Barbara has spent over forty years writing poems, lyrics, and sayings for cards, and interpreting the meanings and messages in song.
Country Songs About Father-Son Relationships
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
- "A Song for Dad" by Keith Urban
- "A Father's Love" by High Valley
- "I Love You This Much" by Jimmy Wayne
- "A Good Man" by Emerson Drive
- "Testify to Love" by Wynonna Judd
- "A Love Without End, Amen" by George Strait
- "That's My Job" by Conway Twitty
- "The Greatest Man I Never Knew" by Reba McEntire
- "One Wing in the Fire" by Trent Tomlinson
- "He Didn't Have to Be" by Brad Paisley
1. "A Song for Dad" by Keith Urban
Album: Golden Road
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.
"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
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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.
The video captures an entire life story of love being expressed this way all the up to dad's 65th birthday celebration.
It's heartwarming 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.
"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
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. Forgive me, father; he then realized he hadn't been unloved or alone all of his life.
"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
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 who's 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.
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
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 will 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.
"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
This song draws the comparison between God and a Parent's love for their child and how forgiving is the basis for unconditional love.
"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
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.
"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
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.
"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
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.
"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
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 stepdad loves them as their own.
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
© 2014 Barbara Tremblay Cipak
What's Your Favorite Song to Honor Dad ...doesn't have to be Country of course!
Barbara Tremblay Cipak (author) from Toronto, Canada on November 09, 2014:
such a moving comment Lorelei, it's wonderful that you both were able to find a measure of peace and respect no matter what.
Lorelei Cohen on November 09, 2014:
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.
Eugene Samuel Monaco from Lakewood New York on June 17, 2014:
A wonderful selection for this very special day, I hope you had a wonderful day Sunday!!! Thanks :)
GrammieOlivia on June 15, 2014:
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.
Merry Citarella from Oregon's Southern Coast on June 15, 2014:
Sweet songs and a beautiful Lens! Hope your day today is filled with good memories that keep you smiling.
Nithya Venkat aka Vellur from Dubai on May 24, 2014:
Great song selection for dad in appreciation!
Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on May 22, 2014:
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!
Barbara Tremblay Cipak (author) from Toronto, Canada on May 22, 2014:
@David Stone1: thank you David
Barbara Tremblay Cipak (author) from Toronto, Canada on May 22, 2014:
@Margaret Schindel: thank you Margaret sorry for your loss too
Margaret Schindel from Massachusetts on May 22, 2014:
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.
David Stone from New York City on May 22, 2014:
Beautfifully, touchingly done, Barbara, and thank you for the promo. I appreciate it.
Barbara Tremblay Cipak (author) from Toronto, Canada on May 21, 2014:
@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
Nancy Carol Brown Hardin from Las Vegas, NV on May 21, 2014:
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.