There’s no denying that grandparents hold an influential place in our hearts and our lives. For many of us, their wisdom has helped guide us and their memory lives on because of the memories and life lessons we learned along the way.
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- Pop and Rock Songs About Grandparents
- Country Songs About Grandparents
- R&B and Hip-Hop Songs About Grandparents
- Older or Classic Songs About Grandparents
Whether you’re searching for the perfect song for missing someone or simply want the perfect tune to pay tribute to their life, there is likely a song that will suit your musical tastes.
We’ve combed the internet and discovered 40+ songs that express the love we feel for our grandparents, the love that they shared between them, and the many ways that they have touched our lives.
Pop and Rock Songs About Grandparents
Pop and rock may be perfect to express how you feel about your grandparents. It may just remind you of them. Check out this list of music that is sure to touch the hearts of listeners.
1. "Slipped Away" by Avril Lavigne
This beautiful song is about missing someone who is no longer there. As far as pop and rock songs go, this is one of the best to express the loss and love for a member of your family—namely a grandparent that meant so much to you.
2. "Tomorrow" by U2
Wouldn’t it be lovely if the people we missed the most could come back tomorrow? This U2 song expresses what so many of us feel when our grandparents pass away.
3. "Helena" by My Chemical Romance
The song, “Helena” by My Chemical Romance is based on the passing of two band member’s grandmother. It was written about her passing away, but the song is relatable to anybody who has experienced loss in their life.
4. "Grandma’s Theme" by John Mellencamp
This is a song about loss, but also about how the grandmothers of the world help others get through the hardest times. It is a lovely song to play as a tribute at a funeral or a celebration of life.
5. "Vernie" by Blind Melon
This song was written about a band member’s grandmother who always made it a point to say that she loved him when they departed from each other—in case it was the last time they were together.
6. "Lonely Road" by The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
This song is touching because it explains a conversation between a grandfather and his grandchild. It’s about life lessons and remembering that it’s all about the journey.
7. "Sonny" by Newfound Glory
Newfound Glory pulls at your heartstrings with this melody. The line “an empty chair at all the tables” is something that so many of us must adjust to when a grandparent passes away.
8. "We Live Again" by Beck
Beck wrote this song as a tribute to his grandfather. It’s a beautiful song that is written with love and heart.
9. "When We Were Young" by Adele
If ever there was a song about remembering a love from years past, then this is certainly one for the ages. It is a beautiful tribute to love, togetherness, and could describe the relationship you had with the grandparents in your life.
10. "Nan’s Song" by Robbie Williams
This song is about a grandmother who passed away, but her spirit is always nearby. It’s a comforting song for those who may be grieving the loss of a grandmother.
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Country Songs About Grandparents
Country music is known for saying exactly what the listener needs to hear. Here are a few of the best country songs about grandparents.
11. "Grandpa" by The Judds
Grandpas are known for their sweet and gentle ways. This song is about wanting to hear how life was during the olden days when the world seemed to move a bit slower.
12. "Grandpa Told Me So" by Kenney Chesney
Consider all of the things that your grandfather taught you. It is likely that this song perfectly explains some of those life lessons.
13. "When You Are Old" by Martina McBride
This is a song about love through the ages. The lyrics are like a poem about aging. It is likely the same sentiment that your grandparents feel for one another.
14. "My Angel" by Kellie Pickler
For many of us, our grandparents are our guardian angels. This song by Kellie Pickler expresses just how near and dear grandparents are to our hearts in this life and the next.
15. "Forever Changed" by Carrie Underwood
This is a song about how love changes over time. It’s a beautiful story that may express the love between grandparents—from the start until they pass away.
16. "Grandma’s Song" by Gail Davies
“Grandma’s Song” talks about a precious relationship with a grandmother and the feelings that many of us have when she passes away. It’s an appropriate funeral song that could clearly express what this person meant to those left behind.
17. "Grandma’s Feather Bed" by John Denver
Grandparents create the best memories. This is a song about memories and how much they can mean to a person.
18. "I’m My Own Grandpa" by Willie Nelson
This is a tongue-in-cheek song that is a hilarious tribute to grandparents. You’ll appreciate the good humor that this song brings.
19. "Raymond" by Brett Eldredge
This is a song about Alzheimer's which likely hits home for many people. It’s a touching story that pulls at the heartstrings.
