Playlist Essentials: Father’s Day

Happy Sunday! Just like I did for Mother’s Day, I’ll be sharing a few of my favorite songs for and about dads in honor of Father’s Day. Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there!

“Anything Like Me” – Brad Paisley

Paisley reflects on all the funny, dangerous, and emotional things he did himself as a kid, and it’s easy to imagine him smiling and shaking his head as he does so. Now he’s on the other side of growing up and he’s the one who has to keep his son from breaking windows and driving too fast—but that’s all part of being a dad.

 

“Watching You” – Rodney Atkins

Kids notice everything, even when you think they’re not looking. This song is a humorous but accurate representation of the realization that your kids are always watching you and copying what you do, whether those habits are good—praying before bed without being told to—or bad—using “a four-letter word that started with ‘S.'”

“Just Fishin'” – Trace Adkins

Every parent knows the years they have with their kids seem to fly past in the blink of an eye. That’s why the little moments and memories are so important, and that’s what this song is about. To a little girl, a day fishing by the river may be just that, a day; but her dad knows this may one day be a treasured memory for both of them.

“Ready, Set, Don’t Go” – Billy Ray Cyrus and Miley Cyrus

A touching song made all the more meaningful by the father-daughter duo of Billy Ray and Miley Cyrus, this captures the conflicting feelings that come with seeing your children grow up and leave home. While your kids might be nothing but excited to start a new chapter in life, as a parent, it’s tough: “This is where you don’t say what you want so bad to say / This is where I want to but I won’t get in the way.”

“I Loved Her First” – Heartland

This one’s also about letting a child go—similar to Carrie Underwood’s “Mama’s Song,” but sung from the opposite perspective. This time it’s a father watching his daughter have her first dance at her wedding, and though he’s obviously happy for her, he can’t help but find it hard to believe the little girl he held not that long ago is here.

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