Top 10 Mother's Day Songs

Mother's Day is all about celebrating moms, and there are great songs to accompany the festivities. Start your Mother's Day playlist with these 10 songs from some of the top artists of all time. 

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2 Pac - "Dear Mama"

2 Pac Me Against the World
2 Pac - Me Against the World. Courtesy Interscope

Rapper 2 Pac released this tribute to his mother Afeni Shakur as the lead single from his third album Me Against the World released in 1995. Although his mother was addicted to crack coaine, he argues that a mother's love can overcome the negativity. In 2010 the Library of Congress added this poignant song to the National Recording Registry deeming it "a moving and eloquent homage to both the murdered rapper's own mother and all mothers struggling to maintain a family in the face of addiction, poverty and societal indifference."

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Dolly Parton - "Coat Of Many Colors"

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Dolly Parton - Coat Of Many Colors. Courtesy RCA

Dolly Parton says that "Coat Of Many Colors" is her personal favorite of all of the songs she has written. Originally written on the back of a dry cleaning receipt, it tells the story of a coat her mother stitched together out of rags. Wearing it to school, she was the object of derision, but the bond between mother and daughter helps her overcome the taunts and see, "I was as rich as I could be in my coat of many colors my momma made for me." The song was a top 5 country hit in 1971.

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Kanye West - "Only One" featuring Paul McCartney

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Kanye West - "Only One" featuring Paul McCartney. Courtesy Roc a Fella

This is not the first time Kanye West paid tribute to his mother Donda. However, this is the first song celebrating her posthumously. He takes on the viewpoint of his mother speaking to Kanye West in tribute to his daughter North. The moving song was a top 40 pop hit in early 2015.

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The Backstreet Boys - "The Perfect Fan"

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The Backstreet Boys - Millenium. Courtesy Jive

The Backstreet Boys give back to their mothers on this song which became a concert favorite. It was included on the group's second US studio album Millenium released in 1999. The group sings "I wanna thank you for what you've done / In hopes I can give back to you / And be the perfect son." It was co-written by group member Brian Littrell.

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Beatles - "Julia"

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The Beatles - The Beatles. Courtesy Capitol

John Lennon sings and plays guitar in a quiet, simple arrangement accompanying himself on acoustic guitar on the Beatles white album released in 1968. It is a tribute to his mother Julia who was killed in an accident when John Lennon was 17. The song is also meant to celebrate his relationship with future wife Yoko Ono.

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Boyz II Men - "A Song For Mama"

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Boyz II Men - Evolution. Courtesy Motown

Boyz II Men celebrate their mothers for being "the driving force in my life." "A Song For Mama" was used as the theme song for the 1997 film Soul Food. To date it is the most recent Boyz II Men song to reach the pop top 10. It also appeared on the group's album Evolution.

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LL Cool J - "Mama Said Knock You Out"

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LL Cool J - Mama Said Knock You Out. Courtesy Def Jam

After negative criticism of his album Walking With a Panther, a 22-year-old LL Cool J came out swinging with this title song from his 1990 album. With the chorus simply consisting of his mother's encouragement to take the world by storm, the song became a top 20 pop hit and earned a Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance.

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Madness - "Our House"

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Madness - Our House. Courtesy V2

English ska band Madness experienced their US pop breakthrough with this tribute to growing up in a household lovingly managed by mum. She is "house proud" and is "the one they're going to miss" as she sends them off to school. The song was a top 10 pop hit in the US in 1983 and it won Best Song at the UK's Ivor Novello songwriting awards.

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Christina Aguilera - "Oh Mother"

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Christina Aguilera - Back To Basics. Courtesy RCA

Christina Aguilera's "Oh Mother" from her 2007 album Back To Basics deals with the difficult subject of domestic abuse. She celebrates her mother for being strong enough to pull herself and her daughter through the painful and damaging experiences. Christina Aguilera delivers a powerful, emotional vocal performance.

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Drake - "Look What You've Done"

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Drake - Take Care. Courtesy Cash Money

Rapper Drake matter of factly describes the at times difficult relationship with his mother, but it concludes with his joy in being able to give back in exchange for his mother's love. The song is a track from Drake's 2011 album Take Care.

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