Fathers are unspeakably important. Not only did they help create us all, but they have also inspired some of the greatest art in history. Unfortunately, a lot of that art was triggered by the dad being a total deadbeat -going heavy on the sauce, being an overbearing overweight chump, or stepping out for a pack of cigarettes and never coming back. Whatever the case, the music world owes more to terrible dads than to good ones, so this Fathers Day we’ve deicided to lovely offer up this playlist for people with daddy issues. See you all in therapy!
“Papa Was A Rolling Stone” by The Temptations
Let’s get things started off with this sprawling sh-tty dad epic from some of Motown’s finest. He cheated, robbed, conned, and had a side family with another woman. Hell, they didn’t even get a chance to see him. Somebody call Jerry Springer! Oh wait, the dad’s dead.
Most Troubling Line: “Folks say Papa never was much on thinking / Spent most of his time chasing women and drinking”
“My Dad Sucks” by The Descendents
These So Cal proto-pop punkers must have had an interesting conversation with their parents when this record came out.
Most Troubling Line: “Because he’s just a pain in the ass / He’s a thorn in my side / Why can’t he leave me alone? / Instead of running my life?”
“Hey Daddy (Daddy’s Home)” by Usher
Lyrics like “tonight we’re gonna do a lot of sexin” should make it clear that this song is not about that kind of daddy. And yet…
Most Troubling Line: “Just poke that bottom up in the air”