It's often hard to put your feelings into writing, especially when you're trying to capture your dad's larger-than-life presence. The unique bond between you and your dad can't necessarily always be summed up with a store bought Father's Day card, but where words fail, music speaks. This year, rely on music's greatest artists for help and play any of these Father's Day songs to articulate exactly how you feel about your dad, grandpa or any other male figure in your life.
There's a song for every mood, classics that'll get you both on the dance floor. So, make a playlist with some of your favourite hits, press play and ask your dad to share a dance. It's the best Father's Day gift you can give him.
1. "Dance With My Father" by Luther Vandross
One of the most memorable and best dad songs out there, R&B legend Luther Vandross recorded the 2003 album and its title track as a dedication to his late father.
Best Lyric: “If I could steal one final glance, one final step, one final dance with him, I'd play a song that would never ever end. Cause I'd love to dance with my father again.”
2. "Your Joy" by Chrisette Michele
Ah, the go-to song for father-daughter dances at weddings. Here, the neo-soul artist sweetly sings about how her dad is irreplaceable.
Best Lyric: "No one loves me just like you do. No one knows me just like you do. No one can compare to the way my eyes fit in yours. You'll always be my father, and I'll always be your joy."
3. "These Three Words" by Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder's powerful ballad serves as a reminder to cherish your loved ones (fathers, daughters, and sons) while they're still alive, and the best way to do it is by saying those three simple words.
Best Lyric: "When was the last time that they heard you say. mother or father, 'I love you?' And when was the last time that they heard you say, daughter or son, 'I love you?'"
4. "Papa Don't Preach" by Madonna
Madonna's controversial 1986 hit song tells the story of a young girl reclaiming her power and strength as a new mother, while acknowledging her father's influence.
Best Lyric: "Cause I was always your little girl, but you should know by now, I'm not a baby. You always taught me right from wrong. I need your help, daddy, please be strong."
5. "Daddy Lessons" by Beyoncé and Dixie Chicks
The song from Beyoncé's deeply personal album, Lemonade, got the remix treatment in November 2016, when Queen Bey and the Dixie Chicks teamed up to perform it for the first time at the CMA Awards—making it the perfect addition to your Father's Day songs list.
Best Lyric: "Came into this world, daddy's little girl. And Daddy made a soldier out of me. Daddy made me dance and Daddy held my hand."