Songs To Celebrate Canada Day

Happy-Canada-Day-2012July 1st marks the highly anticipated and festive annual celebration of Canada Day for our northern neighbors. I’ve tried to put together a nice compilation of songs to help celebrate this special day of Canadian Pride. Even though I have never lived in Canada, I greatly enjoyed a number of summers back in the 70’s, 80’s & 90’s up in beautiful lower British Columbia, Vancouver Island, The Canadian Rockies & Alberta. Even though there have been a number of great muscial Talent (artists , groups and bands) that originated or had their roots in Canada, my focus is mainly on songs that bring out either awareness, national pride or newsworthy events over the years in Canada. I’ve included various genres of music for your enjoyment covering the last few decades.

  1. Alberta Bound — Gordon Lightfoot 
  2. Alberta Bound — Paul Brandt  
  3. Ballad of Wendel Clark — Rheostatics
  4. Believe In Your Country — Tom Connors
  5. Canada — Bobby Gimby 
  6. Canada Day Up Canada Way — Stompin’ Tom Connors
  7. Canada Is — Roger Whittaker 
  8. Canada My Home  — Grayson Matthews 
  9. Canadian, Please – Julia Bentley & Andrew Gunadie 
  10. Canadian Railroad Trilogy — Gordon Lightfoot 
  11. City of Lakes — Matt Mays & El Torpedo 
  12. Fireworks — The Tragically Hip 
  13. Four Strong Winds — Ian & Sylvia
  14. God Bless You Canada — Lee Greenwood 
  15. Hockey Night in Canada Theme  
  16. I Am Canadian Anthem 
  17. Lakeside Park — Rush 
  18. Montreal – Blue Rodeo 
  19. Moody Manitoba Morning — The Bells
  20. My Stompin’ Grounds — Stompin’ Tom Connors 
  21. Northwest Passage — Stan Rogers 
  22. O Canada (With Glowing Hearts) 1979 Canadian National Anthem fiml presentation 
  23. Oh… Canada — Classified 
  24. Proud To Be Canadian — The Arrogant Worms 
  25. Rant & Roar — Great Big Sea
  26. Running Back to Saskatoon — The Guess Who
  27. Something To Sing About (Canada Day Song) — New Car Smell 
  28. The Canada Song — Five Iron Frenzy 
  29. The Canadian Dream — Sam Roberts Band 
  30. The Day We Hit The Coast — Thrush Hermit 
  31. The Hockey Song — Stompin’ Tom Connors 
  32. The Maple Leaf Forever 
  33. The Rest of My Life — Sloan 
  34. Trans Canada — The Constantines 
  35. Trans Canada Highway — Gene Pitney 
  36. Western Skies — Blue Rodeo 
  37. Wheat Kings — The Tragically Hip 

Canada Day flag

I’d also like make readers aware of some of the greatest musical talent in the world that originated in Canada. I’m a big fan of many of these artists over the years. Here’s a list, not in any particular order other than alphabetical of some of the more mainstream acts that came from Canadian heritage…………………………

  • Alanis Morissette
  • Aldo Nova
  • Anne Murray
  • Anvil
  • April Wine
  • Arcade Fire
  • Avril Lavigne
  • Bachman-Turner Overdrive
  • Bahamas
  • Barenaked Ladies
  • Ben Heppner
  • Blue Rodeo
  • Broken Social Scene
  • Bruce Cockburn
  • Bryan Adams
  • Buffy Sainte-Marie
  • Burton Cummings
  • Celine Dion
  • Chilliwack
  • David Clayton-Thomas (from Blood Sweat & Tears fame)
  • David Foster
  • Denny Doherty (from The Mamas & Papas fame)
  • Edward Bear
  • Feist
  • Frank Mills
  • Gil Evans
  • Gordon Lightfoot
  • Guy Lombardo
  • Hank Snow
  • Helix
  • Honeymoon Suite
  • Ian & Sylvia
  • Idle Eyes
  • Jeff Healey
  • Joni Mitchell
  • k. d. lang
  • Klaatu
  • Leonard Cohen
  • Lighthouse
  • Loverboy
  • Maynard Ferguson
  • Michael Buble
  • Moe Koffman
  • Moxy
  • Neil Young
  • Nickelback
  • Oscar Peterson
  • Our Lady Peace
  • Paul Anka
  • Platinum Blonde
  • Prism
  • Rob McConnell
  • Rufus Wainwright
  • RUSH
  • Saga
  • Sara McLachlan
  • Shania Twain
  • Sheriff
  • Spirit of the West
  • Stan Rogers
  • Stars
  • Steppenwolf
  • Stompin’ Tom Connors
  • Terri Clark
  • The Arrogant Worms
  • The Band
  • The Bells
  • The Crew-Cuts
  • The Diamonds
  • The Four Lads
  • The Guess Who
  • The Poppy Family
  • The Tragically Hip
  • Tom Cochrane
  • Triumph
  • Trooper
  • Wilf Carter
  • Zal Yanovosky

