Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Mother's Day 2014 Songs for Showing Your Mom that You Love Her

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Dear Mama Playlist: 20 Songs for Mother's Day
The Mother's Day songs here are a great way to show your mom just how much you love her for Mother's Day, and a CD full of some of your favorites would make a great Mother's Day gift. So instead of just getting your mom a boring old card, show her how much you love her by brightening her day in a musical way with great Mother's Day songs like these:
'Mother' by Ashanti - This is one of the most soulful songs you can play for your mom on Mother's Day, as Ashanti lends her sweet voice to lyrics honoring a mother's love. In the song she thanks her mom for many things, like giving her strength and guidance and helping to shape her into the woman she has become. It's one of the best songs to play for a mom on Mother's Day, and it will really let her know just how important she has been to contributing to your happiness.
'Oh Mother' by Christina Aguilera - This is one of the Mother's Day songs here that really only applies to children and moms in certain situations. It's a song about a mother that is abused by her husband, leaving him to start a new, better life with her kids. So if you've got a brave mother whose stood up and fought her way out of a similar circumstance, this is one of the best Mother's Day songs for letting her know that you're proud of her for doing the right thing for her family.
'Dear Mama' by 2pac - This is one of my favorite Mother's Day songs, a lyrical masterpiece by one of hip hop's true poets. 2pac tells it like it is, stating that he realized how he made his mother's life hell and how he often hated her for being so hard on him. But as he reminisces about his difficult past, he reveals that he finally understands her and wishes he could pay her back. Again, it's not one of the Mother's Day songs here that can apply to everyone, but it's full of love and truth and might make some moms feel better about their little monsters that aren't quite living the thug life on Mother's Day.
'Oh Mother of Mine' by The Temptations - One of the best gifts you can give your mom this Mother's Day are soothing songs like this one. The Temptations' voices are heavenly, and lyrics about a guy realizing that his mother was right and begging for her advice will be music to your mama's ears.
'Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys' by Willie Nelson - This would be one of the funniest songs you could play for your mom on Mother's Day if you did indeed grow up to be a cowboy. Or if you grew up to be a doctor or lawyer, your mom might be proud of you for heeding wise Willie's advice.
'Hey Mama' by Kanye West - If you're looking for fun and funky songs to dedicate to your mom for Mother's Day, here's another about a son behaving badly that sees the errors of his ways (sort of; this is Kanye we're talking about here). With references to Michael Jackson, Maya Angelou, chicken soup, and Forrest Gump, this song is one entertaining lyrical dump perfect for dedicating to a mom who will appreciate a more upbeat sweet treat for Mother's Day.
'You Can't Lose Me' by Faith Hill - Show your mom you appreciate being able to have faith in her always being there with this tearjerker by Faith Hill. It's one of the best Mother's Day songs for a mom that's always there with a shoulder to cry on, no matter if you've moved off far away or are fortunate enough to be together this Mother's Day.
'Mama Told me (Not to Come)' by Three Dog Night - I had to put this song here because it has one of the best mama references. It's all about a boy that doesn't listen to his mama's advice by going to a psychedelic shindig anyway, and he really ends up regretting his decision by getting really freaked out. It may not be one of the most deep and meaningful Mother's Day songs, but moms that grew up during the hallucinogenic haze might have a good laugh at it.
'I Love My Momma' by Snoop Dogg - Even Snoop has written a sweet song perfect for Mother's Day, a tribute to the woman that taught him how to read, write, and fight. And you've got to love that the rough and tough guy all about gangsta living isn't afraid to say, "I love you, momma."
'A Song for Mama' by Boyz II Men - For all the boyz that have their mama to thank for helping them to become good men, this is one of the best songs they can dedicate to their moms for Mother's Day. Relaxing songs like this one that reassures a mother that she's loved by her kids (even if they can't seem to say it themselves) would be great for a Mother's Day CD packaged up with a few spa gifts and some chocolate to give your mother a much-deserved sweet escape this Mother's Day.
'Thank You Mom' by Good Charlotte - Here's yet another of the best songs about thanking a mom for making great childhood memories and helping their children through tough times. If your mom is a little more into pop and rock, then this is one of the best Mother's Day songs for her.
'I Am Your Child' by Barry Manilow - Barry Manilow's simplistic reminder about being his mother's child is a sweet reminder of just how much a mom can shape a child's life. So let your mother know just how much she's helped you grow with Mother's Day songs like this one.
'Mama Liked the Roses' by Elvis Presley - And here's one of the best Mother's Day songs for those honoring a mom who is no longer around, especially one that appreciated getting roses for Mother's Day. It's a sad song, but the King has just the right words for honoring your family's Queen.
'Mother & Child Reunion' by Paul Simon - If you're being reunited with your mom this Mother's Day after being away, let her know just how much the reunion means to you with this beautiful song by Paul Simon.
'Mama' by Spice Girls - And here's one of the best Mother's Day songs for moms that need a little girl power in their lives. I love the fun lyrics that describe a mother as an "enemy" when a girl is younger (not letting her be places she shouldn't be and always catching her doing things she shouldn't), but when she gets older, she realizes that her mom is the best friend a spice girl could have.
