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Eye Tunes: 73 Pop, Rock, and Country Songs About Eyes

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Songs About Eyes

Celebrate eyes as the window to the soul with this playlist of songs.  We have a long list of pop, rock and country eye tunes to help you out.

Celebrate eyes as the window to the soul with this playlist of songs. We have a long list of pop, rock and country eye tunes to help you out.

A Playlist of Eye Tunes: Celebrate Your Most Important Sense

When you look into the eyes of your sweetheart, what do you see? Lying eyes, crying eyes, another's eyes, or perhaps the bluest (or brownest) eyes you've ever loved?

Eyes are arguably our most important sense, as about 80% of information we receive from the environment comes to us through our vision. And whether we like it or not, our eyes are also involved in telegraphing cues to others regarding our

  • emotions
  • health status
  • social and sexual attraction and
  • behavioral intentions.

Celebrate the magic and the beauty of eyes with a playlist of pop, rock, and country hits about them. We have a long list of hits to start you off with.

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1. "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" by Frankie Valli

In love from a distance, the narrator in this 1967 song describes the woman he is smitten with as too "just too good to be true." He finds himself staring at someone he's never touched, dreaming of long nights alone with her.

Sounds like someone is getting way ahead of himself. Shouldn't he stop the creepy staring and introduce himself?

2. "In Another's Eyes" by Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood

Imagine looking into your spouse's eyes and consistently pining away for someone else. That's what these cheating hearts are up to in this 1997 country song.

With angst, a couple who is married but not to each other describe the misplaced trust that their spouses put in them. While they're busy committing adultery, the unfaithful man's spouse denies to herself and the world he can do any wrong. And the cheating woman's husband suspects her infidelity but hopes he can turn the tide before he loses her.

3. "Brown Eyed Girl" by Van Morrison

This classic 1967 song originally wasn't supposed to be about eyes at all. It was allegedly about an interracial relationship and titled "Brown-Skinned Girl." The song recounts the carefree days of young love. Ever-catchy, it was named one of Rolling Stone magazine's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

4. "Green Eyes" by Coldplay

The guy in this 2002 song regards his green-eyed lover as a confidante to whom he can unload his feelings. She makes his world a brighter one just by being in it.

5. "Bluest Eyes in Texas" by Restless Heart

Oh, the games we play with coulda-woulda-shoulda. This 1988 country song is about the heartbreak of life on the road. The narrator is haunted by the memory of a golden-haired, blue-eyed girl, crying in his rear view mirror. Now he finds himself lonely and wondering whether he did the right thing by leaving his Texan beauty behind.

Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes.

— Jim Carrey, American comedian

6. "Lyin' Eyes" by The Eagles

Have you ever noticed a couple wherein there's an attractive woman decades younger than her rich, unattractive husband? Is it love or an implicit deal? Who are they really fooling?

This 1975 classic tells the story of a young woman who has married a much older, wealthy man. She has the financial security but not the loving warmth that she seeks, so she tells him a lie to get out of the house at night. Caught between two worlds, she then sneaks over to the cheating side of town.

Don't rely on the idea that liars tend to look up and to the right.  Instead, look more for hand gestures and verbal hesitations in spotting a liar.

Don't rely on the idea that liars tend to look up and to the right. Instead, look more for hand gestures and verbal hesitations in spotting a liar.

30 Eye-Related Idioms

IdiomMeaningIdiomMeaning

apple of my eye

someone you cherish dearly

catch someone's eye

to attract someone's attention

sight for sore eyes

so happy to see you

feast your eyes on

to look at something with pleasure

in someone's mind's eye

to visualize something

eagle eyes

someone with exceptional vision or attention to detail

able to do something with one's eyes shut

able to do something very easily

eyes like a hawk

someone who notices every small detail

cast an eye over something

to briefly look over, without going into details

more than meets the eye

there is hidden information that you do not have

in the blink of an eye

suddenly

didn't bat an eye

showing no emotion

pull the wool over someone's eyes

to fool or deceive someone

spit in someone's eyes

to show extreme contempt, disrespect or ingratitude

close one's eyes to something

to ignore something or pretend that it isn't happening

look someone in the eye

look someone directly in the face without shame, embarrassment, or fear

all eyes are on someone

everyone's attention is focused on someone

couldn't believe my eyes

I was extremely surprised

eye of the storm

temporary peaceful time before trouble or conflict sets in

eyes wide open

understanding what is going on

your eyes are bigger than your stomach

you've taken more than you can eat

have half an eye on

to watch something without giving your full attention

see eye to eye

to be in full agreement

to give someone the evil eye

to look at someone angrily or unpleasantly

get a black eye

to suffer reputational damage

get an eyeful of something

to see as much as you want to see of something

have eyes in the back of one's head

to know what's going on even if one cannot see it

have stars in one's eye

to be obsessed with movies, Hollywood, theater, etc.

