This is a list of songs about family problems, in particular divorce, coming from an abusive family, being angry at your mother or father and even the pain of missing out on your child’s early years. The sort of bands you can expect in this list are the likes of Blink 182, Eminem, Everclear, 28 Days, Glassvegas, Paul Kelly, Cherry Poppin’ Daddies.
Alternative Songs About Family Problems
- Alternative Rock – Glasvegas – Daddy’s Gone
This song is sung from the point of view of the son whose dad left when he was quite young. The son is angry. He contemplates what he would have wanted and could have been.
- Alternative Rock – Everclear – Father Of Mine
In a very similar fashion to the previous song, the singer is angry at his father for leaving him while he was very young. The singer is wondering where his dad went. He feels his dad “gave him a name, then he walked away”.
- Punk Rock – 28 Days – Song For Jasmine
This song is written from the point of view of the father. He hasn’t been there for his young daughter and he is trying to explain how much he loves her. He appologises for leaving and tries to explain why it happened.
- Alternative Rock – Tracy Bonham – Mother Mother
This song could be interpreted as a phone conversation between the daughter and mother. The mother has sent the daugther away and the daughter is angry, despite pretending she is fine.
- Alternative Rock – Weezer – Say It Ain’t So
The lyrics of this song describe a boy dealing with an alcoholic father, and later in life, an alcoholic step-father. It is said that when the artist was 16, he spotted a can of beer in the fridge. He instantly made a connection that his stepfather was leaving, because his father had also started drinking prior to leaving his mother.
- Punk Rock – NOFX – Love Story
This is a very dark song describing a failing relationship, cheating and tragedy.
- Australian Rock – Paul Kelly – To Her Door
This lyrics tell a story of a young couple that got married early. They started going through some really tough financial times. He started drinking, they started fighting, then she left with the kids. Close to the end of the song, they are about to reunite after a year appart, but have so many questions.
- Ska – Cherry Poppin’ Daddies – Drunk Daddy
The lyrics of this song go into a lot of detail about child abuse and can be quite hard to digest
- Pop Punk – Blink 182 – Dick Lips
It is said this song is about Tom getting in trouble at school for showing up drunk for a basketball game as well as getting in trouble with his parents after this event. Anyone who has spent a lot of time being grounded for just being a kid and having fun may relate to this song.
Country Songs About Family Problems
- Country Pop – Martina McBride – Concrete Angel
In this song, the singer tells a story of a day in the life of a certain girl. This girl is extremely strong, despite the dire circumstances she is faced with.
Pop Songs About Family Problems
- Pop – Christina Aguilera – Oh Mother
This is a heartfelt song about sticking together with your mom while dealing with a violent father.
- Pop – Brooke Hogan – Dear Mom
In this song, the singer is desperately trying to mend her relationship with her mom, despite all the hurt she has experienced. The singer loves her mom, but she has to change.
- Pop Punk – Blink 182 – Stay Together For The Kids
This song is about divorce and the pain associated with it, especially for the children.
Hip Hop Songs About Family Problems
- Hip Hop – Eminem – Cleaning Out My Closet
Coming from an abusive family, the singer is extremely angry at his mom for the way he was treated. He talks about his own daughter and how precious she is and the sacrifices he has had to make, being a dadHe is tired about keeping the truth about this situation inside.
- Hip Hop – Katalyst (feat. Coin Locker Kid) – The Clapping Song
The singer tells a story of an unreliable mother who spends the rent money on drugs, leaving her child in the cold with no coat. The singer sometimes wishes her life could be more like life on TV, where everyone seems so happy.
- Rap – 360 – Child
In one of my favorite songs of 2011, the singer recalls memories of his childhood and growing up. It is almost a realization of why things are the way they are and perhaps a reflection of many families. He didn’t know his brother was bullied in school. He remembers when his grandfather passed away. He remembers how his own dad had come from nothing, but worked hard to make it something.