Charlie Puth, Ty Dolla Sign, Dan + Shay and More Discuss Their Dads' Favorite Musicians

Catie Laffoon
Charlie Puth

Before any artist breaks big, they’re brought up on whatever their parents listen to. In honor of Father’s Day, here’s a look which artists star dads had on repeat.

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Dan + Shay’s Dan Smyers: "My dad’s favorite band of all time is definitely The Eagles. I can’t tell you how many times we listened to the Hotel California album through his classic Bose speakers. It’s pretty obvious where my love for harmonies came from."

Daya: “Coldplay. He took me to one of their concerts when I was younger, and we were both mesmerized by Chris Martin’s performance of 'The Hardest Part.' He’s tried playing it on the piano many times since then; and while he’s definitely no Beethoven, it’s still cool to see him be that passionate and dedicated to a band.”

MNEK: "Bob Marley was my dad's absolute favourite. My dad loved the messages he put in his music for the longing of freedom and peace. I'd hear him all the time in the car on the way to school."

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Gavin DeGraw: “Billy Joel. I’m so incredibly thankful and honored that I’ve been able to open for Billy Joel on many occasions over the past few years and bring him out to the shows. Do I win the prize for Best Father's Day present?”

Ty Dolla $ign: "My dad's favorite band is Earth, Wind & Fire. They brought theater to the stage! Can't leave out Cameo and [my father’s band] Lakeside!"

Alex Winston: "I grew up thinking every dad's favorite band was Toto. Is it not? My dad loves that stuff."

Gnash: “Willie Nelson. He played the song ‘On the Road Again’ in his youth while traveling the world, and now it's the first song I listen to every time I leave home for tour.”

Zara LarssonMetallica

Charlie Puth: “My dad’s favorite band is The Isley Brothers. He loves soulful music. He would pick me up from school blasting 'Between the Sheets' out of the car. I'm not even kidding.”

Kent JonesPrince & The Revolution

Meg Mac: “When we were little, my Dad would sit us down, we weren't allowed to talk and had to close our eyes. He would put on one song really loud. We had to listen, focus on the words and think about it. Usually it was The Pogues. He wanted us to hear what he could hear.”