Marriage is complex, and there are lots of songs that try to tackle it.
Today we will take you through the best songs about a husband.
Be prepared to see him painted in all kinds of lights as the bond between a husband and wife is deep and the emotions intense.
Love isn’t always what it is cracked up to be.
So, while there are many beautiful songs about husbands and their marriage roles there are also some more judgemental and others dark or miserable.
We have opted for a good mixture that represents the ups and downs of marriage and covers a variety of scenarios.
Here are our best songs about husbands.
1. “Be My Husband” by Nina Simone
So this one is a little antiquated with the views of marriage that it expresses.
You have smooth-voiced Simone begging her husband to treat her less meanly and to be a good husband.
She vows to be a good wife and do her wifely duties (cook and sew) but demands his loyalty and a little kindness.
It was written by Andy Stroud but Simone brought it to life by drawing on her own negative experiences with marriage.
2. “Dear Future Husband” by Meghan Trainor
The inspiration for this one was an in-joke between Meghan and her father who often said her husband was out there somewhere chilling.
The lyrical content is a sung letter of wishes and expectations for the husband that she hasn’t met yet.
She lays down all the qualities she wants in a man.
However, the husband is imaginary and the ideals while realistic might be too good to be true.
Meghan faced some backlash for painting an anti-feminist image of marriage.
3. “Me and My Husband” by Mitski
Mitski’s song is a vulnerable one, her lyrics reveal that she has a lot of self-doubts and feels out of place in the world at times.
Her husband can walk into a room and change everything.
He makes his wife feel seen and more importantly-loved!
She hints that things haven’t been perfect but that they are better and she has faith.
“Me and my husband
We’re doing better
It’s always been just him and me
So I bet all I have on that
4. “Husbands” by Savages
“Husbands” by Savages is a much darker song, the post-punk female rock band treats us to an ominous raw and raging track.
The lyrics are the narrative of a wife who feels uneasy.
“Oh God I wanna get, get rid of it it it
My husbands, husbands, husbands”
The title was inspired by a 1970s comedy movie by John Cassavetes with three middle-class husbands going through a midlife crisis.
5. “Husband Energy” by Andrew Smith
This next one is a little more underground, a rising star on social media.
But the clever (and explicit!) lyrics with a comedic touch make “Husband Energy” a fun song that makes some good points.
Life together, when married, comes with its ups and downs and the world we live in is tricky, to begin with.
Andrew Smith takes us through just why he wants to make this man his husband.
He crosses off just about every cliche, “white picket fence”, “joint bank account” etc as he imagines his partner walking the aisle with him.
6. “What He Didn’t Do” by Carly Pearce
Carly was raised not to say anything if there wasn’t anything nice to say.
So instead of telling tales about her husband, she decides to tell the world “What he Didn’t Do” in this modern country track.
The lyrics cut deep when a marriage breaks up.
People always want to know what happened to the couple, which seems great.
There are two sides to each story and she doesn’t want to air any dirty laundry.
“And I’ve got my side of the story and he’s got his side, too
So I ain’t gonna go and tell you what he did
But I’ll tell you what he didn’t do”
7. “Trust Your Husband” by Lonnie Johnson
Lonnie Johnson gives a fictional woman a ticking off with his blues track “Trust Your Husband”.
He begs and pleads with her to respect the man that provides for her and stop being disloyal.
“You say you love your husband. Why do you do the things you do?
He slaves for you night and day. He brings home every cent he gets paid.
And you say you love your husband? How could you treat your husband that way?”
The husband tries to save money but his wife spends it all, they will never build a good life together if they aren’t working together.
8. “Husband” by Amigo The Devil
This 2015 country song brings a little twist into the mix.
Amigo the Devil is in love with a married woman.
He wants to be her husband instead.
“Trust me, I’m not jealous, I’m just hoping that he really messes up
I’m not so much afraid of letting go as much as scared of giving up”
Amigo the Devil gives us some pretty dark lyrics that hope they divorce, or worse still, that the husband dies and gives him the chance to marry the woman of his dreams.
“Oh I, I
Hope your husband dies”
9. “Husbands and Wives” by Roger Miller
Husbands and wives can argue, the stress of day-to-day life can get too much, and sometimes things are said in anger.
Often we can be too proud to admit mistakes and apologize but marriage doesn’t last if you don’t try to make the relationship work.
Roger Miller tackles the subject in his 1966 waltz “Husbands and Wives”.
“Two broken hearts lonely looking like houses
Where nobody lives
Two people each havin’ so much pride inside
Neither side forgives”
10. “Bad Husband” by Eminem and X Ambassadors
Similar to the song above, Eminem gives us a modern take in his rap song about a toxic relationship.
The 2017 collaboration with X Ambassadors appeared on his Revival album and has an autobiographical edge.
He was a little more raw and vulnerable with the songs that made it to disk.
Eminem split from his wife Kim but the two have to stay in contact to raise their daughter.
He talks about not seeing things from the other person’s point of view and the fighting that went on between them.
