Some are moving tributes to the big guy, some are angry accusations. Some tell the story of a beautiful relationship, others are stories of betrayal and loneliness. Whatever the mood is, father’s play a big part in some of the best rock songs ever written. Here are a few of our favorites. And Happy Father’s Day to all the dad’s out there, whether you are awesome at it or you suck at it, you’re still a Dad.
Alice in Chains “Rooster”
Guitarist Jerry Cantrell wrote this classic for his father who served in Vietnam. It tells the story of a father’s experience as he tries stay alive and return safe to his family at home. It’s a tribute to his dad as well as a song about sacrificing yourself for a war you don’t believe in.
Drive By Truckers “Outfit”
Advice from a working-class Dad. Young kids these days should all listen to this song for some good advice. Like “Don’t call what your wearing an outfit. Don’t ever say your car is broke. Don’t sing with a fake British accent. Don’t act like your family’s a joke.”
Pearl Jam “Alive”
One of Pearl Jam’s most popular and best songs ever written, “Alive” tells the story of a boy who just found out that the guy who he thought was his dad is not really his dad and his real dad is dead and now his mom has sexual feelings for him b/c he looks like his real dad who is actually dead. Yes it is complicated, but the song is awesome and that’s all that matters.
Queen “Father to Son”
Queen rules. Just wanted to clear that up. Anyways, from their second album, this song is from the father’s perspective trying to give advice and pass on some wisdom to his son. But, like most kids, he ain’t listening.
Bruce Springsteen “Independence Day”
A solemn but beautiful song, Bruce sings about the unavoidable rifts that come between fathers and kids, mostly sons. It’s nobody’s fault, it just happens, but there’s always love.