Top 10 Songs About Dads In 2022

Billy Joel – Lullaby (Goodnight My Angel)

Billy Joel had a built-in audience when he chose to write a song about his own experience as a parent, as he was already the patron saint of “dad rock.” Joel’s song Alexa Ray is a heartfelt tribute to his daughter, who inspires him to sing from the depths of his own soul. In order to not sing this song when rocking their baby to sleep, any parent would be challenged.

Madonna – Papa Don’t Preach

“Paper Don’t Preach,” like many Madonna songs, was a cultural flashpoint of the 1980s. The pop queen was at the zenith of her powers at the time of the song’s release, but the lyrics sparked a debate on taboo topics including abortion, teen pregnancy, and religion. This song, by Madonna, is both stirring and danceable, all at the same time.

Keith Urban – Song For Dad

One thing that is nearly generally true about becoming a father is that you will ultimately say and do things that your own father said and did. Those things that used to drive you bonkers as a kid. Those things you said you’d never do or say in front of your own children. It’s possible that you and your grandfather may be singing along to Keith Urban’s song for years to come.

Tupac Shakur – Letter 2 My Unborn

Even if their children haven’t been born yet, all dads want to be there for them. It was tragic that Tupac Shakur died before he could have children, but the artist was intelligent enough to leave a lesson for our children to follow. As with Kenny Rogers’ “Coward Of The County,” this song is about a parent pleading with his child to keep away from the problems in his own life.

James Brown – Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag

This was one of James Brown’s most commercially successful songs, and one of the greatest of the “papa” tunes. It’s not particularly a song about a particular parent, but rather a song about an elderly man who finds the bravery to dance and shake his groove thang. Although it is incredibly enjoyable (or humiliating, depending on the dance) for any youngster, it is a song that will make any Dad dance.

John Lennon – Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)

The love a father has for his children is the most amazing and rewarding thing in the world. Known as the rebellious Beatle until his death in 1980, John Lennon revealed his true self on his final album, Double Fantasy. The birth of Sean, Lennon’s second child, re-energized his heart and allowed him to follow the true path of love. It’s a beautiful melody that comes from a place where time has slowed down and you wish you could remain forever. On Father’s Day, you’ll recall this spot.

Madonna “Papa Don’t Preach” (1986)

The love a father has for his children is the most amazing and rewarding thing in the world. Known as the rebellious Beatle until his death in 1980, John Lennon revealed his true self on his final album, Double Fantasy. The birth of Sean, Lennon’s second child, re-energized his heart and allowed him to follow the true path of love. It’s a beautiful melody that comes from a place where time has slowed down and you wish you could remain forever. On Father’s Day, you’ll recall this spot.

Luther Vandross “Dance with My Father” (2003)

This personal issue had never previously been addressed by Luther Vandross in his career as one of R&B’s most sought-after crooners—until he began working on a new song with Richard Marx. “A song that would never ever stop, just so I could dance with my father again” is the heart of the slow-burning adult contemporary slow-burner. As a chart-topper and Grammy winner, it was Vandross’ late-career high point before his death in 2005.

Will Smith “Just the Two of Us” (1998)

“Just the Two of Us” was released at a time when Will Smith was at the height of his fame as a musician and showed a tender side to the already charismatic multi-hyphenate, effectively changing the original Bill Withers/George Washington Jr. song to be more about a father-son bond than a romantic relationship. Smith covers a lot of ground in the song’s brief length, from the beautiful moments of walking to his baby’s crib to the darker counsel of not caring about those who “make you upset” since “hate in your heart can swallow you too.” Will Smith has crafted one of the best modern tributes to the particular bond between father and son in his film, Father’s Day.

Dolly Parton “Daddy’s Working Boots” (1973)

In “Daddy’s Working Boots,” Dolly Parton tells the narrative of her hard-working father via the story of his boots, showcasing her honed attention to lyrical detail. They’ve traveled “a million miles or more,” and, like him, they’re “weary and worn.” As a tribute to the sacrifices he has made to support his family, Parton says, “Dear Lord above, I know up there my Daddy’s got a palace” and that one day he’ll be able to wear golden boots on those beautiful streets. The message is straightforward, yet it has a powerful impact: it pays tribute to all the hardworking fathers out there.

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