There is nothing in this world that compares to the bond between siblings—especially a bond between two brothers. So naturally, listening to songs about brothers can be a heartwarming experience. And who doesn’t want to feel good? So without further ado, here’s a list of our favorite songs about brotherly love and the overall bond of a brotherhood.
Songs About Brothers and Brotherly Love
Let’s kick this off with a song by Luke Bryan.
Blood Brothers by Luke Bryan
Written by Bobby Penson and Brett James, the song Blood Brothers pays tribute to a brotherly bond built throughout life. The lyrics talk about how close two boys can get when they grow up together and have the other’s backs through thick and thin.
While Luke Bryan may not have written Blood Brothers, it seems to have brought back many memories of how he grew up. You can hear the excitement in his voice as he sings the lyrics, knowing that this song describes the bond he has with so many of his “blood brothers.”
The chorus is memorable, with the lyrics “you fight, you cry, you bleed, and you lean on one another, blood brothers.” Those lyrics stand strong, even on their own, showing just how much one brother may lean on the other in hard times, knowing they will always be there for each other.
Over You by Miranda Lambert
Emotionally, this song is a tear-jerker. “Over You” is co-written by Miranda Lambert and her ex-husband, Blake Shelton. The lyrics tell the story of Shelton’s childhood with his brother that has since passed away.
Over You describes the heart break of losing a loved one, and how often we feel as though the pain of that loss will never go away. The song also touches on the anger that we may sometimes feel when a loved one is lost, especially a brother. “You went away, how dare you, I’ll miss you.” Then the response that is often given when a loved one has been lost, “they say I’ll be okay.”
When you really listen to the lyrics of “Over You,” you can not only see just how much Shelton was hurting about losing his brother when they wrote this song, you can also see how strong the bond between brothers can be. And it shows how hard it is to move on when you lose that.
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Brother by Kodaline
This powerful song begins with the artist reminiscing about old times with their brother when they were younger. It continues on to explain that even though they have lived their lives differently, they have and always will come together and support one another.
“Brother” describes the trust and faith one has in the brotherhood bond. The lyrics even go so far as to say, “if I was dying on my knees, you would be the one to rescue me,” showing just how much faith the artist has in that bond. It goes on to talk about the dedication that the artist has to their brother, using the powerful words, “and if you were drowned at sea, I’d give you my lungs so you could breathe.”
When listening to the lyrics, they really help you understand that this type of brotherly bond is lasting, permanent, even unstoppable—no matter what life throws at them. It’s not just the lyrics that make this song—the instrumentals and power in the artist’s voice pulls the whole song together.
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I Drive Your Truck by Lee Brice
“I Drive Your Truck” is another song written about the loss of a brother and how the other sibling is coping with that loss. The owner of the truck was killed in active duty, and the whole song is written from the sibling’s perspective, with heart wrenching lyrics describing the truck and the pain that the sibling is feeling.
The lyrics talk about how the lost brother had a truck that he left behind when he went for his active-duty tour, that now the sibling is driving. The artist describes leaving everything in the truck the same as what it was before his brother left. He also mentions trying to be tough and deal with the loss, but then goes on to explain how much heart ache he is truly dealing with.
The song continues on to show that the memory of his brother does not live on through a grave site, but rather the truck will always hold the memories and spirit of his lost brother. If you are up for a good cry, I would definitely recommend playing this country song on repeat.
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You’ve Got a Friend in Me by Randy Newman
Most everyone knows the classic “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” by Randy Newman, written for the children’s animated movie Toy Story. Even though Newman confirmed that he was very nervous about this project, he hit it out of the park.
The song became the theme song for the animated series, as it was written to describe the bond between a boy (Andy) and his toy (Woody). But somehow, the song became so much more!
The heartwarming lyrics touch on the brotherly bond that gets formed with time and energy, a bond that promises to provide a friend no matter what. Newman continues on through the song with the lyrics, “if you’ve got troubles, I’ve got ‘em too, there isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for you.”
“You’ve Got a Friend in Me” continues to play in the series of movies, particularly when the two main characters, Buzz Lightyear and Woody, have a scene with “their kid” Andy. It’s certainly a great friendship song, but if you’re looking for sweet songs about brotherly love, I think this low key works too.
Boss of Me by They Might be Giants
Another theme song, this time to a popular television show, Malcolm in the Middle, “Boss of Me” is witty and comical. While the song is made up mostly of the repetitive statement, “you’re not the boss of me now,” it is basically the anthem for all the middle brothers who are dealing with bossy siblings.
It describes how as Malcolm, the main character, grows up, his siblings can no longer control him or boss him around. The lyrics make light of the constant rivalry between brothers, something that many siblings can understand.
Brothers by Dean Brody
This song is truly hard to listen to. The emotions in the artist’s voice can be heard loud and clear. “Brothers” tells a story of two brothers, the older one gets the call to be sent off to war. The younger brother spends most of the song begging for his older brother not to leave.
Throughout the song, the artist describes the pain and fear of losing his brother in war. There is hope through the song, though. The hope that his brother will come home safely.
Brother by Brett Eldredge
“Brother” was written by Brett Eldredge in dedication to his older brother, Brice. In an interview after the song came out, Eldredge talked about how close he was with his brother, and how much the song meant to both of them.
The lyrics reminisce about a time when they were younger, the way they played and fought. This song really just reminds you of what being brothers is all about, stating “in the end, we’re always there for each other.” It also serves as a reminder to tell your loved ones how much you truly love them, before that time is gone.
Look Through My Eyes by Phil Collins
For the movie Brother Bear, the spectacular artist, Phil Collins, ended up writing six original songs. One of these songs, “Look Through My Eyes,” turned out to be an amazing and emotional classic.
The movie itself is about brothers, not by blood, but by bond. The song plays through several scenes of the young brother bears as they teach each other new ways to walk through life. It is spoken from their perspective and meant to promise each other that they will be there to support one another, no matter what.
Hey Brother by Avicii
“Hey Brother” is a bluegrass song, written by a Swedish artist, Avicii and his partners. On top of that, if you’re seeking out songs brothers and sisters, this Avicii track has you covered too. Ultimately though, this is a song focused on the bond of brotherhood.
The chorus focuses on if there was something wrong, he would be there. “Oh, if the sky comes falling down, for you, there’s nothing in this world I wouldn’t do. The song serves as a reminder that no matter what was happening, that brotherhood bond is unbreakable, and nothing could change that.
Let’s add one more to this list, this time by DaBaby.
Brother’s Keeper by DaBaby
This song is a bit of a change of pace from the others. It is explicit but offers the same idea behind the lyrics. The beginning starts by reminiscing about the good (and bad) times one shared with their brother when they were kids. Then as you listen more, you realize that the brother has passed away.
After the passing of his brother, DaBaby describes his life going downhill. Struggling with depression and the urge to avenge his brother’s death, he provides and make sure that he takes care of his brother’s children. The more you listen, the more you hear the hurt and anger in his voice and understand his struggle.
We love songs about brothers because they tend to be heartwarming. They walk us back down memory lane, make us connect back to childhood, and flood us with long forgotten memories. Hopefully, you’ve enjoyed this list of awesome songs and end up adding one or two to your personal playlist.