One of the most important people that anyone will have in their life is their mother, especially to daughters. Even before you’re born, you form a strong bond with your mother. Because of this relationship, there are unsurprisingly a lot of songs about that special bond.
From country to hip hop and everything in between, all genres have songs dedicated to mother-daughter relationships around the world. Which ones capture that special bond the most? Here are the 25 best mother-daughter songs across all styles of music.
1. Mama – Spice Girls
“Mama” is sung from the point of view of a woman who comes to realize her mother did what’s best for her. As a child, the girl believes her mother is the enemy. As she reaches adulthood, she understands her mother is her best friend and truly had her best interests in mind. It’s a sweet song touching on the love and growth in a daughter’s relationship with her mother.
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2. You’re Gonna Be – Reba McEntire
“You’re Gonna Be” is a song that tells the story of a young mother raising her daughter alone. It’s an inspiring song, giving her daughter the courage to face the world while guided by the strength of a mother’s love. Although her daughter will make some of the same mistakes her own mother made, it will all be okay in the end, and she will always be loved.
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3. I Hope You Dance – Le Ann Womack
“I Hope You Dance” is a timeless classic most people are familiar with, especially if they’ve been to a wedding. The song is an uplifting and inspirational tune that encourages taking the path in life that will fulfill your heart, making wise choices in life that bring happiness, and trudging along when things look bleak.
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4. In My Daughter’s Eyes – Martina McBride
“In My Daughter’s Eyes” is a lovely song about a daughter’s innocence and a mother’s unconditional love. It tells a story of how the daughter believes her mother is a hero, full of strength, wisdom, and fearlessness. From the mother’s perspective, she feels her daughter is the one who has rescued her and shown her the true meaning of love and life. It gives a beautiful insight into how our children often do more for us than they realize.
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5. Blue – Beyoncé
“Blue” is a loving tribute by Beyoncé to her daughter, Blue Ivy. After suffering the loss of pregnancy in the past, Beyoncé and her husband Jay-Z welcomed baby Blue Ivy in 2012. The song gushes about the unending love she has for her daughter, and how grateful she is to be her mother.
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6. Mother Like Mine – The Band Perry
“Mother Like Mine” suggests how the world would be a better place if we all had a mother like Kimberly Perry. Reminiscing on the times her mother was her safety net and nurtured her, this is a sweet song of admiration and thankfulness for the efforts of a wonderful mother.
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7. A Mother’s Prayer – Céline Dion
“A Mother’s Prayer” is guaranteed to make you shed a tear. The song is a plea to God to watch over her daughter, guide her, help her to be wise, and keep her safe. Céline Dion also asks God to help her to let go as a mother, allowing her child to grow and lead her own life in time. It is an incredibly meaningful song with a message all mothers can relate to.
8. Oh Mother – Christina Aguilera
“Oh Mother” tells a story of a mother and daughter’s closeness after escaping a broken home. Tired of the abuse handed down by her children’s father, the mother decides to escape the home with her children. It details her strength and unconditional love for her children. Coming from the daughter’s perspective, she thanks her mother and tells her they will get through this hardship together.
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9. Shiny – Sara Bareilles
“Shiny” is a wonderfully poetic ode to Sara Bareilles’s mother’s caring nature. She sings about her mother’s “thin disguise” covering something deeper beneath the surface, hidden by the daily duties of motherhood. It brings curiosity and wonder to the big brown eyes Bareilles’s mother gave her. She notices the glimmer in her mother’s eyes from time to time, seeing a beautiful and hidden side to her mother only a daughter can.
10. Cover Me In Sunshine – Pink And Willow Sage Hart
“Cover Me In Sunshine” is one of the many songs that were written during the isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic. P!nk and her daughter Willow sing this uplifting and fun song of hope and better times to come. It is about the hopes for a future better than the present we’re living in and all the good times that the mother-daughter combo will share.
11. Mama’s Song – Carrie Underwood
“Mama’s Song” serves as a loving message by Carrie Underwood to her mother, asking her to let her spread her wings and fly. The lyrics of the song let her mother know that she found love in a good man who treats her right and will always care for her. There’s a reminder to the mom that she still has the daughter’s heart even after she gives her away at the altar.
12. Ablaze – Alanis Morissette
“Ablaze” is an ode to Alanis Morissette’s three children. She sings about the fire and innocence in her daughter and how she will be there for her, come hell or high water. She also touches on the possibility of passing down her struggles with mental illness.
The lesson in this song is that things may seem dark and hopeless at times, but the children have to stay connected to their core selves and push through. She sends the message that she will keep the light in their eyes ablaze.
