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The Best Mother-Son Dance Songs

Honor the first woman you ever loved by sharing a dance to one of these meaningful tunes.

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At the end of the day, there's no one quite like your mom, and there's no bond stronger than the one between a mother and her son. She's been there to witness just about every major step you've ever taken and now you're fortunate enough to have her with you on the most important of your adult life. What better way to thank her for everything she's done than to spin her around to a tune that perfectly captures how you feel? If you're searching for the best mother-son dance song, take the following advice from Shanon Cook, Spotify's resident Trend Expert. To further help inspire your mother-son dance song selection, Spotify also provided a curated playlist of fan-favorite tunes to consider for this important dance. Sit down with your own mom and use this list to guide your music search. 

 

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Choose a fan-favorite number.

Looking to twirl your mom to one of the top mother-son dance songs? Cook has a few ideas. "Stevie Wonder is a popular choice with his beloved songs 'Isn't She Lovely' and 'You Are The Sunshine of My Life.' Also Rod Stewart with his heartwarming tracks 'Have I Told You Lately' and 'Forever Young' (Mom will love you for the latter!)," Cook said. "Other artists listeners go for include Celine Dion ('Because You Loved Me') and Carole King ('Child Of Mine')."

 

Go for a tear-jerker.

"There won't be a dry eye at the wedding if the groom and his mom dance to Bette Midler's 'Wind Beneath My Wings,'" said Cook. Other appropriately-emotional tracks include Josh Groban's "You Raise Me Up" and Lee Ann Womack's "I Hope You Dance," which "lyrically serves as a hopeful parent-to-child toast to the future," she continued. "John Lennon's 'Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)' is also a nice choice—the song was written by Lennon for his son, Sean, and works nicely as a mom-to-son song, too."

 

Keep it simple.

Cooks number one piece of advice for the mother-son dance? Remember that it's okay to keep it simple, she says. "Mom can get a bit stressed out at the wedding and you don't want her to spend the whole day dreading the dance if she's been put up to a choreographed routine or a tricky, unfamiliar song," she explained. "Dipping mom at the end of the dance is an easy way to add some drama and make people smile, and luckily most songs provide the right finish to add that dip."