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64 Songs About Men, Masculinity, and Being a Man

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

Hey there, manly man!  Here's a shout out to you. Celebrate men, masculinity, and being a  man with a playlist of pop, rock, hip hop, R&B, and country songs about guys.

Hey there, manly man! Here's a shout out to you. Celebrate men, masculinity, and being a man with a playlist of pop, rock, hip hop, R&B, and country songs about guys.

Being a Good Man Is an Art

Although being a man isn't always easy, being a good man is an artform. If you've mastered the fine art of masculinity by being one of the good guys—or if you have a good man in your life that you care about—then here's a playlist of pop, rock, and country songs about men, being a man, and manliness.

Here's a shout out to you, fellas!

Reader Poll

1. "The Man" by The Killers

Full of testosterone, the lyrics of this 2017 rock song demand, "Who's the man? Who's the man? I'm the man. I'm the man." It's one of those man anthems you can sing to yourself in the mirror as you pump yourself up for the day.

The narrator has money in the bank, gas in his tank and so much machismo that one can almost hear him belch and fart his way through these testosterone-charged lyrics:

I know the score like the back of my hand
Them other boys, I don't give a damn
They kiss on the ring, I carry the crown
Nothing can break, nothing can break me down.

2. "Whatta Man" by Linda Lyndell

If you're looking to start your own fan club, then this 1968 pop hit might help. It provides compliments on being a "mighty, mighty good man," although note that the focus seems to be on the fella's impressive dance moves. These dance steps include the Funky Broadway, the James Brown, and the Camel Walk.

The song was improvised in only two takes by its original singer, a white woman who served as a back-up singer to Ike & Tina Turner and James Brown back in the day. Sadly, her hit caught the attention of the Ku Klux Klan and other racist groups who lodged threats against her because they didn't approve of her association with black singers, no matter how famous.

The songstress retreated from the music industry and spent more than two decades living in seclusion until 1993, when Salt n' Peppa and En Vogue released their rendition of her song.

3. "Man of the Year" by Leroy Sanchez

Who's with me on voting this guy the Man of the Year? In this 2017 pop song, a man proclaims that he's not afraid to wear his heart on his sleeve for the girl he loves. He buys her flowers, gives her pep talks about how great she is, and listens when she wants to talk. That's husband material!

"Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value." - Albert Einstein, German-American theoretical physicist

"Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value." - Albert Einstein, German-American theoretical physicist

4. "The Boys Are Back in Town" by Thin Lizzy

This 1976 rock song is a dude's anthem to spending time with his friends. Women are wonderful, but sometimes you just need to kick back and enjoy bonding time with the bros.

Man Facts: Take the Quiz

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. Worldwide, men have a life expectancy of almost ___ years, which is 4 years shorter than the life expenctancy owomen
    • 72
    • 59
    • 65
  2. For approximately the first six weeks of conception, all human embryos are
    • male
    • female
    • hermaphrodites
  3. Men make up half of the U.S. workforce, however they suffer ___ % of on-the-job fatalities.
    • 92
    • 75
    • 65
  4. The ratio of female to male nurses in the United States is more than
    • 15-to-1
    • 9-to-1
    • 30-to-1
  5. On average, men will spend ___ of their lives shaving.
    • 7 months
    • 9 weeks
    • 45 days
  6. What is the leading cause of death among U.S. men?
    • accidents
    • heart disease
    • cancer (all types)

Answer Key

  1. 65
  2. female
  3. 92
  4. 9-to-1
  5. 45 days
  6. heart disease

5. "Man in the Mirror" by Michael Jackson

Whatever you might think about the gloved one, he deserves major kudos for this 1988 pop song about becoming a better man. The narrator describes wanting to make the world a better place by starting with himself. Are you the man you want to be?

6. "Holding Out for a Hero" by Bonnie Tyler

It's hard trying to live up to the hero fantasy, but someone has to do it. In this 1984 pop song, the female narrator wonders where all the good men have gone.

She then insists that she's holding out for a larger-than-life, street-wise Herculean figure. He'll be a white knight, godly figure—strong and fast. He'll race in to sweep her off her feet. (Hopefully, he'll also have a day job because no one can live off heroism alone.)

7. "With Arms Wide Open" by Creed

Fatherhood is transformative, and this song expresses that. Upon finding out that he is going to be a father, the narrator in this hard rock tune from 2000 is awestruck at the monumental responsibility and honor that being a parent will involve.

Addressing his unborn child, he looks forward to showing him all that the world has to offer:

With arms wide open
Under the sunlight
Welcome to this place.
I'll show you everything
With arms wide open.
Now everything has changed.

