Good men are hard to find, right?
I know it’s a cliche. But it’s a cliche for a reason.
Any woman or gay man who has suffered through one bad relationship after another can relate.
And sadly, that probably most of us!
But there are good men out there. It’s just not all that easy to find them.
That’s why so many singers have penned songs about a good man.
They either hope to find one, have found one and are grateful, or they are themselves a man with shortcomings, hoping to become a better man for the people in his life. All three situations are covered in the songs about great men below.
Songs About A Good Man
I tried my best to include songs about good men from as many different genres as possible. That way, there should be at least a few tunes here that will appeal to you. And hopefully far more than just a few!
Good Man by Ne Yo
In Good Man, Ne Yo sings about being faithful, devoted, and a good man to his woman. Many women dream of having such a man in their lives. Many of Ne Yo’s female fans even want this song played at their weddings.
Some say that Ne Yo may have written Good Man as a form of apology to his ex-fiancee Shaw. The song is from Ne Yo’s seventh studio album of the same name, released in 2018.
Whatta Man by Salt-N-Pepa
Salt N Pepa’s Whatta Man is a 1993 hit celebrating the good man in the singer’s life. She says she has found a wonderful man who is respectful, caring, and supportive.
The song describes the gratitude and the joy the singer feels at having found such a partner. In a sense, Whatta Man is a tribute to a good man who has many positive qualities that every ‘real man’ should have. Salt N Pepa were a big deal back in the early 90s, but they did not make it onto our list of the greatest female rap stars.
A Good Man Is Hard To Find by Eddie Green
Eddie Green released A Good Man is Hard to Find in 1917. The lyrics tell the story of how challenging it is to find a trustworthy and loyal man in the world.
It reflects the idea that finding a genuinely good person can be difficult. The song conveys the challenges of love and relationships in a straightforward and relatable manner. This classic tune was part of Green’s 1993 album The Original Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra.
What Makes A Good Man by The Heavy
What Makes a Good Man, by The Heavy, was released in 2012 for their album The Glorious Dead. The singer questions the qualities and actions that define a good man. He wonders if a good man is someone who faces challenges with courage, doesn’t give up easily, and takes responsibility for his actions.
The song was used in many big TV series, like Suits, Borderlands, Better Call Saul, The Protector, and at the launch trailer for the 2012 video game Sleeping Dogs. A lot of those series are about detectives or crime fighting in general, which is interesting.
Good Man by Raphael Saadiq
Raphael Saadiq is an American singer and songwriter who wrote Good Man for his 2011 album Stone Rollin’. The singer expresses the struggle of wanting to be a good man for the woman he loves
Unfortunately, he is surrounded by circumstances that drag him down (bad friends, a poor lifestyle, and an illegal job). However, underneath it all, he believes he is still a good man. To make matters worse, his girlfriend cheats on him, which further makes him question his goodness.
A Good Man by Emerson Drive
Canadian country music band Emerson Drive wrote and performed A Good Man for their 2006 album of the same name. The lyrics talk about the singer doing everything to be a good man.
He works hard and dreams of making a lot of money, but he realizes that kindness, love, and helping others are what people will remember most after he passes away. Of course, this is something most never realize, as evidenced by how many more songs about money exist, than songs about any of those virtues.
Good Man (First Love) by Andy Grammer
Good Man (First Love) by Andy Grammer talks about a father’s love for his children. He says that dads always get to be the first loves, especially for daughters. It is also written from the singer’s mother’s perspective, including all that she would say to her grandchildren if she were alive. The song first premiered in June 2022.
Man Of The Year by Leroy Sanchez
In The Man of The Year, the singer says he will do anything to be the best man for his beloved, including earning money for her, drying her tears, and confronting his fears. To prove his love for her, he is willing to step out of his comfort zone and become the ‘man of the year’.
Hero by Enrique Iglesias
Hero, released in 2001 on Enrique Iglesias’ album Escape, is a song about a man willing to be a pillar of support and love for his woman. The kind of man who might write songs about growing old together.
The lyrics convey the idea that you can be the hero your loved one needs in difficult times. It’s a declaration of unwavering love and a promise to be there no matter what.
