By: Amber Harvey
When artists are reaching for a subject for their next hit song, the rule is simple: write about what you know. And what these Classic Rockers knew is that they loved their moms. In the spirit of Mother’s Day, here are our Top 5 songs that pay tribute to moms everywhere.
1. “Mama I’m Coming Home” – Ozzy Osbourne
For being the “Prince of Darkness” and an infamous shock rocker, Ozzy Osbourne comes off as quite the softie in this track from his 1991 album, No More Tears. Written in dedication to his wife, manager and the mother of his children, Sharon, whom he has nicknamed “Mama,” the lyrics to this song anticipate Ozzy’s warm return home after years on the road. Demonstrating the power of mother-lovin’ music, “Mama I’m Coming Home” is Ozzy’s only solo endeavor to break the Top 40 of Billboard’s Hot 100, where it peaked at #28.
2. “Mama Kin” – Aerosmith
While it may be an unorthodox one, Aerosmith’s take on mothers in “Mama Kin” is one that emphasizes the importance of staying connected with the rich, maternal spirit of the world, in spite of the band’s hectic tour life. In fact, Where many others might have the cliché “Mother” tattoo, Steven Tyler’s left bicep displays “Ma’ Kin” over a flame-crested heart: now that’s dedication.
3. “Mama Told Me (Not To Come)” – Three Dog Night
From whiskey and cigarettes to loud music and pass-out drunkenness, this 1970 hit from Three Dog Night paints a just portrait of the party fouls that cautious mothers hope to shield their children from. Originally composed by Randy Newman, “Mama Told Me” was first recorded by Eric Burden and The Animals, however, it was Three Dog Night’s longer and funkier version of the tune that would max out at #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100.
4. “Loves Me Like A Rock” – Paul Simon
In this single from Paul Simon’s album There Goes Rhymin' Simon, the post-Garfunkel singer delves into the limitless boundaries of a mother’s love for her child. With upbeat background vocals from gospel group The Dixie Hummingbirds, the song would hit #23 on the Billboard Top 100 in 1973. Years later, Simon would perform “Loves Me Like A Rock” on the family favorite: The Muppet Show.
5. “Mother” – John Lennon
A more somber depiction of motherhood came from John Lennon’s song “Mother” off of the 1970 album John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band. An ode to both his mother Julia who didn’t live with him during his childhood, John and his mother still maintained a solid relationship in later years until she tragically died in a car accident when John was just 17 years old.
Honorable mentions: “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Tie Your Mother Down” by Queen and “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd