20 Popular Songs About Loving Your Child
Being a parent and raising a child is undoubtedly one of the toughest jobs. The role is a roller-coaster ride but worthwhile at the end of the day.
Parenthood comes with sleepless nights, overwhelming emotions, children's tantrums, unanticipated circumstances, and whatnot. However, parents forget every hardship with a smile on their children's faces.
Sometimes we may feel the loss of words that voices the emotions. In such instances, songs highlighting the relationship between a parent and child can do the job.
Various artists have penned down their emotions about parenting; many have tribute songs to their children, celebrating their presence every other day.
In this list, there are 20 Songs About Loving Your Child that keep lyrics and music to the inexpressible journey of parenthood.
1. Daughters by John Mayer
Daughters is a Grammy Award-winning single by John Mayer that revolves around the relationship between a father and daughter.
The notable blues rock singer-songwriter focuses on how the mere absence of a father figure can influence a child's psychology.
Mayer wrote the song based on his unnamed ex-girlfriend's troubled relationship with men because of her absent father.
She had trust issues as she didn't have a father figure who made her feel protected and at home which led to their breakup, John unveiled on VH1's Storytellers in 2010.
2. Darling Boy by John Lennon
The Beatles' vocalist John Lennon wrote and performed Darling Boy for his son, Sean Lennon.
Darling Boy is also one of the favorite songs of Paul McCartney, Lennon's former band member, composed by John.
The song was also promoted on the B-side of 'Happy Xmas (War Is Over).
It was released on April 11, 1981. It remains one of Lennon's most famous solo songs.
3. I Loved Her First By Heartland
Heartland's I Loved Her First is the one if you are looking out for a perfect father-daughter dance at your wedding ceremony.
Released in June 2006, the song captures the unconditional love between father and daughter magnificently. Not to forget, this song is Heartland's debut song.
The song talks about how the father saw his daughter grow into an adult from her first breath to her falling in love with her man.
Heartland's debut song charted on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks at number 57.
4. This Angel by Jennifer Nettles
Hearing This Angel by Jennifer Nettles might be alarming for some listeners out there.
The song isn't about the relationship between a parent and their children nor parenting but how a child came as a savior in the parent's life.
It highlights the transformative experience of an individual after being a parent. That said, the singer hadn't been a mother while releasing the song.
Nettles released the song 'This Angel' as a part of her debut solo album That Girl on January 14, 2010, under Mercury Nashville.
5. My Little Girl by Tim McGraw
Tim McGraw's My Little Girl highlights the unfaltering love a father has for his daughter.
McGraw and Tom Douglas co-wrote this song which sheds light on the depth of the unwavering love between a parent and a child. McGraw isn't sure if he wants his daughter to grow fast.
McGraw is also trying to let her know that his door is always open for her be it on thick and thin days.
My Little Girl makes all the children out there realize that their parent's love is the greatest gift one can receive in life.
6. Right By You (for Luna) by John Legend
John Legend wrote Right By You for his daughter Luna Simone Stephens born in 2016.
This is one of the thoughtful and heartwarming songs penned by the singer for his firstborn whom he shares with his wife Chrissy Teigen.
The heartwarming ballad highlights the essence of what it means to be a father which he showcases in a series of questions.
The heartwarming ballad starts off with the wonderful lyric:
Will you live like me, in a world run by desire?
7. Gracie by Ben Folds
Benjamin Scott Folds, also known as Ben Folds, wrote 'Gracie' for his daughter.
This isn't the first song he has penned about his children. His son, Louis Francis, was the inspiration behind his single Still Fighting It, released in Folds' 2001 album Rockin' the Suburbs.
Folds wrote this masterpiece to prevent the psychological trauma his daughter would face after finding out that there is no song dedicated to her but only to her brother.
Born on July 23, 1999, Gracie Folds, the inspiration behind the song, has followed in the footsteps of her father. She is also a singer and songwriter.
8. I Hope You Dance by Lee Ann Womack
Lee Ann Womack and Sons of the Desert recorded 'I Hope You Can Dance' as the title track of her third studio album of the same name.
The Grammy-winning song imparts a timeless message with first-person narration by a mother to her children. She wishes her kids to grow and embrace life in every way.
She tells the kids to not fear the mountains and keep moving forward with a leap of faith. Likewise, she also voices out against deceiving someone.
The song not necessarily is only directed towards a parent's love for their children but can be interpreted in different ways.
9. Only One by Kanye West
Only One by Kanye West is a tribute to his mother, Donda as well as his daughter, North West. The singer sang the song from Donda's perspective.
If you didn't know Mari is Kanye's nickname. The rapper's full name is Kanye Omari West. His mother speaks through his voice for the rest of the song.
Correspondingly, moving forward the line, 'Tell Nori about me,' is West's mother asking him a favor to tell North about her. Nori is North's nickname.
The song beautifully portrays the love a mother or a parent, in general, has for their children even if they aren't around at all times.
10. Welcome To The World By Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran's Welcome to the world celebrates the life of a child. This song is an ode to his daughter born in May 2022.
