Moms are often the unsung heroes of every family. The super in the glue that holds them all together. They leave their indelible mark on their children, for better or for worse. Most of the amazing attributes we encompass throughout life can be traced back to strong women, most likely our mothers. That’s why many country songs about moms have been written over the years.
This collection of country songs reminds us never to take our moms for granted. These songs will inspire feelings of nostalgia, longing, and appreciation for the time spent together and the values moms instill in their children. Enjoy these songs, and if you’re lucky enough to have your mother in your life still, go call your mama!
1. Lady by Brett Young
|Album||Weekends Look a Little Different These Days|
Brett Young co-wrote and recorded the song “Lady” for his little girl, Presley. He describes it as one of the most special songs he’s ever written. Young sings that if his daughter watches close enough, she will see the amazing qualities of her mother. From her nearly perfect patience to the ability to make everything all right, Young tells his daughter how lucky she is to have her mama. The song earned Brett Young a platinum record, topping the Billboard Country Airplay chart.
2. The Best Day by Taylor Swift
|Album||Fearless (Taylor’s Version)|
Taylor Swift wrote “The Best Day” as a tribute to her supportive and loving mother. Although Swift wrote the song in the summer, she subsequently recorded it and waited until Christmas to share it with her mom. It’s a sentimental song that captures various stages of a mother-child relationship. Swift sings of childhood innocence and the love she felt from her mom, and the support she received as a teenager when dealing with drama from friends. All along the way, Taylor’s mom was doing what moms do best, giving her child love and support.
3. Mama’s Song by Carrie Underwood
“Mama’s Song” is a sentimental song co-written and recorded by Carrie Underwood. It tells the story of a woman who assures her mom that she has found the love of her life and is ready to get married. Moms only want what’s best for their kids and finding a loving, kind partner is at the top of the list. The music video features Underwood’s own mother, Carole, as well as her husband, Mike Fisher. “Mama’s Song” earned Carrie Underwood a Grammy nomination, was certified platinum, and peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.
4. Meanwhile Back At Mama’s by Tim McGraw
|Album||Sundown Heaven Town|
When Tim McGraw first heard the song “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s,” he knew instantly that he was going to record it. Joined on the record by his wife, Faith Hill, it would go on to become McGraw’s 50th #1 single. The song speaks about wanting to slow things down and head back to his mama’s house, in order to escape from the fast-paced world people are living in these days. The lyrics inspire nostalgia for simpler times and a longing to get away from it all. It will make you want to retreat to a rural community somewhere in the countryside.
5. Mamas by Anne Wilson (Featuring Hillary Scott)
Christian country singer Anne Wilson sings of all the reasons God made mothers in her hit song “Mamas.” From always being ther and encouraging their kids not to give up, to reminding them they are not alone, Wilson’s inspiring lyrics and catchy tune received a nomination for Bluegrass/Country/Roots Recorded Song of the Year at the 2022 GMA Dove Awards. The song also peaked at #15 on the Billboard Hot Christian Songs chart.
6. Mom by Garth Brooks
|Album||Man Against Machine|
“Mom” was co-written by Wynn Varble and originally recorded by Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler. It was covered by Garth Brooks and released on his 2014 album Man Against Machine. The song is about a conversation between an unborn child and God, in which the latter reassures the baby not to worry about life on earth, as its mom is waiting to take care of them. Brooks sings that she’s going to teach the child everything they’ll ever need to know, from how to mind their manners, to love and laugh and dream.
7. Somebody’s Hero by Jamie O’Neal
“Somebody’s Hero” honors all the ordinary moms out there that are heroes in their children’s eyes. Recorded by Australian country singer Jamie O’Neal, the song peaked at #3 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. Although they may not be firefighters, astronauts, or famous musicians, moms are indeed everyday heroes. The song pays tribute to the generations of women that were great moms and inspired good in all of their kids.
8. Mother by Kacey Musgraves
“Mother” is a short but brilliant track featured on Kacey Musgraves’ award-winning album, Golden Hour. It was ranked #270 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Musgraves admitted in an interview that she wrote the song while experimenting with psychedelics; an experience that she says had a positive effect on her and helped her creative process. Lyrically, the song is about Musgraves missing her mother and thinking about how the potential time spent with her is slipping away.
9. I Called Mama by Tim McGraw
|Album||Here on Earth|
Sometimes we all need a little reminder about what’s important in life. For Tim McGraw, it was a phone call from a friend telling him that a loved one had passed away. It was all McGraw needed to stop what he was doing and call his mama. It’s easy to get caught up being busy in life, but it’s necessary to slow down and remember the good times. “I Called Mama” earned Tim McGraw a gold record and a #2 hit on country radio.
