Favorite TV Dads Over The Years – Who Are Yours?

They’ve been there for us when we’re bored…

They’ve made us laugh…

Sometimes, they’ve shown us their faults or weaknesses…

They’ve come to the rescue in times of need…

They’ve taught us lessons or values in life …

They’ve shown us nurturing and support…

We’ve spent some QUALITY time with their families…

We’ve even looked forward to our weekly visit with them…

I’m talking about our favorite dads from our favorite television shows over the years. Of course, this will vary with individuals  according to your age and what shows you grew up with as well as what you watch currently on TV. But the main focus will be on the TV dads from 50’s TV, 60’s TV, 70’s TV, 80’s TV, 90’s TV and just a little bit into the new millennium (2000’s TV).

With Father’s Day here this weekend, this kind of prompted me to take a look at TV dads over the years, so….. Let’s take a trip back through time and see how many of these TV series you watched faithfully each week anticipating a new adventure with each and every episode. Ironically you’ll find majority of these as “family shows” that the entire family could enjoy together regardless of age. Also a large  majority of these were “sitcoms’ (situation comedies). It’s amazing just how much TV has evolved and changed by today’s standards. I truly miss many of these shows from a bye-gone era. Today is predominately riddled with “reality TV’ with sexual appeal or situations being the dominate factor.

Anyways… I encourage you to please offer your input as to who YOU would rank as YOUR Favorite 3 or Top 5 TV dads of All-Time — Leave your comments below — I’d really like to know  your thoughts 😛

Enjoy the Journey Back Through Time!

1950’s TV Shows

Series that debuted between 1950-1959

Ozzie Nelson as himself from "The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet" (1952-1966)

Danny Thomas as Danny Williams from "Make Room For Daddy" (1953-1964)

Robert Young as Jim Anderson from "Father Knows Best" (1954-1960)

Gene Evans as Rob McLaughlin from "My Friend Flicka" (1956-1957)

John Forsythe as Bentley Gregg from Bachelor Father (1957-1962)

Walter Brennan as Amos McCoy from "The Real McCoys" (1957-1963)

Hugh Beaumont as Ward Cleaver from "Leave It To Beaver" (1957-1963)

Hugh Reilly as Paul Martin from "Lassie" (1958-1964) Although this series aired from 1954-1973 with several cast changes, my favorite years were the "Timmy & Lassie" years that features the Martin Family as Hugh Reilly, June Lockhart & Jon Provost

Carl Betz as Alex Stone from "The Donna Reed Show" (1958-1966)

Chuck Connors as Lucas McCain from "The Rifleman" (1958-1963)

Lorne Greene as Ben Cartwright from "Bonanza" (1959-1973)

Herbert Anderson as Henry Mitchell from "Dennis The Menace" (1959-1963)

1960’s TV Shows

Series that debuted between 1960-1969

 

Fred MacMurray as Steve Douglas from "My Three Sons" (1960-1972)

Andy Griffith as Andy Taylor from "The Andy Griffith Show" (1960-1968)

Fred Flintstone as himself in "The Flintstones" (1960-1966)

Dick Van Dyke as Rob Petrie from" The Dick Van Dyke Show" (1961-1966)

Don DeFore as George Baxter from "Hazel" (1961-1966)

George Jetson as himself in "The Jetsons" (1962-1963)

William Schallert as Martin Lane from "The Patty Duke Show" (1963-1966)

Brian Kelly as Porter Ricks from "Flipper" (1964-1967)

John Astin as Gomez Addams from "The Addams Family" (1964-1966)

Fred Gwynne as Herman Munster from "The Munsters" (1964-1966)

Guy Williams as Dr. John Robinson from "Lost In Space" (1965-1968)

Mark Miller as Jim Nash from "Please Don't Eat The Daisies" (1965-1967)

Brian Keith as Bill Davis (Uncle Bill) in "Family Affair" (1966-1971)

Dennis Weaver as Tom Wedloe from "Gentle Ben" (1967-1969)

Bill Bixby as Tom Corbett from "The Courtship of Eddie’s Father" (1969-1972)

Robert Reed as Mike Brady from "The Brady Bunch" (1969-1974)

1970’s TV Shows

Series that debuted between 1970-1979

Carroll O'Connor as Archie Bunker from "All In The Family" (1971-1979)

Henry Fonda as Chad Smith from "The Smith Family" (1971-1972)

Redd Foxx as Fred Sanford from "Sanford & Son" (1972-1977)

Ralph Waite as John Walton Sr. from "The Waltons" (1972-1981)

Ronny Cox as George Apple from "Apple's Way" (1974-1975)

Tom Bosley as Howard Cunningham (Mr. 'C') from "Happy Days" (1974-1984)

Michael Landon as Charles Ingalls from "Little House On The Prairie" (1974-1982)

