Nipper’s Top Father’s Day Tunes
It’s Father’s Day and whether you like Folk or R&B, Country or Rock, there have been many songs dedicated to dads over the years or from father’s to their children. Here are a handful that Nipper hopes you enjoy.
“Father to Son” by Queen
Fathers and son everywhere can definitely rock out to this big, dramatic anthem by Queen, which talks about passing wisdom down through generations.
“Father and Daughter” by Paul Simon
It’s basically a rule for all dads to love Paul Simon, and there’s no better Father’s Day tune than this one, where he sings: “As long as one and one is two, there could never be a father love his daughter more than I love you.”
“Cat’s in the Cradle” by Harry Chapin
Harry Chapin’s soft voice is one we’ve all heard before, telling the sad story of a young boy missing his dad. But eventually the boy grows up becomes the busy one.
“Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)” by John Lennon
John wrote this beautiful melody for Sean — his son with Yoko Ono. In an interview, The Beatles member once said, “He is my biggest pride.”
“Daddy Lessons” by Beyoncé featuring Dixie Chicks
This unexpected collaboration is further proof that Queen Bey can nail pretty much any genre, and also tells Dad that you actually were listening to his advice from all these years.
“Just The Two of Us” by Will Smith
In 1997, the actor/rapper put his own spin to Bill Withers’ classic, dedicating the song to his eldest son Trey. It remains a must-have on our Father’s Day playlist.
“My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw
Grammy-winner Tim McGraw perfectly articulates the special bond between fathers and daughters with his lyrics: “Chase your dreams but always know the road that will lead you home again. Go on, take on this old world but to me … you’ll always be my little girl.”
“Song For Dad” by Keith Urban
It goes without saying that the older we get, the more we can see our parents’ mannerisms engrained in us, and it’s not always a bad thing.
“Papa Don’t Preach” by Madonna
Though the relationship between dads and daughters is a sweet one, it can be difficult seeing little girls grow up. In this case, the Queen of Pop asks her dad for support when she’s about to become a young mother, and of course, he’s there for her.
“The Greatest Man I Never Knew” by Reba McEntire
The legendary country singer sings about the reality of many young children with a hard working dad. The main takeaway: he might keep to himself, but he still loves you.
“Daddy’s Hands” by Holly Dunn
The Texan singer memorialized her father through this 1986 country hit song, making us shed a tear or 20.
“Drive (For Daddy Gene)” by Alan Jackson
Fathers and sons don’t need a lot to have a good time together — whether they’re steering a boat or driving an old Ford, the memories last a lifetime.
“My Father’s Eyes” by Eric Clapton
This contemporary song explores the singer’s relationship with his own father as well as with his young son. “In it, I tried to describe the parallel between looking in the eyes of my son, and the eyes of the father that I never met, through the chain of our blood,” he later wrote in his autobiography.
“That’s My Job” by Conway Twitty
The incredibly talented and versatile Conway knew how to make words hit home with lyrics like: “That’s my job, that’s what I do. Everything I do is because of you, to keep you safe with me. That’s my job you see.”
“Father of Mine” by Everclear
Written by the rock band’s lead singer, Art Alexakis, this song quickly gained a following thanks to its upbeat tune and relatability.
“Papa Was a Rolling Stone” by The Temptations
A jazzy intro gives way to a story about a son who never knew his dad. Despite the sad topic, the honest song hit home for a lot of people in the ’70s.
“‘Watchin’ You” by Rodney Atkins
Rodney’s heartwarming, funny song is proof that the kids are always paying attention to how Daddy acts — for better or for worse.
“Daughters” by John Mayer
This soulful song reminds everyone about the importance of a father’s influence on his daughter as she grows and builds her own life. “Fathers, be good to your daughters. Daughters will love like you do,” he sings.
“He Didn’t Have to Be” by Brad Paisley
Father’s Day isn’t just for biological dads; it’s also for stepdads, adoptive dads, and other father figures. The country singer pays tributes to all of them in his song, and hopes he’ll be as good a dad as his own stepfather was.
“Daddy Could Swear, I Declare” by Gladys Knight and the Pops
This funky ’70s song lightly pokes fun at all those times you heard Dad accidentally let a curse word slip around you. Plus, it’s just plain catchy!
“Dance With My Father” by Luther Vandross
This thoughtful song speaks about a son’s treasured memories of dancing with his father, who has since passed away. We dare you not to shed a tear when Luther croons, “How I’d love to dance with my father again.”