53 Songs About Hands

Updated on April 23, 2018
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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. | Source

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."

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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! | Source

Idioms Related to Hands: How Many Do You Know?

Idiom
Meaning
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. | Source

Even More Songs About Hands

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

Locations with Names Associated with Hands

A
Hand County, South Dakota, USA:
Hand County, SD, USA

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B
Finger, Tennessee, USA:
Finger, TN 38334, USA

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C
Finger Lakes, New York, USA:
Finger Lakes, NY, USA

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D
Finger Ridge, Tennessee, USA:
Finger Ridge, Tennessee 37920, USA

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E
Grip, Norway:
Grip, Kristiansund, Norway

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Index Island, Canada:
Index Island, Sioux Narrows Nestor Falls, ON P0V, Canada

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Knuckle Lake, Canada:
Knuckle Lake, Unorganized Thunder Bay District, ON P0T, Canada

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Middle Finger Trail, Arizona, USA:
Middle Finger Trail, Sedona, AZ 86336, USA

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Palm Island, St Vincent and the Grenadines:
Palm Island, St Vincent and the Grenadines

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Pinky Ridge, Utah, USA:
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    • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR

      FlourishAnyway 

      2 months ago from USA

      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!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      2 months ago

      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!

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 months ago from USA

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

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      DDE 

      2 months ago

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

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 months ago from USA

      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!

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      Genna East 

      2 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      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.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 months ago from USA

      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.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 months ago from USA

      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!

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      Peggy Woods 

      2 months ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      Catherine Giordano 

      2 months ago from Orlando Florida

      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.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 months ago from USA

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

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      Frances Metcalfe 

      2 months ago from The Limousin, France

      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 profile imageAUTHOR

      FlourishAnyway 

      2 months ago from USA

      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!

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 months ago from USA

      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.

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 months ago from The Caribbean

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

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      Mary Wickison 

      2 months ago from Brazil

      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.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      2 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      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.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 months ago from USA

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

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      Linda Crampton 

      2 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      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.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 months ago from USA

      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.

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      Heidi Thorne 

      2 months ago from Chicago Area

      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!

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 months ago from USA

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

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      Larry Rankin 

      2 months ago from Oklahoma

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

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      Ann Carr 

      2 months ago from SW England

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

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 months ago from USA

      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.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 months ago from USA

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

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 months ago from USA

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

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      Linda Lum 

      2 months ago from Washington State, USA

      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).

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

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

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      Ann Carr 

      2 months ago from SW England

      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 profile imageAUTHOR

      FlourishAnyway 

      2 months ago from USA

      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 profile imageAUTHOR

      FlourishAnyway 

      2 months ago from USA

      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!

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 months ago from USA

      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!

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      Frank Atanacio 

      2 months ago

      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...:)

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      John Hansen 

      2 months ago from Queensland Australia

      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.

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      Mary Norton 

      2 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      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.

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