10 Great Songs About Dads

by Brett & Kate McKay on June 12, 2012 · 324 comments

in Fatherhood, Relationships & Family


The relationship between fathers and their children is one of the most important and influential of all human connections. Children want to be like their fathers, or their complete opposites. They can feel protected, smothered, or abandoned by their dads. Dads can wonder if they’re doing fatherhood right, struggle to express their love to their children, or regret the things they didn’t say or do.

Any way you slice it, the father/child relationship can stir up a lot of emotions, so it’s no wonder these emotions have sometimes been channeled by musicians into songwriting gold. Fatherhood doesn’t get as many songs penned about it as romantic love to be sure, but there have definitely been some dad-themed gems put out over the decades. In honor of Father’s Day this Sunday, here are ten of my favorites. I know there are many more — so be sure to share your picks with us in the comments!

“Father and Son” by the Artist Formerly Known as Cat Stevens

This 1970 folk rock classic by Cat Stevens captures an exchange between a young, idealistic man looking to break away and live a life of passion, and an old, but wise father telling his son to “Just relax, take it easy.”

While many assume that the bearded, pre-Muslim conversion, hippie Cat Stevens identified only with the freedom-seeking son, in an interview in Rolling Stone, Stevens said: “Some people think that I was taking the son’s side. But how could I have sung the father’s side if I couldn’t have understood it, too? I was listening to that song recently and I heard one line and realized that that was my father’s father’s father’s father’s father’s father’s father’s father speaking.”

“Love Without End, Amen” by George Strait


Country music is filled with songs about dads, but George Strait’s “Love Without End, Amen” is surely the best of the bunch. Ever since becoming a father, I’ve definitely been learning about “the secret about a father’s love” of which good old George Strait croons.

“Papa Was a Rolling Stone” by The Temptations

“Papa Was a Rolling Stone” is a strange musical combination: truly doleful lyrics set to a funky groove. This 1970 dance hit by the Temptations tells the tale of a man discovering that his dad was a lazy, womanizing, good-for-nothing. The song teaches us that if your dad was a bad example on how to be a man, learn from him by doing the opposite…and then get up off your thing and dance until you feel better about it.

“Daughter” by Loudon Wainwright III

I can thank Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up for introducing me to this gem of a song. Whenever I hear it, it makes me want to have a daughter. But even if you have a pack of boys (or a wild and crazy Gus), you can still relate to the pride and love that Loudon Wainwright feels for his little girl. When Wainwright sings, “Everything she knows I taught her,” the truth of how much influence you have on your kiddos really hits you. Wainwright also has another song about fatherhood called “Being a Dad” that’s pretty good too.

“Cat’s in the Cradle” by Harry Chapin

The heartwrenching-est song about fathers and sons ever written. The song is based on a poem written by Harry Chapin’s wife. The couple often worked on each other’s writings, and when Harry first read the poem, he tried setting it to music, but the result didn’t grab him. It was not until his son was born that Chapin felt inspired to give turning the poem into a song another try, and “Cat’s in the Cradle” was the result.

The song tells the story of a man too busy with his career to actually enjoy the people that matter the most. He works to provide for his family, but doesn’t make an effort to build a relationship with his boy. By the time the father realizes what he’s let slip away, and wants to spend time with his son, life has come full circle — his son is too busy for him now. “My boy was just like me.”

Every time I hear this song, I start reflecting on the time I spend with my own boy and how quick he’s going to grow up. Men, if you want a relationship with your son (or daughter) when you’re old and gray, put the smartphone down, leave work at home, and go out and throw the ball around with him when he asks.

“Color Him Father” by the Winstons

Stepfathers often fill the role of the evil villain in books, movies, and music. The Winstons’ 1969 hit “Color Him Father” is a refreshing exception. The sentimental soul song is about a young boy’s love for his super stepdad who married his widowed mother and took on the father role for seven children that weren’t biologically his. The man in “Color Him Father” exemplifies the Art of Dad-liness: he works hard for his family, takes an active role in parenting, and loves his children’s mother.

