Songs For Father's Day: Dad's Favorites When He Was Your Age

Last week we asked you to do us a favor: Call your dad or your grandpa and ask him what his favorite song was when he was your age. Their favorite songs surprised us — and you! Your memories of listening to music with Dad reminded us why music is important to us in the first place. We need it to help us celebrate, to let us talk to each other even when we're fighting about everything else and, most importantly, to remind people we're still cool.

Below you can read some of your comments from Facebook, and hear the songs some of your dads loved back in the day.

Click the audio link above to hear Robert Siegel and me talk about their favorites. In case you're wondering, when my dad was my age his favorite song was Steely Dan's "My Old School," and Robert's favorite when he was his daughters' age was Stephane Grappelli and Yehudi Menuhin's "I Get A Kick Out Of You."

Listeners Stories About Their Dads' Favorite Music

  • James Brown

    "He likes to say, 'Classical,' but really, it was James Brown. Who knows how Mozart felt, but Brown declared he felt good." — Ellie Rakoff

    "My daddy-o was a serious James Brown & Herbie Hancock man. When the theme to Sanford and Son would come on he'd walk over to the TV and crank it up then go about his business. He was a thin Mexican man with a perfectly picked afro and chops and he drove a car with fins." — Marisa Reyna

    "James Brown!! My dad loved and still loves anything funky!" — Miracle Superfing

  • Carl Orff's "O Fortuna" From 'Carmina Burana'

    "My dad always liked classical music. When he was about my age, he bought the Carmina Burana LP record and played it over and over again for a while. I was 9 at the time and I thought the music was kind of creepy. Now I really enjoy it." — Tania Quesada

  • The Beatles

    "My dad listened to The Beatles, he still listens to The Beatles, he's always listened to The Beatles. He plans entire vacations around his love for The Beatles. He has a tattoo with the signatures of The Beatles' members. When I asked whether he was going to get his 3 kids' names tattooed on him he said, 'No, The Beatles are permanent, who knows about you people.' HAHA! Now my little sister is obsessed and has her own Beatles tattoo. Yeah, did I mention that my dad listened to The Beatles when he was my age? :)" — Kristi DiClemente

  • Otis Redding

    "Music was an integral part of our home. The way some families watch TV, we listened to music. My dad and I were at 'that' stage where every conversation mustered leaned toward difficult — if not an argument. Until the day that I discovered his love for Otis Redding; he saved us from one another. He gave us common ground, beautiful, melodious, common ground. My 17-year-old son and I now share his music as a pause in time and space where you simply enjoy, and begin to realize sometimes that is enough — just to live in the moment because most things will work out in their time." --Denise Taylor Jew

  • Bob Seger And The Silver Bullet Band

    "I'm 42 and vividly remember my father when he was this age. He went through a fantastic midlife crisis: He quit smoking, started going to the gym, bought a cherry red, T-Top Camaro and started listening to "rock 'n' roll" in the form of Bob Seger And The Silver Bullet Band. I remember riding in the car with him cranking "Old Time Rock & Roll" while we sped around town. It turns out he just wanted to be cool. He says, 'John Denver was at his peak and I was really hooked on him. My friends got so tired of "Annie's Song" and "Rocky Mountain High" that they began to rebel. Somebody in the group brought a Seger tape along one night and I can remember thinking, "Maybe my friends would think I was cool if I listened to him." It didn't work. They didn't think I was cool. So I bought a red sports car and a leather jacket. I even tried Jimmy Buffett on the tape player and gave some thought to voting Democrat. None of it worked. I wasn't cool, and my friends knew it.'" — Robin Hilton, All Songs Considered

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