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53 Songs About Hands

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

We use our hands to love, fight, work, worship, and communicate. Celebrate the usefulness of these remarkable body parts and tools by creating a playlist of pop, rock, and country songs about hands.

We use our hands to love, fight, work, worship, and communicate. Celebrate the usefulness of these remarkable body parts and tools by creating a playlist of pop, rock, and country songs about hands.

The Remarkable Usefulness of Hands

At the end of your two arms exist the most marvelous, versatile tools. Think about all we can do with our own two hands:

  • reach out to one another in love and comfort
  • earn a living
  • worship
  • care for ourselves
  • push others away in self-defense and violence
  • greet, congratulate, offend, and say goodbye.

Whatever you do with your hands, celebrate the remarkable usefulness of these tools with a playlist. We have a long list of pop, rock, and country songs to start you off.

1. "Hands On You" by Ashley Monroe

Many people regret the drunk hook up, but the girl in this sultry 2018 country music song is just the opposite. She looks back and regrets not laying hands on the guy she has the hots for.

As she lays alone in her bed, her mind races with missed opportunity:

I wish I would've laid my hands on you
Shown you a thing or two
I wish I would've pushed you against the wall
Locked the door and bathroom stall, windows and the screen.

2. "Slow Hands" by Niall Horan

Well, Niall Horan has certainly grown up nicely, if you know what I mean. And in this 2017 pop song, he's singing about big boy moves. He's got his hands all over a lady friend and she implores him to take their business upstairs where he can ... er display his handiwork.

3. "Hold My Hand" by Sean Paul

In this 2009 reggae-inspired tune, the narrator wants his girl to hold his hand both literally and figuratively. He pledges both love and respect until his dying breath and also assures her that he will always be there for her.

If you're holding a partner's hand as you venture together through life, remind them of your commitment to them with additional songs about promises.

4. "Keep Your Hands to Yourself" by The Georgia Satellites

In a world where we now have Tindr and easy hookups, people keeping their hands to themselves doesn't happen much anymore. The smitten fella in this 1986 rock song is in love with his girlfriend and wants to take things to the next level physically. However, his sweetheart refuses to get intimate until they are married:

My honey, my baby, don't put my love upon no shelf
She said, "Don't give me no lies, and keep your hands to yourself."

5. "My Own Two Hands" by Ben Harper

According to this peppy, reggae-infused song from 2003, you have the power to positively change the world with your own two hands. Noting that his hands are useful for holding, comforting, and working, the narrator seeks to clean up the earth, reach out to others in kindness, and make our world a better place to exist—safer, brighter, and happier.

If you're looking to change the world using your two hands and a whole lot of determination, consider adopting an anthem to keep you motivated.

6. "Take My Hand" by Emily Hackett & Will Anderson

This 2014 love song is so heartfelt and earnest in its emotion. It would make an ideal wedding song. A groom asks his bride to take his hand, give him her word, and embark on the journey of a lifetime together. With weak knees and a strong heart, he assures her that they'll be lifelong friends and lovers.

7. "Slow Hand" by The Pointer Sisters

The lady in this 1981 pop song has groovin' on her mind, but she's not interested in a wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am. Tired of fast loving, she makes it known that her man must have a slow, unrushed hand and be ready for some all night lovin'.

8. "Hands Off My Heart" by MKTO

This 2016 pop song is about the struggle and surrender of toxic love. It features a guy who demands that the woman he is attracted get her hands off his heart. She's a schemer and a cheater, yet somehow difficult to resist.

The vixen reaches straight into his heart to rip it out. Wounded by her deceit, he warns her that he can also be a heartbreaker. If you know a thing or two about toxic love relationships, there are lots more songs on this topic.

9. "Hands On You" by Florida Georgia Line

Having been separated from his former lover for too long, the guy in this 2012 country song has his mind racing with naughty thoughts. He's consumed with ideas about what he'll finally do when he and his old flame reunite between the sheets and he can get his hands on her. As they burn up the dance floor, he's just waiting for the signal that they can take it back to his place.

10. "Daddy's Hands" by Holly Dunn

The grown woman in this 1986 country song looks back lovingly on all that her father's hands represent. His hands were working hands, calloused with deep lines, yet they were also capable of great comfort. Her father used them to pray, comfort his daughter when she had a nightmare, pat her back in congratulations, and hold her mother tight:

Daddy's hands were soft and kind when I was cryin'
Daddy's hands were hard as steel when I'd done wrong
Daddy's hands weren't always gentle, but I've come to understand
There was always love in daddy's hands.