20. "Clancy’s Tavern" by Toby Keith
Toby Keith wrote this tribute about his grandmother. It’s a sweet song that expresses just how important this kind of relationship is.
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R&B and Hip-Hop Songs About Grandparents
Even hip hop and R&B express love for grandparents. Here are a few of the top songs in this genre.
21. "Grandma’s House" by Killer Mike
So much is learned at grandma’s house. Killer Mike talks about how he became a man and lived his rough life from inside the walls of his grandmother's house.
22. "Sunday Candy" by Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment
Grandmothers do so much for us. The Social Experiment created this song about how much grandmothers pray for us, do for us, and help us become the people that we are.
23. "Hip Hop Grandma" by Royalty Free Music
This is one of the most popular songs on the hip hop scene when it comes to grandmothers and the impression that they leave on us.
24. "Glorious" by Macklemore
This is a song about a new lease on life. The fun music video features a grandmother who is learning to live again.
25. "Look What You’ve Done" by Drake
Drake pays tribute to his family on this track. “Look what you’ve done for me,” he asks. He includes audio from his grandmother to close out the song.
26. "Grandma" by A$AP Ferg
If you’re searching for the perfect tribute song, then you’ll want to check out this amazing tune where A$AP Ferg wishes his Grandma was around to see his success.
27. "Dear Mama" by Tupac
This song is about Tupac’s mom, not his grandmother, but the sentiment still resounds. It’s considered one of the best rap songs of all time by many.
28. "Grandpa’s Spaceship" by Logic
This is a bit of a tongue-in-cheek type of dialogue someone may have with their grandfather about song selection. It may perfectly sum up your relationship with your grandfather.
29. "Tell You Something" by Alicia Keys
Also known as “Nana’s Reprise” is a song about teaching and learning. It’s a lovely song that may express what you learned from your grandparents.
30. "Grandma’s Hands" by Bill Withers
Grandmas do so much for us. This song focuses on a grandmother’s hands and all the things that they may do for us during their lifetime.
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Older or Classic Songs About Grandparents
Classic songs are always a go-to for explaining the love that we feel for our grandparents—or simply finding a song that reminds us of them. Here are a few songs that may touch your heart and help uplift your spirits.
31. "You’ll Never Walk Alone" by Gerry and The Pacemakers
What a beautiful expression of music! If you’re searching for the perfect grandma or grandpa funeral song, then this may very well be it.
32. "Ain’t No Sunshine" by Bill Withers
You may find this song to be a simpler way to express how you feel when your grandmother passed away. After all, for many of us, our grandmothers are pure sunshine, and without them in our lives, things just look and feel bleak.
33. "What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong
This popular song by Louis Armstrong is appreciated by people decade after decade. It’s a song about living life and appreciating the experiences that you have. For many of us, our grandparents live their lives just as this song says we should.
34. "My Way" by Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra is a favorite of many, including those from older generations. This song is about living life on your own terms—something that your grandma and grandpa may have said to you before.
35. "Amazing Grace" by Elvis Presley
Amazing Grace is always a classic favorite. While there are many renditions, you may want to choose a singer that lived in the era of music that your grandparents loved the most.
36. "Smile" by Nat King Cole
Perhaps the easiest way you can celebrate your grandparents is simply by thinking of them and smiling. This song by Nat King Cole is a sweet reminder to do just that.
37. "Let it Be" by The Beatles
This song is expressed through the perspective of a maternal figure (such as a grandmother) and how her wisdom says that some things in life we simply have to get through.
38. "I’ll Be Seeing You" by Billie Holiday
Sometimes, it’s a great comfort to remind ourselves that we will see our loved ones again. If your grandmother or grandfather has recently passed away, this song may be uplifting.
39. "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" by Judy Garland
“Somewhere Over the Rainbow '' is a whimsical song about the thereafter. It’s a song about beauty, hope, and promise—a perfect selection for remembering a grandparent.
40. "Sentimental Journey" by Doris Day
This song has been redone several times over the years, but there’s something special about this Doris Day rendition. It is a very popular funeral song around the world.
Grandparents Mean So Much to Us
No matter what type of genre you choose, there is the perfect song that can clearly express what you would like to say. Grandparents mean so much to us, and it’s nice to see that expressed through song and music.
Looking for more ways to honor your grandparents? Read our guide on National Grandparents Day for some ideas.