Mother's Day: The highest charting mum-themed songs

Mamas, mothers, and even a couple of mommies – it's a mum-themed chart rundown.

You get songs about lovers and cheaters, heroes and losers, and even your brothers and sisters – but what about the mothers of the world?

For Mother's Day this weekend, we delved into the archive of every song that ever charted in the UK to see which mum-related tunes made it into the Official Singles Chart Top 40.

It's true not all songs with "mama" or "mother" in the title might be maternal in nature – and some of them may not be that complimentary either – but we've listed the lot here and in a playlist for you decide. Think of it as a kind of suitability roulette – will the next song be a heartfelt tribute to your dearest mum, or a sexed-up dance track about an attractive young lady? Perhaps your mum would be happy either way!

Let's start with the big ones: four mum-esque songs made it all the way to the top of the Official Singles Chart. First was the grammatically challenging Mama Weer All Crazee Now by glam rockers Slade in 1972, spending three weeks at the top. Next came ABBA's exasperated cry of Mamma Mia!: the Swedish icons spent a fortnight at Number 1 in early 1976.

We had to wait over two decades for Mama to rear her head again, this time as a double-A side for the Spice Girls. This was a full-on mumfest, released just in time for Mother's Day 1997, its video featuring all five girls telling their mothers – who were also in the video, can you believe? – how much they adored them, through the power of song. Released alongside Comic Relief tune Who Do You Think You Are, Mama spent three weeks at the top.

The most recent popstar to bring Mama to work was Pixie Lott. Her debut single Mama Do was not so much a tribute to mothers as more recognition that many mums genuinely have zero clue what their children are up to, and spent a week at Number 1 in 2009.

The earliest example of a mum-themed song in the charts was a big one: festive favourite I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, which occupied three separate spots on the Official Christmas Chart in 1953. The highest peaking version was Jimmy Boyd's, which made it to Number 3. The most recent is Miley Cyrus, whose track Mother's Daughter topped out at Number 29 in July 2019.

Other notable Mama hits include two versions of Mama Told Me Not to Come; first by Three Dog Night in 1970 (3), and then Tom Jones & Stereophonics, reaching Number 4 a full 30 years later. Junior's 1982 hit Mama Used to Say was repurposed by Richard Blackwood on Mama Who Da Man ("we love you RB, check you every day on MTV" is a lyric for the ages) in 2000, with Richard outpeaking Junior by 4 places.

It's not all about mama, of course: some of us are more formal. ABBA's Does Your Mother Know, notable for featuring Bjorn and Benny on lead vocals and not Agnetha and Frida for reasons that will become glaringly obvious when you listen, peaked at 4 in 1979. The Rolling Stones land the longest mother-related title with Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow – a Number 5 hit in 1966 – and Chvrches brought their mother into the charts in 2013 with The Mother We Share.

Rarer variations of pet names for your maternal unit – yes, we are running out of synonyms here – manage to make an appearance. Ma He's Making Eyes at me has two showings, most recently from TV talent show star Lena Zavaroni in 1974. Representing the Americans – or those in and around some parts of the Midlands – is Stacy's Mom, who had it going on all the way to Number 11 for Fountains of Wayne in 2004, their biggest hit in the UK. Mammy appears three times, most notably Mammy Blue, with two versions charting at the same time in 1971. The highest peaking tune to be dedicated to the UK favourite "mum" was the very Mother's Day appropriate My Mum is One in a Million, by the Children of Tansley School, reaching Number 27 in 1981.

MORE: Every Official UK Singles Chart Number 1

Oh, and don't forget your granny on Mother's Day too – why not play her the huge-selling 1980 Christmas Number 1 There's No One Quite Like Grandma, sung by the St Winifred's School Choir. She will no doubt be thrilled. Happy Mother's Day!

Here's the full list of mum, mama, mommy, ma and all the rest-themed UK Top 40s.

