The mother/son dance is one of the sweetest moments during a wedding. Few things are stronger than a mother’s love for her child, and the right song won’t leave a dry eye in the house. The folks at David Rothstein Music have made this playlist of superb mother/son dance songs to inspire you.
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1. Fleetwood Mac – “Landslide”
Fleetwood Mac’s most famous ballad is one that’s been used in mother/son dances since the ‘70s. Stevie Nicks wrote “Landslide” during an interesting time in her life. She considered abandoning music and going back to school. She was in Aspen, Colorado, and the mountains made her think: “What would happen if it all came crashing down?”
An interesting point, but one that’s applicable to life. If everything came crashing down now, hopefully, your mother will be the person to help you. Stevie Nicks’ soft voice and Lindsey Buckingham’s guitar playing make for a simple but elegant moment to share with your mother.
2. The Beatles – “All You Need is Love”
“All You Need is Love” is one of the iconic songs of all time. Its universal message of ‘love is everything’ is one that will always be relevant. A wedding can be a pretty nerve wracking thing. The planning of it all may make your head explode.
Just remember this, your wedding is a celebration of love. Not only about the love you share with your partner, but from the people you love most — especially your mother. Why not have on the most famous songs about love for your mother/son dance? The psychedelic rock/baroque pop sound of “All You Need is Love” is also perfect if you’re looking for a mid tempo dance song.
3. Stevie Wonder – “You are the Sunshine of My Life”
Stevie Wonder’s music has that special quality that makes you smile every time you listen to it. Whenever you listen to “You are the Sunshine of My Life”, you actually hear sunshine. Wonder’s magnificent voice puts a smile on everyone’s face.
The soul and pop sound of this song make it a superb choice for your mother/son dance. Your mom is probably one of your favorite people in the world, and she thinks the same of you. You both bring sunshine into each others’ lives, so this Stevie Wonder classic will be a splendid addition to your wedding playlist.
4. Whitney Houston – “Greatest Love of All”
Nobody can touch the late Whitney Houston’s voice. No one. Although she’s gone, her music will be a constant reminder of her talent. “Greatest Love of All” is one of her most popular tracks, and it makes for a spectacular mother/son dance.
“Greatest Love of All” starts off slow, but it builds to one hell of a final chorus. Whitney’s voice soars over the classic R&B sound. One of the greatest loves you can possess is the love between a mother and child. Your mother loves you so much, and this song is a reminder of that.
5. Carole King – “Child of Mine”
“Child of Mine” is a beautiful song that will make the room tear up. Carole King sings about how happy she is that this person is her child. There are a number of lyrics that will melt your heart. King sings her child doesn’t need direction, how people will love his or her smile and that they sing the world in a beautiful.
“Child of Mine” is simple too, but not boring. It is perfect for creating a warm atmosphere. Everyone in the room will be touched that you chose this song for the mother/son dance. It is a classic.
6. Rascal Flatts – “My Wish”
If you are looking for a more country sound for your wedding, then look no further than Rascal Flatts. “My Wish” has been a mother/son dance standard for many years. The lyrics speak of how we wish life gives someone everything they want. Your mother wants the best for me, and this song will help her express how much she loves you.
Lead singer Gary LeVox delivers a tremendous vocal performance. The country-pop sound is also excellent. After listening to “My Wish” it is understandable why it is one of Rascal Flatt’s biggest hits.
7. No Doubt – “Running”
Your mother is someone who helps you through the ups and downs life gives you. “Running”, a track from No Doubt’s 2001 album “Rock Steady” is a sweet ballad. The song is about how you are journey with someone through life. Your mother has been there from day one, and she will continue to be in your heart forever.
The production on “Running” is simple. Synths follow Gwen Stefani’s delicate voice throughout creating a lovely sound. The moral of “Running” is that someone has been by your side for a long time, and you are grateful for the support. Thanks mom.