Broadcast on Aspen Public Radio
Saturday, May 10, 2014
Host: Andrea Young

Theme: Songs About Moms

“I wake up to the sound of music
Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be”

Did you know that the ‘Mother Mary’ in Paul McCartney’s Beatles’ tune, “Let It Be” is not, as assumed by so many, to be the biblical mother of Jesus, but rather his own mother, Mary, who died in 1956 when he was 14.  According to’s ‘Mother’s Day Playlist: Songs About Actual Moms’, McCartney explained the inspiration for his ballad to Barry Miles for his book, “Many Miles From Now”.

It turns out many, many artists have written songs about their mom, or dedicated to their mom, or have ‘mama’ in their name — from Big Mama Thornton to Good Charlotte.  Aspenbeat found about 50 great songs about moms, mothers, mommys, mamas, mammys and ma’s–  21 made the broadcast:

Big Mama Thornton – Hound Dog
Elvis Presley – That’s All Right Mama
Etta James – Tell Mama
The Miracles – Shop Around
Ernie K-Doe – Mother In Law
Randy Newman – Mama Told Me Not To Come (made popular by Three Dog Night)
Mamas and the Papas – Words of Love
Loggins and Messina – Your Mama Don’t Dance
The Beatles – Your Mother Should Know
Paul Simon – Mother and Child Reunion
Rolling Stones – Mother’s Little Helper
Pink Floyd – Mother
Pat Cooper – Mama (comedy)
Willie & Waylon – Mama Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys
Marty Cooper – Mama Was A  Cowgirl
Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris – This Is To Mother You
John Denver – Mother Nature’s Son
Sailcat – Motorcycle Mama
Basia – Perfect Mother
Christina Aguilera – Oh Mother
The Beatles – Let It Be

Those that didn’t make the broadcast list (but are still worthy of your attention):
Abba – Does Your Mother Know
Alison Krauss & Union Station – Momma Cried
Austin Lounge Lizards – Momma Don’t Allow
Backstreet Boys – The Perfect Fan
Bonnie Raitt – Super Mama
Boyz II Men – A Song For Mama
Chicago – Mama Take
Elvis Presley – Mama
Eric Clapton – Motherless Children
Eric Clapton – Lawdy MamaGood Charlotte – Thank You Mom
Huey Lewis & The News – Mother In Law (cover)
Joe Walsh – Mother Says
John Lennon – Mother
The Judds – Mama He’s Crazy
Kanye West – Hey Mama
Little Richard – True Fine Mama
Louis Armstrong – Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child
Nas – Dance
Natalie MacMaster – Mom’s Jig
Natalie Merchant – Motherland
Neil Young – Motorcycle Mama
Snoop Dogg – I Love My Momma
Taylor Swift – The Best Day
Ten Years After – Choo Choo Mama
10,000 Maniacs – My  Mother The War

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