So from songs perfect for listening to while sharing some Mother's Day memories to songs that assure your momma that she was always right, you'll be sure to find songs on this list to help you find the perfect way to say "I Love You" this Mother's Day.
From 2Pac appreciating his mother to Danzig belting "Mother" at a full-throated, hard-rock howl, there are plenty of ways to toast the women who gave us life on Mother's Day, this Sunday (May 12). Raise a glass this Mother's Day, and let these songs be your soundtrack.
2Pac's "Dear Mama"
In the late, great 2Pac's tribute to his mama, Afeni Shakur -- who gave birth to him a month after being released from jail -- the late rap icon says the words that every mother wants to hear: "You are appreciated."
The-Dream's "Mama"
On his 2007 debut album, "Lovehate," The-Dream mourns the passing of his mother in "Mama," a heart-filled, melodic and auto-tuned dedication to her. Reminiscing on loving memories, the "Radio Killa" dreams of bringing his mother back to life.
The Backstreet Boys' "The Perfect Fan"
In this soft rock piano medley, the Backstreet Boys declare their love and appreciation for their mothers. With lyrics like "You showed me when I was young just how to grow," Hallmark could learn a thing or two from these gentlemen. When the song debuted in 1999, fans and mothers everywhere swooned.
Drake's "Look What You've Done"
In candid disclosure of the hardships he went through with his mother and family, Drake gratefully thanks them for helping him become the man he is today on 2011's "Look What You've Done." Ending with a recording of a loving voicemail from his grandmother, this "Take Care" track sentimentally greets "Happy Mother's Day."
'N Sync's "(God Must Have Spent) A Little More Time on You"
'N Sync's pop ballad "God Must Have Spent (A Little More Time On You)" could be written about any woman in the boys' lives, but they dedicated it to their moms. The video features a mother and child, from birth to adulthood, growing and making memories while the boys croon in white suits.
Lonely Island's "Motherlover"
Years after Justin Timberlake sang a tribute to his mom with 'N Sync, the pop star-turned-actor joined Lonely Island in celebrating their Oedipal complexes in the comedy single (and corresponding music video), "Motherlover." The comedic group, comprised of Kiv Schaffer, Jorm Taccone and Andy Samberg, also has a second, less sexualized Mother's Day song, "Mama."
Christina Aguilera's "Oh Mother"
Christina Aguilera is celebrating her third Mother's Day as a Mom with three-year-old Max, but this 2006 single addresses her own early childhood, as she thanks her mother for leaving her abusive father.
Danzig's "Mother"
Danzig's 1991 breakthrough hit isn't really about mothers, but like them, it rocks.
Kanye West's "Hey Mama"
Kanye West owes a lot to his mother Donda West, who retired from her job as an English professor to manage her son's career. This performance, filmed before Donda passed away unexpectedly in 2007, is a testament to their close bond.
Ozzy Osbourne's "Mama I'm Coming Home"
This 1991 track was actually written for Ozzy's wife and manager Sharon Osbourne, whom the hard-rocker refers to as "Mama."
The Rolling Stones' "Mother's Little Helper"
This Rolling Stones classic seems harmless, but a deeper listen actually reveals that the title is a reference to prescription drugs used by lonely housewives.
Crystal Bowersox's "Mama"
Dubbed "Mama Sox" by her fellow season 9 "American Idol" contestants, Bowersox recorded "Mama," an acoustic ballad saying farewell rather than giving thanks. As a young mother herself, Crystal sings passionately and from the heart.
Pink Floyd's "Mother"
On this song from its classic 1971 album "The Wall," Pink Floyd asks, "Mother, do you think they'll like this song?" They certainly did.
LL Cool J's "Mama Said Knock You Out"
While we're pretty sure Mama wouldn't approve of violence or forgetting to take out the garbage, she's bound to appreciate an LL classic that samples James Brown and Sly and the Family Stone.
Trace Adkins' "Hot Mama"
Trace Adkins tips his cowboy hat to all the "Hot Mamas" of the world: "You worry about your hips, and you worry about your age/Meanwhile I'm tryin' to catch the breath you take away." Aw.
The Jackson 5's "Mama's Pearl"
Recorded by the Jackson 5 in 1971, "Mama's Pearl" was reportedly called "Guess Who's Making Woopie (With Your Girlfriend)" until the lyrics and title were changed to fit 13-year-old Michael.
John Lennon's "Mother"
John Lennon's song "Mother" is actually a song written for both his parents -- his father left when Lennon was only an infant, and his mother was killed in a car crash when he was 17.
Boyz II Men's "A Song for Mama"
A staple of any Mother's Day playlist, this Boyz II Men ballad is about a family held together by a mother's traditions.
Elvis Presley's "Mama Liked The Roses"
Released in 1970 as a B-side to his classic single "The Wonder of You," Presley's song is in memory of mothers who can't be with their children on the holiday.
The Spice Girls' "Mama"
The idea for this Spice Girls ballad arose in 1997, when Melanie "Scary Spice" Brown thought it would be a good idea to write a tribute for the mamas of the group.

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