………………………. Remember the above is only a partial (but still comprehensive) list of those that I’ve enjoyed from various genres of music over the years — Now I’m well aware that there are a number of others that I have unintentionally left out and more than likely several others I am not familiar with at all. Even some that I didn’t know originated in Canada

One more thing ….. there is one that I DID leave out on purpose ….. I will try to to somehow forgive our neighbors for exposing our ears to the likes of Justin Bieber  >8P ……………… Also I do NOT include rap artists (with rare exception) unless it’s ‘old-skool’ from the 80’s and 90’s

HAPPY CANADA DAY TO ALL!!!

Please feel free to comment below.

Who would you have included in the list?

What other songs would you have added that mention or descibe something or some place Canadian or make mention of Canada in the lyrics.

PS- I also intentionally omitted “Blame Canada” from the ‘South Park Movie’ because it doesn’t really invoke pride, just sarcastic humor. I’m a fan of South Park but didn’t feel right putting the song up there (even though it was meant to be sarcastic)

Songs About Toys

Time to take a brief stress break in the middle of your hectic day and think back to your childhood… of the simple little things in life that made you happy….. or made you smile….. that made everything right in your world….. if  only for that moment in time. The theme here is toys, usually meaning the toys of the past or “yesteryear”. Some of these songs look back on a particular toy with great fondness while others use the theme of toys to shed light on something completely different….. if you know what I mean. The only requirement here is that there is a toy mentioned by name or referred/suggested to in the title of the song….. even if it happens to have a ‘double’ or ‘alternative’ meaning. You’ll find a few of these to be real obscure but there are some fun ones here in the mix. Enjoy!

Songs About Toys

  1. A Broken Doll – Al Jolson (1916) 
  2. Baby Be My Toy – Teresa Brewer 
  3. Barbie Girl – Aqua 
  4. Big Boy Toys – Aaron Tippin 
  5. Brand New Key – Melanie 
  6. Come & Buy My Toys – David Bowie 
  7. Cuddly Toy – Nilsson 
  8. Doll House – Priscilla Renea 
  9. Dreidel – Don McLean 
  10. I Like My Toys – Idle Race 
  11. I’m In Love With My Little Red Tricycle – Napoleon XIV 
  12. I’m Your Puppet – James & Bobby Purify 
  13. Jack In The Box – Jackpots 
  14. Kite – U2 
  15. Kites Are Fun – The Free Design 
  16. Let’s Go Fly A Kite – from the Disney classic, Mary Poppins 
  17. Like Toy Soldiers – Eminem 
  18. Little Plastic Castle – Ani DiFranco 
  19. Little Toy Trains – Glen Campbell 
  20. Master of Puppets – Metallica 
  21. My Ding-A-Ling – Chuck Berry 
  22. New Toy – Lene Lovich 
  23. Old Toy Trains – Roger Miller 
  24. One Tin Soldier – The Original Caste, Coven 
  25. Parade of The Wooden Soldiers – Harry Connick Jr. (A Disney Classic
  26. Puppet Man – The Fifth Dimension 
  27. Rag Doll – Aerosmith 
  28. Rag Doll – Four Seasons 
  29. Real Toys – Altered Images 
  30. Red Rubber Ball – The Cyrkle 
  31. Rubber Duckie Song – Ernie from Sesame Street (voiced by Jim Henson
  32. Skip A Rope – Henson Cargill 
  33. Teddy Bear – Elvis Presley 
  34. The Dreidel Song – various artists 
  35. The Hula Hoop Song – Teresa Brewer 
  36. The Man With All The Toys – The Beach Boys 
  37. The Marvelous Toy – Chad Mitchell Trio (however the well done animated video shown below is John Denver as the vocal – who actually was former member of the Chad Mitchell Trio long before he went solo in his career) 
  38. The Teddy Bear Song – Barbara Fairchild 
  39. The Teddy Bear’s Picnic – Henry Hall & His Orchestra (1932) An All-time children’s classic 
  40. Toy Balloons – Russ Conway 
  41. Toy Boy – Mika 
  42. Toy Soldiers – Martika 
  43. Toys In The Attic – Aerosmith 
  44. Yellow Balloon – The Yellow Balloon 
  45. Yo-Yo – Billy Joe Royal 
  46.  Yo-Yo – The Osmond Brothers 

