Looking for the perfect song to show your mom how much you appreciate her? We've got you covered with 10 of the best Mother's Day songs below:
Stacy's Mom – Fountains of Wayne
"Stacy's Mom" is nothing short of iconic. As someone with a hot mom, this one goes out to all of the hot moms out there. But fellas — avoid telling your female friends about how "bangable" their moms are.
My Name Can't Be Mama – The Highwomen
Perhaps the most powerful supergroup ever created, The Highwowen sing about — well, women. This amazing record is perhaps the purest form of feminism, so of course "My Name Can't Be Mama" is the perfect track for Mother's Day. In capturing the experience of motherhood, The Highwomen share the exasperation of raising children in a quirky country tune. Every mother has thought, "I'm not a perfect woman, Lord, I don't wish it all away. My name can't be Mama today," so let's give every mom a day off today, shall we?
Ms. Jackson – OutKast
OutKast's "Ms. Jackson" was a hit back in the day, and it's a bit of a complicated Mother's Day song — but fitting nonetheless. "Ms. Jackson" was inspired by André Benjamin's relationship with Erykah Badu and her mother. The song reflects on the respect he has for his ex's mother, despite the complications in his relationship.
Hey Mama – Kanye West
It's no secret Kanye loves his mom, and on his record Late Registration, he devoted the track "Hey Mama" to his mother. In the track, Kanye sings "Hey mama, I want to scream so loud for you, 'Cause I'm so proud of you." This celebration of his mother covers the struggles they faced together and thanks her for her tireless support.
Dear Mama – 2pac
Tupac had a difficult relationship with his mother. During his childhood, she was often absent, and as he got older, she struggled with addiction. They reconciled later in life, and he wrote "Dear Mama" as a way of expressing his appreciation for his mother.
Colombia – Local Natives
Kelcey Ayer wrote this song about his mother's death in 2011. It's a sad song, but the song is Ayer's reflection on his mother's life, everything she gave her family, and how he can do the same.
Mama Liked the Roses – Elvis Presley
Even The King himself wrote a track for his mother, who passed away in 1958 from liver failure. "Mama Liked the Roses" is a sad track, but Elvis poured his love and appreciation for his mother into it.
Call Your Mother – Johnny Cash
Those of you who know my mom know that my mom loves Johnny Cash — so I'm not passing up an opportunity to include him in this list. In the vein of "Ms. Jackson," "Call Your Mother" is a track written for the mother-in-law in a failing relationship. In the song, Cash reflects on the family of his former lover and says "When you get a chance, Would you please call your mother And thank her for the good years that we had?"
Julia – The Beatles
"Julia" was a track written by John Lennon and was both a tribute to his late mother and Yoko Ono. When reflecting on the song, Lennon stated about his mother, "I lost her twice. Once as a five-year-old when I was moved in with my auntie. And once again when she actually physically died."
Mother – Kacey Musgraves
"Mother" is perhaps my personal favorite of this list. Coming in at just over a minute, it's a short song, but it's perfect for those of us having to spend Mother's Day away from our moms. "Wish we didn't live so far from each other. I'm just sitting here, thinking 'bout the that's time slipping, and missing my mother," Musgraves sings, before continuing "And she's probably sitting there, thinking 'bout the that's time slipping, and missing her mother."
Now, go call your mom, and if you can, give her a hug.