Great Songs about Parents and Children

The bond between a parent and child is something so strong and so special. Many people never thought they can love a person so deeply until they had a child. Parenting is hard, but it’s beautiful and utterly rewarding. There’s no greater joy than seeing the person you brought into this world grow. And if you’re a child, you know you’ve been a piece of work sometimes (maybe until today), but perhaps you’d like to appreciate your parents’ selfless commitment and lifelong sacrifice towards nurturing you.

Over the decades, there are so many songs from parents to kids, and from kids to parents songs about parenthood and tributes that speak of this special love connection between family. Here are some of them:

  1. A New Day Has Come, Celine Dion 
  2. Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy), John Lennon
  3. Blue, Beyonce ft. Blue Ivy Carter 
  4. Daughter, Loudon Wainwright III 
  5. Daughters, Nas 
  6. Dear Theodosia, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Leslie Odom Jr. 
  7. Father and Daughter, Paul Simon 
  8. Father Daughter Dance, Craig Cardiff 
  9. Gabriel and Me, Joan Baez 
  10. Gracie, Ben Folds 
  11. Growing Up, Deb Talan 
  12. Just Fishin’, Trace Adkins
  13. Here For You, Neil Young 
  14. I Can’t Wait to Meet You, David Ryan Harris 
  15. I Hope You Dance, Lee Ann Womack 
  16. I Love You Sweet Baby, Kimya Dawson 
  17. I Thank You, Sam & Dave
  18. I Turn to You, Christina Aguilera 
  19. In My Daughter’s Eyes, Martina McBride 
  20. Isn’t She Lovely, Stevie Wonder 
  21. It Won’t Be Like This For Long, Darius Rucker 
  22. Letter 2 My Unborn Child, 2Pac
  23. Little Star, Madonna
  24. Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel), Billy Joel
  25. My Baby, Britney Spears 
  26. My Girls, Animal Collective 
  27. Only One, Kanye West 
  28. Sail to the Moon, Radiohead
  29. Song For The Baby, Kelis 
  30. Sweetest Devotion,  Adele 
  31. Thank You, Dido
  32. Thankful, Kelly Clarkson 
  33. The Early Days, Old Man Luedecke 
  34. The Mother, Brandi Carlile 
  35. The One Thing, Shakira 
  36. The Sweetest Gift, Sade 
  37. This Angel, Jennifer Nettles 
  38. There Goes My Life, Kenny Chesney 
  39. To Zion, Lauryn Hill feat. Carlos Santana 
  40. What I Never Knew I Always Wanted, Carrie Underwood 
  41. You are My Sunshine, Johnny Cash 
  42. You Belong, Rachel Platten 
  43. You’ll Be In My Heart, Phil Collins 
  44. You’re Gonna Miss This, Trace Adkins 
  45. Your Song, Elton John 

Some Musical Activities To Try at Home

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Music has been something humans have bonded over for decades, so it is not surprising that you can create a more memorable and deeper bond with your child by listening to the same music or finding artists that you both love. Introducing children to music has been proven to help with their development. It can thus be a great way to help them develop mentally and have fun with them simultaneously. Here are some musical activities that you can try at home. 

Share Music

Many people enjoy listening to music alone, but when you share the music you like with your children, you can share the experience of enjoying it together. Additionally, there are many songs with great messages behind them, which can help provide them with positive attention. You can sing the song with them, imitate their movements or simply interact with them to show that you are giving them and the activity your full attention. 

Play Musical Games To Influence Emotions

One of the reasons why listening to music is so popular is because it evokes emotions. If you want to help teach your child to regulate their emotions better, you can use certain songs as they will help impact their mood and arousal levels. For example, singing them a lullaby and cuddling your child can help soothe them to sleep. It may also help reinforce certain habits they will remember for the rest of their lives. 

Use Musical Games for Speech/Language Development, and Pre-Academic Skills

Music can also be used to provide a learning experience and help your child develop particular speech, language, and pre-academic skills. You can play certain games with songs which can be a fun way to spend some time together. You can also teach them practical skills such as counting, the alphabet, colors, and more using songs. 


Many songs have talked about the relationship between parents and kids, highlighting the importance of that relationship. These songs are a tribute to this special relationship. They are perfect for listening to when you miss your parents or children.