In life, there are times when your emotions can get the better of you and you might be left at a loss for words. In such situations, music can serve as a way of expressing your emotions.
Parents share a unique bond with their children. They’re often the most important people in your life. They’re the ones you’d do anything to protect, they’re your legacy. And it can be hard to find songs about sons that perfectly encapsulate what they mean to you.
When choosing the songs for your son, it’s important to keep in mind that the song selections should be in accordance with his tastes, and it might not always be in agreement with yours. That’s the thing about kids. They teach you to be better versions of yourselves even without trying. If there were any songs that are precious to him or describe him, be sure to include them in your playlist.
But with the vast variety of songs that exist, coming up with a mere 10 or 20 songs can seem like a daunting task. Which songs to include? Which ones would be apt? Well luckily for you, we’ve made a list of 16 songs about sons.
1) You Will Always Be My Son (Anthem Lights)
Children grow up very fast, and it’s one of the most beautiful things that you experience as a parent. As the title suggests You Will Always Be My Son is a song about no matter how grown-up your son gets, they will always be your little boy.
2) You’ll Never Walk Alone (Judy Garland)
A song about having your loved ones by your side, even when it might seem like they’re not, Garland sings that whatever happens in life, you’ll never walk alone. This song could serve as the perfect reminder that no matter what happens, you have your son’s back.
3) Somewhere Over The Rainbow (Israel Kamakawiwoʻole)
There’s a certain magical charm to this song that brings a smile to anyone’s face when they hear it. Perhaps it’s Israel’s singing, perhaps it’s the simple ukelele, or maybe it’s the beautiful lyrics. But what’s certain is that this song will remind you that it’s not all doom and gloom, which makes it perfect a song about sons.
4) I Will Always Love You (Whitney Houston)
A timeless classic, I Will Always Love You is yet another song about the eternal nature of love, and how love transcends everything. No matter where your child is, or whatever they’re going through, you will love them unconditionally. There’s quite no other way to say ‘I Love You Son’ than this song.
5) Smile (Nat King Cole)
Your parents play a major role in shaping who you are as a person. Cole sings about how this influence is carried through by singing about the advice that would be given to your younger selves.
6) A Song For Dad (Keith Urban)
Fathers are often the supporting pillar that silently takes on all the hardships for the sake of their families. Urban’s song is a tribute to how his father shaped who he was.
7) Don’t Worry, Be Happy (Bobby McFerrin)
The iconic whistle, the straightforward, almost too simplistic lyrics, McFerrin’s jovial voice. This song was meant to lift moods, and it does a very good job of doing that. No matter how bad things may get, just weather through it because good times will come.
8) Live Like You Were Dying (Tim McGraw)
A song that was inspired by McGraw’s relationship with his father, Live Like You Were Dying is about living life to its fullest by treating every day like it was your last.
9) There You’ll Be (Faith Hill)
Throughout our lives, there are some people that we grow to rely on. These people are with us throughout thick and thin and they could be your friend, parent, better half, your children, or even your pet. This song is a ‘Thank You Note’ to those who have always been there for you.
10) My Way (Frank Sinatra)
Being your own man is the central theme of the song, and that could exactly be the message that your son needs to know that he shouldn’t sacrifice his morals for anything.
11) If Tomorrow Never Comes (Garth Brooks)
Human beings are often victims of not living in the moment. They worry about what may be or what was rather than focusing on the present. If Tomorrow Never Comes is about not taking our lives for granted and living every day to the fullest.
12) You Raise Me Up (Josh Groban)
A song about how our loved ones help us to keep going, You Raise Me Up serves as a Thank You to our loved ones who kept striving to keep us strong through the tough times.
13) Troubadour (George Strait)
Growing old is something that everyone goes through. Although it’s a universal phenomenon, people treat it very differently. For young adults, it’s something that freaks them out to a great extent. Troubadour is a song about how people can remain young at heart even if they age physically.
14) Father And Son (Cat Stevens)
Growing up, our dad’s are the ones we look up to the most. He’s the pillar of strength that inspires you to be a better person. Father And Son is a song that is written in the form of a dad advising his son about life.
15) Let It Be
One of the most popular songs by the Fab Four, Let It Be is a song about just letting things be when it is clear that there’s nothing that we can do.
16) A Song For Mama (Boyz II Men)
For many people, their mothers are the most important people in their lives. Their sweetness is unmatched and they’re the one person who will always support you. A playlist on songs about sons should include songs that celebrate motherhood as well.
If you’re looking for songs to play at a funeral or memorial service, remember that you can include these songs about sons.
Do note, however, that funerals can be somber affairs, and it should be noted that creating a playlist and playing it is done in accordance with the deceased’s wishes from when they were alive.
For a more comprehensive guide on creating a general funeral playlist, check out the Top 30 Funeral Songs of All Time.