34 Songs About Glass
Emotions of Glass
People seem more fragile than they used to be, like a chip in a car windshield that announces its threat to shatter eventually. You drive around knowing your car's front window is not as strong as it once was. Perhaps the summer heat will be the stressor that hurls the damage further, and you'll be forced to do something about it.
Feelings are like that glass that's been assaulted. They can shatter easily and leave behind sharp evidence that we don't always treat one another well. Many songs about glass compare emotions or the heart to glass—easily broken, delicate. Other songs refer to raising your glass, breaking the glass ceiling, mirrors (which are made of glass), or wearing sunglasses.
Enjoy an unusual playlist of pop, rock, country, R&B, and hip-hop songs about glass. Didn't I promise there was a playlist for just about everything?
Which of the following is MOST true for you?
1. "Heart of Glass" by Blondie
A heart of glass doesn't sound too cuddly, and it probably breaks easily. The woman in this international disco hit once trusted that she had true love. However, she quickly discovered that her relationship was built upon a weak foundation of lies and mistrust. The narrator recalls how her love relationship disintegrated from rewarding to ordinary to one of game playing and insecurity. Unfortunately, her broken heart has left her wary.
The dance-worthy disco song from 1979 was named by Rolling Stone as one of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time."
2. "Walking on Broken Glass" by Annie Lennox
Ouch, ouch, ouch! This 1992 pop song is full of drama and became an international hit. Annie Lennox laments losing a sweet lover and begs him to take her back. He abandoned her, and her life has come crashing down around her. The pain has cut her deeply, and suffering oozes from her pores so that now she feels like she's walking on broken glass.
3. "Whiskey Glasses" by Morgan Wallen
The heartbroken guy in this catchy 2018 country/pop crossover hit is relying on a few whiskey glasses to pull him through a rough patch in his romantic life. He's lining the shots up and knocking 'em down, hoping to anesthetize the pain of love gone wrong. He's never hurt like this before and just doesn't want to think about what his ex is doing right now.
4. "Broken Glass" by Rachel Platten
Not only are the people in the narrator's life unsupportive but they're also backstabbing gossips who are making her life living hell. She's doing her best to flourish anyway, if you know what I mean!
The 2017 pop song describes how she has grown to accept that envious people are going to try to keep her down with unkind, critical remarks behind her back. Although the narrator previously stayed up long nights worrying, she has a new strategy: "I'm gonna dance on broken glass." This is a female empowerment anthem. Get out there and dance!
5. "Castle of Glass" by Linkin Park
The lyrics of this 2012 rock song are sheer poetry. They describe a narrator against a backdrop of a grand battle. Unafraid of danger, he seeks to be made whole and pure. Take him where the fighting is. Although individually, he represents only a small piece of this world, he is nevertheless able to initiate change:
'Cause I'm only a crack in this castle of glass
Hardly anything there for you to see.
Like a crack in a large structure, change can begin with a barely visible fracture which eventually splits the entire foundation open wide.
6. "Through Glass" by Stone Sour
After becoming ill on Swedish McDonald's food and marathon watching European MTV, a writer of this 2006 rock song noticed that all the singers of the early 2000s seemed plastic and manufactured. He missed the singer-songwriters of the past who truly emoted their music. This tune is therefore a commentary on the music industry:
How much is real? So much to question
An epidemic of the mannequins
It was Stone Sour's best performing song on the mainstream charts and the only one to chart in the Billboard Hot Top 40, thus making the band a one-hit wonder. They had a number of successful songs on the rock and alternative charts, however. How many other one-hit wonders of the 2000s do you recall?
7. "Raise Your Glass" by Pink
"Don't be fancy, just get dancy." Pink is loud and rowdy and ready to party in this 2010 pop tune. The musician kicks back with fellow underdogs who celebrate their uniqueness by raising a glass of their favorite adult beverage. They turn the music up and turn the lights down low. Who cares if it's 5 a.m.?
