35 Best Mother-Daughter Songs

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Written By Will Fenton

Founder of MidderMusic. From numerous bands to stints working in music shops, read more about me on the 'Here's My Story' page!

The bond between a mother and daughter is very special and pure.

 They may not agree with each other at times, but they’ve got each other’s back regardless. 

We know that sometimes it’s difficult to find the perfect words to express your admiration for each other. 

So if you’re looking for some mother-daughter songs to dedicate to your mother/daughter, we have the best songs compiled in a list for you below.

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1. “Her” by Anne-Marie 

Anne Marie wrote “Her” to thank her mother for all her sacrifices to make Anne what she is today.

She writes about how she understands all the hardships her mother would have faced raising a rebellious teen and appreciates all the times she’d motivate her with words.

The song is a perfect mother-daughter wedding dance song to get your mother and guests teared up.

2. “Because You Loved Me” by Céline Dion 

Though Dion originally wrote this song for her late husband, the lyrics have made the ballad popular among other mother-daughter wedding songs.

The song can be dedicated to your mother to tell her how much you love her for always being there for you.

The lyrics perfectly describe how a mother always pulls a daughter out of despair and helps restore her faith.

3. “Blue” by Beyoncé

If you’re looking for songs for your daughter to tell her how much she means to you, then Queen-B has your back with a love song dedicated to her daughter, Blue.

Beyoncé sings to her daughter about how she will love her forever and how looking at her, she feels her heart constrict.

The song is great if you have a young daughter who is growing up and you fear the day she’ll have to leave your nest.

4. “Promise” by Tori Amos feat. (Natashya Hawley)

“Promise” is a song sung by Tori and her daughter Natashya from both perspectives as mother and daughter.

Amos came up with the song after having an honest, unfiltered chat with her daughter about anything and everything.

The song is well-known among mommy-daughter pieces for its video of Tori and Natashya sitting in a room singing their hearts out about their love for each other.

5. “You Can’t Lose Me” by Faith Hill 

Among dedication songs for daughters, “You Can’t Lose Me” is a classic country song that hits all the right strings.

The song ranked 6 on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and number 1 on Canada Country Tracks  (RPM).

Through the song, Hill reassures her daughter that no matter where she is in the world, she’ll never lose her mother and will always find her having her back.

6. “Mama” by Spice Girls 

Like other mother-and-daughter songs, “Mama” by Spice Girls accurately encapsulates the complex relationship between a mom and daughter.

The girls describe every daughter’s phase in which they think their mom is an enemy who doesn’t want them to have fun.

The song is for all the daughters who misunderstood their mothers but now realise why all the rules and limitations were necessary.

7. “Shiny” by Sara Bareilles 

At some point in life, all daughters are inspired by their mothers and wish to have, even if just a fraction of, their strength.

Sara compares her mother to gold for how she always diligently cared for her and sheltered her from all hurtful things.

She sings how when she looks at her mother, she wants to be a better person that is as “shiny” as her someday.

8. “By Your Side” by Sade  

If you need some mother-daughter songs for wedding dances, then “By Your Side” is a must-play to tell your little girl you will always be there for her. 

The song can also be dedicated to young daughters going through different problems that they don’t share.

You may not know what they’re going through, but you can tell them you have their back regardless.

9. “Mom” by Meghan Trainor (feat. Kelli Trainor)

Trainor uses the song to explain her beautiful relationship with her mother.

The song’s video shows scenes of different home videos featuring a baby Megan and her mother.

She sings how there may be some great moms in the world, but no one can beat hers, who has been her best friend since childhood.

10. “You’re Gonna Be” by Reba McEntire  

McEntire sings “You’re Gonna Be” from the perspective of a new mother who has just given birth to her child and is scared of her inexperience as a mother.

The song perfectly captures every first-time mother’s love and resilience, vowing to do everything she can for her child.

The song peaked at #4 on the Billboard country album chart and #12 on the Billboard 200.

11. “Mama’s Song” by Carrie Underwood 

“Mama’s Song” by Carrie Underwood is a must-have on your mother-daughter wedding dance songs list. 

The song accurately grasps the emotions of a daughter about to get married to the man she loves.

The daughter sings to her mother not to worry for her as she steps into this new phase of her life because she plans on keeping her mother’s teachings close for strength.

12. “I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack

A mom-and-daughter songs list would be incomplete without “I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack.

Every mother can relate to Womack as she sings her hopes and prayers for her daughter.

The mother-daughter song peaked on the US Hot Country Songs (Billboard) chart and also won a Grammy for Best Country Song.

13. “Where You Lead I Will Follow” by Carole King

This song was written from a romantic perspective but is a popular one among mom-to-daughter songs because of how relevant its message is.

The song is for any mom who wants to tell their daughter how much she means to her and all she is willing to do to make her happy.

Dedicate this song to your daughter to give her a tight invisible hug.

14. “The Best Day” by Taylor Swift 

“The Best Day” is one of Swift’s most underrated songs in which she sings to her parents, but mostly her mother, of her love for them.

The song was a surprise from Taylor to her mother, Andrea, who’d often start crying whenever Taylor sang this song onstage at a concert.

The song peaked at the third position on the US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard) chart.

15. “I Turn To You” by Christina Aguilera

“I Turn To You” by Christina Aguilera is one of those songs about mothers and daughters that covers the frantic teen-daughter phase every girl goes through.

The video shows a teen daughter worrying as she walks through the rain after getting her car hit. 

The most wholesome scene in the song is when her mom brings a cup of tea for her to make her feel better as if saying, “It’s alright, I got you.”

16. “Mother” by Sugarland

Though the song is sung to a son, it’s still one of the best mother-daughter dance songs because of the lyrics.

