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14 Best Mother-Son Songs for Weddings and Other Celebrations

Barbara has spent over 40 years writing poems, lyrics, and sayings for cards and interpreting the meanings and messages in songs.

Best mother-son songs for weddings, dances, birthdays, and other celebrations

Best mother-son songs for weddings, dances, birthdays, 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

  1. "If I Could" by Barbra Streisand
  2. "You Are Loved (Don't Give up)" by Josh Groban
  3. "I Knew I Loved You" by Savage Garden
  4. "A Song for Mama" by Boyz 2 Men
  5. "The Man You've Become" by Molly Pasutti
  6. "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" by Stevie Wonder
  7. "This Is Your Song" by Ronan Keating
  8. "Beautiful Boy" by Celine Dion
  9. "I Am Your Child" by Barry Manilow
  10. "My Wish" by Rascal Flatts
  11. "I Hope You Dance" by Ann Womack
  12. "The Perfect Fan" by the Backstreet Boys
  13. "93 Million Miles" by Jason Mraz
  14. "You're Gonna Be" by Reba McEntire

1. "If I Could" by Barbra Streisand

Album: Higher Ground

Year: 1997

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.

Essential lyrics:

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

Album: Awake

Year: 2006

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.

Essential lyrics:

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

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3. "I Knew I Loved You" by Savage Garden

Album: Affirmation

Year: 1999

"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.

Essential lyrics:

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

Album: Evolution

Year: 1997

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.

Essential lyrics:

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

Year: 2012

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.

Essential lyrics:

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

Year: 1972

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.

Essential lyrics:

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

Year: 2003

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.

Essential lyrics:

'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

Album: Miracle

Year: 2004

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.

Essential lyrics:

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

Year: 1973

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.

Essential lyrics:

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

Year: 2006

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 U.S. This wonderful song has brought joy to mothers and sons for more than a decade!

Essential lyrics:

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

Year: 2000

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.

Essential lyrics:

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

Album: Millennium

Year: 1999

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.

Essential lyrics:

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

Year: 2012

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."

Essential lyrics:

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

Year: 2005

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.

Essential lyrics:

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

Have a Fitting Poem, Line From a Poem, Song, or Lyric? Please Share!

Trisha C on January 13, 2019:

Roz & j andmore

Barbara Tremblay Cipak (author) from Toronto, Canada on September 20, 2014:

@ladyguitarpicker that's my song for my sons too - hope your son sees a better time of it soon, sorry to hear that he's going through a tough spell

stella vadakin from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619 on September 20, 2014:

Hi, I love this and it really hit home. I really like Barbra Streisand, "If I Could". My son is grown and going through a hard time, now I really understand that song. Great Hub.

Barbara Tremblay Cipak (author) from Toronto, Canada on August 10, 2014:

@DeborahDian: Thanks Deborah :)

Deborah Carr from Orange County, California on August 10, 2014:

These are wonderful songs. Some of them would be perfect for the mother-son dance at a wedding!

John Dyhouse from UK on July 24, 2014:

Beautiful songs, I think I am becoming a country fan. Always liked the songs and the style but listening to a few has begun to affect me.

asereht1970 from Philippines on June 17, 2014:

Lovely lens. Also love the songs.

snowy12 on May 25, 2014:

Very touching.

Anna from chichester on April 15, 2014:

What a wonderful lens - I just joined the exclusive club of motherhood and I was completely unprepared for the amount of love that took over. Every sleepless night I just remind myself that in the blink of an eye my little boy will have grown up, and that every moment with him is so precious. I adore the saying you have posted "if you don't mutter under your breath 'I hate you' I am not doing my job properly'... Parenthood is hard, but wonderful also. You must have your hands full with your four boys!! Best of luck :)

webindex lm on April 13, 2014:

I really enjoyed these songs

âThe best place to cry is on a mother's arms.â

â Jodi Picoult, House Rules

loves life34 on March 24, 2014:

I truly enjoyed and admired this lens, so well thought out and put together, seeing i just had a baby boy, some of it brought tears to my eyes. Thank you very much

Sandy Mertens from Wisconsin on March 12, 2014:

Enjoyed this list and videos.

stacy mcdaniel on February 13, 2014:

Cool lens! I hope you dance is one of my favorite songs. Thanks for the like and comment on my Mel Tillis lens. Feel free to add it anywhere you like. Thanks!

