Mother’s Day has arrived. The one day husbands, daughters and sons (hopefully) bow down and say “Thanks Mom for all the hard work you do.” And what does a mother want for Mother’s Day? A spa day perhaps? A gourmet meal cooked by her loved ones? Jewels and clothing? How about just a day off? Well, how about 10 ass-kicking hard rock anthems with riffs a-plenty dedicated to mothers of all different shapes and stripes. Sometimes they’re touching, sometimes they’re complicated, sometimes they’re raunchy but they all rock and what kind of a mother doesn’t like to shake what their mama gave them to some hot rocking jams? OK, some of these songs are about mamas and not mothers, as in “Hey, hey, mama, said the way you move, gonna make you sweat, gonna make you groove” but hey, like it or not, if your momma wasn’t a hot mama in the first place she might not have been a mother at all. Anyhow, Happy Mother’s Day everybody. And now? Now we rock!
Aerosmith “Mama Kin”
Even if you’re living like a gypsy, sleeping late and smoking tea it’s important to keep in touch with your Mama Kin as Aerosmith advises, especially on Mother’s Day.
Thin Lizzy “Philomena”
A moving tribute to Lizzy leader Phil Lynott’s mother for whom he was named.
Lita Ford “Mother”
The only song on this list actually written by an actual mother, this song is a moving tribute to the guitarist-singer’s children.
Actually an anti-mother, and for that matter anti-father, song but it’s only because parents have their children’s best interests at heart and don’t want them hanging out with creeps like Glenn Danzig.
Ozzy Osbourne “Mama I’m Coming Home”
This song was actually written for Ozzy’s wife, Sharon Osbourne, though the yearning sentiment can easily by applied to mothers by any son who’s stayed away from home for too long.
Slade “Mama Weer All Crazy Now”
Mother’s put up with all sorts of craziness from their kids, like wearing top hats covered in mirrors and not knowing their proper punctuation.
Queen “Tie Your Mother Down”
Granted, it’s not very nice to tie your mother down but that’s only because she doesn’t want you to run off with some foppish glam rockers and when you think of it, that’s probably for the best.
Poison “Your Mama Don’t Dance”
Man, those glam rockers are hard on their mothers.
ZZ Top “Hi-Fi Mama”
OK, this song is about mamas, not mothers, but there’s no doubt this is one rockin’ mother of a song.
Blue Öyster Cult “Mommy”
Yo, what did you say about my mother?