14 Best Mother-Son Songs for Weddings and Other Celebrations
Here you'll find a list of mother-son songs. As the mom of four boys and two stepsons, I can sincerely say there are no words to describe a mother's love. However, there are several mother-son songs that can bring a tear to your eye. In this article, I will explore 14 of the very best mother-son songs for all kinds of celebrations. I hope you find one that suits your purposes!
Great Mother-Son Songs
- "If I Could" by Barbra Streisand
- "You Are Loved (Don't Give up)" by Josh Groban
- "I Knew I Loved You" by Savage Garden
- "A Song for Mama" by Boyz 2 Men
- "The Man You've Become" by Molly Pasutti
- "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" by Stevie Wonder
- "This Is Your Song" by Ronan Keating
- "Beautiful Boy" by Celine Dion
- "I Am Your Child" by Barry Manilow
- "My Wish" by Rascal Flatts
- "I Hope You Dance" by Ann Womack
- "The Perfect Fan" by the Backstreet Boys
- "93 Million Miles" by Jason Mraz
- "You're Gonna Be" by Reba McEntire
1. "If I Could" by Barbra Streisand
Album: Higher Ground
This is a beautiful dedication from a mother to her son. The lyrics to this song express love and letting go. It's hard for a mom to come to terms with the fact that she will have to someday let her son go to make his important decisions on his own. She'll hope that she's equipped him with what he needs. If she could travel his troubled roads with him, she would.
If I could
I would try to shield your innocence from time
But the part of life I gave you isn't mine
I've watched you grow
So I could let you go
2. "You Are Loved (Don't Give up)" by Josh Groban
Although many people think this song is more appropriate for a couple than mother and son, any parent will tell you that this is a very real sentiment felt by parents. The song is about love, and the lyrics deliver a profoundly deep message.
Don't give up
It's just the hurt that you hide
When you're lost inside I
I'll be there to find you
Don't give up
Because you want to burn bright
If darkness blinds you I
I will shine to guide you
3. "I Knew I Loved You" by Savage Garden
"I knew I loved you before I met you. I think I dreamed you into life." This is an incredible song that can be applied to the love a mother feels for her child before he or she is even born. Its words ring so true for many moms-to-be. As little girls, many of us played house thinking about our dolls as our future babies, and we loved them even back then.
There's just no rhyme or reason
Only the sense of completion
And in your eyes, I see
The missing pieces I'm searching for
I think I've found my way home
I know that it might sound
More than a little crazy
But I believe
4. "A Song for Mama" by Boyz 2 Men
This song is the number-one R&B single by the American R&B group Boyz II Men. The tune, which was written and produced by Babyface, served as the theme song to the 1997 motion picture Soul Food, and spent two weeks at number one on the US R&B chart. The song also appears on the group's fabulous album, Evolution. The lyrics are riveting and heartfelt.
Mama, Mama you know I love you
(You know I love you)
Mama, Mama you're the queen of my heart
Your love is like tears from the stars, yes it is
Mama I just want you to know lovin' you is like food to my soul
Yes it is, yes it is, oh, yes it is, yes it is, yes it is oh
5: "The Man You've Become" by Molly Pasutti
Album: Wedding Songs for the Ultimate Romantic Wedding
This song comes from mom's point of view and expresses how proud she is of her son. It would certainly make any son feel honored to hear these words. I would be a blubbering puddle of tears if I danced with any of my sons on their wedding day to this song. Just listening to it while I type these words fills my eyes with tears.
I'm so proud of who you are
The man you've become
Thrilled to share your deepest joy
To know you've found the one
For the great things you will do
I'll be blessed cause you're my son
But I'll always see the boy
In the man you've become
6. "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" by Stevie Wonder
Album: Talking Book
This is a song a mom can sing for her child's entire life. How many moms have sung this song to their boys when they were newborns? This song can come full circle as the son grows, and mom transitions from singing it to her baby in a rocking chair to rocking in that chair alone as he ventures out to build his life.
You must have known that I was lonely,
Because you came to my rescue,
And I know that this must be heaven,
How could so much love be inside of you?
Whoa oh oh oh
7. "This Is Your Song" by Ronan Keating
Album: Turn It On
This song was written by Irish singer-songwriters Ronan Keating and Steve Mac. The song was released as the second single from his fifth studio album, Songs for My Mother. The song's lyrics speak of the mother-son bond as one of love and friendship. The lyrics are truly beautiful.
