Musicians can express the warmth of a home, the loneliness of leaving home, the beauty of new beginnings in a place far from home, and the joy of coming back home. Several musicians capture the emotions linked to home in several songs as seen below.
1. Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
Sweet Home Alabama came out in 1989, but the melody and the lyrics are timeless. It’s a song about everything that is beautiful in Alabama, but people everywhere can relate to this song. You will love the song if you love where you come from.
2. Take Me Home, Country Roads – John Denver
“Take Me Home” is a song from the 70s and one of the most popular songs by John Denver. The song talks about the winding roads that a couple drove on when headed to a family reunion. Initially, the song was about Massachusetts, but the name didn’t fit, so they changed it to West Virginia – but home is certainly just where your heart is!
3. Small Town – John Mellencamp
“Small Town” is about John Mellencamp’s experience growing up in Seymour, Indiana. After the release of the song, Mellencamp became the champion of small town America. It resonates well with anyone who lives in a small town away from the hassle of cities. Mellencamp noted that what mattered to him was family and having his friends close.
4. My House – Flo Rida
“My House” was the second best selling song in 2016. At first, the song was nowhere on the charts, but after a couple of performances, the song moved up. It tells of the fun of staying indoors and having all the fun and comfort of a home.
5. Our House – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
“Our House” is the description of a home and everything in it. It is a song that shows what makes a home warm, including things like cats and the yard. The song also shows the importance of the company one has at home and why the home feels warm and easy when people have each other. Graham Nash and David Crosby produce some impressive harmonies to make this song one of the bestselling by the group.
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6. Our House – Madness
This song topped the charts in the UK and in America. It is a song about life in a North London household. In the song, Madness shows how busy the household gets and the need for the local children to run away from home at a certain age.
7. Homeward Bound – Simon & Garfunkel
“Homeward Bound” is a song for people who miss home. Simon & Garfunkel wrote the song as an autobiography. Simon wrote the lyrics while waiting for a train to take him to London, his home. He did shows for many nights, and he was ready to go home.
8. Home – Jack Johnson
“Home” brings all the emotions back for someone who misses those they left behind. The song says that home is not a place, but it’s a symbol for people that one loves. It is about the love that one feels when they are close to people they know and love.
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9. Castle on the Hill – Ed Sheeran
“Castle on the Hill” is an autobiographical song. Before Ed moved to the city, he was the son of the small town, Framlingham, in the UK. His song is about his experiences in his hometown and his growth as a person and as an artist. It is also about the beauty of coming back home and meeting the people who raised him.
10. Home – Iggy Pop
Everyone needs a home – this is the message that Iggy Pop passes in the song. Besides the lyrical brilliance of the song, the lead guitar might sound familiar and nostalgic as Slash plays the solos.
11. Goin’ Home – The Rolling Stones
This is a long song about home. It awakes the emotions related to home; missing it, leaving, and everything in between. The song is 11 minutes and 35 seconds long, and it was one of the few songs that went past the tenth minute at the time.
12. Don’t Stay Home – 311
When this song hit the airwaves in 1995, it was number 29 on the Billboards that year. It is a song that encourages the listeners to venture away from home and see what the world out there has to offer. This song is for those who need some inspiration to get out of their comfort zones, for sure!
13. Mama, I’m Coming Home – Ozzy Osbourne
Ozzy is a musician known for his heavy rock guitar songs. This song is from 1991 and was his only song as a solo artist to be in the top 40. It is not a song to his mom, but to his wife, Sharon. The song was a dedication to her at the end of his tours, letting her know that he is ready to come home.
14. Nobody Home – Pink Floyd
The idea of a home is figurative and not literal in this song. It tells of the writer’s life on the road and the loneliness that comes with staying alone in hotel rooms and driving along lonely roads. The lyrics talk of hotel rooms with nothing but a few possessions and TV in the hotel room. There is mention of nicotine and a piano, which further depicts loneliness.
15. Two of Us – The Beatles
The 60s were an interesting time for the Beatles. It was a time when the group had seen several ups and downs, a shadow of the fabulous four that the world knew years aback. This song is about friendship and relationships and the togetherness that was no longer there. It is hard to tell whether the song was about the group members or it was a general sentiment.
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16. Can’t Find My Way Home – Blind Faith
This is another song about life on the road and the distant memories of being home. The writer, Steve Winwood, portrays the feeling one has when they start losing the memories of a home and the life of drugs that a rock band on the road might engage in.