10. Got It From My Mama by Honey County
|Album||Got It From My Mama|
“Got It From My Mama” is an anthem song that illuminates the greatness of moms and highlights the pride and love for all mothers. Recorded by Nashville-based country group Honey County, the narrators tell their significant others that everything they like about them comes from their mamas. The song went viral on TikTok and incredibly has over 1 billion views.
11. That’s My Mama by Allison Radcliffe
|Album||That’s My Mama|
In “That’s My Mama,” independent country music singer-songwriter Allison Radcliffe calls moms the super in the glue that holds a family together. She wrote the song about the selfless love of her mama. Radcliffe touches on the qualities of beauty and grace moms possess and share with the world, adding that her mama is there to help others without ever being asked.
12. That’s What Mamas Are For by Chris Lane
“That’s What Mamas Are For” is a song about the greatness of moms. The lyrics recount how moms put everything they have into raising their children. Chris Lane was inspired by his own mom to write the song and dedicated this tenderhearted tribute to her for Mother’s Day. When the song was released, Lane and his wife were expecting their first child, making it even more personal and special for the young couple.
13. Angels by Randy Travis
“Angels” starts out with spoken words from Randy Travis, telling the story of him sitting around with a group of friends, talking about life, death, heaven, hell, and whether or not there are angels on earth. The song has a laid-back sound, with an undeniably catchy and touching chorus. Travis compares mothers to angels for leaving their indelible mark on their children. “Angels” performed well on the Billboard country chart, peaking at number 48.
14. Bye Mom by Chris Janson
Sometimes it takes someone dying before we realize how much they meant to us and the profound impact they had on our lives. Chris Janson captures this feeling perfectly in “Bye Mom.” Co-written with Brandon Kinney after the latter lost his mother, the song is a special tribute to all the moms out there who give that special kind of unconditional love for their child. The song was a top 40 hit on country radio and will resonate with anyone feeling nostalgic about their mom.
15. When God Made You My Mother by Riley Roth
“When God Made You My Mother” is a touching song by country newcomer Riley Roth. The lyrics are about a girl who thanks God for the mother he gave her. Roth describes her mom as her hero, whom she aspires to be like, acknowledging that her mom was always there for her when she needed her but also gave her space to grow. The lyrics are conversational, honest, and easily relatable.
16. I Won’t Let Go by Rascal Flatts
|Album||Nothing Like This|
“I Won’t Let Go” is an inspiring power ballad recorded by Rascal Flatts. The songwriters Steve Robson and Jason Sellers intentionally left the song’s narrator undefined to leave the uplifting lyrics open to interpretation. Although the song does not specifically mention a mother, the message conveyed by the narrator, namely that they will never give up on your, is definitely something a mom would say to her child. The song peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.
17. Like My Mother Does by Lauren Alaina
“Like My Mother Does” was recorded and released as the debut single by American Idol season 10 runner-up Lauren Alaina. The song was certified gold and peaked at #20 and #36 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot Country Songs charts, respectively. Alaina sings about the many different ways that she is just like her mom. It’s a beautiful dedication to the person who had the biggest influence on her life.
18. Thought You Should Know by Morgan Wallen
|Album||One Thing at a Time|
Filled with nostalgia, “Thought You Should Know” recounts a phone call from Morgan Wallen to his mom while the young country singer was on tour. He had been missing home and called his mom to catch up. More than anything, the song is a beautiful tribute to his mother and her steadfast support of her son to pursue his dreams. The song was co-written by Wallen alongside Miranda Lambert. It became his fourth #1 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.
19. Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys by Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson
|Genre||Country, Outlaw Country|
|Album||Waylon & Willie|
Ranked one of the Top 100 Western songs of all time by the Western Writers of America, “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys” is best remembered as a classic country duet performed by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson. It was originally recorded by Ed Bruce and was co-written by Bruce and his wife, Patsy Bruce. On top of earning Waylon and Willie a #1 record, the song won the Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 1979.
20. The Mother by Brandi Carlile
|Album||By the Way, I Forgive You|
Motherhood and all that it entails was on Brandi Carlile’s mind when she co-wrote “The Mother.” It speaks of the sacrifices moms make while raising their kids. She deals with the reality of missing out on things like spending time with her friends but juxtaposes these feelings with the beautiful life she is creating for herself and her daughter. It was released on Carlile’s 2018 album By the Way, I Forgive You, which won a Grammy Award for Best Americana Album. If you like this song, check out our full playlist of country songs about daughters.
