Songs to Play and Listen to On Father's Day

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Facts and Brief History

Fathers' Day is a special day to honor not only our dads but those who've been a father figure to us. In the United States, Fathers' Day falls on the third Sunday of the month of June.

It is believed that the idea for a "fathers' day" started in 1909 when Sonora Louise Smart Dodd, after hearing mass on Mothers' Day, realized that fathers like her own dad, William Jackson Smart, should also be honored.

William Smart lost his wife after she gave birth to their sixth child. After her death, William Smart raised all his six children, a huge responsibility for any single parent. It is because of William Smart's selfless love that Sonora thought of having a "fathers' day" and this idea spread throughout her Spokane, Washington hometown.

On June 19, 1910, the first celebration of Fathers' Day occurred which was also the birthday of William Smart. In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge would further support this day and in 1966, President Lyndon Johnson declared that Fathers' Day is celebrated every third Sunday of June. Finally, in 1972, President Richard Nixon made Fathers' Day a permanent national observance.

To honor that special man in your life, here are several links to songs about and in honor of Dads with links to lyrics, music videos/samples, and sheet music. Happy Fathers' Day!

Songs for Dads

Father and Son - Cat Stevens

Father and Daughter - Paul Simon

Dance With My Father - Luther Vandross

Daddy Sang Bass - Johnny Cash

Oh My Papa - Eddie Fisher

My Heart Belongs To Daddy - Mary Martin

  • Music Video from YouTube

Papa, Can You Hear Me? - Barbra Streisand

Daddy's Little Girl - Karla Bonoff

Just The Two Of Us - Will Smith

Seein' My Father In Me - Paul Overstreet

Note to Sons and Daughters Putting Together Mix Tapes:

Just because a song has Father or Papa in the title doesn’t make it an appropriate Father's Day song. There are a number of paternally-title songs that are not tributes to dad. For instance, Papa Was a Rolling Stone, may be a great song, but it’s not a song about a great dad; it’s about a dad who abandons his kids.