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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Elton John

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279 228
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224 180
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edward1111100 added Elton John

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588 515
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pineapplegirly added Avicii

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559 491
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pineapplegirly added NEEDTOBREATHE

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230 194
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Dire Straits

7
62 50
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75 73
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Joan Baez

9
29 27
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Bo Diddley

10
31 30
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27 26
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The Isley Brothers

12
24 23
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Paul Weller, Terry Callier

13
19 19
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14
8 6
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DirtySexSongs added Catman Cohen

15
10 10
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100 122
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Hootie & the Blowfish

17
35 42
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Louis Armstrong

18
33 40
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The Beach Boys

19
18 22
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George Strait

20
24 30
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21
99 126
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Pearl Jam

22
9 11
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Joe Satriani

23
26 33
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JonGryskiewicz added Luke Bryan

24
29 37
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Alice in Chains

25
71 91
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David Bowie

26
18 23
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27
17 22
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Grand Funk Railroad

28
73 95
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The Moody Blues, Justin Hayward, John Lodge

29
15 20
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Eric Burdon & the Animals

30
8 11
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23 31
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Barenaked Ladies

32
12 17
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8 12
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murielsimnel added David Bowie

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11 16
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Mark Knopfler

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45 61
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Carlos Santana

36
10 15
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10 15
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Hank Williams, Jr.

38
16 23
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The Black Keys

39
18 26
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Stevie Wonder

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9 14
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9 14
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9 14
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Jim Giannakopoulos added Manowar

43
8 13
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George Jones

44
13 20
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45
13 20
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46
10 16
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TheWelshGuy added

47
11 18
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22 33
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The White Stripes

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6 12
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James Taylor

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6 12
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Allen Toussaint, Elvis Costello