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"Like My Mother Does" is the coronation song by Lauren Alaina, the runner-up of Season 10 of American Idol.



The song was written by Nathan Chapman, Liz Rose, and Nikki Williams.[1] It was first recorded by seventh-place Season 7 finalist, country singer Kristy Lee Cook,[2] for her Brett James-produced post-Idol album Why Wait? (2008).[2] It was also covered by Jesse Lee.[3]


Lauren's rendition was produced by Aaron Pearce and Tricky Stewart.[1] The single was subsequently released through 19 Recordings & Mercury Nashville.[4] It was also included on her debut album, Wildflower (2011)[1]—which was produced by Byron Gallimore;[4] then, ultimately released through Jimmy Iovine's Interscope Records label.[1]


Lauren performed it for the first time live,[5] during Round 3 of the penultimate Top 2 Finale performance episode.[6] Towards the conclusion, she descended the staircase and approached her mother in the audience, serenading the final lyrics directly to her.[2] The following night, she was declared the runner-up, based upon the results of America's votes.[7]

She made her Grand Ole Opry debut, performing this song, on June 10, 2011.[8] She was accompanied by her competitor: Season 10 winner Scotty McCreery, who sang his own coronation single, "I Love You This Big".[8]

Music Video[]


Lauren Alaina - Like My Mother Does (Official Music Video)

The music video was released on Lauren's Vevo/YouTube channel on August 8, 2011. It has received over 9 million views as of May 2024.[9]

Chart Position[]

Lauren's rendition peaked at #20 on the Billboard Hot 100,[10] as well as #36 on their Hot Country Songs chart (spending 20 weeks in qualifying ranks).[10]

RIAA Certification[]

On June 3, 2021, Lauren's version of this song was certified Gold by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America)—[11]—which indicates when a song or an album crosses the threshold of at least a minimum of a ½-million units sold.[11]


  • Season 20's runner-up HunterGirl (who, coincidentally, was also a blonde female country singer) later opted for this song on Top 7 night, for her Mothers' Day dedication round performance.[12]

See Also[]

  1. Scotty McCreery - "I Love You This Big"

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