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Ultimate List Of Songs About Home (Leaving, Finding, Missing, Searching, and Coming Home)

Home. What is it really?

Is it the place we run away to or the place we run away from?

A place of peace or of conflict?

Of nostalgic joy or bygone sorrows?

The truth is, home can be all of these things, often within the same four walls, which is what makes the notion of “home” such a popular subject for lyrical interpretation.

The songs we’ve listed below showcase home as a place of refuge and of captivity, of intense longing and of immense regret.

They showcase home as a person. As an ideal. As something lost.

If you’ve been searching for songs about home that will carry you forward or take you back, these songs should have you covered.

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Highlighted Home Songs

First off, we’ve picked out some songs about home to highlight, just because.

Home – Nick Jonas (from Ferdinand)

Home as the ultimate place of love and acceptance, that’s the ideal, isn’t it?

That’s what this song believes.

From the soundtrack of a movie that is already heart-wrenching, this song digs in with the feels just to really drive your soul to its breaking point.

But in a good way.

Show Me the Way to Go Home – The Andrews Sisters

True story time. When I was a kid, my mom used to sing me this song before bed with no clue as to how sad it made me.

When I got older, I realized she wasn’t intentionally trying to traumatize me.

The song is actually quite light and humorous. Perhaps even a little inappropriate for a five-year-old.

But, at the time, I didn’t understand the lyrics and thought it was a song about someone running away from home and not being able to find their way back.

A fun time it is now, but a gentle lullaby it did not make.

Back on the Farm – The Thompson Brothers Band

Speaking of fun songs about home, if you’re looking for a humorous ode to all that home encompasses, this may be it.

It has it all – leaving home, coming home, hating home, loving home – but mostly it’s about having someplace to go when the rest of the world just doesn’t work out.

Feels Like Home – Bonnie Raitt

This song about home, written by Randy Newman, is so pure and universal, it’s been covered a whole lot of times by a whole lot of big names.

But Bonnie Raitt sang and recorded it first in the musical it was written for – Randy Newman’s Faust – which saw a handful of recording legends taking the stage together.

Raitt’s version, as far as we’re concerned, still has the mix of purity and guttural rightness that drives this song home.

It should be noted, however, the Chantal Kreviazuk version, released in 1999, is the one that charted.

Can’t Find My Way Home – Blind Faith

Home as a metaphysical place we can lose if we take too many wrong turns in life, that’s kind of this song’s whole vibe.

It’s about drugs, but has a simple enough lyric that anyone who’s ever felt truly lost can relate to it.

House of Cards – Mary Chapin Carpenter

Of all the sad songs about home, and there are quite a few, this song may best capture home as a shaky thing, only as sturdy as the life that lives inside it and the effort put in.

For such a dark subject, the music is curiously upbeat, which only highlights the dichotomy in the lyric – the desire to create a solid place of security, while being dubious such a place can ever be more than just feeble illusion.

Home – Machine Gun Kelly, X Ambassadors & Bebe Rexha

The desire for the ideal of home, that’s where this song lives.

It’s about finding that place that takes you in and surrounds you.

But it’s also about how much of the world is not that, which is why we all keep longing.

Nullarbor Song – Kasey Chambers

Nostalgia for the place one grew up is a little different when Kasey Chambers does it, because she grew up as a migrant, traveling across the Nullarbor Plain of Australia.

This song is basically a “you can take the girl out of the Nullarbor Plain, but you can’t take the Nullarbor Plain out of the girl” song.

It’s an ode to the place she grew up that captures all those mixed feelings one so often has about the place one grew up.

I’m Movin’ On – Rascal Flatts

Leaving home is scary. Realizing home isn’t really home is devastating.

That’s why this song destroys me every time I even think about it.

There is a lot of sadness here – a sort of haunting nostalgia for a place that never was – but it’s hopeful too.

If you can breathe past the lump in your throat long enough to hear it.

Love Songs About Home

While home songs can be quite traumatic (note the list above), a lot of songs about home are entirely happy.

