Top 10 Father’s Day Songs
‘Father and Daughter’
Within “Alive,” Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder spins the tale of a son who discovers that his stepfather is not his real father, and that his actual father has passed away. Vedder later revealed that the song was autobiographical, based on the aftershocks dealt by tension in the relationship with his stepfather.
‘My Father’s Eyes’
‘Had a Dad’
Jane’s Addiction bassist Eric Avery co-wrote this Jane’s classic with frontman Perry Farrell. The singer helped to illustrate lyrically the feelings that emerged when Avery discovered that his dad was not his biological father.
‘My Father’s House’
A distant relationship with his father inspired Bruce Springsteen to write this song. His father was not enthralled by his son’s musical leanings and famously spoke about “that goddamn guitar” to Springsteen, a moment that was later immortalized as an onstage story from Bruce in the middle of “Growin’ Up.”
The song title stems from the nickname given to Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell’s father during the Vietnam war. Overall, it’s a dark remembrance that Cantrell says was a “healing” experience for both he and his father, who described his time in Vietnam as a “weird” and “sad.”
‘Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own’
Bono wrote this as a letter of sorts to his dad. It details the push/pull relationship that exists between a father and his children, while taking stock of the characteristics that are passed down from father to son. Ultimately, we’re reminded of the importance of the relationship that exists between the two.
‘Teach Your Children’
Graham Nash wrote this tune, featuring a pedal-steel guitar contribution from Jerry Garcia, about the troubled relationship that he had with his father — putting an interesting spin on its lyrics. Nash notes that it started out as a folk song when he was in the Hollies before Stephen Stills put more of a country feel into it, and it wound up on Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young‘s Deja Vu album.