in a pig's eye

(a way of showing scornful disbelief)

keep one's eye on the ball

to remain focused

Brown eyes are actually blue underneath.  A medical laser procedure can  permanently remove the brown melanin and change brown eye color to blue.

Brown eyes are actually blue underneath. A medical laser procedure can permanently remove the brown melanin and change brown eye color to blue.

7. "I Only Have Eyes for You" by The Flamingos

The love struck man in this 1959 classic has tunnel vision:

You are here, and so am I
Maybe millions of people go by
But they all disappear from view
And I only have eyes for you.

8. "Angel Eyes" by The Jeff Healey Band

How he ever caught her eye he doesn't know, but the self-denigrating fella in this 1989 country song is so glad he did. He never learned to dance and he's never been much of a looker, so he believes he doesn't deserve her love. Something in the stars aligned, however. Angel Eyes sees something in him that even he doesn't.

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9. "Hungry Eyes" by Eric Carmen

The protagonist in this 1987 song opens up to the woman he has the hots for. However, instead of coming off as romantic or clever, he plays the creepy card big time. Tell me he doesn't sound like a wolf chasing Little Red Riding Hood with his hungry eyes:

I've been meaning to tell you
I've got this feelin' that won't subside.
I look at you, and I fantasize
You're mine tonight
Now I've got you in my sights.

10. "My Eyes" by Blake Shelton (featuring Gwen Sebastian)

In this 2014 song, the narrator gets an eyeful of a woman he likes. He undresses her with his eyes and isn't bashful about saying so:

Come a little closer, come a little closer
Come a little closer, girl the way you look tonight
My eyes are the only thing I don't wanna take off of you.

Eye color is one of the first things people notice about another person.  Brown is the most prevalent eye color in the world.

Eye color is one of the first things people notice about another person. Brown is the most prevalent eye color in the world.

11. "Doctor My Eyes" by Jackson Browne

Based on the upbeat tempo of this 1972 hit, you'd think that this was a happy song. However, pay attention to its lyrics and you'll discover a soul-searching narrator who is concerned because he has turned off his feelings.

He's seen some unspecified evil in the world yet learned how to mask his emotions. Now, he worries what the impact might be.

12. "Behind These Hazel Eyes" by Kelly Clarkson

The heartbroken narrator in this 2004 pop song feels like a shadow of the woman she used to be. Her breakup has left her torn up, sleepless and an emotional mess. However, as a sign of strength, she vows to only cry on the inside. She won't let her ex-lover see her weep. You go, girl!

13. "These Eyes" by The Guess Who

Talk about pouring the guilt on thick (like peanut butter)! The guy in this 1969 rock classic has been left by his ladylove, and now he's trying to make her feel sorry for him.

He reminds her that she broke her promise, says he'll never be free, and he claims that she ended his (sorry-a**) world. With her gone, now all he does is boo-hoo. He swears he'll never love another.

Suck it up and move on, buddy! She ain't ever coming back!

Everyone will eventually get cataracts if they live long enough.  It's a normal change to the eye that occurs on average at age 70.  So you have THAT to look forward to!

Everyone will eventually get cataracts if they live long enough. It's a normal change to the eye that occurs on average at age 70. So you have THAT to look forward to!

14. "In Your Eyes" by Peter Gabriel

In the most poetic way, the guy in this 1986 song tells his sweetheart that she completes him. He sees it all in her eyes:

In your eyes, I see the doorway to a thousand churches
In your eyes, the resolution of all the fruitless searches
In your eyes, I see the light and the heat
In your eyes. Oh, I want to be that complete.

15. "Fresh Eyes" by Andy Grammer

Have you ever looked at someone you've known for years and suddenly seen them in a brand new light? You notice how gorgeous and amazing they are yet they were in front of your eyes all along. What happened?

