Barbara "The Song Hunter," has spent over 40 years writing poetry and lyrics. In her spare time, she loves to find songs that tell stories.
Top Songs for Mothers and Daughters
The song hunting work has been done for you and narrowed to these top ten mother daughter songs.
Below you'll be able to read a brief description of each song, see what album it's featured on and listen to the full tune. These top ten mother daughter songs have been carefully selected for their lyrics and the stories they tell. Whether it's for a birthday, wedding, anniversary, graduation, or a memorial, you'll find a song to suit your needs in one of these top ten tunes.
1. "Mother" by Sugarland (Daughter about Mother)
2. "In My Daughter's Eyes" by Martina McBride (Mother to Daughter)
3. "26 Cents" by The Wilkinsons (Daughter to Mother)
4. "I Wonder" by Kellie Pickler (Broken Mother Daughter Relationship)
5. "Mamas Song" by Carrie Underwood (Daughter to Mother)
6. "Like My Mother Does" by Lauren Alaina (Daughter to Mother)
7. "Teenage Daughters" by Martina McBride (Mother to Daughter)
8. "A Mother's Prayer" by Celine Dion (Mother to Daughter)
9. "If I Could" by Barbra Streisand (Mother to Daughter)
10. "Somebody's Hero" by Jamie O'Neal (Daughter to Mother)
1. "Mother" by Sugarland
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If I had to choose the best mother daughter song in the list, this song wins. The song tells the story of mom and all she does for you. It will bring you to tears. When you listen to the lyrics, it feels like home. Your mind will wonder to all she's done and meant to you. Nostalgia will consume you, and you won't be able to get enough of this song. You'll see your mother's face in every word. If you have children, this song confirms what you already know, that you'd go to the ends of the earth for your kids. Your heart will simultaneously hurt and be grateful when you listen to this one. Get ready. It's near perfect.
She's a beacon, a harbour
A lighthouse, her armour
A promise and a blanket when it's cold
You'll understand it more when you get older
You've got each other
That's your mother
You've got each other
That's your mother
2. "In My Daughter's Eyes" by Martina McBride
This beautiful classic mother daughter song is a mom's message to her daughter on how her daughter sees her. In reality it's being her mother that gives her strength. Through her daughter's eyes she is reminded of the goodness and innocence in life. She's brought back to a time when she was filled with possibility as a child and sees all of it again, through her daughter's eyes. This is an excellent choice for a mom with young children or babies.
And when she wraps her hand around my finger,
How it puts a smile in my heart,
Everything becomes a little clearer,
I realize what life is all about,
It's hanging on when your heart is had enough,
It's giving more when you feel like giving up,
I've seen the light,
It's in my daughter's eyes
3. "26 Cents" by The Wilkinsons
Album: Nothing But Love
This song tells the story of young adult daughter leaving home for the first time. It's a painful yet lovely combination of positive growth and changing times. Whether you find yourself to be the mother or the parent or both, the lyrics will touch you. Mom gives a symbolic twenty-five cents to her daughter as a reminder to call her anytime she gets lonely. The years have gone by and momma is gone now, but every time she holds a coin she's reminded of the loving message her mother once gave to her.
When you get lonely, call me
Anytime at all and I'll be there with you, always
Anywhere at all
There's nothing I've got that I wouldn't give
And money is never enough
Here's a penny for your thoughts
A quarter for the call
And all of your momma's love
4. "I Wonder" by Kellie Pickler
Album: Small Town Girl
Unfortunately not all mother and daughter relationships are ideal. Kellie Pickler sings about her own personal experience as a daughter who grew up without a mother. According to Kellie, her mother left by choice when Kellie was little. The song doesn't discuss details of why, but rather speaks to how Kellie suffered never understanding why. It's hard to listen to, but may be a healing song for other daughters who have lived a similar heartbreaking experience.
I think about how it ain't fair
That you weren't there to braid my hair like mothers do
You weren't around to cheer me on
Help me dress for my high school prom like mothers do
Did you think I didn't need you here to hold my hand, to dry my tears?
