Mother’s Day Songs For Mom

Mother’s Day is a very special day to express to mom your love, thanks, gratitude and to let her really know just how special she really is. After all, she raised a family and dealt with all the pressures of raising that family, countless (many times thankless) hours of household duties and obligations and – after all – look how you turned out. Now all family situations are different and you may have thought that yours was not that perfect or typical – however – Mother’s Day as well as mom’s birthday couldn’t be more appropriate to honor mom and maybe give just a small percentage back to her for all that she’s given you over all these years. We learn to appreciate our mothers much more as we grow older and reflect on those formative years when she was always there for us as the ultimate “multi-tasker” (nurturer, counselor, teacher, peacekeeper, mediator, short order cook, first aid specialist, hygiene expert, activity director, laundry commissioner, maintenance supervisor, mender of broken hearts, bruised egos and hurt feelings, judge and jury, taxi driver, chauffeur, etc.)

This list should not only limit itself to the moms out there, but should also give due credit and praise to the mother figures who may have been a strong influence or support factor in your life such as stepmoms, “like-a-moms”, grandmas, aunts, caretakers and godmothers. It’s for those who may have nurtured and cared for you, for those who packed nutritious lunches for you to take to school each day, for those who laundered all those dirty clothes of yours, for those who nursed you back to good health again after dealing with runny noses, splinters, cuts, scrapes, fractures, bruised ribs, bruised egos,  runny noses, colds and the flu, for those who taught you good manners, good posture, and to wear clean underwear in  case you’re ever in an accident and that good guys always win.

Songs for moms are special and every time you hear them, you reflect on the quality time that you spent with her. If you’re enough fortunate to still have mom around, four simple words  are like magic to her ears — “Mom, I Love You” — and you can never say those words enough.

This is a list of “mom” songs – tunes that show gratitude and appreciation for moms. They’re perfect for Mother’s Day, Mom’s or Grandma’s Birthdays, or just to thank her for being your mother – Some are reflective and may bring tears – Others are humorous and upbeat – This should help you to make a CD mix, or maybe find lyrics to write down in a special home-made card, or simply send her a link so that she can listen to the songs. Songs included here cover a wide time frame and wide music genre. Only you can decide what is appropriate and what your mother would appreciate hearing to evoke that special feeling or meaning.

Be sure to check out a few cool Mother’s Day video links at the bottom of this post before you move on – You’ll be glad you did! 🙂

Here is the wonderful compilation of songs appropriate for Mother’s Day, Mom’s Birthday or another special tribute to Mama:

