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50 Best Songs About Grandparents (Grandpa & Grandma Songs)

December 24, 2022
Songs about grandparents

Where would we be without our grandparents? 

For many individuals, the life lessons and memories shared with grandparents act as a pillar of strength, guiding them throughout the journey of life. 

For some, the wisdom passed on from generation to generation has helped shape their lives, reminding them to lead a life their grandparents would be proud of. 

We’ve searched the internet to compile the 50 best songs to celebrate the truly unsung heroes in our lives. 

Whether you need something to reminisce about the good old memories with your grandpa or a novelty song to pay tribute to your grandma, below are the best songs about grandparents. 

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1. “Grandpa Told Me So” by Kenny Chesney

Who best to kick off our list of the best songs about grandparents than the American country music singer with a long list of platinum albums? 

Chesney recalls his grandpa’s best life lessons in this smooth-sounding song with meticulously written lyrics. 

The song is about pushing yourself to the limit to become the best version of yourself. 

If you can’t get enough of grandpa’s life teachings, this song is for you. 

2. “Grandpa” by The Judd

Do you ever listen to some songs and instantly want to go back to the good old days?  

The Judd’s ‘Grandpa’ is one such track that will melt your heart. 

It’s short, simple, and powerful, bringing back memories of how life was like when your grandparents were kids. 

The song made a lasting impression on music critics, becoming The Judds’ 6th hit single to peak at #1. 

3. “Grandma” by A$AP Ferg

A grandma leaves indelible footprints on her grandchildren, just like A$AP Ferg narrates in his 2016 ‘Grandma’ song. 

It is one of the most touching songs about grandparents, with Ferg paying tribute to his late grandmother. 

4. “I’m My Own Grandpa” by Willie Nelson

‘I’m My Own Grandpa’ was Willie Nelson’s novelty song from his 2001 ‘The Rainbow Connection’ album. 

It is a cheery song and funny one to dedicate to your grandparents. 

You will probably enjoy the lyrics and appreciate the 3 minutes you will spend listening to them. 

5. “Grandma’s Song” by Gail Davies

This song was a tribute to Gail Davies’ grandmother, featuring her voice at the beginning of the track. 

It talks about his strong bond with the old lady and the painful moment anyone would have when a loved one passed on. 

It could be an ideal funeral song for reliving the greatest moments you shared with a deceased grandparent. 

6. “Nan’s Song” by Robbie Williams

‘You said when you’d die that you’d walk with me every day.’ 

You can tell from the song’s first line that the narrator misses a loved one. 

Robbie Williams dedicated this emotional ballad to his late grandmother, remembering their shared memories and how the deceased promised to walk him in life and death. 

It is both emotional and reassuring at the same time as Williams continues, ‘I miss your love, I miss your touch/But I’m feeling you every day.’

7. “That’s What Grandpas Do” by Gord Bamford

Gord Bamford gives us one of the most heart-wrenching tributes to beloved grandfathers in his 2018 country song

For some individuals, grandfathers are like the second God, having a massive influence on their lives by helping shape their destinies. 

If you are lucky enough to interact with your granddad when growing up, you will fondly remember the memories, taking you through life’s journey in a way only grandfathers can do. 

We hope you won’t become too emotional listening to the moving lyrics as Bamford recalls watching and playing with his granddad. 

8. “Granddaddy’s Gun” by Blake Shelton

A great masterpiece from one of the best country artists.

Blake Shelton’s “Granddaddy’s Gun” is about his grandfather’s gun and their shared memories. 

It will be an excellent piece to relive the unforgettable memories with your granddad, especially if he taught you useful life skills like hunting. 

9. “Sonny” by Newfound Glory

Unfortunately, some songs about grandpas are based on a somber mood, like Newfound Glory’s ‘Sonny.’ 

The track is about the passing on of the band’s frontman, Jordan Pundik’s grandfather, nicknamed Sonny. 

It is a song with sad lyrics and a somber mood but will cheer you up when the times get rough. 

You will find the lyrics more relatable if you’ve ever lost a loved one. 

10. “Grandma’s Feather Bed” by John Denver 

There’s nothing more meaningful to a family than unity.

And in John Denver’s 1974 pop song, he narrates all the memories he’s had with his grandparents. 

Despite the modest life, the grandma’s feather bed brought so much joy to the entire family, symbolizing unity when they needed one. 

11. “Lonely Road” by The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus 

You probably remember those grandpa-grandson conversations where the older figure gives life-changing advice to the son. 

This song is about a grandpa and his grandson who sit down for a refreshing chat about life. 

He talks about walking life’s journey, recognizing that there will be some tough days. 

But to truly achieve his dreams, the grandson must be willing to tread a path many are afraid of, even if it means walking alone. 

