10 Prime Hits: Mother’s Day

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10 Prime Hits: Mother’s Day

Published on May 10, 2013 by CMT News

The Judds
From Dolly Parton to Miranda Lambert, country
stars have always had a soft spot for mothers. Here are 10 prime hits that celebrate the women who welcomed us into the world.

“The Baby,” Blake Shelton
mother tells her youngest child, “I don’t care if you’re 80, you’ll always be my baby.” If you’re the parent of a teenager
or an adult, you’ll immediately identify with the emotion Michael White and the late Harley Allen conveyed when they wrote
the 2002 single that became Shelton’s second No. 1 hit. There’s an immense sadness when you realize the guy in the song doesn’t
make it home in time to see his mother before she dies, but there’s also some sweet comfort present because he’ll always know
just how much she loved him. — Calvin Gilbert

“Coat of Many Colors,” Dolly Parton
was 8 years old when I piped this song through my dad’s old speakers. This “Coat” was like a warm, hopeful hug. I’d listen
as Parton told me how her mama lovingly sewed scraps of rags together and how her ridiculing classmates later laughed at her
piecemeal jacket. This poetic tune is about much more than a coat. It’s a lesson in overcoming adversity and a message of
unconditional love. Though I wasn’t poor or wearing rags, I had thick glasses with merciless rims that magnified my bushy
eyebrows. My third-grade self felt like the school spectacle. But my mom saw someone special behind bespectacled me, much
like Parton’s mama saw in her. To mom, my blemishes made me me. Now, a new mother myself, I can only hope to do the
same for my son. Thank you, Mom. I will always love you. — Whitney Self

“Harper Valley P.T.A.,” Jeannie
C. Riley

This sassy number raised a lot of eyebrows in 1968 when Riley reminisced about a mother who socked it
to hypocrites in her hometown. Can you believe that miniskirts would have caused such an uproar? Written by Tom
T. Hall
, the straight-talking single spent three weeks at No. 1 and inspired a TV series. To this day, it remains a popular
cover song but nobody delivers the punch quite like Ms. Riley. — Craig Shelburne

My Daughter’s Eyes,”
Martina McBride

This sentimental ballad changes the
perspective of a typical mother-and-child relationship. Although mom knows she’s a hero to her daughter, there’s a determination
to be more like the kid — openhearted, bright-eyed and peaceful. While you can imagine McBride singing this to her own young
children, that mutual admiration between mothers and daughters can last a lifetime. — CS

“Mama He’s Crazy,” the Judds
Always listen to your mama. I was head over heels in love when I got dumped
the day before high school. Throw in several more times before I moved to Nashville, too. Each time I fell, I fell hard. In
fact, I sounded like Wynonna every time we got back together, singing his praises of being
“unlike any man I’d ever met” and how he was “heaven-sent.” But unlike Naomi Judd, who warns her daughter to “Look before
you leap,” my mom said something a little different. She told me to be a lady but to “Kiss the cute ones.” I listened all
right. And boy did I have fun — not too much — but just enough that when I think back on these times, the corners of my
mouth still turn up a little. — WS

“Mama Tried,” Merle Haggard
poor ol’ mama probably had a rougher time raising her boy than any other mother on the list. Not everything in “Mama Tried”
is autobiographical, but Haggard was known to run away from home, steal cars and hop a train. He eventually wound up in San
Quentin prison. And you thought you were a handful! Haggard eventually turned his life around — with a little help from a
Johnny Cash concert he attended while locked up — and “Mama Tried” stands as an anthem
for those with a rebellious streak, whether they wised up or “turned 21 in prison, doin’ life without parole.” — Chris Parton

“Mama’s Broken Heart,” Miranda Lambert
If there’s
one thing Lambert fans know for sure, it’s that she’s not one to “hide her crazy.” So when mama wants Lambert to save face
with the ladies’ bridge club after a bad breakup, she politely reminds her mother whose heart was broken — with scissors,
screaming, drinking and smoking. “Mama’s Broken Heart” was written by singer-songwriter Kacey
, yet it fits Lambert’s attitude to a “T.” With a thumping beat and a sarcastically-shouted chorus, it’s not
a message that mama really wants to hear but one that daughters love to crank up once the bedroom door closes. — CP

“Mama’s Song,” Carrie Underwood
always enjoy when artists feature friends and family in their music videos. The overall message of the song seems more heartfelt.
For “Mama’s Song,” Underwood shares the spotlight with her mother Carole and husband Mike Fisher. While the vocals are flawless
as always and the lyrics reassuring, it’s the music video that gets me every time. Released shortly after Underwood’s wedding
to Fisher in 2010, it perfectly captures the feeling I’m sure mothers have felt since the beginning of time. Carole is so
genuine as she talks about her baby growing up and flips through photos from the singer’s childhood. Underwood’s calming words
of “Don’t you worry about me” are surely what all parents hope for when their kids begin a new journey in life. — Stephanie

“Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys,” Willie Nelson
and Waylon Jennings

Being a mother to little kids always made me love songs
about little kids. But now, my kids aren’t so little. In fact, they’re on the verge of not being kids at all. So the talks
of being ballerinas and firemen when they grow up are long gone. Now, it seems all we talk about are the costs of higher education.
I drive my teenagers nuts singing them this classic country song. And now that I’ve made my first college tuition payment,
when I get to the line about convincing them to be doctors and lawyers and such, I wonder if that’s really such a good idea.
I mean, do you know what med school and law school cost these days? So I’m actually encouraging the cowboy thing. I’ve always
loved guitars, trucks, belt buckles, faded Levis, smoky old pool rooms and little warm puppies. — Alison Bonaguro

Like Mine,” The Band Perry

There are really no words to aptly describe
the abundant rewards of raising children. It would be way too long of a list. But there is one reward that would rise to the
top of most mothers’ lists. And The Band Perry nailed it with “Mother Like Mine,” from their new album, Pioneer. It’s
this: When your kids get to that age when they sincerely appreciate all that you do — not just thanks-for-washing-my-favorite-jeans-mom,
but more of that bigger picture gratitude — that has to be the ultimate Mother’s Day gift. The three Perry kids wrote this
song about their mom, Marie, and what the world would be like if she’d have mothered us all. If my mom was still alive, I
would call her and sing this to her on Mother’s Day. Maybe every day. Just so she’d know how much I loved the way she loved
me. — AB

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