FlourishAnyway believes there is a playlist for just about any situation and is on a mission to unite and entertain the world through song.
Your Family Is a Family of Incredibles
Let's Celebrate: Fathers, Mothers, Sisters, Brothers, and Others
Families. They can be a source of love, support, frustration, and even embarrassment. But they can also keep you laughing and entertained.
Some of the most memorable funny moments are those I've shared with my family. They are an eclectic bunch of conservative, liberal, wacky, average, frugal, generous and mostly fun people who—except for our genetics—would probably never choose to know one another. What binds us, however, is our shared experience.
Funny Family Memories
One memorable Thanksgiving, my large family gathered around the table to eat dinner. We practiced our best manners because my sister and her then-husband had brought along their three young boys. They were all dressed up, and their 7-year-old, William, was even wearing a suit and tie (his idea, so they claimed.)
As parents bickered over what the baby would eat, young William turned to the rest of the group and said matter-of-factly, "Welcome to HELL."
People all over America were packed around their crowded Thanksgiving tables probably thinking the same thing, but it took a child to verbalize this truism.
1. "We Are Family" by Sisters Sledge
This classic song by Sisters Sledge (1979) celebrates the closeness of family bonds. Fortunately, you can always count on loved ones to help you cherish the good times, as well as ease you through life's tough transitions.
2. "Dance with My Father" by Luther Vandross
In this poignant, career-defining song dedicated to his father, Luther Vandross (2003) reminisces about the bittersweet days he could never get back. When Vandross was a child, his father would pick him up, lift him high in the air, and dance with both he and his mother. Although the singer's father died when he was still a child, the loving memory still brought him comfort as an adult.
Sadly, Vandross suffered a stroke the year that the song was released, and his famous friends rallied in support of him to produce a music video for the song. Vandross won four Grammies for "Dance with My Father" in 2004, including Song of the Year. He died the following year.
3. "Daughters" by John Mayer
John Mayer (2003) advises fathers that their influence confers a lifelong impact on their daughters, particularly in how they trust and relate to others:
You are the guide and the weight of her world
So fathers, be good to your daughters
Daughters will love like you do.
Families: We're All In This Together
4. "Holes In the Floor of Heaven" by Steve Wariner
If you've ever lost a close family member, then you understand what country star Steve Wariner conveys in this tender 1998 hit. Long after your loved one has left this world, you can still feel their presence and they watch over you and share in your special moments.
5. "You’re Gonna Miss This" by Trace Adkins
Trace Adkins (2007) cautions us to slow down and treasure each day. A young woman is in such a hurry to grow up—from college to marriage to parenthood—that the people in her life remind her to treasure what really matters:
You're gonna miss this
You're gonna want this back
You're gonna wish these days hadn't gone by so fast
These are some good times
So take a good look around
You may not know it now
But you're gonna miss this.
6. "There Goes My Life" by Kenny Chesney
In this 2003 song, Kenny Chesney provides an example of how sometimes the biggest joys in life are the ones you least expect. When a young couple is met with an unexpected pregnancy, all the father can think about is, "There goes my life, There goes my future, my everything." As his daughter grows up and leaves home, those words take on a new, heartfelt meaning.
Awkward Family Photos
7. "Don't Forget to Remember Me" by Carrie Underwood
In this 2006 country song, Carrie Underwood describes a young girl's yearning to break free and the loneliness of leaving home. No matter what happens in the world, there's comfort in carrying your family with you wherever you go—even if it's only in your heart.
8. "Daddy’s Hands" by Holly Dunn
Holly Dunn (1986) sees her father's aging hands as being both strong and gentle. He prayed with them, embraced her and patted her on the back when needed, worked hard with his two hands, and held her mother with them. No matter what, "There was always love in Daddy's hands."
9. "Sister Christian" by Night Ranger
Riding in cars with boys can sometimes lead to trouble. This power ballad by Night Ranger (1984) describes the concern of an older brother for his sister, as she grows up too fast.
