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42 Songs About Hair

FlourishAnyway believes there is a playlist for just about any situation and is on a mission to unite and entertain the world through song.

Hair can be long, dark, short, grey, curly, straight, red, kinky, wavy, blonde, or barely there. Whatever type you have, make a pop, rock, and country playlist that celebrates hair.

Hair can be long, dark, short, grey, curly, straight, red, kinky, wavy, blonde, or barely there. Whatever type you have, make a pop, rock, and country playlist that celebrates hair.

Haircut From Hell

If you can pull off a pixie, short bob, or fauxhawk with confidence, then you're a mighty fine woman, but that sure isn't me. As a kid in the 1970s, I suffered a haircut from hell when my mother got me a short shag style that was all the rave at the time. I must have been about 7 years old.

When the beautician turned me around in the barber chair for the big reveal, I burst into big fat tears. Inconsolable, I boohooed all the way home. Later on, my mother attempted to guilt me into silence by explaining that my dramatic reaction had made the stylist cry too, but that didn't make things better.

For the months that it took my hair to grow out, I was occasionally mistaken for a boy often enough to make those dreadful memories stick. As a result, I vowed to avoid short hair. Long flowing locks have become my preferred style. People have often complimented me on my pageant perfect mane ever since. Even strangers have been known to corner me in supermarkets or elevators to ask if they could touch my curls. (Wait now—what?)

If you see your hair as part of your identity—whether it's long, short, curly, straight, or somewhere in between—celebrate with a playlist of pop, rock, country, and R&B songs about hair. And beware of those who wield scissors.

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1. "I Am Not My Hair" India.Arie (featuring Akon)

I am not my hair
I am not this skin
I am the soul that lives within.

The powerful, emotionally liberating words of this 2006 R&B song remind the listener that external representations of the self bear often no resemblance to the true contents underneath. Hair quality, color, or style cannot signal whether one is a worthy person or better friend or whether he or she has more integrity.

The tune further notes that corporations typically prefer certain types of hairstyles (even if that preference is unspoken), and it observes that being "a nappy-headed brother" is a barrier to finding a girlfriend. As much as we shouldn't use external factors like hair to make such snap judgments about one another, many people continue to see hair as a person's statement to the world regarding who they are.

2. "Hair" by Lady Gaga

Pink, purple, and blue tresses. Oh, there are so many hair colors and such little time when you're a rebellious teenager. The youthful narrator in this 2011 disco ditty craves identity self-expression, and she seeks to show the world who she is through her haircut, style, and probably her hair color as well.

The young woman seeks acceptance from friends, plus a feeling of freedom and creativity. She also has a need to be valued by her parents:

I've had enough, this is my prayer
That I'll die living just as free as my hair.

3. "Sister Golden Hair" by America

In today's world of texting and social media, the traveling man in this groovy 1975 rock song couldn't get away with going incommunicado. (The song reflects the pre-Internet days of handwritten letters and long-distance phone calls.)

The narrator is smitten with a golden-haired woman, but he is unready to commit to her. He loves the blonde beauty somewhere loosely between friendship and marriage. She has permeated his thoughts, and unable to live without her, the rambling man in this song asks her to meet him in the middle. What that means exactly — well, Miss Goldilocks will need to nail that one down. Something tells me getting a commitment out of him will be like nailing jello to the wall.

4. "Whip My Hair" by Willow

Although it was lauded as an empowerment anthem at the time, there's not much to this 2010 pop song other than celebrating whipping your hair back and forth in order to fend off the haters. And there's a whole lot of hair whipping.

At only 11 years old, Willow Smith, daughter of actors Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith became a one-hit-wonder with this song as well as a recipient of an NAACP Image Award. Years later she revealed that the stress of fame at such a young age spawned the habit of self-harming (cutting). In 2021, the musician famously shaved her head on stage during a performance of "Whip My Hair."

5. "My Crown" by Kelly Rowland

No matter what other people say, wear your hair in the color, length, and style that suits you, flaunting it like a crown. In this affirming 2007 pop number, the narrator champions the freedom to wear your hair your way. Project personal confidence and wear your hair in a way that authentically represents the uniqueness of you. Don't be afraid to be fabulous.