John Amos as James Evans Sr. from "Good Times" (1974-1979)

Sherman Hemsley as George Jefferson from "The Jeffersons" (1975-1985)

James Broderick as Doug Lawrence from "Family" (1976-1980)

Dick Van Patten as Tom Bradford from "Eight Is Enough" (1977-1981)

Conrad Bain as Philip Drummond from "Diff'rent Strokes" (1978-1985)

1980’s TV Shows

Series that debuted between 1980-1989

Michael Gross as Steven Keaton from "Family Ties" (1982-1989)

Michael Gross as Steven Keaton from "Family Ties" (1982-1989)

Joel Higgins as Edward Stratton III from "Silver Spoons" (1982-1987)

George Gaynes as Henry Warnimont from "Punky Brewster" (1984-1986)

Bill Cosby as Cliff Huxtable from" The Cosby Show" (1984-1992)

Tony Danza as Tony Micelli from "Who’s The Boss" (1984-1992)

Alan Thicke as Jason Seaver from "Growing Pains" (1985-1992)

Bob Saget as Danny Tanner and John Stamos as Jesse Katsopolis from "Full House" (1987-1995)

Paul Reiser as Michael Taylor & Greg Evigan as Joey Harris from "My Two Dads" (1987-1990)

Ed O'Neill as Al Bundy from "Married With Children" (1987-1997)

John Goodman as Dan Conner from "Rosanne" (1988-1997)

Reginald VelJohnson as Carl Winslow from "Family Matters" (1989-1998)

Homer Simpson as himself in "The Simpsons" (1989-present)

1990’s TV Shows

Series that debuted between 1990-1999

James Avery as Phillip Banks from "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air" (1990-1996)

Tim Allen as Tim Taylor from "Home Improvement" (1991-1999)

William Russ as Alan Matthews from "Boy Meets World" (1993-2000)

Jeff Foxworthy as himself from "The Jeff Foxworthy Show" (1995-1997)

John Lithgow as Dick Solomon from "3rd Rock From The Sun" (1996-2001)

Stephen Collins as Eric Camden from "7th Heaven" (1996-2007)

Peter Boyle as Frank Barone & Ray Ramano as Ray Barone from "Everybody Loves Raymond" (1996-2005)

Hank Hill as himself in "King of The Hill" (1997-2009)

Kurtwood Smith as Red Foreman from "That 70’s Show" (1998-2006)

Peter Griffin as himself in "Family Guy" (1999-present)

2000’s TV Shows

Series that debuted between 2000-2010

Bryan Cranston as Hal from "Malcolm In The Middle" (2000-2006)

Damon Wayans as Michael Kyle from "My Wife & Kids"" (2001-2005)

George Lopez as himself from "George Lopez" (2002-2007)

Jon Cryer as Alan Harper & Charlie Sheen as Charlie Harper from "Two & A Half Men" (2003-present)

Neil Flynn as Mike Heck from "The Middle" (2009-present)

Ed O'Neill as Jay Pritchett from "Modern Family" (2009-present)

Now it’s Your Turn…..

Who are/were your favorite TV Dads?

I encourage you to please offer your input as to who YOU would rank as YOUR Favorite 3 or Top 5 TV dads of All-Time — Leave your comments below — I’d really like to know  your thoughts 😛

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

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

 

 

Songs About Children

We experience a mixture of feelings when it comes to our kids…. especially those formative years of growth. Children have a way of bringing out many of our strongest human emotions and feelings that range from pride to worry, happiness to sadness, hopes to fears, satisfaction to tension, agitation to frustration and so on. We nurture them and give words of praise and encouragement. We look forward to and remember the milestones they reach as they are growing up. We take much pride in their endeavors, accomplishments and achievements. On the other hand they know how to push our buttons… and over time become very good and adept at it 😛 We set boundaries and limits… always trying to look out for their best interest and well-being. Sometimes, on the inside, you kind of wish the time to slow down or freeze on those special moments in life – for your children to enjoy those carefree years of kids simply being kids… before all those responsibilities and obligations kick in as adulthood approaches.

We watch our children growing up in oh so many ways including when your little baby begins to crawl – When your toddler begins to take those first few steps – When you hear the first word spoken by your baby – When you send your little one off to their first day of kindergarten at school – When your child stars to socialize and make his or her first friend – When your adolescent becomes a teenager and the big jump from elementary school to high school – That first dance or prom – That first job – The magic milestone ages of 16, 18 and 21 – Graduation day is another extraordinary moment – basically the transition from youth heading out into the adult world… some to a higher education… some into military service… some into full-time work.

