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Merry Christmas to you and your lucky family!

Just to keep things interesting this festive week, I will not be on my usual soapbox; instead I wanted to pass along musical inspiration.

Here is the playlist for your 2013 MIXED Tape – The “Parenting Mixed Tape” you can (and hopefully) will make for inspiration.

The following songs inspire ME to be a better father and to never take for granted my vital role and the privilege of being a dad.

As the father of both a little boy and girl, I’m open to lots of songs.  Some are these are great lumpy throat songs that make you want to find your children and hug them tight (especially “Little Guy” from Canadian gem Gord Bamford).

As a DJ in my other life,, I love music and I am always searching for the next great song.  When providing music and entertainment for 60+ weddings a year, I pay special attention to the slideshow songs as well as the special parent dances – some of those cracked this elite list of killers.

IMHO, here are the BEST DAD songs of all time!!

(I have given you just enough songs to fill a sweet mixed tape…)

You’re Gonna Miss this – Trace Adkins

Let Them be Little – Billy Dean

Drive – Alan Jackson

There Goes My Life –Kenny Chesney



Just Fishing – Trace Adkins

I Loved her First – Heartland

My Daughter’s Father – Gord Bamford

My Little Girl – Tim McGraw

Daughter – Loudon Wainwright III

Father and Daughter – Paul Simon

My Girl – Temptations

Butterfly Kisses – Bob Carlisle



The Best Day of My Life –GeorgeStrait

Love with out End, Amen –GeorgeStrait

Little Guy – Gord Bamford

Watching You – Rodney Adkins

Anything Like Me – Brad Paisley

Just the Two of Us – Will Smith


Powerful songs with Powerful Dad messages

Dance with my Father Again – Luther Vandross

The Living Years – Mike and the Mechanics

Cats in Cradle – Harry Chapin

Dear Father – Colin Hay

You Can Let Go Now Daddy – Crystal Shawanda


And finally one awesome “Step Dad” song…

He Didn’t Have to Be – Brad Paisley


Yes, most of these lyrical masterpieces are country – but don’t judge me or the list!  If you can spare a few moments, have a listen and prepare to be moved!

This list might inspire a great gift for the Dad (make him a sweet Mixed Tape or CD playlist (lame) of cool tracks.  These tunes are emotional, inspiring, and fun!

I look forward to your feedback…

These are my favourites… What songs are your favourites?

Which songs make you a better parent???

Until next time!  Rock on!

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  • Nice one, Jeff! I love all these songs and have been using them myself at weddings for either the appropriate moments (when needed), or else simply as background music during dinner. Don’t be shy about the country, man – I love it! Especially today’s country – I find it really nice to listen to when making dinner at home – it’s very down to earth and relaxing. I actually love that song “Little Guy” and had used it on a video I made for my son’s first birthday. It worked perfectly and was definitely a tear-jerker! As an aside, here’s another couple of good ones for Fathers & Daughters:

    “It Won’t Be Like This For Long” by Darius Rucker
    “Without You” by Keith Urban

    Another one of my fav’s is “Chicken Fried” by the Zac Brown Band. Not really mom or dad specific, but a great “feel-good-family-type” of song. Anyways, love the post (as always) and I hear you loud and clear!

    • Jeff Jan 17, 2013 Reply

      Hey Dave,

      Thanks for the song choices — of course another DJ would have some gems!

      The Darius Rucker was definitely on my radar but could crack the chart! Perhaps I will have to reconsider…

      Thanks for the continued support!


  • Madison Jan 25, 2013 Reply

    I love your list, but I think you left out one of the greatest Father-Daughter songs of all time:
    This Moment – Steven Curtis Chapman

    If you’ve never heard it you must!

    • Madison Jan 25, 2013 Reply

      Sorry, its called “Cinderella.”

      • Jeff Feb 7, 2013 Reply

        Hey Madison!

        Too True – I have played “Stealing Cinderella” for a wedding — great song — I forgot about that one!

        Thanks for your input — I look forward to hearing from you again!

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