As anyone with even a passing interest in music knows, animals make great song titles. They can be cute, funny, or just plain interesting, and they always manage to add an extra layer of interest to a song. No matter what your favorite genre of music might be, there’s sure to be at least one song out there with an animal in the Title. Here are ten of our favorites:
10. Hungry Like the Wolf by Duran Duran (1982)
This well-known new wave song is all about being ravenous and on the hunt. The lyrics even mention a “pack of wolves” that the singer is trying to avoid. The song is about a man who’s so hungry for love that he’ll do anything to get it, and the wolf is a metaphor for the dangers of taking things too far. The music video for Hungry Like the Wolf was directed by Russell Mulcahy, who also directed the music video for the band’s hit song, Rio.
9. Crocodile Rock by Elton John (1972)
Released in 1972, Crocodile Rock is one of Elton John’s most popular songs. The song was inspired by night out at a club in Windsor where Elton saw a crocodile skin handbag. The song reached number one in the United States and number two in the United Kingdom. The music video for the song was directed by Mick Rock and featured Elton John and his band performing at a club while people danced around them. At the end of the video, Elton John turns into a crocodile and jumps into a swimming pool.
8. Rock Lobster by the B52s (1978)
Rock Lobster is one of the B-52’s most popular songs. The song is about a rock lobster who tells the story of how he was once a human. The song is full of humor and is a favorite at concerts. The song talks about how the lobster was turned into a rock lobster and how he is now happy. The lyrics describe the lobster’s story and how he is a “rock lobster now.” The song also has a fun, upbeat tempo, perfect for dancing.
7. White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane (1967)
The seventh song on our list of 10 Awesome Songs with Animals in the Title is White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane. Released in 1967, Surrealistic Pillow is the band’s second studio album. White Rabbit is one of Jefferson Airplane’s most well-known and popular songs. The song is based on Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, specifically the scene where Alice eats a mushroom that makes her grow larger. The lyrics refer to characters and events from the book in the music. Band member Paul Kantner wrote the song. It was inspired by his girlfriend at the time, Grace Slick.
6. War Pigs by Black Sabbath (1970)
“War Pigs” is a protest song by Black Sabbath. The lyrics criticize the Vietnam War, which was happening at the song’s release. The song also references the use of animals in war, hence the title. “War Pigs” was released as a single and appeared on the album Paranoid. Several artists have covered the song, including Guns N’ Roses and Marilyn Manson. It was also used in the soundtrack for the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.
5. Karma Chameleon by Culture Club (1983)
“Karma Chameleon” is a song by the English band Culture Club, released in 1983. It was their biggest hit, staying at number one for six weeks in the UK and becoming the best-selling single of 1983 in the UK. The song reached number three on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song is about a man who adopts various personas to fit in with the people around him. The lyrics also reference the chameleon, a lizard that can change its color to blend in with its surroundings. The band’s frontman, Boy George, wrote the song and provided lead vocals. He was inspired to write it after watching a documentary about people in Los Angeles who would adopt different personas to fit in with the other social groups they interacted with.
4. Cats in the Cradle by Harry Chapin (1974)
The fourth song on our list is Cats in the Cradle by Harry Chapin. Released in 1974, this ballad tells the story of a father who is too busy to spend time with his son and how that neglect may have consequences in the future. The song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002. Interestingly, the song was inspired by a true story. Chapin’s son was only two years old when Chapin wrote the music, and he was worried about the time he was spending away from him. Chapin’s son would later say that the song was “about Dad and me.”
3. Union of the Snake by Duran Duran (1983)
The seventh track on Duran Duran’s third album, Seven and the Ragged Tiger, Union of the Snake, is a pop-rock song with a dark, mysterious feel. The lyrics are about the singer’s obsession with a woman and his willingness to do anything to make her his. The song reached number five on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States. The music video for Union of the Snake was directed by Russell Mulcahy and featured the band performing the song in a dark, smoke-filled room. The video was nominated for two MTV Video Music Awards, for Best Direction and Best Video from a Film.
2. Octopus’s Garden by The Beatles (1969)
“Octopus’s Garden” is a song by The Beatles from their 1969 album Abbey Road. It was written and sung by Ringo Starr. The song is in the key of F major. The song was inspired by Starr’s pet octopus, which he had named Octavius. Starr first mentioned the song in 1968 and began recording it in earnest on 21 July 1969, the day The Beatles started work on Abbey Road. The song was released in the United States on 6 October 1969 and reached number 27 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song was also released in the United Kingdom as the B-side to “Something.”
1. Wild Horses by The Rolling Stones (1971)
The song is about the power and beauty of wild horses. Mick Jagger, the lead singer of The Rolling Stones, has said that the song is about “the power of nature and how, in the end, it will grind you down.” The song is a classic rock song and has been covered by many different artists.
These are just a few excellent songs with animals in the Title. Whether you’re a fan of classic rock, pop, or even country music, there’s sure to be at least one song on this list that you’ll enjoy. So put on your favorite animal-themed song and enjoy.