All artists, including musicians, have muses — whether lovers, strangers or even fictional characters. But who better to inspire a song than the people in your life who mean the most to you?
From rock and roll to rap, nearly every genre houses songs that pay tribute to your loved ones. There are tracks that spotlight brothers and sisters like BTS’ passionate early release “Begin” and Mickey Guyton’s modern country anthem “Sister.” Songs like Adele’s emotional ballad “My Little Love,” Stevie Wonder’s bouncy triumph “Isn’t She Lovely” and John Mayer’s Grammy-award winning “Daughters” offer a shoutout to sons and daughters. And we can’t forget about the handful of tunes that honor mothers and fathers — including 2Pac’s public letter of appreciation “Dear Mama,” Taylor Swift’s cheerful ode “The Best Day (Taylor’s Version)” and late Swedish Avicii’s inspiring number “The Nights.”
Even if it’s your friends you call family, a variety of artists have got you covered on that front, too. Kanye West’s “Family Business” shouts out the people in his life who he can always count on having their support. Kenny Chesney’s “Don’t Blink” reminisces on life’s most precious moments with the people you love. And Kygo and The Chainsmokers’ 2019 collaboration “Family” paints a picture for all life’s ride-or-dies.
Whether you need some tunes to bust out at your next family reunion or just want to show a loved one how much you care, Billboard has rounded up the top 25 tracks that lay out the good, the bad and everything in between about familial relationships. Check out the list below.