Father’s Day Songs – A Tribute To Dad

This is a personal re-post of the Fathers’ Day post I did a year ago with several changes, improvements and additions — originally posted 4/June/2009


Father’s Day, which is celebrated on the third Sunday in June, is a special day set aside to honor our dad, father, pops, papa (or what ever endearing term you may use for that special nurturing male role model in your life) but should also include any other father figures who may have been part of your life over the years — especially grampa if you’re fortunate enough to still have around. Most of us have our own fond memories and special times spent with our dads. For those fortunate enough to still have dad around,  let him know just how much you love and respect him while you still can. And for those of us who have lost our dads, we still hold a special place in our heart and soul for him and the good times as well as the fond memories linger on and tend to become even stronger on Father’s Day.

I lost my own dad 15 years ago (at the age of 81) and miss his wisdom and advice greatly but somehow I know he will hear these heartfelt songs in Heaven and will no doubt be listening to some of his own favorites from Father’s Day long ago….. probably a few  from the Big Band era as well as  his love for pioneering country music with a great big beaming grin on his face and pride in his heart.

“Happy Father’s Day, Dad ….. I Love Ya”

Happy Father’s Day to all fathers, dads, stepfathers, grandfathers, Godfathers in the spiritual sense, and big brothers who are like fathers. The songs listed below cover a wide span of years as well as genre range. There should be something here that appeals to just about everybody.  So why not put together a CD mix of songs that express your own personal feelings about  your father/child relationship and/or experiences. This should enable you to put together a nice compilation of songs  to give to dad on a customized CD or mp3 — Enjoy 🙂

►►► Make sure to check out more songs for or about dad for all occasions by clicking this link > Songs For Dad

* This following list as well as the above post has been recently updated (June/2010)

Father’s Day Songs For Dad

  1. A Boy Named Sue – Johnny Cash
  2. A Father’s Love (The Only Way He Knew How) – Bucky Covington
  3. A Good Man – Emerson Drive
  4. A Song For Dad – Keith Urban
  5. Beautiful Boy – John Lennon
  6. Best Friend – Nilsson (Theme from the TV Show “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father)
  7. Blind Man In The Bleachers – Kenny Starr
  8. Butterfly Kisses – Bob Carlisle
  9. Cat’s In The Cradle – Harry Chapin
  10. Coal Miners Daughter – Loretta Lynn
  11. Colour Him Father – The Winstons
  12. Daddy – Beyonce
  13. Daddy Frank (The Guitar Man) – Merle Haggard
  14. Daddy Never Was The Cadillac Kind – Confederate Railroad
  15. Daddy Sang Bass – Johnny Cash
  16. Daddy What If – Bobby Bare
  17. Daddy’s Hands – Holly Dunn
  18. Daddy’s Home – Shep & The Limelites
  19. Daddy’s Home – Jermaine Jackson
  20. Daddy’s Home – Cliff Richard
  21. Daddy’s Little Girl – Karla Bonoff
  22. Daddy’s Song – The Monkees
  23. Dance With My Father – Luther Vandross
  24. Drive (For Daddy Gene) – Alan Jackson
  25. Father & Daughter – Paul Simon
  26. Father & Son – Cat Stevens
  27. Father of Mine – Everclear
  28. Father To Son – Queen
  29. Father To Son – Phil Collins
  30. Father’s Song – 3 Doors Down
  31. Forty Again – John Berry
  32. Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout The Good Old Days) – The Judds
  33. Grown Men Don’t Cry – Tim McGraw
  34. He Didn’t Have To Be – Brad Paisley
  35. He Walked On Water – Randy Travis
  36. Hero – Mariah Carey
  37. High Cotton – Alabama
  38. Holes In The Floor of Heaven – Steve Wariner
  39. I Don’t Call Him Daddy – Doug Supernaw
  40. I Don’t Call Him Daddy – Kenny Rogers
  41. I Got A Name – Jim Croce
  42. I Miss You A Little – John Michael Montgomery
  43. I’ll Stand By You – The Pretenders
  44. It’s For My Dad – Nancy Sinatra
  45. Just The Two of Us – Will Smith
  46. Keep It Between The Lines – Ricky Van Shelton
  47. Last Game Of The Season (Blind Man In The Bleachers) – David Geddes
  48. Leader Of The Band – Dan Fogelberg
  49. Let Me Be The Man My Daddy Was – The Chi-lites
  50. Love Without End, Amen – George Strait
  51. Mom & Dad’s Waltz – Lefty Frizell
  52. My Dad – Paul Peterson
  53. My Father (Always Promised Me) – Judy Collins
  54. My Father’s Eyes – Eric Clapton
  55. My Son Calls Another Man Daddy – Hank Williams
  56. Old Man – Neil Young
  57. On My Father’s Wings – The Corrs
  58. One For Daddy-O – Cannonball Adderly
  59. Only Daddy That’ll Walk The Line – Waylon Jennings
  60. Papa – Paul Anka
  61. Papa Can You Hear Me – Barbra Streisand
  62. Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone – The Temptations
  63. Patches – Clarence Carter
  64. Ready Set, Don’t Go – Billy Ray Cyrus & Miley Cyrus
  65. Roots of My Raising – Merle Haggard
  66. Seein’ My Father In Me – Paul Overstreet
  67. So Much Like My Dad – George Strait
  68. Something Stupid – Frank & Nancy Sinatra
  69. Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own – U2
  70. Song For My Father – Horace Silver
  71. Talkin’ To The Wrong Man – Michael Martin Murphy
  72. Teach Your Children – Crosby Stills Nash & Young
  73. Thank You For Being My Dad – Jon Barker
  74. That Silver Haired Daddy Of Mine – Gene Autrey
  75. That’s My Job – Conway Twitty
  76. The Best Day – George Strait
  77. The Best Day – Taylor Swift
  78. The Car – Jeff Carson
  79. The Dirt Road – Sawyer Brown
  80. The Games That Daddy’s Play – Conway Twitty
  81. The Greatest Man I Never Knew – Reba McEntire
  82. The Living Years – Mike & The Mechanics
  83. They Don’t Make ‘Em Like My Daddy Anymore – Loretta Lynn
  84. Things I Wish I’d Said – Rodney Crowell
  85. Things My Father Said – Black Stone Cherry
  86. Through The Years – Kenny Rogers
  87. Time In A Bottle – Jim Croce
  88. Unforgettable – Nat King Cole & Natalie Cole
  89. Walkin’ In My Father’s Shoes – Craig Morgan
  90. Watching You – Rodney Atkins
  91. With Arms Wide Open – Creed
  92. You’ve Got To Stand For Something (Or You’ll Fall For Anything) – Aaron Tippin