10. "The Greatest Man I Never Knew" by Reba McEntire
Once you listen to this song, you'll want to call your father and tell him that you love him. Reba McEntire (1992) describes a father who became so wrapped up in his role as provider that he neglected to stop and simply hug his daughter and express how much she meant to him. Although the two were family members, they were most of all strangers. Don't let this happen to you. Be an emotional bridge rather than a wall to those around you.
11. "My Father’s Eyes" by Eric Clapton
Rock legend Eric Clapton (1998) describes his anguish at having never met his father and having his life built upon an uncertain foundation. At the same time, however, he realizes that when he looked into his son's eyes he found the connection he had sought all along.
Are You an Emotional Bridge? Connector or Divider?
12. "I’m Already There" by Lonestar
For families who are separated by a loved one's absence, Lonestar (2001) captures the worry, reassurances, and the yearning to be reunited.
The song became widely associated with military families whose loved ones were deployed after 9/11, but it can also describe those who must travel for work.
13. "Who Says You Can’t Go Home" by Bon Jovi and Jennifer Nettles
You spend the first 18 years of your life trying to escape where you grew up—the town, family, and everything that is familiar—and then after traveling the world, you figure out home is not so bad after all. In this 2006 cross-over hit Bon Jovi and Jennifer Nettles value their family roots and come full-circle in their quest to return home.
14. "Mama Said" by The Shirelles
The Shirelles (1961) offer this classic nod to a mother's sage advice about not worrying too much about what you cannot change.
15. "Because You Loved Me" by Celine Dion
This Grammy Award-winning song was a worldwide hit in 1996, thanks to Celine Dion. Although she added the word "baby" to the songwriter's lyrics, it was actually written as a tribute to a father for his guidance, support and encouragement.
16. "My Town" by Montgomery Gentry
Montgomery Gentry (2002) is proud of their hometown. Although not perfect, it represents familiarity, continuity, and all that is right in the world. With the prevalence of geographic mobility—moving frequently because of jobs, the military, etc.—count yourself lucky if you can say you are truly "from" anywhere.
17. "Hurt" by Christina Aguilera
This 2006 song by Christina Aguilera is full of regret as she takes on the persona of a daughter reflecting on lost opportunities to connect with her father, who has recently passed away.
Would you tell me I was wrong?
Would you help me understand?
Are you looking down upon me?
Are you proud of who I am?
There's nothing I wouldn't do
To have just one more chance
To look into your eyes and see you looking back.
18. "Cat's in the Cradle" by Harry Chapin
Relationships are like investments in that what you get out depends on what you put into them. This classic song by Harry Chapin (1974) recounts a young father who was too busy investing in his own future to spend time with his young son.
The father's inattentiveness comes full-circle in his retirement years, however, when in he becomes the recipient of his grown son's benign neglect. After all, the son had an expert role model.
And as I hung up the phone, it occurred to me
He'd grown up just like me
My boy was just like me.
19. "Butterfly Kisses" by Bob Carlisle
From little girl to teenager to young bride, the daughter in this 1997 song by Bob Carlisle (1997) is dearly treasured by her devoted father. If every child was valued the way she is, the world's problems would be so much smaller.
20. "Hey Brother" by Avicii
This moving song by Avicii (2013) is a testament to the bonds of kinship. Because blood is thicker than water, in your darkest moments, you can always count on family:
Oh, if the sky comes falling down, for you
There's nothing in this world I wouldn't do.
21. "Mama's Song" by Carrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood (2010) promises her mother that the man she is marrying is an earnest life partner who will keep his promises. The daughter is moving away from her mother, and it's a bittersweet time in their lives.
22. "The House That Built Me" by Miranda Lambert
In this Grammy Award-winning song, Miranda Lambert (2010) visits her childhood home, and the memories come rushing in. She asks to come in for a look around, promising to take nothing but a memory.
The house represents more than where she used to do her homework, learned guitar, and where she buried her favorite dog in the yard. Her family home was her foundation in life and reminds her of a time when relationships were simpler and life was less complicated.
