10 Songs About Family Love That Are Amazing
Songs dedicated to the people we love or who have supported us are very common in music. These can be highly inspiring and heartwarming songs that we keep on repeat. So in this article, I’m going to present you with my favorite songs about family love that I think are absolutely perfect to listen to no matter what time of the year it is.
Best Songs About Family Love
Let’s kick this off with a Sister Sledge song, shall we?
1) We Are Family by Sister Sledge
“We Are Family” is a classic tune played in the disco era that can still be heard today at many family functions. It’s a song that can bring families together, and get everyone dancing and having a good time.
In an interview with The Philadelphia Inquirer, Kathy Sledge said, “We were the family that brought the world together as a family- at the risk of almost losing our own.” This song was written at a time when Kathy Sledge was having some difficulty and thinking about leaving the group. This song is a eulogy to sister bonds and what it means to be a family. For a song so full of love and energy, it’s not surprising that this track is commonly used at family reunions and cookouts. If you are in the mood to celebrate family, or just dance with your family, Sister Sledge can help you with that.
2) Daddy Sang Bass by Johnny Cash
Carl Perkins wrote this song for Johnny Cash about the sing-a-longs that many families in the Bible Belt would have after a long day of hard work. More than fifty years later, we still have families that work hard together at the family business, then they come home and spend even more time together. Tight families have an unbreakable bond—something that one is very lucky to have.
This song was also inspired by Johnny Cash’s childhood—the family went through hard times, but survived by sticking together as a family. I love how this song is perfect for families that may be going through serious obstacles. There are always going to be challenging times, but like most things in life, there will always be a silver lining at the end of the dark tunnel.
3) Family Business by Kayne West
Kayne drew inspiration from his family while writing this song and wanted to show that he carries his family’s love with him. Right off the bat, he tries to give you an inside look at his family; from prison visits, cooking food, and how they spend their holidays.
Kayne was not afraid to let you into his emotions and honor the people who have helped support him and lifted him to the man that he is now. For most people, family is everything. They are the people who help motivate you, pick you up, and show you the correct path to go down. If you feel that your family means a lot to you and has helped elevate you, this would be the perfect song to listen to as a thank you.
4) Teach Your Children Well by Crosby Stills, Nash, and Young
“Teach Your Children Well” is a song dedicated to the older generation and telling them to teach and show their younger families the good things in life. In the lyrics, the singers are asking both the parents and children to not judge each other’s lives. Life is a journey that we must all travel along at our own pace and direction. You can love your kids more than the world, but sometimes, the best thing for them is to step back and let them decide their path.
Yes, they may struggle at first or get off on the wrong foot, but what matters is that they have experienced life and joy. Each generation goes through its growing pains and life issues, but each generation needs to be respectful and learn from each other. This song is perfect for kids and parents to listen to when they are contemplating parenting, life, or just family in general.
5) The House That Built Me by Miranda Lambert
“The House That Built Me” describes Miranda Lambert, her upbringing, and the family that helped shape her into the person that she is today. Families grow and make life-lasting memories in their family home that can be extremely impactful on young children. This is a very beautifully written and personal song, people that come from small, simple families, can relate to this.
A family home holds more than just a place to sleep at night; it holds special memories from friends and family. Walking through the doors of your childhood home can bring a rush of both emotions and memories that you maybe even forgot about.
6) Family Tree by Caylee Hammack
“Family Tree” is a song that describes Caylee Hammack’s home life and the town she came from. The lyrics describe Tupperware parties and a sister hiding her smoking habit from her parents. It’s a song about a simple life and people that love you no matter what because you are family. Being your own person and having a unique identity can be hard.
You are not always going to please everyone, no matter what you do there will always be someone who has a differing opinion. A good family will always be there for you to lean on and seek advice from. I love how personal Caylee Hammack gets in this song and invites you into her family dynamic a little bit. If you are looking for a good song about family and unconditional love, “Family Tree” is the perfect song to listen to.
7) Who Says You Can’t Go Home by Bon Jovi and Jennifer Nettles
Bon Jovi wrote this song as a tribute to staying true to who you are and where you come from. This song was a thank you to everyone who has supported them, both friends and family. Family doesn’t always mean blood; family can mean anyone who loves you unconditionally and is always there for you. Bon Jovi has a lot of fans, friends, and family that they love unconditionally and they recognize that they would not be where they are today if it was not for them.
This song is pretty nostalgic for me, especially since I moved away from my home town where all of my friends and family are. This song reminds me that you can still go back home and visit the people that matter to you the most, they still love you and will welcome you back with open arms.
8) Dear Mama by Tupac Shakur
Single motherhood is hard, and Tupac Shakur acknowledges this struggle with his song “Dear Mama” which is a tribute to his mother, Afeni Shakur. Because Tupac’s mother was struggling, he was raised in a low-income setting, though his mother made up for that with love. Tupac never mentions his mother’s name in the song, because he understood that some other women and families could relate to the same issues that he had gone through. He tried to encapsulate how he, and many other people, feel about their mother.
In a 1995 interview with the Los Angeles Times, Tupac said, “I wrote it for my mama because I love her and I felt I owed her something deep.” No one can love you like your mother, and no one can replace your mother. For some people, their family is only their mother; sometimes this can be a struggle but there is always love no matter how many people are in your family.
9) Daughters by John Mayer
Raising children, in general, is not easy. Not only do you need to make sure their physical needs are met, but you also have to make sure that you teach them important life lessons and show them plenty of love. In John Mayer’s song “Daughters” he suggests that daughters show men in their lives the same kind of love that they were shown by their fathers growing up.
Children learn how to love from their parents, and they convey that same type of love into their relationships when they are older. John Mayer is telling fathers to take their parental roles more seriously and to provide a good example of healthy relationships, so their children can have healthy relationships when they are older. He also tells mothers to be good to their children and family and care for them with a nurturing heart.
A family that has a good relationship loves each other because for that type of relationship to form they have to put aside their differences and make compromises. I think this is a beautiful song to listen to for soon-to-be parents who may be worried about parenthood. Family is everything and it’s important that you not only show love to them but help build them up.
10) Hey Jude by The Beatles
Even when families love each other, they can still separate. “Hey Jude” was written for John and Cynthia Lennon’s son, during a period when the couple was going through a divorce. While Paul McCartney visited Cynthia and Julian to see how they were doing, he wrote “Hey Jude” for the young boy on the car ride home.
As any child of divorce knows, it’s a hard situation to fully comprehend and accept. This song was Paul McCartney’s way of saying that Julian should accept Yoko Ono as a new member of their family and that he is still deeply loved by each member of the family. In an interview with People, Julian Lennon stated, “for me it has always been about moving forward, protecting mum the best that I could and making her proud.”
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Family can help get us through tough times, so it’s always amazing to sit back and listen to some songs about family to help remind us of this very fact. Family isn’t always easy, but as Kacey Musgraves once said: “Family is family.”
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