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.

Whether you're looking for country songs or that of rap, you'll find the best selection below. 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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52 20
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MusicOfTheForest added Catman Cohen

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331 251
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251 189
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edward1111100 added Elton John

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pineapplegirly added Avicii

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pineapplegirly added NEEDTOBREATHE

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Carlos Santana

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232 203
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Dire Straits

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53 34
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41 31
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The Isley Brothers

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78 77
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Joan Baez

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65 73
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30 31
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Bo Diddley

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39 42
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Louis Armstrong

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27 28
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Paul Weller, Terry Callier

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13 12
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Joe Satriani

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35 41
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The Beach Boys

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19 21
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MusicOfTheForest added Neil Diamond

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72 91
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David Bowie

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102 131
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Pearl Jam

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28 35
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JonGryskiewicz added Luke Bryan

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18 22
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Grand Funk Railroad

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10 12
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murielsimnel added David Bowie

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19 24
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George Strait

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31 40
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Alice in Chains

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74 97
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The Moody Blues, Justin Hayward, John Lodge

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Hootie & the Blowfish

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18 24
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11 15
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Hank Williams, Jr.

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11 15
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10 14
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15 21
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Eric Burdon & the Animals

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9 14
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George Jones

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14 21
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Cliff Richard

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14 21
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11 17
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Mark Knopfler

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23 34
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Barenaked Ladies

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9 15
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Jim Giannakopoulos added Manowar

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6 11
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Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong

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16 25
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The Black Keys

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13 21
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8 14
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22 34
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The White Stripes

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8 15
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Bad Company

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8 15
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Curtis Mayfield