Did you even miss me through the years at all?
5. "Mama's Song" by Carrie Underwood
Album: Play On
This song works for a daughter getting married, a memorial song, or a daughter moving out on her own with her guy. Mom is given reassurance that she's ready to be on her own and that her guy is good to her. She emphasizes how mom has taught her well and she'll never forget where she came from and that mom could never lose her.
And he is good, so good
He treats your little girl like a real man should
He is good, so good, he makes promises he keeps
No he's never gonna leave
So don't you worry about me
Don't you worry about me
6. "Like My Mother Does" by Lauren Alaina
Album: Why Wait
This is an absolutely gorgeous song. If you're looking for a song that completely honors all who your mother is and all she has done, this is the one. It's a big song that starts off with moving lyrics in an upbeat tone and ends on a huge high. If you appreciate a powerful song to honor mom, choose this one. Be sure to listen to it. It's featured below.
When I love I give it all I've got
Like my mother does
When I'm scared, I bow my head and pray
Like my mother does
7. "Teenage Daughters" by Martina McBride
If you're looking for a fun song for a teenager's birthday, then Teenage Daughters should be your pick. The lyrics emphasize, in a cute way, what mom's already know about raising teenagers. This tune makes an excellent theme song from mom for her 13th birthday. As the song says, teenage daughters will roll their eyes, but that's part of the growing process.
Remember when we use to be
Everything they ever need
We had them believing we were cool
It's like it happened over night
We're always wrong, they're always right
We use to be the one's breakin' the rules
Now we're just mothers, yeah, we're just fathers of
8. "A Mother's Prayer" by Celine Dion
A Mother's Prayer is Celine Dion's re-recorded solo version of the famous song 'The Prayer' by Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli. The song is an ideal choice for a mother to dedicate to a daughter setting off on her own journey in life. The lyrics are a prayer that she be watched over and be safe in this life. She prays you'll be her eyes, are beautiful lyrics that speak to how mom is holding on to faith that her daughter will be alright.
I pray you'll be my eyes
And watch her where she goes
And help her to be wise
Help me to let go
9. "If I Could" by Barbra Streisand
Album: Higher Ground
This is my personal favorite song from the point of view of what a mother truly wants for her children. She speaks about how if she could walk your roads in this life to ease your pain along the way, she would if she could. If she could, she would protect you from life's challenges, give you courage in a world of compromise and teach you all the things she never learned. This song is what's in a mother's heart. She has watched you grow so she could let you go. When you think about your children and all they'll have to face in this life, this song wishes mom could make those inevitable hard times easier. She knows her heart will ache during the times she has to witness you hurt and grow.
If I could
I would try to shield your innocence from time
But the part of life I gave you isn't mine
I've watched you grow
So I could let you go
10. "Somebody's Hero" by Jamie O'Neal
This song is sung from the perspective of the daughter about a mother. The song tells the story from when she was little about how her mom did everything for everyone and was there with constant support. She was there through all her life's major moments and ends with her mother in the nursing home being visited by her daughter who now cares for her. The very end shows the daughter with her own daughter and how the circle of love and life continues.
She didn't get a check every week like a nine to fiver
But she's been a waiter, and a cook and taxi driver
For 20 years, there at home, until the day her girl was grown
Giving all her love to her was her life's ambition
But now her baby's movin' on, and she'll soon be missin'
Her, but not today, those are tears of joy runnin' down her face
© 2018 Barbara Tremblay Cipak
Do You Have a Favorite Mother Daughter Song?
Margatet Swain on May 22, 2019:
Thank you for these beautiful songs Cynthia
Barbara Tremblay Cipak (author) from Toronto, Canada on September 22, 2018:
Thank you Cynthia
Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on September 22, 2018:
So many beautiful songs Barbara! It is hard to choose a favorite. Plus, you have my top 3 female soloist all in this one article, so I'll just say they are all fabulous choices.