100 Best Mother Daughter Songs For A Dance Or Dedication
Updated on June 27, 2022 | Written by Matthew Campbell
Mother-Daughter songs are special songs between a daughter and her mother – this includes a bride and her mother. Brides can celebrate their mothers on their wedding day in the form of dedication or dance during the wedding reception.
When selecting a song to dedicate to your mom, we recommend selecting a song that has special meaning for both of you.
Our curated list of mother-daughter songs should help jog your memory or even find a new symbol of your bond.
It’s up to the bride and mother how much attention they wish to have with mother-daughter songs.
You will enjoy a list of the most popular and unique mother-daughter songs for dance or dedication.
Every couple’s music tastes are different. Thus, we selected mother-daughter songs that include many different eras and music styles.
Table of Contents
- Top 10 Mother-Daughter Songs
- Listen to Mother-Daughter Songs
- Mother-Daughter Songs
- Pop Mother-Daughter Songs
- R&B Mother-Daughter Songs
- Country Mother-Daughter Songs
- Christian Mother-Daughter Songs
- Rock Mother-Daughter Songs
- Indie Mother-Daughter Songs
- Other Mother-Daughter Songs
- Mother-Daughter Song FAQs
Our Top 10 Mother-Daughter Songs
- “Her” by Anne-Marie
- “Lady” by Brett Young
- “A Mother Like You” by JJ Heller
- “Twenty Years From Now” by Kylie Rae Harris
- “Shiny” by Sara Bareilles
- “Little Girl” by Christina Grimmie
- “My Song” by H.E.R.
- “Like My Mother Does” by Lauren Alaina
- “utopia” by Lykke Li
- “When God Made You My Mother” by Riley Roth
Listen to Mother Daughter Songs
What Are the Best Mother-Daughter Songs?
Below is a list of the best songs for a mother to dedicate to her daughter. It is also applicable for daughters to dedicate to their mothers.
Are there any songs for mother-daughter? Of course, there are. First, select the style of music that you and your mom like the best. Then, listen to the lyrics that best describe your love for each other. Also, It is up to you if you want a song sung by a male or female to dedicate to your daughter or mother.
If you are looking for a special song for a mother and son, check out our list of mother-son songs.
Pop Mother Daughter Songs
You’ll Be in My Heart – Brent Morgan
No matter what they say
Yes, you’ll be in my heart
And I want you to know that I feel like
You are my hero
Cover Me In Sunshine – P!nk, Willow Sage Hart
Cover me in sunshine
Shower me with good times
Tell me that the world’s been spinning since the beginning
And everything will be alright
Morning – Sarah Jarosz
I still hear her whispering the same
Drifting higher in the blue
Oooh, she reminds me of you
All thanks to you, the lessons that I’ve learnt
If I had to put it into words
I think of an angel and all I see is her
Shiny – Sara Bareilles
But there’s a glimmer in her brown eyes
The ones she gave to me
So I know we can both be shiny
Little Girl – Christina Grimmie
Little girl, clear your mind
And think of my love this time
Mom – Meghan Trainor feat. Kelli Trainor
Her love’s ’til the end, she’s my best friend
Ain’t nobody got a mom like mine
Sweetest Devotion – Adele
You’re the right kind of madness
And you’re my hope, you’re my despair
You’re my scope, everything, everywhere
A loving angel tender, tough and strong
It’s almost time to go and meet your mom
I feel so blessed to be looking at you
‘Cause when you open your eyes
I feel alive
In My Life – Chantal Kreviazuk
For people and things that went before
Know I’ll often stop and think about them
In my life I love you more
Little Things – One Direction
I won’t let these little things slip out of my mouth
But if it’s true, it’s you
It’s you, they add up to
I’m in love with you
Every Mother’s Dream – Teresa James
Count on Me – Bruno Mars
You can count on me like one, two, three
I’ll be there
Always There – Canadian Tenors
You come shining through
You always do
You are always there for me
Oh Mother – Christina Aguilera
We always pull through
Oh mother, oh mother, oh mother
A Mother’s Prayer – Celine Dion
Lead her to a place
Guide her with your grace
To a place where she’ll be safe
Mama remember all my life
You showed me love, you sacrificed
You Don’t Have To Let Go – Jessica Simpson
Praying for my life, sacrificed just to make me
Who I am on my own
You don’t have to let go
Goodbye’s (The Saddest Word) – Celine Dion
You gave love to me
Turned a young one into a woman
I’m Blessed to Call You Mother – Molly Pasutti
Just when I thought my world would end
I’m blessed to call you mother
Blessed ’cause you’re my friend
My Baby You – Marc Anthony
My baby you
Are the reason I could fly
And ’cause of you
I don’t have to wonder why
I Turn To You – Christina Aguilera
For everything that’s true
For everything you do
For everything that’s true
I turn to you
My Mother’s Eyes – Bette Midler
Have I seen all that I could?