Ultimately his focus is on being a good dad because he was a bad husband.
11. “I Love You 3000” by Stephanie Poetri
Stephanie Poetry gives us a somewhat naive but beautifully innocent song about a husband with her 2019 title track “I Love You 3000”.
The young Indonesian singer-songwriter rose as an artist on Spotify, she is an avid social media user and this album was inspired by a Q&A on Instagram.
The lyrics are modern and cutesy;
“Baby, take my hand
I want you to be my husband
‘Cause you’re my Iron Man
And I love you 3000”
She knows he is going to pop the question and get down on one knee, she wants their relationship to be like a Hollywood movie and she is eager to make him her husband.
12. “Husband or Wife” by Nawlage ft. French Montana
This is a song with husband in the title that isn’t really about a husband.
The unimaginative narrative is about a guy who wants to dance with a girl at a club.
Hse is uninterested and seems to be concerned that her husband might see them together.
By the end of the song, the realization dawns on him that she is a lesbian so the husband is potentially a wife.
13. “The Ideal Husband” by Father John Misty
American singer-songwriter Father John Misty sings about his past mistakes in a self-deprecating manner.
He lists all of his faults candidly in this cathartic indie track and then jokes that he would be an ideal husband.
You have to be willing to own up to your mistakes and you have to want to work on yourself before you commit to another person for the rest of your life.
At the end of the song he is ready to commit, he is making small changes to his life and despite his past behavior he is “tired of running” and thinks he is “succumbing”.
14. “Harder Than Your Husband” by Frank Zappa
In his typical satirical style, Frank Zappa sets his love interest straight.
“Our affair has been quite heated
You thought I was what you needed”
The two of them have had a great time, plenty of fun but he tells her bluntly and humorously that they shouldn’t get any more involved.
“I’ll be harder than yer husband
To get along with
Harder than yer husband every night”
There is also an element of double-entendre in the hook line that doesn’t escape the listener either.
15. “You Can Have My Husband” by Irma Thomas
Irma Thomas is known as “The Queen of Soul of New Orleans”.
Her rise to fame began with the release of this track.
Before that, she was a waitress who occasionally sang with Tommy Ridgley’s band.
He introduced her to his label and her career has seen her sing with a whole host of blues icons.
This one was a very popular call-and-answer style blues piece.
The lyrics are simplistic as is the music which follows your typical blue progression and turnaround.
We have linked the version that Irma performed with the legendary B.B. King.
16. “Funny Honey” From the Musical Chicago
This is a song that Roxy Hart sings about her husband, a sweet pushover who thinks the sun shines out of his wife.
Amos is somewhat of a doormat who she has walked all over, she hasn’t been faithful but no matter her faults her “Funny Honey” forgives and supports her to his own detriment.
She knows she can always string along her droopy-eyed pup.
During the song’s performance in the show, Amos gives a false account of how Fred Casely (Roxy’s lover) got shot.
The poor sap puts two and two together but still loves his wife.
17. “Your Husband is Cheating on Us” by Denise LaSalle
This 1984 r&b song about a husband is told from the perspective of a mistress who finds out her man is cheating with another woman.
She is clueing in the wife about her husband’s extra-curricular activities.
“The lies he used to tell you, I know them all too well
But now he’s lying to me, girl
And that’s why I’m gonna tell”
She was happy enough to be the mistress and keep the truth from the poor woman but not now that she is being cheated on!
18. “Greencard Husband” by Gogol Bordello
If you haven’t heard this gypsy punk group and you like interesting music then you are in for a treat with their repertoire.
This track follows a far-fetched storyline that could be a plot for a soap opera or comedy movie.
The protagonist, short of money and in desperate need of a visa, marries a 45-year-old Chinese lesbian.
“So I became her Green Card Husband
And she became my ten grand wife”
He goes on to lament that he still doesn’t have the cash he was promised and so he can’t leave her and is doomed to stay.
“I live with her in a half bedroom apartment
With six other lesbos”
19. “Husband Material” by Dingus
Some songs about husbands are simply songs with “husband” in the title.
This one has more of a wishful-thinking vibe.
Dingus released it in 2017 it’s a song that expresses wanting to be someone’s husband but ultimately knowing you don’t fit the bill.
The love interest even tells him that he is “Husband Material” but she won’t take things further despite his efforts.
“You say I’m husband material
But you never wanna go steady”
20. “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green
Not every song about a husband is obvious.
“Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green is a soulful song about a husband trying his best to make sure his marriage lasts.
He declares how much he is in love and how he believes they can weather anything as long as they stick together.
He makes a good point when he states that many people break up and make up continually eventually giving up altogether.
The seductive hit was the title piece of his 1972 album.
21. “You’re The Reason I Come Home” by Ron Pope
Ron Pope’s 2009 song “You’re The Reason I Come Home” is simple and straightforward.
It has a stripped-back musical arrangement that gives the vocals space to deliver beautiful lyrics without distraction.
He talks about other couples fighting and expresses his thankfulness to his wife, grateful that they have something special.