6. "Hair Too Long" by The Vamps

If you've ever been dumped then you can probably relate to the inebriated, obnoxious guy in this fun 2018 rock song. He's feeling dejected because his girlfriend gave him the ol' heave-ho, complaining that he travels too much, thinks too much, and drinks too much. Rather than accept the breakup gracefully (and quietly), the guy rattles off a list of things he wants to do out of spite:

  • grow his hair too long
  • loudly sing the song she least likes
  • kiss all of her friends and
  • tell everyone that he dumped her.

7. "My Hair" by Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande's signature look features the long sleek ponytail elegantly extending down her back. Ironically, the pop star's hair is actually naturally curly.

In this sultry 2020 track, Grande opens herself up to vulnerability by inviting her lover to touch her hair. Granting another person permission to touch one's hair involves an act of personal trust—particularly for people with long hair that potentially can be grabbed, twisted and used against them. It's an intimate moment between them, and the songstress supplies her partner with instructions for gently, carefully touching her hair.

8. "Let Your Hair Down" by Magic!

The man in this 2014 pop tune provides soothing words of encouragement and support to his partner that any woman would want to hear: "You are elegance and freedom and everything I know."

Then he lovingly encourages his sweetheart to let her hair down and unwind. Relax and be foolish, he coaxes her, because they are alone. She is accepted and safe. The narrator softly runs his fingers through his partner's hair to melt away the stress of the outside world.

Magic! is a Canadian reggae fusion band that became a one-hit-wonder when their pop song, "Rude," hit the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2013. The band has yet to repeat their success by cracking the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart again.

9. "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair" by Mitzi Gaynor

From the classic film, South Pacific, Nellie Forbush is the energetic character narrating this 1958 showtune. The movie is based on the Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway production. Stranded on an island in the South Pacific during World War II, a young American nurse is faced with a personal values dilemma involving racial prejudice wherein she and her lover do not understand one another and disagree too much.

This tune advocates breaking up, canceling, and letting go of any man who doesn't share one's own way of thinking. To hell with trying to patch things up or meet half way. Sung by actress Mitzi Gaynor, the movie version of "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair" is truncated, while her soundtrack rendition also includes a bevy of enthusiastic yes-gals enjoining her to go ahead and kick him to the curb. In the 1970s and '80s the former Procter & Gamble brand Clairol® Nice'N Easy used an adapted version of the song ("I'm gonna wash that gray right outta my hair") as an advertising jingle.

10. "The Beauty Within" by Dead Prez

Natural hair is your heritage,
But to see it without chemicals is rare as the pyramids.

This 2010 rap song reverberates with authentic love and respect for black women. Saluting natural girl-next-door beauty, the song narrator upholds them as African queens—no weaves, perms, or extensions. The guy sees a woman who leaves him gobsmacked. Declaring that her beauty is not exclusively on the surface but within as well, he presses the natural black woman to "keep doing you."

11. "Cut Your Hair" by Pavement

This 1994 alt rock ditty takes a swipe at the importance of image in the music industry. It is presented from the perspective of a struggling rock musician who spots an ad for a drummer in the newspaper. Because the ad emphasizes applicant appearance as much as substance and specifically calls out big hair in a negative manner, the guy heads to the barber for a haircut to enhance his odds.

12. "Flowers in Your Hair" by The Lumineers

Life is about timing, and the man in this simple 2012 folk rock tune hopes that he and the woman he has known since childhood finally have theirs right. He reminisces about her with flowers in her hair at a much younger age; she was beautiful. His sweetheart has loved him for many years, but her feelings have been unrequited. Now he hopes that he hasn't waited too long to have decided to love her back. The Lumineers were a one-hit wonder in 2012 with their song "Ho Hey."

