20 Best Songs About Brothers: Video, Lyrics, and More

Relationships with siblings can be complex, but there’s no denying the bond between brothers. These best songs about brothers celebrate that special relationship and make it clear that we all experience good and bad times. From country to rap and rock and roll, these songs show the many facets of family.

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Best Songs About Brothers

There are many great songs about brothers that explore these relationships from different angles. These are a few of the all-time greats! We have also included links to guitar tabs and lyrics, should you want to try and play them yourself.

David Bowie – The Bewlay Brothers

The first song on our list is one that many commentators have said is written about Bowie’s half-brother Terry Burns, who suffered from Schizophrenia. David Bowie himself then confirmed this in 1977 when he said it was very much based on himself and his brother.

The lyrics are very cryptic and can be interpreted in a number of ways. One theory is that the first verse is about Terry’s descent into mental illness, while the second is about Bowie’s struggles with fame and success.


Bryan Adams – Brothers Under The Sun

This track is from the soundtrack of the film Spirit, and is about the close bond of two stallions. They are brothers under the sun and will always be there for each other. This is a beautiful song about friendship and loyalty.


Bruce Springsteen – Highway Patrolman

Highway Patrolman, from the album Nebraska, is a musical story about a man named Joe Roberts who kills a man in self-defense and has to live with the consequences. The song talks about how Joe’s brother Frank tries to help him deal with the aftermath of the shooting.


Kanye West – Big Brother

Big Brother is a song from Graduation, and is a tribute to Kanye’s mentor Jay-Z. The tune is about how Jay-Z has always been there for him and how he looks up to him. This is a great song for anyone who has a close relationship with their older sibling.


Papa Roach – Blood Brothers

Blood Brothers is a heavy rock song by Papa Roach. It’s about two friends who are as close as family. It goes deep into how they will always be there for each other and have each other’s back no matter what.


They Might Be Giants – Boss of Me

Boss of Me is a glimpse into a relationship where we find a brother who is always telling his younger sibling what to do. It’s a light-hearted song about how the younger eventually gets fed up and tells the older one that he’s not the boss of him. This track was used as the theme song for the show Malcolm in the Middle.


George Jones – Brothers Of A Bottle

Brothers of a Bottle is about two friends who drink together and help each other through tough times. The song explores how they are like brothers and will always be there for each other. If you have a close relationship with your drinking buddies, this song is for you.


Luke Bryan – Blood Brothers

Luke Bryan’s song Blood Brothers is from his album Kill the Lights. It’s shares how two friends are like siblings and how they were incredibly close as kids, but then drifted apart as they grew older. It also shares how they reconnected later in life, and their bond is as strong as ever.


Dean Brody – Brothers

This song is from Dean Brody’s album Crop Circles, featuring two brothers who are very different but still have a strong bond. One is a wild child while the other is more reserved, but they still love and support each other no matter what.


Keith Whitley – Brotherly Love

Keith Whitley’s song Brotherly Love references the special and sometimes complex bond between brothers. It explores how they can be the best of friends and the worst of enemies, but they will always love each other no matter what may happen.


War – Me and Baby Brother

This funk-inspired song by War considers the good and bad times that two brothers can go through together. Sometimes things don’t go well and they can be separated. But in the end, they always desire a relationship that is as thick as blood.


Dire Straits – Brothers in Arms

This track was a huge hit when it was released in 1985, and won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. It’s inspired by the Falklands War, and explores the brotherhood between soldiers who are fighting in a war.


Elton John – Daniel

Daniel is one of the most misunderstood songs of all time. It’s about a veteran who was wounded at war and returns home to try and live a normal life again. The song visits a close relationship two brothers had, something that wasn’t common during that time period.


Pearl jam – Brother

Pearl Jam’s rock song Brother is filled with anger and frustration. When one older brother does wrong to another, it can leave wounds that are quite deep. This song dissects that type of betrayal, and how it can destroy a relationship.


The Black Keys – Unknown Brother

The Black Keys’ Unknown Brother is a song about loss and how that can change a person. It’s a very personal song for frontman Dan Auerbach, who wrote it about his own brother-in-law who passed away.


Rolf Harris – Two Little Boys

This song was written in 1902 by Rolf Harris and takes a look at two young brothers who share horses as boys and then do so again in battle during a war. The battle that is referenced is unknown, but some believe it to be the Boer war.


ABBA – Me & Bobby and Brother

This song is a bit different from the others on this list, as it’s a walk down memory lane about childhood friends and their siblings. It’s a playful and lighthearted song that will bring a smile to your face.


Simon and Garfunkel – He Was My Brother

He was my brother was written about a fellow college student, Andrew Goodman, who was killed as a civil rights activist in 1964.


Avicii – Hey Brother

One of the more popular songs on the list is Hey Brother by Avicii. It’s a story about a boy who loses his father in the Vietnam War and then creates an older sibling for himself in his own head.


Need To Breathe – Brother

Brother is a song showing the power of redemption and how it can save us from ourselves. We all have a brother or sister who we’ve had some kind of conflict with, and this song is about mending those fences.

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Conclusion

Songs about brothers can be some of the most personal and moving out there. They can also be playful and lighthearted. No matter what kind of song you’re looking for, there’s sure to be one on this list that will speak to you.

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Don East

My name is Don East, I'm the editor for Killer Rig. I've been playing guitar for over 20 years and have designed and manufactured products like guitar amps, effects pedals, and more. Over the years I have played in many bands and have a deep love for quality gear. I am an electrical engineer and have a passion for music gear, and now want to share what I know with the community!