21. Mama Tried by Merle Haggard
|Genre||Country, Outlaw Country|
Sometimes children don’t live up to the expectations their parents set for them and harbor feelings of disappointment. Merle Haggard penned perhaps the consummate country song about a problem child going down a dark road, despite the best attempts of his mother to raise him right. “Mama Tried,” but Haggard still ended up in prison. His time behind bars inspired this song, which ranked at #376 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
22. In My Daughter’s Eyes by Martina McBride
“In My Daughter’s Eyes” is a heartfelt and earnest song co-written and recorded by Martina McBride. In addition to being certified gold by the RIAA, the record peaked at #3 and #4 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary and Hot Country Songs charts, respectively. Lyrically, the song is about a mother acknowledging that although she is a hero in her daughter’s eyes, it was her daughter who made her a better person and brought joy to her life.
23. Mama by Aaron Lewis
“Mama” is an emotional, acoustic guitar-driven country song written and recorded by Aaron Lewis. It was released on his chart-topping 2016 album Sinner. Lyrically, it’s a heavy song as Lewis unpacks wounds from his past, reflecting on advice his mom and dad gave him that he didn’t take. We’ve all heard the saying that mama knows best. Lewis seems to return to this adage as he takes listeners through a life filled with mistakes. He realizes that he should have listened to his mom’s guidance more.
24. Mama’s Boy by Tyler James Band
In “Mama’s Boy,” the Tyler James Band takes the often negative connotation of being called a mama’s boy and emphasizes the many reasons why being like one’s mom is actually a good thing. From loving her family and giving it all she’s got to being honest, capable, faithful, and strong-willed, the positive impact a mom has on her child is profound and immeasurable. The Tyler James Band released a live, unplugged, acoustic version of the song on Mother’s Day weekend in honor of all strong mothers. This is easily one of my personal favorite country songs about mothers.
25. Coat of Many Colors by Dolly Parton
|Album||Coat of Many Colors|
“Coat of Many Colors” is Dolly Parton’s signature song. The lyrics describe Parton’s humble upbringing in a large family in rural Tennessee. Financially, Dolly’s family was poor; but what they lacked in money, her parents made up for by raising their kids with love. The song is about Parton’s priceless memory of her mother taking the time to carefully sew her a coat made from rags. While others saw a raggedy coat, Dolly was proud of her clothes because her mom made them, especially for her. This is one of those songs that use metaphors in a creative way that I really enjoy. It’s also one of many popular country songs that use alliteration.
26. It’s Your Song by Garth Brooks
“It’s Your Song” is a moving country ballad recorded by Garth Brooks. It was the only single released on his live album Double Live and was a Top 10 hit on country radio. Co-written by Benita Hill and Pam Wolfe, Brooks recounted that Hill pitched the song to him when she heard the country singer’s mother was battling cancer. Lyrically, the song is about Brooks’ mom giving him the confidence to find his own voice and pursue his dreams of being a country musician.
27. He Gets That From Me by Reba McEntire
|Album||Room to Breathe|
“He Gets That From Me” highlights the special bond between a single mother and her son. Reba McEntire sings of the many ways her son is just like her, from the way he looks to his grumpy attitude in the morning. Lyrically, the song is about a widowed mother appreciating her boy for the man he is becoming as they both deal with moving on without that special man in their lives. The song peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in early 2005 and helped Reba earn a platinum-certified album.
28. You Can’t Lose Me by Faith Hill
|Album||It Matters to Me|
Recorded by Faith Hill toward the beginning of her illustrious country music career, “You Can’t Lose Me” is a song about a mother’s devotion and love for her child. It was released as a single just before Hill became romantically involved with fellow country star Tim McGraw. The couple was married and expecting a child when Hill took a three-year break from recording to spend time with her young family. The song serves as a reminder that no matter what happens, a mother will always love her child and be there for them.
29. Lullaby by Dixie Chicks
|Album||Taking the Long Way|
Moms are known for singing lullabies to help get their kids to sleep. My own kids have drifted off to dreamland thanks to the soothing voice of Natalie Maines alongside the rest of the Dixie Chicks on this calming, beautiful record. It was released on The Chicks’ comeback album, Taking the Long Way, which won Grammy Awards for Album of the Year and Best Country Album. The lyrics detail a mom singing to her child that she will never stop loving them and will always be in their hearts.