Music is a great way to express those emotions at various stages of your child or children’s growth. Certain songs will reflect certain moments and times in your lives. Songs about growing up is an ideal way of getting your feelings to reach the heart of the listener. There are many songs out their about children – both happy and sad – good times and bad times as life is unpredictable – many about growing up – by a huge plethora of songwriters and musical artists. You’ll find a wide array and variety of these songs – from several decades of music – in the list below to choose from to put to your ipod, music player, burn to CD, or whatever else your intentions may be.

Keep in mind that these are songs ABOUT kids and childhood experiences. These are NOT necessarily songs FOR children (although some are) or BY children (although there are a few sung by kids or excerpts within the songs). Be selective in what you choose. Although many are listed here, there have got to many tons more out there. I’ve tried to keep a majority of these as “mainstream” without digging too deep. Let me know in the comment section below if there are others that you know that should be included here and I will add them when I update this list.

Enjoy!

Songs About Children

Songs About Growing Up

Songs About Childhood Experiences

  1. All-American Girl – Carrie Underwood
  2. Baby Sittin’ Boogie – Buzz Clifford
  3. Beautiful Boy – John Lennon, Celine Dion
  4. Beautiful Child – Fleetwood Mac
  5. Billy Can’t Read – Paul Overstreet
  6. Bimbo – Jim Reeves
  7. Bless The Beasts & The Children – The Carpenters
  8. Butterfly Kisses – Bob Carlisle
  9. Cat’s In The Cradle – Harry Chapin
  10. Check Yes Or No – George Strait
  11. Child Support – Barbara Mandrell
  12. Childhood Places – Dottie West
  13. Children – Johnny Cash
  14. Children’s Marching Song – Mitch Miller & His Gang
  15. Circle Game – Joni Mitchell
  16. Clair – Gilbert O’Sullivan
  17. Coal Miner’s Daughter – Loretta Lynn
  18. Coat of Many Colors – Dolly Parton
  19. Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast – Wayne Newton
  20. Daddy What If – Bobby Bare & Bobby Bare Jr.
  21. Daddy’s Girl – Red Sovine
  22. Daddy’s Hands – Holly Dunn
  23. Daddy’s Little Girl – The Mills Brothers, Al Martino, Frankie J., Faith Hill
  24. Dance Little Jean – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
  25. Don’t Laugh At Me – Mark Wills
  26. Don’t Take The Girl – Tim McGraw
  27. Drive (For Daddy Gene) – Alan Jackson
  28. Eyes of A Child – The Moody Blues
  29. Eyes of A Child – Air Supply, Michael McDonald (different song than above)
  30. Father & Daughter – Paul Simon
  31. Forever Young – Bob Dylan
  32. Forever Young – Rod Stewart (different song than above)
  33. Free To Be You & Me – Marlo Thomas & Friends
  34. Giddy Up Go – Red Sovine
  35. Girls & Boys – Good Charlotte
  36. Go Away Little Girl – Steve Lawrence, Donny Osmond
  37. God Bless The Child – Billie Holiday, Blood Sweat & Tears, Diana Ross, Shania Twain (recorded by several other artists as well)
  38. Greatest Love of All – Whitney Houston
  39. He Walked On Water – Randy Travis
  40. Hell Is For Children – Pat Benatar
  41. Help Pour Out The Rain (Lacey’s Song) – Buddy Jewell
  42. House At Pooh Corner – Kenny Loggins, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
  43. How Far Is Heaven – Kitty Wells
  44. I Am Your Child – Barry Manilow
  45. I Don’t Call Him Daddy – Doug Supernaw, Kenny Rogers
  46. I Loved Her First – Heartland
  47. I Watched It All On My Radio – Lionel Cartwright
  48. In My Daughter’s Eyes – Martina McBride
  49. In My Room – The Beach Boys
  50. It’ll Come Back – Red Sovine
  51. Jack & Diane – John Cougar Mellencamp
  52. Just The Two of Us – Will Smith
  53. Keep It Between The Lines – Ricky Van Shelton
  54. Keep On Singing – Helen Reddy, Austin Roberts
  55. Kid Stuff – Barbra Fairchild
  56. Kids of The Baby Boom – Bellamy Brothers
  57. Kids Say The Darndest Things – Tammy Wynette
  58. Let Them Be Little – Billy Dean, Lonestar
  59. Little Girl – Tim McGraw
  60. Love Without End Amen – George Strait
  61. Lullaby To Him – The Hollies
  62. Mama Let Him Play – Jerry Doucette
  63. Mockingbird – Inez Foxx, Carly Simon & James Taylor, Toby Keith
  64. Mockingbird (Haile’s Song) – Eminem
  65. Mr. Mom – Lonestar
  66. My Boy – Richard Harris
  67. My Front Porch Looking In – Lonestar
  68. No Charge – Melba Montgomery, Shirley Caesar
  69. Nobody’s Child – Hank Snow, Hank Williams Jr., Traveling Wilburys
  70. Oklahoma – Billy Gilman
  71. Old Dogs, Children & Watermelon Wine – Tom T. Hall
  72. One Boy, One Girl – Collin Raye
  73. One Voice – Billy Gilman
  74. One Hundred Children – Tom T. Hall
  75. Patches – Clarence Carter
  76. Playground In My Mind – Clint Holmes
  77. Please Daddy – John Denver
  78. Please Daddy – Dwight Yoakam (different song than above)
  79. Puff The Magic Dragon – Peter Paul & Mary
  80. Puppy Love – Paul Anka, Donny Osmond
  81. Que Sera Sera – Doris Day
  82. Ready Set Don’t Go – Billy Ray Cyrus & Miley Cyrus
  83. Rock & Roll Baby – The Stylistics
  84. Roll on (Eighteen Wheeler) – Alabama
  85. Skip A Rope – Henson Cargill
  86. So Much Like My Dad – George Strait
  87. Stealing Cinderella – Chuck Wicks
  88. Stolen Moments – Jim Witter
  89. Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns N’ Roses, Sheryl Crow
  90. Sweet Little Rock & Roller – Chuck Berry
  91. Teach Your Children – Crosby Stills Nash & Young
  92. Teddy Bear – Red Sovine
  93. Thank God For Kids – Oak Ridge Boys
  94. That’s My Job – Conway Twitty
  95. The Best Day – George Strait
  96. The Dollar – Jamey Johnson
  97. The Game That Daddies Play – Conway Twitty
  98. The Greatest – Kenny Rogers
  99. The Kid – Clint Black
  100. The Kid In Me – Craig Morgan
  101. The Kids Are Alright – The Who
  102. The Kid’s Aren’t Alright – The Offspring
  103. The Little Girl – John Michael Montgomery
  104. The Marvelous Toy – Chad Mitchell Trio, Peter Paul & Mary, John Denver
  105. The Men In My Little Girl’s Life – Mike Douglas
  106. The Obvious Child – Paul Simon
  107. The Only Child – Jackson Browne
  108. Then They Do – Trace Adkins
  109. There Goes My Life – Kenny Chesney
  110. This One’s For The Girls – Martina McBride
  111. This Used To Be My Playground – Madonna
  112. Tough Little Boys – Gary Allan
  113. Two Little Boys – Rolf Harris
  114. Watching Scotty Grow – Bobby Goldsboro
  115. Watching You – Rodney Atkins
  116. What Is Truth – Johnny Cash
  117. When A Child Is Born – Johnny Mathis, Michael Holm, Kenny Rogers (covered by several other artists as well)
  118. When I Grow Up – Pussycat Dolls
  119. When I Grow Up (To Be A Man) – The Beach Boys
  120. When I Was A Boy – Dar Williams
  121. When The Children Cry – White Lion
  122. Where Do The Children Play – Cat Stevens
  123. With A Child’s Heart – Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Raven Symone
  124. Wonderful – Everclear
  125. You & Me Against The World – Helen Reddy
  126. You Can’t Lose Me – Faith Hill
  127. Your Dad Did – John Hiatt
  128. You’re Gonna Miss This – Trace Adkins