13. "Coal Wars" by Joshua James

Cutting one's long locks is often seen as a symbol of new beginnings. Don't count on the defiant fighter in this 2012 folk rock ditty to take that step "'til the good Lord comes." With its contagious beat, this song appeared on the fourth season of Sons of Anarchy, the American crime drama series about a California outlaw motor cycle club.

The tune "Coal Wars" in actuality alludes to important events in the US labor movement, a series of armed labor conflicts in the eastern United States and in the west (especially Colorado) between approximately 1890 and 1930. Coal miners faced social and economic exploitation at the hands of companies. There was intimidation, harassment, espionage, and violence that included murder. The feisty song narrator refers to the dark deeds committed against him and his union brothers ("burnt the house," "put poison in the well"). He makes it clear that they stand together unbroken no matter what.

14. "Don't Touch My Hair" by Solange Knowles (featuring Sampha)

How could anyone feel so entitled as to touch another person's hair without consent? (Are you guilty? Or, have you had it happen to you?) That "keep your hands off" message is behind the rebuke issued in this 2016 R&B tune by Beyoncé's sister, the song narrator.

She notes that her hair is an extension of herself and represents her pride, soul, feelings. It's part of her identity and she invested time in rolling the rods. Don't go touching someone's hair uninvited and mess it up. Stay in your lane.

15. "Get a Haircut" by George Thorogood & the Destroyers

Best known for "Bad to the Bone," George Thorogood grew up to live the rock and roll dream even though he was encouraged to select a more traditional career path. What do parents know?

In this humorous 1993 rock tune, the musician describes his career from high school rule-breaking rebel to rock star. In school, his friends were wild, and much to his parents' chagrin, the teen harbored ambitions of rock stardom. They countered:

Get a haircut and get a real job
Clean your act up and don't be a slob
Get it together, like your big brother Bob
Why don't you get a haircut and get a real job?

Poor George tried but failed to work a 9-to-5 job, then sadly, his girlfriend's parents freaked out at his vocational choice, telling him the same thing that his parents once did: cut your hair and get a real job. Thankfully, the struggling musician found his groove when he joined a band with some good songs and eventually caught the fame he was chasing. Now he's much richer than his brother, Bob, who has the real job and sensible haircut. Poor Bob.

16. "Flip My Hair" by Jessie James Decker

Singer-songwriter Jessie James Decker has always been an outsider to country music. Rejected from every major record label in Nashville, she eventually found sponsorship with a smaller label and became a one-hit-wonder on the mainstream pop charts in 2009 with the song, "Wanted."

Over the next decade, Decker released several country songs, including "Flip My Hair" (2018), which were modestly successful on country charts. She also starred with her husband Eric, a former NFL wide receiver in the E! reality show, Eric & Jessie: Game On.

"Flip My Hair" is Decker's sassy comeback to all those haters and naysayers who doubted and rejected her along the way. According to this song, they told her to keep paying her dues, to do it their way, and that it was a man's world. Now that she has achieved success without their help, she is having the last laugh. The long-haired beauty invites them in a little closer then flips her hair back to one side, then to the other. Oops! Did she almost hit them in the face?

17. "If Your Dad Doesn’t Have a Beard, You've Got Two Mums" by The Beards

This humorous 2009 novelty tune is by an Australian group named The Beards. They promote facial hair growth through music. The song's narrator recounts learning to shave as a teen from his dad. As he lathered up and watched his beard swirl down the sink, he felt betrayed and blamed his father. The unequivocal, tongue-in-cheek message of this song is that real men wear beards while the rest might as well be women.

18. "Big Hair" by The Bellamy Brothers

In the small South Carolina town where I grew up there was a favorite saying that the higher the hair, the closer to heaven. Like many women (and even some men), I rocked big hair in the 1980s, special thanks to hairspray like White Rain. The 1990s, however, deflated and flattened out what was trendy in hair fashion.

The Bellamy Brothers issued this 1995 country ditty poking fun at gals who were reluctant to update their look and thus still wore their hair big. The narrator is a redneck man who loves getting tangled up in his trailer park girlfriend's luscious locks. His lady friend doesn't bother to hide her dark roots with that big blonde 'do as she sports big hair like she just don't care.

