Popular Songs About Homes and Houses
At least 3 different hits have been titled simply "Home"
Some of the most popular songs about homes and houses span more than a century. Some were made popular by an artist or band other than the original songwriter or performer. All of them pull on the heartstrings in some fashion, and you probably even sing along with them in the car as you're driving to your own home.
1876: "Home on the Range"
This song couldn't hit the airwaves when Dr. Brewster Higley wrote it back in 1876 because there were no airwaves, but it's done so many times since. And it's now the official state song of Kansas:
"Home, home on the range, where the deer and the antelope play."
1954: "In My Father's House Are Many Mansions"
Elvis Presley released this song in 1960 on his "His Hand in Mine" album, but it was originally recorded in 1954. It crossed over from gospel charts to pop and rock hit lists. Here's what Elvis had to say about this house:
"In my father's house are many mansions; If it were not true he would have told me so. He has gone away to live in that bright city. He's preparing me a mansion there I know."
1965: "The Green, Green Grass of Home"
Claude Putnam wrote this one in 1965. Jerry Lee Jones and Porter Wagoner performed it first, then it was recorded by Tom Jones in 1967 and released on the album of the same name:
"Down the lane I walk with my sweet Mary, hair of gold and lips like cherries. It’s good to touch the green, green grass of home. Yes, they’ll all come to meet me, arms reaching, smiling sweetly. It’s good to touch the green, green grass of home.”
1966: "Homeward Bound"
Paul Simon wrote "Homeward Bound" and Simon and Garfunkel recorded it in 1966. From the "Sounds of Silence" album, they told us how they were getting home:
"I'm sitting in the railway station, got a ticket for my destination..."
1966: "A House in the Country"
1966 was a good year for homes and houses in song. The Kings recorded "A House in the Country" that year on their "Face to Face" album. This one didn't exactly tug at the heartstrings, however:
"But he ain't got a home, oh no; And he's as wicked as he can be, 'cause he's gotta house in the country where he likes to spend his weekend days..."
1970: "Our House"
Graham Nash wrote "Our House" and it was released on the Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young album "Deja Vu" in 1970. You don't even have to be a cat person to want to live here:
"Our house is a very, very, very fine house, with two cats in the yard. Life used to be so hard, now everything is easy...'cause of you."
1971: "Take Me Home, Country Roads"
John Denver wrote, "Take Me Home, Country Roads" with Bill Danoff and Taffy Nivert and recorded it in 1971. Then, in 2016—45 years later—some of the biggest country names in the business joined together to perform it to great acclaim as part of the "Forever Country" video:
"Take me home, country roads, to the place I belong, West Virginia, mountain mama, take me home."
1977: "Celebrate Me Home"
Holiday music is renowned for sentiments of home, but few said it better than Kenny Loggins in "Celebrate Me Home" in 1977:
"Please, celebrate me home, give me a number. Please, celebrate me home, play me one more song that I'll always remember."
1982: "Our House"
Not to be confused with the Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young song of the same name, this one is sentimental in a more upbeat way. Released by one-hit-wonder Madness in 1982, it's as much about family as it is about home:
“Father wears his Sunday best, Mother’s tired she needs a rest, the kids are playing up downstairs, sister’s sighing in her sleep, brother’s got a date to keep, he can’t hang around our house in the middle of our street."
1984: "Pink Houses"
Even if pink isn't your favorite color, who wouldn't want a little—or much bigger—house of their own? Written and performed by John Cougar Mellencamp and released in 1984, "Pink Houses" proclaims:
"Ain't that America, home of the free; little pink houses for you and me."
1991: "Mama, I'm Coming Home"
Ozzy Osbourne brought in the nineties with "Mama, I'm Coming Home," written by Osbourne, Zakk Wylde, and Lemmy Kilmister and released in 1991. Yes, Ozzy does have a sentimental side:
“I’ve seen your face a thousand times, everyday we’ve been apart, and I don’t care about the sunshine, yeah, ’cause mama, mama, I’m coming home, I’m coming home.”
1999: "House Where Nobody Lives"
"House Where Nobody Lives" was released on Tom Waits' "Mule Variations" album in 1999. It made the distinction between a house and a home:
"Once it held laughter, once it held dreams, did they throw it away, did they know what it means? Did someone's heart break, or did someone do somebody wrong?
2005: "Who Says You Can't Go Home?"
Jon Bon Jovi released "Who Says You Can't Go Home?" on the "Have a Nice Day" Album in 2005. Here's what he had to say about the subject:
"There's only one place they call me one of their own, just a hometown boy born a rolling stone. Who says you can't go home?"
Also in 2005, Michael Buble came out with this classic that's since been recorded by the likes of Blake Shelton, among numerous others in a variety of genres. Juno Jack Richardson was nominated for Producer of the Year by MuchMoreMusic for this tune. It expresses homesickness in a way that really gets to the heart:
"Another summer day is come and gone away in Paris and Rome, but I want to go home, let me go home."
Same name, similar sentiment, but a different tune. Chris Daughtry released this one in 2007 on the album of the same name:
"I'm going home, back to the place where I belong. And where your love has always been enough for me."
2009: "The House That Built Me"
Miranda Lambert memorialized her childhood in 2009 when she released "The House That Built Me." It was nominated for a Grammy Award for Song of the Year, and it won the Academy of Country Music Award for Song of the Year. Think of your own child humming it years and years down the road if you're considering building your own abode:
“Mama cut out pictures of houses for years, from ‘Better Homes and Garden’ magazines. Plans were drawn, concrete poured, and nail by nail and board by board, Daddy gave life to Mama’s dream.”
Phillip Phillips released his version of this song title in 2012—again, same name, whole different song. This one was nominated for World Music Award's World's Best Song:
“Settle down, it’ll all be clear. Don’t pay no mind to the demons, they fill you with fear. The trouble, it might drag you down. If you get lost, you can always be found. Just know you’re not alone, 'cause I’m gonna make this place your home.”
2014: "The House That Jack Built"
No music list is complete without mention of the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. A few years before her death at the age of 76 in 2018, Franklin released her own house-and-home song, "The House That Jack Built," in 2014. It sort of makes you want to move in, doesn't it?
"This is the house that Jack built, y'all. Remember this house! This was the land that he worked by hand, it was the dream of an upright man…"