Have I seen more than I should
With my mother’s eyes?
So now, I see through your eyes
All that you did was love
Mama, I love you
Because You Loved Me – Celine Dion
You gave me faith ’cause you believed
I’m everything I am
Because you loved me
Look inside you and be strong
And you’ll finally see the truth
That a hero lies in you
Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler
Did you ever know that you’re my hero
And everything I would like to be?
Slipping Through My Fingers – ABBA
Do I really see what’s in her mind?
Each time I think I’m close to knowing
She keeps on growing
You and Me Against the World – Helen Reddy
Think about the days of me and you
Of you and me against the world
What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
I hear babies cry, I watch them grow
They’ll learn much more
Then I’ll ever know
God Only Knows – Beach Boys
So what good would living do me
God only knows what I’d be without you
Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera) – Doris Day
When I was just a little girl
I asked my mother, what will I be
R&B Mother Daughter Songs
You Will Always Be (My Baby Girl) – Angel Sessions
Baby girl when you cry, I cry
I will be by your side
Momma’s here for you
Stand – Haley Smalls
When you’re lonely
You can call me
I’ll be there
Everything that you’ve told me
I thank you every day for
All the things you wanted me to be
Is everything I’ve prayed for
Mama’s Hand – Queen Naija
Hold on to my hand, never let it go
Just hold on to mama’s hand and never let it go
Right By You (for Luna) – John Legend
And if we fell today, must you tomorrow?
Sanctify your answer not your prayer
Oh, I will be there, yeah, I will be there
Promises – Jhene Aiko feat. NAMIKO & Miyagi
You are such a star
And, you know that you are
So, every single little moment
I can’t be there to hold your hand
Girl On Fire – Alicia Keys
She got her head in the clouds
And she’s not backing down
This girl is on fire
In a mother’s love, you are free to dream
Because she sees what you can be
And all because a mother’s love is unconditional
With all my heart and all my soul, I wanna let you know
Said I thank you
And if you want to cry
I am here to dry your eyes
And in no time, you’ll be fine
I’ll Be There – Mariah Carey feat. Trey Lorenz
I’ll reach out my hand to you
I’ll have faith in all you do
Just call my name and I’ll be there
Isn’t She Lovely – Stevie Wonder
Isn’t she pretty?
Truly the angel’s best
Boy, I’m so happy
We have been Heaven-blessed
You Are the Sunshine of My Life – Stevie Wonder
You are the sunshine of my life
That’s why I’ll always stay around
I’ll Be There – Jackson 5
I’ll be there with a love that’s strong
I’ll be your strength
I’ll keep holding on
(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher & Higher – Jackie Wilson
You know your love (your love keeps lifting me)
Keep on lifting (love keeps lifting me)
My Girl – Temptations
I’ve got a sweeter song
Then the birds in the trees
Well, I guess you’d say
What can make me feel this way
Country Mother Daughter Songs
What is a good mother-daughter country song?
Some of the best country mother-daughter songs for dedication are sung by female artists. These songs include “Mamas” by Anne Wilson, Hillary Scott, “Like My Mother Does” by Lauren Alaina, and “In My Daughter’s Eyes” by Martina McBride.