19. "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)" by Scott McKenzie

As many as 100,000 young hippies descended on San Francisco in 1967 in what would become memorialized as the Summer of Love. This counterculture pop song was written in only 20 minutes and became their unofficial anthem.

A worldwide smash hit, it features one person alerting another what to expect upon arrival in San Francisco. They advise their friend that the city represents a new, free generation. There will be a love-in at this serene destination so be sure to wear flowers in their hair.

20. "Chick Wit da Braids" by Mario

In this 2002 R&B song, the short girl with the chocolate skin and the braids has caught Mario's attention, full stop. He likes what he sees so much that he must stare at her to get a better look.

Although others downtalk how beautiful and amazing this young woman is, Mario decides to make his move on someone else's girlfriend. She's the finest thing he's ever seen. Besides, her boyfriend is in prison so she must be lonely.

Mario, are you thinking straight? Do you like her braids that much?

Redheads comprise 1-2% of the global population while blondes make up about 3% of the worldwide population. People with brown and black hair make up most of the rest. What are you?

Redheads comprise 1-2% of the global population while blondes make up about 3% of the worldwide population. People with brown and black hair make up most of the rest. What are you?

Even More Songs About Hair

SongArtist(s)Year Released

21. Let My Hair Down

Nelly Furtado

2006

22. Braid My Hair

Mario

2002

23. Hair

The Cowsills

1969

24. Hair

Ashley Tisdale

2009

25. Jesse with the Long Hair Hanging Down

Robert Eart Keen

1993

26. Hairspray Queen

Nirvana

1990

27. Hair Up

Justin Timberlake, Gwen Stefani & Ron Funches

2016

28. Black Hair

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

1997

29. Long Blonde Hair

Laura Bell Bundy

2007

30. She's Always in My Hair

Prince

1985

31. The Girl with the Golden Braids

Perry Como

1957

32. Thru My Hair

Teo

2020

33. Good As Hell

Lizzo

2016

34. Wind in My Hair

Mandy Moore

2018

35. Baby Let Your Hair Grow Long

Brian Wilson

1988

36. Hair

Little Mix (featuring Sean Paul)

2016

37. Pencil Thin Mustache

Jimmy Buffett

1974

38. Big Bushy Mustache

Jake Shears

2018

39. The Girlie Had a Mustache

DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince

1989

40. The Haircut Song

Ray Stevens

1987

41. Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair

Nina Simone

1959

42. Bad Haircut

The Squids

2017

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Comments

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 06, 2021:

Peggy - Thanks for finding me! I've been having computer problems too. I ran an errand a week ago and came back to a dead hard drive. I should be having the fixed computer today probably. I feel grumpy and bored without it! Have a good weekend!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 05, 2021:

So glad I was able to locate this. We have been without our computer for many days and have a new hard drive. Still trying to locate things. Ugh! Your bad haircut surely stayed in your memory a long time! You continually amaze me that you are able to assemble these song lists on such a variety of topics.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 04, 2021:

Heidi - You are so talented! I bet you entertain your four-legged friends with your talents when no one else is listening just as my cats hear my opera. You just never know!

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on August 03, 2021:

And, of course, there was the whole Broadway musical, Hair! :) Of course, glad you included the track from South Pacific. And, yes, I can do that one-woman show, too. :-D

I guess we could also add Nazareth "Hair of the Dog"???

Have a great week!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 03, 2021:

Lora - There were some really inspirational as well as funny songs in this list, and I'm glad you gave several a whirl to find out! Thank you for stopping by and for your lovely comment. I like your bad hair story. Cringeworthy but memorable I bet. Have a wonderful week.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 03, 2021:

Linda - Thank you for the kind compliment. I appreciate your stopping by and hope that you are well.

