The mother list of all mother-daughter dance songs #Reception Advice#mother of the bride#music#playlist#reception#wedding songs August 15 | Catherine Clark bijouxandbits MOM tattoo cross-stitch pattern My dad passed away when I was two and I've been raised by my incredible mom since then. She's my rock and best friend, and I'm looking for special ways to honor her and all of the sacrifices she's made for me at my wedding. 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 Related Post Non-sappy father/daughter dance songs I've spent the last two days scouring the 'net for a father/daughter dance for our wedding reception, and frankly, virtually every suggestion I've come across... Read more I lost my father, too, and totally know how rad moms can be in all roles. Moms rock! And finding non-gendered songs isn't easy, but we've given it our go. Here are some of our favorite, not-too-mushy, light-hearted, and less-gendered mother-daughter dance songs for your mom-celebrating reception. Mother-daughter dance songs: (Or really any parent-child dances! Warning: some are a little sappy. I couldn't help myself!) "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher & Higher" by Jackie Wilson "Sweet Pea" by Amos Lee "I’ll Be There" by The Jackson 5 "Teach Your Children" by Crosby, Stills, and Nash “Wildflowers” by Tom Petty "You Make My Dreams" by Hall & Oates "American Girl" by Tom Petty “You’ve Got A Friend In Me” by Randy Newman “Rainbow Connection” OR “Life’s a Happy Song” by The Muppets “I Say a Little Prayer (For You)” by Dionne Warwick "Build Me Up Buttercup" by The Foundations "My Darling" by Wilco "Count on Me" by Bruno Mars “Child Of Mine” by Carole King "Wind Beneath My Wings" by Bette Midler (I know, but every mom loves Bette!) "I Can See Clearly Now" by Johnny Nash "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" by Stevie Wonder "God Only Knows" by Beach Boys "In My Life" by The Beatles "Stand By Me" by Ben E. King "True Colors" by Eva Cassidy "Turn, Turn, Turn" by The Byrds (Reminds me of the mom/daughter movie, Stella) "Time After Time" by Cyndi Lauper "Time Warp" from The Rocky Horror Picture Show "Don't You Forget About Me" by Simple Minds "You're My Best Friend" by Queen "I'll Be There for You" by The Rembrandts (specifically for moms who love Friends?) "Lean on Me" by Bill Withers "Do You Realize??" by The Flaming Lips "With a Little Help From My Friends" by The Beatles "Walking on Sunshine" by Katrina and the Waves "Call Me" by Blondie (Just to make sure you call her…) And the best mother-daughter dance song…? "Thank You for Being a Friend" by Andrew Gold (BECAUSE GOLDEN GIRLS!) Shout-out to Dorothy and Sophia… More wedding playlist inspiration: First dance songs that haven't been done to death The OBB team has compiled a pretty good list of totally not overused first dance songs from the silly, to the romantic, to the extremely controversial! Read More Your turn! What are your favorite mother-daughter dance songs? Let us know in the comments! Get your daily dose of Offbeat AWESOME Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Catherine Clark Catherine Clark is Offbeat Bride's Senior Editor. In her spare time she loiters at her local library, makes art, watches movies en masse, plays video and tabletop games, poorly cooks healthy things, cuddles with her feline fur baby, and blogs at BijouxandBits.com. @enidjcoleslaw @bijouxandbits @bijouxandbits PREVIOUS This wood grain cake is our rustic wedding dream cake NEXT Vacay goals: This Italy trip doubled as a traveling engagement shoot Show/Hide comments [ 7 ] 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. Reply 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! Reply "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). Reply My mom and I danced to the Michael Franti "Say hey (I love you)." A great memory for sure! Reply 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! Reply I just went to a wedding where the bride danced with her mom to Mama's Song by Carrie Underwood. Maybe that could work? Reply 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. Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. 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