Nostalgic odes to home as a place of comfort and caring. Which is nice.

We consider these songs nothing less than love songs about home.

Here are a few songs that meet the definition.

  • My Tennessee Mountain Home – Dolly Parton

  • I Feel Home – O.A.R.

  • Home – Blue October

  • West Virginia, My Home – Hazel Dickens

  • Home Sweet – Russell Dickerson

  • Who Says You Can’t Go Home? – Bon Jovi & Jennifer Nettles

  • Our House – Madness

You could definitely take this song as having a darker meaning.

There are several ambiguous lyrics, including one dropped beneath the main lyric that states “Something tells you that you’ve got to move away from it,” that indicate this song may not be as chipper as it sounds.

So, it may be entirely subversive, but, if you ‘la la la’ over the more questionable lyrics, you can take this song at face value as being a nice trip down memory lane.

  • Back Home – Andy Grammer

  • Home – Loretta Lynn

  • That’s What I Call Home – Blake Shelton

  • My House – Flo Rida

  • Our House – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

  • Nullarbor Song – Kasey Chambers

Songs About Leaving Home

There are a plenty of songs about setting out on one’s own, heading out into the world, striking one’s own path.

There are fewer about the very specific act of leaving the place one calls home.

These types of songs are usually more about the longing to get back or reminiscences of the past than the leaving itself.

These songs specifically about the act of leaving home bend the mold.

  • She’s Leaving Home – The Beatles

  • 26 Cents – The Wilkinsons

  • Home – Naughty Boy (featuring RØMANS)

  • Leaving West Virginia – Kathy Mattea

  • Leaving Home Ain’t Easy – Queen

  • You Can Sleep While I Drive – Melissa Etheridge

You might argue this is more of a relationship song that uses leaving as a device than a “leaving home” song.

But the final verse assures us the singer is on her way out regardless, so we argue it’s both.

  • I’m Movin’ On – Rascal Flatts

Songs About Wanting a Home/Songs About Searching for Home

Longing. That’s where the real meat in home songs lies.

You could say many songs about home have some aspect of longing within their lyrics. (Maybe even all of them).

But these next few songs are specifically about the desire to find a permanent place for oneself in the world.

  • Home Again – Michael Kiwanuka

  • Wouldn’t It Be Loverly – My Fair Lady

  • Home – Iggy Pop

By the last verse, this song moves firmly into the Love Songs About Home list.

But, before it does that, it craves.

  • Take Me Home – Jess Glynne

  • Home – Machine Gun Kelly, X Ambassadors & Bebe Rexha

  • Ride Me Back Home – Willie Nelson

  • Paradise City – Guns N’ Roses

Songs About Finding Home

For some people, home is the place where they come from.

For others, not so much.

For many, “home” is a constant search or an elsewhere yet unfound.

For all of us, these songs are about finding home wherever it may be.

  • Almost Home – Mariah Carey (from Oz the Great and Powerful)

  • Home – Phillip Phillips

  • Feels Like Home – Orianthi

  • Home – Nick Jonas (from Ferdinand)

Songs About Missing Home/Songs About Longing For Home

That incredible longing, here it comes again.

That’s what songs about missing home are typically based in, the yearning for a place that is distant, just beyond reach, or even no longer exists.

These songs are about the draw to that place we most want to be in the world – home – whatever that may mean for us.

  • Take Me Home, Country Roads – John Denver

Is there a longing for home song more popular than this one?

We can’t think of any.

  • John Deere Tractor – The Judds

  • Home – Foo Fighters

  • Meanwhile Back at Mama’s – Tim McGraw

  • Homeward Bound – Simon & Garfunkel

  • Can I Come Home For the Summer – Ray LaMontagne

  • Far From Home – Saving Jane

  • Sing Me Back Home – Merle Haggard

This song is similar in vein to the perhaps better known Green, Green Grass of Home, minus the twist.

