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Top 10 Father Songs

Father knows best in these top country tunes.


There are no shortage of songs about mama in country music, but what about dads? Father's Day may get short shrift in advertising budgets, but dads don't get forgotten by country music's shining stars. All the evidence you need is this lineup of superb country songs for fathers.

10. Chris Young - Flashlight

Chris Young performs during the Academy of Country Music concerts at the Fremont Street Experience on April 1, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Chris Young recalls fixing cars with his old man in this nostalgic tune from Neon. It doesn't matter that the son can't keep his own car running -- he made a lot of good memories looking over his dad's shoulder.

Song Lyric: "He'll never how much he taught me / Out in that garage / And I guess the stuff that stuck / Was more about life than fixing cars"


9. Tim McGraw - My Little Girl

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This one goes out to all the clingy dads. Tim McGraw sings about a father who finds it hard to let go of his daughter. Her future husband could be perfect, but forgive him for thinking no boy can be good enough for his little girl.

Song Lyric: "Your beautiful baby from the outside in / Chase your dreams but always know the road that'll lead you home again"

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8. Ricky Van Shelton - Keep It Between the Lines

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Driving provides the metaphor for leading the right kind of life. In this Ricky Van Shelton number, words of wisdom are passed between father, son, and grandson like rules of the road.

Song Lyric: "Keep your hands on the wheel / Believe in the things that are real / Just take your time and keep it between the lines"

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7. Linda Martell - Color Him Father

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A young girl lets her stepfather into her heart in this song from Martell's underrated debut album. Even if you haven't heard of Martell, it's worth giving this song a shot.

Song Lyric: "I think I'll color him father / I think I'll color him love"


6. Paul Overstreet - Seein' My Father In Me

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Paul Overstreet sings about a man who realizes how much he acts like his father. As a teenager, this would have bothered him; but as a grown adult, the resemblance is more than all right with him.

Song Lyric: "I notice I walk the way he walks / I notice I talk the way he talks / I'm startin' to see my father in me"

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5. Bobby Bare - Daddy What If

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Father-and-son combo Bobby Bare and Bobby Bare Jr. trade lines in this sweet and funny song written by Shel Silverstein. On it, Bobby Bare Sr. tries to answer one child's questions about life.

Song Lyric: "Daddy, what if the sun stopped shining? / What would happen then?"

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4. Trace Adkins - Just Fishin'

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Father and daughter cast their lines out in the water, but who cares if the trout bite. Dad's real reason for fishing is to spend some quality time with his daughter.

Song Lyric: "And she thinks we're just fishin' on the riverside / Throwin' back what we couldn't fry / Drownin' worms and killin' time / Nothing too ambitious"

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3. Brad Paisley - He Didn't Have to Be

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This Brad Paisley song looks at non-biological fathers, and how one man fills the hole in a child's heart.

Song Lyric: "I met the man I call my dad when I was five years old / He took my mom out to a movie and for once I got to go"

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2. Holly Dunn - Daddy's Hands

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Holly Dunn extolls the virtues of her father and his hard-working hands. This moving song can be found on the neo-traditional singer's 1986 self-titled debut.

Song Lyric: "I remember Daddy's hands, how they held my Mama tight, And patted my back, for something done right."


1. Conway Twitty - That's My Job

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In this Conway Twitty classic, a father reassures his son that he'll always love him. Even if they don't always see eye to eye, he'll always care about him.

Song Lyric: "That's my job / That's what I do / Everything I do is because of you, to keep you safe with me"


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