Over the years, there have been a host of songs written about relationships between fathers and their kids. With Father's Day occurring this Sunday June 21 , we've picked out the very best songs about dads - whether they were written by or for fathers A proper tearjerker. It is a tribute to his father, Luther Vandross, Sr, who died due to complications of diabetes, when Luther was seven. Luther's most poignant memory of his dad was him dancing in the house with his kids, which is where the concept of the song came from. Stevens wrote it as part of a proposed musical project starring Nigel Hawthorne, set during the Russian Revolution, but it fell through. Boyzone later scored a hit with it in It was inspired by the awkward relationship between her first husband, James Cashmore, and his father, a politician. Read more: The Story of
Harry Connick, Jr. – ‘Every Man Should Know’
Having a father, or being a father or a stepfather, the familiar bonds of fatherhood can be joyous and complicated. Love songs reign the pop music world, but musicians have been inspired by their fathers or father figures to write some of the most profoundly moving material of their career. No one has gracefully mined personal tragedy quite like Eric Clapton. Released just after Vandross was hospitalised following a stroke due to complications from diabetes, this song quickly became both a commercial and critical success.
Fathers all around the world will appreciate a curated playlist on their special day. From mellow, heartfelt ballads to twangy country music, this list of Father's Day songs is the perfect backdrop as you host the ultimate Father's Day brunch or head out on another fun activity come June Don't forget to grab a thoughtful gift and memorable card to round out a truly memorable day for the most special guy in your life. Don't forget to check out Good Housekeeping's guide to Father's Day This unexpected collaboration is further proof that Queen Bey can nail pretty much any genre, and also tells Dad that you actually were listening to his advice from all these years. It remains a must-have on our Father's Day playlist. Grammy-winner Tim McGraw perfectly articulates the special bond between fathers and daughters with his lyrics: "Chase your dreams but always know the road that will lead you home again. Go on, take on this old world but to me
I got sent home from school one day with a shiner on my eye Fighting was against the rules and it didnt matter why When Dad got home I told that story just like Id rehearsed Then stood there on those trembling knees and waited for the worst. And he said, Let me tell you a secret, about a fathers love A secret that my daddy said was just between us He said daddies dont just love their children every now and then Its a love without end, amen, its a love without end, amen. When I became a father in the spring of 81 There was no doubt that stubborn boy was just like my fathers son And when I thought my patience had been tested to the end I took my daddys secret and I passed it on to him. And I said, Let me tell you a secret, about a fathers love A secret that my daddy said was just between us I said daddies dont just love their children every now and then Its a love without end, amen, its a love without end, amen. Last night I dreamed Id died and stood outside those pearly gates When suddenly I realized there must be some mistake If they know half the stuff I done theyll never let me in Then somewhere from the other side I heard these words again. And they said, Let me tell you a secret, about a fathers love A secret that my daddy said was just between us You see daddies dont just love their children every now and then Its a love without end, amen, its a love without end, amen.