Country music pays homage to lots of things well…America, simple living, God. But one thing it really does well is honor mom and dad. And since Father’s Day is fast approaching, let’s take a look at what’s out there for dear ol’ dad: Kenny Chesney, There Goes My Life. Holly Dunn, Daddy’s Hands. He Didn’t Have To Be from Brad Paisley. I’m Already There, Lonestar. Sawyer Brown, The Walk… there are a ton of great dad songs. But here are 5 of the most solid (in my opinion) that you can break out this weekend in honor of your pops, whoever and wherever he may be.
5) It Won’t Be Like This For Long, Darius Rucker
One of Darius’ first country hits, from 2008, this song is all about something that can get a little lost on a parent sometimes…perspective. A great song, especially for new dads.
4) Zac Brown Band, My Old Man
It’s probably no coincidence that Zac’s latest song was released in the months leading up to Father’s Day. But, well-placed marketing decision or not, it doesn’t matter; this song doesn’t just tug on the heart strings, it yanks them right the hell out. First time I heard it, it didn’t take me a minute before I was bawling like a baby.
3) Tie; Love Without End, Amen and The Best Day, George Strait
I know a tie is a cop out but I wanted to keep this to a “top 5” list. However, I realized I can’t not do a list like this without including both of these gems. So, there. Hey, when you’re talking about George Strait, exceptions are acceptable.
2) Greatest Man I Never Knew, Reba
Not an obvious choice but I love this one because for an older generation of dads, it wasn’t unusual to not be around much, if not so much physically, than emotionally. Running kids to school or picking them up, sharing feelings, “connecting” with them….those were things they just didn’t do. But it didn’t mean they loved their kids any less; times were just different. And this song from Reba captures perfectly that sentiment from the point of view of one of those kids.
1) Drive (For daddy Gene), Alan Jackson
Aaaagh! I love this song, and not just because my dad taught me to drive a boat in much the same way. In fact, you don’t even need to know a Mercury from an Evinrude, because this song isn’t really about dads who give their kids the confidence to navigate a boat or car…it’s about giving them the confidence to navigate life.