From 2Pac appreciating his mother to Danzig belting "Mother" at a full-throated, hard-rock howl, there are plenty of ways to toast the women who gave us life on Mother's Day, this Sunday. Raise a glass this Mother's Day, and let these songs be your soundtrack.
2Pac's "Dear Mama"
In the late, great 2Pac's tribute to his mama, Afeni Shakur -- who gave birth to him a month after being released from jail -- the late rap icon says the words that every mother wants to hear: "You are appreciated."
On his 2007 debut album, "Lovehate," The-Dream mourns the passing of his mother in "Mama," a heart-filled, melodic and auto-tuned dedication to her. Reminiscing on loving memories, the "Radio Killa" dreams of bringing his mother back to life.
The Backstreet Boys' "The Perfect Fan"
In this soft rock piano medley, the Backstreet Boys declare their love and appreciation for their mothers. With lyrics like "You showed me when I was young just how to grow," Hallmark could learn a thing or two from these gentlemen. When the song debuted in 1999, fans and mothers everywhere swooned.
Drake's "Look What You've Done"
In candid disclosure of the hardships he went through with his mother and family, Drake gratefully thanks them for helping him become the man he is today on 2011's "Look What You've Done." Ending with a recording of a loving voicemail from his grandmother, this "Take Care" track sentimentally greets "Happy Mother's Day."
'N Sync's "(God Must Have Spent) A Little More Time on You"
'N Sync's pop ballad "God Must Have Spent (A Little More Time On You)" could be written about any woman in the boys' lives, but they dedicated it to their moms. The video features a mother and child, from birth to adulthood, growing and making memories while the boys croon in white suits.
Lonely Island's "Motherlover"
Years after Justin Timberlake sang a tribute to his mom with 'N Sync, the pop star-turned-actor joined Lonely Island in celebrating their Oedipal complexes in the comedy single (and corresponding music video), "Motherlover." The comedic group, comprised of Kiv Schaffer, Jorm Taccone and Andy Samberg, also has a second, less sexualized Mother's Day song, "Mama."
Christina Aguilera's "Oh Mother"
Christina Aguilera is celebrating her third Mother's Day as a Mom with three-year-old Max, but this 2006 single addresses her own early childhood, as she thanks her mother for leaving her abusive father.
Danzig's 1991 breakthrough hit isn't really about mothers, but like them, it rocks.
Kanye West's "Hey Mama"
Kanye West owes a lot to his mother Donda West, who retired from her job as an English professor to manage her son's career. This performance, filmed before Donda passed away unexpectedly in 2007, is a testament to their close bond.
Ozzy Osbourne's "Mama I'm Coming Home"
This 1991 track was actually written for Ozzy's wife and manager Sharon Osbourne, whom the hard-rocker refers to as "Mama."