Best 23 Songs about Parents

Updated on March 26, 2019
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Music touches my soul. When I am not singing, dancing or playing an instrument, I am writing articles about the songs that I hold dear.

Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.

— Elizabeth Stone

The emotional rush that new parents experience when their baby is born is unlike any other. In my years as a parent, I have come across very few musicians who can express the profound thrill, awe, and level of responsibility that is inextricably woven into the role of parenting. The feelings of love towards your child are strong, and when the lyrics connect with you deep in your heart, you know that the artist is in touch with these same feelings.

Although I will most likely never meet the artists who wrote these lyrics, they have deeply touched my heart. Each song contains an essence that transcends words, notes, and rhythm; they touch a deeper place and tap into the love that exists outside of ourselves in the space between us and our child. I wish the same connection for you with your children. It is never too late to make this connection.

Of course, children love their parents too! The love between a parent and child is one of the most precious and pure connections, something that connects us across generations and ages.

Here is a compilation that I have collected that can express the love between parents and children. I hope they touch you as they have touched me.

Songs about Parenting

Never Grow Up—Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift is an American singer-songwriter who has won several awards (including a Grammy). When she was only 21 years old, she wrote this heart-piercing song.

In it, she follows the country music tradition of telling a story. In this case, it's about savoring the wonderful moments of parenthood, gently shifting from the parent's perspective to the viewpoint of a child who, like Peter Pan, wants to hold onto the joy of being a child and never grow up.

Lyrics to listen for:

To you everything's funny, you got nothing to regret
I'd give all I have, honey
If you could stay like that

Sarah's Song—Sissell

Although this is one of the most powerful songs ever sung about motherhood, it's actually told from the vantage point of the baby. It doesn't get better than this! Sissel is a very popular Norwegian singer who credits Barbara Streisand as an inspiration.

Lyrics to listen for:

When your fingers touch my skin
And you kiss my lips and tickle my chin
I breathe you in, oh Mama, I'm where I belong

In My Daughter's Eyes—Martina McBride

Parents often speak of the lessons they learn from raising their children. Martina McBride, a mother of three daughters, sings about these priceless lessons the way only a mother could. Parenthood forces you to be more than you ever dreamed you could be.

Lyrics to listen for:

I see who I wanna be
In my daughter's eyes

Cat's in the Cradle—Harry Chapin

This is a timeless classic, a heart-wrenching one written in 1974 by Harry Chapin about the opportunities that are lost when a parent can't make time for their child. It attempts to teach a time-earned lesson sooner rather than later and is both a haunting and a cautionary tale.

Lyrics to listen for:

When you comin' home son
I don't know when, but we'll get together then, Dad
We're gonna have a good time then

Daughters—John Mayer

In 2005, singer-songwriter John Mayer won a Grammy for this song that talks about the importance of good parenting in a daughter's life. If a parent fails to treat his daughter well, it will affect her adult relationships with men. John Mayer has also stated in concerts that, in a broad sense, it's also about how someone's past affects whom they become.

Lyrics to listen for:

Fathers, be good to your daughters
Daughters will love like you do
Girls become lovers who turn into mothers
So mothers, be good to your daughters too

Butterfly Fly Away—Miley and Billy Ray Cyrus

It is rare to find a duet between a father and daughter, and this one touches on the difficulty of parenting and the rough road of single parenting. At the same time, it expresses the level of appreciation that children can have for good parents. It is a gentle tune that tells a heartfelt story.

Lyrics to listen for:

Daddy's little girl was here at last
Looked away and back again
Suddenly a year was ten
Don't know how it got so far so fast

Greatest Discovery—Elton John

This one was composed and sung by Elton John for an album in 1970. The lyrics, written by Bernie Taupin, tell the story of a child waking up one morning and discovering he has a new baby brother. It captures the wonder and joy experienced in these moments.

Lyrics to listen for:

Tread neat so small those little feet
Amid the morning his small heart beats

I'm Already There—Lonestar

Andrea Dresdale of Rolling Stone called this song "a finely detailed snapshot of everyday life that'll have anyone in a long-distance relationship reaching for the Kleenex."