The song received widespread appreciation for its heartfelt message and became a hit, reaching high positions on the music charts. It is especially remembered for Enrique’s soulful voice.
He Didn’t Have To Be by Brad Paisley
Brad Paisley narrates a beautiful story about his life in the song He Didn’t Have to Be. He describes his single mom looking for a date, but all the men she meets run away when they find out she has a child.
Finally, when Brad turned five, his mom dated a good man who gladly took on the role of Brad’s dad. This man had all the wonderful qualities a dad should have. The soulful, melodious country song also highlights the bond Brad shared with his stepfather. In that way, it is also a song about a child growing up happy.
He Heals Me by India.Arie
He Heals Me is a song by India.Arie about the singer meeting a good man, to whom she tells her darkest secrets. Despite these, the man loves her deeply. His love heals the singer’s emotional wounds and brings her immense happiness.
The lyrics convey the idea that a good man is all the singer needs for comfort, strength, and emotional support. It is a tribute to the positive impact of a loving relationship and unconditional love.
He Heals Me was featured in India Arie’s album Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics, released in 2009. R&B fans praised the song for its soulful delivery and deeply personal message.
Good Man by RL Huggar
In Good Man, the singer says that before meeting his beloved, he was going to strip clubs and using sex to fill the void in his life. But the woman he now loves has made him a good man. This woman has shown him the meaning of true love and has changed him from a boy into a man.
One Man Can Change The World by Big Sean ft. Kanye West and John Legend
One Man Can Change The World by Big Sean, Kanye West, and John Legend is from the album Dark Sky Paradise (2015). The song is about the impact one good person can have on the world.
The lyrics tell a personal story of overcoming hardships and working hard to make a positive difference. It reflects the belief that even one individual’s actions, like love and determination, can inspire and change the world for the better.
Waiting For Superman by Daughtry
Daughtry’s Waiting for Superman, from his album Baptized (2013), is a song about feeling lost and searching for a good man to save or help him.
The lyrics express a longing for a hero to come and make everything better, like the fictional superhero Superman. It is a song about hope and waiting for a savior – someone to rescue the singer from life’s challenges and make things right again.
Better Man by Westlife
Better Man is a song from Westlife’s 2019 album Spectrum. The singer addresses the woman he loves, acknowledges his mistakes, and regrets them. He says he would be a better man if only she would give him another chance. The lyrics express this man’s desire to become a better person for his partner and a longing to make things right.
The Man I Want To Be by Chris Young
The Man I Want to Be is a track from Chris Young’s 2009 album of the same name. It is about a person who has made mistakes and wants to change for the better. He prays to God and expresses a desire to be a more loving and responsible partner and a good man for everyone around him. The song went on to become a hit on the country music charts and became one of Young’s greatest hits.
Real Good Man by Tim McGraw
Real Good Man by Tim McGraw is a song from his 2001 album Set This Circus Down. It was written by Rivers Rutherford and George Teren. Rutherford was inspired to write the song when a woman described him as a bad boy but a good man. The lyrics describe a man who admits he’s not perfect, but promises to be a good partner.
Can’t Keep A Good Man Down by John Miles
Can’t Keep a Good Man Down by John Miles is a song from his 1977 album Stranger in the City. The words “you can’t keep a good man down” are taken from the Old and New Testaments and symbolize resurrection.
The song is about resilience and determination. It conveys the idea that a good man will always overcome the challenges life throws at him, no matter what.
Better Man by Pearl Jam
Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam wrote Better Man in his teens and performed it with his previous band on the radio. Later, the song was included in Pearl Jam’s 1994 album Vitalogy.
Eddie was inspired to write this song based on his mother, who settled for a mediocre man after his biological father passed away. She would say that she could not find a better man than the one she had chosen and had to settle for whatever she got. Eddie believed she did so just to get support for the family, not thinking of her own happiness.
Songs About Great Men: Final Thoughts
How many of these songs about a good man did you already know? How many of the songs that were new to you did you enjoy? And most importantly, are there any other songs you feel should be on this list?
If so, please let us know in the comments below. We’re always happy to add great suggestions to the list, especially when it comes to songs from genres that are underrepresented.