10 Country Songs About Dads That Speak to Multiple Types of Relationships From Good to Not so Good

Updated on May 22, 2018
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Barbara has spent over forty years writing poems, lyrics, and sayings for cards, and interpreting the meanings and messages in song.

Country Songs to Honor Dad
Country Songs to Honor Dad

Save yourself countless hours of searching for the best country song for dad with this researched list of 10 popular tunes. As you know, it's very time consuming to find just the right song to express your feelings for your loved one.

To make your selection a little easier, you'll find a brief description of what the song is about in the summary list. If the song sounds like a contender to honor your dad, then you listen to the video and read a little more about it further down.

Summary List of the 10 Songs to Honor Dad

1. "A Song for Dad" by Keith Urban - Dedication from a Son Who, As He Gets Older, Sees His Father in Him

2. "A Father's Love" by High Valley - A Father Who Showed Love by Doing Tasks in Lieu of Speaking the words 'I Love You'

3. "I Love You This Much" by Jimmy Wayne - For Those Who Didn't Have the Deep Love of a Father

4. "A Good Man" by Emerson Drive - Is Dad Your Prime Example of What a Good Man Is? If So This is Your Song

5. "Testify to Love" by Wynonna Judd - A Song that Honors All Love

6. "A Love Without End, Amen" by George Strait - A Song about A Dad's Endless Love for his Children

7. "That's My Job" by Conway Twitty - A Song about a Dad being there for His Kids through All Stages of Life

8. "The Greatest Man I Never Knew" by Reba McEntire - A Song about a Dad Who She Really Didn't Know

9. "One Wing in the Fire" by Trent Tomlinson - A Song about a Dad Who Hasn't Been Honorable

10. "He Didn't Have to Be" by Brad Paisley - A Song for a Wonderful Step-Dad

1. "A Song for Dad" by Keith Urban

Album: Golden Road

Year: 2002

You'll find 'A Song for Dad' on the album, Golden Road, released in 2002.
The album contains 12 excellent tracks including 4 Hits; Raining on Sunday, Somebody Like You, Who Wouldn't Wanna Be Me, and You'll Think of Me.

This song is a good choice to honor a father who has passed away.

The song tells the story of a son who wants to be the kind of man his father was when he raises his own family.

This song choice is ideal for a son who wants to acknowledge that his dad still lives within him, so much so, that he sees himself becoming more like his dad every day. The most moving part of the song is when the son says that when he feels he can't go on, he hears his dad telling him that everything's gonna be alright.

Essential Lyrics:

He's in my eyes
My heart, my soul
My hands, my pride
And when I feel alone, And I think I can't go on
I hear him sayin' "Son you'll be alright"
Everything's gonna be alright"
Yes it is

2. "A Father's Love" by High Valley

Album: High Valley

Year: 2011

Although I can't personally relate to this type of relationship, I cry watching this. It's moving in the simplest ways. In our home we always said we loved each other, and we said it often, but I know people in my life who've had a relationship like this with their dad, and that's what reduces me to tears.

Said "When was the last time You had this oil changed" (lyrics) and as the son grows into a man he realizes that this is his father's way of showing him love. The video captures a full life story of love being expressed this way all the up to dad's 65th birthday celebration.

It's heart warming to watch the son, now a grown man, understand that through his entire life, his father was expressing his love to him, the way he knew how.

Essential Lyrics:

He checked the air in my tires, the belts and all the spark-plug wires
Said "When was the last time you had this oil changed?"

3. "I Love You This Much" by Jimmy Wayne

Album: Jimmy Wayne

Year: 2003

Country music artist Jimmy Wayne co-wrote this song with Don Sampson and Chris DuBois. It was the second single to be released from his 2003 album of the same name. The song did very well peaking at #6 on the US Country Charts and #53 on Billboard Hot 100.

It's about a little boy whose father was never around and how that little boy ached for his father's love. He couldn't understand why his dad didn't love him enough to want to be with him.

When his father passes away, that boy, now a man, is left with the emptiness of never knowing, along with a long list of unanswered questions left in the eternal void. A light of hope and understanding is metaphorically gifted to him by God during his father's funeral; God says, however long it takes, I'm never giving up, no matter what, I love you this much (lyrics) - Forgive me father, he then realized he hadn't been unloved or alone all of his life.

Essential Lyrics:

I love you this much
I'm waitin' on you
To make up your mind, do you love me too
However long it takes I'm never givin' up
No matter what I love you this much

4. "A Good Man" by Emerson Drive

Album: Countrified

Year: 2006

You'll find 'A Good Man' as one of the tracks on Emerson Drive's album, Countrified. There are 11 terrific tracks on this song, including their big hit, "Moments".

Whether or not dad is living or unfortunately passed on, this song works either way. The words honor a dad whose been an awesome man throughout his life; yes, nobody's perfect, but if your dad gets pretty close to perfect in your books, then this is the right song choice for him.

Essential Lyrics:

I wanna be the one
When all is said and done
Who lived a good life, loved a good wife
And always helped someone in trouble

5. "Testify to Love" by Wynonna Judd

Album: Touched by an Angel: The Album

Year: 1998

This very moving song was introduced in a TV Episode of Touched by an Angel, as 'The 151st Psalm. However when looking for the song online, most people refer to it as 'Testify to Love'. You really can't listen to this song just once, and it's the perfect dedication to honor how dad loves, and how much.