23. "I’ll Be There" by Mariah Carey and Trey Lorenz
Whether you prefer the Mariah Carey and Trey Lorenz duet (1992) or the 1970 version by the Jackson Five, this song is about promising to show up, stand up, and be counted in a loved one's life when it's important.
24. "He Didn't Have to Be" by Brad Paisley
Brad Paisley gives a shout-out to step-fathers and other role models in kids' lives in this 1999 chart-topper. The song's protagonist is a five year-old son of a single mother, and almost immediately the man who eventually became his step-father included him in dates and activities. Fast-forward to adulthood as he is ready to become a father himself and the protagonist recalls all the ways his step-father helped him:
Lookin' 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.
25. "Daddy's Little Girl" by Frankie J.
Told from a daughter's perspective, this 2006 song by Frankie J. describes the heart wrenching tale of a family's break-up and the lasting impact of feeling abandoned.
26. "That's My Job" by Conway Twitty
Conway Twitty (1987) descibes his father and role model in this song as the one who provided comfort, guidance, and encouragement as simply part of his job of "dad." He explains to his son:
That's my job, that's what I do
Everything I do is because of you
To keep you safe with me, that's my job, you see.
27. "Sometimes You Can’t Make It on Your Own" by U2
This Grammy Award-winning song by U2 (2004) is about Bono's distant and strained relationship with his dying father. The lyrics reveal that he struggled to bridge their communication divide and his father's tendency to shut others out. He perceived them as ultimately very similar.
28. "Meanwhile Back at Mama's" by Tim McGraw
While the world demands a fast pace, home represents solace and easy predictability. In this song, Tim McGraw (2014) yearns to abandon the high pressure life to return to all the things he thought he'd never miss back at his mama's place.
29. "Somebody’s Hero" by Jamie O'Neal
Jamie O’Neal (2005) reminds us in this sweet song that you don't have to wear a cape, be a rock star, or travel to the moon to be someone's hero. If you're a parent, you probably already are. (Remember this when you are tempted to criticize a parent in front of his or her child.)
30. "Never Gonna Be Alone" by Nickelback
This 2009 power ballad by Nickelback provides a parent's message of unconditional love and support, regardless of any missed opportunities for togetherness in the past:
I'm gonna be there all the way,
I won't be missing one more day,
I'm gonna be there always,
I won't be missing one more day.
Even More Songs About Family: Fathers, Mothers, Sisters, Brothers, and Others
31. My Town
32. Family Tradition
Hank Williams Jr.
33. Love Can Build A Bridge
34. In My Daughter's Eyes
35. Coat Of Many Colors
36. Daddy's Little Girl
37. He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother
38. Family Portrait
39. My Little Girl
40. Black Sheep
42. A Song For Mama
Boyz II Men
43. You'll Always Be My Baby
44. It Won't Be Like This For Long
45. I Hope You Dance
Lee Ann Womack
46. Family Is Family
47. Ready, Set, Don't Go
Billy Ray Cyrus & Miley Cyrus
48. Just Fishin'
49. Love Without End, Amen
50. My Front Porch, Lookin' In
51. Cleaning This Gun (Come On In, Boy)
52. Seein' My Father In Me
53. Family Man
54. Watching You
55. The Walk
56. Father of Mine
57. Confessions of a Broken Heart
58. He Walked On Water
59. Father to Son
60. The Perfect Fan
61. Oh Mother
62. A Song for Mama
Boyz II Men
64. Turn to You
65. Thank You Mom
66. Dear Mom
67. Like My Mother Does
68. Older Sister
69. Sister Oh Sister
Rodney Crowell and Mary Carr (Featuring Roseanne Cash)
70. My Brother
72. In My Daughter's Eyes
73. I Think About You
74. Grandpa, Tel Me 'Bout the Good Ol' Days
75. I Loved Her First
77. Dear Daughter
78. Arms Wide Open
79. Forty Again
80. I'll Be Your Man
Zac Brown Band
81. I'll Always Love My Mama
82. Then They Do
84. If It Wasn't for a Woman
85. Hand That Rocks the Cradle
86. This Song Is for My Mother
87. Father, You Believed
88. My Father's Daughter
Jewel (Featuring Dolly Parton)
89. I Saw God Today
90. Not All Heroes Wear Capes
91. The Season's Upon Us
92. Merry Christmas from the Family
Robert Earl Keene
Needtobreathe (Featuring Gavin McGraw)
94. My Mother's Eyes
96. I Wish Grandpas Never Died
98. For My Daughter
99. A New Day Has Come
101. Granddaddy's Chair
103. Book of John
104. My Old Man
Zac Brown Band
105. Even Though I'm Leaving
106. It Won't Be Like This for Long
107. Bad for Me
Meghan Trainor (Featuring Teddy Swims)
108. The Baby
© 2015 FlourishAnyway
FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 03, 2020:
Peggy - Those family animal names are challenging. Glad you took the quiz. Thank you for stopping by!