  • Day-O (Banana Boat Song) – Harry Belafonte

  • Show Me the Way to Go Home – Andrews Sisters

Songs About Coming Home/Songs About Going Home

No matter where we live in the world, if it’s not where our people are, it seems we always have another place calling.

Or if not exactly calling, just there waiting for us to return.

These songs are about coming home to the place we feel we belong, whether it’s the place we live or a place we’ve left behind.

  • Dream Chaser – The Judds

  • Coming Home – Leon Bridges

  • Home – Daughtry

  • When You’re Home – In the Heights

  • Home – Kanye West

  • Heading Home – Katie Melua

  • Mama, I’m Coming Home – Ozzy Osbourne

Not exactly a happy homecoming song, this song does capture the idea that home is a place we want to return to, and can return to, when we find our way out of a personal darkness.

Again, it’s about drugs, and a little about home as a person, but mostly it’s about making it back to the place we will always choose to be.

  • Hold On – The Scott Brothers

  • Home Sweet Home – Motley Crue

  • Going Home – Rolling Stones

  • My Way Back Home – Cherie

  • Flying Home – Benny Goodman

  • Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd

  • Back on the Farm – The Thompson Brothers Band

Songs About Home as a Person

A house is just four walls. Home is where you are.

I vaguely remember Barbara Mandrell saying this on a TV special back in the day.

I may have misquoted, maybe even misattributed, but the point remains.

And it’s an extremely popular sentiment.

Home being someone instead of someplace has been done so often in song, it’s practically overdone. (Though, not really. I’m a sucker for a person as refuge song.)

Anyway, these songs are about finding home with a the right person or people instead of at a specific point on a map.

  • Let’s Build a Home – The White Stripes

The meaning of this song is ambiguous, and probably way deeper than its lyrics.

But, at face value, you can definitely sing this one to the person you’d like to build a home and a life with.

  • You’re Where I Belong – Trisha Yearwood

  • Home – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

  • Home – One Direction

  • Home – Jack Johnson

  • Way Back Home – Shaun (feat. Conor Maynard)

  • We’re Going Home – Vance Joy

  • Come Home – OneRepublic

  • My House – Kacey Musgraves


  • I’ll Cover You – RENT

  • You’re My Home – Billy Joel

  • This Must Be The Place – Talking Heads

  • Last Train Home – John Mayer

  • Runnin’ Home To You – Grant Gustin

  • Feels Like Home – Bonnie Raitt

Sad Songs About Home

While it would be nice if we could say that it was, home isn’t all comfort and fond memories.

The entire spectrum of life happens in the places where we live, and, for some people, home carries more bad emotions than good.

Many of the following songs explore home as an unhappy, or even dangerous, place, others as a place that can be haunted, while some are just nostalgically-poignant.

  • Green, Green Grass of Home – Tom Jones

Perhaps the most famous sad song about home isn’t recognizable as such at first.

In its first two verses, it sounds more like a proper “coming home” song, and, arguably, remains one if you include all the various ways a person might make it back home.

It’s also a longing song and a standard that’s been recorded by a mega-haul of recording artists from Elvis Presley to Johnny Cash.

So, it could easily be categorized in many a sub-list on this page.

But, when it comes down to it, this song is simply sad as all hell.

And Tom Jones is the artist who made it a chart-topper.

So, while we could put this song in a lot of places and credit it to a lot of people, we think this is where the Tom Jones’ version belongs.

  • Home – Sheryl Crow

  • A House is Not a Home – Luther Vandross

  • Home – Three Days Grace

  • Nobody’s Home – Avril Lavigne

  • The House That Built Me – Miranda Lambert

  • Broken Home – Youngn Lipz

  • Broken Home – 5 Seconds of Summer

  • Cheer Up (You Miserable Fuck) – David Ford

This song isn’t really focused on the home aspect.

Instead, it uses home to represent a state of mind.

But many of these songs do. So, we’ll allow it.

