Playlist: Songs for Mama

Juli Thanki | May 7th, 2014

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, so today we’re saluting our favorite ladies with this 50-song playlist. We’ll be adding new music until Sunday, so let us know: what’s your favorite song about mama?

  1. Jonathan Pappalardo
    May 7, 2014 at 10:22 am

    I might have missed it but ‘Mama He’s Crazy’ by The Judd’s comes to mind. Also Tim McGraw’s new single ‘Meanwhile Back At Mama’s’ and Carrie Underwood’s ‘Mama’s Song.’

    Awesome list, Juli!

  2. Jonathan Pappalardo
    May 7, 2014 at 10:29 am

    I also always enjoyed Mica Roberts duet with Toby Keith, ‘Things A Mama Don’t Know.’ I understood why last year when I found out Brandy Clark had a hand in writing it.

    And another just popped into my head – Shenandoah’s ‘Mama Knows’

  3. Daniel Mullins
    May 7, 2014 at 10:41 am

    “I Heard My Mother Weeping” from Longview is great.
    I saw you included “Momma’s Apron Strings” from Larry Sparks. His song, “Momma” is just as good.
    “Thanks Again” from Ricky Skaggs is terrific, as is “Mama’s Roses” from The Spinney Brothers.

  4. bob
    May 7, 2014 at 10:53 am

    I like Sunny Sweeney’s take on “Mama’s Opry” and always liked “Mama” by BJ Thomas.

    JPap beat me to “Mama Knows” so how about “Three Wooden Crosses”?

  5. luckyoldsun
    May 7, 2014 at 10:54 am

    There are just so many touching songs about Mama that I’ve heard, listening to country radio over the years.

    There’s

    “I was drunk the day my Mom got out of prison
    and I went to pick her up in the rain,
    But before I could get to the station in my pick-up truck,
    she got run over by a damned old train….”

    and

    “Mama was a looker
    Lord how she shined,
    Papa was a good ‘un but the jealous kind
    Papa loved Mama, Mama loved men,
    Mama’s in the graveyard, Papa’s in the pen.”

    and the comparatively mild

    “Mama used to whup me with a George Jones album,
    That’s why I sing this way.”

  6. Arlene
    May 7, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    I always think of Dolly Parton’s “To Daddy” as a song that’s really for Mama.

    Others that I love: Patty Griffin’s “Burgundy Shoes,” the Emmylou Harris/Linda Ronstadt cover of Sinead O’Connor’s “This is to Mother You,” and Lori McKenna’s “Leaving This Life.”

  7. Dave D.
    May 7, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    Ricky Skaggs’s version of “A Vision Of Mother”

    Sunny Sweeney’s version of “Mama’s Opry”, with an assist to Bobby Flores.

  8. nm
    May 7, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    Haggard’s “I’m the Son of Hickory Holler’s Tramp” and Jeannie C. Riley’s “Harper Valley PTA.”

  9. Jackson Radley
    May 7, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    Dolly’s “Eagle When She Flys” always reminds me of my mom, and Arlene is right – Emmy and Dolly’s versions of “To Daddy” really are about mama… If you have time, give it a listen – there is quite a twist toward the end

  10. nm
    May 8, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    For something that’s not exactly a tribute to a mother, but is about being a mother, there’s always “One’s on the Way.”

  11. Jonathan Pappalardo
    May 9, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    The Band Perry “Mother Like Mine.”

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