Everyone from The Beatles to 2Pac have praised the women that raised us, making us what we are today. Whether they are ballads of gratitude or harrowing tales of loss, these 40 best Mother’s Day songs celebrate the true heads of the household.
Best Mother’s Day Songs: 40 Tracks To Show Mothers You Love Them
40: Lukas Graham: Mama Said (2015)
Reflecting on his impoverished upbringing in Christiania, Copenhagen, and how his parents – particularly his mother – gave him guidance, Lukas Graham’s 2015 soul-pop single Mama Said has racked up over 350 million streams on Spotify. Sampling It’s The Hard Knock Life from Broadway musical Annie, the song sees Graham praise his mother for giving him a much-needed sense of perspective on life (“When mama said that it was OK/Mama said that it was quite alright/Our kind of people had a bed for the night/And it was OK”). “We didn’t grow up with too much money, but we always had enough,” Graham himself noted on a Genius annotation. “We had food on the table and beds to sleep in, plenty of second-hand clothes.” As one of the best Mother’s Day songs to demonstrate how good parenting and decent morals can steer children on the right course, Mama Said is a sweet and well-intentioned pop delicacy.