Country songs about Dad share a common thread. Take a look at GACTV.com’s Top 20 country songs for Father’s Day that convey a prevailing truth. Becoming a father isn’t necessarily difficult. But being a good dad – well, that is a challenge.
Parenthood is a rich vein for Americana and country songwriters to tap, and, with Father’s Day upon us, it’s a perfect time to run through some of the best songs that deal with good ol’ dad. Some of your favorites might be missing. You could argue, for example, that the Mac Davis song “Watching Scotty Grow” belongs here or that “I Saw God Today” is a better fatherly entry from George Strait than “The Best Day.” But hey, that’s what lists are for: starting up a conversation. If you don’t see your favorite on here, let us know what’s missing!
In no particular order, here are 20 country songs for dads everywhere:
“The Best Day,” George Strait (2000) – A father relives some of his favorite moments with his son, from a camping trip to his son’s wedding day, thinking how each day was the best day of his son’s life – and his, too.
“There Goes My Life,” Kenny Chesney (2003) – Fatherhood isn’t always planned, but being a father turns out to be the best thing that happens to a young man who had planned to get out of his small town as soon as he was old enough.
“Ready, Set, Don’t Go,” Billy Ray Cyrus & Miley Cyrus (2007) – A father has to let his daughter spread her wings and fly, even if the only thing he wants to do is hold on even tighter.
“It Won’t Be Like This For Long,” Darius Rucker (2008) – A newborn baby brings sleepless nights, but as the years pass, a father reflects on just how quickly time went by with his little one.
“Just Fishin’,” Trace Adkins (2011) – A father takes his daughter fishing, but while she’s casting a line, he’s soaking up precious memories she doesn’t yet realize are being made.
“Love Without End, Amen,” George Strait (1990) – The father/son relationship is often used by the church to explain God. George makes those allusions here, portraying Dad – and the guy upstairs – as someone who’s strict, loving and ultimately forgiving.
“That’s My Job,” Conway Twitty (1987) – Dad as protector, Dad as financier, Dad as inspiration from the grave. It sounds heavy, and it is. Beautifully so, with Vince Gill on supporting vocals.
“Drive (For Daddy Gene),” Alan Jackson (2002) – If your dad spent a lot of time under the hood of the car in the driveway, then Alan likely hit the nail on the head for you. There are plenty of car and boat parts in the song, but they’re just a vehicle to show how Dad steered you right.