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Top 10 Songs Inspired By Babies (That Make Jay-Z’s Ode To His Kid Worse Than It Is)

By Catherine Connors |

So, Beyonce and Jay-Z had a baby, and – true to self-indulgent celebrity form – Jay-Z recorded and released a song in honor of that baby before the placenta was even cold. Which might seem odd to you and I – if my husband had taken off to a recording studio while I figured out what the hell to do with our brand new squawling offspring, I think that I’d have been more than a little put out* – but let’s face it: they’re artists. They’re special. They get these creative urges and they just have to give in to them, you know?

*(That said, I did blog about my son’s birth before I could even stand up in the maternity ward, so. Pot, kettle.)

So it is that songs about how blown one’s mind is by one’s own offspring – or even other people’s offspring – are not at all uncommon. Sometimes, they’re even good. Jay-Z’s is not good – it is, actually, really very bad (it contains the line, “you’re my child with a child from Destiny’s Child.” Really.) – but there are quite a few lyrical tributes to babies and children that are very good. Herewith, ten of what I believe to be the very best such tributes (a list that I was tempted to title, Top Ten Songs Inspired By Or Written For Babies Or Children By Preening Grown-Ups, but worried that that was too snarky, because I really do like these songs. ‘Isn’t She Lovely’, these songs are not.)

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Top 10 Songs Inspired By Babies (That Make Jay-Z’s Ode To His Kid Worse Than It Is)

Daughter (Loudon Wainwright)

This song got a lot of exposure when it was included on the soundtrack to the movie Knocked Up, but I totally loved it before that, you guys. Because, seriously, it's just a perfectly lovely song. His ‘Rufus Is A Tit Man’, about his son and breastfeeding, is also awesome, but I don’t know that I’d put it on a shower playlist. Although maybe I would. That would probably be a cool shower.

 


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4 thoughts on “Top 10 Songs Inspired By Babies (That Make Jay-Z’s Ode To His Kid Worse Than It Is)

  1. rev2bebt says:

    “When You Dream” by Barenaked Ladies. Or “Things” on their album “Snacktime”.

  2. JackieMacD says:

    This is awesome. Love many of these songs. Check out this one by Jeff MacDougall, written for his daughter who was waiting overseas to be brought home.

    Song: http://jeffmacdougall.bandcamp.com/album/song-for-lucy

    Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jg2nnlbYpjQ

  3. Jaymie says:

    “It won’t be like this for long” by Darius Rucker That’s my husbands song for our daughter and U gotta say it makes me cry almost every time I hear it.

  4. bekala says:

    Wilco’s “My Darling” (on “Summerteeth”) is another weepie.

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