BONUS #1:

SONGS ABOUT GAMES & OTHER RELATED PLAY THINGS

  1. 19 Something – Mark Wills 
  2. Do The Donkey Kong – Buckner & Garcia 
  3. House At Pooh Corner – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 
  4. March of The Toy Soldiers – from the Nutcracker Suite – originally by Tchaikovsky 
  5. Merry Go Round – The Replacements
  6. Music Box Dancer – Frank Mills 
  7. My Boomerang Won’t Come Back – Charlie Drake 
  8. Pac-Man Fever – Buckner & Garcia 
  9. Penny Arcade – Roy Orbison 
  10. Pinball Wizard – The Who 
  11. Playground In My Mind – Clint Holmes 
  12. Puff The Magic Dragon – Peter Paul & Mary 
  13. Return To Pooh Corner – Kenny Loggins 
  14. Simon Says – 1910 Fruit Gum Company 
  15. Two Little Boys – Rolf Harris 

SPECIAL BONUS #2:

CLASSIC TOY TV COMMERCIAL JINGLES

1960’s Cracker Jacks Commercial with Famous Theme Song (This is a classic embedded in deep within the memories of those of us who grew up in this era) 

1960’s Slink Commercial with Famous Theme Song (same can be said here for an iconic tune from my childhood) 

1980’s G.I. Joe Theme Song from the TV cartoon series of the 80’s

Extra Special Bonus #3:

YouTube Sensations

“The Gummy Bear Song” (English version) – Gummibar (includes sing-along lyrics) 

“Transformers Song – I Am Optimus Prime” – Parody of “The Time” (Black Eyed Peas)  by Angie Griffin & Chad Nikolaus 

“The Toy Song” – Destorm 

Songs About Nostalgia That Reference Specific People Places Things or Events of the Past

Over the years we can all relate to good times and bad times in our lives. Some are rewarding  experiences that seem to make that moment in time stand still while others are unpleasant or emotional events that leave a lasting impression or hurt in our heads, hearts and souls. There are a few songs  out there that specifically mention these events or people or objects that bring back these times to those of us who have lived through them. These particular songs can attest to a particular time in our past that evoke memories of that particular era.

nostalgia

So here I present to you a few songs with videos that reference, reflect, mention or list specific people, places, things, events and dates of the past. Some of the videos presented here also include song lyrics of vivid childhood images and  memories of what it was like growing up with favorite past times, celebrities, heroes, fads, games, toys, pop culture (music, movies and TV), etc. Some of the recollections also include unpleasant or sad events such as deaths of famous people, destruction, tragedies, war and so forth.

Reminiscing

So sit back and enjoy the following videos of songs that evoke memories and/or pay homage to specific and/or real people, places or things of our past. If you can think of others please feel free to let me know in the comment section at the bottom of this post.

