Father Son Songs: Celebrate A Groom-Dad Bond At Weddings

Updated November 15, 2023 | Author: Matthew Campbell

Whether a groom wants to play a special song to play as a dedication to his dad or play for a special memory, you will need a father and son song.

The below songs are about father-son relationships. Discover a list of special songs between a son and his father.

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When picking out the song for a dad and son, you must consider the following 3 factors:

  1. Does the song have a special meaning to both of you?
  2. What is the tempo of the song (fast or slow) to determine the mood for the moment?
  3. Does the song’s genre and meaning match your music tastes and relationship?

As an experienced wedding DJ, I’ve assembled a list of songs for fathers and sons. Songs are selected by the meaning of the song and popular hits by today’s couples. Besides new and trending, additional lists are grouped by genre to match your taste in music.

New Father-Son Songs

  1. “Raised Up Right” by Riley Green (Country – 2023)
  2. “Chasing Stars” by Matteo Bocelli (Pop – 2023)
  3. “Little Man” by Ian Munsick (Country – 2023)
  4. “My Old Man” by Billy Raffoul (Indie – 2023)
  5. “Without A Dad” by Justin Champagne (Country – 2023)
  6. “Takes After You” by ERNEST (Country – 2023)
  7. “My Father’s Eyes” by Joshua Radin (Indie – 2022)
  8. “Son” by Mitch Rossell (Country – 2022)
  9. “Old Man” by Beck (Rock – 2022)
  10. “What Makes a Man” by Ben Rector & Thomas Rhett (Pop – 2022)
  11. “Good Ol’ Man” by Drew Green (Country – 2022)
  12. “You Will Always Be My Son” by Caleb and Kelsey (Pop – 2022)

Trending Father and Son Songs

  1. “My Old Man” by Zac Brown Band (Country – 2017)
  2. “Boy” by Lee Brice (Country – 2017)
  3. “Not All Heroes Wear Capes” by Owl City (Pop – 2018)
  4. “Carry on Wayward Son” by Kansas (Rock – 1984)
  5. “Father And Son” by Cat Stevens (Singer-Songwriter – 1970)
  6. “Song for Dad” by Keith Urban (Country – 2002)
  7. “With Arms Wide Open” by Creed (Rock – 2004)
  8. “Just The Two Of Us” by Will Smith (Hip Hop – 1997)
  9. “My Boy” by Elvie Shane (Country – 2021)
  10. “Dad” by Tyler Wood (Country – 2018)

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Fun Hip Hop Tracks

  1. Like Father Like Son – The Game feat. Busta Rhymes
  2. Letter 2 My Unborn – 2Pac
  3. It’s A Boy – Slick Rick

Christian Hits for a Special Bond

  1. LIKE YOU – Aaron Cole, Tauren Wells, and TobyMac
  2. Good Good Father – Chris Tomlin
  3. I Will Be Here – Steven Curtis Chapman
  4. Father’s Love – Bob Carlisle


Not only your father, but you can also dedicate a song to your mom. See our list of mother and son songs.


Good Country Songs

  1. Raised Up Right – Riley Green
  2. Little Man – Ian Munsick
  3. Without A Dad – Justin Champagne
  4. Takes After You – ERNEST
  5. Son – Mitch Rossell
  6. Hey Dad – Tyler Booth
  7. Good Ol’ Man – Drew Green
  8. Reach the Pedals – Jesse Labelle
  9. My Son – Eddie Montgomery
  10. Ain’t Even Met You Yet – Chris Lane
  11. Stay at Home Dad – Drew Baldridge
  12. My Boy – Elvie Shane
  13. Things He Handed Down – Lady A
  14. Things Dads Do – Thomas Rhett
  15. Man That Hung The Moon – Brantley Gilbert
  16. Dad’s Sailboat – Walker Hayes
  17. Dad – Tyler Wood
  18. Boy – Lee Brice
  19. The Best Part Of Me – Lee Brice
  20. My Old Man – Zac Brown Band
  21. You Should Be Here – Cole Swindell
  22. Family Man – Craig Campbell
  23. He’s Mine – Rodney Atkins
  24. Anything Like Me – Brad Paisley
  25. A Father’s Love (The Only Way He Knew How) – Bucky Covington
  26. Letter to Me – Brad Paisley
  27. Don’t Blink – Kenny Chesney
  28. Little Guy – Gord Bamford
  29. My Wish – Rascal Flatts
  30. The Best Day – George Strait
  31. Watching You – Rodney Atkins
  32. Who You’d Be Today – Kenny Chesney
  33. Let Them Be Little – Billy Dean
  34. Mr. Mom – Lonestar
  35. Then They Do – Trace Adkins
  36. Song for Dad – Keith Urban
  37. Drive (For Daddy Gene) – Alan Jackson
  38. He Didn’t Have to Be – Brad Paisley
  39. The Greatest – Kenny Rogers
  40. I Wish I Could Have Been There – John Anderson
  41. Love Without End, Amen – George Strait
  42. That’s My Job – Conway Twitty
  43. A Boy Named Sue – Johnny Cash