Lora Hollings on August 03, 2021:

I loved your sense of humor that you showed in your article, Flourish. I think that we've all had some experience with bad hairstyles! I had a perm, many years ago, which was done too tightly and I ended up looking at least 25 yrs older than my age. I remember that it seemed like it lasted forever as I had to grow it out. But, it finally did! My favorite songs on your list are "Beauty Within," by Dead Prez and "If your Dad Doesn't have a Beard, You've Got two Mums. How funny that song is! You did a great job with all these songs.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on August 02, 2021:

This is yet another interesting article related to music. I’m impressed that you never run out of ideas! I appreciate the fact that you share points to think about as well as music.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 01, 2021:

Linda - I don't know why mothers in particular push so hard for certain hairstyles. Although it grows out kids have to suffer the indignity of photos (I'm sure you have important keepsake photos of your confirmation with your poodle perm), joshing from other kids, self-confidence issues, etc.

On the other extreme, there are those kids who take to their own hair like my nephew. He tried to self-trim with electric barber's clippers and omg the results looked like Edward Scissorhands had been there. His parents had to give him a super close shave to try to fix his creativity. My adult daughter unintentionally did something similar to my husband during the pandemic, also with electric barber's clippers. The back of his head looked like Jim Carrey in Dumb and Dumber. I've never laughed so hard in all my life.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 01, 2021:

Yves - I find that long hair is most flexible. You can wear it up in different ways, pull it back, chop it off if you want, straighten it, curl it, or let it flow down past your shoulders. I have naturally wavy/curly hair that looks like I have used hot rollers so I usually just wash and wear these days. You have gorgeous hair yourself. I love your color.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 01, 2021:

Bill - The Cowsills' version was based on the Broadway rendition but it deleted a lot of the religious references from the musical. Thanks for chiming in. Hope you are doing well. I won't ask where you were when all of that was going on in 1967.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 01, 2021:

Umesh - Thank you for the compliment.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on August 01, 2021:

Oh my, can I relate to the hairstyle from Hell. One week before my confirmation, Mom insisted that I get a perm. Good grief, I looked like a poodle. Like Pamela, I didn't know many of these songs (but I do now). I love the very first one--what a powerful statement.

As I was reading this, I was thinking however of the musical Hair (does that date me?)

Good list to start the week.

Yves on August 01, 2021:

Hu Flourish.... Your hair story was sad yet charming at the same time. Most women can relate to the haircut from hell. Nothing stresses me more than having to find a new hairstylist and hoping she is not a sadist, deep down.

Also, I think it is wonderful that you've grown out your beautiful locks. How exciting that people even want to touch your hair!

My favorite hair song has always been Sister Golden Hair. There is just something about the melody of that 70's song that has always drawn me in, even to this day.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on August 01, 2021:

Oddly, the Cowsills came to mind first, which is odd because they were such a meaningless little band for such a short time. And then the musical "Hair," but was there an actual song "Hair" from that musical? I don't remember. And who could forget Scott McKenzie? Many of us would like to. lol

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on August 01, 2021:

Excellent compilation. Nice.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 01, 2021:

Pamela - I'm glad you learned a few things. I was surprised there were so many. At first blush, hair seems like such a mundane topic. In fact, however, it is a highly emotionally charged and personal topic.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 01, 2021:

Dora - I certainly do laugh about it now. My dad gave me a nickname based on that story that stuck for decades. Long hair unfortunately didn't always rescue me from bad haircuts, as I have naturally curly hair and the beauticians frequently cut any bangs I have way too short, giving me an Uma Thurman look. Going to the beauty parlor doesn't always mean you'll look better when you come out. These days for me it's "pandemic hair don't care," but you really can't tell much thanks to a good haircut (skilled beautician). Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful week!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on August 01, 2021:

This is an interesting collection of songs about hair, Flourish. I was not familiar with quite a few.

I always learn about many songs thank to your articles. Hair is an interesting topic. Thanks for another great selection of songs.

Dora Weithers on August 01, 2021:

Flourish, while I read through the other hair scenarios, your haircut from hell stayed on my mind. I hope that you laugh about it now. Currently, it's my grandson, not my granddaughter as yet, who is focused on getting the right hair style.Truly, our hair is significant for different reasons at different stages of our lives. I like your article.

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