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2017 UPDATE – Just did a major update & overhaul of this post – lots of new additions, a few corrections & a few changes. Please let me know in the comments below what I may have missed……….thanks

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SONGS ABOUT NOSTALGIA

THAT MENTION SPECIFIC

PEOPLE, PLACES, THINGS OR EVENTS OF THE PAST

1. 1985 – Bowling For Soup

2. 19 Something – Mark Wills

3. A Different World – Bucky Covington

4. A Simple Desultory Philippic (or How I Was Robert McNamara’d into Submission) – Paul Simon

5. Abraham, Martin & John – Dion

6. AM Radio – Everclear

7. Back To The 80’s – Aqua

8. Big Bang Theory Theme Song (History of Everything) – Barenaked Ladies

9. Buddy Holly – Weezer

10. Class of ’57 – The Statler Brothers

11. Class Reunion (That Used to Be Us) – Lonestar

12. Cleaning Windows – Van Morrison

13. Club At The End Of The Street – Elton John

14. Creeque Alley – The Mamas & The Papas

15. Do You Remember Rock ‘N’ Roll Radio – The Ramones

16. Do You Remember These – The Statler Brothers

17. Done Too Soon – Neil Diamond

18. Extra Ordinary – Better Than Ezra

19. Garden Party – Rick Nelson & The Stone Canyon Band

20. Heart Songs – Weezer

21. I Do The Rock – Tim Curry

22. I Feel Like Buddy Holly – Alvin Stardust

23. I Watched It (All On My Radio) – Lionel Cartwright

24. In The Days Before Rock ‘n’ Roll – Van Morrison

25. John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16 – Keith Urban

26. Kids of The Baby Boom – The Bellamy Brothers

27. Land Of 1000 Dances – Wilson Pickett

28. Life in a Northern Town – The Dream Academy

29. Life Is A Rock (But The Radio Rolled Me) – Reunion

30. Liquid Dreams – O-Town

31. Man On The Moon – REM

32. Nightshift – The Commodores

33. No News – Lonestar

34. Old Days – Chicago

35. Old Hippie – The Bellamy Brothers

36. Old Hippie (The Sequel) – The Bellamy Brothers

37. One Week – Barenaked Ladies

38. Post World War II Blues – Al Stewart

39. Put That Record On – Hinder

40. Raised On Radio – Journey

41. Rock & Roll Heaven – The Righteous Brothers

“Rock & Roll Heaven” – A music video tribute to the rock music heroes who have passed away. The soundtrack is “Rock and Roll Heaven” (Stevenson/O’day) is a new demo recording, sung by Ronnie Kimball, with reworked lyrics from the 1970’s Righteous Brothers hit. Artists featured in this video include John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, Roy Orbison, Don McLean, Otis Redding, Freddie Mercury, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Marc Bolan, George Harrison, Bon Scott, Buddy Holly, Sonny & Cher, Johnny Cash, Denny Martin, Bob Marley, Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Jeff Buckley, The Beatles, Wendy O Williams, Robert Palmer, Kurt Cobain

42. Rocket – Def Leppard

43. Short Fat Fannie – Larry Williams

44. Sir Duke – Stevie Wonder

45. Sweet Soul Music – Arthur Conley

46. The Intro & The Outro – The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band

47. The Miracle – Queen

48. The Movies – The Statler Brothers

49. The Village Green Preservation Society – The Kinks

50. Three Stars – Tommy Dee

This song is a tribute to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper. The three entertainers died in a plane crash on February 3, 1959, in what became known as the “Day the music died” thanks to the Don McLean song “American Pie.” Tommy Dee (Tommy Donaldson) was a disc jockey at KFXM in San Bernadino. After the plane crash, he got the idea for this song and took it to Crest Records, where he recorded it with Carol Kay And The Teen-Aires. Tommy performed the narration on the song. This was the only hit for Tommy Dee, who died in 2007 after a long career producing and promoting Country music. Eddie Cochran, who was good friends with Ritchie Valens, was the first to record this song, but his version was not released until 1966. Cochran died the year after he recorded this, when on April 17, 1960 he was killed in a car accident.

51. Titles – Barclay James Harvest

52. Tribute (Right On) – The Pasadenas

53. Twenty Years Ago – Kenny Rogers

54. Vogue – Madonna

55. We Didn’t Start The Fire – Billy Joel

56. When Smokey Sings – ABC

57. Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes? – George Jones

58. You’re My Song – A Rocket To The Moon

59. You’re The Top – Cole Porter

And last, but definitely not least, here’s probably the ultimate nostalgic reminiscing song of our lifetime…….at least for those of us between 40 and 70 ………. 🙂

60. American Pie – Don McLean

This song has various interpretations, no doubt, over the years and has been the source of many arguments, opinions and disagreements but the writer, as well as singer, Don McLean has kept pretty silent about the whole “meaning” of his song….therefore leaving it to any and all who want to try to interpret it’s meaning and or significance. For those under 40 and to the rest of us that might want a few questions answered, you gotta check out this LINK HERE

Here’s the original song again with a video interpretation of it by another person…. with some ‘food for thought’…..

and one more…

and here’s yet another explanation with quite a few facts thrown in to bolster what the song means….