17. Home Again – Michael Kiwanuka
Michael Kiwanuka produces songs that blend classic soul with funk. The lyrics and the melody here certainly fits the mold. You will relate to this song if you miss home. He says, “Home again, one day I know, I’ll feel home again,”
18. Home – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
There is no one known as Edward Sharpe in the band. Edward is a messianic figure from a story Alex Albert wrote earlier in his life. This song is about home, but what makes it interesting is the mix of spoken word, whistling, the trumpets, and melodies that evoke feelings of love for home. People from Alabama will connect with the song better.
19. Home – Foo Fighters
The Foo Fighters features Dave Grohl in the creation of this song heavily. Dave Grohl did the piano and then said this was the best song he ever wrote. The writer notes that all he wants was to be home close to those he loves and those who love him. It talks of the beauty of being close to loved ones.
20. Back to the Old House – The Smiths
If you love great acoustic guitar songs, this song will impress you. It is a classic that tells of missed opportunities and missing of loved ones left at home. The Smiths tell the story of the courage they lacked to tell someone they liked them. It is a message that one shouldn’t leave anything unsaid until the next day as regrets might come with it.
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21. Caledonia – Dougie McLean
Caledonia is the Latin name for Scotland. McLean wrote the song while relaxing on a beach in France. At the time, he was feeling homesick and wanted to be back home in Scotland. If you miss home, the lyrics will resonate with your feelings.
22. Almost Home – Mariah Carey
This song talks about home as a place of success and achievement. Mariah reminds listeners that they have to keep pushing and persevere through the journey. It is a bit different from the other songs on this list, but it is one that gives a positive message to those who care to listen. Plus, Mariah’s voice makes the song more appealing.
23. My Way Home is Through You – My Chemical Romance
The rock anthem song tells of home as a place of tender love. Home, in the context of this song, is not a place, but a feeling of peace, love, and comfort.
24. Who Says You Can’t Go Home – Bon Jovi
Bon Jovi did a country-pop style for the first time in this song. He also released a duet version of the same song with Jennifer Nettles from the duo Sugarland. It is a song for people on the road missing the warmth of their home. If you are homesick, this is a song for you. You may hear the song at Republican Party events.
25. Coming Home – Leon Bridges
Leon Bridges does retro-soul songs. His song, Coming Home, is nostalgic, and it takes the listener back to the fifties. Leon wrote the song about the loved one that he left at home. He says the world leaves a bitter taste in his mouth, and he just wants to be home around the one he loves.
26. Lights – Journey
Lights is one of the biggest hits that Journey did. It is a song about the longing to be home. The group was on the road for a long time, and they were homesick. In the song, they talk of how tiring it is being on the road and the pain of leaving loved ones behind. For anyone missing home, you will relate to this song.
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27. I Feel Home – O.A.R
I Feel Home is a depiction of ‘a home away from home.’ The song tells of things and people who remind you of your home. You may or may not love the new home and people may or may not welcome you into the new home. All these experiences make the new home O.A.R say they feel they are home.
28. Home Sweet Home – Motley Crue
Motley Crue was leaving life on the road and traveling back home. The song tells of the challenges, the beauty, and the experiences of life on the road. It also tells of the beauty of being home away from all the challenges. Home, according to the song, is a place of comfort. If you have seen several challenges away from your home, this song might ignite your hope.
29. Take Me Home – Phil Collins
Phil Collins’ songs are never clear in their meaning. But this song is about a man who is homesick. The man is in a room and he can’t escape. He feels like a prisoner, and he works all day and all night. It is a song about the need to escape from the daily life and finding happiness at home.
30. Take The Long Way Home – Roger Hodgson
Released in 1979, Take The Long Way Home is a song you might confuse for a party song. However, the song tells of a married couple whose marriage is on the rocks. The husband feels that the wife no longer looks at him or treats him the way he used to. It is a home in turmoil.
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31. Let Me Take You Home Tonight – Boston
Boston wrote the song as a depiction of what he would have told his special someone. There are no hidden meanings. It is a song about someone who is in love and cannot wait to take their loved one home for sweet love.
32. Nobody’s Home – Deep Purple
The lyrics of this song can be confusing. It appears as if the narrator feels superior to our protagonist. However, it is one of the songs about home that gives a feeling of nostalgia and the feeling of a home in turmoil at the same time.