The song explains all a mother does for her child, how she tells you the truth everyone else hides.

It expresses how no matter how often you fail her, a mother will always never give up on you.

17. “Oh Mother” by Christina Aguilera

“Oh Mother” is Christina Aguilera’s salute to her mother for being as courageous as she was when she stepped away from her abusive marriage.

She talks of how her mother hid her pain while she was in the abusive relationship, and even when she left it, she faced the resulting problems head-on.

18. “Slipping Through My Fingers” by ABBA

Another great mother-daughter dance song, “Slipping Through My Fingers”, captures every mother’s feelings about her daughter growing up.

The song describes how a mother wishes she got to spend more time with her daughter, knowing that she’ll step into her own independent life soon.

19. “Mother Like You” by JJ Heller

This was Heller’s tribute to all those moms that feel forgotten and underappreciated.

She sings admirably about them and how they are indispensable.

The song is perfect for getting your mom’s spirits if she’s looking down for the past few days.

20. “Little Girl” by Christina Grimmie

Grimmie’s “Little Girl” will always be on the list of songs about moms and daughters that bring tears to your eyes because it was released after the singer died.

The song was a tribute to Grimmie’s mom, who was suffering from breast cancer at the time and is still great to get mothers/daughters through a tough time.

21. “A Mother’s Prayer” by Céline Dion 

“A Mother’s Prayer” by Céline Dion will leave you in tears with how expressive she gets while singing the song.

She dedicated the song to her son, the children, and the world.

The song is perfect for an emotional mother-daughter dance to make a wedding memorable.

22. “Like My Mother Does” by Lauren Alaina

Through “Like My Mother Does”, Lauren Alaina sings of the strong bond she shares with her mother.

She expresses how her mother, her protector, inspires her daily to be a better version of herself.

If you constantly strive to be as strong as your mother, this song will touch your heart.

23. “Mother Like Mine” by The Band Perry

The band made up of the three Perry siblings came up with this idea when they imagined a world that was raised by a mother like theirs.

The song reflects the pride they have in their mother for the woman she is.

They sing that wars may have never started if all mothers were like her.

24. “Wind Beneath My Wings” by Bette Midler 

Though the song isn’t specifically about mothers and daughters, “Wind Beneath My Wings” by Bette Midler had to be included in this mother-and-daughter songs list.

The song can easily be dedicated to your mother who always put your needs first.

The song speaks of someone ready to make whatever sacrifice to let you shine.

25. “The Mother” by Brandi Carlile  

Among love songs for daughters, “The Mother” perfectly captures all the changes that motherhood brings in a woman.

The song was written by Carlile for her own eldest daughter, Evangeline.

She sings of how Evangeline could do the most infuriating things, but she can’t feel any anger for her. 

26. “I Wonder” by Kellie Pickler 

The piano ballad expresses Pickler’s feelings regarding her incomplete childhood in which her mother was absent.

You can feel Pickler’s longing as she sings about what could’ve been had her mother been around to take care of her.

27. “Mother’s Daughter” by Miley Cyrus

This is for all the fierce daughters out there who are proud of the confident and strong character they have because of how they were raised.

The song won 2 MTV Video Music Awards in 2020.

28. “Slow Down” by Nichole Nordeman 

The song was written for Nordeman’s son but can easily be included in songs about moms and daughters.

The song’s message is that no matter how hard mothers try, they can’t slow down their children from growing up.

The only thing they can do is slow themselves down from other things in life to give more time to their children.

29. “Somebody’s Hero” by Jamie O’Neal

“Somebody’s Hero” is Jamie O’Neal’s tribute to all the mothers out there who have sacrificed for their children.

The song expresses that though mothers may not be bringing huge checks home or saving people from burning buildings, that doesn’t reduce their worth.

The song admires mothers as heroes to their own children.

30. “The One” by Shakira 

In “The One”, Shakira talks about the despair in her life before she had a child.

She sings of how she sought everywhere for someone that would love her forever but was always disappointed.

But with her child, she believes she finally has that person, the one right thing she was blessed with in this fickle world.

31. “I Got You” by Ciara 

Among the many mother-daughter songs in this list, “I Got You” is Ciara’s tribute to her son which can easily be adapted for a daughter.

The song contains a lullaby and expresses how Ciara would do anything to protect her child in even the worst of situations.

32. “Two of Us” by Louis Tomlinson

Two of Us” captures the sorrow and desperation of any daughter that lost her mother too soon and is still hit by waves of sorrow.

The song reflects the love a child has for a mother who they can’t reach for anymore, how you feel so close yet so far away from them.

33. “Mother” by Kacey Musgraves 

“Mother” is one of the great songs for daughters that live far away from their mothers.

The song perfectly captures your intense longing for your mother when you can’t see ehr whenever you want.

If you’re someone who lives away from your mother, this song may make you emotional due to how relatable it is.

34. “You Mean The Whole Wide World To Me” by Christina Perri 

This song is a lullaby written by Perri for her own daughter.

It’s perfect for all the new mothers out there.

The song talks about how a child is a mother’s whole world and completely changes them from the person they were before to someone better and more compassionate.

35. “Teenage Daughters” by Martina McBride 

With “Teenage Daughters”, McBride sings of the ultimate shift in parenthood that mothers go through when their daughters hit the rebellious age.

The song gives a realistic look at the way how you deal with teenagers is completely different from when they were children.

Best Mother-Daughter Songs – Final Thoughts

We’ve scoured through all the mother-daughter songs released to bring you the best.

So if you’re looking for the right song for Mother’s day song, a wedding dance or just a song to show your mother that you love her, you can use the list above. 

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