Barbara Tremblay Cipak (author) from Toronto, Canada on January 22, 2014:

@sousababy: love that book, read it to the boys over and over (still have a copy too)

sousababy on January 22, 2014:

As long as I'm living my baby you'll be. ~ Robert Munsch (from the book Love You Forever)

AnonymousC831 from Kentucky on January 13, 2014:

Great songs and lens.

Otto Phillips on January 12, 2014:

Great Lens! At my wedding my Mom and I danced to Tupac's "Dear Mama". I highly recommend it for this lens.

chrisilouwho on November 28, 2013:

Thanks for this!

anonymous on October 22, 2013:

Impressive lens, keep the good work. :)

KathyZ1 on October 17, 2013:

Nice lens. Thanks for your sharing.

vanthang012 on August 21, 2013:

Many thanks.

AdrianaZoder LM on July 13, 2013:

Thank you. My firstborn is a son. I will refer to this lens over and over, especially when I need a feel good moment. :)

lawyer-marketing on June 25, 2013:

Heart touchy. Love all the songs

hopefulorganizing on May 24, 2013:

I'm starting to plan a graduation party for my oldest boy, I plan on including some of his fav songs from blues clues and bear and the big blue house (for embarrassment purposes) but found your lens to be super helpful in finding the ones with true meaning.

MadameJoy on May 11, 2013:

I absolutely love singing to my kids so thanks so much for this list!

TapIn2U on May 08, 2013:

Love those songs! So sweet! Sundae ;-)

Melissa Miotke from Arizona on April 26, 2013:

Very sweet. My husband and I pick a song to dedicate to each of our children when they are born:)

topbuilderlist on April 06, 2013:

This are songs that we have to remember.

beaworkathomemom on March 26, 2013:

Very beautiful lens. Thank you for sharing this.

Jogalog on March 17, 2013:

A fantastic lens about a relationship that it can be difficult to find things for.

May Matthew on March 12, 2013:

Great choice of songs! Thank you for sharing your story and ideas with us!

kabbalah lm on March 03, 2013:

Great lens. Thanks

Malu Couttolenc on February 20, 2013:

These mother and son songs are so beautiful! I hadn't heard some of them before and liked them. I have to sing them to my son, I feel sorry for his ears hehe. I have to get these songs!

RetroMom on January 23, 2013:

great lens and a great selection of the youtube videos.

TACTCI LM on January 23, 2013:

Not that many people know this about me, but I'm a big Josh Groban fan, of his music at least. Saw that "You are Love/Don't Give up" song on there and had to open it up so I could visit some old memories. Great job! Going to Google+ and Pinterest Pin this as well.

dellgirl on December 24, 2012:

Thanks for sharing these Mother and Son Songs for Weddings, Dances, Birthdays & Other Celebrations, nice lens.

jonathanwm on December 15, 2012:

Great stuff. Very cool len

Vikki from US on November 18, 2012:

I have one daughter, ( a love ;) ---so I hadn't really thought about Mom/Son songs before. These are lovely selections; made my heart smile for sure.

anonymous on October 31, 2012:

great lens :)

Linda Jo Martin from Post Falls, Idaho, USA on October 21, 2012:

This lens makes me feel like singing! I wonder what my son would think of that?