HONORABLE MENTION

As an update I should give an honorable mention to the following songs for their ‘nostalgia’ theme, even though specific names have not necessarily been mentioned within the lyrics, but none-the-less are reflections of how much simpler, carefree, or better life once was, many years ago…..

These are just the ‘tip of the iceberg’ when it comes to ‘nostalgic’ or ‘throw-back’ songs – as I’m sure this list can grow much larger with your input… what do YOU think?

Can you name others that reflect the past? 

  • All Summer Long – Kid Rock
  • All Those Years Ago – George Harrison
  • Autumn of My Life – Bobby Goldsboro
  • Back When My Hair Was Short – Gunhill Road
  • Beach Baby – First Class
  • Boys of Summer – Don Henley
  • Crocodile Rock – Elton John
  • Goin’ Back – Byrds
  • Dog-End of A Day Gone By – Love & Rockets
  • Coat Of Many Colors – Dolly Powers
  • Coal Miners Daughter – Loretta Lynn
  • December 63 (Oh What A Night) – Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
  • Gentle On My Mind – Glen Campbell
  • Glory Days – Bruce Springsteen
  • Grandpa (Tell Me About the Good Old Days) – The Judds
  • In My Life – Beatles
  • Keeping the Faith – Billy Joel
  • Key Largo – Bertie Higgins
  • Looking Back – Nat “King” Cole
  • Make Me Lose Control – Eric Carmen
  • Moments to Remember – The Four Lads
  • My Back Pages – The Byrds
  • My Eyes Adored You – Frankie Valli
  • My Hometown – Bruce Springsteen
  • My Way – Frank Sinatra
  • My Old School – Steely Dan
  • Nostalgia – David Sylvian
  • Old Time Rock & Roll – Bob Seger
  • Photograph – Nickelback
  • (Remember The Days Of The) Old Schoolyard – Cat Stevens
  • Remember Then – The Earls
  • Remember When – Alan Jackson
  • Reminiscing – Little River Band
  • Same Old Lang Syne – Dan Fogelberg
  • Saturday In The Park – Chicago
  • Summer of ’69 – Bryan Adams
  • Summer Sand – Tony Orlando & Dawn
  • Take Me Back To Chicago – Chicago
  • The Days of Sand & Shovels – Bobby Vinton
  • The Old Songs – Barry Manilow
  • The River – Bruce Springsteen
  • There Used To Be A Ballpark – Frank Sinatra
  • This Used to Be My Playground – Madonna
  • Those Oldies But Goodies – Little Caesar & The Romans
  • Those Were The Days – Mary Hopkin
  • Through the Years – Kenny Rogers
  • Times of Your Life – Paul Anka
  • Try To Remember/The Way We Were – Gladys Knight & The Pips
  • Turn Around – Dick & DeeDee
  • When I Grow Up (To Be A Man) – Beach Boys
  • When I Was Young – Eric Burdon & the Animals
  • Where Have All the Cowboys Gone? – Paula Cole
  • Yesterday – Beatles
  • Yesterday Once More – Carpenters
  • Yesterday’s Gone – Chad & Jeremy
  • You Can’t Put Your Arm Around A Memory – Johnny Thunder

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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…

25 Priceless Lessons On Life Learned From Mom

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Songs For Easter

While there are plenty of songs ideally suited for Easter Mass and Easter Services at churches across the land, there are in reality, much fewer songs, other than young children’s music that relate to Easter in a non-religious format. For many Easter is a very spiritual time of year as it reflects the foundations that Christian religions are based on or the roots of many religious beliefs.

As always I try to focus on songs with Easter in the title, but this time, that list can be counted on both hands, as far as I’m aware of anyways. Your input would be very helpful in this matter if you’re aware of any I left out — with Easter — or a word that reflects Easter in the title.

