Aristotle once said, “Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own.” Whether this is true or not, we’ll never actually know, but it might explain why female singers seem almost predestined to create the most beautiful, heartfelt odes to their little ones. Perhaps, it is actually biological.
In honor of Mother’s Day, happening this Sunday (May 11), we’ve assembled a list of 12 songs written by moms about their kids. Some of the moms try to share words of wisdom with their growing boy or girl (Kelis, Madonna), while others simply choose to celebrate the miracle of life (Alicia Keys, Shakira).
A few even focus on the struggles of being a mom, like Lauryn Hill, who discusses her decision to keep her baby when others thought it was a bad career move or Warpaint, who touch on what it’s like to leave your child behind so you can hit the road.
One song even features a cameo from the bouncing baby the song is written in dedication of. And yes, we are talking about Beyoncé’s daughter Blue Ivy, who in just two short years has already racked up as many songs to her name.
Check out the list below to celebrate these musical moms and make sure to tell the woman who brought you into this world how much you appreciate her. Perhaps, with a song of your own.
1. Beyoncé “Blue (feat. Blue Ivy)”
Maybe most of Beyoncé is about her and Jay-Z’s daughter Blue Ivy: A guidebook to her life, a document of marital bliss, and some tips on living as a not-yet-grown woman in this world. Then let “Blue” be the honest dedication in the afterword. It’s a song so gentle and heartfelt juxtaposed against all the sex and power that comes before it. Beyoncé now contains the singular glow of mom-love — another step toward containing all of the matter in the universe. – Jeremy Larson