Happy Mother’s Day! This is one of the very few worldly celebrations that is worthy of being sensationalized. Most mothers have done their part and perhaps their best in raising their children, and what better way to thank them than celebrating their love for a day in a year (or maybe even more)?
Whether our mothers have been a positive, negative, or indifferent instrument in our way of life and the choices we make, it is no denying that each of us has a grave attachment to them (since the months we’ve lived inside their wombs). Hence, the mother remains to be a principal figure in every person’s life, and continue to be inspirations of art. Several songs by artists, be it in pop or rock music, has their own roster of songs dedicated to the first woman who taught them how to love, or not.
As a tribute to the best women in our lives and the best one in mine, I’m sharing with you (and her) my top 10 most favorite songs about them, as persons responsible for bringing us into this world. Without further adieu, here’s my list…
10. Mama by Sarah Geronimo
Sarah G.’s mommy Divine may be imperfect, but she didn’t keep her from releasing a song about mothers. As a pop star, Sarah won’t be able to go without an anthem for mama. The song takes a different angle as it goes, “Everywhere I go I got a piece of you…” Sarah would always carry with her her mother’s DNA, whether she likes it or not. However, I’m happy that she is finally free from the chains of the stringent matriarch.
9. Mother by Pink Floyd
The Wall, Pink Floyd’s 11th studio album, is about Pink, a character that embodies the band’s thoughts and feelings about society as rockstars. The rockers pronounced their mothers’ influence in their lives with the track, Mother, as they describe Pink’s mom as a controlling and overprotective one that keeps him from getting out of “the wall.”
8. The Perfect Fan by Backstreet Boys
Whether it’s for stage moms or just proud moms, this song amplifies a mother’s support and efforts for their children’s endeavors.
7. In My Daughter’s Eyes by Martina Mcbride
This song is made for the daughter by the mother, and how the former is a spark of joy. Every appreciation of the child embedded in the lyrics shows how a mother loves and adores her children.
6. Ring Off by Beyonce
Ring Off is one of the most redemptive songs ever written, especially for a straight-out feminist cause. It is Queen B’s song for her mother, after her divorce with her father. For many daughters and sons who have seen their mothers abused by their fathers, this song would define their mothers’ hardships that are seeing the end of the tunnel going to the light.
5. Dear Mama by 2pac
Tupac’s Dear Mama is an autobiographical song about how he grew up in the streets with his mother and baby sister. Life was hard being raised by a single mom, and he went through a lot of shit. But the only constant in his life was his mother fending for them.
4. Mama by The Spice Girls /
A Song for Mama by Boyz II Men
This simple, no-pretense mother theme songs are never to be missed on this list as they encapsulated my childhood and my idealistic thoughts about my mother.
3. My Mother and I by Lucy Dacus
This song about moms is a more complicated one. When I first read the lyrics, it was something deep and prompts my feelings about my connection with my own mother. Almost all of my physical and mental aspect was inherited from her, and I’ve always wondered how I would act and look like when I’m her age. Finally, a song that I could relate to on a deeper level.
Lucy Dacus said in an interview with NPR that the song is about her biological mother, and what she could have passed on to her, as Lucy grew up with another mother on her side.
2. Julia by The Beatles
“I lost her twice,” Lennon said. “Once as a five-year-old when I was moved in with my auntie. And once again when she actually physically died.” No song for a mother can ever be so poignant as John Lennon’s Julia. It’s a song of longing–Lennon’s abstract prose describes how he imagined going to the beach with his mother. “Julia, Julia, ocean child, calls me…So I sing a song of love, Julia…Julia, seashell eyes, windy smile, calls me…So I sing a song of love, Julia,” Lennon’s childhood dream that was never manifested, after his mother formed a new family and left him over the care of his aunt.
1. God Must Have Spent a Little More Time on You by N’Sync
This song has been subjected to ridicule in pop culture, mostly because it’s a boy band’s song. And might you ask, why would a N’Sync song be on top of the list, instead of a Beatles’ track? As with John Lennon’s longing for being with his mom on the beach, I long to go back to the year 1997 when everything was easier and magical.
Apart from that, however, is my honest opinion that “God Must Have Spent…” is one of the most beautiful songs written. It’s simple but real. I was a 10-yr-old kid when the song was released, and I would be highly emotional because of how enchanting the song is. And that did not change. Based on the lyrics, everyone can dedicate this song to any good person in your life, but the boys of N’Sync sang it as a tribute to their own mothers.
Art by Jim Morada