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10 Perfect Songs to Dedicate to Your Parents

Whether for a birthday or you just need the right song to say thanks for all they do, here are 10 heartwarming songs perfect to dedicate to Mom and Dad

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Christina Aguilera, "I Turn to You"

Take it back to Xtina's early days with this touching ballad about looking up to those you admire the most.

Most perfect lyric: "When I lose the will to win, I just reach for you and I can reach the sky again / I can do anything 'cause your love is so amazing / 'Cause your love inspires me."

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Phil Collins, "You'll Be In My Heart"

Your parents will love hearing that they're forever in your heart. Trust.

Most perfect lyric: "'Cause you'll be in my heart / Believe me, you'll be in my heart / I'll be there from this day on / Now and forever more."

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The Beatles, "All My Loving"

No matter how awful your parents' music taste is, everyone loves the Beatles. "All My Loving" is one of the sweetest songs in history.

Most perfect lyric: "And then while I'm away / I'll write home every day / And I'll send all my loving to you."

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Johnny Cash, “You Are My Sunshine”

This version of "You Are My Sunshine" is particularly perfect since it's sung by two parents themselves! Also, who doesn't like Johnny Cash?

Most perfect lyric: "You are my sunshine, my only sunshine / You make me happy when skies are gray."

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Dido, "Thank You"

Dido's adult-contemporary classic is a heartfelt dedication to someone who makes the day better by simply being there.

Most perfect lyric: "And then you call me and it's not so bad / It's not so bad / And I want to thank you for giving me the best day of my life / Oh, just to be with you is having the best day of my life."

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Elton John, "Your Song"

Parents sometimes need to be reminded that their kids actually do, ya know, love them and all that junk. With the simple, heartfelt lyrics, Elton's classic is an awesome choice for a song to dedicate to Mom or Dad.

Most perfect lyrics: "I hope you don't mind / That I put down in words / How wonderful life is while you're in the world."

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Sly & The Family Stone, "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)"

Parents love you no matter what, and this is one of the most famous odes to individuality out there. It's an undeniable win.

Most perfect lyric (be sure to shout them): "I want to thank you falettinme be mice elf agin! / Thank you falettinme be mice elf agin!"

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Ashanti, "Thank You"

Ashanti's stirring ballad is bound to get a couple moms or dads crying. Use this one if it's been a little too long since your last visit home.

Most perfect lyric: "I don't know what I would do if I didn't have you in my life / I wanna say thank you / I love you and I miss you."

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Kelly Clarkson, "Thankful"

From winning American Idol to the multiplatinum status she's at today, Kelly Clarkson has a lot to be thankful for, and she paid it forward in her song "Thankful." The title track to her debut album sees her extending gratitude specifically to her family members, and your parents will dig this little gem.

Most perfect lyric: "You know my soul, you know everything about me there's to know / You know my heart, how to make me stop and how to make me go / You should know I love everything about you don't you know."

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Sam & Dave, "I Thank You"

This old-school tune is a soul-stirring ode to someone's love who went above and beyond. Perfect for the parental units, no?

Most perfect lyric: "You didn't have to squeeze me like you did / But you did, but you did. And I thank you / If you took your love to somewhere else / I wouldn't know what it meant to be loved to death."

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