You can also have a special song dedication between a father and daughter. See our list of father and daughter songs.


R&B Dedications

  1. Father’s Child – Michael Kiwanuka
  2. The Day (That You Gave Me a Son) – Babyface
  3. Dance With My Father – Luther Vandross
  4. Just The Two Of Us – Will Smith
  5. Wind Beneath My Wings – Gerald LeVert & Eddie LeVert
  6. Patches – Clarence Carter


You can also have songs dedicated between siblings at your wedding too. See our lists of songs about sisters being best friends, songs about brothers being best friends and sister and brother wedding dance songs.

Fun Rock Tracks

  1. Old Man – Beck
  2. Dad – Coleton Rubin
  3. When You Need Me – Bruce Springsteen
  4. Drinking Beer with Dad – Kid Rock
  5. Little Lion Man – Mumford & Sons
  6. Hell Yeah – Neil Diamond
  7. Here For You – Neil Young
  8. Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own – U2
  9. Sail To The Moon – Radiohead
  10. Life Of A Salesman – Yellowcard
  11. With Arms Wide Open – Creed
  12. Father, Son – Peter Gabriel
  13. My Father’s Eyes – Eric Clapton
  14. Father of Mine – Everclear
  15. The Last Song – Elton John
  16. The Living Years – Mike + The Mechanics
  17. Forever Young – Rod Stewart
  18. Walk Like A Man – Bruce Springsteen
  19. My Father’s House – Bruce Springsteen
  20. Independence Day – Bruce Springsteen
  21. Leader of the Band – Dan Fogelberg
  22. Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy) – John Lennon
  23. A Man I’ll Never Be – Boston
  24. Carry on Wayward Son – Kansas
  25. You’re My Best Friend – Queen
  26. The Boys Are Back In Town – Thin Lizzy
  27. Landslide – Fleetwood Mac
  28. Cat’s in the Cradle – Harry Chapin
  29. Simple Man – Lynyrd Skynyrd
  30. Old Man – Neil Young
  31. Kooks – David Bowie
  32. You’ve Got A Friend – James Taylor
  33. The Captain and The Kid – Jimmy Buffett
  34. Father And Son – Cat Stevens


If you have a stepfather, see our list of stepfather songs.


Popular Pop Favorites

  1. Chasing Stars – Matteo Bocelli
  2. My Old Man – Billy Raffoul
  3. My Father’s Eyes – Joshua Radin
  4. What Makes a Man – Ben Rector & Thomas Rhett
  5. You Will Always Be My Son – Caleb and Kelsey
  6. Not All Heroes Wear Capes – Owl City
  7. 7 Years – Lukas Graham
  8. Father & Son – Rod Stewart
  9. If I Could – Barbra Streisand
  10. Father And Son – Boyzone
  11. A Song For My Son – Mikki Viereck
  12. Father To Son – Phil Collins
  13. Father To Son – Queen
  14. Dear Father – Neil Diamond
  15. My Dad – Paul Petersen


We cannot forget about mothers and daughters. See a list of songs about mothers and daughters.

Unique Celtic Tunes

  1. The Old Man – John McDermott

Do you have a favorite father and son song not on my list? Please share your song below in the comments.



