“I Hope You Dance” — Lee Ann Womack
With lyrics like, “I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean / Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens,” its easy to see why Lee Ann Womack’s sweeping inspirational ballad makes mothers everywhere teary-eyed. The track, released in 2000, touches upon nearly every wish a parent has for their child’s future. Womack’s heartfelt lyrics paid off in more ways than simply being one of the most beloved Mother’s Day songs, they earned her a Best Female Country Vocal Performance nomination at the 43rd Grammy Awards. These 11 quotes about moms will make you want to call yours ASAP.
“A Song For Mama” — Boyz II Men
Written and produced by Babyface and performed by ’90s music icons Boyz II Men, there’s really no better way to tell mama you love her than with smooth four-part harmony. “A Song For Mama” peaked at number seven on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart on Valentine’s Day in 1998, making it one of the ten tracks the group has sent to the Top 10 over the course of their career. The song was featured on the soundtrack of the 1997 feature film Soul Food, fitting as the movie’s message is all about family.