Still looking for songwriterly advice on being a dad, now I'm a daddy cool...
10. Cliff Richard - Daddy's Home
I'd like to apologise... for having no shame. Seriously, though, if you can find another video that SCREAMS 80s camp more than this... while simultaneously being exceedingly creepy... I want to see it.
Look, it was this or more Eminem: My Dad's Gone Crazy (which, after choosing Cliff, you probably think I have). Eminem fans - come back next week.
9. Johnny Cash - Daddy Sang Bass
The Man In Black had a lighter side.
On a similar note, see Don't Make Fun Of Daddy's Voice by Mozzer.
8. Naomi Bedford - Daddy's Got A Gun
I picked this up as a free download on Amazon a while back. I must investigate Naomi Bedford further... this is a cracker!
7. Prince - Daddy Pop
Let's all celebrate a Prince song that's actually on youtube! Hooray!
6. The Lemonheads - C'mon, Daddy
A song about confused parenthood. As is this...
5. Kid Creole & The Coconuts - Annie, I'm Not Your Daddy
I love the 80s. See also Billie Jean, obviously. "The kid is NOT my son!"
4. The Divine Comedy - Your Daddy's Car
No, son, you can't borrow the car keys.
3. Nilsson - Daddy's Song
Fathers who desert their children feature heavily in another Top Ten I'm compiling. The experience obviously had a powerful effect on little Harry N.
2. Elvis Presley - Don't Cry, Daddy
On his own recent compilation of Daddy-related tunes, Deano claimed that "this song makes you realise how good Elvis’s voice actually was". I couldn't agree more. And whenever I hear it, I get a little bit sad that we live in a cynical, post-ironic age that might laugh at a song written from the perspective of a child who's lost his mum, trying to cheer up his broken-hearted father. This is a beautiful record.
1. Loudon Wainwright III - Being A Dad
Rufus and Martha have had much to say about their father's incessant need to chronicle their childhood in song... not always positive. This is the guy who famously wrote Rufus Is A Titman, about his baby son's penchant for breastfeeding (did that put Rufus off tits for life?), and Daughter (you ask me, Martha got off lightly!) But Being A Dad must surely be his crowning glory...
Bein' a dad isn't so bad
Except that you gotta feed 'em
You gotta shoe 'em and clothe 'em
And try not to loathe 'em
Bug 'em and hug 'em and heed 'em
Bein' a dad can sure make you mad
Man, it even can drive you crazy
It's as hard as it looks
You gotta read them dumb books
And you end up despising Walt Disney
Who's your daddy?