Although this episode isn't exclusively about a father, it is about a family who is understandably having difficulty coping with the fact that their son is going to pass away. The song is the last item on the little boy's list of things to do before he dies. In tear-jerking format, the song is finished and sung in the little boy's honor, in the presence of his mother, father, sister and family friends.

If your dad loves completely and with all his heart, you can dedicate this song to him (whether he's passed on or still living). In fact, if you're one of the fortunate ones who has a father living while you live, then perhaps you'll want to blast this song from the rooftops in his honor.

Essential Lyrics:

For as long as I shall live
I will testify to love
I'll be a witness in the silence
Says the words are not enough

6. "A Love Without End, Amen" by George Strait

Album: Livin' it Up

Year: 1990

This song draws the comparison between God and a Parent's love for their child..and how forgiving is the basis for unconditional love.

Essential Lyrics:

Let me tell you a secret about a father's love
A secret that my daddy said was just between us
He said daddies don't just love their children every now and then
It's a love without end, amen

7. "That's My Job" by Conway Twitty

Album: Borderline

Year: 1987

A father child song about how everything he does is because of his child..that's his job. As the years go on, the teenage years become difficult, but great love is unconditional, and dad is there helping him again, and the story continues as the boy becomes a man.

Essential Lyrics:

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.
Everything I do is because of you

8. "The Greatest Man I Never Knew" by Reba McEntire

Album: For My Broken Heart

Year: 1992

In this song, the daughter sings about how her father never said the words 'I Love You'. He showed his love, but she never heard him speak the words. She comes to understand that perhaps dad just assumed she knew how he felt.

Essential Lyrics:

The greatest man I never knew lived just down the hall,
and every day 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?

9. "One Wing in the Fire" by Trent Tomlinson

Album: Country is My Rock

Year: 2006

He hasn't been a perfect dad, but he's been there for his kids when they needed him. He's walked too close to the edge and hasn't led a perfect life. But his son asks God in his prayers to believe in him.

Essential Lyrics:

And I know he lives a little left of living right
And he's come close to goin' way too far a few times
But I'd trade a thousand prayers if just one prayer would come true
Lord, please believe in him, like I believe in you

10. "He Didn't Have to Be" by Brad Paisley

Album: Who Needs Pictures

Year: 1999

This song is completely moving - in every single way - It honors all of the amazing stepfathers who didn't have to be amazing. It takes a village to raise a child, but it means so much to a child when their step dad loves them as their own.

Essential Lyrics:

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

Questions & Answers

    © 2014 Barbara Tremblay Cipak

    What's Your Favorite Song to Honor Dad ...doesn't have to be Country of course!

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      • Brite-Ideas profile imageAUTHOR

        Barbara Tremblay Cipak 

        4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

        such a moving comment Lorelei, it's wonderful that you both were able to find a measure of peace and respect no matter what.

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        Lorelei Cohen 

        4 years ago from Canada

        My father was an amazing man and I sure miss him now. For personal reasons he and I did not speak to each other the last years of his life but I think he understood. I think that if I had those years to do over again it still would have ended the same but I think that he knew through that time how much I still admired him.

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        Eugene Samuel Monaco 

        4 years ago from Lakewood New York

        A wonderful selection for this very special day, I hope you had a wonderful day Sunday!!! Thanks :)

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        GrammieOlivia 

        4 years ago

        Oh I think you have covered a lot of bases with these songs, all of them are great! Love this lens and the stories it help tell.

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        Merry Citarella 

        4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

        Sweet songs and a beautiful Lens! Hope your day today is filled with good memories that keep you smiling.

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        Nithya Venkat aka Vellur 

        4 years ago from Dubai

        Great song selection for dad in appreciation!

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        Susan Deppner 

        4 years ago from Arkansas USA

        Wonderful list! I love the "Testify to Love" song and remember that episode of Touched by an Angel. Beautifully done tribute page for all fathers!

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        Barbara Tremblay Cipak 

        4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

        @David Stone1: thank you David

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        Barbara Tremblay Cipak 

        4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

        @Margaret Schindel: thank you Margaret sorry for your loss too

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        Margaret Schindel 

        4 years ago from Massachusetts

        Barbara, I lost my dad 7 years ago and I miss him very much. Reading this beautiful page really touched a chord with me. I want to come back and watch/listen to the clips you've provided when I'm not feeling so emotional. My favorite song to honor Dad is "Leader of the Band" by Dan Fogelberg, although I can't listen to it without crying. This page is a beautiful and beautifully written tribute to all fathers everywhere and I'm sure it will resonate with every person who reads it. Thank you.

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        David Stone 

        4 years ago from New York City

        Beautfifully, touchingly done, Barbara, and thank you for the promo. I appreciate it.

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        Barbara Tremblay Cipak 

        4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

        @Nancy Hardin: thank you Nancy, really appreciate that - your post reminded me that another good song is 'He Didn't Have to Be' by Brad Paisley - I remember you saying that song could be dedicated to your step dad

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        Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 

        4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

        It's funny, I have no "Dad's Song," but my Dad played the guitar for fun, and would sing funny little songs to me. Sometimes he would play current country songs and have me sing with him. You've done a marvelous job on this my friend. This should go right to the top for Father's Day. Beautiful, just beautiful.

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