This 2016 song describes the feeling of viewing a friend (or even a stranger) through fresh eyes. Make sure to watch the Andy Grammer's video; it will leave you with a smile on your face and a lump in your throat.

Pupils dilate in response to light, sexual arousal, and mental effort (such as a difficult math problem).  People are more likely to perceive targets with larger, more dilated pupils as more attractive, although they may not register why.

Pupils dilate in response to light, sexual arousal, and mental effort (such as a difficult math problem). People are more likely to perceive targets with larger, more dilated pupils as more attractive, although they may not register why.

16. "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain" by Willie Nelson

Long ago, the narrator in this 1975 country song said goodbye to a blue-eyed beauty, and as he left her crying in the rain, they both knew they would never meet again. Now an old man, he still remembers her that sad day and continues to love her. Instead of trying to reconnect with her on Earth, he hopes to do so in the afterlife. (Don't wait. You may not be going the same direction.)

17. "Pretty Eyes" by Alex Goot

The guy in this 2011 ballad is a smooth talker alright. He's trying to get his summer lover to stay the night with him by describing the power and beauty of her eyes. Comparing their color to the summer sky, he tells her that they glow and that "you and your pretty eyes, you keep me alive, keep me alive." Okay, so now he's making this a life and death issue?

18. "Total Eclipse of the Heart" by Bonnie Tyler

What an incredible power ballad this 1983 song is. If you've ever had a relationship that's desperately broken and unfixable, this one's for you.

The song's narrator refers to her lover as "Bright Eyes." They've had a tumultuous relationship, and he has turned away from her. Now she is left crying, lonely, and desperate for him to love her like he used to.

Our heartbroken narrator pleads with her Romeo to turn back and try to recapture the feelings they once shared so freely. But it ain't happening.

Speakers who make eye contact with their targets are perceived as more earnest and believable.  Closing your eyes while speaking can communicate superiority or boredom.

Speakers who make eye contact with their targets are perceived as more earnest and believable. Closing your eyes while speaking can communicate superiority or boredom.

19. "Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes

The narrator of this 1981 Grammy-winning song describes a seductress who is "pure as New York snow." She's a woman with all the tricks at her disposal. She teases, pleases and uses a combination of her natural beauty and street smarts to get what she wants. Among these are her seductive eyes.

20. "In My Daughter's Eyes" by Martina McBride

When you become a parent, you are filled with the determination and hope of becoming a better version of yourself. This 2003 country song describes how a young mother has been transformed by seeing herself as her daughter does: strong, heroic, wise.

She looks at her daughter's perspective on the world and is buoyed by the child's optimism. Her daughter sees everyone as equals and the world at peace. As a result, the mother is motivated to make the world a better place for her family, one that more closely resembles what her child sees.

Contrary to what you learned in high school biology, new research has found eye color to be influenced by 16 genes rather than two.  This makes predicting eye color difficult.

Contrary to what you learned in high school biology, new research has found eye color to be influenced by 16 genes rather than two. This makes predicting eye color difficult.

Even More Songs About Eyes

Know a song about eyes that should be on our playlist? Make a suggestion in the Comment Section below.

SongArtistYear Released

21. Blue Eyes

Elton John

1982

22. Brown Eyes

Lady Gaga

2008

23. Eyes of a Woman

Tim McGraw

1999

24. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

The Platters

1958

25. Private Eyes

Hall and Oates

1981

26. Pale Blue Eyes

Velvet Underground

1969

27. Sexy Eyes

Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show

1977

28. Thousand Eyes

Of Monsters and Men

2015

29. The Light in Your Eyes

LeeAnn Rimes

1997

30. Pretty Brown Eyes

Cody Simpson

2013

31. Brown-Eyed Handsome Man

Chuck Berry

1956

32. Sad Eyes

Robert John

1979

33. Beautiful Eyes

Taylor Swift

2008

34. My Eyes Have Seen You

The Doors

1967

35. Angel in My Eyes

John Michael Montgomery

1997

36. Eyes of a Woman

Journey

1992

37. Sight for Sore Eyes

Aerosmith

1977

38. Green-Eyed Lady

Sugarloaf

1970

39. Brown Eyes

Destiny's Child

2013

40. Behind Blue Eyes

The Who

1971

41. Your Eyes

Simply Red

2000

42. Eyes Wide Open

Sabrina Carpenter

2015

43. Close Your Eyes

Meghan Trainor

2015

44. Beautiful In My Eyes

Joshua Kadison

1993

45. Wild Eyes

Broiler (featuring Ravvel)