12. “We Live Again” by Beck

We Live Again’ is an upbeat song about Beck’s grandfather. 

The singer’s grandpa was a popular figure in the music industry and must have greatly influenced her life. 

13. “Forever Changed” by Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood’s sensational hit is based on the story of a woman who conceives before developing Alzheimer’s disease.

It is one of Carrie’s most emotional ballads, recounting her grandmother’s last days on earth. 

14. “Grandma’s Hands” by Bill Withers

Bill Wither’s iconic hit song describes the underrated power of a loving and caring grandmother. 

It is one of the best songs about grandmas that many artists have covered in recent years. 

The song’s lyrical interpretation is crystal clear, describing his close relationship with the grandmother and how holding the old lady’s hands alone makes life complete.

Looking for a tribute to your grandmother for the special woman she is? 

This could be the one. 

15. “When We Were Young” by Adele

If a list of songs about reliving memories exists, Adele’s ‘When We Were Young’ would certainly belong in that category. 

It is a special song about past relationships, bringing out the theme of love, togetherness, and the strong bond you once shared with someone. 

It could perfectly highlight the close bond you had with your grandparents. 

16. “Grandad” by Clive Dunn

This is a beautiful song and a powerful tribute to all granddads around the world. 

It is a novelty song that reached #1 on the UK singles chart, staying there for 3 weeks. 

Any grandchild with a couple of nice things to say about their granddad won’t probably hesitate to dedicate this song to the old man. 

17. “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away” by Justin Moore

In his beautiful country song, Justin Moore has the best lyrics to pay tribute to the loved ones that went away. 

A theme of heartache is evident in the lyrics, and even more so when he dedicates this emotional line to his grandpa, ‘If heaven wasn’t far away/I’d pack up the kids and go for the day/Introduce them to their grandpa/Watch them laugh at the way he talked.’ 

As the narration continues, the pain in his voice becomes apparent, and one starts to imagine that he surely would have made an effort to reach his grandpa if heaven wasn’t far away. 

18. “The Grandpa That I Know” by Patty Loveless

This surely can’t be the grandpa that she knows. 

You will nod in agreement listening to Patty Loveless’ powerful lyrics. 

The singer describes her grandpa’s death.

And looking at his body, she still can’t believe that he is the same grandpa she was quite fond of. 

It is a flawless narrative for the loved ones that left us. 

19. “Slipped Away” by Avril Lavigne 

Avril Lavigne never had a chance to say goodbye to her grandfather, who sadly passed on during one of her tours.

She pays tribute to him in this song, recognizing his massive influence on her life. 

From the lyrics, it’s safe to assume that Avril must have had a close bond with her grandfather, which makes it even more painful that she never had a chance to say goodbye. 

20. “Clancy’s Tavern” by Toby Keith

Country music is the perfect embodiment of love and affection, describing everyday situations in the most relatable way. 

Toby Keith’s easygoing voice captures everyone’s attention in his iconic 2011 country song. 

The singer recalls spending part of his childhood at her grandmother’s nightclub, building childhood memories that stayed with him forever. 

So, when the old lady suddenly passed away at 86, it was only right that Keith summed up his feelings in a beautifully written piece. 

21. “When You Are Old” by Martina MacBride

‘When you are old and tired and gray/Wear your overcoat on sunny days/When your brave tales have all been told/I’ll ask for them when you are old.’

Martina MacBride’s ‘When You Are Old’ is an empathetic song that earned her a nomination at the 54th Grammy Awards in the Best Solo Performance category. 

The narration is about a young woman fighting breast cancer with a supportive husband. 

Lyrically, the song is about looking at life from someone else’s perspective. 

Every verse describes a different story, and the singer isn’t quick to judge any situation, perhaps understanding that we all fight different battles in life, after all.  

22. “He Walked On Water” by Randy Travis

Randy Travis gave us this masterpiece in 1990, about a young boy who adores his great-grandfather. 

You probably have some men you look up to in life or those that have had a massive influence on your life. 

For the songwriter, the great-grandfather didn’t have to do anything spectacular to make a lasting impression on him. 

But just by spending time with him. 

23. “Helena” by Chemical Romance 

Gerard and Milkey Way sang this song about their late grandmother, Elena Lee Rush.

It is a mournful song about someone who left her footprints on the singers’ lives. 

Gerard reckons that he wouldn’t have made it in life without his grandma’s support and regrets not finding enough time to be with her in her last days. 

24. “Grandma’s Garden” by Zac Brown

The country ballad pays tribute to Zac Brown’s grandmother, comparing the seeds she planted for her family to an actual garden. 

As Brown’s narration continues, he credits his grandma for building a strong family, with the sentimental tune only an affirmation that grandmothers are truly special. 

