Top Ten Dad Songs

By: Ken Streater | Parenting | Top Ten Lists
           

Sing, smile, cry, reflect, dance, hug your dad, miss your dad, hug your kids. In no particular order, here is our list of the best songs about fathers and fatherhood. 

Okay, so we could not agree on the top ten so there are actually 13 songs.

 

1)      My Father’s Eyes, Eric Clapton

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bocDpFVhyDw

 

2)      There Goes My Life, Kenny Chesney

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lunZqFUl3E (Note: This live version includes a performance with the songwriter, Wendell Mobley, who had and lost a daughter when he was a teenager.)

 

3)      Father and Son, Cat Stevens

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-DsYmxznWA

 

4)      The Living Years, Mike and the Mechanics

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1LIJewNfvU

 

5)      Daddy’s Hands, Holly Dunn

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Q_E6pUwySg

 

6)      The Things We’ve Handed Down, Marc Cohn

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9KvlZWQzRA

 

7)      Highway 20 Ride, Zac Brown

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZMCkufE0X0

 

8)      Coal Miner’s Daughter, Loretta Lynn

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tnQxTFkgSs

 

9)      Daughters, John Mayer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZLbUIa7exE

 

10)   Daddy, Beyonce

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UIUcPyLT8k

 

11)   Dance With My Father, Luther Vandross

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmDxJrggie8

 

12)   I’ve Got a Name, Jim Croce

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmkXlP1VxFQ

 

13)   My Father’s House, Bruce Springsteen 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYDW1bIwIV4 (Note: The first minute of this is a black screen but it then shows Bruce live. The video is shaky but the sound of him singing this live is too powerful to not have this version as our choice.)