Hey Ma I Made It – Ella Langley
Mamas – Anne Wilson, Hillary Scott
2022, My Jesus
When God Made You My Mother – Riley Roth
Hey Mama – Britnee Kellogg
You’ve got the strength of a hurricane
You’re a fighter in every way
Hey mama you got this
Lady – Brett Young
Look at her, baby girl
And you’ll learn
How to be a lady
Mother – Sugarland
As long as she’s alive
you’re not alone
you’ve got each other
That’s your mother
If It Wasn’t for a Woman – Kellie Pickler
Teaching me wrong from right
Praying for me at night
I’d be half the woman I am
If it wasn’t for a woman
Mother Like Mine – Band Perry
We’d walk on grass that’s greener
And our cares would all be freer
If the world had a mother like mine
Like My Mother Does – Lauren Alaina
When I love I give it all I’ve got
Like my mother does
When I’m scared, I bow my head and pray
Like my mother does
Teenage Daughters – Martina McBride
My baby’s growin’ up
She thinks she’s fallin’ all in love
And that I hate her
At seventeen, she’s just like me when I was seventeen
Mama’s Song – Carrie Underwood
Mama there’s no way you’ll ever lose me
Giving me away is not goodbye
As you watch me walk down to my future
I hope tears of joy are in your eyes
Never Grow Up – Taylor Swift
Won’t let no one break your heart
And no one will desert you
Just try to never grow up
The Best Day – Taylor Swift
Don’t know if Snow White’s house is near or far away
But I know I had the best day with you today
My Wish – Rascal Flatts
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
Somebody’s Hero – Jamie O’Neal
Bedtime stories every night
And that smile lets her know
She’s somebody’s hero
You’re Gonna Be – Reba McEntire
We just have to believe things work out like they should
Life has no guarantees, but always loved by me
You’re gonna be
Baby Girl – Sugarland
This time I’m gonna make our dreams come true
Well, I love you more than anything in the world.
Your baby girl
In My Daughter’s Eyes – Martina McBride
It’s hanging on when your heart is had enough
It’s giving more when you feel like giving up
I’ve seen the light
It’s in my daughter’s eyes
There You’ll Be – Faith Hill
I’ll keep a part of you with me
And everywhere I am there you’ll be
I Hope You Dance – Lee Ann Womack
Promise me that you’ll give faith a fighting chance
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
I hope you dance
I’ll Be – Reba McEntire
When you feel that rain falling down
When there’s nobody else around
26 (Cents Sign) – Wilkinsons
Here’s a penny for your thoughts
A quarter for the call
And all of your momma’s love
You Can’t Lose Me – Faith Hill
No matter how far
My love is where you are
You won’t be lost if you believe
Letting Go – Suzy Bogguss
There’s room enough to fly,
And even though, she’s spent her whole time waiting
It’s never easy, oh letting go
Love Can Build a Bridge – The Judds
Love can build a bridge
Between your heart and mine
Love can build a bridge
Don’t you think it’s time?
Mama He’s Crazy – The Judds
I’ve never been so in love
He beats all I’ve ever seen
Mama, he’s crazy, he’s crazy over me
Christian Mother Daughter Songs
Slow Down – Nichole Nordeman
I am your biggest fan
I hope you know I am
But do you think you can somehow
Barbie Bandaids – Isaacs
Bedtime stories and Little Bo Peep
Saying prayers for the little lost sheep
Mama’s lipstick and skinned up knees
How You Live (Turn Up the Music) – Point of Grace
Don’t run from the truth
‘Cause you can’t get away
Just face it and you’ll be ok
I Believe in You – Steven Curtis Chapman
So spread your wings and fly
On the winds of knowing
I always believe in you
I Will Be Here – Steven Curtis Chapman
I will be here
When you feel like being quiet
When you need to speak your mind
Oh How The Years Go By – Amy Grant
The soul never dies
We fight, we laugh, we cry
As the years go by
Rock Mother Daughter Songs
If there’s a bomb in your heart I’ll disarm it
If you want it then I want it
We could be utopia
Promise – Tori Amos
You are the light
That follows you everywhere
And look for my love
Where the sun shines
I will be there
I Love You Because ((Duet) – Elvis & Lisa Marie Presley
I know your heart will always be true
I love you for a hundred thousand reasons
But most of all I love you ’cause you’re you
Thank You Mom – Good Charlotte
You were my mom, you were my dad
The only thing I ever had
Was you, it’s true
Please, don’t you grow up too fast
And be sure
To make all the good times last
Can You Feel The Love Tonight – Elton John
Can you feel the love tonight?
