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Songs about Mothers and Sons

Updated on December 17, 2015

The Best Mother-and-Son Songs for Weddings, Dances, Birthdays, and Other Celebrations

Here you'll find a list of mother-son songs. As the mom of four boys and two stepsons, I can sincerely say there are no words to describe a mother's love. However, there are several mother-son songs that can bring a tear to your eye.

1. "If I Could" by Barbra Streisand

If I Could
If I Could

This is a beautiful dedication of a mother to son. The lyrics to this song express love and letting go. It's hard for a mom to come to terms with the fact that she will have to someday let her son go to make his important decisions on his own. She'll hope that she's equipped him with what he needs. If she could travel his troubled roads, she would.

 

2. "You Are Loved (Don't Give up)" by Josh Groban

You Are Loved [Don't Give Up]
You Are Loved [Don't Give Up]

Although many people think this song is more appropriate for a couple than mother and son, any parent will tell you that this is a very real sentiment felt by parents. The song is about love, and the lyrics deliver a profoundly deep message.

 

3. "I Knew I Loved You" by Savage Garden

I Knew I Loved You
I Knew I Loved You

"I knew I loved you before I met you. I think I dreamed you into life." This is an incredible song that can be applied to the love a mother feels for her child before he or she is even born. Its words ring so true for many moms-to-be. As little girls, many of us played house thinking about our dolls as our future babies, and we loved them even back then.

 

4: "A Song for Mama" by Boyz 2 Men

5: "The Man You've Become" by Molly Pasutti

The Man You've Become (Vocal - Mother Son Wedding Dance)
The Man You've Become (Vocal - Mother Son Wedding Dance)

This song comes from mom's point of view and expresses how proud she is of her son. It would certainly make any son feel honored to hear these words. I would be blubbering puddle of tears if I danced with any of my sons on his wedding day to this song. Just listening to it while I type these words fills my eyes.

 

5. "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" by Stevie Wonder

You Are The Sunshine Of My Life (Single Version With Horns)
You Are The Sunshine Of My Life (Single Version With Horns)

This is a song a mom can sing for her child's entire life. How many moms have sung this song to their boys when they were newborns? This song can come full circle as the son grows, and mom transitions from singing it to her baby in a rocking chair to rocking in that chair alone as he ventures out to build his life.

 

7. "This Is Your Song" by Ronan Keating

This Is Your Song (2003 Version)
This Is Your Song (2003 Version)

This is a moving and loving dedication song. If your mother is about to pass or has passed, the lyrics are extremely touching: "This is your song, I wrote it for you." It's a tear jerker.

 

8. "Beautiful Boy" by Celine Dion

This song was originally written by John Lennon, but Celine Dion's version is absolutely gorgeous as well. If you would rather hear it with a female voice, for mother and son purposes, Celine Dion really does the song justice. Like Celine, I am the mother of sons (I have four), so this song has powerful meaning for me.

Beautiful Boy
Beautiful Boy

Any mom will appreciate the words to this song. It is all about the tender loving care she feels for her son when he's a little fellow. The truth is, it doesn't matter how big our children become—they will always be little fellas in our eyes.

 

I Am Your Child, by Barry Manilow - Apparently this is the first song Barry Manilow ever wrote

Just can't make it through this song without crying, it's inspirational, heartbreaking, and stirs every bit of love you hold as both a mother and a child. It's sung from the perspective of the child.

9. "I Am Your Child" by Barry Manilow

Mother-Son Country Songs

1. "My Wish" by Rascal Flatts

2. "I Hope You Dance" by Ann Womack

I Hope You Dance
I Hope You Dance

One of the best country songs ever written. The words in this song will live on forever: "And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance." The words are great choice for wedding if the mom wants to share her advice and dreams with her son. This classic is a popular choice for mom-and-son dances.

 

3. "The Perfect Fan" by the Backstreet Boys

This is another perfect choice for a mother-son wedding dance. It will open the flood gates! The song speaks of a mom's support throughout the years and a son appreciating how she showed him how to walk without her guiding hands. The song concludes that she's always been the perfect fan.

The Perfect Fan
The Perfect Fan

A dedication from a son to his mom, sung from the point of view of the son. The words are deep and meaningful on how a mom has done so much for her son, and he knows it, and is telling her he knows it.

 

4. "93 Million Miles" by Jason Mraz

93 Million Miles
93 Million Miles

This song is a perfect song for a mother whose son is setting off to fulfill his dreams. It's sung from the perspective of the son who is receiving loving advice from his mother. She tells him that no matter what, he can always can home. This would be a good choice to celebrate a graduation or any other event marking a new chapter in a son's life. The song is from the album "Love is a Four-Letter Word."