Mother’s Day Songs For Mom

Mother’s Day is a very special day to express to mom your love, thanks, gratitude and to let her really know just how special she really is. After all, she raised a family and dealt with all the pressures of raising that family, countless (many times thankless) hours of household duties and obligations and – after all – look how you turned out. Now all family situations are different and you may have thought that yours was not that perfect or typical – however – Mother’s Day as well as mom’s birthday couldn’t be more appropriate to honor mom and maybe give just a small percentage back to her for all that she’s given you over all these years. We learn to appreciate our mothers much more as we grow older and reflect on those formative years when she was always there for us as the ultimate “multi-tasker” (nurturer, counselor, teacher, peacekeeper, mediator, short order cook, first aid specialist, hygiene expert, activity director, laundry commissioner, maintenance supervisor, mender of broken hearts, bruised egos and hurt feelings, judge and jury, taxi driver, chauffeur, etc.)

This list should not only limit itself to the moms out there, but should also give due credit and praise to the mother figures who may have been a strong influence or support factor in your life such as stepmoms, “like-a-moms”, grandmas, aunts, caretakers and godmothers. It’s for those who may have nurtured and cared for you, for those who packed nutritious lunches for you to take to school each day, for those who laundered all those dirty clothes of yours, for those who nursed you back to good health again after dealing with runny noses, splinters, cuts, scrapes, fractures, bruised ribs, bruised egos,  runny noses, colds and the flu, for those who taught you good manners, good posture, and to wear clean underwear in  case you’re ever in an accident and that good guys always win.

Songs for moms are special and every time you hear them, you reflect on the quality time that you spent with her. If you’re enough fortunate to still have mom around, four simple words  are like magic to her ears — “Mom, I Love You” — and you can never say those words enough.

