In honor of Father's Day, I asked BuzzFeed writers to share a song that reminds them of their dads. Here are some of their memories.
1. Tracy Clayton: Sheena Easton, "A Dream Worth Keeping"
2. Matt Kiebus: Bruce Springsteen, "Born To Run"
3. Chelsea Marshall: B.B. King, "Please Love Me"
When I was little I was OBSESSED with B.B. King, in large part because of my dad. We would listen to him on repeat whenever we'd drive somewhere. I don't have a specific song because it was just all of his CDs in constant rotation. B.B. King was the first concert I remember going to and is still one of my favorite memories.
4. Krutika Mallikarjuna: Phil Collins, "You'll Be In My Heart"
5. Summer Anne Burton: Rilo Kiley, "With Arms Outstretched"
6. Anita Badejo: Funkadelic, "One Nation Under a Groove"
7. Conz Preti: Frank Sinatra, "My Way"
8. Julia Pugachevsky: Radiohead, Bjork, Depeche Mode
9. Julie Gerstein: The Beatles, "A Day In The Life"
10. Katie Heaney: Queen, "Seven Seas of Rhye"
11. Deena Shanker: Willie Nelson, "Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys"
12. Scott Bryan: Sheryl Crow/Alanis Morissette/Bruce Springsteen
13. Emily Hennen: Manfred Mann, "Do Wah Diddy Diddy"
14. Arianna Rebolini: LL Cool J, "Mama Said Knock You Out"
15. Ashley Ford: The Temptations, "Silent Night"
16. Rachel Zarrell: "Out Tonight" from Rent
17. Julia Furlan: The Beatles, "All My Loving"
18. Adrian Carrasquillo: Eddie Palmieri, "Vamonos pal Monte"
19. Cates Holderness: Johnny Cash, "You Are My Sunshine"
20. Whitney Jefferson: The Velvet Underground, "Sunday Morning"
21. Tasneem Nashrulla: Sudesh Bhonsle, "Jumma Chumma De De"
22. Mackenzie Kruvant: James Taylor, "Sweet Baby James"
23. Sarah Karlan: The Beatles, "Strawberry Fields"
24. Krystie Yandoli: Jackson 5, "I Want You Back"
25. Kayla Yandoli: Darlene Love, "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)"
26. Justine Zwiebel: Rolling Stones, "Sympathy for the Devil"
27. David Bertozzi: The Black Eyed Peas, "I Gotta Feeling"
28. Raymond Sultan: R.E.M., "It's the End Of The World"
29. Erin Chack: Grateful Dead, "Casey Jones"
30. Kate Aurthur: Gladys Knight and The Pips, "Midnight Train to Georgia"
31. Alexis Nedd: The Police, "Man in a Suitcase"
32. Tasmai Uppin: Kishore Kumar, "Zindagi Ek Safar"
33. Mariah Summers: The Rolling Stones, "Sweet Virginia"
34. Rachel Sanders: Willie Nelson, "Georgia On My Mind"
When I was little, my dad had an elaborate system for waking me and my brother up for school in the mornings; a multi-stage process involving lights, gentle nudging, and — most importantly — a rotating selection of soothing-but-also-you-have-to-get-up-now cassette tapes (including but not limited to Ella Fitzgerald, Willie Nelson, and Carole King). The song that sticks with me is Willie Nelson's version of "Georgia on My Mind." My dad would sometimes sing it to us, just because. I found this deeply embarrassing then (what kind of parent just BURSTS into SONG for NO REASON?) which, when I think about it now, was terrible of me. It's a beautiful song, and he loved it, and he loved us.
35. Javier Moreno: Elton John, "Your Song"
36. Jaimie Etkin: James Taylor, "Fire And Rain"
37. Sapna Maheshwari: Billy Joel, "For The Longest Time"
38. Abe Greenwald: Rolling Stones, "You Can't Always Get What You Want"
39. Alison Willmore: Simon & Garfunkel, "Homeward Bound"
40. Naomi Zeichner: Bob Dylan, "Not Dark Yet"
41. Emily Orley: Van Morrison, "Brown Eyed Girl"
42. Catherine Bartosevich: Cat Stevens, "Moonshadow"
43. Driadonna Roland: Justin Timberlake, "SexyBack"
44. Susie Armitage: Tin Pan Alley, "Hello! Ma Baby"
45. Keely Flaherty: Frank Sinatra, "You Make Me Feel So Young"
46. Jessica Lima: Ricardo Arjona, "Ella y El"
47. Kristen McElhone: James Taylor, "You Can Close Your Eyes"
When my sisters and I were little, my dad sang us to sleep pretty much every night. He had a couple of his own songs in the rotation, but "You Can Close Your Eyes" by James Taylor was a staple. He raised us on all the greats and to this day still recommends new artists that I love, so most good music reminds me of him, but that lullaby will always be our song.
48. Hazel Cills: The Minutemen, "The Glory of Man"
49. Maycie Thornton: NSYNC, "Bye Bye Bye"
50. Ellie Hall: Bruce Springsteen, "Thunder Road"
51. Tanya Chen: Simon & Garfunkel, "Scarborough Fair"
52. Aylin Zafar: The Fugees, "Killing Me Softly"
I grew up with music always playing around the house, from Turkish pop and '70s folk music to Mariah Carey and MC Hammer. But The Fugees' The Score is probably the single album that I associate most with my dad and growing up. He bought the album when it first came out in 1996, and it pretty much played nonstop in our car for a few years. We'd take a lot of long drives as a family, and I began to anticipate certain streets and landmarks we'd pass by the timing of each song. He used to play Roberta Flack's original version of "Killing Me Softly" in the car too, but we'd always go straight back to Lauryn Hill's take on it, because, well, it's better. My dad is a total tough guy about most things, but melts to jelly and cries at the drop of a hat at a piece of beautiful music, and that song was no exception. But when he'd drop me off at school he'd crank up "Fu-Gee-La" real loud and I'd pretend to be embarrassed, but really I thought we were SO cool.
My earliest musical memory, though, would be dancing with my dad to Tracy Chapman's "Give Me One Reason" as a 3-year-old in our living room. Thanks to old home videos, I can replay that scene in my head whenever I hear one of her songs now – me in my bowl cut hair and Pull-Ups, looking up at my dad with total admiration and awe as he taught me my first dance steps.