Hey Mama: 8 songs for Mother's Day

Celebrate mom with a playlist

This Mother’s Day, get your playlist ready with these eight songs to honor Mom.

“Mama’s Song” Carrie Underwood

Underwood sings to her mom, telling her not to worry as she moves out and begins her own life.

A line to sing: "Mama, you taught me to do the right things / So now you have to let your baby fly / You've given me everything that I will need / To make it through this crazy thing called life."

“A song for Mama” Boyz II Men

The song is a reminder that family can be held together by a mother’s traditions.

A line to note: "There was so many times / Looking back when I was so afraid / And then you come to me and say to me / I can face anything."

“Hey Mama” Kanye West

West wrote this song for his mother Donda West who retired from her job as an English professor to help manage his career.

A line to remember: "Can't you see you're like a book of poetry? / Maya Angelou, Nicky Giovanni / Turn one page and there's my mommy."

“Mama” The Spice Girls

The five girls wrote this song in 1997 and is a tribute for the mamas of the group.

Cute line: "Back then, I didn't know why / Why you were misunderstood / So now I see through your eyes / All that you did was love."

“The Perfect Fan” The Backstreet Boys

This song debuted in 1999, where the Backstreet Boys declared their appreciation for their mothers.

A line to swoon over: "You showed me how to care / And you showed me that you would always be there / I wanna thank you for that time / and I'm proud to say you're mine.”

“Mother” Pink Floyd

In this soul-searching ballad from their 1979 concept album, “The Wall,” the band asked “Mother” for opinions on life.

A line to note: “Mama’s gonna check out all your girlfriends for you/ Mama won’t let anyone dirty get through/ Mama’s gonna wait up till you get in”

“The Best Day” Taylor Swift

Swift wrote this song from a younger perspective to honor her mom, Andrea Swift.

A line to warm your heart: "There is a video I found from back when I was three / You set up a paint set in the kitchen and you're talking to me / It's the age of princesses and pirate ships and the seven dwarfs / And Daddy's smart and you're the prettiest lady in the whole wide world."

“Oh Mother” Christina Aguilera

Aguilera addresses her childhood and thanks her mother for leaving her abusive father.

A line to sing: “So Mother, I thank you / For all that you've done and still do / You got me, I got you / Together we always pull through.”

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