This is a list of “mom” songs – tunes that show gratitude and appreciation for moms. They’re perfect for Mother’s Day, Mom’s or Grandma’s Birthdays, or just to thank her for being your mother – Some are reflective and may bring tears – Others are humorous and upbeat – This should help you to make a CD mix, or maybe find lyrics to write down in a special home-made card, or simply send her a link so that she can listen to the songs. Songs included here cover a wide time frame and wide music genre. Only you can decide what is appropriate and what your mother would appreciate hearing to evoke that special feeling or meaning.

Be sure to check out a few cool Mother’s Day video links at the bottom of this post before you move on – You’ll be glad you did! 🙂


Here is the wonderful compilation of songs appropriate for Mother’s Day, Mom’s Birthday or another special tribute to Mama:

  1. A Bible & A Bus Ticket Home – Collin Raye
  2. A Mother’s Love – Diana Ross, Carnie Wilson
  3. A Mother’s Prayer – Celine Dion
  4. A Song For Mama – Boys II Men
  5. Always On My Mind – Willie Nelson
  6. Angels – Randy Travis
  7. Because You Loved Me – Celine Dion
  8. Blueprint (Momma Loves Me) – Jay-Z
  9. Coat of Many Colors – Dolly Parton
  10. Country Bumpkin – Cal Smith (1974)
  11. Dear Mama – 2Pac (Tupac)
  12. Don’t Forget To Remember Me – Carrie Underwood
  13. ‘Fore She Was Mama – Clay Walker
  14. Forever Young – Rod Stewart
  15. God Bless Mom – The Frames
  16. Hey Mama – Kanye West
  17. I.O.U. – Jimmy Dean (1976) *(check out lyrics & video link below)
  18. I.O.U. (I Owe You) – Lee Greenwood (different version than above)
  19. I Dreamed About Mama Last Night – Hank Williams (1951)
  20. I Hope You Dance – Lee Ann Womack
  21. I Just Called To Say I Love You – Stevie Wonder
  22. I Love My Momma – Snoop Dogg
  23. I Turn To You – Christina Aguilera
  24. I Want A Mom That Will Last Forever – Cyndi Lauper (from Rugrats In Paris soundtrack)
  25. I’ll Always Love My Mama – The Intruders (1973)
  26. I’ll Never Find Another You – The Seekers (1968)
  27. I’m The Only Hell (My Mama Ever Raised) – Johnny Paycheck
  28. In My Daughter’s Eyes – Martina McBride (2004)
  29. In My Life – The Beatles (1965)
  30. In My Mother’s Eyes – Willie Nelson
  31. In This Life – Collin Raye
  32. It’s Your Song – Garth Brooks
  33. Jesus & Mama – Confederate Railroad
  34. Just The Way You Are – Billy Joel
  35. Lady – Styx
  36. Letting Go – Suzy Bogguss
  37. Looking For The Light – Rick Trevino
  38. Mama – Il Divo
  39. Mama – Holly Williams
  40. Mama (I Love You) – Spice Girls
  41. Mama Come Quick – Toby Keith
  42. Mama, Don’t Forget To Pray For Me – Diamond Rio
  43. Mama, I’m Coming Home – Ozzy Osbourne
  44. Mama Knows – Shenandoah
  45. Mama Liked The Roses – Elvis Presley
  46. Mama Said – The Shirelles
  47. Mama Told Me Not To Come – Three Dog Night
  48. Mama Tried – Merle Haggard (1968)
  49. Mama, You’ve Been On My Mind – Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart
  50. Mama’s Bible – Porter Wagoner
  51. Mama’s Song – Carrie Underwood
  52. Mamma Mia – ABBA
  53. Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys – Willie Nelson & Waylon Jennings
  54. Momma Can You Hear Me – Talib Kweli
  55. Mother – Pink Floyd
  56. Mother – The Police
  57. Mother & Child Reunion – Paul Simon
  58. Mother, Mother – Tracy Bonham
  59. Mother of Mine – Donny Osmond
  60. Mother, The Queen of My Heart – Jimmie Rodgers
  61. Mothers Day Song – Tom Gardener
  62. Motorcycle Mama – Sailcat
  63. My Mom – Ukulele Ray (see video link below)
  64. My Mother’s Eyes – Lonnie Johnson, Frankie Valli, Tom Jones, Bette Midler
  65. My Wish – Rascal Flatts
  66. No Charge – Melba Montgomery, Tammy Wynette
  67. Nothing Compares 2 U – Sinead O’Connor
  68. Oh Mother – Christina Aguilera
  69. Que Sera Sera – Doris Day
  70. Roses For Mama – Red Sovine, C.W. McCall
  71. She’s Everything – Brad Paisley
  72. She’s Gonna Fly – Collin Raye
  73. Simple Man – Lynyrd Skynyrd
  74. Somebody’s Hero – Jamie O’Neal
  75. Son of Hickory Holler’s Tramp – Johnny Darrell, Johnny Russell, Kenny Rogers
  76. Teach Your Children – Crosby Stills Nash & Young
  77. Thank You Mom – Good Charlotte
  78. Thanks Again – Ricky Skaggs
  79. That’s What Mama’s Do – Jason Matthews
  80. The Baby – Blake Shelton
  81. The Best Day – Taylor Swift
  82. The Hand That Rocks The Cradle – Glen Campbell & Steve Wariner
  83. The Perfect Fan – Backstreet Boys
  84. The Sweetest Gift – Linda Ronstadt, The Judds, Trisha Yearwood
  85. Thinking of You – Lenny Kravitz
  86. Three Times A Lady – The Commodores
  87. Through The Years – Kenny Rogers
  88. To My Mama – Bow Wow
  89. What A Difference You’ve Made In My Life – Ronnie Milsap
  90. What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
  91. Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler, Gary Morris
  92. You & Me Against The World – Helen Reddy
  93. You Are My Sunshine – Jimmie Davis, Bing Crosby, Gene Autry, Ray Charles, Willie Nelson
  94. You Are So Beautiful – Joe Cocker
  95. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life – Stevie Wonder
  96. You Can’t Lose Me – Faith Hill
  97. Your Mama Don’t Dance – Loggins & Messina, Poison
  98. You Raise Me Up – Josh Groban
  99. Your Song – Elton John
  100. You’re The Inspiration – Chicago