Ed wants to see his daughter, Jupiter Seaborn Sheeran, do her every little thing from crawling to standing on her own for these moments won't ever again and life won't ever be the same.
The English singer celebrates the birth of his daughter as she outgrows his lap every other day.
The second verse of the song addresses a child as a diamond who is one of a kind. Sheeran sings his heart out urging the child not to let others else's opinions affect yours.
11. Ablaze by Alanis Morissette
Ablaze by Alanis Morissette speaks volumes about parents' unconditional love while lyrically exploring them at a cellular level.
Let alone the lyrics, the song's music video visually speaks that it is a tribute to her three adoring children. Her husband, Mario, and her children are featured in the song's MV.
We can see her looking through a microscope in the MV. Morissette sees her family dressed as cells as the line, 'We seem to easily forget we are made of the same cells,' plays in the background.
Alanis highlights a parent's unwavering affection through the line, 'My mission is to keep the light in your eyes ablaze.' The song addresses her children in every verse.
12. God Made You Beautiful By Beyonce
God Made You Beautiful by Beyonce is an ode to her daughter Blue Ivy depicting strong emotions of motherhood.
This mid-tempo ballad gracefully accentuates the profound warmth and affection a mother has for her newborn.
Her emotions are evident in the lyrics which go:
Well look at me, you were brought into my life
I kiss those little feet and watch for your perfect smile.
The synergy of her mesmerizing vocals and the top-notch lyrics resulted in an outstanding song Likewise, her husband, Jay-Z, released a song, Glory, about his then newly born daughter.
13. Growing Up By Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Growing Up by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis is an ode to the rapper's then soon-to-be-born child Sloane.
The song is straightforward and simple yet is emotive simultaneously that any parent and children can resonate with.
It speaks volumes about how a father ought to love and raise his children.
The Seattle hip-hop duo released the song on August 5, 2015. Growing Up features Ed Sheeran's hook chorus which takes the laidback song to a different level.
14. Slipping Through My Fingers by ABBA
Slipping Through My Fingers by ABBA is a song written in the first-person narrative portraying a parent's emotions.
The Swedish pop group, ABBA, has beautifully summed up the feelings of parents' regret of not having enough time to spend together as they grow quickly.
Ulvaeus' and Fältskog's daughter, Linda Ulvaeus, was the inspiration behind this indie meets folk and pop song. Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson are the writers of the single.
15. It Won't Be Like This For Long By Darius Rucker
It Won't Be Like This For Long by Darius Rucker is a mid-tempo song in the third-person narrative.
The song speaks about the sleepless nights and struggles of raising a child. That said, it talks about the profound love that exceeds the depths of struggles one has to face.
He didn't have to wake up. He'd been up all night. Lying there in bed listening to his newborn baby cry, the song tasks off revealing the bitter truth.
It voices out the strength of a parent who can endure any pain to live better days with their child.
16. The Sweetest Gift By Sade
The Sweetest Gift by Sade describes the light every child carries in the world.
Released in 2000, the song stresses the fact that every other child is potentially the light of the world.
'Quietly while you were asleep. The moon and I were talking. I asked that she'd always keep you protected,' Sade starts the song.
'And then the wind pulls the clouds across the moon Your light fills the darkest room,' the singer states to not feel inferior to the darkness that lies ahead in life.
17. I Got You By Ciara
Ciara's I Got You sheds light on the unfathomable affection between a parent and their children.
The entire song right from the very beginning is galore of lyrical emotions that will make you tear up a little inside.
'Hush little boy don't you cry Momma's gonna love you all your life, the song takes off. The song talks in depth about parents' unswerving support be it on bright or dark days.
The song also tells the child to not get overwhelmed by the hindrance you see in the distance through the outstanding vocals of Ciara.
18. Speechless By Alicia Keys
Speechless by Alicia Keys sings about the delight of motherhood brought by the child's presence.
The American singer revealed that her firstborn, Egypt Daoud Dean, is the inspiration behind the song. It starts off with, 'When I make up in the morning babe Can't believe my eyes.'
In a first-person narrative, the song talks about parents' profound feelings of love and warmth for their children.
The chorus talks about the surreal feeling of being a mother to her gem who is one of a kind.
19. Go Gentle By Robbie Williams
Robbie Williams's Go Gentle is a promise made by the singer to his then-new-born daughter, Theodora 'Teddy' Rose.
The singer wrote it shortly after becoming a parent for the first time with his wife in September 2012. Robbie penned the song with Guy Chambers, his original songwriter.
Robbie opened up about his overwhelming moments of having to take care of a whole person for a lifetime when he isn't good at looking after himself.
The singer unveiled his constant fear of not being able to live up as a good parent to their child.
20. Here For You By Neil Young
Here For You By Neil Young prospects the complexities of watching a child grow from a parent's perspective.
The Canadian-American singer penned down the song for his daughter, Amber Jean. She was a 21-year-old girl in her last year of college when Young wrote the song.
Neil sings that he doesn't like holding her back; however, will always have doors open for her if she wishes in the first verse of the song.
In the chorus he admits to missing her, nonetheless, has complete faith in her, depicting his absolute love for Amber.
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