Dog Lover's Playlist: 47 Songs for People Who Love Dogs
Celebrate Your Love Of Canines With These Songs
Dogs: They're Prozac for the Soul
Sure, your mama might say she loves you best. And your spouse pulls double duty as a great friend. But the truth is that no one can give you the unconditional love of a dog. With their four paws, wet noses and incessantly wagging tails, dogs provide Prozac for the soul.
If you are lucky enough to share your life with a canine, then you already know that dogs can be counted on for an energetic "Welcome Home," even if you only went as far as the grocery store. They also offer sloppy kisses and close companionship — no matter the fact that you've been moody and unlikable lately.
Dogs provide a tail wagging salute that recognizes your brilliance, great ideas, and strong leadership. And they provide an occasional laugh as they crotch-sniff anyone they doggone please.
If you love dogs, then why not celebrate your devotion with this Dog Lover's Playlist?
What I love most about dogs is that they ...
1. "Jump" by Van Halen
Don't you just love it when your four-legged friend is so excited that he forgets all his training? Throw all your doggy manners out the window with this classic 1983 Van Halen song:
Ah, might as well jump
Might as well jump
Go ahead an' jump.
2. "Happy" by Pharrell Williams
Be happy for a good reason, a bad reason or no reason at all. Pharrell Williams captures the essence of canine personality in this 2013 song that celebrates what it feels like to be deliriously, ridiculously happy.
3. "Dog Days Are Over" by Florence and the Machine
Referring to the hottest days of the year in July and August — weather that can get so hot that it supposedly drove dogs mad in ancient times — this catchy 2010 song by Florence and the Machine reassures us that the worst days are history.
4. "Once Bitten, Twice Shy" by Great White
As a child, I was bitten in the face by a neighbor's dog, and although it didn't make me phobic of dogs, it at least made me cautious for the next 40 years. This 1989 song by Great White recognizes how one unfortunate incident can leave an impression for life.
5. Atomic Dog by George Clinton
When you hear this 1982 song by George Clinton, you'll be celebrating the awesomeness of dogs by humming its famous refrain for days. Bow-wow-wow-yippie-yo-yippie-yeah.
6. "Lick It Up" by Kiss
I'm willing to bet that legendary rock band Kiss probably wasn't singing about dogs when they recorded this song in 1983, but don't the lyrics remind you of your favorite pup? Let's hear it for dogs, who relentlessly taste and smell their way through life with no shame:
Lick it up, lick it up, oh, ooh
Don't need to wait for an invitation
You gotta live like you're on vacation.
7. "We're Gonna Be Friends" by White Stripes
This simple 2002 song is an ode to friendship on its most basic level as it describes two kids who meet in elementary school. Dogs provide a similar bond of companionship that is instinctual, loyal and uncomplicated by messy expectations.
8. "Count On Me" by Bruno Mars
Whether they have two feet or four paws, true friends provide so much more than someone to spend time with. If you've ever encountered a serious illness or challenge in your life, you know that pets can provide nourishment for the soul.
Whether your best friend is human or canine, celebrate the special bond with this Bruno Mars song from 2011:
Count on me like one, two, three
I'll be there.
And I know when I need it I can count on you like four, three, two
And you'll be there.
'Cause that's what friends are supposed to do, oh yeah.
9. "Come and Get It" by Selena Gomez
Like a master calling her hungry dog to dinner, Selena Gomez taunts and beckons her love interest in this 2013 song. We know Justin Bieber is listening, but is he worthy?
When you're ready come and get it
Na na na na ... .
10. "Bad to the Bone" by George Thorogood and the Destroyers
Dogs aren't bad to the bone, but if yours has ever played with a dead squirrel or chased a jogger, then you know that dogs can have puzzling behavior challenges. (You weren't perfect growing up, were you?) Consider this 1982 song a playful to be nod to all those doggie behavior habits, and just be glad for the ones that your dog doesn't have.
