10 Songs About Dogs You Can Sing To Your Pup - World of Angus

10 Songs About Dogs You Can Sing To Your Pup


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Musicians find inspiration in everything in life, so it’s no surprise that there are a lot of songs written about our furry best friends. We combed the the internet to find some of the best ones, written throughout the ages. Make sure you listen with your pup close by!


1. Hound Dog - Big Mama Thornton, 1952

Big Mama was the first to record Leiber and Stoller’s “Hound Dog” in 1952. It was her biggest hit, spending seven weeks at #1 on the Billboard R&B charts, and selling almost two million copies. It was also is listed as one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's "500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll.” The lyrics in her version  and Elvis’s versions are quite different.


 

2. Hound Dog - Elvis Presley, 1956
Elvis recorded his own version of Hound Dog, a few years after Big Mama Thornton did in 1957. Of the 250 times this classic song has been recorded, his is the most famous. This version was named No. 19 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, and sold about 10 million copies around the world.

 

3. Walking the Dog - Rufus Thomas, 1963
This was Rufus Thomas’ biggest hit, reaching number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 in December 1963 and remained there for 14 weeks. Once you hear it it will get stuck in your head every time you take your pup for a walk.



4. I Wanna Be Your Dog - The Stooges, 1969
This song is considered one of the songs that established the sound of the heavy metal and punk genres, and it was named 438 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The lyrics may be more of a metaphor than a song written about an actual canine, but it makes a great anthem for rescue dogs everywhere, so we had to include it.



5. Old King - Neil Young, 1992
Old King is from the 1992 album Harvest Moon, which earned the 1994 Juno Award for Album of the Year. Neil Young wrote this song in honour of his dog (whose name was actually Elvis), who traveled with him on his bus on tours around North America for years. He told a really great story about Elvis before one of his concerts in LA at the Greek Theatre in 1992, which a fan has transcribed here if you’d like to read it. It’s about how he almost lost Elvis once, but thanks to a nice local, ended up getting him back.


As you can tell from the lyrics, Neil Young really loved this dog: “That old King was a friend of mine/ Never knew a dog that was half as fine.”


6. My Dog and Me - John Hiatt, 2003
John Hiatt is widely considered one of the most influential and respected singer-songwriters in America. His song My Dog and Me is about how much he loves hiking with his dog. The lyrics really illustrate his deep bond with his pet: “Buddy, I coulda gone that extra mile/ For an extra bark or an extra smile/ ‘Cause I never felt so free/ It was just my dog and me.”





7. Atomic Dog - George Clinton, 1982
Atomic Dog was George Clinton’s last song to make it to #1 on the U.S. R&B charts. Atomic dog has been sampled in many R&B and rap songs over the years, most notably in Snoop Doggy-Dog’s song “Who Am I,” which uses that same super-catchy refrain “Bow-wow-wow-yippie-yo-yippie-yeah Bow-wow-yippie-yo-yippie-yeah.”



8. Dogs Are Everywhere - Pulp, 1986
British band, Pulp, released Dogs Are Everywhere in 1986. It’s a perfect song to sing to yourself when you take your dog on a walk, or to the dog park, because dogs are everywhere you go when you’re with your pup!


9. I Love My Dog - Cat Stevens, 1966
This song was Cat Steven’s first single, and while most people find it ironic that someone called Cat is singing about how much he loves his dog, but you can’t argue with the heartwarming lyrics: "All the pay I need comes shining through his eyes/ I don't need no cold water to make me realize that/ I love my dog as much as I love you/ But you may fade, my dog will always come through.”


10. Who Let The Dogs Out - Baha Men, 2000
Despite coming in at #3 on Rolling Stone’s 2007 list of the “20 most annoying songs” and sliding into first on Spinner's 2008 list of the “Top 20 Worst Songs Ever,” Who Let The Dogs Out still somehow managed to win a Grammy and was one of the best selling singles of the decade. It might be one of the only songs that dogs themselves could sing…or…bark along to the chorus of. We're sorry that it will now be stuck in your head for the rest of time, but obviously this list wouldn't be complete without it.



References: 1. Wikipedia Big Mama Thornton 2. Wikipedia Hound Dog 3. Wikipedia Walking the Dog 4. Wikipedia I Wanna Be Your Dog 5. Thrasher's Wheat 6. Wikipedia Harvest Moon 7. Forgotten Hits 60s 8. Metro Lyrics - My Dog And Me 9. Wikipedia This Gruff Exterior 10. Metro Lyrics - Atomic Dog
11. Wikipedia Atomic Dog 12. Wikipedia Dogs Are Everywhere 13. Wikipedia I Love My Dog 14. Wikipedia Who Let The Dogs Out 15. American Songwriter 16. Talent Hounds 17. Dog Channel 18. Dog Vacay 19. @Mitchell_the_dog


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