Father/Daughter Songs

This post goes out to you, Blue Ivy Carter Knowles-Z.

Too often recipes for father-daughter songs include heavy doses 0f the following ingredients: cheese, sap, and watered-down cliches. I shudder to think of the numerous Father’s Day Sundays I spent sitting in church, listening to Mr. B. belt out this song.  Every year it was the same scene: while maudlin mothers maintained misty eyes, and my siblings and I struggled to suppress snickers. It’s a miracle I don’t still have bruises on my ribcage from the incessant elbow jabs my mom rammed into my sides in between her sniffles.  I jest, somewhat (sorry, Mom).

Elbowing exaggerations aside, those were painful times.

Now and again, though, someone gets it right (or, close enough). Here are a few that forego the mawkishness, and instead radiate hottness:

  • “Glory” by Jay-Z, ft. the one and only B.I.C.  — Solid beat + humorous lyrics (“you’re a child of destiny// you’re the child of my destiny // you’re my child with the child from Destiny’s Child//that’s a hell of recipe”) tempered by a quasi-worshipful celebration of new life (the resounding soulful chorus of “glory”) + celebrating the most anticipated birth of the year (too much? ok… sorry) = hottstuff.
  • “Little Blue” by Josh Garrels — A gracefully simple, poetic lullaby. I can picture him sitting in a rocking chair, serenading his little baby. He rocks the falsetto here too.
  • “Gracie” by Ben Folds — “You nodded off in my arms watching TV // I won’t move you an inch even thought my arm’s asleep” — it’s the little things, right?
  • “Isn’t She Lovely?” by Stevie Wonder — I think it might be illegal in the state of Michigan to compile a list of father-daughter songs and not include this upbeat, beloved father-daughter-wedding-dance-classic. Good times.
  • “Love One” by Common Market — Ok, so this might be cheating because really this song celebrates not just daughters, but four women in (mother, sister, daughter, wife) his life; it’s too good to leave out, though. How refreshing is it to hear an entire hip-hop song devoted to the sole purpose of honoring women? Listen to it, and you can go ahead and answer that.

And here’s a solid mother-son song for a lil’ extra helping of hottness:

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