I love hearing how my favorite rock stars feel about fatherhood—How it’s changed them, what it means to them, how scared it makes them, and how much they love their babies.
Because I love my babies too.
These are my favorite, sweetest, most poignant songs about fatherhood. I’m not saying you’ll cry when you hear them, but you are definitely dead inside if you don’t.
Best Songs about Being a Dad 1 of 11
Afraid of Everyone by The National 2 of 11
When Matt Berninger became a father, he wrote "Afraid of Everyone" to express the worry and paranoia of being a new dad. Matt goes full Mama Bear, "With my kid on my shoulders I try not to hurt anybody I like . . ."
Afraid of everyone? Sounds about right.
Tears in Heaven by Eric Clapton 3 of 11
Eric Clapton wrote "Tears in Heaven" for his 4-year-old son Conor who died tragically from a fall out of a window.
I can't even.
Hailie’s Song by Eminem 4 of 11
Eminem wrote this song for his daughter Hailie. Now she's 17! "My baby knows that her daddy's a soldier. Nothing can take that from me." Pistol-packing-drug addict who bags on his mama? Not so much. Slim Shady has a giant soft spot for baby girl.
I Will Take You Home by the Grateful Dead 5 of 11
This is the sweetest lullaby ever:
"Ain't no way the bogeyman can get you,
You can close your eyes, the world is gonna let you,
Your daddy's here and he never will forget you,
I will take you home."
How bad to you wish Brent Mydland were your dad right now?
Just the Two of Us by Will Smith 6 of 11
Will Smith's smooth sampling of this Bill Withers' love song is fantastic. It's full of love and advice for his first son, Trey. Any parent can relate to it, "Took an hour just to get the car seat right." Awwwwww, yeeeeee-ah.
But he will test that butt if you cut out of line? Maybe Will has mellowed a little. I'm just saying, have you MET Willow and Jaden?
Be Still by The Killers 7 of 11
So, yeah. I'm just going to put this out there as the most beautiful song about raising kids that I've ever heard and as a mom of a young man turning 16 in a few weeks, I can't hear it without bawling. Go ahead. See if you can.
This song is what my soul wants to tell my son.
Gracie by Ben Folds 8 of 11
Yeah, I wanted to name my daughter Grace so I could sing her this adorable little ditty. Ben Folds, man—you seem like one cute daddy. Kind of jealous of Gracie Girl right about now.
Your Childhood by The Proclaimers 9 of 11
From birth to 5 you're learning. From 5 to 10 you're playing. By the time you're 15 you're never wrong. You turn around and it's all gone, your childhood.
That about sums it up in this super-poignant song by The Proclaimers about what fatherhood means to them. Oh, it's heartbreaking in the best way.
Beautiful Boy by John Lennon 10 of 11
This song is lovely and heartfelt. John Lennon wrote it for his 2nd son, Sean. It is the best song to sing to your son. But I worry that it makes Julian Lennon feel bad when he hears it, prompting him to say "WHAT AM I CHOPPED LIVER?"
Hey Jude by The Beatles 11 of 11
Originally "Hey Jules," Paul wrote this song for Julian. It's a little bittersweet that he doesn't get a sweet song from his father, but a chart-topping ballad by Paul McCartney isn't such a bad consolation prize, is it Jules?
After John Lennon had an affair with Yoko Ono and divorced his first wife, Cynthia, Paul visited her and little Julian. She recalls, "I was truly surprised when, one afternoon, Paul arrived on his own. I was touched by his obvious concern for our welfare . . . On the journey down he composed 'Hey Jude' in the car. I will never forget Paul's gesture of care and concern in coming to see us."
Happy Father’s Day!
Listen to these songs on Spotify: Songs About Being a Dad