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Fatherly Music Trivia

Songs for Dad

By Paula Green


Last month, we focused on motherly-themed songs; now, it's dad’s turn. Some great tunes showcase fathers; let’s take a look. Chrisette Michele croons Your Joy while Madonna serenades Papa Don’t Preach. Mozella expresses gratitude with Thank You, and Brandi Carlile resonated with Carried Me With You. Reba McIntire muses The Greatest Man I Ever Knew, and Miley Cyrus acknowledged I Learned From You.               

Cat Stevens sings Father and Son, while Paul Simon reveres it with Father and Daughter. Queen released Father to Son, and John Mayer introduced Daughters. Tim McGraw vocalizes My Little Girl, while Gary Allan serenades about Tough Little Boys. John Lennon resonated Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy).

Daddy is an underlying theme with some tunes. Coldplay has a song called Daddy. Then there’s the Bill Withers tune, I’m Her Daddy. Alan Jackson produced Drive (For Daddy Gene). Luke Bryan gave us Build Me a Daddy, while Dolly Parton quipped Daddy Come and Get Me. Beyoncé sang Daddy Lessons, and Holly Dunn harmonized Daddy’s Hand. Loretta Lynn reveals They Don’t Make ‘Em Like My Daddy Anymore. Shep & The Limelites released Daddy’s Home. Josh Thompson mused Daddy Had a Beer.

Keith Urban produced Song for Dad. John Hiatt sang Your Dad Did. Glady Knight and the Pips expose her father’s vulgar mouth with Dad Could Swear I Declare. Age plays a part in the Neil Young tune Old Man and My Old Man by the Zac Brown Band.

Father is prominently found in these titles: Father of Mine by Everclear, My Father’s House by Bruce Springsteen, and Dance with My Father by Luther Vandross. Father is a hit by Demi Lovato, and Baby Father is a song by Sade. There is a short list of songs praising stepfathers. The Winstons’ 60s soul hit Color Him Father and Brad Paisley’s song He Didn’t Have to Be. The Game got into the game with Like Father, Like Son.

A few other paternal songs include Anything Like Me, Boy & The Best Part of Me, Family ManGlory, Isn’t She Lovely, It Won’t Be Like This For Long, Just Fishin,’ Sweet Child of Mine, That’s My Job, Tough Little Boys, Watching You and You Should Be Here.

Since we have focused on fatherly tunes, we must now put our paternal thoughts into this daddy query and get set to don those thinking caps because it’s time to get a little trivial.



   1. Harry Chapin sings this about a busy father who doesn’t have time for his son, and then the son

       turns around and grows up just like him.

   2. He sang My Father’s Eyes and also the tune Tears in Heaven about the loss of his own four-year-old


  3. Will Smith turned this Bill Withers’ love ballad into a rapper song that salutes the joys of


  4.  This group spins the tunes My Girl and Papa Was a Rolling Stone.

   5. Natalie Cole recorded a posthumous duet with her late father; this song has become a fixture of  

       father-daughter dances at weddings.

   6. Which soul singer released the tunes Papa’s Got a Brand-New Bag and Papa Don’t Take No Mess?

   7. Mike & The Mechanics sings this hit about a son who has a conflicted relationship with his dad.

   8. Who sings the paternal song There Goes My Life?

   9. Dan Fogelberg wrote this song as a tribute to his father, Lawrence.

 10. Which male country musician sings Ready, Set, Don’t Go?

 11. Randy Travis sings this song about his admiration for his great-grandfather.

 12. Name the musician who sang Love Without End Amen, and The Best Days.

 13. Bette Midler popularized this song about her hero.

 14. He sang the hit Lullaby (Goodnight, My Angel) for his daughter.

 15. Bob Carlisle wrote this song for his daughter Brooke's 16th birthday.



Answers: 1. Cats in the Cradle 2. Eric Clapton 3. Just the Two of Us 4. The Temptations. 5. Unforgettable

6. James Brown 7. The Living Years 8. Kenny Chesney 9. Leader of the Band 10. Billy Ray Cyrus 11. He Walked On Water 12. George Strait 13. Wind Beneath My Wings 14. Billy Joel 15. Butterfly Kisses



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