Talking to his son on a long-distance call, the father says, "I'm already there, take a look around, I'm the sunshine in your hair, I'm the shadow on the ground, I'm the whisper in the wind..." You may find these lyrics remain with you long after the song ends.

Lyrics to listen for:

We may be a thousand miles apart
But I'll be with you wherever you are...

I'm already there
Take a look around
I'm the sunshine in your hair
I'm the shadow on the ground
I'm the whisper in the wind

Hourglass—Mindy Gledhill

Mindy is a self-described "indie singer-songwriter that will leave you floating like a scoop of vanilla cream in a strawberry soda." "Hourglass" is the ninth track from her 2010 album Anchor. This tune is guaranteed to bring out the warm, tender feelings in even the most worn-out parents.

Lyrics to listen for:

When you reach for the stars
Don’t forget who you are

And please don’t turn around and grow up way too fast
See the sand in my grasp
From the first to the last
Every grain becomes a memory of the past

When you reach for the stars
Don’t forget who you are

I Hope You Dance—Lee Ann Womack

This is a touching tune for anyone you love in your life. Its message is one of encouragement and keeping the sense of wonder that everyone had when they were small.

Lyrics to listen for:

Don't let some hell-bent heart leave you bitter,
When you come close to sellin' out reconsider

My Wish—Rascal Flatts

One of the most popular modern country tunes in recent years, "My Wish" is an uplifting ballad that focuses on everything good that can happen in life. It is the perfect dedication for someone who is just starting a new journey in their life.

Lyrics to listen for:

And while you're out there getting where you're getting to
I hope you know somebody loves you
And wants the same things too

Bridge Over Troubled Water—Simon and Garfunkle

This is a classic expression of love and support, even through tough times and emotional instability. It conveys the feeling of parents telling their children that they will be there for them... no matter what.

Lyrics to listen for:

When tears are in your eyes, I will dry them all;
I'm on your side. When times get rough
And friends just can't be found

Songs for Your Parents

Of course, we also want to thank our parents and tell them how much they mean to us.

Here are some tunes that are perfect for dedicating to parents for different occasions like weddings or graduations, or for no occasion at all.


The Prayer - Andrea Bocelli and Katharine McPhee

Originally written as a duet for Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli, its powerful emotion and lyrical beauty will leave you breathless. It was written as a prayer and sung in both English and Italian. I first discovered this duet on a Josh Groban album years ago and find myself returning to it again and again.

Lyrics to listen for:

I pray you'll be our eyes,
And watch us where we go
And help us to be wise,
In times when we don't know
Let this be our prayer,
When we lose our way
Lead us to a place,
Guide us with your grace
To a place where we'll be safe.
La luce che tu hai

Wind Beneath My Wings—Bette Midler

Without our parents we wouldn't be here, both literally and figuratively. In the best scenario, they really have been the wind beneath our wings, propelling us to new heights. In fact, they've probably influenced us more than we care to realize. This is a pure-hearted testament to those people (including parents) who have helped us get to where we are.

Lyrics to listen for:

Did you ever know that you're my hero
And everything I would like to be?
I can fly higher than an eagle
For you are the wind beneath my wings

You Raise Me Up—Josh Groban

Like the Bette Midler song above, "You Raise Me Up" by Josh Groban gives testament to the people in our lives who have helped us become who we are. It's a reminder to be thankful to the people who have touched your life.

Lyrics to listen for:

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up to more than I can be.

Kind and Generous—Natalie Merchant

People always remember kindness, and we have much to thank our parents for. They were kind and generous even when we did not know how to, or could not, reciprocate. For all those tantrums you threw, for those sleepless nights when they held you, for the support they gave you even if they didn't agree with your decision later on in life, these are the perfect words to thank them with.

Lyrics to listen for:

For your kindness I'm in debt to you
And I never could have come this far without you
So for everything you've done

Do I Make You Proud—Taylor Hicks

One of the feelings that most people can relate to is the desire to make their parents proud of them. Taylor Hicks captures both this sentiment and the reason behind it here.

Lyrics to listen for:

Because of you
I am standing tall
My heart is full
Of endless gratitude
You were the one
The one to guide me through

Songs for Mom

While thanking both parents is important, there are some times when we want to specifically thank or remember one parent or the other. There's no shortage of songs for that special lady in your life, but here are a few of my favorites.