Carolan Ross from St. Louis, MO on October 17, 2012:

As a mom of two boys I am delighted to find these mother and son songs today. My boys are now not so young, and yet not so old - yet they THINK they know it all at ages 18 and 19 (send prayers). Siill they're my 'boys' now and forever. Love them so!

spids1 on October 06, 2012:

Great lens very well written.

lilpixiedust on September 20, 2012:

Love the Beautiful Boy by Celine Dion and I think the song and the video goes so well together. Nice share!

anonymous on September 11, 2012:

Thanks for sharing and taking the time to do this lens. Kudos!

David Stone from New York City on July 17, 2012:

My favorite is "We'll Sing In The Sunshine" because my Mom and I both loved and lived it. We liked it so much, we once set up a recorder and did a duet. This ended both of our ambitions as singers.

LisaDH on July 10, 2012:

Well, I didn't make it even halfway down the page before I was crying! :-) Great choice of songs. I knew a few of them, but you introduced me to many wonderful songs I haven't heard. Thanks!

chiquitasmom9665 on April 22, 2012:

i really loved your lens i wish with all my heart that i would have had the chance to have raised a son myself it was beautiful thank you for posting it

kAAtya on April 16, 2012:

Wonderful lens. I remember my mother singing to me a very sad song about a little girl who was left alone after her mother and father were killed in a car accident (ok it sounds cruel but it is a beautiful - educational song).

Never crosed a road until look on boath sides twice ever since.

Edwinrocks on April 14, 2012:

great lense

TheMotherSquid on April 08, 2012:

The bluegrass version of "Baby of Mine." I rocked my son to it all the time. :) I still love Brahm's lullaby, too.

brynimagire on March 19, 2012:

Nice video. Great lens !

Sanny Tendilla on February 12, 2012:

Nice list of mother and sons songs. Do you have father and sons?


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supercouponingmom on February 10, 2012:

Great page! I will have to share this with my family!

anonymous on February 02, 2012:

Thanks for the great hub! As a child development researcher/author and mom of 3 boys I really enjoy finding more helpful ways to celebrate the relationship between moms and boys. Here is an article I wrote if you are interested called Parenting Boys: What Boys Need From A Mom

Angela F from Seattle, WA on January 30, 2012:

Lots of great songs you've selected. Lyrics from Somewhere Out There "Somewhere out there beneath the pale moonlight

Someone's thinking of me and loving me tonight" I would remind my son during some pretty shaky times (bad custody battle)

megabu717 on January 29, 2012:

Very nice collection of the mother son songs. I enjoyed it. Thanks:)

Katie Harp on January 23, 2012:

blessed by a squid angel :) <3

Richard from Surrey, United Kingdom on January 18, 2012:

Wonderful selection of mother and son songs. Just added a song suggestion to my recent FB thread; wondering whether you have heard the song, Mother of Mine?

darciefrench lm on January 18, 2012:

I especially love the song "You Are Loved" by Josh Groban. Lovely lens :)

Ruthi on January 17, 2012:

I listened to every song you shared; many I knew, many were new to me. Excellent song choices for this mother and son. I shared the Josh Groban (You are Loved) tune on my son's Facebook profile today! And I have featured this lens on my Mother Son Love Story lens. Blessings and a bit o' sunshine!

BusyMOM LM on January 17, 2012:

Another great lens by you. I love your Father and Son songs lens too.

Miha Gasper from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU on January 09, 2012:

Cute, thumbs up!

anonymous on December 03, 2011:

This is nice! I added it to my Top 10 Wedding Songs of All Time. ~ Blessed!

LiliLove on November 10, 2011:

Beautiful lens! Thank you for sharing :).

anonymous on August 20, 2011:

Beautiful lens...For a mom to be able to see her son having her own family it can be both happy and sad. Mixed emotions knowing that her boy will be separated from him and songs can be one of the medium that could say everything she has in her heart.

Tina @ wedding favors

BraidHairExtension on July 08, 2011:

That's the beauty you just can't say no...child mostly loves mother more, dads must understand, shouldn't feel jealous.

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