25. “Grandma’s House” by Killer Mike

Is there a more fulfilling thing than a grandma’s love? 

This song is about Killer Mike recalling his relationship with his grandmother. 

He remembers living in the old lady’s house and taking some helpful life lessons. 

26. “Tell You Something” by Alicia Keys

‘Tell You Something” meant so much to Alicia Keys. 

It describes the singer’s experiences from spending time with her ailing grandmother until she died.

Alicia narrates how the whole experience helped shape her career, giving her a new perspective on life. 

Seeing one of the most influential women in her life suffer and die in pain might have marked a new beginning for the American singer and songwriter. 

And the positive outlook could be all you need when fighting such battles. 

27. “My Angel” by Kellie Pickler 

This is one of the most relatable funeral songs for grandmas.

Many people have close bonds with their grandparents, and the void becomes huge when you suddenly lose them. 

Kellie’s song describes the feeling of losing a grandmother.

Like many would agree, grandmothers are the best friends any grandson could ever wish to have, building a memorable bond that lasts an entirety. 

And as the narration ends, Kellie sees hope again, affirming that his grandmother will probably take care of him from heaven. 

28. “Marjorie” by Taylor Swift

The regret that comes with losing a loved one is incomparable. 

And that’s exactly what Taylor Swift affirms in her ‘Marjorie’ song. 

In the track, the American singer pays tribute to her maternal grandmother, Marjorie Finlay. 

The sensational hit incorporates flawless lyricism, describing the grandma’s constant advice to Swift. 

29. “Supermarket Flowers” by Ed Sheeran 

Ed Sheeran is full of emotions when he pays tribute to his lovely grandmother. 

Using his naturally gifted talent, Ed gives a positive outlook, acknowledging the grandmother’s influence on his life. 

Ed has constantly referred to it as one of the most special songs in his career, probably referencing the close bond he shared with his late grandmother. 

30. “I Wish Grandpas Never Died” by Riley Green 

In this 2019 country song, Riley Green recalls the good old memories that ended as soon as they began. 

The song is about Riley’s two grandfathers, who passed on in 2010 and 2018. 

The song became a fan favorite immediately after release, getting massive airplay in the mainstream market with Green’s famously twisted line, ‘I wish country music still got played on country radio.’ 

31. “All That Matters” by Tom Walker

Tom Walker noted all his grandmother’s life lessons in this song. 

To him, that’s all that matters in life, written in an emotional tone that will make you want to hold your loved ones tightly. 

32. “Hero” by Sturgill Simpson 

Sturgill Simpson wrote a powerful song for his hero grandpa, for everything he’s done to him. 

The singer is fond of his grandfather, recalling the huge influence the old man had on his life. 

He sees him as his savior, and even in his passing, he assures him that he will always follow in his footsteps and make him proud. 

33. “Grandma’s Theme” by John Mellencamp

You will probably want to play John Mellencamp’s song on repeat to celebrate your grandmother. 

It is about losing a loved one, presumably a grandma, and remembering her support during the hard times. 

34. “Glorious” by Macklemore 

‘Glorious” is a happy song by Macklemore and Skylar Grey. 

It is about contentment, with Macklemore singing that he’s lived his dreams in the music industry.

35. “Sunday Candy” by Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment 

Grandmothers are a precious gift to us. 

And in this special track, Donnie Trumpet and The Social Experiment describe how much grandmothers mean to us, constantly supporting us to become the best versions of ourselves. 

Isn’t that what a loving grandchild would want to dedicate to their grandma? 

36. “Afire Love” by Ed Sheeran 

Ed Sheeran wrote ‘Afire Love’ about his late grandfather, who passed on after suffering from Alzheimer’s. 

It is a heart-wrenching tune that will take you on an emotional journey, with Sheeran recalling the heartbreaking moment the grandad could no longer recognize him. 

From the lyrics, it’s clear that Ed Sheeran enjoyed a close bond with his grandpa, 

37. “Better Days” by Dianne Reeves 

Dianne Reeves summed up her youth and grandmother in a gospel-like tune called ‘Better Days.’ 

For the departed grandma, the song is about beginning a new life in heaven, according to the Lord’s will. 

And for the little granddaughter, it is about being patient in life, for God put us on earth by fate.

 And that defines better days. 

38. “Raymond” by Brett Eldredge 

“Raymond” was Brett Eldredge’s breakthrough single, describing the life of staff at an elderly home. 

At the facility, one of the patients has Alzheimer’s disease and constantly confuses the narrator with her son, Raymond. 

Essentially, Brett dedicated this song to his grandmother who was battling the same condition at the time. 