Loves Me Like a Rock—Paul Simon

Paul Simon perfectly describes a mother's love and how it is steady as a rock throughout a child's life.

Lyrics to listen for:

My mama loves, she loves me
She gets down on her knees and hugs me
She loves me like a rock
She rocks me like the rock of ages
And she loves me

Mama Like Mine—The Band Perry

Again, it's country music to the rescue with an incredibly sweet song about a mother's love and how having a good mom can really make all the difference.

Lyrics to listen for:

Oh the wars would all be over
'Cause she'd raise us all as friends
And no one would ever wonder if somebody wanted them
Tonight would be easier
And our dreams would all be deeper
If the world had a mother like mine

Songs for Your Dad

Of course we can't forget dads! Here are some tunes to honor and thank the father figures in our lives.

The Greatest Man I Never Knew - Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson

An emotional ballad about a less-than-emotional father, here Reba McEntire shares her hit with relative newcomer Kelly Clarkson and together they give new life to the song. Parents can love their children in many ways and not all parents are the most expressive. The Greatest Man I Never Knew is about a dad that loved his daughter in ways that he couldn't fully express.

Lyrics to listen for:

The greatest man I never knew
Lived just down the hall
And everyday we said hello
But never touched at all
He was in his paper
I was in my room
How was I to know he thought I hung the moon

I Learned From You - Hanna Montana

Here, Miley Cyrus, formerly known as Hanna Montana, shares some heartfelt appreciation for her dad by acknowledging that while she didn't always listen at first, she does see the wisdom in his ways. Miley sings about her Dad, country music star Billy Ray Cyrus, using country music sensibilities and a pop music edge.

Lyrics to listen for:

You helped me to stand on my own
And I thank you for that
It saved me, it made me
And now that I'm looking back I can say

I learned from you that I do not crumble
I learned that strength is somethin' you choose
All of the reasons to keep on believin'
There's no question, that's a lesson, I learned from you

A Song for Dad—Keith Urban

Again, it's country music to the rescue with Aussie singer-songwriter Keith Urban who sings from the point of view of a father about growing older and how your perspective on life and your parents change.

Lyrics to listen for:

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 everyday I see
A little more of my father in me

For Your Grandad

Grandparents deserve acknowledgment for the deep golden love they share with their grandchildren as well.

I Miss You - Miley Cyrus

A sweet and touching ballad written from the vantage point of a grandchild to her grandfather. The bond between grandchildren and grandparents is precious and when a grandparent passes away, the grandchild is left with feelings and memories that are difficult to process. Here, Miley Cyrus expresses these emotions beautifully and honestly, as only a loving grandchild could.

Lyrics to listen for:

You used to call me your angel
Said I was sent straight down from heaven
You'd hold me close in your arms

I loved the way you felt so strong
I never wanted you to leave
I wanted you to stay here holding me

© 2011 Tracy Lynn Conway


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    8 months ago

    Can't forget Drops of Jupiter! Best mom song ever.

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    Tracy Lynn Conway 

    13 months ago from Virginia, USA

    Thank you, Elsa!

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    13 months ago


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    13 months ago

    Maybe I'm just too demanding

    Maybe I'm just like my father, too bold

    Maybe you're just like my mother

    She's never satisfied (she's never satisfied)

    Why do we scream at each other?

    This is what it sounds like

    When doves cry. --Prince

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    15 months ago

    Mother you left me but I never left you......The soul of John Lennon

    The deeper you go, the higher you fly

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    2 years ago

    Hey Mama-Kanye West. Check it out

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    Katharine severs 

    3 years ago

    I love the songs with deep meanings of life. They touch our hearts so very much. Inspired of God and the love that should always prevail.

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    3 years ago

    thank you sooooooooooo muuuuuucccccccccccccccchhhhhhhhh..... it really helps!

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    *sniffles a little* 

    3 years ago

    Another song which I think can really pull the heartstrings is Slipping Through My Fingers by ABBA

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    Pawel Kostulak 

    3 years ago

    best songs about parents? Parents by Budgie

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    Andrei Andreescu 

    4 years ago from Seattle, Washington

    Lovely,heartmelting songs.I used to have a tensionate relationship with my parents during my early teens but now we are getting along and understand each other just fine! :D.