The first section here reflects on those songs with Easter in the title as where the second section includes a sampling of the many Christian songs out there that are showcased in churches during Holy Week.

Songs With Easter In The Title

  1. Easter – The Prize Fighter Inferno
  2. Easter? – Jefferson Airplane
  3. Easter Parade – Bing Crosby, Judy Garland
  4. Easter Sunday – China Forbes
  5. East Nashville Easter – Yonder Mountain String Band
  6. Here Comes Peter Cottontail – Gene Autry
  7. On Easter Morning – GW Williams
  8. The Night Before Easter – The Gaithers
  9. Watermelon In Easter Hay – Frank Zappa

A Selection of Christian Songs For Easter

  1. Above All
  2. Amazing Grace
  3. Because He Lives
  4. Christ Arose
  5. Christ Is Risen Hallelujah!
  6. Christ The Lord Is Risen Today
  7. He’s Alive
  8. He Arose
  9. He’s Risen
  10. How Great Is Our God
  11. How Great Thou Art
  12. I Believe In A Hill Called Mount Calvary
  13. In Christ Alone
  14. Marvelous Light
  15. Morning Has Broken – Cat Stevens
  16. My Redeemer Lives
  17. My Savior, My God
  18. Oh Happy Day – Edwin Hawkins Singers
  19. On Easter Morning – GW Williams
  20. On The Third Day
  21. The Night Before Easter – The Gaithers
  22. The Old Rugged Cross
  23. The Resurrection Song
  24. Thief – Third Day
  25. Were You There (When They Crucified My Lord) – Johnny Cash (personal favorite)

There are probably many more that can be added to this list — according to your personal preference as well as religious affiliation, but I simply wanted to give a sampling. As far as listing singers of these, I really have no clue on most of them as many were/are performed by choirs and independent artists.

Song List of Irish Favorites For St. Patrick’s Day

Seems like everyone is Irish, even if it is for only one day a year, to take part in the merriment and celebration. The “wearing of the green” is here again as St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated by the Irish and “Irish-at-Heart” on March 17 in big cities and small towns across America and elsewhere around the world with parades, parties, music, laughter, stories and folktales along with traditional Irish food and drink.

Here you will find a list of Irish musical favorites over the years – a majority of which are  traditional or classic folk music song for generations. A number of these have been covered by many different artists in a range of genres from Irish folk to punk and Irish pop standard to “New Age”.

Song List of Irish Favorites For St. Patrick’s Day

  1. A Great Day For The Irish
  2. A Little Bit of Heaven
  3. Beautiful Day – U2
  4. Beer, Beer, Beer
  5. Carrickfergus
  6. Danny Boy
  7. Dear Old Donegal – Bing Crosby
  8. Erin-Go-Bragh
  9. Finnegan’s Wake
  10. Flannigan’s Ball 
  11. Four Green Fields – Tommy Makem
  12. Galway Bay – Bing Crosby
  13. Give Ireland Back To The Irish – Paul McCartney
  14. Greensleeves
  15. I’ll Tell Me Ma – Van Morrison & The Chieftains
  16. I’m Looking Over A Four-Leaf Clover
  17. Irish Rover – The Pogues
  18. It’s the Same Old Shillelagh – Billy Murray, Bing Crosby
  19. Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye
  20. McNamara’s Band – Bing Crosby
  21. Molly Malone (also known as “Cockles and Mussels” or “In Dublin’s Fair City”)
  22. My Wild Irish Rose
  23. Paddy’s Revenge
  24. Peg o’ My Heart
  25. Rocky Road To Dublin – Clancy Brothers, The Dubliners, Dropkick Murphys, and several other artists
  26. Seven Drunken Nights – The Dubliners
  27. The Black Velvet Band – The Dubliners
  28. The Fields of Athenry – Paddy Reilly, Dropkick Murphys
  29. The Girl I Left Behind Me – 97th Regimental String Band
  30. The Soldier’s Song (the Traditional Irish name is “Amhrán na bhFiann”)
  31. The Spinning Wheel
  32. The Town I Loved So Well – Paddy Reilly
  33. The Unicorn – The Irish Rovers
  34. The Wild Rover
  35. There’s No One As Irish As Barrack Obama – The Corrigan Brothers
  36. Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral (An Irish Lullaby) – Bing Crosby
  37. When Irish Eyes Are Smiling
  38. Whiskey In The Jar – Thin Lizzie, Metallica

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A Few Favorite Artists that are the Sound of Irish Music

Whether it is folk classic, Irish rock or punk, or modern alternative, these artists stand out.

