Hey Ma! Here’s Your Mother’s Day Playlist!
We love our mamas.
They fixed our boo-boos when we wiped out on our skateboards and sneaked us cash when our dads weren’t looking. There’s nothing our mothers won’t do for us, and how do we repay them? Once a year we buy them sparkly cards, make them macaroni necklaces and treat them to all you can eat nacho fountains at the local buffet.
Well, not all of us. The musicians among us leave towering monuments to their mothers, or at least to motherhood. Sure, some of them aren’t very sweet, but it’s the thought that counts.
Except with macaroni necklaces. Come on — you can do better than that. Celebrate your mom with our Mother’s Day Playlist below:
Sure we love them, but sometimes moms can make us a little nutty with their constant attention. This deep cut from the Police was released long before cell phones were ubiquitous. Can you imagine how this song’s protagonist would feel nowadays?
“Mother Stands for Comfort”
John Lennon had a rough childhood. Raised by his aunt Mimi, Lennon didn’t have your typical relationship with this mother, and then to make matters worse she was killed when he was only seventeen. “Mother” is a bit of primal scream therapy, the same psychological trend that fueled Tears For Fears’ “Shout” a decade later.
As great as this cut is, it isn’t even Lennon’s best song about his mother. That would be “Julia” from the Beatles‘ White Album.
“Send a Picture of Mother”
Johnny Cash was an amazing interpreter of songs — just listen to his cover of “Hurt” — but he was also a great songwriter. “Send A Picture of Mother” captures the sad truth of seven years behind bars — we may miss a lot of things, but none more than our mamas.
“Mommy Where’s Daddy”
One from the Red Hot Chili Peppers‘ self-titled 1984 debut. It took a few years for the band to really lock in their signature sound, but the funk was strong right out of the gate.
As for this track’s lyrics: Let’s just accept that “Mommy” is in the title and not dig too much deeper than that.
“Mama, You Been on My Mind”
You knew Da Brudders had to have a song about mama’s boys. Okay, it isn’t exactly a flattering portrait of boys who love their mothers, but would you expect any less from the Ramones? Gabba gabba hey!
No list of this nature would be complete without a nod to the baddest mother of all. You know who I’m talking about.
I’m talking about Shaft.