Mother’s Day is just around the corner and if your mom is a music fanatic, you’re going to need to spend some time crafting a playlist.
Thankfully, there’s plenty of classic songs for you to choose from.
If you want to pay tribute to all the hard work mom has put in, reflect on your relationship, or just tell her how much you love her, here are nine perfect songs to share with mom on Mother’s Day.
Julia - The Beatles
John Lennon penned the song as a tribute to his late mother Julia, who was killed when John was 17 years old. Lennon had wanted to write a song about his mom, who had initially encouraged John’s interest in music by buying him his first guitar.
Mama, I’m Coming Home - Ozzy Osbourne
The song from Osbourne’s album No More Tears was actually written by legendary Motorhead bassist Lemmy Kilmister and Ozzy’s guitarist Zakk Wylde. Reflecting on all their life experiences, both good and bad, the song highlights the unconditional love between a mother and their child.
Philomena - Thin Lizzy
Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott wrote the song as a tribute to his mother Philomena. Lynott’s lyrics hold true to anyone wanting to pay homage to their mom. “If you see my mother/Please give her all of my love/For she has a heart of gold there/As good as God above.”
Mama Liked The Roses - Elvis Presley
Elvis offers a beautiful reflection of his mother’s love of roses and how they served as an important symbol in various parts of his life.
You’re My Best Friend - Queen
No, the song isn’t about moms, but it’ll surely put a smile on her face if you play it for her.
Mom - Earth Wind, & Fire
Any song that starts out with the lyrics “she gave me peace and love/she gave me thoughts of love” earns a spot on this playlist. Add in the soulful grooves of Earth Wind, & Fire and you’ve got a must listen Mother’s Day track.
Isn’t She Lovely - Stevie Wonder
Although Wonder wrote the song celebrating the birth of his daughter, it’s a fitting sentiment to celebrate any woman in your life.
Mother - Ray Charles
Charles delivers a beautiful ode to his mother and the timeless love he shares with her. Regardless of how long it’s been since they’ve seen one another, Charles waxes poetic about how she’s with him every day of his life.
The Wish - Bruce Springsteen
Even the Springsteen songs that don’t make it onto his records have the ability to bring tears to your eyes. An outtake from his 1987 album Tunnel of Love, the song pays tribute to his mom’s resiliency and the life lessons she taught him.