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35 Best Songs About Sisters

December 5, 2023
Songs About Sisters

I’ve put together an emotional and celebratory collection of songs about sisters, capturing the unique bond and shared experiences that only siblings can understand.

This article is a musical tribute to sisterhood in all its forms.

Top songs about sisters

  • Bob Dylan – “Oh, Sister”
  • The Rolling Stones – “Dance Little Sister”
  • The Kinks – “Two Sisters”
  • CHVRCHES – “The Mother We Share”
  • Leona Lewis – “I Got You”
  • Bill Withers – “Lean on Me”
  • Angel Olsen – “Sister”
  • Antony and the Johnsons – “You Are My Sister”
  • Sister Sledge – “We Are Family”
  • Bruno Mars – “Count On Me”

1. Bob Dylan – “Oh, Sister”

“We grew up together
From the cradle to the grave
We died and were reborn
And then mysteriously saved.”

Released in 1976, “Oh, Sister” is one of Dylan’s emotional pieces. And Emmylou Harris’ vocals fit the song perfectly.

Dylan is known for his interesting songwriting, and although “Oh, Sister” clearly seems like a song dedicated to sister, the lyrics could easily refer to any woman.

2. The Rolling Stones – “Dance Little Sister”

The Rolling Stones released “Dance Little Sister” on their 1974 album “It’s Only Rock and Roll.”

It’s a real rock & roll tune that will get you on your feet.

And although Mick Jagger and Keith Richards probably didn’t dedicate this song to their sisters, it’s a nice tune to dance it out with your siblings.

3. The Kinks – “Two Sisters”

This 1967 tune by The Kinks is undoubtedly a song about sisters.

In “Two Sisters”, The Kinks talk about sisters Sybilla and Priscilla in their own, quirky style. They compare their lives and mention their jealousy.

The song was written by lead singer Ray Davies, so the characters of the two sisters were probably inspired by him and his brother Dave Davies.

Sybilla looked into her mirror
Priscilla looked into the washing machine
And the drudgery of being wed
She was so jealous of her sister
And her liberty and her smart young friends.

4. CHVRCHES – “The Mother We Share”

“The Mother We Share” is a debut single by the Scottish band Chvrches, and one of the favorite indie-pop tunes of 2013.

According to the band, the lyrics of the song are open to interpretation. It could be a song about sister love, but “the mother we share” could also refer to mother Earth.

Either way, it’s a catchy tune that is always nice to hear on the radio.

5. Leona Lewis – “I Got You”

A place to crash
I got you
No need to ask
I got you
Just get on the phone
I got you
Come and pick you up if I have to.

If you look at the lyrics of Leona Lewis’ hit “I Got You”, you’ll see it’s a perfect sisters song.

The song was released on Leona’s second album in 2010, and it’s still a nice tune to go back to.

6. Bill Withers – “Lean on Me”

You can dedicate this iconic, soulful song to anyone you care about.  

Bill Withers wrote “Lean on Me” about friendship, trust, and goodness in people. And it became one of his signature songs.

With the positive atmosphere and relatable, genuine lyrics, it’s an ideal song to celebrate sisterly love.

After all, this is all you ever want to hear from your family or friends:

Lean on me
When you’re not strong
And I’ll be your friend
I’ll help you carry on.

7. Angel Olsen – “Sister”

“Sister” by Angel Olsen is a dreamy, gentle tune with a touch of melancholy.

The powerful narration in Angel Olsen’s songwriting can lead to different meanings, which means it’s on you to decide.

Without a doubt, it could also be seen as one of the songs about sisterhood. And according to the lyrics, if it’s about sisters, it involves a rather delicate, complex relationship.

Saw it in her eyes
Oh, it wasn’t what she said
She came together like a dream
That I didn’t know I had.

8.  Antony and the Johnsons – “You Are My Sister”

“You Are My Sister” by Antony and the Johnsons is one of the most sentimental songs for sisters.

It’s slow and full of simple yet touching lyrics.