“The tragedies of chemistry,
People dream of what you and me
22. “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran
When a young Ed Sheeran released “Thinking Out Loud” back in 2014 he didn’t know he would get a 19-consecutive-week run in the top 40.
It even won Song of the Year!
Sheeran’s lyrics make a promise to love his wife no matter how old and grey they get together.
The official music video showed Sheeran walking the aisle so while it isn’t specifically a husband song it is implied to be a song from a husband to a wife.
Those opening lines carry a lot of weight for the listener, beautiful imagery from the get-go…
“When your legs don’t work like they used to before
And I can’t sweep you off of your feet
Will your mouth still remember the taste of my love
Will your eyes still smile from your cheeks”
23. “Miserable Man” by David Kushner
“Miserable Man” as the title suggests doesn’t paint the fairytale ending.
It is the song of a husband who has lost his love and is trying to find happiness.
The first verse is hopeful and sings of love and relationship aspirations.
The two run away and marry and he becomes both a husband and father but it doesn’t work out.
“All we wanted
Was a place to feel like home
That’s why we parted
From our ways to heal our souls
I’m a small town, miserable man”
The final verse wraps things up pessimistically, he has come far and years have gone by but he is still a “miserable man”.
24. “Keep On Loving You” by Reo Speedwagon
This 1980s rock song is sung from the perspective of a husband whose wife was disloyal.
Despite her fooling around he insists he meant every word he ever said to her and will continue to love her.
“Keep on Loving You” was one of the band’s biggest hits; one of their most well-known tracks.
In its heyday, it was on just about every 80s DJ’s prom playlist.
25. “Give it Away” by George Strait
“Give it Away” is a groovy country-laced track with a popping riff.
It tells the tale of a husband whose wife leaves with justice, as only a country song can do.
The country music king “could tell she was leavin’” and as the pair go through their belongings she doesn’t want a darned thing, she tells him to “give it away”.
The husband at the heart of this song can’t move on, he is surrounded by possessions he can’t give away and left with a heart he can’t bear to give away again either.
26. “You’re Still The One” by Shania Twain
Shania Twain wrote this one with her producer husband, it was released in 1998 and was her first single released for pop radio.
Before that everything had been country but “You’re Still The One” had a pop remix facelift that brought Shania Twain to the masses.
Twain was inspired by her then-current marriage, the two had a lot of naysayers weighing in, that things wouldn’t last.
The naysayers were right as the two divorced but the sentiment she put into the lyrics holds a lot of truth for happily married couples.
27. “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” by The Righteous Brothers
This 1965 track is pretty bleak, love can start as a whirlwind and fade over time petering out completely.
The lyrics of this one discuss exactly that.
“You never close your eyes anymore when I kiss your lips
And there’s no tenderness like before in your fingertips
You’re trying hard not to show it
But baby, baby I know it”
The husband begs for that loving feeling to come back between them so that they can salvage their relationship.
The desperation in the words is made all the more bittersweet with the harmonic vocals of the Righteous Brothers.
28. “Our House” by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
The peaceful 70’s piano-led hit might not jump out as an obvious song about a husband but often marriage is actually about the more mundane.
Sharing your life with somebody doesn’t just mean the ups and downs, it is about the little things and the day-to-day routine.
“Our House” is about making a house a home together.
“Our house is a very, very, very fine house
With two cats in the yard
Life used to be so hard
Now everything is easy ’cause of you”
The song is sung from the husband’s perspective, and the two go about tiny chores and fill their house with love.
Some of you might be familiar with it as the theme song for a children’s drama series, Dodger, Bonzo, and the Rest.
29. “Say Something” by A Great Big World
You are probably more familiar with the second release of this one.
It featured Christina Aguilera and gained popularity with the diva’s addition.
Both versions are equally beautiful because the strength of the lyrics and the emotions they convey are what makes the song so powerful.
The lyrics are emotive because the pair wrote it at a time when they were both experiencing break-ups individually.
This song is about a husband who speaks about having a wife who is falling out of love with him.
There is an air of desperation, he is way out of his depth and reluctantly letting go.
30. “All of Me” by John Legend
John Legend wrote this one inspired by his own marriage.
“All of Me” is a song about a husband willing to give absolutely all of themself to his wife.
Legend sings about a husband giving everything he has to give to his wife.
He accepts all of her in return, imperfections and all.
“Cause all of me
Loves all of you
Love your curves and all your edges
All your perfect imperfections”
The flaws of a partner are part of the package.
A good husband sees the beauty in his wife despite her flaws.
Best Songs About a Husband – Final Thoughts
So that was our rundown of the best songs about a husband.
Not all of them may have been obvious choices, songs about husbands don’t have to be songs with husbands in the title.
If you are looking for a song to dedicate to your husband then today’s offering should have given you something.
Whether he is the love of your life or the worst mistake you ever made, there’s a husband song here that is bound to hit home!
Countless love songs express the ideals and pitfalls of marriage that could qualify but we hope we narrowed it down to the most specific.
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