8. "House of Glass" by Cage the Elephant
This fast-paced 2019 rock ditty reflects the emotional turbulence of the songwriter who was undergoing a divorce. It's a commentary on what it feels like to lose at love: isolated, mutilated, and run over. Love can feel illusory like a house of glass and shatter just as easily.
9. "Broken Glass" by Three Days Grace
The guy in this 2012 is going through an identity crisis as he tries to gain perspective on his place in the world:
All we are is broken glass
Thrown to the floor, we were never meant to last.
He sees people as fragile and living under false notions that we will live long lives. The truth is so painfully obvious that it wounds; life is fleeting.
10. "Mirror" by Lil Wayne (featuring Bruno Mars)
Glass is the major component in mirrors, and in this 2011 crossover hip-hop/pop song Lil Wayne reflects on what he sees staring back at him. He sees the pain hidden in his pride, the guilt beneath the shame, and his uncanny physical resemblance to both parents.
Along with seeing the scars, he has developed self-reliance to guide him through the challenges of his young life:
Mirror on the wall, here we are again
Through my rise and fall
You've been my only friend
You told me that they can understand the man I am
So why are we here talkin' to each other again?
The Grammy Award-winning artist wrote his first rap song at age 8, was signed as a rapper at age 12, and scored a number one hip-hop album at age 13. In addition, he served nearly a year in prison at Riker's Island and has had four kids by four different women.
11. "Glass" by Thompson Square
Our hearts are fragile, like glass. Falling in love involves making oneself vulnerable to someone new, as you expose the stains, cracks, and blemishes of your being.
The narrator in this emotional 2012 country love song reveals the soft underbelly of her true character and hopes not to be judged. She knows she risks rejection but chooses to entrust her delicate heart to another:
We may shine, we may shatter,
We may be picking up the pieces here on after,
We are fragile, we are human,
We are shaped by the light we let through us,
We break fast, cause we are glass.
12. "Mister Glassman" by Scotty Sire
Don't let this one pass by without a listen. There may be someone in your life you want to share this with.
Scotty Sire is a popular YouTube hip-hop artist who imparts a deep social message in this 2018 tune. He describes being a soft-spoken, socially anxious student who was too nervous to raise his hand to ask the teacher to slow down.
Fast forward several years and the young man is still shy and struggling with whether to ask his crush to the prom. Eventually, the bashful Mr. Glassman succeeds. He marries his crush and has a couple of kids, enjoys a tight network of friends, and his future is looking bright. Best of all, the socially awkward kid from long ago provides uplifting advice and hope to those who need it:
We're all just made of glass
Even when we're at our best
We can break, we can split
Or disappear or lose our temper
Even if you think you're bulletproof
I am glass and so are you.
13. "Broken Glass" by Sia
Making peace and smoothing over hurt feelings is a valuable skill, particularly if you want to stay in a relationship. In this 2016 pop song, Sia emphasizes to her lover that she is fighting for their love and not discarding them like worthless, broken glass. Emphasizing that she is in this for the long haul, Sia encourages reconciliation by laying down their symbolic weapons. There is no broken glass here, only healing.
8 Facts About Glass
Did You Know?
Did You Know?
Glass in infinitely recyclable. It doesn't lose its purity or quality during the recycling process either!
Glass has been part of human cultures for 3,000+ years. The earliest known glass objects were beads.
Glass can form naturally when sand is struck by lightning.
Jamestown, Virginia, was the location of the first glass plant in America.
Brown glass is used most frequently for food and drink containers (e.g., beer bottles) because the amber color reflects ultraviolet light and prevents spoiling.
Adding metals and metal oxides (e.g., nickel, copper, uranium) to sand during the glass making process creates different colored glass.
Glass is the main component of mirrors.
When glass breaks, the cracks move at a speed of 3,000 mph!
