Greatest Dad songs

Just to keep things interesting this festive week, I will not be on my usual soapbox; instead I wanted to pass along musical inspiration.

Here is the playlist for your 2013 MIXED Tape - The “Parenting Mixed Tape” you can (and hopefully) will make for inspiration.

The following songs inspire ME to be a better father and to never take for granted my vital role and the privilege of being a dad.

As the father of both a little boy and girl, I’m open to lots of songs. Some are these are great lumpy throat songs that make you want to find your children and hug them tight (especially “Little Guy” from Canadian gem Gord Bamford).

As a DJ in my other life, www.djhaymaker.com, I love music and I am always searching for the next great song. When providing music and entertainment for 60+ weddings a year, I pay special attention to the slideshow songs as well as the special parent dances – some of those cracked this elite list of killers.

IMHO, here are the BEST DAD songs of all time!!

(I have given you just enough songs to fill a mixed tape )

You’re Gonna Miss this - Trace Adkins

Let Them be Little – Billy Dean

Drive – Alan Jackson

There Goes My Life –Kenny Chesney


Just Fishing – Trace Adkins

I Loved her First - Heartland

My Daughter’s Father – Gord Bamford

My Little Girl – Tim McGraw

Daughter – Loudon Wainwright III

Father and Daughter – Paul Simon

My Girl – Temptations

Butterfly Kisses – Bob Carlisle


The Best Day of My Life – George Strait

Love with out End, Amen – George Strait

Little Guy – Gord Bamford

Watching You – Rodney Adkins

Anything Like Me – Brad Paisley

Just the Two of Us – Will Smith

Powerful songs with Powerful Dad messages

Dance with my Father Again – Luther Vandross

The Living Years – Mike and the Mechanics

Cats in Cradle – Harry Chapin

Dear Father – Colin Hay

You Can Let Go Now Daddy – Crystal Shawanda

And finally one awesome “Step Dad” song…

He Didn’t Have to Be – Brad Paisley

Yes, most of these lyrical masterpieces are country – but don’t judge me or the list! If you can spare a few moments, have a listen and prepare to be moved!

This list might inspire a great gift for the Dad (make him a sweet Mixed Tape or CD playlist (lame) of cool tracks. These tunes are emotional, inspiring, and fun!

I look forward to your feedback…

These are my favourites… What songs are your favourites?

Which songs make you a better parent???

Until next time! Rock on!

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About the Author

Jeff Hay is a Kelowna-based writer, motivational speaker, parenting coach, and father of four.

Along with writing for Castanet, Jeff also writes for the Huffington Post, the Good Men Project, and the National Fatherhood Initiative in the United States. 

When he is not playing his favourite role of 'DAD', Jeff speaks throughout Canada as a popular parenting educator, working on his website – www.thedadvibe.com, and writing his parenting book for dads, “Wait Till Your Father Gets Home!

Jeff dedicates his life to improving the well-being of children by increasing the proportion of children growing up with involved, responsible, and committed fathers.

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