'Cause this is your song
We wrote it for you
It won't take all day
Just a minute or two
You were our friend
Walk with you to the end
And one day we'll all sing along
'Cause this is your song
8. "Beautiful Boy" by Celine Dion
This song was originally written by John Lennon, but Celine Dion's version is absolutely gorgeous as well. If you would rather hear it with a female voice, for mother and son purposes, Celine Dion really does the song justice. Like Celine, I am the mother of sons (I have four), so, to me, this song has a powerful meaning.
Any mom will appreciate the words to this song. It is all about the tender loving care she feels for her son when he's a little fellow. The truth is, it doesn't matter how big our children become—they will always be little fellas in our eyes.
Out on the ocean, sailing away
I can hardly wait
To see you come of age
But I guess we'll both just have to be patient
Cause it's a long way to go
A hard row to hoe
Yes it's a long way to go
But in the meantime
Before you cross the street
Take my hand
Life is just what happens to you while you're busy making other plans
9. "I Am Your Child" by Barry Manilow
Album: Barry Manilow
Just can't make it through this song without crying, it's inspirational, heartbreaking, and stirs every bit of love you hold as both a mother and a child. It's sung from the perspective of the child.
I am your child
Wherever you go
You take me too
Whatever I know
I learned from you
Whatever I do
You taught me to do
I am your child
And I am your chance
10. "My Wish" by Rascal Flatts
Album: Me and My Gang
This is a song written by Jeffrey Steele and Steve Robson and recorded by American country music group Rascal Flatts. It reached number one on the U.S. country charts and peaked at number 28 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it one of their popular crossover singles. As of May 2016, the song has sold 2.927 million in the US. This wonderful song has brought joy to mothers and sons for more than a decade!
I hope you never look back, but you never forget,
All the ones who love you, in the place you live,
I hope you always forgive, and you never regret,
And you help somebody every chance you get,
Oh, you find God's grace, in every mistake,
And always give more than you take.
But more than anything, yeah, more than anything
11. "I Hope You Dance" by Ann Womack
Album: I Hope You Dance
One of the best country songs ever written. The words in this song will live on forever: "And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance." If mom wants to share her advice and dreams with her son, then the words in this song make it a great choice for a wedding. This classic is a popular choice for mom-and-son dances.
I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance
Never settle for the path of least resistance
Livin' might mean takin' chances, but they're worth takin'
Lovin' might be a mistake, but it's worth makin'
Don't let some Hellbent heart leave you bitter
When you come close to sellin' out, reconsider
Give the heavens above more than just a passing glance
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
12. "The Perfect Fan" by the Backstreet Boys
This is another perfect choice for a mother-son wedding dance. It will open the floodgates! The song speaks of a mom's support throughout the years and a son appreciating how she showed him how to walk without her guiding hands. The song concludes that she's always been the perfect fan.
A dedication from a son to his mom, sung from the point of view of the son. The words are deep and meaningful. It's about how a mom has done so much for her son, and he knows it, and is telling her he knows it.
God has been so good
Blessing me with a family
Who did all they could
And I've had many years of grace
And it flatters me when I see a smile on your face
I want to thank you for what you've done
In hopes I can give back to you
Be the perfect son
13. "93 Million Miles" by Jason Mraz
Album: Love Is a Four Letter Word
This song is a perfect song for a mother whose son is setting off to fulfill his dreams. It's sung from the perspective of the son who is receiving loving advice from his mother. She tells him that no matter what, he can always can home. This would be a good choice to celebrate a graduation or any other event marking a new chapter in a son's life. The song is from the album "Love is a Four-Letter Word."
Every road is a slippery slope
There is always a hand that you can hold on to
Looking deeper through the telescope
You can see that your home's inside of you
14. "You're Gonna Be" by Reba McEntire
Album: Reba #1's
This song is sung from the perspective of the mom giving her child advice about life. She says she will help along the way, but sometimes she'll let her child make his or her own mistakes so that he or she can learn. But despite it all, he/she is "gonna be loved by her." This song makes for a beautiful wedding dance song, or as a message from a mom whose time is limited. Personally, this may be my pick for a mother and son dance song. After hearing all of the songs, I felt each was a great choice in their own way, but I have to say, this one could make the final cut. Brings me to tears.
I'm afraid you'll have to suffer through some of my mistakes
Lord, knows I'll be trying, oh, to give you what it takes
What it takes to know the difference between getting by and livin'
© 2010 Barbara Tremblay Cipak