For Dad: A Father’s Day Spotify Playlist


Tomorrow marks Father’s Day, the annual day to honor those who have taken on the role of dad in someone’s life. This week’s updated Spotify Playlist focuses on songs for dad, or from dads, spotlighting the bond between parent and child, or in some cases the rift between the two.

Most of the tracks on the playlist are inspired by pleasant memories between father and son or daughter. But some, like Harry Chapin’s classic “Cat’s In The Cradle” or Pearl Jam’s “My Father’s Son,” examine what can at times be a contentious relationship among family members.

The father/son duo of Jeff Tweedy and Spencer Tweedy (pictured above) of the band Tweedy lead things off. The playlist also features Willie Nelson and his son Lukas Nelson on a track and Stevie Wonder’s “Isn’t She Lovely” features a cameo by his infant daughter Aisha. Adrian Belew’s “Oh Daddy” has his daughter Audie adding vocals and Frank Zappa employed his daughter Moon Zappa on the track “Valley Girl.” Rosanne Cash and her dad Johnny Cash and Chuck Berry and Ingrid Berry are also among the father/daughter combos.

Strongly represented are a number of legendary musicians such as Paul Simon, John Prine, The Temptations, Bruce Springsteen, Bill Withers, Cat Stevens, John Lennon, Eric Clapton, Emmylou Harris and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. More contemporary entries of similar talent like Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, Mac DeMarco, and The Avett Brothers are also among those featured.

[Originally published June 20, 2015]