Songs About Returning Home
Many songs focus on home, returning home, and the comfort of family. Home can be a mental or emotional place where one feels safe, secure, and free to be themselves, not only a physical dwelling.
In this post, I’ll examine the concept of home and how it has been used by a wide range of artists over many decades and styles.
So, without further ado, I give you my picks for the top songs ever written about returning to one’s roots.
1. Home By Daughtry
First on our list of songs about returning home is Daughtry’s “Home”. This song is an upbeat ode to returning to loved ones after being away for too long.
The song portrays the elation of being greeted by loved ones and the pleasure of returning home to familiar surroundings. It serves as a constant reminder that our homes will always be waiting for us when we return, no matter how far we may have traveled.
2. Our House By Madness
The Madness song “Our House” is about returning to one’s roots after being away for quite some time. The lyrics eloquently express the sense of relaxation and anticipation that comes with going home, with its focus on unwinding and reconnecting with loved ones.
The song’s positive vibe makes it a great choice for a homecoming party. Many musicians have been moved by the original to make their renditions of the song that explore the emotions of returning to one’s roots after being away.
3. Homecoming By Ye
Kanye West, or Ye as he went by for a while, released “Homecoming,” a song about his love for Wendy that is widely regarded as one of the best songs ever. Wendy, however, is not a female pronoun but rather a reference to his birthplace of Chicago, Illinois.
Kanye sings praises to the city he calls “the Windy City,” where he spent his formative years, to reconnect with his past and celebrate his present.
“Homecoming” is an upbeat tune that perfectly captures the emotion of looking back on happier times in your childhood. Pure nostalgia in all its glory!
4. Coming Home By Avenged Sevenfold
Metal and alternative music have a special place in the hearts of many, and no list of the finest songs about returning home would be complete without including some of each.
Even though the title would lead you to believe that “Coming Home” is about Odysseus and his trip through the Odyssey, the song is actually about the relief of finally being home after a long and difficult journey.
5. Take the Long Way Home By Roger Hodgson
Roger Hodgson’s “Take the Long Way Home” is the definitive song about returning to one’s roots after a lengthy absence. When you’re finally reunited with the people you care about, there’s nothing like the feeling of relief and joy that the song’s lyrics convey. While listening to Hodgson’s “I’m on my way home, taking a long way home,” you can’t help but feel his or her excitement and eagerness.
It’s funny that he has no idea where he’s been because anyone who’s been away for a long period would feel the same way. It restores in us the magic and innocence of childhood that we so often let go away as we get older.
6. Home By Machine Gun ft. (Kelly, X Ambassadors & Bebe Rexha)
Quite unsure what you get when you combine a rap artist, a rock band, and a pop singer? Even though this may be a catastrophe, the end product is incredible. To hear an excellent example of this trifecta, listen to “Home,” which is on Machine Gun Kelly’s 2017 album Bright: The Album.
In their song, the improbable trio describes the comforts of home as the one place where one can be themselves without fear of ridicule. I think we can all identify with the desire to take a break from the outside world by retreating to the familiar surroundings of home.
7. I’m Coming Home By Lionel Richie
Lionel Richie’s “I’m Coming Home” expresses the want for familiar and soothing surroundings that can result from experiencing heartbreak and the end of a relationship. The song, which has a vintage R&B vibe, was published in 2006.
Richie, who is well-known for his soothing voice and music, has done it again with this gorgeous song about the solace one finds in the familiar surroundings of home through difficult times. Play this song, let your feelings out, and let Lionel Richie calm you down.
8. I Feel Home By O.A.R
The O.A.R. song “I Feel Home” is a wonderful example of a homecoming ballad. The song perfectly portrays the sense of release and joy that comes with coming home after being away for a long period.
This is a tune about returning to a location where you are loved and accepted once again. The lyrics, which speak of “old friends who never criticize you” and a “haven where you are always welcome,” strike a chord with a wide audience. The song’s upbeat tempo and nostalgic lyrics perfectly reflect the joy of coming home after being away for a long period.
9. Coming Home, Pt. II By Skylar Grey
One of the best ways to soothe your nerves is with some soothing tunes. Returning to God or religion after a period away may be read into “Coming Home, Pt. II” by the religiously minded. Skylar Grey gives us the perfect song to get in touch with that part of ourselves with her uplifting and redemptive “Hope and Salvation.”
One of Grey’s most well-known tracks, “Don’t Look Down,” was released in 2013 from the album of the same name and continues to be a fan favorite and a staple on music-sharing platforms like TikTok.
10. Comin Home By Trey Songz
This tune is incredible. Sends off positive energy.” That’s how one fan of Trey Songz’s “Comin Home” described the tune. The song, in which he sings about spending Christmas with his family, is given added depth by footage of his loved ones shown in the accompanying music video.
The singer explains that she has found a haven in her own home in this song from the 2020 album Musica di Natale 2020. I think we can all relate to that.
When you’re feeling homesick and could use a reminder of what a wonderful place family and home truly are, put on this song.