2014

46. My Father's Eyes

Eric Clapton

1998

47. Spanish Eyes

Willie Nelson (featuring Julio Iglesias)

1988

48. Sad Eyes

Enrique Iglesias

1999

49. For Your Eyes Only

Sheena Easton

1981

50. Don't Close Your Eyes

Keith Whitley

1988

51. Open Your Eyes (Deep Blue Songspell)

Bea Miller

2014

52. Wandering Eyes

Ronnie McDowell

1980

53. Looking Through Your Eyes

LeeAnn Rimes

1998

54. Lonely Eyes

Chris Young

2013

55. Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue

Crystal Gayle

1977

56. Eyes Open

Taylor Swift

2012

57. Eyes Without a Face

Billy Idol

1983

58. Sometimes an Old Memory Gets In My Eye

Dolly Parton

1973

59. Goodbye In Her Eyes

Zac Brown Band

2012

60. Rhinestone Eyes

Gorillaz

2010

61. Not a Dry Eye Left in the House

Meatloaf

1995

62. My Eyes Adored You

Frankie Valli

1974

63. Crystal Eyes

LA Guns

1984

64. Baby's Got Blue Eyes

Elton John

1982

65. My Mother's Eyes

Willie Nelson

1981

66. It’s In Your Eyes

Kylie Minogue

2002

67. Ocean Eyes

Billie Eilish

2017

68. Eyes on You

Chase Rice

2017

69. When You Close Your Eyes

Night Ranger

1983

70. Close My Eyes Forever

Ozzy Osbourne and Lita Ford

1989

71. When You Look Me in the Eyes

Jonas Brothers

2007

72. I'll Never Let You Go

Steelheart

1991

73. Damn Your Eyes

Alex Clare

2011

If you have green eyes, consider yourself a rare breed indeed.  Green eyes occur in about 2% of the world's population.

If you have green eyes, consider yourself a rare breed indeed. Green eyes occur in about 2% of the world's population.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2016 FlourishAnyway

Comments

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 28, 2020:

Peggy - I'm glad you found some interesting information here! Thanks for reading!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 28, 2020:

In addition to the many songs about eyes, I found those tidbits of information about the eyes most informative. I had no idea that the melanin could be removed from brown eyes, and they would be blue underneath the brown, as one example. Amazing!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 10, 2020:

Mary Smith - Thanks for the song suggestion. I'll add it to the list. It was covered by Alex Clare. What's old is new again!

Mary Smith on April 09, 2020:

This song falls more into the “Blues / R&B” category - Damn Your Eyes by Etta James

Your lists are So Cool! Covering decades of music! And packed with added fun information!

Thank you for taking the time to pull it all together!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 10, 2019:

Shannon - Me too! That song reminds me of this male "friend" that my sister had back in college in the 1990s. He would take photos of her from the side (like when she was driving). She got very suspicious so she took his film and got it developed and most of it was of her chest area from the side! Creepy! He had his eyes on her alright.

Shannon Henry from Texas on June 09, 2019:

Am I the only one who thinks that Chase Rice's song "Eyes on You" is a little creepy?

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 13, 2019:

Mom555 - Thank you for these suggestions! I'm made some additions to the playlist and you have given me an idea for another playlist. Have a wonderful week.

Mom555 on May 12, 2019:

When you look me in the eye~Jonas Brothers

eye of the storm~Godsmack

Eye of the zombie~John Folgerty

Mom555 on May 12, 2019:

Close my eyes forever~Lita ford and ozzy

Mom555 on May 12, 2019:

When you close your eyes~Night ranger

Anthony Georgio on September 16, 2018:

Never knew that :) I like "Andy Williams" version better, but frankie's Ok as well.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 16, 2018:

Anthony - He did a cover version of it in 1968. (Sometimes I do list covers instead of originals but this time I didn't.)

Anthony Georgio on September 16, 2018:

Thought "Andy Williams" did No1.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 21, 2018:

Grace - This was a great song suggestion! I've added it at #67. Have a great weekend!

Grace Reitz on July 16, 2018:

Ocean Eyes~Billie Eilish

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 21, 2017:

Tamara - Thank you for stopping by! I am happy that you enjoy these as much as I enjoy publishing them! Have a wonderful day!