“A Boy Named Sue” by Johnny Cash

Sometimes an epic bar brawl is just thing a father and son need to mend their relationship. In “A Boy Named Sue,” Johnny Cash recounts the tale of a deadbeat dad who gives his son a girl’s name (Sue) before hightailing it out of town. The boy grows up ridiculed and taunted for his feminine name and vows to find and kill his father for branding him with this indignity. When the boy, now a man, finds his dad in a Tennessee bar, a knife and gun fight ensues (see what I did there?), but by the end, the dad explains why he named his boy Sue, and Sue comes away “with a different point of view.”

I wonder how many dads have named their sons Sue after hearing this song? Any male Sue’s out there?

“My Father’s Eyes” by Eric Clapton

Understanding the backstory of this song makes it all the more poignant. Guitarist Eric Clapton grew up not knowing who his father was. In 1991, Clapton’s four-year-old son fell to his death from the window of Clapton’s Manhattan apartment. “My Father’s Eyes” was Clapton’s way of exploring the grief of not knowing his father and the tragic loss of his own son. He shares in his autobiography that the song describes “the parallel between looking into the eyes of my son, and seeing the eyes of the father that I never met, through the chain of our blood.”

Clapton also wrote “Tears in Heaven” in honor of his dead son. He no longer plays both “My Father’s Eyes” and “Tears in Heaven” during concerts because they’re too emotionally draining.

“Just the Two of Us” by Will Smith

In his debut solo album, Will Smith laid down the best song ever recorded that accurately describes putting in a baby’s car seat for the first time. In all seriousness, “Just the Two of Us” is a great song about being a dad. Smith perfectly captures what a man feels when he sees his baby for the first time or when his kid starts cutting up. Thanks to the Fresh Prince, I find myself singing in my head “Tru dat tru dat, uh ah why you do that, I try to be a tough dad, but you be making me laugh,” whenever Gus gets into mischief.

“The Living Years” by Mike + the Mechanics

There’s a reason “The Living Years,” feels so real and poignant. Not only had the man who penned the lyrics lived the song — BA Robertson’s father, with whom he had a strained relationship, had died three months before his son was born — but Mike Rutherford had also recently lost his father and had a child, and Paul Carrack, who sang lead vocals on the song, had lost his father when he was 11 years old. Put those men’s experiences together, and now you know why the song hits you right in the heart.

“The Living Years” is a gentle reminder to pick up the phone, or better yet, write a letter, to tell dad how much he’s meant to you…while you still can.

What are your favorite songs about fatherhood? Share them with us in the comments!

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1 L.Smak June 12, 2012 at 6:31 pm

“father and friend” by Alain Clark (and his father!) was a big hit overhere (NL) a few years ago… great song. http://itunes.apple.com/nl/album/live-it-out/id275777738

2 Steven June 12, 2012 at 6:32 pm

It’s got to be Nizlopi – JCB Song,

you’ve got to add this!

Cheers,
Steven

3 James M June 12, 2012 at 6:36 pm
4 Doug June 12, 2012 at 6:38 pm

Townes Van Zandt’s “Randall Knife”, Luke Kelly’s “Come My Little Son”, and Phil Coulter’s “The Old Man” should be here.

5 Dan June 12, 2012 at 6:43 pm

“That’s My Job” by Conway Twitty kinda pulls the ol’ heart strings, too.

6 Dann Anthony June 12, 2012 at 6:43 pm

This one –
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVqoc_GOH-0
Sinatra covered it. ‘Nuff said.

7 Jacob B. June 12, 2012 at 6:43 pm

“Drive” by Alan Jackson

8 Dan June 12, 2012 at 6:51 pm

If you like Loudon Wainwright you have to listen to his son Rufus Wainwright’s “Dinner at Eight” for the counter point

9 Chy June 12, 2012 at 6:53 pm

Oh man, Jim Croce’s “Time in a Bottle”, hands down…
http://youtu.be/QBWDHyAct4w

Heartbreakingly beautiful.