 

5. "You're Gonna Be" by Reba McEntire

You're Gonna Be
You're Gonna Be

This song is sung from the perspective of the mom giving her child advice about life. She says she will help along the way, but sometimes she'll let her child make his or her own mistakes, so that he or she can learn. But despite it all, he/she is 'gonna be loved by her' - Makes a beautiful wedding dance song, or as message from a mom whose time is limited. If you need this song, you can get it here via an MP3 Download - Personally this may be my pick for a mother and son dance song. After hearing all of the songs, I felt that each of them was a great choice in their own way - But I have to say, this one could make the final cut. Brings me to tears.

 

© 2010 Barbara Tremblay Cipak

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 2 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      @ladyguitarpicker that's my song for my sons too - hope your son sees a better time of it soon, sorry to hear that he's going through a tough spell

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      stella vadakin 2 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      Hi, I love this and it really hit home. I really like Barbra Streisand, "If I Could". My son is grown and going through a hard time, now I really understand that song. Great Hub.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      @DeborahDian: Thanks Deborah :)

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      Deborah Carr 3 years ago from Orange County, California

      These are wonderful songs. Some of them would be perfect for the mother-son dance at a wedding!

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      John Dyhouse 3 years ago from UK

      Beautiful songs, I think I am becoming a country fan. Always liked the songs and the style but listening to a few has begun to affect me.

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      asereht1970 3 years ago

      Lovely lens. Also love the songs.

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      snowy12 3 years ago

      Very touching.

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      Anna 3 years ago from chichester

      What a wonderful lens - I just joined the exclusive club of motherhood and I was completely unprepared for the amount of love that took over. Every sleepless night I just remind myself that in the blink of an eye my little boy will have grown up, and that every moment with him is so precious. I adore the saying you have posted "if you don't mutter under your breath 'I hate you' I am not doing my job properly'... Parenthood is hard, but wonderful also. You must have your hands full with your four boys!! Best of luck :)

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      webindex lm 3 years ago

      I really enjoyed these songs

      âThe best place to cry is on a mother's arms.â

      â Jodi Picoult, House Rules

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      loves life34 3 years ago

      I truly enjoyed and admired this lens, so well thought out and put together, seeing i just had a baby boy, some of it brought tears to my eyes. Thank you very much

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      Sandy Mertens 3 years ago from Wisconsin

      Enjoyed this list and videos.

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      stacy mcdaniel 3 years ago

      Cool lens! I hope you dance is one of my favorite songs. Thanks for the like and comment on my Mel Tillis lens. Feel free to add it anywhere you like. Thanks!

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      sousababy 3 years ago

      As long as I'm living my baby you'll be. ~ Robert Munsch (from the book Love You Forever)

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      @sousababy: love that book, read it to the boys over and over (still have a copy too)

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      AnonymousC831 3 years ago from Kentucky

      Great songs and lens.

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      Otto Phillips 3 years ago

      Great Lens! At my wedding my Mom and I danced to Tupac's "Dear Mama". I highly recommend it for this lens.

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      chrisilouwho 3 years ago

      Thanks for this!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Impressive lens, keep the good work. :)

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      KathyZ1 3 years ago

      Nice lens. Thanks for your sharing.

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      vanthang012 4 years ago

      Many thanks.

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      AdrianaZoder LM 4 years ago

      Thank you. My firstborn is a son. I will refer to this lens over and over, especially when I need a feel good moment. :)

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      lawyer-marketing 4 years ago

      Heart touchy. Love all the songs

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      hopefulorganizing 4 years ago

      I'm starting to plan a graduation party for my oldest boy, I plan on including some of his fav songs from blues clues and bear and the big blue house (for embarrassment purposes) but found your lens to be super helpful in finding the ones with true meaning.

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      MadameJoy 4 years ago

      I absolutely love singing to my kids so thanks so much for this list!

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      TapIn2U 4 years ago

      Love those songs! So sweet! Sundae ;-)

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      Melissa Miotke 4 years ago from Arizona

      Very sweet. My husband and I pick a song to dedicate to each of our children when they are born:)

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      topbuilderlist 4 years ago

      This are songs that we have to remember.

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      beaworkathomemom 4 years ago

      Very beautiful lens. Thank you for sharing this.

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      Jogalog 4 years ago

      A fantastic lens about a relationship that it can be difficult to find things for.

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      May Matthew 4 years ago

      Great choice of songs! Thank you for sharing your story and ideas with us!

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      kabbalah lm 4 years ago

      Great lens. Thanks

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      Malu Couttolenc 4 years ago

      These mother and son songs are so beautiful! I hadn't heard some of them before and liked them. I have to sing them to my son, I feel sorry for his ears hehe. I have to get these songs!