14. "Mirrors" by Natalia Kills
Well, this dance number from 2010 certainly heats things up. The internationally popular song features a dominatrix who describes the evening's "entertainment" agenda, complete with handcuffs, darkness, candles, and foggy glass mirrors. At least she's not breaking the mirror and cutting him with it.
Seriously. You didn't expect a "vanilla" song from someone with the stage name of "Natalia Kills," did you?
15. "Mirrors" by Justin Timberlake
J.T. is mesmerized by the image he sees in the mirror, but it's not what you think. In this pop/R&B crossover number from 2013, he describes how his partner is his mirror. As he stares into her eyes, he sees his other half staring back at him. She reflects his heart like no one else. The love ballad became an international hit and reflects both his relationship with his wife, Jessica Biel, and the marriage of his grandparents. Everyone should feel this kind of love.
16. "Stained Glass Masquerade" by Casting Crowns
Instead of church being a sanctuary filled with authentic, struggling people, too many churchgoers masquerade as perfect and plastic. That's the notion advanced by this 2005 song by contemporary Christian group Casting Crows.
Sadly, many worshippers don't acknowledge their everyday flaws, pain, and weaknesses. They instead hide beneath a stained glass veneer and play a role. As a result, they miss out on the opportunity to truly connect with one another on a spiritual level.
17. "Mirror, Mirror" by Diamond Rio
Who knows what this guy did to make his partner pack up the U-Haul and leave him, but she took everything except the mirror. This 1991 country song's narrator acknowledges that he was a fool. He also admits that he has only the man in the mirror to blame for his broken heart. Now he has plenty of time for self-reflection while he looks in that looking glass!
18. "Pink Sunglasses" by Miranda Lambert
Who doesn't love a pair of kitschy sunglasses? In this 2016 country ditty, Miranda Lambert dug through the discount bin at the local Walmart. She upgraded her swag with the confidence that positive plastic brings her. (Nobody's pretending these cheap pink sunglasses are actually glass or polarized, despite Miranda's claims. We just know they're a little magic)
As the ex-Mrs. Shelton removed the "Made in China" sticker, she knew these gorgeous pink thangs were just her swanky kinda style:
Tried 'em on and suddenly, it occurred to me
That buying Little Debbies felt a little more glamorous
In the checkout line, don't I look good?
19. "Shattered Glass" by Brad Paisley
Although sung from the perspective of a father to a daughter, Brad Paisley wrote this inspiring female empowerment anthem with his wife, Kimberly, in mind. (He has two sons.) The 2014 country song refers to the world trying to keep her down. He encourages her to reach for her dreams and shatter the glass ceiling:
Bust that ceiling out, the sky's the limit now
The world is changing fast
Wear your hair back and run
Like you ain't ever done before
It's your time at last
All you've been through ain't in vain
Come on, baby, make it rain down shattered glass.
20. "Glass" by Gavin DeGraw
Achingly beautiful, this 2009 pop song describes the pain of one-sided love from the perspective of the person who leads his partner on with empty promises. He toys with her emotions, not understanding that they are fragile, like glass. When the narrator makes future plans that don't include his girlfriend, he feels her break like glass, begging him to change his decision.
Later, that crestfallen feeling becomes a personal reality when he becomes the desperate party in a lop-sided love affair. Through firsthand experience, he learns that
... I should have been more careful
With the others that I handled
But it really doesn't matter
Until it's happening to you
Everybody breaks, everybody breaks
Even More Songs About Glass
21. Shattered Glass
22. Broken Glass Park
23. Broken Mirrors
24. Broken Glass
25. Wall of Glass
26. I Wear My Sunglasses at Night
27. Rose-Colored Glasses
28. There Stands the Glass
29. Bottom of the Glas
30. Glass House
31. Man in the Mirror
32. Cheap Sunglasses
33. Rose Colored Glasses
34. Shatter Me
Lindsey Stirling (featuring Lzzy Hale)
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