34 Songs About Glass

Updated on June 15, 2019
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Whether you have a heart of glass, want to raise your glass, or seek to shatter that glass ceiling, make a playlist of pop, rock, country, R&B, and hip-hop songs about glass.
Whether you have a heart of glass, want to raise your glass, or seek to shatter that glass ceiling, make a playlist of pop, rock, country, R&B, and hip-hop songs about glass. | Source

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?

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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. Make a playlist of songs about change as you make an impact in your world.

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
Contaminating everything.

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!

If you've been left under similar circumstances, make yourself a playlist of songs about fools and plan your next move.

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
Sometimes.

One of the three stained glass rose windows from the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris before the 2019 fire.  Fortunately, the windows survived the massive fire.
One of the three stained glass rose windows from the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris before the 2019 fire. Fortunately, the windows survived the massive fire. | Source

Even More Songs About Glass

Song
Artist
Year Released
21. Shattered Glass
Britney Spears
2008
22. Broken Glass Park
Simple Minds
2014
23. Broken Mirrors
Rise Against
2011
24. Broken Glass
Cyndi Lauper
1993
25. Wall of Glass
Liam Gallagher
2017
26. I Wear My Sunglasses at Night
Corey Hart
1984
27. Rose-Colored Glasses
John Conlee
1978
28. There Stands the Glass
Johnny Bush
1973
29. Bottom of the Glas
Whiskeytown
1997
30. Glass House
The Temptations
1975
31. Man in the Mirror
Michael Jackson
1988
32. Cheap Sunglasses
ZZ Top
1979
33. Rose Colored Glasses
Kelly Rowland
2011
34. Shatter Me
Lindsey Stirling (featuring Lzzy Hale)
2014
Know a song about glass that should be on this playlist? Make a suggestion in the Comments Section below.

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.

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      • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR

        FlourishAnyway 

        2 months ago from USA

        Devika - Thanks for stopping by.

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        Devika Primić 

        2 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

        I listen to these songs and don't see it as you do and every song list has a great meaning to us listeners.

      • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR

        FlourishAnyway 

        3 months ago from USA

        Bob - Well, thank you! Have a great day!

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        Robert Sacchi 

        3 months ago

        It was worth the effort.

      • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR

        FlourishAnyway 

        3 months ago from USA

        Bob - Thank you. Some are more challenging than others and this list was a tougher one.

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        Robert Sacchi 

        3 months ago

        Another list of memorable songs. Great going.

      • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR

        FlourishAnyway 

        3 months ago from USA

        Mark - Thanks for chiming in! Have a great weekend.

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        Mark Tulin 

        3 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

        Nice topic. Cheap Sunglasses was my favorite glass song.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        4 months ago from USA

        Nithya - Thank you for the kind compliment. I appreciate your visit today! May the rest of your week be beautiful!

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        Nithya Venkat 

        4 months ago from Dubai

        A wonderful list of songs with glass as a theme. I agree with Linda, I too am amazed at how you find so many songs to match the topic that you choose.

      • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR

        FlourishAnyway 

        4 months ago from USA

        Linda - Thank you for stopping by! Have an amazing week. I hope it's not as hot where you are. The heat is killing me.

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        Linda Crampton 

        4 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

        You've chosen an unusual and interesting topic for this playlist. I continue to be amazed at how many songs you find to match each of your themes!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        4 months ago from USA

        Dora - I'm glad you found a song that you liked. Have a wonderful week ahead. Thank you for coming by.

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        Dora Weithers 

        4 months ago from The Caribbean

        Unique topic. I know none of these songs, but I find Gavin DeGraw's lyrics meaningful. Thanks.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        5 months ago from USA

        Liz - Thank you. I love Blondie. Debbie Harry claimed she was offered a ride by notorious serial killer Ted Bundy back in the early 1979s but she was able to escape his car (and a terrible fate). Others have shot holes in her story. Strange huh?

      • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR

        FlourishAnyway 

        5 months ago from USA

        Yves - It's interesting how some articles attract lots of certain types of people. I know there are certain articles of mine that stand out in that way. You don't always realize that when you're writing it. It's unfortunate when people give up on themselves, but gosh, if they don't believe in themselves, what is a potential mate supposed to see and do? Everybody's broken in some respect, either inside or out, but glue it back together the best you can and keep going! Thanks for stopping by!

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        Yves 

        5 months ago

        Hi Flourish.....I like Justin Timberlake's "Mirrors" because it's a happy song. The other songs, with the exception of a few, were kind of depressing. Soooo glass half empty! Sheesh. On the other hand, Rose Colored Glasses is a sad song, but it's still a wonderful classic.

        Yet, Mr. Glassman provides us with useful social commentary, one which made me think of some of the guys I attract on one of my articles who don't have any success with women because they DON'T EVEN TRY! They need this song. Big time!

        An unusual, but wonderful list, dear lady!

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        Liz Westwood 

        5 months ago from UK

        Blondie was ny initial thought, but I had no idea there were so many other songs featuring glass. Another great compilation.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        5 months ago from USA

        Heidi - You rock! Thanks for the suggestions. Have a fabulous weekend!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        5 months ago from USA

        Kaili - I had to laugh when I watched the YouTube of "Sun Glass" by the hardcore punk band. That was a real intense way to wake up this morning! Hope you're having a great weekend.

      • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR

        FlourishAnyway 

        5 months ago from USA

        Linda - Sometimes readers suggest playlist ideas, but mostly the ideas come from songs from other playlists. I have a backlog of playlists so I don't run out.

        I initially tried to resist putting Michael Jackson's song on here, but with both you and Bill recommending it, I'll add it because I know there will be others, too. I struggle with some artists -- him and R. Kelly, for example -- no matter how much I like particular songs. There are other artists for which I refuse to list any material, no matter what. I don't know. It's hard to know where to draw the line.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        5 months ago from USA

        Clive - That could be a playlist too. Thanks for the idea. Have a good weekend.

      • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR

        FlourishAnyway 

        5 months ago from USA

        Bill - Yes, I was trying not to list his, but I'm gonna go ahead and do it. Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful Father's Day weekend!

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        Heidi Thorne 

        5 months ago from Chicago Area

        I'm almost thinking we could create a playlist about wearing glasses! Here are a couple of my choices:

        * Cheap Sunglasses by ZZ Top.

        * Rose Colored Glasses by Kelly Rowland.

        * Shatter Me by Lindsey Stirling.

        * Wild Flowers in a Mason Jar by John Denver.

        I'm sure I'll think of a few more. Great list, as always! Happy Weekend!

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        Linda Lum 

        5 months ago from Washington State, USA

        I would love to know your thought process--how you come up with these random topics (but maybe not random to you). What an imaginative list. Who knew (other than you) that there could be so many songs devoted to glass?

        Just wondering--Did you purposely omit the song by Michael Jackson (Man in the Mirror)?

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        Kaili Bisson 

        5 months ago from Canada

        Love it!

        I see you already have the Canadian connection (Corey Hart). We also had a band called Glass Tiger. I'll add another for you, a hard-core punk band from Toronto called F***ed Up, and their song "Sun Glass."

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        Clive Williams 

        5 months ago

        Glass....has me thinking about water.

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        Bill Holland 

        5 months ago from Olympia, WA

        Didn't Michael Jackson do a song about a mirror....or was it just one line in a song of his? Anyway, this one stumped me totally.

      • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR

        FlourishAnyway 

        5 months ago from USA

        Pamela - Thanks for the kind kudos. Some of the singers did some really creative things with the glass concept. This one was a challenge for me, but I had wanted to do it for a while.

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        5 months ago from Sunny Florida

        You sure come up with unusual topics for songs as I don't think I would have thought of glass as a theme. I really liked what you said at the top of this article. This is such a wide variety of singers or groups that most genres are comvered with many good songs.

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