With this being Mother's Day and all, I thought I'd add a little maternal spin to the master mix by compiling tracks dealing with the subject of mothers in some capacity. Some song choices are sweet, others are somber and some are just plain silly. Get into the clips below.
1) Tupac-"Dear Mama"
Totally cliche? Perhaps, but this track is definitely one of the all time mother tributes.
2) Lenny Kravitz-"Thinking Of You"
One of Kravitz's lesser known songs, this track from 1998's 5 was an ode to his mother Roxie Roker, who died of cancer in 1995.
3) Kanye West-"Hey Mama"
One of the Louis Vitton's most personal tracks (and for Yeezy that's saying something), "Hey Mama" from 2005's Late Registration is a celebration and tribute to Donda West.
4) Madonna-"Inside Of Me"
While Madonna had previously broached the subject of her mother's death on "Promise To Try" from 1989's Like A Prayer and again with the visceral "Mer Girl" from 1998's Ray Of Light, this track from '94's Bedtime Stories is my personal favorite.
5) Boyz II Men-"A Song For Mama"
I guess this falls in the same cliche category as "Dear Mama," but a good song is a good song. And I know I'm the only one who immediately thinks of Soul Food whenever I hear this:).
6) B. Slade-"Queen"
This track about the singer's late mother and her battle with cancer was one of A Brilliant Catastrophe: Beta Version's standout cuts.
7) Ozzy Osbourne-"Mama I'm Coming Home"
Thought the Prince Of Darkness was all about biting the heads off birds, drugs and "Shaaaaaaaaaaaron!"? Well, you thought wrong, as this rock classic from 1991's No More Tears proves. Technically the song's about Sharon, but she is the mother of his kids, so that's close enough.
8) Outkast- Ms. Jackson
Not all mamas make it easy for you to "give them their flowers" as Outkast showed in this ode to baby mama drama from 2000's Stankonia.
9) Queen-"Tie You Mother Down"
For the record don't tie your mama down. But maybe both of you can rock out to this song instead. Watch Queen destroy this during a 1985 performance at Live Aid.
10) Green Day-"Welcome To Paradise"
Singer Billie Joe Armstrong grapples with the fear of leaving home and Mom behind for the first time in this ironically titled tribute to young adulthood from their 1994 smash Dookie.