Weddings often feature a mother-son dance. As a result, mother-of-the-groom songs are just as important as father-of-the-bride songs. Fortunately, there are plenty of possibilities, meaning interested individuals are sure to be capable of finding something suitable for them.
Here are ten awesome mother-of-the-groom songs:
10. “Mom” – Meghan Trainor
Meghan Trainor has earned an enviable reputation for releasing catchy, upbeat music. “Mom” is an excellent example of her art. The song is from the perspective of a female narrator. However, that shouldn’t be a problem because its core message comes through loud and clear.
9. “How Long Will I Love You” – Ellie Goulding
Ellie Goulding’s “How Long Will I Love You” is a more sober song. Despite that, it has more or less the same meaning as Meghan Trainor’s “Mom.” Its lyrics feature wonderful use of nature imagery to make their point. For instance, there is a choice bit in which a mother’s love is described as long-lasting as the stars above. Similarly, there is another in which it is compared to the rhythm of the tides. The most memorable part might be when the narrator says her love will last so long as she lives through her child, a beautiful though poignant sentiment.
8. “Songbird” – Fleetwood Mac
Nothing suggests that “Songbird” is about the relationship between a mother and her child. Instead, it is versatile, so much so that it doesn’t even necessarily have to be directed at someone else. That is a good thing rather than a bad thing. After all, that means “Songbird” is just as suitable for a mother-son dance as for other special moments.
7. “You Raise Me Up” – Josh Groban
People aren’t islands. As a result, it is perfectly normal for us to draw strength from others. Sometimes, people interpret this song through a religious lens, meaning they think the narrator is strengthened by his faith. However, it isn’t hard to see why others would think he is singing about his loved ones, who have presumably helped him reach higher and travel further than otherwise possible. In that light, this song is perfect for expressing a child’s love for their parents.
6. “Simple Man” – Lynyrd Skynyrd
“Simple Man” is a song in which a mother gives valuable life advice to her son. That makes it well-suited for a mother-son dance because a wedding marks one of the most significant transitions in the groom’s life. Besides that, the mother’s life advice is quite good. It says people should live in a way that will make them happy about themselves. Furthermore, the lyrics warn the listener against becoming obsessed with worldly things, which makes sense because that can lead them astray. Hard to imagine “Simple Man” almost didn’t make it onto the studio album because the producer thought it lacked musical oomph.
5. “My Wish” – Rascal Flatts
Once again, “My Wish” is one of those songs that aren’t necessarily about a mother-son relationship. Still, it is more than versatile enough to work for any special moments in it. This song is one person’s pure expression of love for another. Parent-child relationships aren’t necessarily guaranteed to look like this. However, they are supposed to. Thanks to that, it is easy to interpret “My Wish” as a mother’s wish for everything to go smoothly in her son’s life.
4. “God Only Knows” – The Beach Boys
“God Only Knows” is one of the greatest rock and roll songs ever released, so much so that it has had a profound influence on the genre as a whole. There can be no doubt that this is a song about love. The neat thing is that it acknowledges that such relationships can be a bit rough from time to time. To name an example, consider the line in which the narrator states that they might not always love the person they are speaking to. Despite this, the intensity of feeling on “God Only Knows” isn’t diminished. If anything, it is strengthened by the acknowledgment that relationships are rarely perfect.
3. “Forever Young” – Bob Dylan
“Forever Young” is a song that has taken on a life beyond its initial release. Famously, Bob Dylan wrote it for his eldest son, which explains why it sounds like a parent’s wish for their child to be happy and healthy. Several artists have covered this song. Thanks to this, interested individuals should have no problem finding one that sounds right to them.
2. “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” – Stevie Wonder
Strictly speaking, “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” is about a romantic relationship. Stevie Wonder wrote it about Syreeta Wright, who was his first wife. Sadly, that relationship didn’t quite live up to the sentiments of this song. It ended in an amicable divorce after just 18 months. Meanwhile, this song sees the narrator saying why he will always love the person he is addressing. Still, whatever happened to its source of inspiration changes nothing about the strength of its emotions. If people like it, they shouldn’t hesitate to use it for a mother-son dance or other special moments.
1. “Bridge Over Troubled Water” – Simon & Garfunkel
“Bridge Over Troubled Water” is the title track from Simon & Garfunkel’s final studio album. It was an international hit when it came out in 1970. The song sold more than six million copies. Furthermore, it claimed not one, not two, but five Grammys. Under these circumstances, it is no wonder that it is regarded as one of Simon & Garfunkel’s most iconic songs. As for why someone would want to use it for a mother-son dance, it is all about how the narrator will see their loved one through hard times. Something that makes it well-suited for a wide range of close relationships.
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