11. "Too Much Time on My Hands" by Styx

Benjamin Franklin once said, "Idle hands are the devil's playthings." The guy in this 1981 classic rock song is a self-described loser with idle hands and a mind to match. While the world passes him by, he wastes his time at the local watering hole.

Hey, get a job, buddy. Or at least a productive hobby.

12. "Hands in the Air" by Timbaland (featuring Ne-Yo)

The vibe is right and the speakers are thumpin'. This 2012 electronic dance song urges you to get your hands in the air and dance with the rest of the wild crowd. Stand on a couch. Stand on a chair. Just get your hands in the air.

13. "Hold My Hand" by Hootie & The Blowfish

Each of us needs acceptance, especially when we're feeling at our worst. In this 2003 pop song, the narrator reaches out a hand in peace and love to a friend who needs it. Head down, crying, and with unkempt hair, the friend feels isolated, but the narrator extends a helping hand, offering to love them and lift them up the best he can. He offers hope more than anything else.

14. "Healing Hands" by Elton John

According to this uplifting 1989 pop song, there's nothing like the power of healing hands when you're feeling hurt, unloved, and out of choices. The power of touch can bring lightness to a dark work and help you learn to live again.

15. "Hands to Myself" by Selena Gomez

People say the guy Selena is attracted to is no good, but she is having a hard time keeping her hands to herself in this 2016 pop song. (Is that you again, Justin Bieber?) Mentally, she's going through their relationship and knows it's not a healthy one, but she just can't keep her hands off him.

Fun fact about hands:  Fingers don't have muscles.  The muscles in our forearms move the tendons in our fingers. Now you know!

Fun fact about hands: Fingers don't have muscles. The muscles in our forearms move the tendons in our fingers. Now you know!

Idioms Related to Hands: How Many Do You Know?

IdiomMeaning

to force someone's hand

making them do something unwillingly or sooner than planned

live from hand to mouth

not having any money to save because your earnings are spent on food and other essentials

eat out of someone’s hand

to be completely controlled by someone

hand in glove

to coordinate, collaborate, or work very closely together

to have blood on one’s hands

to deserve blame

to overplay your hand

to try too hard to achieve an objective, resulting in failure or complications

left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing

communication is poor among people involved

to go hat in hand to someone

to go humbly to ask someone for help or money

a hot hand

a winning streak

can’t find one’s butt with both hands (in broad daylight)

to be stupid or incompetent

give with one hand and take away with the other

to help in one way but also do something to have the opposite effect

oil someone's hand (grease someone's palm)

to bribe someone

time hangs on heavy hands

time moves slowly when you have little to do

16. "Clap Your Hands" by Sia

This danceable 2010 pop song urges you to shake off the negative energy and clap your hands. Dance to the music and take a chance on romance as you sway to the rhythm.

17. "Hold My Hand" by Jess Glynne

Feeling uneasy, the narrator in this 2015 pop song is looking for reassurance in the strong hand of her partner. She wants him to put his arms around her and tell her that everything is okay. Tired of being alone, she needs someone who is all in when it comes to this relationship:

Darling, hold my hand
Oh, won't you hold my hand?
'Cause I don't wanna walk on my own anymore.

18. "On the Other Hand" by Randy Travis

The guy in this 1986 country chart-topper has a real problem on his hands. On one hand, he sports a gold band and all the promises that go with it. On the other hand, he's cheating with a lover who makes him feel alive. Although torn between his choices, he ultimately knows he needs to go back home.

19. "Hands" by Jewel

With all the political talk about small hands, I guess you could insert your own joke here. However, this 1998 pop song takes on a spiritual and hopeful tone. The narrator references the challenges of poverty and heartache and relies on her own two hands—small, yes, but her own—to lift her up.

Jewel wrote the song when she was living out of her car and couldn't afford to buy a sundress that she wanted. She briefly contemplated stealing it but instead relied on her faith and the usefulness of her own two hands to work to be able to buy it.

20. "Riptide" by Vance Joy

In this indie rock song from 2014, a guy is utterly smitten with an unpredictable woman who has big dreams. Although there are things about her that scare him, he seeks to be her "left-hand man," meaning that he wishes to marry her.

Babies need exposure to early touch.  It is extraordinarily important for development of both cognitive function and a healthy body.

Babies need exposure to early touch. It is extraordinarily important for development of both cognitive function and a healthy body.

Even More Songs About Hands

Did we miss a good song about hands? Make a suggestion in the Comments Section below.