10 Tanner June 12, 2012 at 6:57 pm

“He didn’t have to be” by Brad Paisley. Because any man can be a father, but it takes a real man to be a dad.

11 Jason Meader June 12, 2012 at 6:57 pm

The Green Of His Eyes by Mike Cross.

12 Ian June 12, 2012 at 6:59 pm

I totally agree with Jacob B. But I’d also add “Tough Little Boys” by Gary Alan and “Tears in Heaven” by Eric Clapton

13 nora June 12, 2012 at 7:00 pm

“Hey Little Girl” by Jack Johnson moves me to tears everytime.

14 Geoffrey Kidd June 12, 2012 at 7:01 pm

No list should ever leave this one out:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OLHevJPHR8

“Watching Scotty Grow”

15 Mark June 12, 2012 at 7:01 pm

I would also include The Four Tops’ Keeper of the Castle.
Here is a clip from Soul Train.
Great Lyrics.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAGc5xmc_Ts

16 Ian June 12, 2012 at 7:05 pm

whoops just took another look and saw that Tears in Heaven was already mentioned on the list

17 Jason Meader June 12, 2012 at 7:11 pm

The Green of His Eyes by Mike Cross

18 Pat S. June 12, 2012 at 7:15 pm

This is my favorite Father related song. It reminds me so much of my Dad who passed away 8 days after we and the kids had driven cross country because we decided that at their advanced age it would be good to visit my folks whenever possible. I am glad we had a good week before that last day, I will always remember our road trip with him and the breakfast Dad and I shared alone in the diner back in the old neighborhood.

Have some tissues handy when you play this.
http://youtu.be/T-pKY0g9NXk

19 dante sp June 12, 2012 at 7:18 pm

Lulu’s “To Sir with Love”. whenever i hear this song i think of my father. amy grant’s “my father’s eyes” also reminds me of my father.

20 dnaman June 12, 2012 at 7:33 pm

No list would be complete without…

21 George June 12, 2012 at 7:33 pm

Oh it’d have to be Man of the Hour, written by Ed Vedder from Pearl Jam for the film Big Fish. Heartbreaking but uplifting at the same time.

22 dnaman June 12, 2012 at 7:34 pm

No list would be complete without…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxMcYsSkMXg

23 Billy Norris June 12, 2012 at 7:35 pm

You forgot Death of a Salesman by Yellowcard and Old Man by Neil Young.

24 Daniel June 12, 2012 at 7:39 pm

Isn’t She Lovely by Stevie Wonder (I also love the cover by The Idea of North).

I listened to “With Arms Wide Open” by Creed the day my son was born. Yes, I know, it’s Creed, but there’s something about the simplicity in the lyrics of the song that touched me that day. I don’t think I’ve listened to it since, though.

I agree with Steven about the JCB song by Nizlopi.

Also, John Mayer’s song “Daughters” is a good one.

25 allan June 12, 2012 at 7:51 pm

“The Old man” by the Fureys is without a doubt the best Dad song there is. It chokes me up every time I hear it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCSaBYY-wQk

26 troy June 12, 2012 at 7:51 pm

Country man fiddle by the aggrolites. It’s a song about a father who wants to teach his son country music and the son wants to play reggae music. They end up playing music together for all their neighbors. Great song. My son and I sing it together all the time.

27 chuck June 12, 2012 at 7:55 pm

someday never comes by CCR is a good one too

28 Kevin June 12, 2012 at 7:57 pm

As a father to three boys, Solomon Burke singing “Message to my Son” is hands down the greatest father son ever.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOzU9dLQBZ4

29 John June 12, 2012 at 8:02 pm
30 steveo June 12, 2012 at 8:22 pm

Jessica was written by Dickey Betts for his daughter.
That counts.

