Happy Father’s Day: 17 Ultimate Dad-Pop Songs, Past And Present

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We revisit them all, from "Miss You Much" to "All For You."

Ridiculing your children’s musical tastes is one of the pleasures of fatherhood. In fact, every dad-to-be is given a script that includes some variation on the lines, “You call that music?” “Turn down that racket!” and, of course, “WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO WITH YOUR LIFE?!”

But every father, even the most musically snobbish disciple of “Dad Rock,” has a musical sweet tooth. Although you’d never know it from the current charts, the Hot 100 used to be rife with “Dad Pop”: square-jawed jams by and/or for middle-aged men. (Think of the kind of stuff where your dad would say, “Now THAT’s real music” when it came on the radio after he flipped past your favorite Hi-NRG fluff.)

While the 1990s marked the height of mainstream Dad Pop, the genre hasn’t completely reclined in the giant La-Z-Boy in the sky just yet. To celebrate Father’s Day, we’ve singled out some Dad Pop legends while identifying a few current stars who are well on their way to succeeding them.

If there’s anyone we’ve forgotten or if you’d like to share your own Dad Pop story, have at it in the comments! After all, there are as many types of dads as there are songs, and we love them all.

Dad Pop Dude: Martin PageKey Song: “In the House of Stone and Light” (1994)Dad Type Targeted: New Agey drum-circlersHot 100 Peak: 14Dadliest YouTube Comment: “This song is a good example of how different things are today. This was super popular when it came out and listen to it…its chill ya know, peaceful. Now what’s popular? Talking in a robot voice and dressing like a slut.”

Dad Pop Dude: Jon SecadaKey Song: “Just Another Day” (1992)Dad Type Targeted: Soulfully jean-jacketed broodersHot 100 Peak: 5Dadliest YouTube Comment: “he looks like the geico gecko lol.”

Dad Pop Dude: BabyfaceKey Song: “When Can I See You” (1994)Dad Type Targeted: Emotionally vulnerable guitar-strummersHot 100 Peak: 4Dadliest YouTube Comment: “heard this when i was locked up…shit is real”

Dad Pop Dude: Jamie WaltersKey Song: “Hold On” (1994)Dad Type Targeted: Young, hot, Tori Spelling-shoversHot 100 Peak: 16Dadliest YouTube Comment: “i still havent forgiven you for hurting donna!”

Dad Pop Dude: Joshua KadisonKey Song: “Jessie” (1993)Dad Type Targeted: Cat-loving longhairsHot 100 Peak: 26Dadliest YouTube Comment: “i named my son after the cat in this song…moses hasn’t spoke to me since”

Dad Pop Dude: Michael BoltonKey Song: “Said I Loved You…But I Lied” (1993)Dad Type Targeted: Shirt-opened-to-the-waist romanticsHot 100 Peak: 6Dadliest YouTube Comment: “beautiful hair and a canadain tuxedo a spicy combo no babe can resist , denim speedo is all thats missing.”

Dad Pop Dude: Billy JoelKey Song: “The River of Dreams” (1993)Dad Type Targeted: Pop-eyed, out-of-their-league scorersHot 100 Peak: 3Dadliest YouTube Comment: “miley cyrus and nicki minaj need to learn from this dude.”

Dad Pop Dude: Bob CarlisleKey Song: “Butterfly Kisses” (1997)Dad Type Targeted: Promise keepersDadliest YouTube Comment: “MY DAUGHTER WAS THIS SONG FOR HER DADDY AND HER AT HER WEDDING SADLY TO SAY HE PASSAWAY BEFORE HER WEDDING! SHE CANCELLED HER WEDDING WE BURIED HER DADDY ON THAT DAY RIP DADDY :'(:'(:'(:'(”

Dad Pop Dude: Rod StewartKey Song: “The Motown Song” (1991)Dad Type Targeted: Feathery-haired blazer aficionadosHot 100 Peak: 10Dadliest YouTube Comment: “Damn this shit bring tears to my eyes!!”

Dad Pop Dude: Phil CollinsKey Song: “Dance Into the Light” (1996)Dad Type Targeted: Twerking cueballsHot 100 Peak: 45Dadliest YouTube Comment: “YAY!! I have finally seen someone that dances worse than me. PHIL COLLINS!!!!!”

Dad Pop Dude: Chris IsaakKey Songs: “Somebody’s Crying” (1995)Dad Type Targeted: Retro rockabilly sex godsHot 100 Peak: 45Dadliest YouTube Comment: “Chris Isaak is so totally original and talented, it’s ridiculous. Maybe that’s why he’s not a bigger star than he is….. while dorks like Justin Timberlake make millions. Sad.”

Dad Pop Dudes: Boyz II MenKey Song: “In the Still of the Nite (I’ll Remember)” (1993)Dad Type Targeted: Shoo-be-doers and rama-lama-ding-dongsHot 100 Peak: 3Dadliest YouTube Comment: “They might have only been interested in the ladies, but I can assure you they also brought some guys to their feet!! (me included)”

Future Dad Pop Dude: Andy GrammerKey Song: “Honey, I’m Good” (2014)Dad Type Targeted: Liquor-holding lovebirdsHot 100 Peak: 9 (so far)Dadliest YouTube Comment: “Does anyone else think this song is perfect for square dancing?”

Future Dad Pop Dude: George EzraKey Song: “Budapest” (2014)Dad Type Targeted: Deep-voiced slurrersHot 100 Peak: 32 (so far)Dadliest YouTube Comment: “Wait wait wait… So the guy singing this ISN’T a middle aged black guy!?”

Future Dad Pop Dude: Sam SmithKey Song: “I’m Not the Only One” (2014)Dad Type Targeted: Sensitive snowflakesHot 100 Peak: 5Dadliest YouTube Comment: “I’m not the only Juan.”

Future Dad Pop Dudes: Imagine DragonsKey Song: “I Bet My Life” (2014)Dad Type Targeted: Shouty pack-travelersHot 100 Peak: 28Dadliest YouTube Comment: “Well, shit! I broke the replay button.”

Future Dad Pop Dude: John LegendKey Song: “All of Me” (2013)Dad Type Targeted: Basic balladeersHot 100 Peak: 1Dadliest YouTube Comment: “i dont like this song but your mum told me to.”

Are you feeling the dad-pop vibes from our roundup of harmless, father-approved songs?