TITLE ARTIST PEAK YEAR
MAMA DO PIXIE LOTT 1 2009
MAMA/WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE SPICE GIRLS 1 1997
MAMMA MIA ABBA 1 1976
MAMA WEER ALL CRAZEE NOW SLADE 1 1972
MAMA/ROBOT MAN CONNIE FRANCIS 2 1960
MAMA DO THE HUMP RIZZLE KICKS 2 2011
MOTHER OF MINE NEIL REID 2 1972
SYLVIA'S MOTHER DR HOOK AND THE MEDICINE SHOW 2 1972
MA HE'S MAKING EYES AT ME JOHNNY OTIS AND HIS ORCHESTRA WITH MARIE ADAMS 2 1957
MAMA WHO DA MAN RICHARD BLACKWOOD 3 2000
MAMA TOLD ME (NOT TO COME) THREE DOG NIGHT 3 1970
I SAW MOMMY KISSING SANTA CLAUS JIMMY BOYD 3 1953
MAMA JONAS BLUE FT WILLIAM SINGE 4 2017
MAMA GENESIS 4 1983
MAMA TOLD ME NOT TO COME TOM JONES & STEREOPHONICS 4 2000
DOES YOUR MOTHER KNOW ABBA 4 1979
MAMA DAVE BERRY 5 1966
MOTHER AND CHILD REUNION PAUL SIMON 5 1972
HAVE YOU SEEN YOUR MOTHER BABY STANDING IN THE SHADOW THE ROLLING STONES 5 1966
HEY MAMA BLACK EYED PEAS 6 2004
I SAW MOMMY KISSING SANTA CLAUS BEVERLEY SISTERS 6 1953
MAMA USED TO SAY JUNIOR 7 1982
MOTHER NATURE AND FATHER TIME NAT KING COLE 7 1953
HEY MA CAM'RON FT JUELZ SANTANA 8 2003
HEY MAMA DAVID GUETTA/N MINAJ/AFROJACK 9 2015
BEAT MAMA CAST 9 1999
LOOK MAMA HOWARD JONES 10 1985
MA! (HE'S MAKING EYES AT ME) LENA ZAVARONI 10 1974
I SAW MOMMY KISSING SANTA CLAUS BILLY COTTON AND HIS BAND 11 1953
STACY'S MOM FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE 11 2004
MAMA DAVID WHITFIELD 12 1955
MAMMA MIA A TEENS 12 1999
BIG BAD MAMMA FOXY BROWN FEATURING DRU HILL 12 1997
YOUR MAMA DON'T DANCE POISON 13 1986
NO-ONE BUT YOU/TIE YOUR MOTHER DOWN QUEEN 13 1998
NEVER TURN YOUR BACK ON MOTHER EARTH SPARKS 13 1974
MAMMA GAVE BIRTH TO THE SOUL CHILDREN QUEEN LATIFAH AND DE LA SOUL 14 1990
MOTHERS TALK TEARS FOR FEARS 14 1984
YOUR MOTHER'S GOT A PENIS GOLDIE LOOKIN CHAIN 14 2004
PISTOL PACKIN' MAMA GENE VINCENT 15 1960
RAG MAMA RAG THE BAND 16 1970
TAKE YOUR MAMA SCISSOR SISTERS 17 2004
MOTHER M FACTOR 18 2002
MAMA KIM APPLEBY 19 1991
MAMA SAID METALLICA 19 1996
MAMA NEVER TOLD ME SISTER SLEDGE 20 1975
HEY MAMA FRANKIE VAUGHAN 21 1963
FOR MAMA MATT MONRO 23 1964
MAMA'S PEARL THE JACKSON 5 25 1971
MAMA SAID CARLEEN ANDERSON 26 1994
MOTHER UNIVERSE SOUP DRAGONS 26 1990
DEAR MAMA 2 PAC 27 1999
MY MUM IS ONE IN A MILLION CHILDREN OF TANSLEY SCHOOL 27 1981
MAMA 6IX9INE/NICKI MINAJ/KANYE WEST 29 2018
MOTHER'S DAUGHTER MILEY CYRUS 29 2019
PAPA LOVES MAMA JOAN REGAN 29 1960
MOTHER-IN-LAW ERNIE K-DOE 29 1961
YA MAMA/SONG FOR SHELTER FATBOY SLIM 30 2001
YOUR MAMA WON'T LIKE ME SUZI QUATRO 31 1975
INNA CITY MAMMA NENEH CHERRY 31 1989
TIE YOUR MOTHER DOWN QUEEN 31 1977
MAMMY BLUE ROGER WHITTAKER 31 1971
I'LL ALWAYS LOVE MY MAMA THE INTRUDERS 32 1974
HEY MAMA JOE BROWN 33 1973
ON MOTHER KELLY'S DOORSTEP DANNY LA RUE 33 1968
MAMA'S BOY SUZI QUATRO 34 1980
A SONG FOR MAMA BOYZ II MEN 34 1997
SHE'S A BAD MAMA JAMA (SHE'S BUILT, SHE'S STACKED) CARL CARLTON 34 1981
MUM'S GONE TO ICELAND BENNET 34 1997
THE YOUNG OFFENDER'S MUM CARTER USM 34 1995
MY MAMMY HAPPENINGS 34 1967
IT'S JUST PORN MUM TRUCKS 35 2002
MAMMY BLUE LOS POP TOPS 35 1971
HELP ME MAMA LEMONESCENT 36 2003
TAKE YOUR MAMMA FOR A RIDE LULU 37 1975
I GOT IT FROM MY MAMA WILL I AM 38 2007
THE MOTHER WE SHARE CHVRCHES 38 2013

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Don't just read the list, listen to the lot – or as many as you can take, there are quite a few genres here – on our playlist.

 

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