Songs for Having a Son – The Definitive Playlist

Cole Bradburn — 38 Comments

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

  14. When You Dream – Barenaked Ladies (thanks Jason Ziebart)
  15. BlessedElton John (Thanks Michelle)
  16. Return to Pooh Corner – Kenny Loggins (Thanks Jen)
  17. The Adventure – Angels & Airwaves
  18. Danny’s SongKenny Loggins (Thanks Jen)
  19. Just the Two of UsWill Smith (Thanks Michelle)
  20. Father & SonCat Stevens (Thanks again, Michelle)
  21. The Day That You Gave Me a SonBabyface (Thanks Rob)
  22. Anything Like MeBrad Paisley (Thanks Brice)

  23. Simple Man - Shinedown (Thanks Steve)
  24. With Arms Wide Open – Creed (Thanks Rick)
  25. 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!

  • 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.”

    • Cole Bradburn

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


  • JEN


    • Cole Bradburn

      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 :)

    • Cole Bradburn

      Knew you would :)

  • Jobyreynolds


    • Cole Bradburn

      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.

        • Cole Bradburn

          Good talk ;)

  • Jason Ziebart

    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.

    • Cole Bradburn

      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? 

      • Jason Ziebart

        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.  :-)

    • Cole Bradburn

      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

    • Cole Bradburn

      Great add, I’ll put it in. Thanks Rob!

  • Chesty

    Blessed by Elton john

    • Cole Bradburn

      Great add, thanks!

  • 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”

    • Cole Bradburn

      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

    • Cole Bradburn

      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.

    • Cole Bradburn

      Glad to have helped and it’s great to hear you enjoyed it :)

  • Helen Robledo

    Watching you. By Rodney adkins.

    • Cole Bradburn

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

  • 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 :)

    • Cole Bradburn

      Great add, thank you!

  • Cara

    Closer by Better than Ezra

  • Kristen

    “He’s Mine” -Rodney Atkins