12 Heartwarming Country Songs That Celebrate Dads

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These Are Some Of The Greatest Country Songs About Dads

Country music is full of songs with strong family themes. Many artists use their music to honor specific people, especially their moms and dads.

Just as there are country songs out there about moms, there are plenty of songs dedicated to devoted dads. These country songs explore the bonds dads form with their children.

Country Songs About Dads - Trace Adkins and his daughter in the video for "Just Fishin'"
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These songs are made all the more meaningful when recorded by artists who are fathers. As they raise their own children, they discover how important a dad’s role truly is.

We’ve gathered 12 of the most memorable country songs that celebrate dads. We hope you enjoy listening to them.

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“It Won’t Be Like This for Long” by Darius Rucker

Released in November 2008, “It Won’t Be Like This for Long” served as the second single from Rucker’s first country album, Learn to Live. The song follows a dad as his daughter grows up.

Through each stage of his daughter’s life, the father is reminded, “It won’t be like this for long.” While the sleepless nights may be annoying now, he knows they’ll be gone in a flash, and he’ll soon wish to have those moments back.

“Song for Dad” by Keith Urban

Although it was never released as a single, “Song for Dad” was one of the standout tracks on Urban‘s third studio album, Golden Road. Urban was the sole songwriter on the track, which serves as a tribute to his father, Robert.

Urban notes how he’s picking up on his father’s little habits. At the same time, he realizes with each passing day how much his father did for him. As he sings, “The older I get, the more I can see how much he loved my mother and my brother and me.”

The Man He Sees in Me” by Luke Combs

Luke Combs shares two young sons with his wife, Nicole. His bond with his boys inspired his new album, Fathers & Sons, which he released on June 14, 2024, just two days before Father’s Day.

Combs released “The Man He Sees in Me” as the album’s lead single. In the song, Combs relays some of the special moments he shares with his sons. He knows that right now, he seems like a hero to them.

Combs fears that his sons will one day realize he’s not the superhuman figure they’ve built up in their minds. But he hopes he’ll become that man by the time they grow up and leave home.

As he sings:

I hope he never finds out that I didn’t hang the moon, and I’ve never scared a monster out the closet in his room. One day between him leaving home and driving on my knee, maybe I’ll finally be the man he sees in me.”

“He Didn’t Have to Be” by Brad Paisley

Paisley co-wrote “He Didn’t Have to Be.” He released the song as the second single from his debut album, Who Needs Pictures.

The song is told from the point of view of a man who welcomes his first child. As he prepares for fatherhood, he thinks of the stepfather who raised him, even though he didn’t have to.

Whether you have a stepparent or not, this song will never fail to make you cry.

“Daddy’s Hands” by Holly Dunn

Dunn scored the biggest hit of her career with the self-penned “Daddy’s Hands.” The song dropped in 1986 as the second single from her self-titled album. It climbed as high as the seventh spot on the chart.

A female narrator looks back on fond memories she shared with her dad. Whenever she thinks of these moments, she thinks of his hands and how they “folded silently in prayer” and were also “workin’ ’til they bled.”

The song celebrates the many hats a father wears to make his children’s lives the best they can be. 

“My Old Man” by Zac Brown Band

Zac Brown Band released “My Old Man” in February 2017 as the lead single from their album Welcome Home.

Brown served as one of the co-writers along with Niko Moon and Ben Simonetti. The song is a man’s flashback as he remembers what his father was like.

Now that he has a son, the man understands just how important being a father is. This leaves him”Hoping that he some day wants to be like his old man.

“I Wish Grandpas Never Died” by Riley Green

Riley Green’s emotional song from 2019 honors two important father figures in his life…his grandfathers. As an ultimate show of respect to his grandfathers, Buford Green and Lendon Bonds, Green credited them as co-writers on the song.

The track reached the 12th spot on the Hot Country Songs chart and has been certified Platinum by the RIAA. Its lyrics resonate with anyone who’s ever loved and lost their grandfather. As Green sings:

I wish the price of gas was low and cotton was high. I wish honkytonks didn’t have no closing time. And I wish grandpas never died.

“Watching You” by Rodney Atkins

Atkins released “Watching You” in 2006 as the second single from his album If You’re Going Through Hell. It climbed to the top of the chart and became the second #1 hit of his career. In addition, the song was named the #1 country song of 2007 once Billboard gathered the data for its year-end chart.

Co-written by Atkins, Steve Dean, and Brian Gene White, “Watching You” explores fathers’ close relationship with their sons.

In the song, the narrator sings about his four-year-old son, who surprises him with some of his actions. Whenever he asks his son where he learned to do those things, he responds, “I’ve been watching you, dad. Ain’t that cool?” We think that’s cool and cute!

“Love Without End, Amen” by George Strait

One of Strait’s most recognizable songs, “Love Without End, Amen” was released as a single in 1990. The song topped the country charts in both the U.S. and Canada.

The touching tune was written by Aaron Barker, who also wrote other #1 hits for Strait. Those songs include “Baby Blue” and “Easy Come, Easy Go.”

Barker’s songwriting talent was displayed in “Love Without End, Amen.” The track shows how fathers will always love their children, no matter what they do.

But the song’s message doesn’t stop there. It takes a spiritual turn at the end when the narrator dreams he has died and gone to heaven. Despite his wrongdoings, God forgives him, proving just how powerful his love can be.

“Just Fishin'” by Trace Adkins

Released in 2011 as the lead single from his album Proud to Be Here, “Just Fishin'” is one of the more emotional songs in Adkins’ catalog. The song reached the #6 spot on the country chart.

Although Adkins didn’t write “Just Fishin’,” he could relate to its story about the bond between a father and his young daughter. After all, Adkins is a father to five daughters himself.

You can hear his personal connection to the song come through as he sings the chorus’ closing lines. “But I guarantee this memory’s a big ‘un. And she thinks we’re just fishin’.

Adkins added a personal touch to the music video. His youngest daughter, Trinity, starred alongside him.

“Drive” by Alan Jackson

Released in 2002 as the second single from his album of the same title, Jackson dedicated “Drive” to his late father, Eugene. Jackson served as the song’s sole songwriter.

The track cruised straight into the top spot on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.

“Drive” follows a man through the various stages of his life, as he makes precious memories driving with his father. The first thing he learned to drive was an old boat, but he later moved on to a 1964 Ford truck.

By the song’s end, the man continues his father’s tradition. He reveals that he now takes his daughters out driving in his Jeep.

Jackson had his three real-life daughters star in the music video for “Drive.”

“That’s My Job” by Conway Twitty

Twitty released “That’s My Job” in 1987 as the third single from his album Borderline. The song was one of the most successful of Twitty’s career and claimed the sixth spot on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in the U.S. It did even better in Canada, where it peaked at the fourth spot on the chart.

Written by esteemed Nashville songwriter Gary Burr, “That’s My Job” is told from a son’s perspective. He remembers the comforting words his father shared with him throughout his life.

Whenever the boy needed his father, no matter the reason or his age, his dad would always respond with the same thing. “That’s my job; that’s what I do. Everything I do is because of you, to keep you safe with me. That’s my job, you see.

Listening to Twitty sing, it should come as no surprise why “That’s My Job” is one of the most memorable country songs out there about dads.

Which one of the songs on this list was your favorite? It’s so hard for us to pick just one!