Mom Songs You May Want To Avoid

Here are a few more songs that make reference to mom or mother in the title or lyrics that you may want to think twice about before including them in any playlist made especially for your mama. Just because mother is included here doesn’t necessarily make it appealing or appropriate as these songs definitely have their “issues”. You may have your reasons to include some of these but be forewarned that you’re definitely on “shaky ground” in this territory.

  1. Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
  2. I Love My Momma – Snoop Dogg
  3. I Saw Your Mommy – Suicidal Tendencies
  4. Kyle’s Mom’s A Bitch – Eric Cartman (from South Park fame)
  5. Mama Said – Metallica
  6. Mother – Danzig
  7. Mother – John Lennon
  8. Mother – The Police
  9. Mother Lover – Justin Timberlake & Andy Samberg (from Saturday Night Live)
  10. Mother’s Day – Blink 182
  11. Mother’s Little Helper – The Rolling Stones
  12. My Mom – Eminem
  13. Nimrod’s Son – The Pixies
  14. Stacy’s Mom – Fountains of Wayne

YouTube Video Tribute Links

Very Funny & “Catchy” Audio/Video Tributes

Sentimental & Sincere Audio/Video Tributes

Here’s one more link on this site that you should definitely check out since you’re thinking about mom…

25 Priceless Lessons On Life Learned From Mom

aka… Motherly Advice25 Reasons Why I Owe My MomMom, I.O.U.

25 Priceless Lessons On Life Learned From Mom

Many years ago I came across an article similar to this in a newspaper or magazine that I read somewhere and I’m so glad to have come across this once more on the internet, and completely by accident I might add. I’d like to share this with everyone out there and see how many of these things ring true in your own personal upbringing. Hope this brings back pleasant memories and puts a smile on your face. I also hope this helps you to remember mom just a tad bit more on Mother’s Day as well as her birthday.

Enjoy 🙂

So….. I present to you……….

25 Priceless Lessons On Life

Learned From Mom

~ or ~

25 Reasons I Owe My Mother

(1) – My mother taught me to APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE
“If you’re going to kill each other, do it outside – I just finished cleaning!”

(2) – My mother taught me RELIGION
“You better pray that will come out of the carpet.”

(3) – My mother taught me about TIME TRAVEL
“If you don’t straighten up, I’m going to knock you into the middle of next week!”

(4) – My mother taught me LOGIC
‘”Because I said so, that’s why!”

(5) – My mother taught me MORE LOGIC
“If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you’re not going to the store with me.”

(6) – My mother taught me FORESIGHT…
“Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you’re in an accident.”

(7) – My mother taught me IRONY
“Keep crying, and I’ll really give you something to cry about.”

(8) – My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS
“Shut your mouth and eat your supper!”

(9) – My mother taught me about CONTORTIONISM
“Will you LOOK at that dirt on the back of your neck!”

(10) – My mother taught me about STAMINA
“You’ll sit there until all that spinach is gone!”

(11) – My mother taught me about WEATHER
“This room of yours looks like a tornado went through it.”

(12) – My mother taught me about HYPOCRISY
“If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a million times. Don’t exaggerate!”

(13) – My mother taught me the CIRCLE OF LIFE..
“I brought you into this world… and I can take you out.”