  1. A Bible & A Bus Ticket Home – Collin Raye
  2. A Mother’s Love – Diana Ross, Carnie Wilson
  3. A Mother’s Prayer – Celine Dion
  4. A Song For Mama – Boys II Men
  5. Always On My Mind – Willie Nelson
  6. Angels – Randy Travis
  7. Because You Loved Me – Celine Dion
  8. Blueprint (Momma Loves Me) – Jay-Z
  9. Coat of Many Colors – Dolly Parton
  10. Country Bumpkin – Cal Smith (1974)
  11. Dear Mama – 2Pac (Tupac)
  12. Don’t Forget To Remember Me – Carrie Underwood
  13. ‘Fore She Was Mama – Clay Walker
  14. Forever Young – Rod Stewart
  15. God Bless Mom – The Frames
  16. Hey Mama – Kanye West
  17. I.O.U. – Jimmy Dean (1976) *(check out lyrics & video link below)
  18. I.O.U. (I Owe You) – Lee Greenwood (different version than above)
  19. I Dreamed About Mama Last Night – Hank Williams (1951)
  20. I Hope You Dance – Lee Ann Womack
  21. I Just Called To Say I Love You – Stevie Wonder
  22. I Love My Momma – Snoop Dogg
  23. I Turn To You – Christina Aguilera
  24. I Want A Mom That Will Last Forever – Cyndi Lauper (from Rugrats In Paris soundtrack)
  25. I’ll Always Love My Mama – The Intruders (1973)
  26. I’ll Never Find Another You – The Seekers (1968)
  27. I’m The Only Hell (My Mama Ever Raised) – Johnny Paycheck
  28. In My Daughter’s Eyes – Martina McBride (2004)
  29. In My Life – The Beatles (1965)
  30. In My Mother’s Eyes – Willie Nelson
  31. In This Life – Collin Raye
  32. It’s Your Song – Garth Brooks
  33. Jesus & Mama – Confederate Railroad
  34. Just The Way You Are – Billy Joel
  35. Lady – Styx
  36. Letting Go – Suzy Bogguss
  37. Looking For The Light – Rick Trevino
  38. Mama – Il Divo
  39. Mama – Holly Williams
  40. Mama (I Love You) – Spice Girls
  41. Mama Come Quick – Toby Keith
  42. Mama, Don’t Forget To Pray For Me – Diamond Rio
  43. Mama, I’m Coming Home – Ozzy Osbourne
  44. Mama Knows – Shenandoah
  45. Mama Liked The Roses – Elvis Presley
  46. Mama Said – The Shirelles
  47. Mama Told Me Not To Come – Three Dog Night
  48. Mama Tried – Merle Haggard (1968)
  49. Mama, You’ve Been On My Mind – Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart
  50. Mama’s Bible – Porter Wagoner
  51. Mama’s Song – Carrie Underwood
  52. Mamma Mia – ABBA
  53. Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys – Willie Nelson & Waylon Jennings
  54. Momma Can You Hear Me – Talib Kweli
  55. Mother – Pink Floyd
  56. Mother – The Police
  57. Mother & Child Reunion – Paul Simon
  58. Mother, Mother – Tracy Bonham
  59. Mother of Mine – Donny Osmond
  60. Mother, The Queen of My Heart – Jimmie Rodgers
  61. Mothers Day Song – Tom Gardener
  62. Motorcycle Mama – Sailcat
  63. My Mom – Ukulele Ray (see video link below)
  64. My Mother’s Eyes – Lonnie Johnson, Frankie Valli, Tom Jones, Bette Midler
  65. My Wish – Rascal Flatts
  66. No Charge – Melba Montgomery, Tammy Wynette
  67. Nothing Compares 2 U – Sinead O’Connor
  68. Oh Mother – Christina Aguilera
  69. Que Sera Sera – Doris Day
  70. Roses For Mama – Red Sovine, C.W. McCall
  71. She’s Everything – Brad Paisley
  72. She’s Gonna Fly – Collin Raye
  73. Simple Man – Lynyrd Skynyrd
  74. Somebody’s Hero – Jamie O’Neal
  75. Son of Hickory Holler’s Tramp – Johnny Darrell, Johnny Russell, Kenny Rogers
  76. Teach Your Children – Crosby Stills Nash & Young
  77. Thank You Mom – Good Charlotte
  78. Thanks Again – Ricky Skaggs
  79. That’s What Mama’s Do – Jason Matthews
  80. The Baby – Blake Shelton
  81. The Best Day – Taylor Swift
  82. The Hand That Rocks The Cradle – Glen Campbell & Steve Wariner
  83. The Perfect Fan – Backstreet Boys
  84. The Sweetest Gift – Linda Ronstadt, The Judds, Trisha Yearwood
  85. Thinking of You – Lenny Kravitz
  86. Three Times A Lady – The Commodores
  87. Through The Years – Kenny Rogers
  88. To My Mama – Bow Wow
  89. What A Difference You’ve Made In My Life – Ronnie Milsap
  90. What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
  91. Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler, Gary Morris
  92. You & Me Against The World – Helen Reddy
  93. You Are My Sunshine – Jimmie Davis, Bing Crosby, Gene Autry, Ray Charles, Willie Nelson
  94. You Are So Beautiful – Joe Cocker
  95. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life – Stevie Wonder
  96. You Can’t Lose Me – Faith Hill
  97. Your Mama Don’t Dance – Loggins & Messina, Poison
  98. You Raise Me Up – Josh Groban
  99. Your Song – Elton John
  100. You’re The Inspiration – Chicago

Mom Songs You May Want To Avoid

Here are a few more songs that make reference to mom or mother in the title or lyrics that you may want to think twice about before including them in any playlist made especially for your mama. Just because mother is included here doesn’t necessarily make it appealing or appropriate as these songs definitely have their “issues”. You may have your reasons to include some of these but be forewarned that you’re definitely on “shaky ground” in this territory.

  1. Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
  2. I Love My Momma – Snoop Dogg
  3. I Saw Your Mommy – Suicidal Tendencies
  4. Kyle’s Mom’s A Bitch – Eric Cartman (from South Park fame)
  5. Mama Said – Metallica
  6. Mother – Danzig
  7. Mother – John Lennon
  8. Mother – The Police
  9. Mother Lover – Justin Timberlake & Andy Samberg (from Saturday Night Live)
  10. Mother’s Day – Blink 182
  11. Mother’s Little Helper – The Rolling Stones
  12. My Mom – Eminem
  13. Nimrod’s Son – The Pixies
  14. Stacy’s Mom – Fountains of Wayne

YouTube Video Tribute Links

Very Funny & “Catchy” Audio/Video Tributes

Sentimental & Sincere Audio/Video Tributes

Here’s one more link on this site that you should definitely check out since you’re thinking about mom…

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