61 Songs About Medicine, Doctors, and Health

Updated on August 1, 2018
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Celebrate doctors, medicine, and the healthcare system in a playlist of pop, rock, country, R&B, and metal songs.  Whether you love doctors or avoid the healthcare system at all costs, there's a song just for you!
Celebrate doctors, medicine, and the healthcare system in a playlist of pop, rock, country, R&B, and metal songs. Whether you love doctors or avoid the healthcare system at all costs, there's a song just for you! | Source

Doctor, Doctor

Wonder why medical debt is the leading cause of bankruptcy in the United States? You're paying for an awful lot of education supporting that physician's expert medical opinion:

  • a four-year undergraduate degree
  • four more years of medical school
  • a residency program lasting from 3-8 years, depending on the medical specialty and
  • specialty fellowships lasting 1-3 years (optional).

When medical care saves your life, however, that hefty price is worthwhile, although a new set of worries can begin once those bills begin to pour in. For better or worse, many of us wouldn't be where we are now if it were not for doctors, modern medicine, and our healthcare system. Whether you're a hospital worker or a patient, celebrate doctors, hospitals, and medicine with a playlist of popular songs. We have a long list to start you out!

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1. "Stayin' Alive" by Bee Gees

Isn't this the whole point of the healthcare system—to keep people alive? This disco smash hit from 1977 was part of the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack and is Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Interestingly, it's also been used to train medical professionals to administer the correct number of chest compressions per minute. CPR requires 100-120, and the song has about 104 beats per minute.

2. "Bad Medicine" by Bon Jovi

Although he's ailing desperately, the guy in this 1988 hair metal song doesn't have a fever. He's suffering from "a permanent disease" and searching earnestly for a cure. (Sounds really bad.) The narrator has already determined that the remedy for his toxic love addiction is some bad medicine from his sweetheart. Evidently, millions of people were ill that year with the same ailment because the song was an international favorite.

If you're suffering from a toxic love affair and want to assemble a playlist of songs about toxic love relationships then click here.

3. "I Want a New Drug" by Huey Lewis & The News

In this pop song from 1984, a man is looking for a new drug to make him feel like he does when he's alone with his girlfriend. Perhaps they broke up or he just can't get enough of her. Whatever the reason, he lists all the side effects that the drug cannot have. Apparently, his honey fills the prescription.

4. "Bad Case Of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor)" by Robert Palmer

In this 1979 rock song is a man who is wholly smitten with a woman who repeatedly betrays him. He has a bad case of love obsession, and there's no pill for this affliction, although he seeks help from a doctor just in case. An adaptation of the tune is featured as the opening theme song for the medically-themed talk show, The Doctors.

5. "Another One Bites the Dust" by Queen

When all medical interventions fail, this is what happens. We go meet our maker. We take a dirt nap. We cash in our chips. Sooner or later, we'll all go toes up, although doctors try to prolong our lives and make the best of the years we have.

This rock classic was a worldwide favorite in 1980. Ironically, because the song is about 110 beats a minute, it is also used to train medical professionals to administer the correct number of CPR chest compressions per minute (100-120). A little creepy, huh?

6. "The First Cut Is the Deepest" by Sheryl Crow

If you've ever had surgery, then you're probably thankful that there are good people who don't get woozy at the sight of blood and needles. Aren't you glad your surgeon and his or her team can slice and dice you then sew you up, good as new? (Well, almost.)

Sheryl Crow didn't sing this chart-topping rock ballad first, but I think she sang it best with her 2003 cover of Cat Stevens' original.

7. "A Little Bit Longer" by Jonas Brothers

Nick Jonas wrote this 2008 pop song about his struggle with Type 1 Diabetes, previously called juvenile diabetes. Unless you've walked in the shoes of someone with an incurable chronic illness, you just couldn't understand. The tune describes the frustrations of such an illness and the requisite patience while you wait for medical research to find a cure. May medical researchers find it soon.

8. "Hospital" by Counting Crows

In this 2012 rock song, the narrator is headed to the hospital, and he's anticipating all that goes along with hospitalization: hospital gowns, not knowing when you'll be released, not being able to sleep, and lots of pills. The song references the experience of song's front man who suffered major withdrawal symptoms after coming off of ineffective psychiatric medicine which was prescribed to him for a mental disorder.

