So Sweet: Musicians Who Wrote Touching Songs For Their Kids

Beautiful Boy – John Lennon

Paul McCartney has hailed “Beautiful Boy” as his favorite John Lennon song. That says a lot. The former Beatle wrote the hit about his son Sean, the only child he shared with Yoko Ono. Unlike most of Lennon’s hits which take a political approach, the songwriter opted for a McCartney type of simplicity. The main hook is nothing more than “beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, beautiful boy.”

Credit: Susan Wood / Hulton Archives / Getty Images
Credit: Susan Wood / Hulton Archives / Getty Images

“Beautiful Boy” sums up the overwhelming feelings of love a parent has for their child. It wins with its simplicity. Sometimes, the strongest emotion doesn’t come from a groundbreaking event or a meaningful conversation. Sometimes the way you feel when you look at someone you love is the most overwhelming emotion of them all.