8. "Sharp Dressed Man" by ZZ Top

A good-looking man in a suit is hard for any woman to resist. The self-proclaimed sharp dressed man in this 1983 rock song is all pimped out in his shades, top hat, and silk suit. The white gloves are a little over-the-top, but his wallet is packed and he's ready for the girls to line up.

8. "One Man Can Change the World" by Big Sean (featuring John Legend & Kanye West)

This 2015 song proves that hip hop can encourage a higher purpose in one's life and celebrate one man's capacity to be a change agent in a world of turmoil:

I hope you learn to make it on your own
And if you love yourself just know you'll never be alone
I hope that you get everything you want and that you chose
I hope that it's the realest thing that you ever know.

10. "Better Man" by Leon Bridges

Ever make a mistake that you simply wish you could erase? That's what makes us human.

The sorrowful man in this 2015 R&B song admits that he made a bad choice by cheating on the woman he loves, and he would do anything to make it right. He begs her for another chance and promises to be a better man, having learned from this terrible mistake.

11. "It's Raining Men" by The Weather Girls

A couple of frisky women turn the tables on the guys and objectify them in this 1982 pop hit (all in good fun, of course). They imagine that Mother Nature allowed it to rain men of all makes and models—tall, blonde, dark and lean, rough and tough and strong and mean. This man-loving song became both a single woman's anthem and a gay anthem.

12. "Can't Keep a Good Man Down" by Alabama

When a good man is knocked down in life or in love, he dusts himself off and gets right back up. That's what the guy in this 1985 country ditty plans to do after his honey broke his heart. He plans to dress up, hit the town, and try to find a replacement for his ex.

13. "Family Man" by Craig Campbell

The family man in this 2011 country song is happy to have his temporary job at the local factor because it represents his ability to provide for his family. It's more than work to him. The calluses on his hands and dirt under his nails represent a means of ensuring that the ones who wait at home for him with "I love you"s have what they need.

"The real man  smiles in trouble, gathers strenth from distress, and grows brave by reflection." - Thomas Paine, English American philosopher and revolutionary

"The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strenth from distress, and grows brave by reflection." - Thomas Paine, English American philosopher and revolutionary

14. "Big Bad Handsome Man" by Imelda May

Are you a big, bad handsome man? What man doesn't want to be called that by his partner?

The woman in this 2009 pop song describes her lover in larger-than-life terms. To her, he's a the devil devine who makes her weak in the knees. He's built just right and always leaves her wanting more.

15. "I'm Still a Guy" by Brad Paisley

Hitting the top of the country charts, this humorous 2008 song describes the struggle that men face when women trying to feminize them. The narrator explains that although he may seem to made "progress" in his partner's eyes, there are some things that just won't change.

16. "Guys Like Me" by Eric Church

From his greasy ball cap to the boots that he wears to church, the man in this 2007 country song is pinching himself that such a smart, beautiful woman like his girlfriend finds him attractive. His honey was raised upper class but loves him in spite of how rough he is around the edges.

You just know her parents are waiting for their daughter's rebellious phase to pass. Let's hope he's at least a descent man.

17. "Son of a Preacher Man" by Dusty Springfield

Some men have a special gift for persuasion, and the narrator in this 1969 pop song recalls how Billy Ray was one of them. She recounts how the the son of a preacher would visit her family with his father. While their folks were talking religion, Billy Ray preached passion to their daughter in the backyard, and the young couple made plans to meet up later that night.

18. "Real Good Man" by Tim McGraw

Some fellas are hard to tame, but women still try. The guy in this 2003 country song claims to be a real bad boy but a real good man. He acknowledges a restless streak a country-mile wide, and he hangs out with a rough and rowdy crowd. However, when it comes to love, he boasts velvet hands. (Sounds like he has a lot of practice, girls.)

19. "Little Lion Man" by Mumford & Sons

The cryptic message in this 2009 breakout rock hit describes how we are often our own toughest critics, beating ourselves up and collecting emotional baggage. False bravado leaves the male protagonist trembling and weeping inside.

20. "Things That Never Cross a Man’s Mind" by Kellie Pickler

You've probably heard the old (but untrue) factoid that men think about sex every seven seconds, right? Actually, there's no research to back up that widely touted claim! (The minimal research that has been done suggest that men think about sex 19 times a day on average.)

In this 2006 country song, a woman provides a humorous look at the thoughts that don't occupy a man's mind:

I need to go shopping
These shoes are all wrong
Just look in my closet
Not a thing to put on
I wonder how these jeans make me look from behind
Things that never cross a man's mind.

Over 30% of men will experience a period of depression at some point in their lives, with symptoms including rage and risk-taking.

Over 30% of men will experience a period of depression at some point in their lives, with symptoms including rage and risk-taking.