  • Bing Crosby
  • Sarah Makem
  • The Chieftains
  • The Clancy Brothers
  • Tommy Makem
  • Paddy Tunney
  • The Dubliners
  • Eleanor McEvoy
  • The Irish Rovers
  • The Irish Tenors
  • “Riverdance”
  • Van Morrison
  • U2
  • Thin Lizzy
  • Enya
  • The Pogues
  • The Cranberries
  • Dropkick Murphys
  • The Corrs
  • Clannad

Here is a helpful link to an excellent site called Island Ireland”, which is a directory for Irish musicians. It will take you to official or fan websites for Irish musicians in the traditional, classical, New Age and rock genres. For background information on Irish musicians, particularly older groups, you may want to check out the Ceolas Artist Listings site which can be very useful.

Additional Links:

Happy St. Patricks Day

 

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Songs About Winter & Wintertime

In many parts of the country, the brightly colored falling leaves of autumn and a plentiful harvest give way to wind-blown, storm-driven, barren trees and the cold factor is beginning to take it’s grip, even though the calendar doesn’t show winter officially for a couple of weeks yet. Snow is accumulating more and more as we get deeper into the last month of the year. For some, the bitter cold frigid weather, blustery winds, driving storms, and accumulating snowfall may be depressing but I for one thoroughly look forward to the wintertime weather every year, and not because it means Christmas is near. A nice crackling warm fire, hot beverage, soothing hot tub and surrounded by good company make this time of year extra special. The holiday buying season is in full swing by now even though everybody is not quite caught up in it yet. Time to break out the winter tunes to enjoy as you go through your day-to-day activities. I’m trying to avoid a majority of the Christmas related songs except for a few that emphasize the winter season. Maybe you’re looking for a winter theme playlist for a particular event coming up. The following suggestions may help you pull it off. As always, there is a wide variety of music genres here as well as time span.

Stay bundled up and enjoy 😛

  1. A Hazy Shade of Winter – Simon & Garfunkel
  2. A Long December – Counting Crows
  3. Cold Winter Day – BoDeans
  4. December 1963 (Oh What A Night) – Four Seasons
  5. I Am A Rock – Simon & Garfunkel
  6. I’m Gonna Be Warm This Winter – Connie Francis
  7. If We Make It Through December – Merle Haggard
  8. In The Winter – Janis Ian
  9. It May Be Winter Outside (But In My Heart It’s Spring) – Felice Taylor
  10. It’s Now Winter’s Day – Tommy Roe
  11. Life In A Northern Town – Dream Academy
  12. Long Cold Winter – Pure Prairie League
  13. Our Winter Love – Bill Pursell
  14. Snowbird – Anne Murray
  15. Snowbound – Genesis
  16. Snow Flake – Jim Reeves
  17. Song For A Winter’s Night – Gordon Lightfoot
  18. Winter – John Denver
  19. Winter – Rolling Stones
  20. Winter Ballad – Dave Brubeck Quartet 
  21. Winter Blizzard – Johnny Bond
  22. Winter Boy – Buffy Sainte-Marie
  23. Winter Had Me In It’s Grip – Don McLean
  24. Winter In America – Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson
  25. Winter Light – Linda Ronstadt
  26. Winter Marches On – Duran Duran
  27. Winter Peace – Jim Brickman
  28. Winter Sky – Judy Collins
  29. Winter Song – Barry DeVorzon
  30. Winter Symphony – Beach Boys
  31. Winter Time – Steve Miller Band
  32. Winter Weather – Squirrel Nut Zippers
  33. Winter Wonderland – Elvis Presley
  34. Winter World of Love – Engelbert Humperdinck
  35. Winterlude – Bob Dylan
  36. Winter’s Day – Mannheim Steamroller
  37. Winter’s Here Again – Ames Brothers
  38. Wintertime Love – The Doors
  39. Wintry Feeling – Jesse Winchester
  40. Wizards In Winter – Trans-Siberian Orchestra