33. Honey, I’m Home – Shania Twain
Released in 1997, this song tells the story of a working woman going through some challenges. She feels so much relief when she finally gets home to the one she loves. This country anthem portrays home as the place for rest and where love resides.
34. Hometown Glory – Adele
Adele describes the feeling of going home. She puts her emotions in every lyric and the listener can feel the depth of these emotions. The sweet melody blends with the sweet message to make the song one of the great songs about home. It is also a song about the people in a home, who she says are the wonders of her world.
35. Homegrown – Zac Brown Band
Zac Brown Band paints home as a place where enjoyment and love reside. Homegrown is a song of pride, it doesn’t evoke nostalgia as other songs do. In the song, Zac Brown Band describes what living in a small country home feels like. In the lyrics, one feels the pride that the band has on their small town.
36. Long Walk Home – Bruce Springsteen
If home doesn’t feel like home anymore, this song by Bruce Springsteen might be what you need. It is a breakup song where Bruce says he is going to a long walk home without the one they love. You will feel the loneliness in the song and the things that may make you not want to take that walk home.
37. Welcome Home (Sanitarium) – Metallica
The song doesn’t welcome anyone home. It is a song about someone who is broken and who wants to stay in one place (sanitarium) until they heal. There are sources that say it is a song about someone put in a mental institution wrongly. It is another song for people whose homes do not feel like home any more.
38. Home – Depeche Mode
Depeche Mode, also nicknamed Depress Mode, has a long list of sad songs. This song is one of these sad songs, and it starts by saying that it is a song from the other side of town. At the end, the narrator says that they are grateful that they are home. That finally, there is a place they belong. This portrays home as the place where one feels relaxed.
39. You’re My Home – Billy Joel
This song is not about home in the literal sense. The narrator is a wanderer who finds love in love. He says that home is not a place but a person, and they have found the person who makes them feel home. He sings that they will never be strangers, and they will never be alone. Wherever the two are, that is home. If you find a home in a person you love, this song is for you.
40. Home Now – No Doubt
No Doubt has several songs on betrayal and loneliness, and this is one of them. The narrator tells the story of lost love and why a loved one is not home because they no longer live there. From there, the song explains what happened until the loved one was no longer living at home.
41. Leaving Home Ain’t Easy – Queen
Released in 1978, this song is about someone leaving a place they call home. He explains the emotions that come with leaving home, but he says he is not coming back. He goes through so many challenges at home, including lies and tears, but still says that it is not easy leaving home. It feels like a breakup song, and it awakens the listener’s love for their home.
42. Welcome Home – Coheed and Cambria
Welcome Home is another breakup song. It doesn’t mention the words “welcome home” anywhere. Instead, the narrator talks of the lost love and wishes and promises to a girl. It is song for people who loathe home for now because their loved ones are no longer there.
43. Home – Goo Goo Dolls
The song first sounds like it is about a one-night stand. However, it is a song about friends who do not care about their friends anymore. The narrator says he will no longer care about people who never care about him. In a way, he is asking for help as his circle of friends doesn’t feel homely anymore.
44. On Wisconsin – Bob Dylan, Trapper Schoepp
On Wisconsin is a beautiful tribute to the state of Wisconsin. This is where Trapper Schoepp grew up, and he wanted to write and sing of his experiences in the state. When he recorded the song, he wanted a character who would fit the narrative of someone missing home, and he brought out the emotions in the form of a beautiful song.
45. Homesick at Space Camp – Fall Out Boy
This is a song about missing home. Home, as the song portrays it, is a place of fondness. The melodic rendition of this song is one that most people will connect to when they feel homesick. It tells of the experience and the emotions that come with coming back home.
46. The House that Built Me – Miranda Lambert
Miranda Lambert brings out the memories of good times in a small home. It takes you on a trip back to the times you enjoyed simple times and moments. The song paints home in a fond light. You will listen to the personal memories of Miranda, and you may relate to her memories by the end of the song. Whether you miss home, or you are leaving home, the nostalgic feeling from the song will serve you right.
47. Home – Michael Bublé
Michael Bublé eludes a feeling of nostalgia with his song, Home. He paints home as a place of love. The song is an inspiration to several artists who covered the song and added a bit of personal flares. If you have a feeling of nostalgia, this song will be a reminder that home is where the love is.
What is your favorite song about home? Do you have any other songs about home that you love to listen to?
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