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 03, 2020:
Families make the world go round! I think that we all have a mixture of interesting folks in our extended families if truth be told. It looks like I have to go back to school with regard to naming groups of animals. This is a long list of songs related to family and families.
Sam on January 24, 2020:
Some other songs about families I like
My mother's eyes - Alec Benjamin
Mockingbird - Eminem
Brother - Kodaline
To my parents - Anna Klendeline
FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 17, 2019:
waluigi - That's a fairly narrow request. Off the top of my head, other than "Kinfolks," a 2019 country song by Sam Hunt I'm not sure off the top of my head. Rather than catering to what they might already know which is hard to guess with teens, why not expand their horizons and introduce them to some new music you admire?
waluigi on November 13, 2019:
what songs have family in it from the past year that a teengager would know?
FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 16, 2019:
Shannon - Glad you were able to figure it out. I included this song on the playlist, Songs About Unconditional Love. Thanks for stopping by!
Shannon Henry from Texas on September 15, 2019:
I found it! It's actually called "Unconditional" by Clay Davidson.
Shannon Henry from Texas on September 15, 2019:
I was trying to find an appropriate playlist to ask this question....I've been searching for the name of the song and singer of a particular song I remember from around the 90s. Unfortunately, I can't remember who sang it so I can't easily narrow down my search. Do you know of a country song about a father and his unconditional love for a son? One of the verses of the song talks about the father telling his son that it's his way or the highway and the son chooses to leave. But the father's love is still unconditional.
FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on December 15, 2017:
Frank - Glad you enjoyed this! Have a fun-filled weekend!
Frank Atanacio from Shelton on December 14, 2017:
a very fun list.. and I did poorly on that quiz.. 52%... But the crab one I selected delicious.. and that should be right LOL
FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on December 14, 2017:
Kezie - I appreciate your feedback. Have a great day.
Kezie on December 14, 2017:
FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 10, 2017:
mithu babu - Thanks
mithu babu on October 09, 2017:
FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 15, 2017:
Kyah - What a sweet song! I added it at #81. Thank you for the suggestion. Go hug your mama and I'm gonna do the same today. Mothers are a special gift.
Kyah on September 14, 2017:
I'll Always Love My Mama by The Intruders
I heard it when I was driving home one night on Mother's Day. It's an oldie, but a goodie!
FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 23, 2017:
wordsmitty25 - That's a real nice song. It reflects how I feel about my own dad. I've added it. Thank you for the suggestion.
wordsmitty25 on June 22, 2017:
Forty Again by John Berry of his album Faces.
Wholesome, honest, moving and positive... should be at the top of the list!
FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 11, 2017:
Hi - Thank you for the suggestion. I couldn't find it in English, but I'm sure people will see it in the comments here.
Hi on March 10, 2017:
When I saw dear mom by SNSD
FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 21, 2015:
Danny - Thanks for the feedback and for stopping by to read. Have a terrific week!
Danny Cabaniss from Shawnee, Oklahoma on July 20, 2015:
Awesome! I love it when you write about family, and when you write about music, so this makes for a great combination. I love the pictures, and the town names. It all comes together to make a terrific hub!
FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 25, 2015:
VioletteRose - Thank you for reading and taking the time to leave a comment. Have a great rest of the week.
