Many artists have taken the time to show mom just how truly wonderful she is, but these are the best songs that express the appreciation for mothers and show how important they are.
"The Perfect Fan"- Backstreet Boys
"The Perfect Fan" is a beautiful ode to mom from the group's "Millenium" album. Backstreet Boy Brian Littrell penned the song along with songwriter Thomas Smith. Each member of the five-part pop band takes a turn singing a verse, each being backed by a beautiful gospel-influenced orchestration. Though the song was not a commercial success, it is a Backstreet Boys fan favorite; just about every BSB head can tell you the lyrics verbatim. With soaring strings, beautiful sentiment and a powerful choir behind each of the guys' velvety vocals, "The Perfect Fan" is a cherry on top of the multi-platinum release.
"Dear Mama"- 2Pac
2Pac has written many lines in honor of his mother, but none touch the heart quite like the ones contained in the song dedicated to his matriarch, "Dear Mama." The 1995 single from the "Me Against The World Album" was dedicated to Afeni Shakur, 2Pac's mom and number one. The West Coast legend said that he felt he owed his mom something and so he wrote this song for her. The hip-hop classic talks of overcoming tribulations between mother and son and proves it's OK to be a momma's boy, even if you are a thug.
"The Hand That Rocks The Cradle"- Glen Campbell and Steve Wariner
Country music has spawned countless tunes about mothers, but perhaps none greater or more heartfelt than the Rhinestone Cowboy's hit-duet with the equally great Steve Wariner, "The Hand That Rocks The Cradle."
The ballad, coming in just over three minutes, contains to-the-point lyrics, but at the same time is poetic and strikes a chord in the listener's soul. Featuring accompaniment by country icon and guitar great Wariner, the two create a beautiful sound and heartfelt delivery that relays the message of the importance of moms the way only Glen and Steve can.
"A Song For Mama"- Boyz II Men
Philadelphia's Boyz II Men arrived on the New Jack Swing scene in 1991. Throughout their career, the group has produced one tender ballad after another, however in 1997, the tone of their ballad changed with, "A Song For Mama." The song from their album titled "Evolution" not only became a fan favorite, but a mainstream hit. The R&B tune is also a sonic joyride with reverberated pianos and the group's silky four-part harmony. Those things combined with stanzas dedicated to mom is enough to make any mother's heart melt.
"Mama Don't Forget To Pray For Me"- Diamond Rio
Country super group Diamond Rio released their anthem to moms in 1991 with, "Mama Don't Forget To Pray For Me." The single from their first album took a little different approach to the traditional parental tribute however. The song had a bit more melancholy feel and was a story of how a boy far from home needed the comforting words of his mom. Though an earlier hit by the group, the song has stood the test of time and with beautiful mandolin features and Marty Roe's powerful chops, it's not a surprise.