30. Angel from Montgomery by Bonnie Rait
Originally written and recorded by legendary musician John Prine, “Angel from Montgomery” was later covered by several well-known artists, from John Denver to Carly Simon. But it is Bonnie Rait’s version that became the signature cut of this tune. The song is about a middle-aged woman who is named after her mother, that is feeling lost in the monotony of the day, dreaming of an escape. “Angel” ranks #350 on the list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
31. Mother by Sugarland
“Mother” was written, recorded, and produced by country music duo Kristian Bush and Jennifer Nettles, better known as Sugarland. It was released as a promotional single on their first studio album in eight years. The song describes how a mother is everything to her child, from a lighthouse and a harbor to a protector and a home. She is there through the good times and offers support through the hard times.
32. Mama He’s Crazy by The Judds
|Album||Wynonna & Naomi|
One of the best mother-daughter duets of all time, “Mama He’s Crazy,” is a song about a girl telling her mom she has finally met the man of her dreams. Written by Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Kenny O’Dell, the song was recorded by real-life mother and daughter Naomi and Wynonna Judd. It helped The Judds kick off a successful career, earning them a #1 hit on country radio as well as a gold-certified record.
33. The Baby by Blake Shelton
“The Baby” was co-written and recorded by Blake Shelton. It speaks to how a mother’s child will always be her baby, no matter how old they grow. The lyrics describe a man hurrying home to see his dying mother but arrived too late as she had already passed away. Blake said in an interview that he hoped the song would remind everyone to appreciate their family and not take them for granted.
34. Mother Like Mine by The Band Perry
The Band Perry recorded and released “Mother Like Mine” on their 2013 album Pioneer. The lyrics are about a daughter who believes the world would be a better place if only everyone had a mother like her. A good mom is her child’s safe place, believes in them, and inspires good in all they do. It’s a special tribute song for the mom of the members of The Band Perry, which is comprised of siblings Reid, Neil, and Kimberly Perry.
35. Mama Knows by Shenandoah
|Album||The Road Not Taken|
“Mama Knows” will pull at your heartstrings, especially if you’ve lost your own mother. It was recorded by the country band Shenandoah and peaked at number 5 on the Billboard Hot Country songs chart. The lyrics are about the power of a mother’s intuition, particularly when it relates to her child. The singer admits that he wasn’t home when his mom passed away and didn’t get to tell her that he loved her. But he takes comfort in the fact that his mama already knows.
36. No Charge by Melba Montgomery
“No Charge” is a classic country song written by Harlan Howard and recorded by Melba Montgomery. The lyrics tell the story of a mom responding to her son for his request to be paid for completing chores. Quite tongue and cheek, she tells him that there is no charge for everything she has done for him. From bringing him into this world, loving, caring, and providing for him, she says, there is no charge. The song topped the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart right around Mother’s Day in May 1974.
37. Mama Don’t Forget To Pray For Me by Diamond Rio
|Album||When the Sun Goes Down|
“Mama Don’t Forget To Pray For Me” is a song about a musician missing his mom and home while spending life on the road. It was recorded by Diamond Rio and peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. The lyrics highlight the feelings of homesickness and nostalgic longing for the good old days. Although the singer’s career is looking bright, he admits that he is thinking about home and is feeling sad. He asks his mother to not forget to pray for him.
38. Mama’s Broken Heart by Miranda Lambert
|Album||Four the Record|
“Mama’s Broken Heart” was co-written by Kacey Musgraves, Brandy Clark, and Shane McAnally. It was recorded by Miranda Lambert and earned her a platinum record while peaking at #2 on both the Billboard Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts. The lyrics detail the story of a woman having a hard time dealing with a breakup. Lambert laments that, unlike her mama’s generation, which would have simply accepted the breakup and pretended to be okay to save face, she sacrificed her reputation to exact revenge on her ex. If you enjoyed this song, we have a full playlist of country breakup songs if you’re interested.
39. Die From A Broken Heart by Maddie & Tae
|Album||The Way It Feels|
“Die From A Broken Heart” was co-written by Maddie Marlow and Taylor Dye. The song details the emotional phone call from a daughter to her mother, whom she seeks comfort and advice from following a painful breakup. The song was certified 2x Multi-Platinum by the RIAA. It speaks to the way moms can make us feel like everything is going to be okay, even when our world seems to be falling apart.
40. Mr. Mom by Lonestar
|Album||Let’s Be Us Again|
“Mr. Mom” is a comedic country song about a dad that loses his job and takes on household domestic duties when his wife goes back to work. He thinks it’s going to be easy taking care of the kids, but quickly realizes how much his wife does for the family. It’s a friendly reminder to not take anything your mom does for granted. The song topped the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and earned Lonestar a gold record.
