Have you ever thought about how a beautiful and emotional song can be the perfect gift for your long-lasting companionship with your sibling? In this article, we have compiled a list of the best songs to dedicate to a brother or sister, aiming to help you on special occasions. From heartfelt compositions created by siblings to literal lyrics on the topic, you will find a bit of everything here. Prepare to discover old stories, new connections, and, most importantly, valuable advice and open hearts.
Wonderwall – Oasis
The Gallagher brothers are one of the most controversial duos in music, always seeming to be at odds with each other. However, there is also a lot of love in their relationship. The proof of this is Oasis’ most successful song, “Wonderwall,” which Noel dedicated to Liam. The musician claims that the song was a way to apologize after a fight between them. Regardless of their turbulent history, their bond of years is much stronger than any disagreement.
Learning to play “Wonderwall” is a breeze with only seven easy chords and a capo on the second fret. The entire song is concentrated between the fourth and sixth frets, and the chord progression is pleasant to play. Even guitar beginners will have no difficulty with the tablature. However, be sure to pay attention to the timing, pauses, and moments of letting the chords ring out. Finally, if possible, don’t skip the fingerpicking – it’s simple and adds character to the song!
Brother – Kodaline
Included in the album “Politics of Living” (2018), this song doesn’t speak of blood connections, but rather of the heart. With another emotional performance by lead vocalist Steve Garrigan, “Brother” stands out in the band’s discography and videography. It’s impossible to leave it out of our list of songs to dedicate to a sibling.
Learning to play “Brother” is a piece of cake with just five chords and a capo on the third fret. There are no secrets to playing it – you can even make the melody more interesting by playing around with different rhythms. The highlight in “Brother” is the bridge, where the original version features percussion taking the lead. Add contrast at the end of the first and third lines of the bridge, and most importantly, have fun!
Hey, Brother – Avicii
Avicii’s hit song, “Hey, Brother,” broke through in 2013 and is one of the major contributors to the DJ’s worldwide success. Even if your sibling doesn’t know English, they will understand it instantly. Use this song if you want to pay a livelier tribute to your sibling.
Learn to play “Hey, Brother” with a capo on the third fret. In the video lesson below, you will learn the arrangement with two acoustic guitars, but if you are playing alone, stick to the basic chords and the characteristic folk rhythm. The solo that follows the chorus is important, but you can choose to play it or fill that part with chords.
Vienna – Billy Joel
A classic that needs no introduction, “Vienna” by Billy Joel is an excellent choice if you are the older brother or the one in a position to give good advice. This timeless hit is filled with phrases and moments that will touch your heart.
Learn to play “Vienna” with sixteen chords in A. Despite the abundance of chords, the spectacular result of playing this timeless hit is well worth it. The original introduction is on the piano, but you can reproduce it by playing the chords in arpeggio or simply strumming the rhythm. Lastly, increase the intensity to fill the solo after the chorus, and most importantly, have fun!
Everything I Wanted – Billie Eilish
At the beginning of the music video for “Everything I Wanted,” Billie Eilish makes a statement about her friendship with her brother, Finneas. Thus, the song is a cathartic release about fame and the need for the company of her closest musical partner.
The chorus says, “As long as I’m here, no one can hurt you,” reaffirming their bond. Isn’t that a beautiful declaration?
Learn to play “Everything I Wanted” with just five chords in D major. The fingerpicking in the intro sets the mood for the song, so maintain it throughout the verses and switch to strumming in the chorus. Finally, end your performance by playing around with the arrangement.
ICU (Madison’s Lullaby) – Demi Lovato
“Icu (I See You),” from the album “Dancing With The Devil: The Art Of Starting Over” (2021), was written specifically for Demi Lovato’s sister, Madison. While Lovato was in the hospital bed after an overdose, Madison stayed by their side the whole time. Due to the incident, Demi partially lost their vision, and the song’s title plays with that meaning.
Learn to play “ICU (Madison’s Lullaby)” with twenty-one chords in F major. The song is a sophisticated R&B piece, so the rhythm won’t be the most obvious, but with practice, you’ll get it.
Our repertoire suggestion has come to an end, but the possibilities of songs to dedicate to your sibling have not. You can recall that childhood favorite you both loved, the first song you listened to together, or one that reminds you of a time you miss. Take advantage of this song list to expand your repertoire! Don’t forget to share this post with your friends and check out our free apps to further improve your musical skills.