50+ Songs About Siblings: Music That Hits the Mark

Published March 24, 2021
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Your brothers and sisters are your first friends and your forever friends. These songs are about siblings who might not always get along or see eye to eye, but when push comes to shove, they will always have each other's backs.

Songs About Brothers

Your brother was a pain when you were younger, but now he is someone you look up to and respect. Remind him of the place he has in your life through song.

"Blood Brothers" - Luke Bryan

Country songs have a way of tugging at the heartstrings, and this is one of those tunes. Bryan has lost both of his brothers, adding an extra layer of "hold those close to you as tight as you can," to the song.

"He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" - The Hollies

This song is a nod to how a sibling will do just about anything for their brother. His weight is never too heavy, the burden never too great to shoulder.

"What's Happening Brother" - Marvin Gaye

Iconic songwriter and singer, the late Marvin Gaye, penned this classic for his own brother who returned to a very different America from The Vietnam War.

"Brother" - Kodaline

This indie-pop song is less known by the masses, but it is a great sibling tribute. It pays homage to the brotherly bond that can never be broken.

"ABC" - Jackson Five

ABC isn't about a brotherly relationship, but it is sung by the greatest bro group of all-time. Anything Jackson Five should be a sibling jam.

Songs for/About Sisters

A sister is a best friend for life, someone to share deep secrets and favorite shirts with. These songs describe your sisterly bond to a tee.

Songs About Sisters

"Sister" - Dave Matthews Band

Sister puts everything into perspective. It centers around a brother who at the very peak of success yearns for simpler days and the love and comfort of his sister.

"Come Some Rainy Day" - Wynonna Judd

Judd has a famous younger sister, actress Ashley Judd. A few lines of this song are dedicated to Wynonna's dear little sis.

"Sister, Oh Sister" - Roseanne Cash

So much of what people learn comes from their older sisters. Cash expresses this exact sentiment in her country song.

"Sister to a Brother" - Rob Finlay

She won't always be a baby sister. The song resonates with all big brothers who suddenly have to see their pig-tailed princesses as women.

"Girl on Fire" - Alicia Keys

She is lighting the world up and taking everything she touches by storm. You couldn't be more proud of your sis, and this song says it all.

"Older Sister" - Carly Simon

Singer Carly Simon clearly adores her big sis. This song was written and performed as a tribute to oldest sis Lucy before she got hitched.

"Wind Beneath My Wings" - Bette Midler

A beautiful tribute to someone you have looked up to for your whole life. Your sister is your best friend and your hero.

"I'll Take Care of You" - Dixie Chicks

Originally done by Kenny Rogers, the song reminds any sister near and far that they will always have someone who loves them.'

"Little Sister" - Jewel

Watching a sibling struggle with addiction is gutting. This song certainly illustrates that desperate feeling people have when all they want is for their sister to be healthy.

Songs About Siblings Passed

The grief that is felt when you lose a brother or sister is devastatingly heavy. Nothing can lift that pain, but songs like these feel like a little hug in times of sadness.

"Over You" - Miranda Lambert

Lambert and her ex-husband Blake Shelton wrote the song for Shelton's brother, who tragically passed away because of a car crash.

"Who You'd Be Today" - Kenny Chesney

It's a beautiful song about musings and loss. Those with siblings taken too soon know the feeling of wondering who their brother or sister would be today had they lived.

"See You Again" - Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth

The tune expressed the strong desire to see loved ones who have passed.

"Our Love" - Bee Gees

The Bee Gee hit is also called Song for Andy, written by Barry Gibbs for his brother, also a Bee Gee band member. (Hauntingly Andy took his own life, and a year later the band first performed the song.) Anyone listening can hear Barry's love for his best friend in the world, his brother.

"I Drive Your Truck" - Lee Brice

The mere thought of losing a sibling is almost too much to bear. This country hit is about losing a brother in war, and even those who haven't lost a brother will want to call up their sibling and tell them how much they love them.

"Dust in the Wind" - Kansas

This classic soothes any soul that is missing its other sibling half.

"Fade to Black" - Metallica

The lyrics can fit several scenarios, including the concept of losing something very special to you, like a sibling.

"If Heaven Was Needing a Hero" - Jo Dee Messina

If your big brother was your favorite person and your hero, then you will need several boxes of tissue to get through this song.

"Drink a Beer" - Luke Bryan

The song was written by someone else, but Bryan recorded it to mark the passing of someone close to him.

Songs for Those Separated by Distance

Growing up you were never apart, but in adulthood, you have gone your separate ways. You might be separated by distance, but in your hearts, you are never far apart.

