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by Chuck Eddy

May 7, 2014

Love Songs for Mom

by Chuck Eddy  |  May 7, 2014

You can clearly chalk this up as yet another thing that country singers, soul singers and rappers have in common: They all love their moms! (Well, except Eminem at least, but let's leave him out of this.) And they pretty much always have. In country's case, as this Mother's Day card of a playlist demonstrates, all the way back to Jimmie Rodgers and Hank Williams, through Jimmy Dean and Merle Haggard and Dolly Parton, and forward. Merle (who actually does two songs here) and Dolly talk about Mom keeping things together through hard times, just like The Supremes and Al Wilson over on the soul side, and which in the case of the rappers (2Pac, Snoop, and especially New Orleans Hot Boy Turk) goes almost without saying.

Of course, when it comes to Mom Love, it's hard to top The Spinners' "Sadie" from 1975 (which 2Pac's "Dear Mama" samples) and The Intruders' "I'll Always Love My Mama" from 1973, and probably nobody ever will. But what's most revealing about this mix's selections is that it's difficult to think of a notable Mom Love Song that's not country, R&B or rap. (There's "Mother Stands for Comfort," a Kate Bush number performed here by Jane Birkin, but after that pickings get slim.) Do rock guys, heaven forbid, just not love their moms? Hard to say. (Of course there are tunes like Danzig's "Mother" -- metal's answer to "Mama Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys" more or less -- but that's not quite a love song, per se.)

Then again, there's another kind of Mom Love: Matrimonial, in the lustful case of Trace Adkins' "Hot Mama"; a bit pervier where Fountains of Wayne's "Stacy's Mom," The Lonely Island and Justin Timberlake's "Motherlover," and Vom (with Robert Pollard in this version)'s "I'm in Love with Your Mom" are concerned. Those are saved for the end, in case you prefer to keep things chaste. Either way, this batch will make your Mother's Day a happy one -- you deserve it!

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