By: Amber Harvey
While Rock & Roll has long-been associated with some controversial topics, even the most hardcore of its artists have written tunes that focus on the most-touching of subjects: their moms. In honor of Mother’s Day, here are our Top 5 songs that pay tribute to moms everywhere.
1. “Mama I’m Coming Home” – Ozzy Osbourne
For being the “Prince of Darkness” and an infamous shock-rocker, Ozzy Osbourne comes off as quite the softie in this track from his 1991 album, No More Tears. Written in dedication to his wife, manager and the mother of his children, Sharon, whom he has nicknamed “Mama,” the lyrics to this song anticipate Ozzy’s warm return home after years on the road. Demonstrating the power of mother-lovin’ music, “Mama I’m Coming Home” is Ozzy’s only solo endeavor to break the Top 40 of Billboard’s Hot 100, where it peaked at #28.
2. “Simple Man” – Lynyrd Skynyrd
One of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s most celebrated and sentimental hits, “Simple Man,” is one of those jukebox favorites that you can’t help but belt out with friends when it comes on in a dark-lit bar. The lyrics are peppered with a mother’s words of advice, heeding her son to: “Take your time, Don’t live too fast, Troubles will come, And they will pass.”
3. “Your Mama Don’t Dance” – Poison
For all of you moms out there who aren’t rhythmically-challenged, please don’t take offense to this playful and upbeat number. Originally recorded by Kenny Loggins and Jim Messina in 1972, this hit was revamped by Poison in ’82, when it would hit #10 on the Billboard Hot 100, inspiring mom’s everywhere to prove Bret Michaels wrong.
4. “Mama Said” – Metallica
While somber in nature, this power ballad from Metallica’s 1996 album Load demonstrates that even the hardest of rock stars harbor loving sentiments for their mothers. In “Mama Said,” frontman James Hetfield sings of the pain and regret that came with losing his mother to cancer when he was young, while expressing hope that he will see her again. Demonstrating how personal this song is to Hetfield, it has never been included as a part of Metallica’s live set, but rather performed by an unaccompanied Hetfield on acoustic guitar.
5. “Mama Kin” – Aerosmith
While it may be an unorthodox one, Aerosmith’s take on mothers in “Mama Kin” is one that emphasizes the importance of staying connected with the rich, maternal spirit of the world, in spite of the band’s hectic tour life. In fact, Where many others might have the cliché “Mother” tattoo, Steven Tyler’s left bicep displays “Ma’ Kin” over a flame-crested heart: now that’s dedication.