Even More Songs About Men, Masculinity, and Being a Man

SongArtistYear Released

21. It's a Man's Man's World

James Brown

1966

22. Simple Man

Shine Down

2003

23. Better Man

Clint Black

1989

24. I'm a Stand by My Woman Man

Ronnie Milsap

1976

25. When a Man Loves a Woman

Michael Bolton

1991

26. Macho Man

Village People

1978

27. Grown Men Don't Cry

Tim McGraw

2001

28. Measure of a Man

Jack Ingram

2009

29. I Am a Simple Man

Ricky Van Shelton

1991

30. My Guy

Mary Wells

1964

31. Small Town Southern Man

Alan Jackson

2008

32. The Truth About Men

Tracy Byrd

2003

33. Real Men

Joe Jackson

1982

34. The Man

Aloe Blacc

2013

35. Solitary Man

Johnny Cash

2000

36. That's a Man

Jack Ingram

2009

37. Tough Little Boys

Gary Allan

2003

38. Coward of the County

Kenny Rogers

1979

39. Common Man

John Conlee

1983

40. I'm Gonna Be Somebody

Travis Tritt

1990

41. Little Man

Alan Jackson

1998

42. You've Got Another Thing Comin'

Judas Priest

1982

43. The World's Greatest

R. Kelly

2003

44. A Boy Becomes a Man

Emerson Drive

2006

45. Fight Test

Flaming Lips

2002

46. Man in Black

Johnny Cash

1971

47. Something To Be Proud Of

Montgomery Gentry

2005

48. Brand New Man

Brooks & Dunn

1991

49. The Man

Aloe Blacc

2013

50. That Don't Impress Me Much

Shania Twain

1997

51. The Man Song

Sean Morey

1995

52. I'm Your Man

Wham!

1986

53. Your Man

Josh Turner

2006

54. I'm Your Man

Michael Bublé

2007

55. My Guy

Mary Wells

1965

56. Lola

The Kinks

1970

57. Big Bad John

Jimmy Dean

1961

58. Walk

Pantera

1993

59. Cowboy Cassanova

Carrie Underwood

2009

60. The Man I Want to Be

Chris Young

2009

61. Take It Outside

Brantley Gilbert

2010

62. What Makes a Good Man

The Heavy

2012

63. Strong

Will Hoge

2013

64. Man for All Seasons

Robbie Williams (featuring

2003

About one-third of men complete their bachelor degrees, compared with 39% women.

About one-third of men complete their bachelor degrees, compared with 39% women.

© 2017 FlourishAnyway

Comments

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 02, 2020:

Ryan - That's a funny one, from the "Johnny English" movie. Thanks for the suggestion.

Ryan on August 31, 2020:

“A Man For All Seasons” by Robbie Williams: a song to make you feel like Bond, James Bond.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 16, 2020:

Peggy - I'm glad you found both songs that were familiar and some new songs. Thanks for stopping by.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 15, 2020:

"Son of a Preacher Man," "Whatta Man," and a few others were familiar to me out of this long list. It is fun to listen to some of the videos of others of which I am unfamiliar. Some of them are fun to hear for the first time.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 04, 2020:

LaustCawz - Four kids of either gender is hard for me to fathom. I like the plot twist of that song. Mother Nature often has the last say.

LaustCawz on January 03, 2020:

Flourish Anyway--Pete Townshend said in an interview that he wrote "I'm A Boy" about a then-future time when people would have "designer" children & a woman tries to arrange having 4 daughters, but there's a mistake & one of them ends up being a boy instead. Here's a British girl group called "Fluffy" who did a cover of the song--

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on December 04, 2019:

LaustCawz - Thanks for the suggestions. Your Who song suggestion gives me the idea for a playlist on songs about gender identity (Lola, Cowboys Are Frequently, Secretly Fond of Each Other, Dude Looks Like a Lady, etc.) Thanks for the idea!

LaustCawz on December 03, 2019:

Flourish Anyway--Thank you for including this as a subject! How about "I'm A Boy"--The Who; "Men Will Be Men"--Suzanne Vega (b-side of "Blood Makes Noise").

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 29, 2019:

Dan the man - Thanks for the song recommendation which I have added. Have a great week.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 07, 2019:

Mike - Then suggest some. It's easy enough to criticize. I don't write the songs, just put them up here. You're free to recommend some because I'm listening.

Mike Conder on June 07, 2019:

These are all songs about relationships. Or at least 99.9% are. anyway we need songs about how we are tough and can take on anything.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 24, 2019:

Bridgefin - Thank you for the song suggestion. I added it to the playlist Love Songs from the 1980s. It's a beautiful, tender song. You're right! Have a wonderful week!