SongArtistYear Released

21. Lay Your Hands on Me

Bon Jovi

1988

22. Hold My Hand

Barenaked Ladies

2015

23. Willie and the Hand Jive

Johnny Otis

1958

24. Hand That Rocks the Cradle

Glen Campbell

1987

25. U + Ur Hand

Pink

2006

26. Hands in the Air

Miley Cyrus (featuring Ludacris)

2013

27. Hand in My Pocket

Alanis Morrisette

1995

28. Hands of Time

Margo Price

2016

29. Hands All Over

Maroon 5

2011

30. I Want to Hold Your Hand

The Beatles

1964

31. Put Your Hand in Mine

Tracy Byrd

1999

32. The Hand That Feeds

Nine Inch Nails

2005

33. Hold My Hand

Akon & Michael Jackson

2010

34. Lay Your Hands on Me

Thompson Twins

1985

35. Put Your Hands Up

Matchbox Twenty

2012

36. Write Your Number On Your Hand

Scotty McCleary

2011

37. Hold My Hand

New Found Glory

2006

38. If I Feel Your Hand

Mindy McCready

2002

39. Hold My Hand

Maher Zain

2009

40. The Devil's Right Hand

Steve Earle

1991

41. Hand to Hold Onto

John Cougar Mellencamp

1982

42. Touch a Hand, Make a Friend

The Staple Singers

1974

43. Hold My Hand

The Fray

2014

44. Don't Bite the Hand that Feeds

Ratt

1988

45. Take My Hand

Simple Plan

2008

46. All Hands On Deck

Tinashe

2014

47. Hand in Hand

98 Degrees

1997

48. Hand on Your Heart

Kylie Minogue

1989

49. Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)

Diana Ross

1970

50. Put Your Hand in the Hand

Ocean

1971

51. Don't Take Your Hand Off My Heart

Dawn Sears

2005

52. Born to Hand Jive

Sha Na Na

1976

53. You Need Hands

Sex Pixtols

1979

Questions & Answers

Question: What song contains these lyrics: "some people would rob their mother for the hands"?

Answer: The song that you want is this: "Ends" (1999) by Everlast. Note, however, that the lyrics are a little different, perhaps the result of mishearing them. This is common, no worry. Here's a sample of the actual lyrics and a link to the YouTube:

Ends

Some people will rob their mother

For the ends

Rats snitch on one another

For the ends

Sometimes kids get murdered

For the ends

So before we go any further

I want my ends. ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0szqyWvPNKY

Question: What song contains the lyrics “stop, and hold her hand”?

Answer: Although there aren't any songs with those specific lyrics (at least not any that came up in my search of multiple lyrics databases), there is one that is close, and that is: "Tell Me You Are Tired" by Santana (1976). It uses the lyrics, "stay and hold her hand." Additionally, I found about 20 other songs that use the words "and hold her hand."

© 2018 FlourishAnyway

Comments

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 11, 2018:

Dianna - Indeed there is a playlist for nearly just about any subject! Thank you for stopping by. Hope your Mother's Day weekend is a great one!

Dianna Mendez on May 11, 2018:

Well, you continue to amaze me with your topics. Who would have thought there were so many "hand" songs? I took your quiz, it was interesting and I learned lots but failed miserably!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 01, 2018:

Devika - Thank you for taking the time to comment. Have a wonderful week!

DDE on April 30, 2018:

Most of these songs I don't know of and you shared with great interest.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 28, 2018:

Genna - Thanks for your kind comment. I really liked Jewel's song, too, especially after examining the lyrics a little closer. Have a wonderful Spring weekend!

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on April 28, 2018:

Who would have thought of a music installment about hands? Your creativity is endless, my friend. This is wonderful! That photo of the baby's hand resting on the father's just stole my heart, as did the song, "Hands" by Jewel.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 26, 2018:

Peggy, Thank you for such a kind comment. I think we all need more hugs in life, as long as they come from welcome sources.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 26, 2018:

Catherine - Thanks for such a fun comment! At first, I thought I'd only be able to count on the fingers of one hand the number of hand-related songs. There indeed is a playlist for nearly every topic!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 26, 2018:

It is amazing how many songs have been written about hands! That is such a sweet photo of that baby's hand in the much larger one of a parent. Yes touch is important not only for babies but for all of us as we venture through life.

Catherine Giordano from Orlando Florida on April 26, 2018:

Your hands on approach to hands really grabbed me. I found your commentary on the songs very touching. Also amusing. I've got to hand it to you. You do a great job with these songs P.S. I really loved the first picture.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 25, 2018:

Frances - I can almost hear those beginner violinists now! Eek, eek, eek. Thanks for stopping by. Have a glorious week.