  • Come Home – Natalie Imbruglia

  • Ghost in This House – Alison Krauss

  • House and 90 Acres – Chris Knight

  • LA Song – Beth Hart

  • Back to the Old House – The Smiths

  • When Your House Is Not A Home – Patsy Cline

  • If You’re Gone – Matchbox 20

  • Silent House – The Chicks

Hankering for a good cry?

  • Welcome Home – Radical Face

  • Stay With Me – Bernadette Peters (from Into the Woods)

  • Can’t Find My Way Home – Blind Faith

  • House of Cards – Mary Chapin Carpenter

Songs About Home That Have Become Standards

As we near the end of our list, it’s time to talk about those home songs that are so universal, so popular, they’ve become standard fare.

(For this list, we’re defining standards as songs that have been recorded again… and again… and again, or that you’re likely to hear at any karaoke night.)

These are a few:

  • Bill Bailey, Won’t You Please Come Home?

If you’ve seen a single jazz set and haven’t heard this song, we feel you’ve been cheated.

Here are two very different takes.

One by Ella –

And one by Patsy –

  • Our House (the Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young version)

  • Take Me Home, Country Roads

  • Sweet Home Alabama

  • Feels Like Home

  • Green, Green Grass of Home

  • A House is Not a Home

  • Can’t Find My Way Home

  • Spancil Hill (Irish folk standard)

Christmas Songs About Home

And, of course, we can’t talk standards without talking some of the most popular “home song” standards of all – Christmas songs.

So, here they are.

  • I’ll Be Home for Christmas

  • (There’s No Place Like) Home for the Holidays

  • Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)

  • Please Come Home For Christmas

Plus, a couple of new Christmas songs about home that could become standards with the right seasonal airplay.

  • Take Me Home For Christmas – Dan + Shay

  • Driving Home For Christmas – Chris Rea

Songs With Home In The Title

Well, we’ve made it. Whew.

We’re finally at the end of what we like to think is our extensive (though, in no way exhaustive) list of home songs.

To finish us off, here are a bunch of songs with “home” in the title that don’t neatly fit into any of our other sub-categories.

These are songs about being taken to someone’s home for a rendezvous (SEXY TIME!), about soldiers dreaming of home, and about home in all its various other meanings.

Basically, they’re the home songs left when we’ve run the gamut of home songs.

So, if you’ve made it this far and still haven’t found the home song you’re looking for, hopefully you’ll discover a gem in here.

  • Letters From Home – John Michael Montgomery

  • Home – Goo Goo Dolls

  • Don’t Stay Home – 311

  • Take Me Home Tonight – Eddie Money

  • Homecoming – Green Day

  • On Your Way Home – Patty Loveless

  • Far From Home – Five Finger Death Punch

  • Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home – Ruby Hill/Judy Garland

  • Welcome Home – Radical Face

  • Heading Home – Alan Walker & Ruben

  • Take Me Home – Cher

  • Take Me Home – Phil Collins

  • Hold On, We’re Going Home – Drake

  • Come On In (And Make Yourself At Home) – Patsy Cline

  • Getting’ You Home – Chris Young

  • Take The Long Way Home – Supertramp

  • You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To – Janet Blair and Don Ameche

  • Home To You – John Michael Montgomery

  • This Is Home – Bryan Lanning

  • Bring Him Home – Les Miserables

  • Don’t Come Home A’ Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ On Your Mind) – Loretta Lynn

  • Won’t Go Home Without You – Maroon 5

  • Take Me Home To Mama – Conway Twitty

  • Hometown Glory – Adele

  • Long Walk Home – Bruce Springsteen

  • Don’t Wanna Go Home – Jason Derulo

  • Baby, Come Home – Tammy Wynette

  • Baby, Won’t You Please Come Home – Bessie Smith

  • Home – Mumford & Sons

  • Come to the Fun Home (from Fun Home)

  • Welcome to Our House on Maple Avenue (from Fun Home)

  • Running Home – Grizzlee Train

Well, that does it for us.

Do you know a great home song we’ve missed?

Make sure you drop it in the comments to help other music lovers bulk up their home songs’ catalog.

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