Fighting
“The Best Day” – Taylor Swift
“Slipping Through My Fingers” – ABBA
“Sunrise, Sunset” – The Cast of Fiddler on the Roof
“You Make Me Feel So Young” – Michael Bublé
“I’ll Be There” – Jackson 5
“My Girl” – The Temptations
“I Hope You Dance” – Lee Ann Womack
“My Wish” – Rascal Flatts
“Always Love You” – Tori Kelly
“You And Me Against The World” – Helen Reddy
“You Don’t Have to Let Go” – Jessica Simpson
“Some Kind Of Wonderful” – Michael Bublé
Michael Bublé definitely seemed to be the clear favorite amongst the moms. Let us know the song you'd choose for your mother-son or mother-daughter dance in the comments below!
Looking for father-daughter dance songs? Discover 10 tunes you'll both love and these classics that will melt your guests' hearts. For more wedding dance song ideas, listen to 16 first dance songs that are actually cool and these popular choices selected by real brides and grooms.