Frances Metcalfe from The Limousin, France on April 24, 2018:

Really good subject,Flourish! Why do bad things with hands when you can do so much good? So much energy put into awful acts. People should be being creative, healing and caring with their hands. Play a musical instrument and entertain - it's good for you as well as for others (unless you've just started on the violin, perhaps!).

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 24, 2018:

Mary - I guess I need to do legs and feet next, huh? I'll put that on my long list.

I'm still trying to imagine shaking hands with a polydactyl person. Got a polydactyl cat and he's amazing. I'm sure polydactyl people are too.

Anyway, have a wonderful week down in wonderful Brazil!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 24, 2018:

Dora - I was able to see Holly Dunn in concert when she was at her peak popularity and heard her perform this heartwarming song. It reminds me of my own father--his strength and love and what a wonderful grandfather he is now. Thank you for commenting and taking a look. Have a wonderful week, dear Dora.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on April 24, 2018:

So many good ones, but I'm drawn to the fact of love in Daddy's hands. Keep the playlists coming!

Mary Wickison from Brazil on April 24, 2018:

I didn't do well on the quiz, that was tough. Interesting questions though.

You really got a 'hand'le on this topic. LOL

Great list of songs about hands, I'd have never guessed there were so many.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on April 24, 2018:

A fantastic hub. Well done. Never knew there were so many songs about hands. I always stuck with the top one which I know the best by The Beatles I Wanna Hold Your Hand and never realized there are so many others out there.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 24, 2018:

Linda - I appreciate your kind compliments. I hope you have a wonderful week on your hands.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on April 23, 2018:

I'm always impressed by your extensive knowledge of pop, rock, and country songs. The number of references to hands in the songs is impressive, too! Thanks for sharing another interesting playlist as well as the idioms related to hands.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 23, 2018:

Heidi - It's good to be busy (just not too busy). The more I hear the classics, the more I realize I didn't appreciate them enough back in the day. Have a wonderful week.

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on April 23, 2018:

Happy Monday!

Now Styx "Too Much Time on My Hands" is running through my brain... even though that's not the case for me lately. :) Wishful thinking, I guess.

Another awesome playlist to start the week! Make it a great one!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 23, 2018:

Larry - I love that song, too! Thanks for reading. Have a great week!

Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on April 23, 2018:

A big fan of "Keep Your Hands to Yourself". Great read!

Ann Carr from SW England on April 23, 2018:

Sorry, how did I miss that?! All great songs and it's great to have a memory jog like this.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 23, 2018:

Ann - Thanks for giving me a hand. The Beatles song is already on the list at #30, but I have included the Sex Pistols' cover version of old Max's song (I hope he's honored rather than turning over in his grave at their version, but I thought it was lovely). Have a fabulous week, hands down.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 23, 2018:

Bill - Hey, you got one at least. Maybe we can pull you into this century with a few songs?

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 23, 2018:

Linda - Thanks for your kind compliment. We'll see if the map is allowed to stay in. Oh, those bums.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on April 23, 2018:

Only you could do this. I know how much time goes into my weekly series. I can't begin to imagine the time and effort that go into these. The research is amazing. Thank you. These are so much fun (and I see you've gone back to including the map).

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 23, 2018:

Twelve hours of thinking about this and all I could think of was The Beatles....not my best topic!

Ann Carr from SW England on April 23, 2018:

I'll throw my hand in - I didn't do at all well in the quiz!

Great selection, most of which I didn't know. Beatles - 'I Wanna Hold your Hand', Eric Clapton 'Slow Hand', Max Bygraves 'You Need Hands' (really old!)...

Thanks for the entertaining hub, Flourish.

Ann

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 23, 2018:

Mary - Thanks for that kind compliment. I work hard at coming up with subjects and doing the supporting research, but it's fun, too. Glad you enjoyed some of these songs.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 23, 2018:

Frank - You weren't too handy at that, eh? Well, that's ok. Maybe you learned something interesting. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 23, 2018:

John, Thanks for the kind comment. I have a lot of fun finding topics and the songs to go with them. Have a wonderful week!

Frank Atanacio on April 22, 2018:

Love the music hubs.. and I'm afraid I did poorly on the quiz.. :( LOL.. a 30% that's less then a handful of right answers.. wished someone would have given me a hand... I'm not too familiar with most of the hand songs, but nevertheless it was a wonderful fun read and quiz...:)

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on April 22, 2018:

What an amazing list of songs you included here, Flourish. I am always in awe of the research and information you pack into these song collection hubs. Well done.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on April 22, 2018:

You're the only one who could think of this category. It's wonderful with these many songs. Some of these are songs I love.