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The best songs to play on Mother’s Day

For Mother’s Day, It’s usual to give your mom a cute card, some flowers and chocolates and maybe even take her breakfast in bed.  But this year think about making a personal and uplifting program of songs you can play that your mom would enjoy.    It’s a day to honor women so check out our article about outstanding female pianists.

If you decide that part of your gift to your mom this year is to play her some songs on the piano, here are some great ideas to help you create your program and get you practicing.

First of all, this upbeat, toe-tapping song can’t help but put a smile on your mom’s face. Likely get her up and dancing too. Walking on sunshine was written by Kimberley Rew for his group Katrina and the Waves in 1983 and has been used in numerous films and commercials. Playing this song will go down well on Mother’s day!

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Traditionally, Mother’s Day is a day off for mothers everywhere. We might take her out for lunch to show our appreciation for all she does every other day. Sometimes we take over some of the chores with varying degrees of success. Bryant Oden used this idea for inspiration to write “A Mother’s Day Song”.

Mothers love to hear their children play piano, whatever age they are. If you haven’t already learned one of the most famous songs for the piano – “Fur Elise” by Beethoven,  this would be a good way to make your mom proud this Mother’s Day!

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Another incredibly endorphin-boosting song – Happy – written by Pharrell Williams especially for the film “Despicable Me 2”  is a must on Mother’s Day.  The title, “Happy” is sung out 56 times during the song, so you can’t help but be happy by the end of it.

I’ll Always Love My Momma is a song completely dedicated to a mother, made famous by the soul group, The Intruders, in 1973.  Written by Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, a writing team with 175 gold and platinum records to their name.  The lyrics are full of appreciation for how hard a mother works to make sure her child has the necessities in life.


Should you be apart from your mom this Mother’s Day,  Mother Like Mine has such beautiful lyrics that they will likely bring a tear to your eye.

Another deeply moving song that mothers will appreciate is In My Daughter’s Eyes written by James T. Slater and performed by country star Martina McBride.  It’s a particularly poignant song as you’ll see from the opening lyrics:

In my daughter’s eyes
I am a hero
I am strong and wise
And I know no fear
But the truth is plain to see
She was sent to rescue me
I see who I want to be
In my daughter’s eyes

Mamma Mia! is another great favorite with moms.  If your mom is a fan of Abba and the show MammaMia, learn to play the title song.

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So whether you are an accomplished pianist or just starting out, pick one of our carefully selected songs and play it for your mother this year.

One more idea: Moms tend to love everything Disney, and The Lion King is often a favorite, especially if they’ve seen the live stage show which is unforgettable.  Learn to play the best known song from the show, “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”, with music by Elton John.

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Author of this blog post:

Georgina st george

Georgina St George has been playing piano most of her life. She has a thriving piano school on the south coast of England. She loves to infuse her students with her passion for music, composing and performing. Her music has been featured on over 100 TV shows and her musicals have been performed in New York and London’s West End.

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