(14) – My mother taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION
“Stop acting like your father!”

(15) – My mother taught me about ENVY
“There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don’t have wonderful parents  like you do.”

(16) – My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION
“Just wait until your father gets home!”

(17) – My mother taught me about RECEIVING
“You are going to get it when you get home!”

(18) – My mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE
“If you don’t stop crossing your eyes, they are going to freeze that way.”

(19) – My mother taught me ESP
“Put your sweater on… don’t you think I know when you’re cold?”

(20) – My mother taught me HUMOR
“When that lawn mower cuts off your foot, don’t come running to me.”

(21) – My mother taught me HOW TO BECOME AN ADULT
“If you don’t eat your vegetables, you’ll never grow up to be big and tall.”

(22) – My mother taught me about GENETICS
“You’re just like your father.”

(23) – My mother taught me about my ROOTS
“Shut that door behind you! Do you think you were born in a barn?”

(24) My mother taught me to THINK AHEAD…
“If you don’t pass your spelling test, you’ll never get a good job.”

(25) – My mother taught me about WISDOM of Age
“When you get to be my age… you’ll understand.”

And here are a few more you can add to the list…


[BONUS #1] – My mother taught me how to solve PHYSICS PROBLEMS…
“If I yelled because I saw a meteor coming toward you, would you listen THEN?”

[BONUS #2] – My mother taught me about THINKING INDEPENDENTLY

“If Tommy jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge, would you have to jump off too?
[BONUS #3] – My mother taught me CONSERVATION and ENVIRONMENTALISM
“Put that back! That’s too expensive! Do you think money grows on trees?”

[BONUS #4] – And my favorite:  My mother taught me about JUSTICE
“One day you’ll have kids… and I hope they turn out just like you.”


A Final Thought

If you’re fortunate enough to still have mom in your life – visit her or call her – say “Thanks Mom”, tell her you love her – and let her know how grateful you are for her never-ending love, understanding, support, and above all, wisdom.

While you’re thinking of Mom – Here’s one more post from this site you may want to check out…

Mother’s Day Songs For Mom

Also ideal to use for her birthday or any other special day set aside to honor mom, grandma, etc.

Songs For Dad

Sometimes we get to reflecting and thinking about our childhood years and our days of growing up so long ago (depending upon your age now). Our memories transport us back to our youth and how we interacted with our parents and siblings – the good times, the not-so-good times, the sad times and how we learned to cope with what we had. And for many of us that had a strong and caring father (or father figure) in our lives, we think back on how our lives were shaped into who we are today. The music list below represents songs that can remind us of our dad, some more insightful than others, some with not so perfect situations, but none-the-less, still remind us about him. Whether you called him dad, daddy, father, pops, papa or any other special name, this will serve as a collection of songs to find to download to your mp3 or computer or to burn to disc. This song inventory could also help make an ideal birthday gift to dad, or could serve as a fitting tribute for dad’s memory. Whatever the situation, here it is for you to decide.

JUST A NOTE >> A majority of the songs below are also listed in the Father’s Day post awhile back, but have been listed again due to the fact of the Father’s Day Song post being referenced only once or twice a year in early June. This reference is meant to be for year-round use as necessary.


