The foundation that Hard Rock Daddy is built upon is fatherhood, so this list is particularly meaningful. Father’s Day has always been bittersweet for me since becoming a dad because I lost my dad shortly before my first child was born. The songs that were chosen for the “Top 5 Hard Rock Songs For Father’s Day” all hit close to home for one reason or another…
 BLACK STONE CHERRY – “Things My Father Said”
Out of all of the songs on this list, “Things My Father Said” is the only one that is obviously about fatherhood, but that is not what elevated it to the #1 position. It is the message of the song in its entirety. Anyone who lost their father before their time knows the feeling of wanting to have one more chance to say goodbye. But ultimately, it’s the quality of the years that matters more than the quantity. “Things My Father Said” perfectly captures the idea that a father’s inspiration stays with you for the rest of your life.
 ICED EARTH – “Ghost Of Freedom”
“Ghost Of Freedom” is unique in that it offers the perspective of a son dealing with the loss of his father, and also the father assuring the son that he is always by his side in spirit. This father was lost on the battlefield, but anyone who has lost their father in a way that left them searching for answers will undoubtedly feel the emotional impact of these heart-wrenching lyrics.
 VOLBEAT – “Fallen”
“Fallen” is so upbeat and melodic that you actually feel uplifted when listening to it. Unless of course, you can empathize with the story being told if you really listen to the lyrics. In that case, listening to it is actually very emotional and painful. Michael Poulsen’s passionate vocals capture the anguish of a passing that leaves a void that never truly goes away.
 GREEN DAY – “Wake Me Up When September Ends”
Life goes on after the loss of a father, but it is never the same. Over the course of time, the pain may subside and lay dormant, but it never truly goes away. It can come back at any time with triggers that are both obvious and subtle. “Wake Me Up When September Ends” illustrates the everlasting pain and void that is left with a father’s passing.
 UGLY KID JOE – “Cats In The Cradle”
In a world that has become increasingly materialistic, “Cats In The Cradle” serves as a reminder that the greatest gift that any father can give to a child is their time. Originally written and recorded by singer-songwriter, Harry Chapin, Ugly Kid Joe did a great job of keeping the message of the song intact while giving it an edgier sound.