In honor of Father’s Day, MTV News has compiled a special “Give Props to Pops” music playlist.
Because the holiday — which celebrates its centennial this year (though it wasn’t made an official holiday in the U.S. until 1972 by President Nixon) — not only honors fatherhood but also paternal bonds and the influence of fathers in society, the collection is a fitting tribute to what it means to be a dad.
With the songs in the list ranging from Will Smith’s warm and fuzzy “Just the Two of Us” to Lindsay Lohan’s angsty and somber “Confessions of a Broken Heart (Daughter to Father),” these nine dad-centric tunes explore the many layers — some of them sweet and sentimental, some sad, many of them complicated — of being a dad.
On the cheery, more celebratory side of the list are Smith’s “Just the Two of Us” and Eric Clapton’s “My Father’s Eyes.” Also, Snoop Dogg’s “The Doggfather,” in which we learn it’s Snoop’s world, we’re all just living in it, and Roger’s funky, Auto-Tune-rific take on the James Brown classic “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag.”
The somber side of the list includes Lohan’s teary “Confessions,” Black Stone Cherry’s tribute/memorial “Things My Father Said” and George Michael’s “Killer/ Papa Was a Rolling Stone” cover. And then there are a couple of controversial and message-driven tunes, with Tori Amos’ “Father’s Son” and Madonna’s “Papa Don’t Preach,” which was criticized for being a “commercial for teenage pregnancy” and earned Madonna her first trouble with the Vatican. Her music video did give the song a happy ending, however, with a loving father/daughter embrace.
What songs should also be included in this playlist? Which song, if any, reminds you of your father or Father’s Day? Let us know in the comments!