“You Are My Sister” is a sweet reminder that even if the relationship with your sister gets complicated, you still share a world of memories.

You are my sister
And I love you
May all of your dreams come true
We felt so differently then
So similar over the years.

9. Sister Sledge – “We Are Family”

We are family
I got all my sisters with me
We are family
Get up everybody and sing.

This timeless disco hit is definitely one of the most popular songs about sisters’ love.

The group is formed by four sisters, so they surely know what they’re singing about.

And it’s no secret that they had a lot of fun while recording “We Are Family.”

10. Bruno Mars – “Count On Me”

If you’re looking for a song to dedicate to your sister, “Count On Me” by Bruno Mars is a safe choice.

It’s a sweet song about having someone to rely on. People who are on good terms with their siblings tend to take that for granted, but having a sister you can always count on is truly a blessing.

You can count on me like 1, 2, 3
I’ll be there
And I know when I need it
I can count on you like 4, 3, 2
And you’ll be there.

11. Fleetwood Mac – “Sisters of the Moon”

Fleetwood Mac released “Sisters of the Moon” on their 1979 album “Tusk.”

The song is characterized by Stevie Nicks’ distinctive vocals, captivating rock atmosphere, and tale-like lyrics about sisters of the moon.

Intense silence
As she walked in the room
Her black robes trailing
Sister of the moon.

12. Train – “Hey, Soul Sister”

This popular, uplifting song is perhaps not about sisters. But its title, if referred to the kindred spirit, very well might be.

Either way, although it was released in 2009, “Hey, Soul Sister” still can’t get out of our heads. Or out of radio stations.

Just in time
I’m so glad you have a one track mind like me
You gave my life direction.

13. Aly & AJ – “On the Ride”

American pop duo Aly & AJ consists of two sisters Alyson and Amanda Michalka, so it’s no wonder that one of their greatest hits is a song about sisters.

Released in 2005, “On the Ride” is a youthful, positive tune about all the good things sisters can go through together.

And there’s no doubt that everything is easier when you have a reliable sister by your side.
“The journey is prefect
The pace is so crazy
The race is so worth it
I will be with you
We’ll do this together
Always together.”

14. Harry Styles – “Sweet Creature”

Although Harry Styles didn’t reveal to whom he dedicated his song “Sweet Creature”, the lyrics indicate it might be one of the songs for a sister.

Either way, it’s one of Harry’s most delicate and gentle tunes. And although he clearly wrote it for someone specific, he left the space for you to find your own meaning.

And oh we started
Two hearts in one home
It’s hard when we argue
We’re both stubborn
I know.

15. Coldplay – “Brothers and Sisters”

“Brothers and Sisters” is definitely one of Coldplay’s hidden gems.

The song was released as the band’s debut single back in 1999, right before the release of their first album “Safety.”

Coldplay’s biggest successes came a bit later, but “Brothers and Sisters” remains a nice throwback to the band’s early sound.

Brothers and sisters feel fine
It’s the time of your lives
It’s the time of your lives
No sound, no sound
Like this feeling you’ve found.

16. Avicii – “Hey, Brother”

Hey brother
There’s an endless road to re-discover
Hey sister
Know the water‘s sweet but blood is thicker

This big 2013 hit talks about the strong bond between siblings.

Although it’s an uplifting song, a touching music video depicts two brothers growing up in wartime America.

Either way, it’s a memorable song about always being there for your brothers and sisters. 

17. Diana Ross – “When We Grow Up”

If you’re searching for a sweet song you can play for your little sister, you should check out “When We Grow Up.”

In this 1973 track, Diana Ross sings from the perspective of a girl who wonders what she and her sister will be like when they grow up.

“When we grow up, will I be a lady?
Will you be an engineer?
Will I have to wear things like perfume and gloves?
I can still pull the whistle while you steer.
Well, I don’t care if I’m pretty at all.

18. Shaybo and Jorja Smith – “My Sister”

Released in 2021, “My Sister” is one of the most recent rap songs about sisters.

