Father’s Day Playlist 2014: 8 Songs That Celebrate Dads

Bianca Gracie | June 12, 2014 8:58 am

Every year, mothers are praised for their love and dedication for what seems like the entirety of May while fathers are quietly shoved into the background. But this time around, these doting dads will get the shine they deserve here on Idolator! Father’s Day (this Sunday, June 15 — don’t forgot to buy Dear Ol’ Dad a gift!) is a day to spend quality time with the most influential man in your life and make him feel special.

There are so many awesome dads around the world, and many of them happen to be our favorite musicians. Given this, we’ve compiled a playlist that features songs that are either performed by famous fathers or are an artist’s ode to their dads. Check it out below!

Jay Z – “Glory”

Our playlist kicks off with a beautifully endearing song from one of rap music’s favorite fathers, Jay Z. The entertainer and his wife (King Bey) welcomed Princess Blue Ivy Carter on January 7, 2012. The couple had well-documented mishaps with pregnancy, so naturally Jay and Bey were very excited once Blue Ivy came along. So excited, in fact, that Jay Z ran into the studio just two days after she was born to record “Glory.” The track made history, as the two-day-old newborn (who is officially credited on the track) became the youngest person ever to have a charted song with Billboard. Who else can say they’ve done this with their dad?

Madonna – “Papa Don’t Preach”

This next song is not the typical father anthem, but it is just way too classic. Madonna‘s controversial 1986 single “Papa Don’t Preach” (from her third studio album True Blue) tells the story of a teenage girl who reveals to her father that she is pregnant and refuses to have an abortion. At the time, Madonna created havoc with women’s organizations that criticized the diva for promoting teenage pregnancy. But looking back, it is an important and timely message that all parents should be aware of. Even though the nature of the song is a bit touchy, at least she had the guts to actually tell her father…right?

Will Smith – “Just The Two Of Us”

Will Smith‘s focus may be on acting nowadays, but we can never forget his stint as a rapper during the late ’80s and ’90s (“Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It,” anyone?). That song was featured on his debut solo album Big Willie Style (released in 1997), which also includes the incredibly touching single “Just The Two Of Us.” Smith is a proud papa of three kids (Trey, Jaden and Willow) but back then, the light of his life was 6-year-old Trey! The video is a totally adorable display of how much the duo loves each other, and also includes cameos from various famous fathers like Babyface, Nas, Magic Johnson and Muhammad Ali.

John Mayer – “Daughters”

John Mayer may not be a father, but he does know a thing or two on how men should be treating their children. His critically acclaimed song “Daughters,” (the third single off his 2003 album Heavier Things) serves as a warning to new fathers to specifically take care of their daughters right from the start. The guitar-laden ballad was inspired by the singer’s former unnamed girlfriend, who allegedly had trust issues that stemmed from her absent father. It may not be the most uplifting-sounding tune, but the message behind it is one that fathers should definitely take seriously.

Beyonce – “Daddy”

Beyonce and her father/former manager Matthew Knowles seem to not be on the best of terms now. However, back in the day, their close relationship was quite admirable. So much so, that the singer dedicated a song to him on her 2003 debut album Dangerously In Love – simply titled, “Daddy.” The sparkling piano-laden R&B ballad is a tribute to Knowles, as Beyonce reminisces about childhood memories with her father and how she hopes for her future man to be just like him. She confesses, “I treasure every irreplaceable memory and that’s why I want my unborn son to be like my daddy/I want my husband to be like my daddy/There is no one else like my daddy.” Excuse us as we bawl our eyes out…

Billy Ray & Miley Cyrus – “I Learned From You”

Miley Cyrus simply cannot be tamed! But in happier, more clothed times, she was an innocent teenager who enjoyed recording songs with her famous dad, Billy Ray. The duo’s popular tune “I Learned From You” was released in 2006 as the closing track on the Hannah Montana series soundtrack. The country-influenced duet is quite beautiful, as the two sing their hearts out about how they made the other stronger than before: “I learned from you that I do not crumble/ I learned that strength is something you choose.” It is not clear how strong their relationship is now, but hopefully this song is a reminder that their bond was once unbreakable.

Eminem – “Hailie’s Song”

Eminem usually comes off as a tough-as-nails rapper. Underneath that hard shell, though, he’s a total softie — especially when it comes to his 18-year-old daughter Hailie Jade. On his fourth studio album The Eminem Show (released in 2002), the rapper reveals to the world how much his little girl means to him on his ode “Hailie’s Song.” He is so excited to share his happiness, that he actually sings, not raps, throughout the entire tune! With lyrics like “but when I see my baby, suddenly I’m not crazy/It all makes sense when I look into her eyes,” the tune is an absolute tear-jerker.

Nas – “Daughters”

It is a difficult challenge raising a daughter as a father, especially for celebrities who are under the critical eyes of the media. Rapper Nas has publicly discussed his relationship with his 20-year-old daughter Destiny and how he’s working to make their bond stronger. His 2012 single “Daughters,” off his eleventh studio album Life Is Good, has a great message for young dads who are struggling with raising a girl in the right way. Very self-critical, the song discusses his daughter’s wild behavior, which Nas blames on his weak parenting skills. For a rap song, it’s personal with lyrics like “she heard stories of her daddy thuggin’/so if her husband is a gangster can’t be mad, I love her,” which are elevated by the tune’s soulful production.

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