The peace the evening brings
The world, for once, in perfect harmony
Wildflowers – Tom Petty
You belong among the wildflowers
You belong somewhere close to me
Far away from your trouble and worries
Have I Told You Lately – Rod Stewart
There’s a love that’s divine
And it’s yours and it’s mine
Like the sun
Forever Young – Rod Stewart
And may you never love in vain
And in my heart, you will remain
You’re My Best Friend – Queen
You’re my sunshine and I want you to know
That my feelings are true
I really love you
Oh, you’re my best friend
Teach Your Children – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
And teach your parents well
Their children’s hell will slowly go by
And feed them on your dreams
Indie Mother Daughter Songs
I Get To Be The One – JJ Heller
I get to be the one
Through birthdays and broken bones
I’ll be there to watch you grow
I get to be the one
A Mother Like You – JJ Heller
I hope that I love like you do
‘Cause I know that this world would be better
If everyone had a mother like you
Where You Lead, I Will Follow – Carole King
If you need, you need me to be with you
I will follow where you lead
You’ve Got A Friend – James Taylor
All you have to do is call
And I’ll be there
You’ve got a friend
Other Mother Daughter Songs
Child of Mine – Michaela Anne
Child of mine
Oh yes sweet darling
So glad you are a child of mine
Lay of the Heartland – Rose Rock Daughters
Mama know the lay of the land
Of he heartland
You Raise Me Up – Josh Groban
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders
You raise me up to more than I can be
Sunrise, Sunset – Cast from Fiddler On The Roof
Swiftly fly the years
One season following another
Laden with happiness and tears
What is a good song for a mother to her daughter?
A good song for a mother to dedicate to her daughter is one in which the lyrics describe their relationship from the mother’s perspective. One great song to choose would be “Cover Me In Sunshine ” with both P!nk and her daughter Willow Sage Hart singing on the track.
If the song is a dedication from a father to his daughter from the father’s perspective, a great song to choose would be “My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw. This is also a very popular father-daughter dance song.
What is a good song to dedicate to mom?
When selecting a song to dedicate to your mom, listen to the lyrics to find one that describes your relationship. Popular songs chosen to dedicate to their mothers from daughters include “Mom” by Meghan Trainor, Kelli Trainor, “A Mother Like You” by JJ Heller, and “Like My Mother Does” by Lauren Alaina.
Is there a mother-daughter dance at weddings?
In the past, this was uncommon because tradition favored the typical roles. With single parents and same-sex parents, the mother-daughter dance will only become more prominent. If you’d like to dance with the parent or parent figure of your choice, by all means, do so.
If the father of the bride passes away before the wedding date or had no relations with the bride, a special dance between a bride with her mother may replace the father-daughter dance.
The most important issue is that you discuss these options with your DJ or music entertainment. Some brides opt to dedicate a song to their mother during the reception instead. That can be an upbeat song to celebrate their friendship as well as their love. And, of course, keep the party going.
Dedicating a Song To the Mother of the Bride in Remembrance
Sadly, sometimes the mother-of-the-bride passes away before the wedding. Though sad, it may be a good time to remember your times, even with a slide show. So many special women in our lives fill the mother role – aunts, grandmothers, friends, and mentors. It’s your special day. Honor the people that matter most to you. Two songs to consider are “Show Me Around” by Carly Pearce and “Visiting Hours” by Ed Sheeran
What is a good song to dedicate to your mom at her funeral?
Two songs to dedicate to your mom at her funeral to consider playing are “Bye Mom” by Chris Janson and “Supermarket Flowers” by Ed Sheeran. See our list of memorial songs for remembering loved ones.
Similar song lists for further reading:
Wedding Songs For The Ultimate Party!
this is a really amazing list of songs! The mother-daughter dance is such a special moment – thanks for sharing this :)
Thank you. Glad it helped you out.