VioletteRose from Atlanta on June 24, 2015:
What a wonderful list of songs for families. The lyrics you shared here are so touching, thanks so much for sharing such beautiful songs!
Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on June 18, 2015:
What an amazing collection of family songs. Many of these cause me to weep, I admit it. The power of music to soothe raw edges and to bring back memories is wonderful..even if it means some unpleasant ones...I have found they enable me to identify what troubled me and let it go.
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Angels are headed your way this morning ps
FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 20, 2015:
Supuni Fernando - Thanks for your kind kudos. Have a great week.
Supuni Fernando from Colombo, Sri Lanka on May 19, 2015:
Amazing post- Family is the best thing in the world.
FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 17, 2015:
Akriti Mattu - Thanks for reading/listening and for the up vote. Have a great weekend!
Akriti Mattu from Shimla, India on May 17, 2015:
What a wonderful post. Voted up.
FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 06, 2015:
torrilynn - They're adorable, aren't they? Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week.
torrilynn on May 06, 2015:
I really do like the photo of the meerkats that you included as well as the songs. thanks for this creative and enjoyable hub. very interesting and informative. Best of wishes.
FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 22, 2015:
Molly - Families are such wonderful resources of love and support, and it's good to celebrate them with song. Thank you for reading.
Molly Layton from Alberta on April 22, 2015:
This is such a great list. It's tough for me to choose a favourite. Thank you for these wonderful songs.
FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 21, 2015:
Suzanne - Thanks for stopping by! I hope you're having a wonderful week! I love that song too although I sure hope I don't create that kind of relationship in my own life.
Suzanne Day from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on April 21, 2015:
Good job on listing best family songs. I really like Cats in the Cradle and We Are Family. Voted useful! x
FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 13, 2015:
Susie - Thanks for stopping by and taking time to listen. That's a great song! I'm glad you found something you enjoyed here. Have a terrific week!
Susie Lehto from Minnesota on April 12, 2015:
Flourish, you must be a true blue music lover. You has so many great songs listed here. I had to listen to "Meanwhile Back At Mama's", I love that song.
FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 08, 2015:
Bill - Thank you for taking the time to visit. My nephew is always brutally honest. I hope you're having a great week!
Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on April 07, 2015:
Another great list Flourish. Includes some timeless classics and a few of my personnel favorites. Great job, enjoyed the list. What would we do without family? Loved the Thanksgiving story :)
FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 07, 2015:
Audrey - Another country music lover! I found it interesting how country had so many of the hits about families. Thanks for your kind words. Have a wonderful week ahead.
FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 07, 2015:
ezzly - Sometimes the unexpected surprises are the best! Thanks so much for voting and sharing. Have a wonderful week.
ezzly on April 07, 2015:
Aw that made me tingle Your anecdote about There Goes My Life - it is sad for parents when their kids fly the nest. Voted up and sharing on twitter
Audrey Selig from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on April 06, 2015:
Hi Flourish - What a great collection of songs, and I do love country. You must have spent a great deal of time compiling this list. Your photos add to the collection and are fun to see. Thanks for sharing. Blessings, Audrey Pinning
FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 06, 2015:
MsDora - Thank you for your generous, kind words. I certainly hope your Easter was a wonderful one spent with family and friends.
Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on April 06, 2015:
Yours is a beautiful family! You provide a list of meaningful songs, and I intend to make to listen to some of them. You also engage us in some fun ways. Thank you.
FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 05, 2015:
Writer Fox - Thank you for visiting and for bookmarking. Have a great week ahead!
FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 05, 2015:
Sunshine625 - Glad you enjoyed this! Have a wonderful Easter with your family.
Writer Fox from the wadi near the little river on April 05, 2015:
Wow - another great list of songs! I think many of these would be great for weddings. I'll bookmark this one for sure.
Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on April 04, 2015:
Way to go Flourish! What an awesome list of songs. As I was reading through the list song suggestions entered my mind and then BAM you mentioned them...I am out of suggestions! :)
FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 04, 2015:
Sha - Thanks for stopping by. I hope your weekend has been a great one. Have a Happy Easter!