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12 Best Country Songs About Dads & Fatherhood

Country songs always seem to find a way to express the words we aren't always able to find. And when it comes to songs about dads and fatherhood, country music has a way of perfectly summing up the beauty of being a dad and cherishing the moments with our old man. From Thomas Rhett's "Things Dads Do" to Conway Twitty's "That's My Job," country music hits the perfect note when it comes to celebrating dear old dad.

So this Father's Day, if you can't find the right card or the right gift, here are 12 country songs about fatherhood that perfectly describe everything we love about dear old dad.

12. "It Won't Be Like This For Long," Darius Rucker

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Darius Rucker, a father of three, reflects on how quickly time moves for parents on "It Won't Be Like This For Long."

"It wont be like this for long/ One day soon that little girl is gonna be all grown up and gone," Rucker sings. "Yeah this phase is gonna fly by/ He's trying to hold on/ It won't be like this for long."

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11. "My Little Girl," Tim McGraw

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Tim McGraw is a father to three girls so he knows a thing or two about the bond between a dad and his daughter. "My Little Girl," written by McGraw and Tom Douglas, is one of the country star's sweetest fatherly messages.

"Chase your dreams, but always know the road/ That'll lead you home again," McGraw sings. "Go on, take on this whole world/ But to me you know you'll always be my little girl."

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10. "A Father's Love," Bucky Covington

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Actions speak louder than words in this song about a son who learns that saying "I love you" doesn't always mean saying those three words out loud.

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9. "Drive (For Daddy Gene)," Alan Jackson

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Alan Jackson's song "Drive (For Daddy Gene)," is about capturing memories that are remembered long after the moments are gone and passed down to the next generation.

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8. "He Didn't Have To Be," Brad Paisley

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Brad Paisley's "He Didn't Have to Be" is a song for all of those stepdads who stepped up to the plate and loved a child as if they were their own.

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7. "Just Fishin'," Trace Adkins

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This Trace Adkins song is a sentimental story about how children learn and grow through the little moments in life.  It's a song about cherishing the time you have before they become memories.

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6. "Love Without End, Amen," George Strait

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George Strait's "Love Without End, Amen" is the true depiction of what a father is. He is a man who teaches and loves endlessly and unconditionally as a child grows and learns — no matter how many mistakes they may make.

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5. "In My Arms," Mark Wills

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Mark Wills' "In My Arms" is a beautiful song about a father cherishing the moments he's able to share with his little girl before she grows up and finds her happily ever after.

4. "That's My Job," Conway Twitty

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Here's an emotional song about a son who has a dream about losing his father. When he asks what he would do without his dad, Conway Twitty's response is, "that's my job."

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3. "The Best Day," George Strait

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Another great song about dads from George Strait. "The Best Day" is a song told through the eyes of a child. It focuses on those special milestone moments that boys share with their fathers.

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2. "There Goes My Life," Kenny Chesney

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This tune from Kenny Chesney's 2004 album When the Sun Goes Down is sure to bring on the tears. The song tells the story of a young man who's unsure whether he's ready to become a dad and knowing that his life as he knows it is over. (All he could think about was I'm too young for this/ Got my whole life ahead," Chesney sings. "Hell, I'm just a kid myself/ How am I gonna raise one?).  However, throughout the course of the song, the meaning of "there goes my life" is turned on its head. His little girl is now his whole world, and saying goodbye to her as she drives off to college is one of the most difficult moments of his life.

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1. "Daddy's Hands," Holly Dunn

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Holly Dunn's beautiful 1986 hit "Daddy's Hands" remains one of the most moving tunes about a father's love.

"I remember daddy's hands folded silently in prayer/ And reachin' out to hold me, when I had a nightmare,"  Dunn sings. "You could read quite a story in the callous' and lines/ Years of work and worry had left their mark behind."


Looking for more Father's Day songs? Check out our playlist of more of our favorite tunes about dads, including Gary Allan's "Tough Little Boys," Zac Brown Band's "My Old Man" and more, below. 


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