41. The Hand That Rocks the Cradle by Glen Campbell & Steve Wariner
|Album||Still Within the Sound of My Voice|
There ought to be a hall of fame for mamas, Glen Campbell sings in “The Hand That Rocks the Cradle.” The song is about the greatness of moms who sacrifice so much to help raise their children. From the sleep lost while they were nursing their babies to the peace they bring to put our fears to rest, moms give so much and often receive little recognition in return. The record was commercially successful, peaking at #6 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.
42. I’m the Only Hell (Mama Ever Raised) by Johnny Paycheck
|Album||Slide Off Your Satin Sheets|
“I’m the Only Hell (Mama Ever Raised)” is a classic outlaw country song about a son that brought his mother pain and heartache, despite her best efforts to raise him right. He lived a life of crime, stealing, robbing, and ultimately ended up in prison. Park sings that his mama tried to turn him on Jesus and show him the righteous path in life, but he went in a different direction, becoming the only hell his mama ever raised.
43. Mama Drank by Jessi Alexander
|Album||Decatur County Red|
“Mama Drank” is a song about a mom that feels overwhelmed by the busy routine of domesticity. On top of working a long week, the household chores still need to be done, and worst of all, it’s a thankless job. The narrator in the song sings that she knows now why her mama drank – to escape from it all. It was written and recorded by Jessi Alexander, who is best known for her songwriting credits on Miley Cyrus’ “The Climb” and Lee Brice’s “I Drive Your Truck.” If you’re looking for country songs about moms, this is one you simply must have on your playlist.
44. Our Mother the Mountain by Townes Van Zandt
|Album||Our Mother the Mountain|
Townes Van Zandt was not very well known while he was alive in the general public, but his songwriting lives on and inspired some of the biggest names in folk and country music, from Bob Dylan to Willie Nelson. His song “Our Mother the Mountain” is a distinctly haunting and mythical song that has many different possible interpretations. The lyrics are poetic and contain intense, beautiful imagery.
45. Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother by Jerry Jeff Walker
“Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother” is a country parody song written by Ray Wylie Hubbard. It was originally recorded and popularized by Jerry Jeff Walker in 1973 and has been covered by many artists since. The song’s lyrics were inspired by an encounter Hubbard had with a mother and her adult son in an Oklahoma roadhouse. For many years, the song played during the closing credits for the TV show Austin City Limits.
46. He’s Her Life by Waylon Nihipali
“He’s Her Life” was the first song ever written by Hawaiian country singer Waylon Nihipalo. He describes it as a heartfelt song about a single mother and her son. The best moms give their kids love, patience, and tender care. That’s exactly what Waylon sings about in “He’s Her Life.” Despite not being well known in the country music scene, the video for “He’s Her Life” has over 1.4 million views on YouTube in less than a year.
47. Hey Mama by Britnee Kellogg (Featuring Harlow Rose)
“Hey Mama” is an inspiring song told from the point of view of a child to her mother. Best known for her appearances on seasons 11 and 12 of American Idol, Britnee Kellogg delivers an emotional performance in “Hey Mama.” The lyrics encourage all of the mamas out there to never give up despite how overwhelming it sometimes feels while raising children. If your mama or the mama of your kids is feeling down, send them this song for some encouragement and let them know how much you appreciate them.
48. Fancy by Reba McEntire
|Album||Rumor Has It|
One could teach a masterclass in storytelling lyrics using the Bobbie Gentry song “Fancy.” It was recorded by Reba McEntire and became one of her signature hits. The song is about one woman’s path from poverty to upward mobility and eventual financial security. The mother in the song buys her daughter a red satin dress when the narrator turns 18 and encourages her to find a gentleman to take care of her. Reba’s cover of the song peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and also earned her a 2x multi-platinum record.
49. Hot Mama by Trace Adkins
|Album||Comin’ On Strong|
“Hot Mama” was recorded and released by Trace Adkins. The lyrics tell the story of a man reassuring his wife and children’s mama that she is still extremely attractive to him, despite her body transformation after having kids. The song peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. “Hot Mama” was also featured in an episode of King of the Hill, the same episode in which Trace Adkins added his voice to one of the characters.
50. A Letter to My Mama by Vince Gill
Vince Gill co-wrote “A Letter to My Mama” with songwriter Dean Dillon. In the song, Gill sings about writing an emotional letter to his mama, expressing feelings that he has held onto for years. While reflecting on thoughts of his own grandchildren, Gill apologizes for the selfishness of his youth, admitting that his words are all he can give but inevitably fall short of conveying his appreciation and the love he feels for his mom.
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