My dad passed away when I was two and I've been raised by my incredible mom since then. She's going to be walking me down the aisle, and rather than give me away, she'll accept my future husband into our family.

We're also going to do a mother-daughter dance! I'm usually an absolute wreck during father-daughter dances so we're trying to keep it light and fun. Through all my research, I've yet to find a list of songs for mother-daughter dances. While most of the father-daughter and mother-son songs would work, I'd love to pick your brains to see if you have any recommendations for a less gendered list for those parents who have filled both roles. -Meg

I lost my father, too, and totally know how rad moms can be in all roles…Moms rock! Sometimes folks ask us if there needs to be a mother-daughter song at your wedding, and of course there doesn't NEED to be anything at your wedding… but if you're a bride wondering, “Can I dance with my mom?” the answer is ABSOLUTELY YES.

That said, finding gender-neutral songs isn't easy, but we've got a few ideas for mother daughter songs with great lyrics that to help you celebrate your bond at your wedding reception.

Here are some of our favorite, not-too-mushy, light-hearted, and less-gendered mother-daughter dance songs for your mom-celebrating reception.

Best mother-daughter songs for your sweet-but-not-sappy mother-daughter dance:

The mother list of all mother-daughter dance songs as seen on @offbeatbride


(While these are extra relevant to a mother-daughter relationship, they could work for almost any parent-child dances! Warning: some are a little sappy. I couldn't help myself!)

And perhaps the ALL TIME best mother-daughter dance song…?!

Shout-out to Dorothy and Sophia…

The mother list of all mother-daughter dance songs as seen on @offbeatbride

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Your turn! What are your favorite mother-daughter dance songs? Let us know in the comments!

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Comments on 34 of the BEST mother-daughter dance songs EVER

  1. Not exactly fitting the bill of non-gendered or upbeat, but my mom and I danced to “In My Daughter’s Eyes” by Martina McBride. She always told me that hearing that song made her think of me, so I knew it had to be the one we danced to. I also had the DJ play the Ghostbusters theme song in honor of my dad, who had passed away the year before, because it was the song he would sing to me as a baby. If we’d had a dance together, I think it would have been “Tiny Dancer” by Elton John, since it was one of his favorites.

  2. Where You Lead by Carole King (The Gilmore Girls version with her daughter, though) was the first song that came into my head for this list!

  3. “Kind & Generous” by Natalie Merchant! Perfect lyrics & gender-neutral. We played this for our parents dance (we have a few step-parents between us, so we just kept switching partners).

  4. My mom and I danced to the Michael Franti “Say hey (I love you).” A great memory for sure!

  5. Okay – need help. Mother – Daughter Dance at my daughter’s wedding in two weeks from today. . . BUT, she called me last night asking to have a song for it by tomorrow night. . . I’m here in “tomorrow night.”

    Anybody? A bit about us – her Daddy passed away of cancer when she was 7 and a half. She is twenty-seven now. We love horses, swing dance, country music, Christian worship music. . . she wants fun! It could be a bit of grieving time for her while we are dancing. We love each other but be sure she misses her Dad most right now (and in two weeks especially) more than any other time in her short life.

    Sooo? Share please – AND SOON!

    • I just went to a wedding where the bride danced with her mom to Mama’s Song by Carrie Underwood. Maybe that could work?

  6. How about “Because You Loved Me” by Celine Dion.

    Ok, it’s not especially upbeat but it is non-gendered and pays tribute to how much you appreciate your mother.

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