Father's Day: Madonna, Will Smith, Johnny Cash sing songs about dads
Whether it is the child trying to wonder where their connection went wrong, or if it is the father himself dealing with becoming a new parent or feeling guilty about how they raised their child, 'daddy' songs continue to provide a moving statement, with Professor Green's 'Read All About It' a recent example.
To celebrate Father's Day, Digital Spy takes a look back at just a few of pop music's greatest dad songs.
LL Cool J - 'Father'
Sampling a great hook from George Michael's brilliant 'Father Figure', this autobiographical track sees the rapper dealing with his father's abusive past, including how he shot his grandfather and mother during a drunken rage. A thankfully rare type of father-son history, but it provides a story of moving on and forgiveness for kids with tough childhoods.
Mike & the Mechanics - 'The Living Years'
A very moving song about a new father dealing with the loss of their own dad. It is even more poignant when you learn that both writers BA Robertson and Mike Rutherford were going through similar situations at the time, and singer Paul Carrack had lost his father as a youngster. A track to remind everybody who has a father to tell them how much they mean to you as soon as possible.
Harry Chapin - 'Cat's in the Cradle'
A powerful folk track about realising a father's errors too late. It follows a dad who is working too hard for his family to spend any time with his son, who grows up to become "just like" him. When he meets up with him as an adult, he appears to be a deadbeat who has no time to spend with his dad. Another 'message' track to know that it can someday be too late to build a bond with one's child. There is also a great grungey cover from Ugly Kid Joe.
Madonna - 'Oh Father'
Although Madonna has never officially said that she was the victim of abuse from her father, she has said that he was very strict during her childhood. Written at a tough time in her life, just after her divorce from Sean Penn, this was reflected in her songwriting for this beautiful power ballad. Her father had remarried two years after her mother's death in 1963. The video sees Madonna following a child who runs away from her abusive dad. Sia also recorded a very different, but brilliant cover.
Cat Stevens - 'Father & Son'
Possibly the most obvious track on the list, this 1970s folk classic sees Cat Stevens singing a conversation between a father and his child. The son says that he is looking to move away and live an exciting life, while his dad tells him to "take it easy". An interesting tale of a wise old father possibly trying to inform his son not to follow his own mistakes and to know that there is plenty of time ahead of him. Stevens rerecorded the track as Yusuf Islam with Ronan Keating in 2004, who had already covered it as part of Boyzone.
Johnny Cash - 'A Boy Named Sue'
A rather humorous tale about a good-for-nothing dad naming his son Sue, who then makes it his life mission to track his father down to end his years of ridicule. However, he is given a "different point of view" when his dad tells him why he gave his son a girl's name after a gun fight.
Will Smith - 'Just the Two of Us'
To prove that not all dads are horrid, this track is a wonderful tribute to all brilliant father-son relationships out there. Will samples the Bill Withers original to rap to his young son Trey about how much he means to him, and to also give him some advice for when he grows up and hears it.