39. “Together (Grandma & Grandpa’s Song)” by Brett Kissel 

This is another painful song about losing your loved ones

In the track, Brett Kissel gives an emotional narration, recounting the loss of her grandma and grandpa to a fatal accident. 

If you have a relatable memory, this will be the perfect song to remind you that you are not alone in the tough journey of life.  

40. “Love Like Crazy” by Brice Lee

Who wouldn’t love a classic country tune from a naturally gifted country artist?

Brice Lee’s song is about a husband and wife’s happy relationship. 

It is one of the best songs about grandpas, with Lee Brice recalling how the couple lived together for more than 50 years. 

41. “Ellsworth” by Rascal Flatts

The lyrics in Rascal Flatts’ powerful song give everyone a new perspective on life.

If you’ve ever lost a beloved grandparent, there’s no doubt that loneliness will creep in at some point. 

And this beautiful tune will probably help calm your nerves by trying to fill the huge void left by the departed soul. 

Again, this song brought out the theme of Alzheimer’s disease, describing a grandma that has been tortured by the condition. 

She forgets everything but Ellsworth, Kansas, 1948. 

42. “Thank You” by Johnny Reid

‘Thank you for the life you’ve given me.’ 

That’s one of the lines in Johnny Reid’s hit song. 

The narrative voice describes Johnny Reid’s experiences with a loved one, thanking him for being a strong pillar in his life. 

Sometimes, we lack the right words to describe the sincere expression of gratitude and love to people who helped shape our lives. 

And at that moment, narrations like Johnny Reid’s could be all we need to capture the idea. 

The singer’s soulful voice will melt your heart, and the selfless lyrics will be appreciated by anyone who’s ever made an impression on your life. 

43. “Vernie” by Blind Melon

This song is about a grandma, who the narrator might have been so close to.

It has a little bit of everything, with the rock band members showing their adaptability when writing one of the best grandma songs.

44. “Hip Hop Grandma” by Royalty Free Music

Grandma songs are available from just about any music genre.

And this is one of the most popular names in the hip-hop category. 

You can dedicate it to your grandmother to express love and gratitude and the influence she’s had on your life. 

45. “Amazing Grace” by Elvis Presley

‘Amazing Grace’ is one of those songs that will always stick with you from the first time you listen to it. 

It is almost everyone’s classic favorite, covered by many singers. 

Elvis Presley’s version would be an excellent selection to make your grandparents feel special. 

46. “Look What You’ve Done” by Drake

Drake’s ‘Look What You’ve Done’ has been used in different contexts and has always maintained the same inspiring theme. 

It’s the Canadian singer’s moving tribute to his mother, grandmother, and Uncle Steve. 

Lyrically, Drake expresses his gratitude to his entire family for their support throughout his music journey. 

The ‘Toosie Slide’ singer acknowledges that without his family’s support, he probably wouldn’t have become a big-name star in the music industry. 

47. “Smile” by Nat King Cole

How about remembering your grandparents with a smile?

That’s all Nat King Cole wants you to do to celebrate your grandparents for their love and memories. 

48. “My Way” by Frank Sinatra

Frank Sinatra popularized this song in 1969, describing a satisfied man in his final days on earth.  

It’s about living your life according to your terms, despite the hardships and endless battles. 

49. “The Grandpa Song” by Cody Johnson

Everybody regrets not having some conversations with their loved ones.

And the country songwriter Cody Johnson finds himself in that situation when he fails to maximize the opportunity with his late granddad. 

It is the perfect grandpa song with relatable lyrics, reminding everyone to savor every moment with their loved ones. 

50. “You’ll Never Walk Alone” by Gerry and the Pacemakers 

There’s no better way to complete our list of the best songs for grandmothers than mentioning a track many people have become quite fond of. 

‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ is a huge ballad, initially featured in Rogers and Hammerstein’s show, Carousel, in 1945. 

It became increasingly popular in the 1950s, performed by big-name artists like Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra. 

However, it wasn’t until 1963 that Gerry And The Pacemakers brought it to life as Liverpool football club’s official anthem, embodying solidarity and togetherness. 

Perhaps that’s the most important message any grandparent would want to echo. 

Songs About Grandparents – Final Thoughts

Grandparents mean a lot to us. 

Whether dead or alive, there comes a time to honor them and their huge role in shaping your life. 

There’s always the right tune for every occasion, regardless of the genre. 

And our 50 best songs about grandparents are some of the best selections you could pick to thank, honor, or memorialize your grandparents

Some will make you smile. Others will have you shedding a tear.

So, make sure you choose a track that suits the moment. 

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Will Fenton

Will, the founder of MIDDER, is a multifaceted individual with a deep passion for music and personal finance. As a self-proclaimed music and personal finance geek, he has a keen eye for futuristic technologies, especially those that empower creators and the public.

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