Is Jay-Z’s ‘Glory’ the Best Song a Celebrity has Ever Written about Their Child? [POLL]
You’ve probably heard that Jay-Z’s newest song, “Glory“, is about his newborn daughter, Blue Ivy. The sentimental song in which Jay-Z declares Blue “my greatest creation” not only credits the newborn, she’s even heard crying at the end. It’s certainly not the first written about a musician’s child, but is it the BEST song ever written about a musician’s child?
Any discussion would have to include Will Smith’s late 90’s remake of Grover Washington Jr.’s ”Just The Two of Us“, which Big Willie wrote with his son in mind, and focuses on the relationship between a father and son. Then there’s Stevie Wonder’s “Isn’t She Lovely?” about the birth of his daughter, Aisha. That song not only opens with the audio of a baby being born, it also includes a lengthy outro featuring samples of Aisha playing with Wonder. Perhaps that’s where Z got the idea to include Blue?
“With Arms Wide Open” by Creed, has to be in the mix as well. “Open” was written after lead singer Scott Stapp found out he was going to be a father. “Baby Baby” by Amy Grant is also in consideration. Written by Grant about her six-week old daughter Millie, the story goes one day after having seen Millie, Grant said to herself: “Oh, baby baby” and ten minutes later a song was born.
And finally, although not as joyous as the other ones mentioned here, Eric Clapton’s “Tears in Heaven” has to be a nominee. Clapton wrote it to deal with the pain and loss he felt following the death of his four-year-old son. Despite the melancholy subject matter, “Tears” went on the become one of Clapton’s most successful songs, reaching #2 on the singles chart in 1992.
So who has written the greatest song about their child? We report, you decide! Vote below. And if you need to re-familiarize yourself with the songs in question, just click on the highlighted song titles above. They’re all linked to a Youtube video …