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    4 years ago

    Lovely songs... I'm going to send a request of your song to Sri Lankan radio for my parents. Thank you so much.

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    5 years ago from PH

    I love these songs... especially Miley's.


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    5 years ago

    This is a nice list. "Sinner" by Andy Grammer is also a pretty good one.

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    Tracy Lynn Conway 

    5 years ago from Virginia, USA


    You're welcome!

    Best, Tracy

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    5 years ago from Doha, Qatar

    thanks for the talented pick Tracey

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    Tracy Lynn Conway 

    6 years ago from Virginia, USA

    Career Mommy - Thank you so much!

    Best, Tracy

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    Tirralan Watkins 

    6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

    Awww what a great hub for parents to read and listen to. I'll have to share this with my husband.

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    Tracy Lynn Conway 

    8 years ago from Virginia, USA

    Soundtrack Junkie, thank you I am glad you enjoyed it.

    Margaret, thank you, glad to hear that you found a favorite artist here.

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    Margaret Scarboro 

    8 years ago

    I love anything by John Mayer. Good job!

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    soundtrack junkie 

    8 years ago from New Hampshire

    awesome hub

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    Tracy Lynn Conway 

    8 years ago from Virginia, USA

    I will have to look for that song, thank you. I love the possibility of adding songs from other genres. I am glad you liked the hub, thank you!

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    8 years ago from Plymouth, Minnisota

    great hub! There is an Indian song from the movie Taare Zameen pur which has an amazing song for mothers. In case you are choosing songs around the globe for parents, do take a look on this song's lyrics.

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    8 years ago

    Your Welcome Tracy As I deep strong emotions About parents and nothing wrong with the rest but all is our generation.Thanks Again

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    Tracy Lynn Conway 

    8 years ago from Virginia, USA

    Jschach, I will take a listen to "Gracie," thank you! Best, Tracy

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    8 years ago

    This hub is so sweet! You should have a listen to Ben Folds' "Gracie". Just a really nice song written for his daughter. Nice job!

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    Tracy Lynn Conway 

    8 years ago from Virginia, USA

    Klipleri, I am so glad you liked the hub and can relate to these deep strong emotions that parents feel towards their children which is expressed in these songs. Thank you!

    Best, Tracy

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    8 years ago

    nice hub i like and i also shared my feelings music of love towards your child are strong, and when a song about parenthood connects with you, deep in your heart.

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    Tracy Lynn Conway 

    8 years ago from Virginia, USA

    Sorry for the delayed response here.

    Howard, thank you so much!

    Kenneth, nothing beats "Cats in The Cradle", the song is unforgettable. Thank you so much for your votes and praise. They are very much appreciated!

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    Kenneth Avery 

    8 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

    Tracy, YOU scored HIGH! Voted Up and away for this hub. Cat's In The Cradle, was THE song for me, nothing wrong with the rest, but Harry was from my generation. Cudo's to my HubFriend, Tracy, an excellent writer.

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    Tracy Lynn Conway 

    9 years ago from Virginia, USA

    Thank you Agsawan! I love the Stevie Wonder song you have mentioned and have sung it to my daughter many times. I think when I was compiling this list of songs I couldn't find a good version of the song to add. I will take a listen to the Kenny Chesney song. I also like the Phil Collins song. Thank you so much for commenting and sharing your favorites!

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    9 years ago

    Great piece here a few of my favorites:

    There goes my life, Kenny Chesney. (I cry everytime.)

    Isn't She lovely, Stevie Wonder

    You'll Be In My Heart, Phil Collins.

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    howard berkun 

    9 years ago

    Nice site and Great Work. Good of you to share all this wonderful advice in such a helpful way!

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    Tracy Lynn Conway 

    9 years ago from Virginia, USA

    Cathmomof4, I am glad that you enjoyed them, even if you cried a little. Thank you!

    Ashley Anne, I am thrilled that you loved the hub. Thank you for your votes!

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    Ashley Esmacher 

    9 years ago from Virginia

    I love this list! Voted up and beautiful!

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    9 years ago

    Pass the Kleenex please!! These are great- thanks for sharing!


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