12 Songs That Beautifully Sum Up Fatherhood

06/15/2015 12:29 pm ET | Updated Jun 14, 2016

The emotional rollercoaster of parenthood could provide enough creative inspiration for an anthology of albums. In fact, many musicians' popular songs are tributes to their children.

In honor of Father's Day, we put together a list of 12 heartwarming songs about fatherhood by famous dad musicians:

1. "Isn’t She Lovely" by Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder wrote this hit song to celebrate the birth of his daughter Aisha.

2. "You’re Gonna Miss This" by Trace Adkins

This song is the product of an interaction between songwriter Ashley Gorley and a repairman who was working on his house while his children were home wreaking toddler havoc. As a dad to five daughters, country star Trace Adkins felt the song resonated with him, and his recording of "You're Gonna Miss This" zoomed up the Billboard charts.

3. "Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)" by John Lennon

John Lennon wrote this song in honor of his second son Sean. There have been many cover versions of the 1980 song, most notably those by Ben Harper and Celine Dion.

4. "Daughter" by Loudon Wainwright

Many recognize "Daughter" as the song that plays during the end credits of the movie "Knocked Up." Though folk singer Loudon Wainwright has written many songs about parenthood, this particular tune is a cover -- originally by his friend and fellow musician Peter Blegvad.

5. "I’m Already There" by Lonestar

This tear-jerking song is from the perspective of a dad on the road talking to his family on the phone. The chorus addresses his children after they ask him when he's coming home.

6. "Gracie" by Ben Folds

Ben Folds composed this song in honor of his young daughter Gracie. His hit single "Still Fighting It" is dedicated to his son Louis.

7. "Glory" by Jay-Z

Jay-Z released "Glory" two days after his wife Beyoncé gave birth to their daughter Blue Ivy. With lyrics about the emotional experience of becoming a father, the song begins with the sound of the baby's heartbeat and features a sample of Blue Ivy crying.

8. "Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)" by Billy Joel

This famous lullaby honors Alexa Ray Joel, the singer's daughter with Christie Brinkley.

9. "Kooks" by David Bowie

David Bowie wrote "Kooks" in 1971 to honor his newborn son Duncan Jones. The title is a nod to his "kooky" middle name "Zowie."

10. "Sail to the Moon (Brush the Cobwebs Out of the Sky)" by Radiohead

Thom Yorke wrote this slow piano ballad for his baby son Noah.

11. "It Won’t Be Like This For Long" by Darius Rucker

The former Hootie & the Blowfish frontman was one of the writers behind his 2008 single "It Won't Be Like This for Long" -- a sweet country song about a dad watching his child grow up.

12. "Cecilia And The Satellite" by Andrew McMahon

"Cecilia And The Satellite", the lead single off Andrew McMahon's debut solo album, is a sweet, upbeat tribute to his daughter.

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