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6 Best Songs About Dogs

Music touches my soul. When I am not singing, dancing or playing an instrument, I am writing articles about the songs that I hold dear.

Adorable puppy being carried by owner.

Adorable puppy being carried by owner.

It has been said that ‘diamonds are a girl’s best friend’ but ‘a dog is a man’s best friend.’ As a woman myself, I would much prefer the company of a dog any day, to the glitter and gleam of a sparkly diamond, as I am sure many other women would agree. If music were any measure of how much we love dogs, the ratings would come in quite high based on the abundance of music on the subject of our canine friends.

The theme of ‘dogs’ in music ranges from blues to country to even techno-pop, while some songs will make you feel sentimental about your furry canine pals, others will simply put a smile on your face.

Dolly Parton sings an especially touching song about a stray puppy she adopted and she sings it using her Appalachian music storytelling approach, but all of the songs on this list hold a special and unique place in the world of music and specifically on the subject of dogs.

1. "I Love My Dog"

Artist: Cat Stevens

Album: Matthew And Son (1966)

Stevens penned this song as a teenager and managed to capture not only the sentiment of a dog being a man’s best friend, but the feeling of loving a dog even more than a person. Life is hard and people don’t always come through, but dogs can fill that void.

Lyrics to look for:

I love my dog as much as I love you
But you may fade, my dog will always come through

All he asks from me is the food to give him strength
All he ever needs is love and that he knows he'll get

2. "Hound Dog"

Artist: Elvis Presley

Album: Elvis' 30 #1 Hits (1956)

“Hound Dog” is not only a well-known song about dogs, it is a famous rock blues song that has been recorded more than 250 times, most notably by Elvis Presley. The song was written by teenagers for bandleader Johnny Otis, after the popularity of “Hound Dog” the teens went on to write many other songs for Elvis.

The lyrics were meant to be sung by a woman berating her man, but Elvis took the song and put his own spin on it. The live performance of Elvis is worth watching for his stage presence and charisma alone.

Lyrics to look for:

You ain't nothin' but a hound dog
Quit snoopin' 'round my door
You can wag your tail
But I ain't gonna feed you no more

3. "Like My Dog"

Artist: Billy Currington

Album: Enjoy Yourself

In this playful song, Currington sings about wanting his woman to be more like his dog, after all, a relationship with a dog can seem far easier than one with a person. Currington sings about a dog accepting you as you are, having few expectations, and is always happy to greet you when you come home.

Lyrics to look for:

When I come home, I want you to just go crazy
He never looks at me like he might hate me
I want you to love me like my dog

4. "Cracker Jack"

Artist: Dolly Parton

Album: Jolene

Dolly Parton is a master of country music storytelling and can easily tear at your heartstrings in the process. With the song “Cracker Jack” Parton does not disappoint, in this song Parton sings of her own childhood canine friend who she found as a stray, took in and cared for with her “Dolly” flavor of pure love.

Lyrics to look for:

Once I had a little dog
I called him Cracker Jack
He had a spot around one eye
That looked just like a patch
His legs were way too long
And he was awkward as could be
He wasn't much to look at
But he looked alright to me

5. "Atomic Dog"

Artist: George Clinton

Album: Computer Games

This classic funk song was created on the spot in adlib fashion. Clinton showed up at the studio and started creating his magic. The rhythm of the song was made by playing a drum beat backward. The tech sounds were meant to explore the computer age, while at the same time the dog sounds were meant to impart more of a primal sound. The unique sounds of “Atomic Dog” led to it being sampled in many other songs.

Lyrics to look for:

Yeah, this is a story of a famous dog
For the dog that chases its tail will be dizzy
These are clapping dogs, rhythmic dogs
Harmonic dogs, house dogs, street dogs
Dog of the world unite
Dancin' dogs
Yeah
Countin' dogs, funky dogs
Nasty dogs (Dog)Atomic dog
Atomic dog

6. "B-I-N-G-O"

Artist: Barney & Friends

This children’s classic song about a farmer and a dog named BINGO is a classic children’s nursery rhyme type song. In this version, Barney sings accompanied by the cast of the Barney Show.

Lyrics to look for:

There was a farmer who had a dog,
And Bingo was his name-o.
B-I-N-G-O
B-I-N-G-O
B-I-N-G-O
And Bingo was his name-o.

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