13. Every Mother’s Dream – Martina McBride
“Every Mother’s Dream” showcases the pride of Martina McBride in being her daughter’s mother. She sings about how it’s every mother’s dream to have a daughter and watch them find their way in the world. She beams with pride, celebrating the woman her daughter has become over the years, making her dream and every mother’s dream come true.
14. Promise – Tori Amos
“Promise” is a loving duet between Tori Amos and her daughter Natashya Hawley. The song is a fantastic mother-daughter anthem where the two go back and forth, sharing their open perspectives on real-life issues mothers and daughters often face. The duo promise they will always be there for one another in this powerful song showcasing the reality of the many challenges they face and the love they have through it all.
15. A Mother Like You – JJ Heller
“A Mother Like You” is another heartwarming song sharing the sentiment that the world would be a more loving place if everyone had a mother like JJ Heller’s. She sings about the beautiful ways her mother has shown her love, how she is her daughter’s best friend and is there when she needs her. With kids of her own, she reflects on motherhood and the future of her family, hoping she too can love like her mother and make the world a better place.
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16. You Can’t Lose Me – Faith Hill
“You Can’t Lose Me” is another song that pulls on the heartstrings. Detailing the struggles of a little girl and how her mother is always there for her when things don’t always fall into place. As the girl grows up and moves on with her life, she wipes her mother’s tears and repeats what she once told her; that she can’t lose her and her love will always be there.
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17. I Turn To You – Christina Aguilera
“I Turn To You” follows a common theme in the realm of mother-daughter songs in that no matter what, no matter where mom will always be there. In this song, Christina Aguilera sings about the unconditional love of a mother, being there for her daughter when she’s lost, needs a friend, and loses faith. Her mother is always there to turn to when she needs guidance and safety.
18. Mom – Meghan Trainor
“Mom” is a cute pop song telling listeners their mom might be the bomb, but nobody has a mom like hers. The bridge features a sweet phone call between Meghan Trainor and her mother, telling each other how much they love one another. It’s a fun bop to celebrate the mother-daughter bond, and certainly one of the most upbeat tunes on the list.
19. Mother – Ashanti
“Mother” is another inspiring song of thanks for the intense devotion of a mother. Ashanti explains the ways her mother has always been her rock. She adds that her mother has strength, protection, and unconditional love that she exudes daily. It is a precious message dedicated to thanking the sacrifices mothers make for their children.
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20. Everything Changes – Sara Bareilles
“Everything Changes” is a song featured in the hit play “Waitress” that follows a woman’s journey to unexpected motherhood. The character, Jenna, is stuck in an abusive marriage with a child on the way. The song tells the story of how life drastically changes her as she comes into motherhood and how she and her unborn child were both “born” that day. It’s a tune that gives insight into just how much motherhood changes a woman’s life.
21. Like My Mother Does – Lauren Alaina
“Like My Mother Does” is a proud ode to Lauren Alaina’s mom and the attributes she has passed down to her daughter. She was able to showcase this heartfelt song to the world when performing it on “American Idol,” singing about seeing her mother’s tenacious spirit, love, and resiliency shining through her own personality as well.
22. Because You Loved Me – Céline Dion
“Because You Loved Me” is a classic and powerful ballad by Céline Dion that describes how the love, support, and strength of a loved one built the foundations of who she is as a person. It is a heavy-hitting song that details her gratitude for the person who kept her afloat in times of struggle.
23. Her – Anne-Marie
“Her” is a song dedicated to love like no other: the love of a mom. It shares the ups and downs mothers and daughters go through and the newfound appreciation the daughter has for her mother. Anne-Marie sings about her hopes to be half the woman her mother is and, although she doesn’t see her much, would tell her she loves her a million times.
24. Little Girl – Christina Grimmie
“Little Girl” is a song Christina Grimmie wrote at age 12 while her mother was battling breast cancer. Her family released the song two years after the singer’s untimely death in 2016. The bittersweet song is sung from the mother’s perspective, telling her daughter she knows she’s scared, but everything will be okay and she’s not going anywhere. The song is heavy but shows the strength and perseverance of a mother and her daughter in dark times.
25. When God Made You My Mother – Riley Roth
“When God Made You My Mother” tells us how Riley Roth feels God gave her the gift of a mother specially made for her. She sings about her mother being her hero and everything she wants to be, hoping to fill her mother’s shoes if God picks her to be someone’s mother one day. It’s a song that will warm your heart and remind you how much of a blessing the bond between mother and daughter is.
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