Tamara Moore on June 21, 2017:

Eye really like this post about all the different and various eye colors. And, Eye enjoy many of these songs, as well. You seem to have an eye for making really eye-teresting posts!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 02, 2017:

arxer - Thanks for stopping by!

arxer on January 01, 2017:

yay beautiful eyes and eyes open are here! nice list

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 07, 2016:

Suhail and my dog - Thank you for the song suggestion. (I like the 80s hair metal bands too!) I've added it as #63. Have a great week!

Suhail and my dog on November 05, 2016:

Hi FlourishAnyway,

I have been listening to Eagles' Lying Eyes since late 80s. However, I like an 'eye' song - "Crystal Eyes" from 80s Hair Metal Band called LA Guns the best. These two songs are my personal favorites. Now I will be listening to those songs you have included in this hub.

Regards,

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 02, 2016:

Gypsy Rose Lee - Thank you for your words of encouragement. This one was a fun one to write. Have a terrific week!

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on November 02, 2016:

WOW lots of music to like here all about eyes. Thanks for the inspiration. Time for another music blog on eyes I see. I have done two but you gathered so many that I have to take another look. These are awesome hubs looking forward to more.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 01, 2016:

Martie - That would be a neat theme! Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week ahead.

Martie Coetser from South Africa on October 31, 2016:

I can already see me and some friends having a party with eyes as the theme. I love all these songs about eyes. Thanks, Flourish!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 31, 2016:

Devika - Glad you enjoyed this. I like that one as well! Have a good week!

DDE on October 31, 2016:

Brown Eyed Girl" by Van Morrison is one of my best songs. Thank you for an interesting list of songs.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 30, 2016:

Vellur - Thank you for reading! Country music can certainly hold its own in this category!

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on October 30, 2016:

A fantastic list of songs about eyes. I love the songs by Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 28, 2016:

Linda - Thank you for your kind encouragement. I enjoy learning as I do the research on some of the topics. Have a wonderful weekend!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on October 28, 2016:

I always enjoy reading the facts that you include in your playlist articles, Flourish. Even when I don't know the music, the articles are interesting and useful.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 28, 2016:

MsDora - I think it's similar to "when pigs fly!" Glad you enjoyed this. Have a marvelous weekend!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 28, 2016:

Terrielynn1 - Total Eclipse of the Heart has to be one of my all time favorite songs. Glad you have wonderful memories of it and that I could bring back memories of fun times. Thanks for reading.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on October 28, 2016:

Another great list and thanks for the education on eye idioms. "Pig's eyes" is new to me. You entertain and educate. Way to go!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 27, 2016:

BlossomSB - Thank you! There are so many eye tunes out there! I love to do these lists, as they are a walk down memory lane. Have a wonderful weekend!

Bronwen Scott-Branagan from Victoria, Australia on October 27, 2016:

So interesting! You have done a lot of research for this and it's a pleasure to read.

Terrie Lynn from Canada on October 27, 2016:

Love those eyes. Lol . Cool hub. Please keep writing. What a memory these bring. My grad night dinner 2 of my school mates sang total eclipse of the heart. Thank you for the memories.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 27, 2016:

Larry - That's one of my favorites, too! Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend ahead!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 27, 2016:

Heidi, Thank you! I like that one as well. Have a great day! Thanks for stopping by!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 27, 2016:

Bill - Give the man some tissues. I liked the song, but examining the lyrics makes me cringe. Sometimes knowing the lyrics better changes your perception of a song!

Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on October 27, 2016:

Brown Eyed Girl has always been a favorite of mine. Great read:-)

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on October 27, 2016:

I think my fave is Flamingos' "I Only Have Eyes for You." Another great playlist! Happy Thursday!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 27, 2016:

"These Eyes" was my first choice. For some reason that popped into my head immediately. NOw that you mention it, he does sound like he's whining, doesn't he? LOL

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 26, 2016:

Linda - Thank you for your kind encouragement. I'm amazed how you can take nearly any topic (sometimes twist it, sometimes just a mundane topic) and find so many songs that are associated with it. I appreciate you following my little series.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on October 26, 2016:

I had no idea there were so many songs about eyes--the windows to the soul, but as I read through this hub I kept nodding my head, "yes, yes, yes." There are very few I had not heard of.

Honestly I don't know where you get your inspiration, or how you do it, but I sincerely hope that you don't stop. I love these!