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9. "Cuts Like a Knife" by Bryan Adams

In this 1983 rock song, the narrator's lover might as well have a scalpel in her hand. She's severing their relationship and hasn't bothered with anesthesia. Rumor is that the woman has been cheating on the poor fella. Although he feels betrayed, he also admits needing her. That sure cuts like a knife.

If you know what it's like to be in an unfaithful love relationship—whether as the cheater or the cheated upon—here are additional lying and cheating rock anthems.

10. "Chemo Hero" by Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton wrote this 2017 song for her own niece who battled five brutal years of leukemia and is now an adult. Although it's a children's tune, I included it because it is touching and an important, uplifting song to have in your treasure trove.

The tune describes the heroism of tolerating neverending chemo treatments and being frequently poked with needles. Together with the help of loved ones, doctors, and nurses, the young patient is a "chemo hero" who is getting rid of bad cells.

11. "Doctor! Doctor!" by The Thompson Twins

This international pop hit from 1984 features a narrator who addresses the object of his sexual desire, attempting to lure her closer. He's not sure whether it's love he's feeling, but there's some kind of fever that's "burning, burning" in his loin area. He consults his doctor for an urgent diagnosis.

12. "Just Like a Pill" by Pink

This 2001 pop song describes the narrator's desire to break free from a dysfunctional romantic relationship. Given her history of drug problems, Pink couches the toxic dynamics within the context of rehab and being on a bad trip.

13. "Doctor Love" by First Choice

With just one kiss, a love doctor wrote the lady in this 1977 R&B ditty a prescription for her pain and cured her. Doctor love saved her from a broken heart, performed a smooth operation on her, and she's been healthy ever since. Maybe she needs to share his number?

14. "Witch Doctor" by David Seville

What do you do when the woman you adore doesn't return your affections? The guy in this fun 1958 novelty song consults a witch doctor on how to win her heart. (Oh, if it were only that easy!) Witch doctors are traditional healers who treat medical ailments, including those caused by witchcraft.

"Good health and good sense are two of life's greatest blessings." - Publilius Syrus, ancient Latin writer
"Good health and good sense are two of life's greatest blessings." - Publilius Syrus, ancient Latin writer | Source

15. "Medicine" by Harry Styles

The person Harry Styles is talking to in this 2018 pop song must be a nurse because Harry says he's "here to take my medicine." The sexually suggestive song has been called a bisexual anthem, in that it refers to love interests that are both male and female.

16. "Dr. Feelgood" by Motley Crue

This is not the kind of doctor you want to seek. In fact, he's not even a medical doctor at all. This 1989 heavy metal describes a drug dealer who calls himself "Dr. Feelgood" and sells heroin to the desperate. Beware of his treatments; the medicine is worse than what ails you.

17. "Medicine" by Kelly Clarkson

Some people can get over a former lover quickly, while for others it's a process. In this 2017 pop song, a newly empowered woman informs her ex that she has nearly forgotten about him. The guy created too much drama, and now narrator doesn't think about him. Her ex is no longer her medicine.

18. "Spoonful of Sugar" by Julie Andrews

If you've ever watched Mary Poppins, then you're familiar with the medically-related refrain of this 1964 classic show tune:

A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down
The medicine go down-wown
The medicine go down
Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down
In a most delightful way.

The meaning of the sage advice from the kind and self-assured nanny is that if you include something fun or positive in your work, it'll seem much less cumbersome. To help you with that spoonful of sugar, here's a sugar and sweets playlist.

19. "Stitches" by Shawn Mendes

When your unkind lover delivers words that cut deeper than a knife, you'll obviously need stitches to mend that wound. (There will still be scarring, however.) This 2015 pop song was an international hit, and in it, the mean woman whom Shawn Mendes loves simply watches him bleed.

20. "Calling Dr. Love" by KISS

Don't you love how some people think they're all that and a bag of chips? Thinking very highly of his sexual prowess and attractiveness, the make-up adorned dude in this 1977 rock song claims to be Dr. Love. He sees a woman he likes and assures her that he has the cure she's looking for:

You need my love baby, oh so bad
You're not the only one I've ever had
And if I say I want to set you free
Don't you know you'll be in misery.

