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"Oh Mother"
Single by Christina Aguilera
from the album Back to Basics
Released November 23, 2007 (2007-11-23) (Germany)[1]
December 3, 2007 (2007-12-03) (Netherlands)[2]
December 31, 2007 (2007-12-31)(UK)[3]
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded 2006
Genre Pop, R&B
Length 3:47
Label RCA
Writer(s) Christina Aguilera, Derryck Thornton, Mark Rankin, Liz Thornton, Kara DioGuardi
Producer Christina Aguilera, Big Tank, L Boogie
Christina Aguilera singles chronology
"Slow Down Baby"
"Oh Mother"
"Keeps Gettin' Better"

"Oh Mother" is the fourth single from Christina Aguilera's third studio album, Back to Basics (2006). The single—penned by Christina Aguilera, Derryck Thornton, Mark Rankin, Liz Thornton, and Kara DioGuardi—was released as an international double A-side with "Slow Down Baby".


Song information and release

The single was delivered to the European region as "Oh Mother", while the Oceanian and Asian regions of the world received "Slow Down Baby" earlier that year on July 28, 2007. It was not released in the United States. The song was set to be released on Latin America, but the plans were scrapped. No song was set to be released on Latin America, but later on July 2007, the song "Slow Down Baby" was released as a radio single.

The release was set on November 23, 2007 in Germany and Austria. In Switzerland, the single charted for four weeks based solely on downloads. On December 8, 2007 it was added to the A-Playlist of BBC Radio 2 in the United Kingdom and was released as digital download on December 31, 2007.[3] The song failed to chart in the UK despite gaining impressive airplay. On the German Airplay Chart, the song peaked at number four, while on the Austrian one at number eleven.

Promotional singles were sent out in July 2007, however heavy rotation did not pick up till around autumn 2007. Some promo singles were misprinted listing "Oh Mother" with a radio edit when in fact it was the album version. However, for the video release, Aguilera used a live recording for the music video and concert footage. The video version runs almost a minute longer than the actual album version.

The song was written about Aguilera's mother's abusive relationship with her husband, Fausto Aguilera. The single contains elements of the song "Vois Sur Ton Chemin" written by Bruno Coulais, which appeared in the 2004 film The Chorus. It was produced by Big Tank, L Boogie, and Aguilera herself.

Music and structure

"Oh Mother" is a moderately slow song written in the key of C♯ minor.[4] Its instrumentation comes from guitar, keyboards, piano, and strings.[5]

Music video

The video premiered and received its first official airing on the German music television channel VIVA.[6] It has been taken from the live DVD of the Back to Basics Tour and features Aguilera singing and clips from the backdrop used during the tour.

Track listing

Maxi basic
  1. "Oh Mother" (Album Version) – 3:45
  2. "Oh Mother" (Instrumental) – 3:45
Maxi premium
  1. "Oh Mother" – 3:45
  2. "Candyman – 3:45
  3. "Ain't No Other Man" (Back to Basics Live in London) – 4:03
  4. "Candyman" (Back to Basics Live in London) – 3:22


Chart (2007) Peak
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[7] 23
Eurochart Hot 100[8] 80
French Airplay Chart[9] 22
Germany (Media Control AG)[10] 18
German Airplay Chart[11] 4
Luxembourgian Airplay Chart[12] 8
Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100)[13] 54
Slovak IFPI Airplay Chart[14] 21
Switzerland (Media Control AG)[15] 79
UK Airplay Chart 25




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