Songs For Those Separated By Distance

"Tha Crossroads" - Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

The lyrics are a little challenging to decipher as these guys are some of the fastest talkers in the rap game, but it is hard to miss the message. The group wrote the rap for a deceased friend, Easy E. He was like a brother to the rap group, and it's evident that they will forever miss and mourn him.

"My Sister" - Reba McEntire

Reba leaves a love-laden voicemail on her sister's phone, reminiscing about the good old days and wishing for a reunification.

"Hey, Brother" - Avicii

The song, off of the artist's 2013 album True, is about a brother who is far from his siblings but always keeps them close by in his heart.

"Martha" - Rufus Wainwright

This ballad is heavy on the feels. Anyone who has an estranged sibling and needs them to come home will relate to the tune.

"Mud Football" - Jack Johnson

Johnson is a master at soothing souls, so this song about brothers leaving for college in 2 days, feels like 3 minutes of therapy for anyone missing their sibling.

"Orange Sky "- Alexi Murdoch

A boy leaves home to find himself but ends up talking to his siblings under an orange sky.

Happy Songs to Play When Reunited

You don't get to spend a lot of time with your sibling, but when you get together, it is time to celebrate.

"The Boys are Back in Town" - Thin Lizzy

When brothers get together, you know it is going to be a non-stop ruckus fest!

"Just Fine" - Mary J. Blige

When you and your siblings are together, the world can fall away because for that moment in time, everything is just fine.

"Best Friend" - Aaliyah Featuring Missy Elliott

Friends will come and go, but your sister is your best friend forever.

"Girls Just Want To Have Fun" - Cyndi Lauper

When sisters gather, saddle up! It is bound to be a wild, fun time.

"We Are Family" - Sister Sledge

Yes, you are. Not everyone else gets all, but your siblings definitely do!

"Brothers & Sisters" - Coldplay

When you and your siblings get together, you are a force to be reckoned with. Watch out, world!

"Family" - Rodney Atkins

Family reunions with your siblings are going to be full of ups, downs, laughs, love, and plenty of harmless jabs. Brothers and sisters get on every last nerve, but as it says in this song, "Ya gotta love 'em!"

"Who Says You Can't Go Home" - Bon Jovi

You and your siblings are a band of wanderers, but of all the places you have been and things you have seen, home is where it is at. You can always go home.

"This One's for the Girls" - Martina McBride

By the evening's end, you and your sisters will be belting this song out at the top of your lungs. Girl power!

"My Wish" - Rascal Flatts

Because who doesn't wish for the world for their brother or sister?

Songs to Lift Your Sibling Up

Songs can be inspirational and help convey a message of pride, love, and encouragement for siblings finding their way

"I'll Stand by You" - The Pretenders

When no one else seems to be there, your sibling will stand by you.

"There You'll Be" - Faith Hill

No matter what a brother or sister is going through, or what milestone they are celebrating, you'll be there, cheering them on.

"Wildflowers" - Tom Petty

Go do you, brothers and sisters.

"Happier" - Marshmello

At the heart of your being, all you want for your brother or sister is for them to find their own little piece of happiness in the world.

"When We Grow Up" - Diana Ross

The song talks about the hopes and dreams of a sibling duo with big plans, but ultimately all they want to do is stay close to each other forever. Awwwwww. Sibling goals.

"I Learned From You" - Miley Cyrus

Cyrus has spoken openly and often about her love for her family and her brothers. The video for the song features Cyrus's father, but the lyrics are easily placed on the love and admiration of a brother looked up to.

"Brother Mine" - Suzanne Vega

Vega sings from the perspective of an older sister speaking to her younger, wayward brother, telling him to man up and be the person that he was always meant to be.

"You're My Best Friend" - Queen

Through the wrestling matches and catfights, they are your very best friend.

"Brother and Sister Song" - Steve and Annie Chapman

A tribute song to any sibling set who adores their brother or sister.

"Lean on Me" - Bill Withers

Let them know that no matter what life throws at them, you will always be there.

"Count on Me" - Bruno Mars

When no one else shows up, you'll be there.

"Because You Loved Me" - Celine Dion

You are who you are because of their love and support.

"You've Got a Friend" - James Taylor

When they have nothing else in the world, they have a friend in you, their sibling.

Sibling Songs Say It All

When you can not find the perfect words to tell a sibling how you feel about them, try saying it with songs. Sometimes lyrics can touch a special place in the heart that can not otherwise be reached.

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50+ Songs About Siblings: Music That Hits the Mark