Country music has a way of bringing out the emotions in all of us, whether we're listening to sad country songs, romantic lyrics, or even funny country songs. And nothing is better than rolling down the windows and belting out the lyrics to a summer country song on a warm-weather roadtrip. But the genre has a lot to say about families and parenthood, and it's no more evident than in these country songs about dads. Whether it's a song about a son who has lost a father or a father's ode to his own child, the relatable lyrics are guaranteed to tug at your heartstrings.
On Father's Day or any time of year, listen to these songs by Luke Combs, Keith Urban, Chris Stapleton, and more, and reflect on the impact a father can have on his family. Share them with your own dad or with friends who are going through hard times. Just be sure to have a box of tissues on hand. These tearjerkers are bound to bring up some feelings.
"Dad" by Tyler Wood
This 2018 song by Tyler Wood carries some powerful lyrics, like "You carried the weight so we'd have a good life / Raised us with love so we could fly / Anyone else would call you Superman / But I just call you Dad."
"Song for Dad" by Keith Urban
Keith Urban recorded this song in 2002 before he and Nicole Kidman had their daughters. He surely has a new perspective now that he is a father himself. The lyrics say, "The older I get the more I can see / How much he loved my mother and my brother and me / And he did the best that he could / And I only hope when I have my own family / That every day I see a little more of my father in me."
"Take You With Me" by Luke Combs
Luke's new song about fatherhood is a sweet tribute to his young son, Tex.
"Takes After You" by ERNEST
ERNEST's song is an ode to his wife Delaney Royer and their son, but he has a lot to say about what it's like to be a dad: "And I'm scared to death 'cause he looks like me / And I pray to God that apple falls a little further from this tree."
"Dad's Old Number" by Cole Swindell
Cole sings about calling his dad's phone number when he needs him, even though he is gone.
"Even Though I'm Leaving" by Luke Combs
Luke's 2019 hit tackles the heartbreaking topic of losing a father.
"My Little Girl" by Tim McGraw
Tim's song about fatherhood is from the soundtrack of My Friend Flicka.
"Things Dads Do" by Thomas Rhett
Thomas Rhett, a father of 5 himself, sings about things dads do: "And I know it seems / Like he's flyin' by the seat of his out of style jeans / You'll get embarrassed when he ruins your cool / When he pulls out his camera on your first day of school."
"My Old Man" by Zac Brown Band
The song talks about the relationship between sons and fathers: "I can still remember every lesson he taught me / Growing up learning how to be / Like my old man."
"Build Me a Daddy" by Luke Bryan
Luke's song tells the story of a young boy who lost his father.
"Man Who Hung the Moon" by Brantley Gilbert
Brantley gets emotional about fatherhood with this song: "And I already know / You'll probably be a mama's boy / It worked out fine for your dad / I hope I'm still your hero / 'Cause I already love you more than / Even I understand"
"Miss My Daddy" by Tyler Hubbard
The Florida Georgia Line singer's song from his solo album has a simple message: "I just miss my daddy."
"Then They Do" by Trace Adkins
Trace sings about the challenges about raising children and how time passes too quickly. He sings, "I swear I can't wait 'til they grow up / Then they do."
"He Didn't Have To Be" by Brad Paisley
Brad Paisley sings about the special role his stepdad played in his life: "Looking back, all I can say about all the things he did for me / Is I hope I'm at least half the dad that he didn't have to be."
"Daddy Doesn't Pray Anymore" by Chris Stapleton
Chris Stapleton recorded this haunting and emotional song after his father's death.
"Highway 20 Ride" by Zac Brown Band
Zac Brown wrote this song as a love letter to his son after he divorced his mom.
"Watching You" by Rodney Atkins
Rodney Atkins's sweet and sentimental song is about a boy who wants to be just like his dad, for better or worse.
"There Goes My Life" by Kenny Chesney
This 2003 song talks about the trials and joys of teenage parenthood.
"It Won't Be Like This for Long" by Darius Rucker
Darius Rucker's tearjerker discusses the difficulties of fatherhood that all go by too quickly.
"Mr. Mom" by Lonestar
And, for some comic relief: This lighthearted song tells the story of a man who finds himself taking on the role of stay-at-home dad.
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