I’ve asked a few friends and fellow-bloggers to guest post while I am getting acquainted with Hudson–though I know I’ll enjoy sharing updates and photos from time to time. Jesse and I have been friends since college and I’ve always trusted his opinion when it comes to music. These days, I look forward to his round-ups of the year’s best music (along with regular, pithy reviews) on Quickcrit for filling gaps in my collection. When Hudson was born, Jesse (a father himself to nearly one-year-old Miles) sent me a couple songs as congratulations and I was so excited when he agreed to share more parenthood songs with all of you…
There are plenty of songs written for or about parents, but there aren’t a lot a great songs about being a parent. Likely, because being a parent and a professional musician isn’t often compatible, though obviously it’s not impossible (Check out this great Paste article on musical moms).
The best parenthood songs are the ones that transcend the subject matter and can be enjoyed by non-parents, future parents, and parents alike. Although I appreciate the classics, like John Lennon’s “Beautiful Boy” or Cat Stevens’ “Father And Son,” my personal favorites are all more recent.
These are my top 10 parenthood songs:
The Ark – “Father Of A Son”
A defiant anthem from the perspective of a gay man planning to be an amazing dad.
Andrea Echeverri – “A Eme O”
A mother’s celebration of her own metamorphosis through her newborn daughter.
Colin Meloy – “Wonder”
A new dad awestruck at the “weird and wonderful” process.
The Weepies – “Be My Thrill”
This one is actually about her partner, but enough of the lyrics could be about an infant. “And I miss all of the joy you kill/But I love you still/Be my thrill” rang true for the first few weeks (months) of parenthood.
I’m From Barcelona – “Can See Miles”
Another song not actually about kids, but my selective hearing has made it about my son, Miles.
Animal Collective – “My Girls”
An all around great song for praising the simple family life. Also good for dancing with a toddler.
Billy Bragg & Wilco – “Hoodoo Voodoo”
This one captures the playful nonsense overtaking the living room.
Loudon Wainwright III – “Daughter”
Nostalgic reflection with a shot of dry humor.
Badly Drawn Boy – “A Minor Incident”
Beautiful melancholy sentiment pulled from a surprisingly good Hugh Grant movie.
Drive-By Truckers – “Outfit”
In true Trucker form, the song offers funny, tender, and sound advice.
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Thanks, Jesse! Any songs you would add to such a list?