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Happy Father's Day!

Before we get into these songs that pay tribute to dads, here's a quick backdrop to the history of Father's Day. It was first celebrated in the state of Washington in 1910, however, it didn't become a national holiday until 1972.

One of the fun facts that I used to pass along on the radio every year was that Father's Day is the one day of the year when the most collect phone calls are made.  However, collect phone calls are infrequent these days, and most of the younger generations probably have never heard of them.

My dad passed away over a decade ago, but the memories of holding the flashlight for him or watching him put on his firefighter's uniform are still freshly etched in my mind. I got my sense of humor from my father, so whenever you cringe at some of my dad's jokes, you can blame him for that.

2022 marks my 43rd year in radio.  Through those many years, I have played hundreds, if not thousands, of songs with some theme or mention about fathers. No other genre of music pays tribute to dads, mothers, and soldiers like country music.

I've definitely had my favorite dad-themed songs through the years. One of my favorites is Brad Paisley's 'He Didn't Have to Be'.  My dad was a foster child and that song brings back memories of the unconditional love that his foster parents (my grandparents) gave to him and his siblings. I tend to be a workaholic, and the song 'The Dollar' by Jamey Johnson puts things in perspective for me.

I went a little overboard on listing these country songs about dad.  I know there are hundreds, but most times I see articles listing the top 10 or 20 or 30 songs about fathers.  Well, here are 61 songs about dad.  Some are very familiar, others a little more obscure.

 

  • 1

    Love Without End, Amen - George Strait

  • 2

    Dance with my Father - Kellie Coffey

  • 3

    Watching You - Rodney Atkins

  • 4

    I Don't Call Him Daddy - Doug Supernaw

  • 5

    That's My Job - Conway Twitty

  • 6

    The Greatest Man I Never Knew - Reba McEntire

  • 7

    'Til I Was a Daddy Too - Tracy Lawrence

  • 8

    Daddy's Hands - Holly Dunn

  • 9

    Tough Little Boys - Gary Allan

  • 10

    He Walked on Water - Randy Travis

  • 11

    Drive (For Daddy Gene) - Alan Jackson

  • 12

    Daddy Frank (The Guitar Man) - Merle Haggard

  • 13

    Coal Miner's Daughter - Loretta Lynn

  • 14

    Daddy's Money - Ricochet

  • 15

    Where Corn Don't Grow - Travis Tritt

  • 16

    Unconditional - Clay Davidson

  • 17

    Daddy Never Was the Cadillac Kind - Confederate Railroad

  • 18

    He Didn't Have to Be - Brad Paisley

  • 19

    So Much Like My Dad - George Strait

  • 20

    Papa Loved Mama - Garth Brooks

  • 21

    Busy Man - Billy Ray Cyrus

  • 22

    The Dollar - Jamey Johnson

  • 23

    Only Daddy That'll Walk The Line - Waylon Jennings

  • 24

    Like Father Like Son - Lionel Cartwright

  • 25

    Keep It Between the Lines - Ricky Van Shelton

  • 26

    The Walk - Sawyer Brown

  • 27

    The Car - Jeff Carson

  • 28

    There Goes My Life - Kenny Chesney

  • 29

    My Little Girl - Tim McGraw

  • 30

    Just Fishin' - Trace Adkins

  • 31

    Cleaning This Gun - Rodney Atkins

  • 32

    My Old Man - Zac Brown Band

  • 33

    Boy - Lee Brice

  • 34

    Roll On (18 Wheeler) - Alabama

  • 35

    Butterfly Kisses - Bob Carlisle

  • 36

    I Loved Her First - Heartland

  • 37

    Grown Men Don't Cry - Tim McGraw

  • 38

    One Wing in the Fire - Trent Tomlinson

  • 39

    Even Though I'm Leaving - Luke Combs

  • 40

    It Won't Be Like This For Long - Darius Rucker

  • 41

    Seein' My Father in Me - Paul Overstreet

  • 42

    A Boy Named Sue - Johnny Cash

  • 43

    Who's Your Daddy - Toby Keith

  • 44

    Come From The Heart - Kathy Mattea

  • 45

    Stealing Cinderella - Chuck Wicks

  • 46

    The Best Day - George Strait

  • 47

    The Box - Randy Travis

  • 48

    Daddy Can You See Me - Anita Cochran

  • 49

    My Boy - Elvie Shane

  • 50

    The Impossible - Joe Nichols

  • 51

    My Front Porch Looking In - Lonestar

  • 52

    Something to be Proud of - Montgomery Gentry

  • 53

    Lucky Man - Montgomery Gentry

  • 54

    Just Another Day in Paradise - Phil Vassar

  • 55

    The Dirt Road - Sawyer Brown

  • 56

    Humble and Kind - Tim McGraw

  • 57

    My List - Toby Keith

  • 58

    You're Gonna Miss This - Trace Adkins

  • 59

    Walk A Little Straighter - Billy Currington

  • 60

    Daddy Was An Old Time Preacher Man - Dolly & Porter

  • 61

    I Love You This Much - Jimmy Wayne