The song is tender and slightly melancholic but powerful, especially because it’s accompanied by an emotional and visually beautiful music video.

Moreover, the Nigerian-British singer Shaybo and Jorja Smith fit together perfectly.

19. Dolly Parton – “Baby Sister”

And if you’re searching for country songs about sisters, this one is for you.

Dolly Parton released “Baby Sister” in 1968, and the sound of that time period can indeed be heard in the song.

Also, the singer grew up with 11 brothers and sisters, so it’s only logical that at least one of her songs is sister-related.

Baby sister, what a waste to see you in this place
I lose my mind from worrying over you
In a bar room filled with people all higher than a steeple
But I know why you do the things you do.

20. The Who – “Sister Disco”

Released in 1978, “Sister Disco” by The Who could have different meanings.

The most obvious meaning is that it’s about the death of the disco, or simply about getting too old for it.

Either way, it’s a nice sister-themed tune we wanted to add to our list.

Bye, goodbye Sister Disco, now I go
I go where the music fits my soul
And I, I will never let go, I’ll never let go
‘Til the echo of the street fight has dissolved.

21. Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin – “Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves”

When it comes to disco influences of any kind, we need to mention “Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves” by Eurythmics.

It’s a catchy, upbeat track about female empowerment and the change of women’s social and economic status in the world.

So, sisters in this song refer to all the women. And although it was released in 1985, this feminist anthem still points out relevant issues.

Sisters are doin’ it for themselves
Standin’ on their own two feet
And ringin’ on their own bells
Sisters are doin’ it for themselves.

22. Carly Simon – “Older Sister”

She rides in the front seat,
She’s my older sister
She knows her power over me
She goes to bed an hour later than I do
When she turns the lights out
What does she think about?

In this song about sister love, Carly Simon admires her older sister and wishes to be her.

Without a doubt, older sisters can be the best role models for young girls, and this is a song that expresses these emotions in a sweet, simple way.

23. Barenaked Ladies – “My Big Sister”

My Big Sister” by the Canadian rock band Barenaked Ladies was released in 2008.

It’s a rather short track with a dreamy rock atmosphere and quirky lyrics.

I like my big sister
But I don’t want to wear her coat
May be black, It may fit perfect
But you and I both know it is a girls coat.

24. Alanis Morissette – “Sister Blister”

“Sister Blister” by Alanis Morissette is hands down one of the best rock songs about sisters.

Although the song could lyrically be about biological sisters, it’s also an empowering track about feminism, double standards, and women supporting women.

It’s about all the sisters who are in “alignment until the end.”

You and me, we’re cut from the same cloth
It seems to some, we famously get along
But you and me are strangers to each other
‘Cause you and me, competitive to the bone.

25. Alicia Keys – “Girl on Fire”

Another song you can dedicate to your sister and make her feel empowered is “Girl on Fire” by Alicia Keys.

In essence, it’s a song about fulfilling your potential, following your passion, and overcoming obstacles.

Nonetheless, “girl on fire” refers to someone who is untamed and fierce, so it’s also an anthem of all strong and independent women.

Looks like a girl but she’s a flame
So bright she can burn your eyes
Better look the other way
You can try but you’ll never forget her name.

26. Kacey Musgraves – “Family is Family”

“Family is family, in church or in prison
You get what you get, and you don’t get to pick ’em
They might smoke like chimneys, but give you their kidneys
Yeah, friends come in handy, but family is family.

In one of her witty, uplifting songs about family, Kacey Musgraves talks about all the situations you have to deal with in your family. But you keep loving them anyway.

It’s the same with sisters. Well, if you’re lucky.

You can fight with your sister, but she will still remain your closest and most reliable friend. Family is family.

27. Mary J. Blige – “Family Affair”

If you and your sister are 90’s kids, you’ve probably done your share of dancing to this R&B hit by Mary J. Blige.