12 Common Behavioral Issues In Dogs
excessive barking, howling or whining
chasing cars, cats, children, runners, and other moving objects
soiling and urine marking
counter surfing and garbage raiding
biting, growling, and other aggressive behaviors
begging at the table
eating non-food items, including feces
11. "Break Free" by Ariana Grande
Sometimes no matter how good you have it in your own back yard, it's tempting to want to break free to see how it feels on the other side of the fence. Ariana Grande recognizes that doggie truism in this 2014 song.
12. "Who Let the Dogs Out?" by Baha Men
Complete with barking sounds (woof, woof) , this 1998 song by the Baha Men asks an important question, but no one seems to know the answer.
The Cone of Shame
13. "B*tch" by Meredith Brooks
Technically, a "b*tch" is a female dog, however since the fourteenth or fifteenth century it has been used to used as an offensive reference to a sexually promiscuous woman. More recently, feminists have rebranded "b*itch" as a term for a strong, self-assured woman and have proudly claimed it as a backhanded compliment.
Meredith Brooks celebrates being one in her 1997 song:
I'm a b*tch, I'm a lover
I'm a child, I'm a mother
I'm a sinner, I'm a saint
I do not feel ashamed.
I'm your hell, I'm your dream
I'm nothing in between
You know you wouldn't want it
Any other way.
14. "Never Gonna Give You Up" by Rick Astley
Dogs typically live an average of 12-15 years, and it's up to you to make your dog's life a healthy and happy one. Sing this 1987 song in recognition of the devotion that they deserve:
Never gonna give you up
Never gonna let you down
Never gonna run around and desert you
Never gonna make you cry
Never gonna say goodbye
Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you.
15. "Puppy Love" by Donny Osmond
Childhood and preteen crushes are often called "puppy love" for the wonder and adoration felt towards a classmate or young friend. Remember passing notes in class and playing chase on the playground with the object of your sweet affection? Then life got more complicated and you had to learn to run with the big dogs. This 1972 by Donny Osmond reminds us that there's nothing more innocent and heartfelt than young love.
Ruh-Roe! It's Scooby-Doo!
17. "Born to be Wild" by Steppenwolf
Recognize your dog's wild roots with this 1968 song while appreciating how far he has evolved. Dogs diverged from wolves or wolf-like creatures approximately 40,000 years ago and have since become the oldest domesticated animal. Although they have wild origins, dogs have since developed the uncanny ability to understand and communicate with their humans companions. Their social-cognitive skills rival those of young children.1
16. "Howl" by Florence and the Machine
Someone get Florence and the Machine to PetsMart for some remedial doggie obedience training quick! In this 2009 song, the she-wolf protagonist proves that she is feral as she hunts down her beloved.
25 Dog-Related Idioms: How Many Have You Heard?
1. like the dog that caught the bus
finding yourself in a situation where you unexpectedly get what you want but then don't know what to do
2. crooked as a dog's hind leg
3. I've got to go to see a man about a dog.
I have to leave (without giving the reason why).
4. It's a dog eat dog world.
The world is ruthlessly competitive.
5. top dog
a person who is a leader in their field
6. sick as a dog
very ill, especially from a stomach ailment
7. A barking dog never bites.
Don't worry about someone who issues threats because they won't carry them out.
8. It's better be the head of a dog than the tail of a lion.
It's better to be the leader of a less prestigious group than to be a mere follower in a more prestigious one.
9. You can't teach an old dog new tricks.
Getting people to learn new skills and habits is almost impossible.
10. It's a dog's life.
Life is difficult and unpleasant.
11. Every dog has its day.
Each of us is bound to have good fortune or success at some point.
12. That's the tail wagging the dog.
A scenario in which a small part is having an inordinately large impact.
13. dog and pony show
highly promoted, often over-staged performance, presentation, or event
14. He's bird-dogging me.
He's following or watch me overly carefully.
16. go to the dogs
getting worse, degenerating
17. like a blind dog in a meat market
aimless and out of control
18. Why keep a dog and bark yourself?
Don't do a chore yourself that you've hired someone else to do.
19. I don't have a dog in this fight
I don't have a vested interest in the outcome of this situation.
