Tony’s Playlists: Twelve Mother Song Dance Songs That Aren’t By Boyz II Men or Rascal Flatts

October 5, 2015 by Tony Schwartz

I believe the question I was asked the most often by my grooms this summer was, “Are there any other songs to dance to with my mother other than “A Song for Mama” by Boyz II Men or “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts?”mother-son-dance

The answer, of course, was “Yes! I’m going to write a blog entry about it any day now!”

That day has finally come. 🙂
So without any further ado, here are twelve great alternative Mother-Groom / Mother-Son dance songs that you may choose, or inspire you on where to look.

Garth Brooks – “Mom”
Just a prediction: this just might be THE mother/groom dance song of 2015. And probably for the next twenty years. Now excuse me for one second, while I go call my mother and tell her “I love you”.

Louis Armstrong – “What A Wonderful World”
I would say this is quickly becoming the third most common Mother-Son Dance song. However, at a little over two minutes, it’s short and sweet, and your mom will love it.

Nat King Cole – “Unforgettable”
Similar to Louis Armstrong, this is another timeless slow song that is perfect for sharing a dance with your mother.

The Beatles – “In My Life”
Like “What A Wonderful World” this is another short song, but with a more uptempo feel. Mom will love the lyric, “There is no one compares with you”.

Lynyrd Skynyrd – “Simple Man”
Does your mom like to rock? If she likes to dance to “Sweet Home Alabama”, she’ll love to dance to this Southern Rock ballad. NOTE: The album version goes on for a while, so consider having your MC outro the dance during one of the instrumental breaks.

Natalie Merchant – “Kind & Generous”
When I do these “spotlight lists” I try to find songs that are different from each other. “Kind & Generous” is this unique song that has a tempo that changes throughout the song – which makes it as a fun mother-dance song with the perfect message. Plus, the “Na Na Na Na” part is addicting! 😉

Lee Ann Womack – “I Hope You Dance”
If you like country, this is a great song to choose! To me, it comes from the perspective of a mother wishing her son well on this new journey of life – and reminding him to continue to live his life to the fullest.

Etta Jones – “My Mother’s Eyes”
I really wanted to include a song that was soulful and jazzy on this list. I found this song by Etta Jones and found it to be exactly what I was looking for.

Guns N’ Roses – “Sweet Child O’ Mine”
I was going to put the Sheryl Crow cover here, but then I thought: “C’MON MAN!” If mom is a rocker and “Simple Man” is a little too slow, BOOM! here is your song! Rock out with mom for a couple of minutes, and either have your MC outro early or invite the rest of the party to come join you and get the dance floor moving!.

Kenny Rogers – “Through The Years”
This songs starts with “I can’t remember when you weren’t there” and includes so many great lyrics that will have mom tearing up. The interpreted lyrics are probably more fitting for an anniversary song, but I think it also works for a Mother-Son song.

Carol King – “Child of Mine”
If you asked your mom to pick the song for your Mother/Son dance, she might pick this one. So grooms, surprise her, and pick this song if you feel it describes you perfectly.

Fleetwood Mac – “Landslide”
I couldn’t find a Hall & Oates song that I felt would work for a Mother/Groom dance, so I found this from Fleetwood Mac :).

T. Carter – “A Mother’s Song”
I’m going to preface this song with this: this song was written purely for a mother/son dance. It is also the most expensive song I have in my library, as T. Carter charges $12.99 for it. So, let’s play it a few more times so I get my money’s worth ;).

BONUS #1: Ben E. King – “Stand By Me”
One of my clients, Kevin, asked me to include a Motown song to help inspire him for his Mother-Son dance on NYE 2014. So here is the first of two possibilities I came up with, Ben E. King’s classic sing-a-long with the perfect message for mom.

BONUS #2: Marvin Gaye – “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)”
This is a timeless song recorded by one of the biggest Motown recording artists ever. Covered by many artists including James Taylor & Michael Buble, among others, I really like this rendition.

This post was originally published on November 20, 2014 at

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