Best Songs depicting family relationships

Let’s make a list of songs that really show an appreciation and love between or for family members. Let’s keep them as songs that really show emotion and depict positive family values.

A man for his wife and children “My Front Porch Looking In” by Lonestar

Mother and son “Letters from War” by Mark Schultz

Father and daughter “Butterfly Kisses” by Bob Carlisle, “Emily” by Michael W. Smith

Father and daughters “Then They Do” by Trace Adkins

Father and child (either son or daughter) “Find Your Wings” by Mark Harris

Cousins “Cassie’s Song” by Jeanne Cotter

Husband and wife “I Will Be Here” by Steven Curtis Chapman, “Forever and Ever Amen” by Randy Travis, “Bus Stop” by the Hollies, and “Doo Wah Diddy Diddy” by Manfred Man.

Grandmother and grandson “Remember IOU” by Big Dismal

Surely there must be more than just these. I’m not looking for wedding day songs for husbands and wives (Sorry ladies.) I’m looking for real family love songs here.

SUPPERTIME by Johnny Cash


PATCHES by Clarence Carter

I’m My Own Grandpaw”, by Dwight Latham and Moe Jaffe.

I Loved Her First-Heartland

Voyage by John McDermott

One of my favorite about relationships is “Cat’s In The Cradle” by Harry Chapin. Another is “Thru The Years” by Kenny Rogers.


Legacy of Love by Jenny Klement (Catholic artist/composer)

I suppose ‘A Boy Named Sue’ wouldn’t exactly be in the running…

Jonny Lang – ‘Lie to Me’. Doesn’t seem like it’d fit, but Lang’s mother sings backing vocals – and died of cancer a few weeks later. It gives a whole new meaning to the lyrics :frowning:

“Father and Son”, I can’t remember who sang the original version, but I remember the version of Westlife in the 90’s.

I second that rofl, they actually use that song in classes related to genetics and animal husbandry.

I believe that was Cat Stevens.

“Daddy’s Hands” by Holly Dunn
"Blessed" by Martina McBride
"If Tomorrow Never Comes" by Garth Brooks (not just for husbands and wives–watch the video!)
“Thank God for Kids” by The Oakridge Boys
"There Goes My Life" by Kenny Chesney
"Letting Go" by Suzy Bogguss
"Roses for Mama" by C.W. McCall
"Teddy Bear" by Red Sovine
"Rope the Moon" by John Michael Montgomery (again, watch the video!)
“Tough Little Boys” by Gary Allen
"Louisiana Saturday Night" by Mel McDaniel
"Daddy Sang Bass" by Johnny Cash

There’s a song by, I think, Montgomery Gentry where the father is going off to work and his little son asks his mom why his father has to work so hard and mom says it’s for the money, so the little boy breaks his piggy bank and comes up with, like, seventeen cents, and wants to know how much time it would buy for his dad to spend some time with him.

I’ll be back later with more!


I can’t believe I forgot “Coal Miner’s Daughter” by Loretta Lynn!

God Bless our love by Mary Chapin-Carpenter (originally by John Lennon)
Love grows best in Little Houses by doug Stone
Watching you (I’m your buckaroo) by Rodney Atkins

I’m sure I’ll remember more, but those are my favorites. :slight_smile:

Mother and Child Reunion - Paul Simon. Great song.

Fathers, Be Good to Your Daughters – John Mayer
We Are Family – Sister Sledge
Leader of the Band – Dan Fogelberg (R.I.P.)
In the Living Years – Mike & the Mechanics
My Elusive Dreams – many C & W artists, also Tom Jones
He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother – The Hollies
100 Years – Five for Fighting

I must be brain-dead not to remember this one (especially since Dan Fogelberg’s death has been in the news):

“The Leader of the Band”

And how about these?

“The Baby” by Blake Shelton
"No Man’s Land" by John Michael Montgomery
"That’s My Job" by Conway Twitty

As a PP stated, “Daughters” by John Mayer

“Take Me to the Cross” - Al Denson (great religious message too)
“Dance with My Father” - Luther Vandross
"A Father’s Love" - George Strait (great religious message too)



The Living Years by Mike & the Mechanics
*Coming Around Again *by Carly Simon

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