However, with bravado like that, one wonders whether it's something more than love that he's spreading?

"The greatest gift you can give your family and the world is a healthy you." - Joyce Meyer, American author
"The greatest gift you can give your family and the world is a healthy you." - Joyce Meyer, American author | Source

Even More Songs About Doctors, Medicine, and Health

Song
Artist
Year Released
21. Somebody Get Me a Doctor
Van Halen
1979
22. Doctor My Eyes
Jackson Browne
1971
23. Like a Surgeon
Weird Al Yankovic
1985
24. Doctor, Doctor
Iron Maiden
1996
25. Fever
Peggy Lee
1960
26. Catch My Disease
Ben Lee
2005
27. I Don't Need No Doctor
Humble Pie
1971
28. The Doctor
The Doobie Brothers
1989
29. Words Are Medicine
Tim McGraw
2014
30. How to Save a Life
The Fray
2006
31. Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out
The Replacements
1984
32. Medicine
Daughter
2012
33. Heart Attack
Demi Lovato
2013
34. Remedy
Jason Mraz
2003
35. Medicine Man
Whitesnake
1979
36. Dr Beat
Miami Sound Machine
1984
37. Fever
The Black Keys
2014
38. Medicine
Shakira (featuring Blake Shelton)
2014
39. Do You Really Want to Hurt Me
Culture Club
1983
40. (I Just) Died In Your Arms Tonight
Cutting Crew
2013
41. Make It Go Away (The Radiation Song)
Sheryl Crow
2008
42. Sister Morphine
The Rolling Stones
1969
43. Medicine
The 1975
2014
44. The Hospital Song
10cc
1973
45. Great Day to Be Alive
Travis Tritt
2000
46. My Medicine
The Pretty Reckless
2010
47. My Medicine
Snoop Dogg (featuring Willie Nelson)
2008
48. Hospital Food
David Gray
2005
49. Under Pressure
Queen
1982
50. Medicine
The Prodigy
2015
51. Hospital Beds
Florence + The Machine
2009
52. Hospital Flowers
Owl City
2011
53. Girl, You Have No Faith In Medicine
The White Stripes
2003
54. Hot Blooded
Foreigner
1978
55. I'm So Sick
Flyleaf
2006
56. I Wanna Be Sedated
The Ramones
1978
57. Good Lovin'
The Young Rascals
1965
58. Heart Attack
Olivia Newton-John
1982
59. Dr. Feelgood
Aretha Franklin
1967
60. Dr. Feel Good
Travie McCoy (featuring Cee Lo Green)
2010
61. Love Is the Drug
Roxy Music
1975
Do you know a song about doctors, medicine, or healthcare that should be on this playlist? Make a suggestion in the Comments Section below!

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      • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR

        FlourishAnyway 

        3 months ago from USA

        Pamela - Thank you for the kind compliment and for stopping by. Have a wonderful week.

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        3 months ago from Sunny Florida

        This is an outstanding article as it has a wealth of data about doctors, history and an huge number of songs about medicine. I never thought about there being that number of songs about medicine and doctors. Interesting article.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        4 months ago from USA

        Chitrangada - Thank you for stopping by and for your kind comment. Glad you enjoyed the playlist. Have a great week!

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        Chitrangada Sharan 

        4 months ago from New Delhi, India

        Interesting and impressive list, and I didn’t realise that there were so many songs related to doctors, medicines and health. Some of the songs are familiar to me.

        Nice way of paying tribute to health professionals. Thanks for sharing this wonderful article!

      • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR

        FlourishAnyway 

        4 months ago from USA

        Dora - Thank you for playing along. I try to include a range of songs but not everyone has exposure to some of these songs. Have a great weekend!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        4 months ago from USA

        Peggy - Thanks for taking my quiz! I'm glad you enjoyed this, No matter how old I get, I still love the Bee Gees. They bring back good memories. Have a great weekend! Stay healthy!

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        Peggy Woods 

        4 months ago from Houston, Texas

        Great assemblage of songs regarding doctors and the medical profession. Now I have Stayin' Alive floating around in my mind. Ha! That medical quiz was most fascinating!

