Mother’s Day is right around the corner and while we run out to make sure we get just the perfect card and gift for that special lady in our lives, we here at GlobalGrind took some to time to run down a list of the most noteworthy songs for mom.
Songs celebrating mothers cross genres and cultures, but one thing’s for sure, they can definitely run the gamut. From Taylor Swift’s sugary sweet 2009 ode to her mother, to Jay-Z’s tougher overall letter of appreciation to all those who helped him get to where he is now, here are our favorite Mother’s Day appropriate tunes.
“Hey Mama,” Kanye West
We were shocked and saddened to hear about the death of Kanye West’s mom Donda on November 10, 2007. Kanye didn’t hide his love for his mother, as noted on the 2005 track “Hey Mama” off his sophomore album “Late Registration.” Listen to the song here.
“The Best Day,” Taylor Swift
At the ripe age of 19, Swift reflected on her short life and shared her love and appreciation for her mom in the song “The Best Day,” off her second album “Fearless.” “The Best Day” is virtually a perfect song to represent Mother’s Day. Listen to te song here.
“Dear Mama,” Tupac
Tupac wrote this ode to his mother despite tough times shared between the two. The song is most remembered and regarded for its honesty. Pac rhymes about his mother’s battle with drugs, while reminding her that she’s appreciated. Listen to the song here.
“Oh Mother,” Christina Aguilera
A mom herself, Christina Aguilera tells of the tough times ― including abuse and raising two kids on her own ― her mother endured during her childhood on the “Back to Basics” track “Oh Mother.” Listen to the song here.
“Blueprint (Momma Loves Me),” Jay-Z
After hearing Jay-Z’s “Blueprint (Momma Loves Me)” off his 2001 “Blueprint” album, you quickly realize that the entertainment mogul is well aware he wouldn’t be where he is today if it wasn’t for a strong foundation. Listen to the song here.
“Thinking of You,” Lenny Kravitz
Lenny Kravitz paid tribute to his famous mom, actress Roxie Roker ― who lost her battle with cancer in 1995 ― with the 1998 song “Thinking of You” off his album “5.” Listen to the song here.
“A Song for Mama,” Boyz II Men
Boyz II Men’s “A Song for Mama” is a R&B classic. Babyface produced and wrote the 1997 hit, which was featured on the “Soul Food” soundtrack, hence the lyrics “loving you is like food for my soul.” Listen to the song here.