Mother's Day Playlist: 10 Latin Songs All About Amor

When it comes to showing their Mamis some love, Latins aren’t shy about their displays of affection. The same thing applies to songs made for moms, which tend to be unabashedly, well, loving. Here are 10 tracks that we’ll be playing for Mother’s Day.

1. Ricardo Arjona -- “Mi novia se me esta quedando vieja” (My girlfriend is getting old):  The Guatemalan star didn’t just write a song for his mom; he made it a single. The girlfriend analogy only makes it more poignant, so much so that Arjona’s mom says she doesn’t like to listen to it because it makes her cry.

2. Cristian Castro -- “Después de Tí” (After you): The lyrics to this 1997 hit seem to be all about love (“There is nothing after you, no sun no morning), but songwriter Rudy Perez actually penned it after his mom’s death, in her memory.

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3. Juan Gabriel -- “Amor Eterno” (Endless Love): No, it’s not THAT endless love. This one was written by the Mexican singer/songwriter after his mom’s death, and is very explicit in its mourning (“How I would live for you to be alive, that your eyes had never closed”).  A huge hit for Gabriel, it’s been covered by many acts, most famously, Rocío Durcal.

4. Amaia Montero -- “Te Voy a Decir Una Cosa” (I’m Going To Tell You): There’s no nostalgia or sadness in this joyful ode to mom penned by the former lead singer of Spanish pop group La Oreja de Van Gogh.  

5. Victor Manuelle -- “Amor de madre” (Mother’s Love): The salsa star goes introspective in this track that became a single (“she stopped being her to be there for me”) from his 2009 album Muy Personal.

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6. Laura Pausini -- “Lo Siento” (I’m Sorry):  Like all Pausini songs, this one -- about an adult daughter apologizing to her mom -- can make you cry.

7. Aventura -- “Amor de madre” (A Mother’s Love): This Romeo Santos song (from his Aventura days), is a tale of a single mom who resorts to prostitution to raise her son. But the boy doesn’t appreciate his mother's sacrifices and things go south. Vintage Santos story-telling, though not for the faint of heart.

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8. Bebe – “Ella” (Her): From Bebe’s 2009 Latin Grammy-winning Pa’Fuera Telarañas, this female power track is not specifically about moms, but works for us!

9. Vicente Fernandez -- “Madrecita Querida” (Dear Mom): Want to serenade mom with a mariachi? Ask them to play Vicente Fernandez’s ode to motherhood and you’ll make her cry.

10. Andrea Echeverri -- “A Eme O”: The Colombian alt rocker wrote this love song for her daughter, with the title spelling out the word love (amor) in Spanish. The lyrics are anything but trite though (“Since you were born, I’m a better lover, as if you had opened up my conduits”).

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