Carrie Underwood performs onstage at the 38th Annual Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Barclays Center on November 03, 2023 in New York City./ Dolly Parton/ Reba McEntire performs onstage during Not That Fancy: An Evening With Reba & Friends at Ryman Auditorium on November 05, 2023 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for ABA)
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25 Classic Country Songs That Celebrate Wise and Loving Mothers

In each case, Mama tried— and sometimes she succeeded.

Country music is built on sentimentality and, quite often, artists' takes on nostalgia. Thus, since there's nothing like a mother's love, moms own a special place in the genre's lore.

Rougher-around-the-edges classics in this wheelhouse range from Bobbie Gentry's "Fancy" to Merle Haggard's equally iconic "Mama Tried." When '90s country ran wild, Garth Brooks, Faith Hill and other voices of the decade went in a more tender-hearted direction when lauding moms. (However, things did get quite dark on Brooks' "Papa Loved Mama," among others.)

As country hits about hometown memories have become more common, so have songs about mothers, by Lauren Alaina and others. After all, who is it that probably still lives there — and is directly responsible for you being born at the county hospital?

Since Mother's Day — one of the best days of the year devoted to our hard-working mothers — is coming up, we wanted to take a look at some of our favorite songs about moms, from classic artists to modern stars.

Here is our list of the 25 best country songs about moms. Of course, it could be a much longer list, considering we don't dip into bluegrass, Americana and other country-adjacent styles.

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EDITOR"S NOTE: This article was originally published in 2018. It was updated on March 11, 2024.