Songs About Brothers

Brothers is one of the most frequently used themes in many forms of art. Especially in music, there are countless songs released about brothers. Today we explore songs about brothers with the best examples from different genres. Don’t forget to take your brother with you!

Avicii – Hey Brother

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The official music video, directed by Jesse Sternbaum, was released on 9 December 2013. Loosely based on Ron Franscell’s 1998 literary novel “Angel Fire”, it depicts two brothers growing up in wartime middle America. There are pictures and clips of the Vietnam War interspersed in the video. This work by Avicii is one of the first ones that come to mind among  songs about brothers.

Dire Straits – Brothers in Arms

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Written during the 1982 Falklands War, “Brothers in Arms” deals with the senselessness of war. In 2007, the 25th anniversary of the war, Knopfler recorded a new version of the song at Abbey Road Studios to raise funds for British veterans who he said “are still suffering from the effects of that conflict.” This track is one of the most popular  songs about brothers.

Terry Scott Taylor – My Brother

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Terry Scott Taylor (born May 24, 1950) is an American songwriter, record producer, writer and founding member of the bands Daniel Amos and The Swirling Eddies (credited as Camarillo Eddy). Taylor is also a member of the roots and alternative music group, Lost Dogs. He is currently based in San Jose, California, U.S. This song is one of the most original  songs about brothers.

The Hollies – He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother

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The Hollies’ recorded the song in June 1969 at the EMI Studios (now Abbey Road Studios), with Allan Clarke on lead vocals. Elton John, who was working as a session musician at the time, played the piano on the song, as well their next single, “I Can’t Tell the Bottom from the Top”. The song was released on 26 September 1969 and reached No. 3 in the UK, and No. 7 in the US. The song was re-released in August 1988 in the UK following its use in a television advertisement for Miller Lite beer. It reached the No. 1 spot in the UK chart for two weeks in September 1988. Among  songs about brothers  , it would be impossible not to mention this song by The Hollies.

Carole King – Brother, Brother

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Carole King Klein (born Carol Joan Klein; February 9, 1942) is an American singer-songwriter and musician who has been active since 1958. The most successful female songwriter of the latter half of the 20th century in the US, she wrote or co-wrote 118 pop hits on the Billboard Hot 100. She also wrote 61 hits that charted in the UK, making her the most successful female songwriter on the UK singles charts between 1962 and 2005. This unforgettable song is one of the most high-energy among  songs about brothers.

Kodaline – Brother

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“Brother” is a song by Dublin-based alternative rock quartet Kodaline. It was written by Jason Boland, Vincent May, Corey Sanders, Jon Maguire, Mark Prendergast, Alex Davies and Stephen Garrigan, with the song’s production handled by Two Inch Punch and Stephen Harris. It was released to digital retailers on 23 June 2017, as the lead single from the band’s third studio album Politics of Living. This successful song has one of the most emotional lyrics among  songs about brothers.

NEEDTOBREATHE ft. Gavin DeGraw – Brother

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“Brother” is a song by American Christian rock band Needtobreathe. It was released as the fifth single from Rivers in the Wasteland on February 2, 2015. The official single version features Gavin DeGraw and was released to Hot AC radio on May 4, 2015. The song was written by Bear and Bo Rinehart, and produced by Dave Tozer, using elements of Ed Cash’s LP version. The song peaked at number 8 on Billboard Hot Rock Songs, number 1 on Billboard Hot Christian Songs, and number 98 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the band’s first Hot 100 chart entry. It can be listed as one of the  songs about brothers  .

The White Stripes – Seven Nation Army

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Released in 2014, this cult song by The White Stripes has reached more than 500 million streams on digital platforms. This is a striking example for the  songs about brothers  .

Death Cab for Cutie – Brothers on a Hotel Bed

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This song is talking about someone who believes that with time the one that he loves will fail to remember him for who he is because as he grows older, they grow more distant and out of love: “You may tire of me as our December sun is setting, ’cause I’m not who I used to be. No longer easy on the eyes, these wrinkles masterfully disguise the youthful boy below.

Matt Corby – Brother

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An adult alternative singer/songwriter recognized by his light vocal rasp, soulful delivery, and bright melodies, Matt Corby is a one time Australian Idol runner-up who went on to top the ARIA album chart. He followed his 2007 appearance on the show with the Top Three EP Into the Flame in 2011 before going to number one with his debut album, 2016’s Telluric. It is considered as one of the songs about brothers  .

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