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Top 10 songs celebrity dads wrote for their kids

June 14, 2013 at 6:02 PM ET

Jay-Z, Chris Martin Write Songs for Their Kids
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Jay-Z, Chris Martin Write Songs for Their Kids

Some of our favorite celeb dads—like Jay-Z and Chris Martin—have made us swoon over their sweet serenades to their cute kiddos. In honor of Father’s Day, here are our top 10 favorite songs from celeb Dads to their kids.

"Glory featuring B.I.C." by Jay-Z
We love that this song features the cries of little Blue Ivy Carter—credited as B.I.C.—recorded within a day of her birth. "Glory" also reveals some pretty personal information, including that the couple suffered a previous miscarriage, and that little Blue was conceived in Paris.
 
"I Am Your Baby's Daddy" by Coldplay (a.k.a. The Nappies)
Chris Martin and his Coldplay bandmates debuted their alter egos—The Nappies—in the week following the birth of Martin's daughter, Apple, with Oscar-winning wife Gwyneth Paltrow. Lyrics include, "I'll be there with you, baby, through the thin and the thick, I'm gonna clean up all the poo and the sick."
 
"Harlow's Song" by Joel Madden
Madden intended to keep the tender lullaby "Harlow’s Song" for his family's ears only—including wife Nicole Richie—but once brother Benji heard it he insisted they include it on their next CD.
 
"Flowers for Zoe" by Lenny Kravitz
Kravitz was clearly over the moon when daughter Zoe made her debut in 1988 with then-wife Lisa Bonet. He wrote a sweet song named "Zoe's Lullaby," which reached the charts when re-released in 1991 under the name "Flowers for Zoe."
 
"Ready, Set, Don’t Go" by Billy Ray Cyrus
Long before she was a tween queen and Hannah Montana launched her into superstardom, Miley Cyrus was the star of a song by dad Billy Ray Cyrus.
 
"With Arms Wide Open" by Creed
This Florida-based band scored a mega-hit with this song written by lead singer Scott Stapp, who emotionally sang about how he felt when he heard he would become a father. "I'll take a breath, I'll stand by her side. We stand in awe, we created life."
 
"Beautiful Boy" by John Lennon
Years later, this is still a moving song expressing his love for his young son Sean. Lyrics like "Everyday, in every way, it's getting better and better," take on extra poignancy when you consider that Sean was only 5 years old when his father died.
 
"Sail to the Moon" by Radiohead
Radiohead might have become a household name with the dark song "Creep," but the band showed a softer side with this song, which lead singer Thom Yorke said he wrote for his son Noah. It appeared on "Hail to the Thief," their sixth album.
 
"(Lullaby) Goodnight My Angel" by Billy Joel
Sure it's a little schmaltzy, but that's what you've got to love about the Piano Man. Billy Joel wrote this hit song for daughter Alexa in 1993.

"Things" by Barenaked Ladies
Fatherhood had such a profound effect on the members of this Canadian band that they not only wrote a song about it—but an entire album of kids songs. The catchy CD Snacktime features the lovely "Things," a simple and sweet ode to their children.

A version of this story originally appeared on iVillage.

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