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.
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.
8. Julia Pugachevsky: Radiohead, Bjork, Depeche Mode
12. Scott Bryan: Sheryl Crow/Alanis Morissette/Bruce Springsteen
25. Kayla Yandoli: Darlene Love, "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)"
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.
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.
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.