My daughter is getting married in March 2021. I want to surprise her by signing a song dedicated to her and our forever bond! What is the best song for this occasion
Congratulations! This is a tough one to answer as I do not know the type of relationship you have. However, If you want to sing a song at your daughter’s wedding, check out Love You True by Lydia Luce. It was sung for sister and her new husband but you could change the words to fit your relationship.
“Mama,” by Boyz II Men
Hi Brianna. Thank you for sharing. We have “A Song for Mama” on our Mother-Son song list but have not added it yet to this list. Thanks, we will add it today.
My daughter is getting married in the fall and Butterfly kisses has always been our song. Has there ever been a female artist that recorded it?
Hi Chris. Thanks for reaching out. Yes, a female has recorded this song. Check out Butterfly Kisses by Lauryn Evans.
Ed Sheeran’s ‘Small Bump’ is about a pregnancy loss. Might want to remove it from this list…
Thank you, Leigh. Someone else recommended it and I forgot to review the lyrics. Thanks for the tip as it has been removed.
How do I get the songs to be played at my daughters 18th birthday having a meal out
HI Sue. Thanks for reaching out. You can download the songs from Amazon and play the songs through your phone. You can also play the songs from our Spotify playlist.
My daughter is getting married and she said I sung a song to her a few times years ago. We can’t remember but she said it was something about “remembering you”. Can you help me please? Thank you
Was it Remembering You by Stephen Chapman Curtis? https://amzn.to/2MyHOOp
For the life of me, I can’t remember a song that touched my heart a long time ago. It was about a mother and daughter from the mother’s point of view and had 3 life sections…one as a her daughter was a little girl and then one when the daughter was getting married and then one when the mom was elderly and the daughter took care of her. I seem to think it was country but not for sure. Can anyone help me remember???
Patty loveless how can I help you say goodbye?
Thank you Kelly for the suggestion.
Check the list above. It’s called hero by a singer with the last name of O’neel.
Hi my daughter is getting married in oct of this yr. I’m trying to find I loved her first song by a female to play as a first dance with my new son but I can’t find it. I know it exists I heard i I just didn’t catch her name. Can anyone help please?????
Hi Jill, here is a beautiful female cover of I Loved Her First – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUz0LbNKTdA
Heartland sings it.
I’m trying to find a song that I literally only remember a few details about. Female voice, country; and a scene where a woman gets dropped off to the hospital in a cab, she waddles inside, has a contraction and collapses, knocking over a medical tray in the process.
It’s been years since I heard it. But I remember that scene and the soft music so clearly.
Hi Jenna. Sorry, I am not familiar with the song you are referring to. However, maybe one of our readers will know.
It’s Reba McEntire, you’re gonna be.
Trying to find a play list of songs cd to give personal to my daughter from me divorced parent daughter getting married . No male vocalists or father to daughter tracks please
Hi Rose. That is a tough one because CDs just aren’t as common as they use to be. I would recommend buying the songs you like in digital format and then giving your daughter a flash drive of the songs.
Hello, do you have any suggestions for a mother’s 75th birthday celebration?
Hi Elaine, depends on your Mom’s likes of music. Maybe check out our music lists from the 50s and 60s. https://www.myweddingsongs.com/wedding-song-lists/best-1950s-music/ and https://www.myweddingsongs.com/wedding-song-lists/best-1960s-music/
Also Canadian Tenors with “always there”….it’s beautiful!!
Thank you, Kathy. Great suggestion and we will add it to the list.
Taylor Swift’s “Never Grow Up” is definitely a good one, “Small Bump” by Ed Sheeran is also good, though may not fit the tone.
Thanks Claire. We’ll look at adding each song.
I am after a female vocalist that sings “I loved her First ” there are plenty of male versions father to daughter but I would like mother to daughter .
Hi Mary. Here is a version sung by a female artist found on Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLPB-D6wurE
Promises by jhene aiko is a good song makes me tear up all the time the lyrics are so meaningful
Thanks Bri for the suggestion. We will definitely add it to the list.
You forgot Sade “By your side “
Thanks for the suggestions Rosa. We will add it to the list.