Songs For Dad

  1. A Father’s Love (The Only Way He Knew How) – Bucky Covington
  2. Alone Again Naturally – Gilbert O’Sullivan
  3. The Baron – Johnny Cash
  4. Beautiful Boy – John Lennon
  5. The Best Day of My Life – George Strait
  6. A Boy Named Sue – Johnny Cash
  7. Bridge Over Troubled Waters – Simon & Garfunkel
  8. Busy Man – Billy Ray Cyrus
  9. Butterfly Kisses – Bob Carlisle
  10. The Car – Jeff Carson
  11. Cat’s In The Cradle – Harry Chapin
  12. Coal Miners Daughter – Loretta Lynn
  13. Color Him Father – The Winstons
  14. Daddy & Home – Jimmie Rodgers
  15. Daddy Come Home – George Jones
  16. Daddy Frank (The Guitar Man) – Merle Haggard
  17. Daddy Never Was The Cadillac Kind – Confederate Railroad
  18. Daddy Sang Bass – Johnny Cash
  19. Daddy Was An Old Time Preacher – Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton
  20. Daddy What If – Bobby Bare
  21. Daddy’s Cup – Drive-By Truckers
  22. Daddy’s Girl – Red Sovine
  23. Daddy’s Hands – Holly Dunn
  24. Daddy’s Home – Shep & The Limelites
  25. Daddy’s Home – Jermaine Jackson
  26. Daddy’s Home – Cliff Richard
  27. Daddy’s Little Girl – Karla Bonoff
  28. Daddy Loved Trains – Keith Whitley
  29. Daddy’s Song – Nilsson
  30. Dance With My Father – Luther Vandross
  31. Dear Dad – Chuck Berry
  32. The Dirt Road – Sawyer Brown
  33. The Dollar – Jamey Johnson
  34. Don’t Cry Daddy – Elvis Presley
  35. Dream of Our Fathers – Dave Matthews Band
  36. Drive (For Daddy Gene) – Alan Jackson
  37. Father & Son – Cat Stevens
  38. Father & Son – John Williams
  39. Father & Daughter – Paul Simon
  40. Father To Son – Queen
  41. Fathers & Sons – Del McCoury Band
  42. Father’s Son – 3 Doors Down
  43. Father’s Table Grace – Flatt & Scruggs
  44. The Games That Daddy’s Play – Conway Twitty
  45. Giddy Up Go – Red Sovine
  46. A Good Man -Emerson Drive
  47. Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout The Good Old Days) – The Judds
  48. The Greatest Man I Never Knew – Reba McEntire
  49. Grown Men Don’t Cry – Tim McGraw
  50. He Didn’t Have To Be – Brad Paisley
  51. He Walked On Water – Randy Travis
  52. Help Pour Out The Rain (Lacey’s Song) – Buddy Jewell
  53. Hero – Mariah Carey
  54. High Cotton – Alabama
  55. Holes In The Floor Of Heaven – Steve Wariner
  56. Home – Joe Diffie
  57. I Don’t Call Him Daddy – Doug Supernaw
  58. I Don’t Call Him Daddy – Kenny Rogers
  59. I Got A Name – Jim Croce
  60. I Miss You A Little – John Michael Montgomery
  61. I Still Can’t Say Goodbye – Chet Atkins
  62. I Think About You – Collin Raye
  63. I Wish I Could Have Been There – John Anderson
  64. I’ll Stand By You – The Pretenders
  65. In My Father’s Eyes – Eric Clapton
  66. I’ve Been Watching You – Rodney Atkins
  67. Just The Two Of Us – Grover Washington Jr. & Bill Withers
  68. Just The Two Of Us – Will Smith
  69. Keep It Between The Lines – Ricky Van Shelton
  70. Last Game Of The Season (Blind Man In The Bleachers) – David Geddes
  71. Leader Of The Band – Dan Fogelberg
  72. The Living Years – Mike & The Mechanic
  73. Love Without End, Amen – George Strait
  74. Mom & Dad’s Waltz – Lefty Frizell
  75. My Baby & My Wife – Ernest Tubb
  76. My Dad – Paul Peterson
  77. My Father (Always Promised Me) – Judy Collins
  78. My Father’s Eyes – Amy Grant
  79. My Son Calls Another Man Daddy – Hank Williams
  80. Oh Very Young – Cat Stevens
  81. Old Man – Neil Young
  82. Only Daddy That’ll Walk The Line – Waylon Jennings
  83. Papa Can You Hear Me – Barbra Streisand
  84. Papa Was A Rolling Stone – The Temptations
  85. Patches – Clarence Carter
  86. Randall Knife – Guy Clark
  87. Ready Set, Don’t Go – Billy Ray Cyrus & Miley Cyrus
  88. Recollections (The Father’s Theme) – John Williams
  89. See The Big Man Cry – Charlie Louvin
  90. Seein’ My Father In Me – Paul Overstreet
  91. Ships – Barry Manilow
  92. Small Town Southern Man – Alan Jackson
  93. So Much Like My Dad – George Strait
  94. Something Stupid – Frank & Nancy Sinatra
  95. Something To Be Proud Of – Montgomery Gentry
  96. A Song For Dad – Keith Urban
  97. Song For My Father – Horace Silver
  98. Sorry, Love Daddy – Brian McFadden
  99. Talkin’ To The Wrong Man – Michael Martin Murphy
  100. Teach Your Children – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
  101. That Silver Haired Daddy of Mine – Gene Autry
  102. That Silver Haired Daddy of Mine – Johnny Cash
  103. That Silver Haired Daddy of Mine – Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard & Ray Price
  104. That’s My Job – Conway Twitty
  105. There Goes My Life – Kenny Chesney
  106. They Don’t Make ‘Em Like My Daddy Anymore – Loretta Lynn
  107. Things I Wish I’d Said – Rodney Crowell
  108. Through The Years – Kenny Rogers
  109. Time In A Bottle – Jim Croce
  110. To Daddy – Dolly Parton
  111. To Daddy – Emmylou Harris
  112. Unforgettable – Nat King Cole & Natalie Cole
  113. With Arms Wide Open – Creed
  114. You & Me & Time – George Jones
  115. Your Dad Did – John Hiatt
  116. You’ve Got To Stand For Something (Or You’ll Fall For Anything) – Aaron Tippin

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