Father-son songs are special when a groom wishes to dedicate a special song to his father at the wedding reception.

You can use this song in a slideshow or it can be included in the DJ’s playlist for your wedding reception. If you plan to surprise your father, be sure to talk about it with your partner and a professional wedding coordinator.

This wouldn’t necessarily be a dance song. Rather, suggest playing a song in the middle of the wedding reception that everyone can dance to, whether it be a fast or slow song.

Of course, if you and your father are dancers, feel free to create a choreographed routine and bring in the groomsmen or the groom’s siblings.

This can be especially meaningful if the father has a milestone birthday near the wedding date. Heck, it could be the other way around. Maybe it’s the father’s second wedding and his son is turning 25. It’s completely up to you.

Set some time aside to think about what your father means to you (or vice versa). List some of the qualities he has that are meaningful to you. Journal notes about some special memories. If you do this while listening to our Spotify playlist, we’re certain one will resonate with you.

We recommend that you choose a song that conveys a special meaning between the father and his son. Think of a song where the lyrics speak to you. If a special song doesn’t come to your mind right away, don’t worry. We have 70 of the Top Father-Son gongs to choose from here.

Father-Son songs aren’t just for your wedding reception. These sentimental songs can also be played to celebrate a milestone birthday, your Father’s retirement, or even Father’s Day. It is already a day to celebrate Fathers so why not dedicate a song to your father?

Fathers can also play the songs to celebrate the birth of their new baby boy, or their graduation, or to commemorate special bonding days like a fishing trip.

Why trust Matthew Campbell?

DJ, Author, Music Lover


Matthew (Matt) Campbell is the founder/editor of My Wedding Songs from his experience as a wedding DJ. He is the author of two wedding planners: ‘Wedding Songs Planner’ and ‘The Wedding Music Toolkit’. Matt is the host of the ‘Wedding Songs Podcast’. He shares music inspiration in his weekly newsletter the ‘Wedding MusicLetter’. His articles have been published on Rolling Stone, DJ Life Magazine, and DJ Times. Matt resides in the wedding capital of the world – Las Vegas.

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3 years ago

Wheeler Walker Jr. – All The Pussy You Will Slay

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3 years ago
Reply to  Mike

Thanks Mike for sharing. We will add it this week.

3 years ago

Drinking beer with dad by Kid Rock

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3 years ago
Reply to  Billy

Thank you Billy! The song has been added to the list.

Greg burnett
Greg burnett
4 years ago

He’s mine.
Rodney Atkins

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4 years ago
Reply to  Greg burnett

Thanks Greg. We addded your song to the list.

Dwayne F Langsdorf
Dwayne F Langsdorf
5 years ago

Boy by Lee Brice

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5 years ago

Thank you, Dwayne. We will be definitely adding it to our list.

Gene Turk
Gene Turk
6 years ago

bruce springsteen – independence day (from the album, the river)
Boston – the man I’ll never be

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6 years ago
Reply to  Gene Turk

Thank you Gene! We will add your suggestions to the list!

6 years ago

Yesterday by Atmosphere

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6 years ago
Reply to  Marcos

Thank you Marcos, great song! We will add it to the list.

Nicole Cloyd
Nicole Cloyd
7 years ago

Wish I could have been there- John Anderson

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7 years ago
Reply to  Nicole Cloyd

Thanks Nicole! We will add it to the list.

April Adkins
April Adkins
7 years ago

Gordon Bamford “Little Guy”

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7 years ago
Reply to  April Adkins

Thank you April. We will be sure to add it to the list!

Terry Topping
Terry Topping
7 years ago
Reply to  April Adkins

Excellent song!! Touches that special part…. Love my boy!!

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7 years ago
Reply to  Terry Topping

Hi Terry, Glad you like the list.

8 years ago

Elton John – The Last Song. Actually about a boy dying of AIDS, but a still beautiful reflection on the relationship with his father

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8 years ago
Reply to  Kevin

Thanks Kevin for the suggestion. We will definitely add it to the list.

8 years ago

Babyface – The Day (You gave me a son)