family The Best Songs About Brothers  

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Some of the most touching songs ever written are songs about brothers. From siblings, to friends to fellow soldiers, several great songs have been written about brothers. Some of these songs were inspired by the musician's actual blood brother while others are about brothers from another mother. Some of the best songs about brothers are simply entitled “Brother.” This list features songs about little brothers, as well as songs about big brothers.

Billy Corgan wrote the Smashing Pumpkins' track “Spaceboy” about his half-brother, Jesse, who is autistic. Barenaked Ladies musician Ed Robertson wrote about missing his brother who died in a motorcycle accident on the song, “Am I the Only One?” Other top songs that are about brothers include “He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother” and “Song for My Brother.”

Pearl Jam originally wrote their song “Brother” for their debut album, Ten, but it wasn't officially released until the album's reissue in 2009. “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” references the struggles of brothers fighting for opposite sides of the Civil War.

Do you have a favorite song about brothers? Vote it up to the number one spot on this list of the top songs about brothers.
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pineapplegirly added Brother NEEDTOBREATHE

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Daniel Elton John

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192 151
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edward1111100 added The Greatest Discovery Elton John

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186 148
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Brothers in Arms Dire Straits

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424 361
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pineapplegirly added Hey Brother Avicii

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223 184
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43 29
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59 54
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Brothers in Arms Joan Baez

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14 11
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17 15
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Brother Bear Bo Diddley

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16 14
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Brother to Brother Paul Weller, Terry Callier

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17 16
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Brother, Brother The Isley Brothers

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Am I the Only One? Barenaked Ladies

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25 26
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14 14
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Brother Bill (Last Clean Shirt) Eric Burdon & the Animals

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93 107
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Brother Pearl Jam

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Sin's a Good Man's Brother Grand Funk Railroad

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89 106
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Little Brother Hootie & the Blowfish

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13 15
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Unknown Brother The Black Keys

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13 15
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27 32
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Hello Brother Louis Armstrong

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22 26
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Brother Alice in Chains

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11 13
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My Brother The Moody Blues, Justin Hayward, John Lodge

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15 18
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Brothers of the Highway George Strait

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10 12
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13 16
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Big Brother David Bowie

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8 10
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Brothers of the Road Hank Williams, Jr.

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8 10
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Duncanadams added My Brother Jake Free

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21 26
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JonGryskiewicz added Blood Brothers Luke Bryan

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Jim Giannakopoulos added Blood Brothers Manowar

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Hold On Dear Brother The Beach Boys

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42 53
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Song for My Brother Carlos Santana

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23 30
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Sister and Brother Kate Bush, Midge Ure

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11 15
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8 12
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Leave Home The Chemical Brothers

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15 21
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Spaceboy The Smashing Pumpkins

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7 11
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Scott Bauman added Always Gold Radical Face

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7 11
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Brothers in Arms (live) Mark Knopfler

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7 11
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The 20 Most Epic Wedding FAILs of All Time

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Big Brother Stevie Wonder

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15 22
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4 8
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Sun Brother Portugal. The Man

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18 26
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Brothers On A Hotel Bed Death Cab for Cutie

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3 7
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murielsimnel added The Bewlay Brothers David Bowie

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Judas My Brother Bad Company