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        Dora Weithers 

        4 months ago from The Caribbean

        Great list bringing together several kinds of doctors and ailments. Interesting even though none of these songs are familiar to me.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        4 months ago from USA

        Natalie - Thanks for taking a look. Glad you liked it. I can't get CPR and "Another One Bites the Dust" out of my mind since doing this one. Arghhh!

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        Natalie Frank 

        4 months ago from Chicago, IL

        And yet another amazing song list! Truly you have no limit of ideas for these and each one is creative and interesting. The content you add about the songs and topic always goes a long way to making your articles unique. Keeping an eye out for the next one . . .

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        FlourishAnyway 

        4 months ago from USA

        Larry - Hope you're having a great week. Be well.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        4 months ago from USA

        Liz - Very cool. Glad you enjoyed the article.

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        Liz Westwood 

        4 months ago from UK

        Another interesting article. I've come across the Staying Alive CPR link several years ago on a First Aid Course.

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        Larry Rankin 

        4 months ago from Oklahoma

        Always enjoy your lists:-)

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        FlourishAnyway 

        4 months ago from USA

        Linda - I'm glad you enjoyed this! Thanks for commenting, and have a great week!

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        Linda Crampton 

        4 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

        The link between the song beats and CPR chest compressions is very interesting. Thanks for sharing the information and the songs.

      • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR

        FlourishAnyway 

        4 months ago from USA

        Heidi - I love that hair metal music too! Thanks for the song suggestion. I've added it at #61. Have a great week!

      • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR

        FlourishAnyway 

        4 months ago from USA

        Linda - Thanks for stopping by! Glad that you enjoyed this! Have a fabulous week!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        4 months ago from USA

        Audrey - And "Another One Bites the Dust" too! Can you imagine that going on in someone's mind as they try to keep you alive? Hope you have a happy and healthy weekend!

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        Linda Lum 

        4 months ago from Washington State, USA

        Oh my, all of these songs that I never thought of as "medically-related". What a fun trip down memory lane. I loved this one.

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        Audrey Hunt 

        4 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        Very clever, my friend! I had no idea that "Stay'in Alive" was used in training medical professionals. Thanks again.

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        Heidi Thorne 

        4 months ago from Chicago Area

        Of course, in my typical hair band way, the Van Halen, Bon Jovi and Motley Crue tunes top my list. And I'd add Roxy Music, "Love is the Drug."

        But I do like Peggy Lee's Fever, too.

        Hope you're doing well (pun intended)!

      • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR

        FlourishAnyway 

        4 months ago from USA

        RoadMonkey - Thank you for the visit and for the song suggestion. Have a wonderful week!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        4 months ago from USA

        Margie - I'm happy you enjoyed this. Thanks for the kind comment and have a lovely week!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        4 months ago from USA

        Mary - I've met great ones, and I've met those I wished I hadn't. When you find a good doctor, hang on to him or her! Stay healthy and happy!

      • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR

        FlourishAnyway 

        4 months ago from USA

        Frank - Glad you enjoyed this so much. I recall doing disco dancing in gym class to the Bee Gees. Did you do that?

      • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR

        FlourishAnyway 

        4 months ago from USA

        Bill - Don't these songs just trigger the memories? Have a good week, my friend!

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        RoadMonkey 

        4 months ago

        Very clever list. I didn't see the Sophia Loren and Peter Seller's song, Oh doctor I'm in trouble, well goodness gracious me.

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        Margie's Southern Kitchen 

        4 months ago from the USA

        Girlfriend, I wish I had the abilities you have to write! Loved the doctors, medicine, and health article. Keep them coming!

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        Mary Norton 

        4 months ago from Ontario, Canada

        I never thought there are so many songs around doctors. We do entrust them with our well being so they play a crucial role in our lives. They need to be celerated.

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        Frank Atanacio 

        4 months ago from Shelton

        Flourish loved it.. this was clever gathering of all the health, doctor..et al songs... Stayin Alive... wow my disco years.. :) thanks again for the roll back.. stay healthy...

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        Bill Holland 

        4 months ago from Olympia, WA

        Jackson Browne all the way, baby! Instant recall of that song....it's really weird how our brains work. ;)

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