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Top 10 Mother Son Wedding Songs

Reba McEntire Garth Brooks Lee Ann Womack
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Taste of Country realizes that finding the right songs for a wedding, especially for the mother and son dance, is very important. To help you prepare for that special day, we’ve compiled a list of mother son wedding songs that will be perfect for your wedding reception soundtrack. The song for the groom and his mom can often be the hardest selection, but tunes like ‘It’s Your Song’ by Garth Brooks and ‘I’ll Be’ by Reba McEntire will help you pick that perfect song for that moment between a mother and her son as he's starting a new chapter of his life with his bride.

Randy Travis Angels



Randy Travis



In 2004, Randy Travis released ‘Passing Through,’ his fifteenth studio album. ‘Angels’ was one of the singles pulled from the project. Although it didn’t chart high, the song was accompanied by a popular video, and the song remains a popular tune for Mother’s Day and an appropriate selection for the mother son wedding dance song.


Suzy Bogguss Letting Go


‘Letting Go’

Suzy Bogguss



Suzy Bogguss tackled the feelings of empty nest syndrome in her 1992 hit ‘Letting Go.’ The song starts by sharing the story of a mother watching her child leave for college. As her child takes on the world, mom tries to keep herself busy adjusting to an empty house. At the same time, she tries to show support and encouragement, something any good mother would do — and a message that makes the track a fitting addition to our list of the Top 10 Mother Son Wedding Songs.


Alabama Angels Among Us


‘Angels Among Us’




’Angels Among Us’ by Alabama is a song that could be used for many occasions, including for a special moment at a wedding. Released as a holiday song in 1993, the song became so popular that some radio stations played it all year long. After all, angels do work 365 days a year, and many of those ‘Angels’ are in our own family.


Rascal Flatts My Wish


‘My Wish’

Rascal Flatts



Rascal Flatts found a song that shares a timeless and universal message of love and hope. The lyrics of ‘My Wish’ are just what any mom would want to say to her son on his wedding day. This No. 1 country hit from 2006 is a selection any wedding DJ should have on the playlist, and one that sits comfortably on our list of the Top 10 Mother Son Wedding Songs.


Steve Wariner The Hand That Rocks the Cradle


‘The Hand That Rocks the Cradle’

Steve Wariner and Glen Campbell



This song makes our list of the Top 10 Mother Song Wedding Songs, but it also topped our Top 10 Songs About Mom list. The 1987 hit, sung from a son’s point of view, reminds us that one of the hardest jobs in the world is to be a mother. Steve Wariner and Glen Campbell honored moms with the lyrics: “The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.”


Kenny Rogers Through the Years


‘Through the Years’

Kenny Rogers



The words of 1982’s ‘Through The Years’ by Kenny Rogers are the perfect backdrop for the mother and son dance at a wedding. Tears are sure to fall when they hear “Through the years you never let me down / You turned my life around / The sweetest days I’ve found / I’ve found with you / Through the years.” The song actually peaked at No. 1 on the adult contemporary charts, higher than its No. 5 position on the country charts.


Reba McEntire Ill Be


‘I’ll Be’

Reba McEntire



Reba McEntire got ‘I’ll Be’ from legendary songwriter Diane Warren. Warren’s track record includes ‘Because You Loved Me’ by Celine Dion, ‘How Do I Live’ by Trisha Yearwood, ‘I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing’ by Mark Chesnutt, ‘There You’ll Be’ by Faith Hill and so many more. It’s no wonder ‘I’ll Be’ was an instant Top 5 country hit and became a popular wedding classic.


Lee Ann Womack I Hope You Dance


‘I Hope You Dance’

Lee Ann Womack



‘I Hope You Dance’ is full of lyrics to live by. Since its release in 2000, the song has become a staple at wedding receptions. Of course, the universal message of the song makes it an easy fit for other occasions, like graduations and birthday celebrations. Lee Ann Womack’s Grammy winning performance of this hit is an obvious choice for our list of the Top 10 Mother Son Wedding Songs.


Garth Brooks It's Your Song


‘It’s Your Song’

Garth Brooks



Although Garth Brooks did not write ‘It’s Your Song,’ when he sang the emotional tune in 1998, he dedicated the song to his own mother. Brooks' mom, Colleen Carroll, actually had a modest recording deal for Capitol Records in the 1950s. When Brooks realized his own mother’s dream of becoming a recording star himself, this song was a way to say thanks for the inspiration and motivation.


Gary Morris Wind Beneath My Wings


‘Wind Beneath My Wings’

Gary Morris



Bette Midler is often given the credit for the recording of ‘Wind Beneath My Wings.’ However, Gary Morris had a hit with the song six years before her. In 1983, Morris' original version of the song was released on Warner Bros. Records and reached No. 4 on the Billboard country charts. In 1989, Midler’s movie 'Beaches' helped her version of the song hit No. 1 on the Hot 100 pop charts. Either way, the song's message is still the most popular choice for the bittersweet mother and son wedding dance.


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