31 George B June 12, 2012 at 8:41 pm

“Father to Son” by Phil CollIns.

32 Adam June 12, 2012 at 8:50 pm

A little different tone, but the best song for me is Chet Atkins’ “I Still Can’t Say Goodbye”.

33 neal June 12, 2012 at 8:51 pm

This may not only be a song about dads, but it fits pretty perfectly for me.

Noah and the Whale: Give a Little Love

I sing it to my daughter sometimes.

34 Gail June 12, 2012 at 9:04 pm

Old Man by Neil Young and Watching Scotty Grow by Bobby Goldsboro are two great ones.

35 Sean June 12, 2012 at 9:12 pm

A couple off the beaten path ones:

1. Crowe Greenspun – Its no Secret – A rare song that isn’t on YouTube but it has a great message about being proud of the person that your son has become.

2. Tim McGraw – My Old Friend – Even though I have never really liked country music this song has stuck with me and always makes me think of my father-in-law who passed away after a courageous fight with cancer six years ago.

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MR1tGp5EJVY

3. Xavier Rudd – Little Chief – my wife and I’s song for our son Jack. An amazing song written by Xavier for his own son.

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5x3xwTuCsw

4. Street Dogs – Back to the World – a song that isn’t necessarily about being a Dad, but speaks about the things that a drive a man to get back safely from war – his family and seeing his kids before they are all grown up without him.

Link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RaXbjv206o

36 Randall Flagg June 12, 2012 at 9:49 pm

A song that always gets me is Dan Fogelberg’s “Leader of the Band.” My father sang it to my grandfather on his deathbed, and I the song to my father when he passed away. It packs quite an emotional punch. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qsocZrEcp0Y

37 Sean June 12, 2012 at 9:57 pm

“Leader of the Band”, Dan Fogelberg http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYFVEB4j6zI

38 S June 12, 2012 at 10:18 pm

For me it has to be Paul Simon’s “Father and Daughter”, most known from the “Wild Thornburys’ Movie” – I even have it as my ringtone when my daughter calls…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COQPSoRFdwg

39 Samuel June 12, 2012 at 10:25 pm

Leader of the Band! Nothing beats this manly song about dads!

40 Vince C June 12, 2012 at 10:39 pm

Phillips, Craig & Dean – I Want To Be Just Like You

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdhSeA1hva4

41 Parth Awasthi June 12, 2012 at 10:53 pm

Good list. “Papa was a rolling stone” is my personal favourite most in the list though. I’d like to add “Beautiful Boy” by Lennon. Always gets me emotional.

42 Alex Blaine June 12, 2012 at 11:06 pm

“Father, Son” by Peter Gabriel

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PMEuJmz3CU

43 Joe C June 12, 2012 at 11:07 pm

I love a ton of these, but my favorite is “Fathers & Sons” from the musical “Working”.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxgMbMx3i8c

44 Jake G June 12, 2012 at 11:15 pm

I was hoping “Leader of the Band” by Dan Fogelberg would be on here

45 Kath June 12, 2012 at 11:42 pm

Greg Brown–

The Cheapest Kind

Album: Red House 23, has some great family ballads on it. This is the only Greg Brown album that we like– but it is a keeper.

46 CatholicMinnesotan June 12, 2012 at 11:49 pm

Jake, me too.

47 Izidor June 13, 2012 at 12:39 am

This one is nice too. Annette Hanshaw-Daddy Won’t You Please Come Home
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLZWXHWq9p0

48 Eric Pierson June 13, 2012 at 12:41 am

“My LIttle Man” by Ozzy Ozborne.

It is very different from most of his work, and this was about his son Jack before any of that reality show silliness.

When some close friends dies in a car accident, their parents played this song at the funeral. It always stuck with me since then.

