Mother’s Day Playlist: 8 Songs From Our Favorite Pop Mamas That Celebrate Their Kids
The reigning pop stars of today are no doubt talented, hard-working and fearless. Yet what makes many of the reigning female artists extra-special is their balance of taking care of their children while simultaneously ruling the music world. From Beyonce to Lily Allen to Britney Spears, these pop stars (and all moms around the world) are the definition of Wonder Women. In honor of Mother’s Day this Sunday (May 11 — better get those flowers ordered!), Idolator is honoring pop music’s favorite moms by taking a look back at their personal odes to their children.
Head down below to see how these music moms celebrate their precious kids in their own unique ways.
Britney Spears — “Someday (I Will Understand)”
Britney Spears’ short-lived marriage to Kevin Federline occurred almost a decade ago, and, let’s face it — it’s a time in her career we’d all like to forget. But in the midst of the couple’s Chaotic relationship, two miracles happened: the birth of Sean Preston in September 2005 and Jayden James just a year later. In June 2005, the pregnant singer released “Someday (I Will Understand”, a tribute to a then-unborn Sean. The heartfelt ballad reminded us all that, despite all the media madness happening at the time, Britney was, in fact, human.
Christina Aguilera — “All I Need”
At times, Christina Aguilera can come off as too much of a diva. But behind the scenes, the singer is actually a doting mother to her six-year-old son Max, as evidenced by the delicate ballad “All I Need” from her 2010 album Bionic. The tune shows a softer side of the powerhouse chanteuse, as she sings, “Tell you my fears, telling you everything/Telling the truth to you gives me wings/Free with my words, free as a bird/I am flying high looking at you.” Fast forward four years later, and Aguilera has recently announced that she is expecting another child. How exciting!
Lily Allen — “L8 CMMR”
This Britpop singer is the mother of two young babies, Ethel and Marnie, born in November 2011 and January 2013. This would not have been possible, of course, without Allen’s husband, Sam Cooper. “L8 CMMR” (from Allen’s third album Sheezus) is a bubbly, Auto-tuned love song dedicated to her self-proclaimed “Bad Motherf*cker.” Lily Allen praises his skills in the bedroom as well as his undying devotion as a father. Charming, indeed.
Beyonce — “Blue”
From her new-found confidence seen all throughout her latest album Beyonce to her super cute family photos on Tumblr, it is no secret that Beyonce’s role as a mother has changed her for the better. The singer’s love for her daughter, Blue Ivy Carter (born on January 7, 2012), is highlighted on the album’s final track, simply titled “Blue.” The soothing ballad is quite endearing, and Blue’s cameo towards the end is just priceless. But Princess Blue is no stranger to the studio. She made history back in 2012 when her newborn vocals guested on Daddy Hova’s “Glory.”
Madonna — “Superstar”
Legendary pop mom Madonna is very close to her first born, 17-year-old Lourdes Leon. The pair do everything from designing their Material Girl clothing line together to sharing recording space in the studio. On Madonna’s 2012 album MDNA, Lourdes lends her backing vocals to the shimmering pop tune “Superstar,” and it’s safe to say that talent runs in the family!
Shakira – “The One Thing”
Shakira, the newest mom on the pop star block, gave birth to her son Milan on January 22, 2013. So it was only a matter of time until she penned a song about motherhood. “The One Thing,” off her eponymously titled album released just two months ago, is a guitar-laden mid-tempo dedicated to her one-year-old bundle of joy. The song is very endearing, with Shakira singing, “Every time I see your smile/Every time I hear your laugh/Baby you bring a new sunshine over my way.”
Alicia Keys — “When It’s All Over”
Alicia Keys’ birth to son Egypt back in 2011 gave her a new, fiery confidence that was revealed in her 2012 album Girl On Fire. The album’s third track, “When It’s All Over,” is a musically complex showstopper that is topped off with Egypt’s guest appearance towards the end. Highlight: the adorable babbling dialogue between Keys and her three-year-old.
Mariah Carey — “Love Story”
Before the birth of “Dem Babies” — aka Monroe & Moroccan, who arrived in April 2011 — Mariah Carey was madly in love with her then-fiance Nick Cannon. The odd couple had no gripes about publicly displaying their affection, including the singer’s OTT video for “Love Story,” from Mimi’s 2008 release E=MC². If you think the video looked cheesy then, just imagine the twins’ faces when their parents bring it up at future family reunions. Yikes!
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