In a nutshell, “Family Affair” is about letting go and simply having fun when you go out. And sometimes that’s exactly what you need in these crazy times.

“Let’s get it crunk up on
Have fun up on, up in this dancery.”

28. Carole King – “You’ve Got a Friend”

If you want your sister to know she can count on you, send her this song.

Although James Taylor’s version of the song reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1971, Carole King’s version has a warm atmosphere and Carole’s distinctive vocals which makes it an ideal song for sisters. 

I’ll come runnin’
To see you again
Winter, spring, summer or fall
All you have to do is call
And I’ll be there
You’ve got a friend.

29. Cass McCombs – “Run Sister Run”

This hidden gem by the American singer Cass McCombs was released in 2016.

It’s a song about revolution and gender imbalance, depicting a man’s faulty view of a revolutionary woman.

Despite the quirky lyrics and easy-going melodies, “Run Sister Run” sheds light on an important issue concerning women’s position in society.

They’re coming at you from all sides
To imprint your body and say they didn’t
The highest authority on Cheez Whiz
Hiding behind a Supreme Court urinal.

30. Drake – “Keep The Family Close”

All of my “let’s just be friends”
Are friends I don’t have anymore
How do you not check on me when things go wrong?
Guess I should have tried to keep my family closer, much closer.

In his 2016 track, Drake admits he should’ve kept his family closer. He believes his family would always stand by his side, unlike his friends.

“Keep The Family Close” is a rather personal song about trust, betrayal, and the value of family bonds.

31. The Chicks – “I’ll Take Care of You”

Without a doubt, it’s precious to have someone who is always willing to take care of you, in every way. And sisters can often be that someone.

In their 1998 country tune, The Chicks are promising to take care of someone they love, especially in hard times. It’s a really sweet song you can dedicate to your sister.

“I’ll be there, but you might not see me
It’s never easy to get through
But when the laughter dies away
I’ll take care of you.

32. The Pretenders – “I’ll Stand by you”

Another important thing you can let your sister know is that you’ll stand by her, no matter what.

“I’ll Stand by You” by The Pretenders is an emotional rock ballad about supporting someone you love.

“Well I’m a lot like you
When you’re standing at the crossroads

And don’t know which path to choose
Let me come along
‘Cause even if you’re wrong
I’ll stand by you.

33. Martina McBride – “This One’s For The Girls” 

“This one’s for the girls,
Who love without holdin’ back,
Who dream with everything they have,
All around the world,
This one’s for the girls.

This uplifting, empowering song is a true celebration of all the girls around the world.

In the song, Martina McBride talks to women of all ages, specifying what they’re probably going through at the moment. In a nutshell, she made a recap of the struggles of different phases in women’s life.

34. Missy Elliott ft. Aaliyah – “Best Friends”

If you’re lucky, then your sister is also your friend. And if you don’t have a sister, your best friend is probably like a sister to you.

Either way, the connection between sisters and best friends can often be similar, as long as you love and support each other at all times.

And “Best Friends” by Missy Elliott and Aaliyah portrays these feelings with the simple, honest lyrics:

I’ll still be there for you
In your time of need
You can lean on me
Come on
I’ll be there for you.

35. The Rembrandts – “I’ll Be There for You”

As we’ve just mentioned, your sister can be a great friend to you, and your best friend can be like a sister.

So, which song celebrates sisterhood better than the Friends theme song?

“I’ll Be There for You” is one of the most uplifting and familiar tunes, and a perfect ending to our playlist.

“No one could ever know me
No one could ever see me
Seems you’re the only one who knows
What it’s like to be me.

Songs About Sisters – Final Thoughts

Many great musicians were apparently inspired by sisterhood and what it represents.

After all, the bond between sisters can be very strong and unique.

All of the songs on our list celebrate sisters’ love or refer to all the women as sisters. The latter is also relevant as it emphasizes the importance of women supporting women.

Either way, we hope you had fun going through our playlist, and that you found your perfect song to celebrate sisterhood!

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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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