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      RetroMom 4 years ago

      great lens and a great selection of the youtube videos.

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      TACTCI LM 4 years ago

      Not that many people know this about me, but I'm a big Josh Groban fan, of his music at least. Saw that "You are Love/Don't Give up" song on there and had to open it up so I could visit some old memories. Great job! Going to Google+ and Pinterest Pin this as well.

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      dellgirl 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing these Mother and Son Songs for Weddings, Dances, Birthdays & Other Celebrations, nice lens.

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      jonathanwm 4 years ago

      Great stuff. Very cool len

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      Vikki 4 years ago from US

      I have one daughter, ( a love ;) ---so I hadn't really thought about Mom/Son songs before. These are lovely selections; made my heart smile for sure.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      great lens :)

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      Linda Jo Martin 4 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      This lens makes me feel like singing! I wonder what my son would think of that?

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      Carolan Ross 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      As a mom of two boys I am delighted to find these mother and son songs today. My boys are now not so young, and yet not so old - yet they THINK they know it all at ages 18 and 19 (send prayers). Siill they're my 'boys' now and forever. Love them so!

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      spids1 4 years ago

      Great lens very well written.

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      lilpixiedust 4 years ago

      Love the Beautiful Boy by Celine Dion and I think the song and the video goes so well together. Nice share!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing and taking the time to do this lens. Kudos!

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      David Stone 5 years ago from New York City

      My favorite is "We'll Sing In The Sunshine" because my Mom and I both loved and lived it. We liked it so much, we once set up a recorder and did a duet. This ended both of our ambitions as singers.

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      LisaDH 5 years ago

      Well, I didn't make it even halfway down the page before I was crying! :-) Great choice of songs. I knew a few of them, but you introduced me to many wonderful songs I haven't heard. Thanks!

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      chiquitasmom9665 5 years ago

      i really loved your lens i wish with all my heart that i would have had the chance to have raised a son myself it was beautiful thank you for posting it

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      kAAtya 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens. I remember my mother singing to me a very sad song about a little girl who was left alone after her mother and father were killed in a car accident (ok it sounds cruel but it is a beautiful - educational song).

      Never crosed a road until look on boath sides twice ever since.

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      Edwinrocks 5 years ago

      great lense

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      TheMotherSquid 5 years ago

      The bluegrass version of "Baby of Mine." I rocked my son to it all the time. :) I still love Brahm's lullaby, too.

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      brynimagire 5 years ago

      Nice video. Great lens !

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      Sanny Tendilla 5 years ago

      Nice list of mother and sons songs. Do you have father and sons?

      Thanks

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      supercouponingmom 5 years ago

      Great page! I will have to share this with my family!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks for the great hub! As a child development researcher/author and mom of 3 boys I really enjoy finding more helpful ways to celebrate the relationship between moms and boys. Here is an article I wrote if you are interested called Parenting Boys: What Boys Need From A Mom http://kelleyward.hubpages.com/hub/Parenting-Boys-...

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      Angela F 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Lots of great songs you've selected. Lyrics from Somewhere Out There "Somewhere out there beneath the pale moonlight

      Someone's thinking of me and loving me tonight" I would remind my son during some pretty shaky times (bad custody battle)

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      megabu717 5 years ago

      Very nice collection of the mother son songs. I enjoyed it. Thanks:)

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      Katie Harp 5 years ago

      blessed by a squid angel :) <3

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      Richard 5 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      Wonderful selection of mother and son songs. Just added a song suggestion to my recent FB thread; wondering whether you have heard the song, Mother of Mine?

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      darciefrench lm 5 years ago

      I especially love the song "You Are Loved" by Josh Groban. Lovely lens :)

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      Ruthi 5 years ago

      I listened to every song you shared; many I knew, many were new to me. Excellent song choices for this mother and son. I shared the Josh Groban (You are Loved) tune on my son's Facebook profile today! And I have featured this lens on my Mother Son Love Story lens. Blessings and a bit o' sunshine!

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      BusyMOM LM 5 years ago

      Another great lens by you. I love your Father and Son songs lens too.

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      Miha Gasper 5 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      Cute, thumbs up!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This is nice! I added it to my Top 10 Wedding Songs of All Time. ~ Blessed!

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      LiliLove 5 years ago

      Beautiful lens! Thank you for sharing :).

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Beautiful lens...For a mom to be able to see her son having her own family it can be both happy and sad. Mixed emotions knowing that her boy will be separated from him and songs can be one of the medium that could say everything she has in her heart.

      Tina @ wedding favors

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      BraidHairExtension 6 years ago

      That's the beauty you just can't say no...child mostly loves mother more, dads must understand, shouldn't feel jealous.

      Remy Hair Extensions