20. That dog don't hunt.
That plan will fail (or isn't going to happen).
21. It's raining cats and dogs!
It's raining very heavily!
22. dog in the manger
a person who out of spite keeps something that is of no use to them even though someone else might benefit from it
23. Sometimes you're the dog; sometimes you're the hydrant.
Sometimes things go your way, and other times they don't.
24. pretty as a speckled pup
very pretty; best of the bunch
25. Let sleeping dogs lie.
Don't provoke trouble.
18. "Shake It Off" by Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift may be a cat lady but her chart-topping 2014 song is definitely a dog worthy delight. And who doesn't love doggie bath time? Soap and water may be fun, but the shake off is what makes it all worthwhile.
19. "Chasing Cars" by Snow Patrol
In this 2006 song, it's the people who are chasing cars for a change. However, in real life dogs can get in real trouble chasing cars, cats, joggers, wildlife, kids, cyclists, and anything else that moves.
I used to walk a Malamute named Zack who was ordinarily penned up 24/7 in a neighbor's back yard. Zack was a sweet dog but took off like a bandit every time a jogger passed us. Luckily, we never caught any joggers — mainly because they turned into fast runners.
20. "Waiting for Love" by Avici
Why not be the blessing in a homeless animal's life? This 2015 song by Avici will remind you that the desire to be loved and needed binds us all, whether we have two or four legs.
Each year, 60% of dogs and 70% of cats who enter U.S. animal shelters are euthanized. And 25% of dogs in shelters are purebred.2 Sterilize your pet today to avoid unwanted litters, and donate generously to your local animal shelter until every adoptable pet has a loving home.
21. "Hopelessly Devoted To You" by Olivia Newton John
They say that the dog is the only animal who has ever seen his god. This 1978 song reflects the utter devotion that your dog shares for you.
22. "Stand By Me" by Ben E. King
The entire world may turn its back upon you, but your dog will be right there. This 1961 song recognizes the enduring friendship and unconditional positive regard that dogs have for their humans.
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23. "Ain't Nothing But A Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley tweaked the lyrics of this previously released song by Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton in what became an instant classic for him. It took Elvis 31 takes to get the recording right, but Rolling Stone Magazine named it as one of the 100 best songs of all time.
24. "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" by Jim Croce
This fun 1973 song by Jim Croce tells the story of a man who is "meaner than a junkyard dog" but got his comeuppance when he made the wrong fella angry. As they say, "Sometimes you're the dog; sometimes you're the hydrant."
25. "Rescue Me" by Fontella Bass
This 1965 song is a tribute to all the dogs who have yet to find a forever home. They're waiting!
Oh take me in your arms
I want your tender charms
'Coz I'm lonely and I'm blue
I need you and your love too.
Even More Songs For People Who Love Dogs
26. How Much Is That Doggie In The Window
27. Me and You and a Dog Named Boo
28. You've Got A Friend
29. I Love My Dog
30. Diggin' Up Bones
31. Feed Jake
Pirates of the Mississippi
32. Old Dogs, Children and Watermelon Wine
Tom T. Hall
34. Walking the Dog
34. Ol' Red
35. Your Love Is So Doggone Good
36. I'll Be Doggone
37. Hair of the Dog
38. Every Dog Has Its Day
39. She Wolf
40. Man of the Hour
41. Move It On Over
42. You're My Best Friend
43. Love Me, Love My Dog
44. Old Shep
45. I'll Take the Dog
Ray Pillow & Jean Shepard
46. Love Me Like My Dog Does
47. My Dog and Me
Locations with Names Associated with Dogs
1Carollo, Kim. "Dogs Follow Humans' Gazes Just As Infants Do, Says Study." ABC News. Last modified January 5, 2012. http://abcnews.go.com/Health/dogs-follow-humans-gazes-infants-study/story?id=15291889.
2Statistic Brain Research Institute. "Animal Shelter Statistics." Statistic Brain. Last modified July 13, 2014. http://www.statisticbrain.com/animal-shelter-statistics/.
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