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Songs for Having a Son – The Definitive Playlist

It’s no secret we are having a boy.  It has been an awesome pregnancy so far, and one of the things we wanted to do before our progeny enters the world was have a song to remember this time – just like how couples have their “song” that stirs feelings/memories/love.

While there are many pregnancy songs out there, when I narrowed it down to boy specific I found very little to go on.  Undeterred, I pressed on.  After hours of digging, I came up with a baker’s dozen songs to choose from that were meaningful and fit our musical taste.

To make it easier for you, I decided to share this playlist so you would have an easier time finding songs for your future son.  Get it on Spotify.

To make it easier for me, I want you to add songs to the playlist in the comments below, and I will frequently update the list.  Thank you.

Without further ado, I present to you the…

Baby Boy Music

It’s A Boy Playlist:
Songs For Your Son

    1. Beautiful Boy – John Lennon
    2. Hourglass – Mindy Gledhill
    3. Simple Man – Lynyrd Skynyrd
    4. A New Day Has Come – Celine Dion
    5. With Arms Wide Open – Boyce Avenue
    6. Sweet Child O Mine – Sheryl Crow
    7. Forever Young – Eddie Vedder
    8. Still Fighting It – Ben Folds Five
    9. Godspeed – Dixie Chicks
    10. Dare you to Move – Switchfoot
    11. Reach Out – Rob Taylor
    12. Innocence – Avril Lavigne
    13. In My Arms – Plumb 


    1. When You Dream – Barenaked Ladies (thanks Jason Ziebart)
    2. BlessedElton John (Thanks Michelle)
    3. Return to Pooh Corner – Kenny Loggins (Thanks Jen)
    4. The Adventure – Angels & Airwaves
    5. Danny’s SongKenny Loggins (Thanks Jen)
    6. Just the Two of UsWill Smith (Thanks Michelle)
    7. Father & SonCat Stevens (Thanks again, Michelle)
    8. The Day That You Gave Me a SonBabyface (Thanks Rob)
    9. Anything Like MeBrad Paisley (Thanks Brice)
    10. CloserBetter Than Ezra (Thanks Cara)
    11. Little GuyGord Bamford (Thanks Alaska)
    12. He’s Mine – Rodney Atkins (Thanks Kristen)


  1. Simple Man Shinedown (Thanks Steve)
  2. With Arms Wide Open – Creed (Thanks Rick)
  3. Forever Young – Rod Stewart

Get this playlist on Spotify by clicking here.

YOUR TURN.  What did I miss?  Leave your suggestions in the comments below and let’s keep this list growing!

And if you are pregnant and reading this, congrats, I’m so happy for you!

About Cole Bradburn

I'm a writer and doctor in lifelong pursuit of health, happiness, and adventure. I currently live in Raleigh, NC with the love of my life and our amazing boys.

  • Rick Field

    With Arms Wide Open – Creed

  • Rick Field

    Just noticed you have a cover of the song on the list. Guess that falls under “and fit our musical taste.”

    • Haha, yes. I was never a big fan of Creed, but I love that song. The acoustic version is more my style.


  • JEN


    • Awesome, thanks Jen! Simple man is awesome, and I just listened to return to pooh corner for the first time…its great

    • JEN

      I listened to it too, i thought i would cry, that is my song for Spencer…my Woog Bear will be all grown up this year!

  • Wes

    I approve of the Ben Folds song of course 🙂

  • Jobyreynolds


    • Wow, thank you.

      Did you have any suggestions to add?  It is supposed to be a living list.  I had a hard time finding songs specifically about unborn/newborn sons.  What would you listen to? 

      • Jobyreynolds

        Nope. No suggestions.

  • I’m coming in late to this, but “When You Dream” by Bare Naked Ladies took on a whole new meaning for me when I became a father.

    • Jason, 
      Just listened to it, great add!  Thanks, it’s going up on the list.  

      Any other songs that changed for you after you became a dad? 

      • I can’t think of any right now. I’ll get back to you if something jogs my memory. I’ve been on a music hiatus for a while now. Perhaps a dusting of the iTunes?

  • Michelle Wolfson

    It’s a bit of an eclectic mix but: Just the Two of Us by Will Smith, Father & Son by Cat Stevens, My Darling by Wilco, Zion by Lauryn Hill (from a mom’s perspective), Stay up Late by Talking Heads (Gender neutral), Forever Young (the original Bob Dylan version is IMHO far superior to the Rod Stewart version, but a lot of people can’t take Dylan’s vocals- so might I suggest Eddie Vedder’s version- much easier on the ears!) Blessed by Elton John, and I’ll just throw in that I much prefer Skynrd to Shinedown for Simple Man. 

    • Wow, great adds Michelle.  How did I miss Just the Two of Us!  Also, suggesting Eddie Vedder for Forever Young is genius, I would like that much better than Rod Stewart.  