* Make sure to check out more songs about dad by clicking this link > Songs For Dad


Speaking of DADS, here’s another post about Fathers you may want to check out from this site:

Favorite TV Dads Over The Years – Who Are Yours?


Father’s Day Facts

caveman-fathers-dayThe idea of Father’s Day was conceived in Spokane, Washington by Sonora Dodd while she listened to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909.

Dodd (now known as “the mother of Father’s Day”) wanted a special day to honor her father, William Smart, a widowed Civil War veteran who was left to raise his six children on a farm.

The following year, June 19, 1910 was chosen for the first Father’s Day celebration, proclaimed by Spokane’s mayor because it was the month of William Smart’s birth.

Decades later, the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers was issued in 1966 when President Lyndon Johnson designated the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. Father’s Day has been celebrated annually since 1972 when President Richard Nixon signed the public law that made it permanent.


Father’s Day By The Numbers

This is a big day for the 66.3 million fathers in America.

happyfathersday1Nearly 95 million Father’s Day cards were given last year in the United States, making Father’s Day the fourth-largest card-sending occasion.

Sons and daughters send 50 percent of the Father’s Day card to their dads. Nearly 20 percent of Father’s Day cards are purchased by wives for their husbands. That leaves 30 percent of the cards which go to grandfathers, sons, brothers, uncles and “someone special.”

While not everyone in America is a fan of Father’s Day, 72 percent of Americans plan to celebrate or acknowledge Father’s Day.


Gifts For Dad On Father’s Day

fathers_day_tieNeckties are an old standby and lead the list of Father’s Day gifts. A good place to buy dad a tie or a shirt might be one of 9,189 men’s clothing stores around the country.

Other items high on the list of Father’s Day gifts include those items you may find in dad’s toolbox such as hammers, wrenches and screwdrivers. You could buy some of these items for dad at one of the nation’s 14,864 hardware stores or 5,795 home centers.

Other traditional gifts for dad such as fishing rods and golf clubs make for a happy Father’s Day for the 22,410 sporting goods stores in America.

More than 68 million Americans participated at a barbeque in the last year — it’s probably safe to assume many of these barbecues took place on Father’s Day.


Mr. Mom

lonestar-mr-momMr. Mom is becoming a more common sight at parks across America with 147,000 estimated “stay-at-home” dads. These married fathers with children under 15 years old have remained out of the labor force for more than one year primarily so they can care for the family while their wives work outside the home. These fathers cared for 268,000 children under 15.

The dads seem to stay home more with younger children. Preschoolers claim 20 percent of fathers with employed wives who were the primary caregiver for their preschooler. In contrast, only 6 percent of fathers provided the most hours of care for their grade-school-aged child.

Many families split the responsibility of child care. Many Dad’s (32%) with full time jobs regularly worked evening or night shifts and were the primary source of care for their preschoolers during their children’s mother’s working hours.

Article Source: US Census Bureau



One Response

  1. I love the songs, especially arms wide open. I recently decided to make my husband a scrap book for
    Fathers Day
    from our baby about why daddy is so wonderful (obviously made by me) so he knows how appreciated he is.

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