Mother’s Day: The Soundtrack

In honor of Mother’s Day, all of us at TST decided to put our heads together and compile a list of songs that recognize the pivotal roles of mothers in all our lives. Whether it’s your mother or someone of equal influence, make sure to take the time today to thank them, whether that involves buying them flowers or jamming out together to the official TST 2012 Mother’s Day Soundtrack!

Kate Bush – Mother Stands for Comfort

This track is a pure piece of poetry about a mother’s love being unconditional. A song which has many interpretations, the crux of it is this: despite the fallibility of parents, they will do their utmost to be the best they possibly can. - James Brightman

Lucero – Mom

Lucero are hard-drinking, good time party guys with genuine heart, and Ben Nichols wrote a love letter to the band’s mothers. He told them not to worry because the boys may get in some trouble, but they’re always coming back home and love their mamas. - Justin Wesley

Ghostface Killah – All That I Got Is You (feat. Mary J. Blige)

Wu-Tang Clan’s Ghostface Killah recounts his rough childhood growing up in the impoverished streets of Staten Island and acknowledges his mother and grandmother’s efforts to make life easier. Mary J. Blige’s tear-jerking hook adds a great amount of emotion into this brutally honest and visual song. - Mark Noisiri

Buckethead – For Mom

In 2007, avant-garde metal god Buckethead gave us a glimpse into a more personal side of his music, releasing a series of acoustic ‘shards’ originally recorded on a couch somewhere in 1991. The 15 tracks showcase the musician’s raw talent, ranging from funky riffs to experimental derangements to heartwarming melodies; but most importantly, they show that sometimes our deepest and most personal feelings can be expressed by the impartial language of instrumentation far more effectively than words or lyrics.

The first track, “For Mom,” is probably the best example of this. The two and a half-minute piece does its best to tug at your heartstrings and get you lost in the sound of the lone guitar, really giving you the feeling that this is a love letter of gratitude from the man to his mother. Sure, flowers and chocolates are nice, but Buckethead shows that the greatest expression of appreciation comes from an untarnished expression of inward love. Feel free to steal that and write it on your Mother’s Day card. – Josh G

Pink Floyd – Mother

Taking a typically out-of-the-ordinary approach, Pink Floyd give us a strangely somber, psychedelic view of childhood that warns against overprotective parenting. With lines like, “Mother do you think they’ll break my balls,” and, “Mama’s gonna make all of your nightmares come true,” it’s perhaps not the best song to serenade your mom with on her special day, but it’s an incredibly interesting listen nonetheless. Maybe one to remember when you’re sick of tear-jerking ballads. – Josh G

Nas – Dance

In 2002, world renowned rapper Nas lost his mother Ann Jones to breast cancer. The emotions that developed during and from this tragedy evolved into a three minute song on Nas’ sixth studio album, God Son. This is one of the rare occasions where the lyricist simply poured out his heart, dropping the invisible barrier and allowing us a chance to witness him vulnerable. You feel the connection to a man dealing with the pain and burden of losing not just a parent, but best friend. It’s his goodbye letter, his way of paying homage, and attempt to find closure. It’s one of the most heart-felt rap songs that can float through your speakers. Today of all days we need a reminder that mothers are the backbone of this country, and sadly they aren’t immortal. They won’t be walking on this side of the world forever, so have that dance with her before it’s too late. – Travis Phillips

Mr. T – Treat Your Mother Right

What Mother’s Day playlist is complete without the rhythmic bantering of Mr T.? After looking past the unbearable 80s regalia and awesome introductory insult battle, a heartfelt message can be found between the gravelly lines of B.A. Baracus. Although not his only track, our beloved blinged out heavy-hitter’s musical prime can be found within the confines of this video. No one says it better than Mr. T himself when he explains to the angsty teens, “when you put down one mother, you’re putting down mothers all over the world.” – Matt Fox

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