The Best Songs About Losing Your Dad

Losing a loved one can be incredibly difficult, especially a parental figure. Songs about losing your dad can help you feel less alone when there's a tragedy or can help you appreciate the father you have now. Legends like Luther Vandross, Phil Collins, and Neil Young have all written songs about this topic and can be found on this list.

Vote below for your old favorites and maybe find some new ones in the process.

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  • "Father, You Believed" - Catman Cohen (2005)
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    "Father, You Believed" - Catman Cohen (2005)

    10 votes

    Never let me down
    Wish you were around
    Walking through this town
    You’re nowhere to be found

    Dad, I love you so

  • “Dance with My Father” - Luther Vandross (2003)
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    “Dance with My Father” - Luther Vandross (2003)

    18 votes

    If I could get another chance
    Another walk
    Another dance with him
    I'd play a song that would never ever end
    How I'd love, love, love
    To dance with my father again

  • “The Dance” - Garth Brooks (1989)
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    “The Dance” - Garth Brooks (1989)

    7 votes

    Holding you, I held everything
    For a moment, wasn't I the king
    But if I'd only known how the king would fall
    Hey, who's to say, you know I might have changed it all

  • “He Didn’t Have To Be” - Brad Paisley (1999)
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    “He Didn’t Have To Be” - Brad Paisley (1999)

    6 votes

    And then all of a sudden, oh, it seemed so strange to me
    How we went from something's missin' to a family
    Lookin' back all I can say about all the things he did for me
    Is I hope I'm at least half the dad that he didn't have to be