A Rockin' Mother's Day Playlist

Sometimes it’s hard to connect with your mom. But when you’ve got a mom who can groove out to the likes of The Clash or turn you on to new bands like Surfbort, then music is the only way to a strong relationship.

It’s a weird Mother’s Day this year. Some of us are quarantined away from our moms, missing them terribly and unable to visit. Others, meanwhile, have been cooped up with their mothers for way too long and might kill each other soon.

Either way, today is a day to thank the woman who gave you life and/or raised you right. So if you’ve got a rockin’ mama and you too love to rage, this is the playlist for you. Listen below!

The Exbats, “Everybody Loves My Mom”

It might be a rockin’ father-daughter duo, but The Exbats still gives a shout out to the mom!


Surfbort, “Slushy”

The song might not be about a mom, but frontwoman Dani Miller is very outspoken about how close she is with her mom.

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Mommy Long Legs, “Bitch Island”

Warning: this raw riot grrl track is meant for the most badass of moms.



IDLES, “Mother”

This is the ultimate trasher rock anthem for strong mothers everywhere killin’ it.


Thick, “Your Mom”

This song is more about the stress mothers tend to put on their kids, but Thick is still a big mom advocate.


Ben Katzman’s DeGreaser, “Kool Is The Rool”

Shred master Ben Katman’s mom says cool is the rule, so you better pay attention.


Ty Segall & the Muggers, “Baby Big Man (I Want A Mommy)”

This was during the king of fuzz rock’s dress-like-a-man-baby phase, so it’s just a classic mom song for any experimental ma out there.


Fat White Family, “Whitest Boy On The Beach”

I once interviewed the frontman Lias about this album, Songs For Our Mothers and he told me all these songs were dedicated to their moms—so here’s one for the moms.


Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, “Hey Mama”

A twang-infused message about missing your mom.


The Growlers, “Mama Said” (by The Shirelles)

A beautifully fuzzy cover of a classic ’60s tune about a mom giving words of comfort.


Cat Clyde, “Mama Said”

This one is not a cover, this is a different “Mama Said” song that’s a bluesy slow groove for you and your mom to have a heart-to-heart to.


Adult Mom, “Drive Me Home”

The sweet vocals from Adult Mom perfectly convey the feeling you get when everything feels hopeless and you just want to be back in your mom’s arms while she rubs your head telling you everything will be ok.