      Bob Dylan’s song and Rod Stewarts song are completely different songs with same title though.  I know what you mean about his voice, not quite our cup of tea 😉

      I also much prefer Skynyrd to Shinedown.  I’m going to add Stay Up Late and Blessed.  I need to go listen to Father and Son, My Darling, and Zion.  

      Thanks so much!  We are finalizing our music as he is set to arrive in the next 2 weeks. 

  • Rob Mack55

    The Day That You Gave Me A Son by Babyface… Nice song

  • Chesty

    Blessed by Elton john

  • Brice

    It’s a bit late, but if you enjoy country Brad Paisley has an excellent song about an unborn or newborn son. It’s called, “Anything Like Me”

    • Thanks Brice! I’ve added it to the list. Great song by the way.

  • Gordie

    Beautiful Boy by Ben Harper is an amazing rendition of a great song

    • That’s a great suggestion, I’ll add it. Thank you Gordie.

  • Alison

    Baby Mine by Allison Krauss is a wonderful song! Thanks so much for this list, it’s awesome! We’re decorating our sons nursery in all music.

  • Kali

    Stay Up Late- Talking Heads

  • mibin

    Terrific living list and thank you for sharing 🙂 you’ve made my life a little easier today and I’m grateful.

    • Glad to have helped and it’s great to hear you enjoyed it 🙂

  • Helen Robledo

    Watching you. By Rodney adkins.

    • Thanks Helen, I’ll include that in the next update!

      • Lisa Sammons

        Rodney adkins he’s mine

  • JD

    Bob Seger’s …….In your time is a classic father to son song

  • aela

    Yellow coldplay

  • Kathsport

    Miracle – Temper Trap

  • Alaska

    Little Guy by Gord Bamford is probably the best son-father song i’ve ever heard 🙂

  • Cara

    Closer by Better than Ezra

  • Kristen

    “He’s Mine” -Rodney Atkins

  • spencer

    You have to have “anything like me ” -Brad Paisly

  • karen

    The Greatest (Little Boy) – Kenny Rogers

  • karen k

    You’re Gonna Be – Reba McEntire, she wrote it for her son.

  • karen

    And The Greatest (Little Boy) – Kenny Rogers

  • Sylvia

    Not sure if someone already suggested “Let them be little” by lonestar but it’s a great song 🙂

  • Noahrose

    Here Comes the Sun – Beatles

  • Noahrose

    Great playlist 🙂

  • danny

    greatest discovery by elton john

  • DannyBoy

    Some great ones already listed, but a couple more I really love:
    Marc Cohn – The Things We’ve Handed Down
    Toby Keith – Heart to Heart (Stelen’s Song)
    Phil Collins – Father to Son
    Marc Broussard – Gavin’s Song
    George Strait – I Saw God Today

  • Chantal van der Ende-Appel

    Avril Lavigne doesn’t have a son. I get that ‘Innocence’ might be applicable to a child, but I’m curious where you found that it was about a son?

  • Tom

    Lullaby- Billy Joel

  • Samantha N Bently Wells

    I love love love will Smith -just the two of us.

  • Kathleen Bonvicini

    St. Judy’s Comet Paul Simon

    Good Morning Beautiful Steve Holy

  • Gene Parmesan

    I realise this is somewhat late to the party but I have been struggling to put together a little picture montage for my sons birthday (Beautiful Boy just wasn’t getting it done). I came across your blog, ten mins later had purchased Ben Folds “Still Fighting” and in an instant had a gorgeous slideshow and a new favourite song thats reduced me to tears twice…so even if you dont check back on this I want to thank you….

    • I’m glad you found the right song. My son is now three and a half, and there are still times when I hear a couple of the songs on this list and I’m transported back to him as a newborn (and the tears come back). I love how music can connect you to moments in time.

  • Jerry Southern

    My all-time favorite for a young son > “HE’S A GOOD LAD” by BREAD.

  • aaron

    you – fisher

  • NonnaCat

    Thank you so much. I am throwing a shower for my daughter-in-law and they are expecting a boy in May. Loads of songs for daughters, so this was a great find!!

  • Can’t Wait to Meet You by Small Town Pistols.

  • SmallT0wngrl

    This list is wonderful. I have two beautiful songs to add.

    Let Them Be Little- Billy Dean then Lonestar
    Slow Down- Nichole Nordman

  • Amy Harmon Kowalski

    Winning Streak -Glen Hansard, it’s truly amazing

  • Chrystal Call

    Our family song with my boys has always been “I’m Yours” by
    Jason Mraz

  • Brianna Nigro

    Little Hands by Inland Sky! I make my kids video slideshows every year on their birthday, and this folky one is probably my all-time favorite.

  • Bradd Waldman Jr

    Humble and Kind – Tim McGraw

  • Dorian Turner

    My boy – Elvis Presley, not a fan but nice lyrics 😉

  • Esteleen Westby

    Cats in the Cradle by Harry Chaplin

  • Sara

    Boy–Lee Bryce

  • Lisa Crowe

    93 million miles from the sun – jason mraz

  • Michael h

    Charlie Robison photograph is the best…. none other like it for a new born boy