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Music for Mother's Day

Updated on February 20, 2019
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Mohan is a family physician, film and TV aficionado, a keen bibliophile and an eclectic scribbler.

Music for Mother's Day

I wrote about the song that always reminds me of my mother. It made me think about all the songs out there that singers and songwriters have penned as a tribute to the loving icon of motherhood.

Here's my selection of songs for mothers.

There are those that sing about the selflessness, the sacrifices. those that sing about the love and compassion. There are regrets and revisits, wishes and wistfulness. There is courage and grief, inspiration and intensity.

There are some written directly about mothers and some that inspire emotions about motherhood.

Mother and child- Edmund Tarbell
Mother and child- Edmund Tarbell

Mama - Spice Girls

They may have rocked with their anodyne Pop ballads and 'out-there'- chic. They have been sporty, baby, posh, ginger and scary but like any girl - Spicy or otherwise- knows eventually, mama is your best friend.

She used to be my only enemy and never let me be free
Catching me in places that I knew I shouldn't be
Every other day I crossed the line I didn't mean to be so bad
I never thought you would become the friend I never had

Back then I didn't know why
Why you were misunderstood
So now I see through your eyes
All that you did was love

Mama I love you.Mama I care
Mama I love you . Mama my friend. You're my friend

This Is Your Song- Ronan Keating

The Boyzone lead singer had a special relationship with his mother and penned this song as a tribute to her. In fact he released a whole album, songs for my mother.

Lived your life to the full
With a lifetime of smiles
Made us know right from wrong
Always knowing a lie

You made us be tough
But never too rough
Rise above's what you said
Never easily lead

And one day, we'll all sing along
Cos this is your song
I wrote it for you
It won't take all day
Just a minute or two

You're the Wind Beneath My Wings- Bette Midler

If ever there was a song written to celebrate motherhood, it is this one. With its powerful, emotional lyrics and sweeping emotions... No one can beat Bette Midler in those soaring lyrics.

Ohhhh, oh, oh, oh, ohhh.
It must have been cold there in my shadow,
to never have sunlight on your face.
You were content to let me shine, that's your way.
You always walked a step behind.

So I was the one with all the glory,
while you were the one with all the strength.
A beautiful face without a name for so long.
A beautiful smile to hide the pain.

Did you ever know that you're my hero,
and everything I would like to be?
I can fly higher than an eagle,
for you are the wind beneath my wings.

Goodbye ( Is the Saddest Word) - Celine Dion

Love her or hate her, you can deny the power of a Celine Dion ballad. Especially poignant is this one saying Goodbye to her mother.

Mama, you gave life to meTurned a baby into a ladyAnd mama, all you had to offerWas a promise of a lifetime of loveNow I knowThere is no otherLove like a mothersLove for her childAnd I knowA love so complete someday must leaveMust say goodbyeOh

Thank You Mom- Good Charlotte

It is never too late to Thank your mom for all the things she has done, for being there through thick and thin, for nurturing, nourishing and selflessly catering to our needs. Good Charlotte, say it well...

I'm sitting here, I'm thinking back to a time when I was young,
My memory is clear as day, I'm listening to the dishes clink,
You were downstairs, you would sing songs of praise,

And all the times we laughed with you,
And all the times that you stayed true to us,
Now we say, I said, I thank you,

I'll always thank you, More than you could know,
Than I could ever show, And I love you, I'll always love you,

Mother of Mine - Jimmy Osmond/ Hayley Westenra

Who can forget the little baby face of Jimmy Osmond singing the 'mother of mine'. Welsh Singer Hayley Westenra has done a melodic cover version that also  truly inspires.

Mother of Mine

You gave to me

all of my life to do as I please

I owe everything I have, to you

Mother, Sweet Mother of Mine.

Dear Mama- 2pac

The tragic life of talented 2Pac, cut short in his prime by the very gangsta culture that inspired his songs, is not without regrets and remissions to his mother. He was insightful, intriguing and iconic.

These beautifully rendered lyrics reveal the artist reveal the social injustice, cultural influences and the poverty that produced him and the 'boys'.

When I was young me and my mama had beef

Seventeen years old kicked out on the streets

Though back at the time, I never thought I'd see her face

Ain't a woman alive that could take my mama's place

Suspended from school; and scared to go home, I was a fool with the big boys, breakin all the rules

I shed tears with my baby sister Over the years we was poorer than the other little kids

And even though we had different daddy's, the same drama

When things went wrong we'd blame mama

I Turn to You- Christine Aguilera

The beautiful Christine Aguilera can ballad with the best of them. Her vocal range carries this song written as a tribute to motherhood soaring into the airwaves.

When I'm lost, in the rain, in your eyes I know I'll find the light to light my way.

When I'm scared, losing ground, when my world is going crazy,

you can turn it all around yes

And when I'm down you're there pushing me to the top.

You're always there givin' me all you've got.

For a shield from the storm,

for a friend for a love to keep me safe and warm,

I turn to you.

For the strength to be strong, for the will to carry on,

for everything you do for everything that's true I turn to you, yes.

