5 Favorite Mother Son Dance Songs for the Undecided Groom


Of all the first dance songs to choose for your Charleston wedding reception, the mother-son dance song is possibly the hardest one to pin down.

Many couples have a special song they call "their" song that winds up being the one they dance to, and there are many songs that tell the story of a father giving away his daughter at her wedding. 

Unfortunately there are not a ton of songs specially tailored for young men and their moms to dance to. Super Deluxe is often asked about song recommendations for the undecided groom that just can't put his finger on a good song to dance to with his mom.

In light of this scenario, we have put together a short list of remarkable songs that any groom will be happy to choose for his special dance at his wedding with his mother.

Here we go...


1. “Days Like This” by Van Morrison

“Days Like This” is almost the perfect mother/son dance song. It has a nice, medium tempo that you can slow dance to without feeling bogged down.

This is one of many classic songs by Van Morrison, one of the true great song writers of the 20th century. Originally released in 1995, this song first appeared on a record of the same title, Days Like This.

“Days Like This” weighs in a 3 minutes and 14 seconds long, so depending on how soon you want your dance over, you may want to cut out one of the verses or saxophone solo.

Most memorable lyrics:

Oh my mama told me
There’ll be days like this


2. “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong

“What a Wonderful World” is one of the all time great American songs. Like "Days Like This," "What a Wonderful World" also has a nice medium tempo that feels easy to dance to. 

This classic song was recorded and released as a single in 1967 by Armstrong, one of the few true pioneers of jazz music, and has resided in the Grammy Hall of Fame since 1999.

This song weighs in at a modest 2 minutes and 21 seconds, which might be the perfect length of time for a mother and her son to dance.

Most memorable lyrics:

I hear babies crying
I watch them grow
They’ll learn much more
Than I’ll ever know
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world


3. “You’ve Got a Friend” by Carole King

Originally written and recorded in 1971 by Carole King, “You’ve Got a Friend” is a popular song that has been covered by other great recording artists such as James Taylor and Donny Hathaway. Taylor's version is pretty standard now and has both a more prominent beat and faster tempo than King's original recording.

The feeling of friendship between a son and his mother is certainly present in this great down tempo song.

Most memorable lyrics:

You just call out my name
And you know where ever I am
I’ll come running to see you again
Winter, spring, summer, or fall
All you have to do is call
And I’ll be there
You’ve got a friend


4. “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)” by Marvin Gaye

"How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)" is another timeless song with a medium tempo and a swing rhythm that is fun to shag to.

This tune, originally recorded in 1964 and released by Motown Records star Marvin Gaye, was also covered and made a hit by James Taylor. His version, featuring Carly Simon on support vocals and David Sanborn on alto saxophone, topped the charts in 1975 and is considered the most successful cover of this song. 

The song’s message of love has relevant meaning for both mother and son. The lyrics "I want to stop, and thank you, baby," can best be interpreted as mom singing to her son for this occasion.

Most memorable lyrics:

How sweet it is
To be loved by you


5. "My Wish" by Rascal Flatts

"My Wish" has fast become one of the most recognizable pop-country songs in the new millennium.

Recorded and released by Rascal Flatts in 2006, this song was originally featured on the band's record titled Me and My Gang. "My Wish" can best be interpreted as mom singing to her song in this context.

The full version of this song weighs in at a fairly heft 4 minutes and 9 seconds. "My Wish" can be easily paired down for a quick dance length by cutting out one of the verses and one of the choruses.

Most memorable lyrics:

My wish, for you
Is that this life becomes all that you want it to
Your dreams stay big
Your worries stay small
You never need to carry more than you can hold
And while you’re out there getting where you’re getting to
I hope you know somebody loves you
And wants the same things too
Yeah, this, is my wish