49 Chris June 13, 2012 at 3:15 am

Surprised nobody has mentioned Luther Vandross’s “Dance with my father”. I lost my dad young, so this song has always been very touching

50 Phil June 13, 2012 at 4:09 am

Can’t stand Creed, but the song “Better Man” hit home with me and my child

51 mickwoof June 13, 2012 at 5:32 am

Just Like a Man by Biff Rose. Not all men are made of sports equipment, tools & cars. They come in all shapes, sizes, colors & hearts. http://youtu.be/77E9nlm5IJc

52 Marcus June 13, 2012 at 6:15 am

This is probably one of the best songs about fatherhood, or at least the eventuality of it in all of hip-hop.

Check it out, even if you hate rap, it’s an amazing song with deep lyrics. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCTZ54xw_og&feature=related

53 Dave Campbell June 13, 2012 at 6:17 am
54 Dayne Shuda June 13, 2012 at 6:18 am

These are great. I love the ten songs you’ve chosen and others in the comments are great as well.

But my all time favorite Father’s Day song is I Don’t Call Him Daddy by Doug Supernaw (originally released by Kenny Rogers).

It’s a great twist on an all too familiar father-son relationship.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ta0DTKZWVJc

55 carlos June 13, 2012 at 6:24 am

How about forever young by Rod stewart

56 Orac June 13, 2012 at 6:43 am

There’s so many great musical tributes to fathers, but this is one that gets me every time.

http://youtu.be/2AVX2gXlexc

57 Orac June 13, 2012 at 6:54 am

And an oldie that just occurred to me. “That’s My Job” by Conway Twitty.

58 Alex Devlin June 13, 2012 at 7:17 am

Probably not what someone would expect to be a good song, but “There goes my life” by Kenny Chesney. It starts out about how me made a mistake and got a girl pregnant and how his life is now over. And slowly turns into how this mistake becomes his whole life. A great song for soon to be dads to let them know it’s ok to freak out, everyone does! But it’s going to be ok.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xP-Sxfntdb4

59 Drum Stig June 13, 2012 at 7:19 am

Father Son – Peter Gabriel

60 MikE June 13, 2012 at 7:27 am

I think you need an online poll, and see how it turns out. I would have to say Tears in Heaven as on of my top choices

61 Graham June 13, 2012 at 8:01 am

Paul Petersen – My Dad
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-vYuV3OmhE&feature=endscreen&NR=1
This should bring tears to your eyes.

62 Brad June 13, 2012 at 8:04 am

Brett did not forget any songs – the title was 10 great songs about Dads – only 10!!!! Thanks Brett, they all brought back some wonderful memories.

63 Tandemman June 13, 2012 at 8:06 am

Leader of the Band by Dan Fogelberg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYFVEB4j6zI

64 Matt June 13, 2012 at 8:08 am

Even though it’s John Mayer, Daughters is a good reminder of the responsibility a father has in raising girls.

65 Joe June 13, 2012 at 8:11 am

Forever Young – Rod Stewart

66 Dan Parker June 13, 2012 at 8:37 am

Just a great list!
Some that I haven’t heard, some that I haven’t heard for a long time, and some that are on my regular play list. I will download what I don’t have and listen to them all within a few days.

“Father and Son” has always been special to me. It has been interesting to notice the change in my perspective about the song since I first heard it in my late teens until now, in my fifties.

It seemed so in tune with my angsty young man mind, but, even then, I think it helped my understand my father’s perspective, and know, it helps me to remember my son’s.

I am most surprised personally that I do not remember hearing “my Father’s eyes”. I am a Clapton fan of sorts, and know “Tears in Heaven” well, but somehow missed this one. I can’t wait to see what I missed.

I often hear songs that remind me of my father and the good ones always bring a smile or a tear. Most of the titles are escaping me at the moment, though I always remember Cheryl Wheeler’s “Seventy Five Septembers”. Another great Father song.
“Are you more amazed at how things change
Or how they stay the same?”

