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10 Songs to Honor Mom From Various Relationship Perspectives and Life Circumstances

Barbara has spent over 40 years writing poems, lyrics, and sayings for cards and interpreting the meanings and messages in songs.

A mother's love is unconditional.

A mother's love is unconditional.

Songs Honoring Mothers

When looking for songs online, have you ever noticed that you tend to find the same ones featured at the top of search engines?

This list was specifically designed to include a different collection of songs that honor moms. The lyrics vary depending on life circumstances and the type of relationship.

Here's the summary of the list. I also included a brief description of what the song is about. Below this list, you can listen to each song directly on the page.

Top 10 Songs to Honor Mom:

  1. "Somebody's Hero" by Jamie O'Neal - A lifelong relationship of a mother who was there for her daughter and a daughter who was there for her mother
  2. "Supermarket Flowers" by Ed Sheeran - Gorgeous moving song about a mom who has passed away
  3. "I Wonder" by Kellie Pickler - A daughter whose mother left her, and she wonders if she ever thinks of her
  4. "Mama's Song" - by Carrie Underwood - A daughter reassuring her mother that the man she is marrying is the right man for her and not to worry
  5. "A Mother's Prayer" by Celine Dion - A mother's prayer for her daughter, that she's kept safe (Variation of the famous song 'The Prayer')
  6. "I Am Your Child" by Barry Manilow - Singing to your parents that you are their child, and everything you are is because of them
  7. "If I Could" by Barbra Streisand - A Mother saying she would walk the hard roads of life for her child if she could
  8. "The Wonder of You" by Elvis Presley - A Son singing to his mother about how she makes the world brighter for him
  9. "Your Song" by Elton John - Dedicating a song to how wonderful mom is, she's the sweetest thing that's ever lived
  10. "Scars" by Sam Smith - A Song about how a broken mother-father relationship ends up healing the family

1. "Somebody's Hero" by Jamie O'Neal

Album: Brave

Year: 2005

If you're looking for a song to honor mom that delivers a positive message about her contribution to family, then this is an excellent pick.

The video travels a lifetime with a young mom and her little girl; from mom caring for her daughter, to the daughter caring for her mom in old age. The circle of life is on full display, but mostly, love is on display.

Essential Lyrics:

She's somebody's hero
A hero to her daughter in the wedding dress
She gave her wings to leave the nest
It hurts to let her baby go
Down the aisle she walks right by
Looks back into her mother's eyes
That smile lets her know
She somebody's hero

2. "Supermarket Flowers" by Ed Sheeran

Album: Divide

Year: 2017

Get ready to shed a tear. This song is incredibly moving.

It's beyond words how personal this song feels when you've been gifted a wonderful, caring, loving mom. I think about friends and family who have lost their mom, and I'm sobbing for them.

This song honors a mother with every note and lyric. Get ready; it's typical Ed Sheeran beauty in song.

Essential Lyrics:

You were an angel in the shape of my mum
You got to see the person that I have become
Spread your wing
And I know that when God took you back he said Hallelujah
You're home

3. "I Wonder" by Kellie Pickler

Album: Small Town Girl

Year: 2006

Unfortunately, not all relationships are good, and when special occasions creep up, like Mother's Day, a fitting song to describe this frayed relationship can be challenging.

It's so heartbreaking to listen to Kellie sing the true story of her fractured relationship with her mother in this song.

When you've had wonderful, loving parents, and you hear a song like this, it makes you want to heal every broken heart and just hug the person and make their pain go away. More than anything, it makes you want to pass along hope that despite this pain, there is love.

Essential Lyrics:

Sometimes I think about you
Wonder if you're out there somewhere thinkin' 'bout me
And would you even recognize
The woman that your little girl has grown up to be
Cause I look in the mirror and all I see
Are your brown eyes lookin' back at me
They're the only thing you ever gave to me at all

4. "Mama's Song" by Carrie Underwood

Album: Play On

Year: 2010

This is a special song to choose to honor a mother sending off her daughter in marriage. The lyrics reassure Mom that the man she's marrying is good to her.

The song's opening starts with Mom saying how fast time flies, and to all of us who have watched our children grow from babies to adulthood, we relate to this on the deepest level. Yesterday we were kissing cut knees, and the next day we were dancing at their wedding. It's too much; it's too fast.

The reassurance in this song is a nice gift to give mom.

