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Top 10 Songs About Bad Fathers

Top 10 Songs About Bad Fathers

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While searching through my music selection for tracks that were fitting for father's day, it was quite apparent that most musicians sing about their dads whom they dread. Since not everyone was blessed with a loving and caring father, here are ten songs that will help the rest of you vent out your frustrations with music. 

No. 10Madonna - Papa Don't Preach

It was quite common in the olden days (and it's still the case in certain countries) that a daughter would seek approval from her dad before dating a man. In Papa Don't Preach, the rebellious Madonna wants to keep her baby despite her father's disapproval.

Choice Lyric: "You always taught me right from wrong
I need your help daddy please be strong"

No. 9Jane's Addiction - Had a Dad

What is it with rock stars and having bad fathers? In Had a Dad, Perry Ferrell sings about a son being left behind by his father.

Choice Lyric: “I had a dad, big and strong
I turned around, I found my daddy gone"

No. 8George Michael - Father Figure

Unlike the rest of the songs on this list, Father Figure is not really about awful dads; instead it's about a man trying to seduce a younger woman by volunteering to be her (creepy) fatherly figure.

Choice Lyric: "I will be your father figure, Put your tiny hand in mine"

No. 7The Temptations - Papa Was A Rolling Stone

We've decided to choose the more popular The Temptations cover of this classic song by Undisputed Truth. The lyrics speak of the death of a father that the singer never had the chance to meet. The family was left alone, their father was a rolling stone.

Choice Lyric: "I never got a chance to see him.
Never heard nothing but bad things about him."

No. 6Violent Femmes - Done Daddy Gone

The song talks about a father whose daughter grows up, leaves him and never returns. The lyrics make allusion to the daughter not having any more respect for her father.

Choice Lyric: "Cause it's gone daddy gone, the love is gone.. away"

We've saved the best for last, keep reading to see which singer's dad tops the list of awful fathers. 

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