67 Ray Heilman June 13, 2012 at 8:51 am

“Little Miss Magic” – Jimmy Buffett
“Watercolor Ponies” – Wayne Watson
“Safe at Home (Crayon Sun)” – Michael Franks
“Walkin’ with the Kid” – Huey Lewis and the News
“Butterfly Kisses” – Bob Carlisle
…to name a few! 8-)

68 Norman Gin June 13, 2012 at 8:51 am

“My Dad” (previously mentioned) and “Oh My Papa” are the quintessential Dad songs.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y04seHfYLAA

69 Gentleman Josh June 13, 2012 at 9:10 am

Go On by Jack Johnson

70 Gentleman Josh June 13, 2012 at 9:10 am

Go On by Jack Johnson.

71 John June 13, 2012 at 9:12 am

Qusai’s song Father is undeniably the best. English and Arabic.

72 John June 13, 2012 at 9:13 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8l_cCKLHRoo

Gary Allan – Tough Little Boys. Great Song

73 elliot June 13, 2012 at 9:14 am

I had to scroll down almost to the end t see someone posting “Oh My Papa” by Eddie Fisher. If you are over 50 (I’ll be 62 on Father’s Day), you have to include this song by Fisher. Always brings tears to my eyes.

74 John June 13, 2012 at 9:15 am
75 John June 13, 2012 at 9:17 am

Great song

76 Jason June 13, 2012 at 9:18 am

@Phil I think the song you’re thinking of is “Arms Wide Open”, I believe Better man was a Pearl Jam song about an abusive husband & the woman he has convinced can’t find a better man.

The problem w/ a list like this is only finding 10. No matter how great the list is, there are 1,000 other ones that mean more to other people.

The older my kids get, the more I appreciate the breakfasts at the diner that my dad, my brother & I still take, every Saturday. AND the “pancake morning” every Sunday w/ all of our families. Just the thought of not having those, makes me tear up. Thanks for that. ;)

77 Ryan June 13, 2012 at 9:30 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rg-MhxHKsNk

“Rich Dad, Poor Dad” – Big K.R.I.T.

Not sure how many of you are fans of hip-hop…but this song hit close to home.

78 Sam June 13, 2012 at 9:31 am

Silver Thunderbird, by Marc Cohn. Remade later by Jo Dee Messina, but Cohn’s version is better.

79 Justin June 13, 2012 at 9:41 am

‘It Won’t Be Like This for Long’ by Darius Rucker is a recent father/daughter song

80 Cemal June 13, 2012 at 9:46 am

Hailie’s song by eminem… It’s so honest

81 Jeremy June 13, 2012 at 9:47 am

As someone who has lost his dad, Chet Atkins “I still can’t say Goodbye”. I can barely get through it without tearing up remembering my dad.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwcYKNxXAcw

82 Steve June 13, 2012 at 9:49 am

I fully agree that Leader of the Band and Someday Never Comes are two of the best – also Dance with My Father by Luther Vandross should be on the list.

83 Caleb June 13, 2012 at 9:55 am

“My fathers gun” – Elton John

84 Jonathan June 13, 2012 at 9:59 am

David Bowie – Kooks

One of my favorites about being a parent.

Jonathan Coulton – You Ruined Everything

It’s a bit sappy in the end, but it’s also true. Kids do ruin everything in the best way.

85 Chris June 13, 2012 at 10:05 am

Nice list! I like the addition by the other readers too!

Bruce Springsteen has a number of great father-son relationship songs:
Independence Day
Adam Raised a Cain
My Father’s House
Walk Like a Man

86 Mike June 13, 2012 at 10:09 am

I loved her first- Heartland

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ab4VRWX8y1A

87 Erik June 13, 2012 at 10:11 am

I’m enjoying putting these into a grooveshark.com playlist and letting it ride out. Thanks for the songs everyone.
Check out Clem Snide’s – Find Love
(It’s not necessarily about a father, but is a song a father could sing to kids).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvqritGJGoY

88 Jim June 13, 2012 at 10:16 am

Yeah – Gotta have “Leader of the Band” His blood runs through my instruments…..