My father was never around, so I’m having my mother walk me down the aisle and we are doing a mother daughter dance. What kind of song or should I just let my mother pick
Hi Liz. Many of the songs above are good. What about Carole King – Where You Lead, I Will Follow for your situation?
So me and my mom have been through a lot together. She was shot when I was a little girl. She was shot by my father at that!! She survived and I have been by her side since then as not just a best friend but as her daughter. She over came all that divorced him and is now ready to get married after9 long years of being alone and not dating. She’s getting married in January and I wanna sing her a song that will make her cry with happy tears. I keep getting the same answers which are wind beneath my wings, I hope you dance, because you loved me.. None of them really fit. I need a song to sing to my mom on my moms wedding day.. PLEASE help its coming faster then we expect!! Running out ta time.
Samantha. Instead of someone trying to tell you what is a good song for you. Why don’t you select a song that means a lot between you and your Mom already. Was there ever a song that has special meaning between both of you? It would mean more than trying to “pick one”.
Your gonna be by reba McEntire or I’ll be by reba also both excellent songs made my daughter cry. Good luck
how about Slipping through my Fingers by abba… why its not on the list? what can you say about the song..? id like to hear from you
Thank you Chielo. We will add it to the list!
Hello again. Sorry to be a nuisance …. we like the song little things by one direction…. we both have daddy issues our fathers want nothing to do with us… so maybe something that relates to our relationships and our love for each other… I’m her number one… before the rest of the kids… so special..
My mom is getting married and im 14.. she has been through alot and i want to suprise her with a mother daughter dance ideas please ?
Hi Mikayla. First we would suggest to pick a special song between you and your Mom. It does not have to be a slow song. Then, select a song that describes your relationship. Another approach would be Count On Me by Whitney Houston & CeCe Winans. Congrats to your Mom.
My mother is getting married and i want to sing her a song and surprise her at her wedding with it! Any good ones to sing to just my mother?
Hi Stephanie. I would first select a song that means lots to you and your Mom. A good song could be Mother’s Love by KEM.
My daughter is getting married in a couple months. She is only 25 and she lost her daddy at 22. She is having a very difficult time as you could imagine with all the things that her daddy should be here for. I am surprising her with the mother daughter dance but I am struggling for the words for that moment when we are in her dressing room alone and the only thing I can see in her eyes is that she wishes her daddy was here!
How about “I’ll Be” by Reba. My dad bought me that single when I was young, and often played it for my sister and I, as we grew up. We lost him last October. He was the center of my universe, and I miss him so much
Hi Kelly. Thanks for the message. It is already on the list.
You didn’t mention the two songs that my daughter and I have as “our” songs. Promise by Tori Amos and They Can’t Take That Away From Me by Ella Fitzgerald
Thanks for sharing Liss
My son is getting married next month to a wonderful girl. Her parents and siblings have disowned her but I live her like she is my own daughter can you send me some songs for her and I to dance at the wedding
Hi Maria. You may consider I’ll Be There by Jackson 5 or Maria Carey.
My mother and I have a very special song and whenever we miss each other this is what we listen to. My mother being a major survivor of stomach, throat and breast cancer, she is truly my hero. Please listen to 26 cents by the Wilkinson’s. Its beautiful. Also like my mother does by Loren Alaina.
What a wonderful world
Have I told you lately?
me and my mother are having one of those.
A great song for a mom to dance with her daughter or even son at the wedding is,” Sunrise Sunset” from the musical Fiddler on the Roof. (Is this the little girl I carried, Is this the little boy at play, I don’t remember getting older when did they.
Thank you for sharing Sue.
Should have read the lyrics better… John Mayer’s “Daughters” is about women with daddy issues….
So sorry for your loss. I can’t imagine what you are going through.
Hi today is my daughters birthday Raquel would be 32 . She took her own life last year:( I’m wanting to have some songs for her today . What do you suggest? Thanks so much.
Hi Sylvia, sorry for your loss. Please see our Memorial songs list. There are many good songs to remember your daughter like My Heart Will Go On and Angels In Waiting.
I know I’m late on this but for any other times you are thinking about your daughter…For Always by Josh Groban. It always helps me when I am feeling the pain of missing loved ones who have passed. I am so truly sorry for your loss…