Family Reunion Songs

What are the best family reunion songs? Your preferences will be as varied as your choices.

Some popular titles of family reunion songs include -

  • “It’s a family affair” by Sly & the family stone
  • “We Are Family” by Sister Sledge
  • "Family Reunion” by The O’Jays
  • Children's song, "The More we Get Together" by Raffi
  • "Everybody Shout Hello" by Jeffry Friedbert & The Bossy Frog Band
  • The entire soundtrack from Madea's Family Reunion

The influence of music

Regardless of where you are, music has the powerful ability to set the tone and evoke feeling. Have you ever watched a movie without sound? Or even tried to ignore the background music during a tense scene? It changes the show entirely even when you don't notice it's there.

It's the same for music at the family reunion - songs about family, love songs and other songs with meaningful lyrics can significantly influence the atmosphere. Music has a profound effect on our emotions and can direct the mood of any gathering, including the family reunion.

Ways to use family reunion songs

Songs should be played at the very beginning of your party, whether it be during registration or as family is gathering for dinner. The music will help break the ice and smooth over any awkwardness for your guests who are the very first to arrive. Somehow, when music is playing when people enter the room, it says, "We are ready to begin."

The background music in a slideshow can have a significant effect as well. If your slideshow contains narration, instrumental music works best so that the song lyrics and voice narration aren't competing against one another. However, if there's no voice narration, the lyrics in carefully selected family reunion songs can be just as effective.

Family reunion songs are also great around the campfire. Sing what you know, teach everyone a new song, play a family reunion mp3 or make up your own words to a popular tune that everyone knows.

If some songs about family have meaningful lyrics but you don't particularly care for the tune, consider using the words on invitations, flyers or written programs. After all, songs are just poems put to music.

Consider the lyrics

"Family Reunion" by the O'Jays:

It's so nice to see
All the folks you love together
Sittin' and talkin' 'bout
All the things that's been goin' down

It's been a long, long time
Since we had a chance to get together
Nobody knows the next time we see each other
Maybe years and years from now

Family reunion (Got to have)
A family reunion
Family reunion
(It's so nice to come together) To come together
(To get together)

I wish grandma could see
The whole family
I sure miss her face
And her warm and tender embrace

And if grandpa was here
I know he'd be smiling for me a tear
To see what he has done
All the offsprings from his daughters and sons

A family reunion (Gonna have)
A family reunion (Ooh, ooh)
Family reunion
(It's so nice to come together) To come together
(To get together)

At least once a year we should have

A family reunion (We need to do it for the young )
Family reunion
(It'll be nice, it'll be nice to come together) To come together
To get together

Family reunion (Sister knows, heaven knows)
A family reunion (It's good to see you)
Family reunion (I said we are sinkin' hands, makin' plans)
(Maybe next year) To come together (Maybe next year)

A family reunion
A family reunion (We gotta have, we gotta have)
Family reunion (It'll be nice, it'll be so nice)
(To come together) To come together
(To get together)

You know the family is the solution to the world's problems today
Now let's take a look at the family
In the family the father is like the head, the leader, the director
Not domineering, but showing love, guidance
For everyone else in the family
Now if we could get all the fathers of the world
To stand up and be fathers
That would be great
Then we have mothers
Who are the right arm of the father
There's supposed to-to-to do the cooking
Raise the children, do the sewing
And help the father to guide and direct
Then there's the son
The son, most sons are like imitators of their father
So we're back again to the father
And he is guiding in the right way
The son is definitely gonna be alright
Then we have the daughter
Watching her mother
Be-because sooner or later she's gonna be a mother
And she'll have her own sons and daughters
It don't, it don't just stop there with the family or
Of-of yours or mine
It's a universal family
Under one divine purpose
And one divine father
That is if we all come together no matter what color, race, creed
Because that's all in the head whether you wanna believe it or not
'Cause you'll bleed

Family, family reunion
It'll be nice, so nice, so nice

Many thanks to Aunt Mo from Beaver City, Utah, for her thoughts and list of favorite songs, available here.

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