89 Corey June 13, 2012 at 10:17 am

Maybe not a fave, but I always thought “Beautiful Boy” by John Lennon was good and captures how you feel when your son is born. I think he wrote it when Sean was born. It also shows up in Mr. Holland’s Opus.

90 Joe June 13, 2012 at 10:34 am

Great list, but of course some more suggestions. I have a play list set up for those stressfull days to help remind me why I keep doing what I do. And after reading this article and the comments, there’s a couple more I’ll be adding to the list.

Randy Owen – Braid my hair
Holly Dunn – Daddy’s Hands
Sara Evans – You’ll Always be my baby
Tim McGraw – My Little Girl
Conway Twitty – That’s my Job
Trace Adkins – Then they do
Jason Michael Carrol – Hurry Home
Craig Campbell – family man
Tim McGraw – Last dollar
Trace Adkins – Just fishin’
Tim McGraw – I Loved Her First

91 Eric June 13, 2012 at 10:58 am

You missed my two favorites:

“The Randall Knife” by Guy Clark

and “Dadd, What If…” This one was written by Shel Silverstein and originally performed by Bobby Bare.

If you have 5 minutes to spare, it is really cool to watch Bobby Bare performing this life with his son back in the 70′s:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmkNBYiUXg8

and then skipping forward in time to a few years ago, where Bare’s son recorded himself playing the same song with his daughter:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w875LKYnLrc

92 Robert June 13, 2012 at 11:00 am

“The Walk” by Sawyer Brown. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7i3pqJ2jqLo

93 Matt June 13, 2012 at 11:12 am

If you really want a song about dad to tug at your heart strings, “Everything I Own” written by David Gates of Bread is really something. Most people that hear it think it is a love song about a girl, but it is really written about his father who had passed away.

94 Chet June 13, 2012 at 11:17 am

I’m a singer with The Barbershop Harmony Society and there’s a song about Dad that most of you will not know. It’s called “My Father, My Friend, My Dad.” It is a true tribute to Dad with lyrics so heart felt that I defy anyone to sing them without getting choked up. Words and music written by Bill Rashleigh and arranged in 4 part Harmony by Earl Moon. You can hear this song recorded by “4 Voices” on their debut album by the same name.

95 Kyle June 13, 2012 at 11:22 am

You forgot the best one…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHg5SJYRHA0

96 Jeb Raitt June 13, 2012 at 11:30 am

“The Leader of the Band” – Dan Fogelburg: An unabashedly sentimental tribute to a father who was also a musician.

“(I Would Give) Everything I Own” -David Gates: Surprising to some people that is IS about his late father, not a lost love.

“Patches” – Clarence Carter: Tribute to a downtrodden but hard-working father who gave his son a mission in life.

“Coward of the County” – Kenny Rogers: A father realizes his mistakes and admonishes his son not to repeat them.

“Danny Boy” – Folk song: A father sends his son off to war, realizing that he (the father) may not live to see the son return.

To the one who named “To Sir With Love:” That song is a tribute to a teacher.

97 Abe June 13, 2012 at 11:35 am

“Living Years” always gets me, as does this gem from progsters Enchant: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gp3TtwDX6F4
Every time, man.

98 Kevin June 13, 2012 at 11:38 am

Ben Folds — “Gracie”

99 dennis neylon June 13, 2012 at 11:48 am

There is a great Steve Goodman song called “My Old Man,” about his late father. Years ago, when the song was new and I was much younger than today, I offended my Dad by calling him my old man (I probably meant to). When he got upset, I played him this song. It didn’t quite fix things (that happened later), but he did like the song.

100 Julie June 13, 2012 at 11:59 am

The Beu Sisters sing a song called “Bring Our Daddy Home” in support of all the fathers fighting at war.
http://youtu.be/LNx5wRnhjr8

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