Essential Lyrics:

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

5. "A Mother's Prayer" by Celine Dion

Album: Miracle

Year: 2004

This song is a variation of the famous song, The Prayer. It's modified to fit a mother's message to her child; "I pray you'll be alright."

The entire album Miracle is a dedication to Mother and Child. If you're looking for a full album with messages for a child from a parent, then you'll want to add this one to your playlist.

A Mother's Prayer is mom's heartfelt wish for her child's safe, painless journey through this life. Of course, life isn't pain-free, but that doesn't stop a mother from wanting it for her child.

Essential Lyrics:

Every mother's prayer
Every child knows
Lead her to a place
Guide her with your grace
To a place where she'll be safe

6. "I Am Your Child" by Barry Manilow

Album: Barry Manilow

Year: 1973

Pulling at your heart, this song is sung from the perspective of the child to his parents. He expresses that all that he is, they taught him to be.

The lyrics discuss the expression of being a parent's hope, chance, and winning tomorrow by raising him up to be all he can be, sending a powerful message of thanks and love.

Indeed a moving song, be sure to listen to this one.

Essential Lyrics:

Whatever I am
You taught me to be
I am your hope
I am your chance
I am your child

7. "If I Could" by Barbra Streisand

Album: Higher Ground

Year: 1997

This song has the best lyrics expressing how a mother feels about her child. Sung from the mother's perspective, she knows that "the part of life she gave you wasn't hers" and that "she watched you grow to let you go."

If you've never listened to this song, get ready to shed a tear. A mother's pain and pleasure come from the same place, and "If I Could" covers both sides of that constant conflict with a deep but real message of love and longing.

Essential Lyrics:

if I could
I would help you make it through the hungry years
but I know that I can never cry your tears
but I would
if I could

8. "The Wonder of You" by Elvis Presley

Song: Released as a Single

Year: 1970

Powerful yet simple lyrics expressed by Elvis Presley easily translate to a child honoring their parent.

Although the word "Mom" isn't spoken, the message translates beautifully to a parent. When the world is too much to take, you're there for me. Unconditional love through all the roads of life, 'that's the wonder of you.' It's an ideal thank you song to honor mom with.

Essential Lyrics:

When no-one else can understand me
When everything I do is wrong
You give me hope and consolation
You give me strength to carry on

9. "Your Song" by Elton John

Album: Elton John

Year: 1970

In the above video, Elton John dedicates this song to his mother upon her passing. In his search for a song from his collection, this is the song he chose.

The lyrics are from the perspective of all that someone would do for another. It expresses how wonderful life is while she's in the world.

A mother gives us a pillow to rest our weary head, her shoulders provide a soft landing, and when she passes, there's an indescribable emptiness that can't ever be explained. But this is her song; it's for her and for all she was to you.

Essential Lyrics:

If I was a sculptor, but then again no
Or a man who makes potions in a traveling show
Oh I know it's not much but it's the best I can do
My gift is my song
And this one's for you

10. "Scars" by Sam Smith

Album: The Thrill of It All

Year: 2017

Society encompasses various types of families. In fact, many children have two sets of parents.

This song is the ideal choice for a family where mom and dad decide to split up but manage to turn that unhappy time into the better choice for the family. It healed scars. Mom and Dad became better people apart; they found love again, and that in turn brought peace to the kids.

Essential Lyrics:

Now, I say
Dear Mother, how you've come so far
Your love has fixed all of our broken hearts
I hope you're proud, Mother, of what you've done

© 2018 Barbara Tremblay Cipak

Do You Have a Favorite Song to Honor Mom With?

Barbara Tremblay Cipak (author) from Toronto, Canada on April 15, 2018:

growing up she was my fave all time singer, still one of my faves :) - I think I had all her albums, and of course seen all her movies - amazing talent isn't she

Lorelei Cohen from Canada on April 15, 2018:

I haven't heard Barbara Striesand for years. I had forgotten how powerful her voice is. Beautiful,

Barbara Tremblay Cipak (author) from Toronto, Canada on April 15, 2018:

Thanks Mary

Barbara Tremblay Cipak (author) from Toronto, Canada on April 15, 2018:

Thanks for stopping by Kristen

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on April 15, 2018:

Great song list. Some of the songs I've heard of and some I haven't. Thanks for sharing.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on April 15, 2018:

Beautiful songs. I just wish I can listen to them with my Mom. I have to admit I don't have a favourite song to honour my Mom. We are more visual so pictures, yes. I do listen to music but they are not the trendy ones. I need to enhance my education.