Mama - Il Divo

The handsome quartet of Il Divo melted many a mother's ( and their daughters!) hearts with their renditions of classical and the contemporary. Here's there tribute to Mama

Mama thank you for who I am
Thank you for all the things I'm not
Forgive me for the words unsaid
And for the times
I forgot

Mama remember all my life
You showed me love,you sacrificed
Think of those young and early days
How I've changed
Along the way (along the way)

In My Daughter's Eyes - Martina Mcbride

This beautiful song from Martina McBride captures that special mother daughter relationship so well.

In my daughter's eyes I am a hero

I am strong and wise and I know no fear
But the truth is plain to see
She was sent to rescue me
I see who I wanna be
In my daughter's eyes

In my daughter's eyes everyone is equal
Darkness turns to light and the
world is at peace
This miracle God gave to me gives me
strength when I am weak
I find reason to believe
In my daughter's eyes

Vote for your Favourite

Which of the songs in this hub is your favourite Mother's Day anthem?

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Mother and child- Indian Miniature painting
Mother and child- Indian Miniature painting

© 2011 Mohan Kumar


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    • Docmo profile imageAUTHOR

      Mohan Kumar 

      9 years ago from UK

      Thanks Angela- much appreciated!

    • Docmo profile imageAUTHOR

      Mohan Kumar 

      9 years ago from UK

      Thanks Angela- much appreciated!

    • Angela Brummer profile image

      Angela Brummer 

      9 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Beautiful informative hub!

    • Docmo profile imageAUTHOR

      Mohan Kumar 

      9 years ago from UK

      Thanks Denise for the revisit and comments. I am really glad you enjoy the compilation :)

    • Denise Handlon profile image

      Denise Handlon 

      9 years ago from North Carolina

      I just revisited this hub-it's as lovely and enjoyable as the first time I read/listened to it. :)

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      10 years ago from Houston TX

      Nice hub and i bet you that all real mothers will love it.

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      10 years ago

      ....well I suppose 'Mother' by John Lennon might just be a little too stark, raw, honest and uncompromising .....and remember that show on the BBC starring Michael Crawford (the original Phantom of the Opera) called - Some mothers do have 'em ......

      ...well as you know my mum was my best friend so I really dig this world class hub of yours along with some of my other buddies - Mother Hubbard, Moms Mabley, Mother Parker, Mother Mary, Mother Teresa, Ma Barker, Whistler's Mother ......

    • Docmo profile imageAUTHOR

      Mohan Kumar 

      10 years ago from UK

      @Genna East- thank you, songs always give those mixed emotions!

      @fossillady - I know, it is a powerful song that touches all sorts of chords. thank you!

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      Kathi Mirto 

      10 years ago from Fennville

      Docmo, A lovely collection of songs in honor of mothers. The song by Better Midler, I can hardly get through it without crying! Blessings my friend

    • Genna East profile image

      Genna East 

      10 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      "I never thought you would become the friend I never had."

      This made me smile and tear up at the same time. As a mother who has a son, I just loved this!!

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      Amy Becherer 

      10 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Me mum would love your tribute through music to all moms everywhere. She adores music. I love it, too, but was particularly inspired and moved by the paintings you selected in your beautiful piece for Mother's Day. Maybe the next painting I do will be inspired by the source of my life, my mother. Thank you, Docmo, for your moving inspiration.

    • Denise Handlon profile image

      Denise Handlon 

      10 years ago from North Carolina

      Docmo-what a great list of songs honoring mothers. Thanks for sharing.

    • Docmo profile imageAUTHOR

      Mohan Kumar 

      10 years ago from UK

      @Minnetoka Twin - thank you! the emotional response you experienced is the same I had when I wrote this. As a son.

      @drbj, I can always count on you drbj, for wonderful, insightful comments. It is great you had seen Il divo in concert. I tried to include songs people may not have heard before and are worthy of inclusion.

      @Fay, It is a personal salute to all you wonderful mothers out there. solid as a rock, soft as a feather, brave as a lioness and cuddly as a Panda- I could carry on with my zoo themed salutations but I'll stop. I am honoured by your visit. Hugs and if I may, a 'chaste' kiss ;-)

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      Fay Paxton 

      10 years ago

      Docmo, I am accepting this superb tribute as a personal salute. I am a mother. So I am bookmarking this and I'll be thinking of you on my special day. Thank you with hugs.

      voted way up and beautiful. bookmarked.

      BTW, I couldn't pick just one song. I like several of them...each for different reasons.

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      drbj and sherry 

      10 years ago from south Florida

      Lovely, beautiful songs, Docmo, thanks for including these wonderful videos. Especially the one with the group, Il Divo. I had the pleasure of seeing them in person once when they appeared with Barbra Streisand in a concert. They are unbelievable singers and harmonizers with exceptional God-given talent.

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      Linda Rogers 

      10 years ago from Minnesota

      I'm all choked up reading these beautiful song lyrics about moms. Great job picking out some real goodies:)


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