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

Jonathan Riggs | June 19, 2015 8:31 am
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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.