Bridgefin on March 22, 2019:

If Tomorrow Never Comes by Garth Brooks. I saw Kevin Skinner sing this on Americas Got Talent and was blown away. It captures what really goes on in a man's heart, his love and care for everyone around him, even as he contemplates his own death, The very best of masculinity there!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 02, 2018:

James C Moore - Isn't it sad that her talent was suppressed like that because of hate? Senseless. Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to comment. Have a great week!

James C Moore from The Great Midwest on October 02, 2018:

If it's a song you have the list. I didn't know that Salt and Peppa's rendition of "Whatta Man" was a remake.Nor did I know Linda Lyndell's story. Informative too.

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

Jake - Glad you enjoyed this. Sounds like you have been to many concerts!

Jake Clawson from Kazakhstan on September 30, 2018:

Awesome, Judas Priest is here. (Metal horns up)

Rob Halford is one example of a man's man. At gigs, he rides in on a Harley in leather, contributed to the genre of metal; Halford's a Dude God.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 16, 2018:

Austin - Not all songs about men, masculinity or being a man have to be chest-thumping songs. I'm open to respectful comments and additions. I can't imagine that Johnny Cash was a sissy. Thanks for the comment.

Austin on May 15, 2018:

I don't understand this, where are tough songs. Walk by Pantera is the ultimate song that makes guys feel tough. These songs are a bit sissy.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 10, 2017:

Devika - I appreciate your stopping by.

DDE on September 09, 2017:

Nice one!!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 26, 2017:

Jo - This was harder to write than the Girl Power Playlist probably for the same reasons. It's a man's world, although we often don't celebrate the good ones enough. Thank you for stopping by!

Jo Miller from Tennessee on July 26, 2017:

I don't know what it says about me, but I recognized fewer of the songs in this list than in any other you've shared.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 25, 2017:

James - Those two are some of my favorites as well. I hope you are doing well. Thank you for stopping by! have a wonderful week!

James C Moore from The Great Midwest on July 25, 2017:

Another creative play list. Your #8 and #21 selections, "Sharp Dressed Man" and "It's a Mans Mans World" are my favorites. Sharp Dressed Man has a hilarious video and "man's world" is a classic.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 25, 2017:

Shyron - Thank you, kind lady, for these two song suggestions. I've added them! Have a wonderful week.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 24, 2017:

Rasma - Thanks for your kind praise. I appreciate your enthusiasm.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on July 24, 2017:

Awesome hub! WOW never knew there were so many songs about men. Thanks for sharing.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 22, 2017:

Peggy - I really enjoy doing these playlists. What I really enjoy is discovering brand new songs that fit a category or challenging people I know to help me remember older songs that fit. Thanks for voting. Some of the guys didn't do it!

Peggy Woods on July 22, 2017:

I know a few of these songs but most of the titles were new to me. These posts of yours are certainly doing well on Spinditty! Most of the people reading and voting are women I can see by your poll. I just added to that statistic.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 21, 2017:

Thank you, MsDora. I hope you are doing well. Some guys are much better than others! It's unfortunate that the rotten ones ruin the reputation of the whole lot. I've found that as men grow older, they mellow nicely.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on July 21, 2017:

Seems like a really positive take on masculinity. I like the theme and the poster quotes. Good job!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 21, 2017:

Ryan - I'm glad this resonated with you so much! I have a Girl Power Playlist so I thought I'd give a shout out to the guys as well. Have a great weekend!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 21, 2017:

Mamerto - I love how positive the song is. We can all change the world starting with ourselves. Thanks for stopping by!

Mamerto Adan from Cabuyao on July 20, 2017:

Man in the Mirror, my favorite!

Ryan from Louisiana, USA on July 20, 2017:

You could have titled this one 54 songs about me, just kidding. Great list. I had forgotten some of these songs. Takes me down memory with some of this. Fun and entertaining.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 20, 2017:

Savvy - It does make you wonder what Manly Beach looks like. Perhaps we should dispatch one of our Australian friends to the location for a photo or two? Thanks for commenting!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 20, 2017:

Larry - I love that song, too. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Have a terrific weekend!

Yves on July 20, 2017:

My #1 vote goes for "It's Raining Men." That song has always made me feel happy and upbeat. Alleluia!!!

I also like "Better Man" by Clint Black. He croons very beautifully.

It might be nice to visit Manly Beach in Australia----that is, once I determine whether or not the beach lives up to its' name. Lol.

Another fun playlist, for sure, Flourish!

Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on July 20, 2017:

I don't usually go in for the whole masculinity thing, but "Holding Out for a Hero" is a guilty pleasure of mine:-)

Fun list!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 20, 2017:

Linda - Thanks for being a good sport and reading along. Have a wonderful week!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on July 19, 2017:

Son of a Preacher Man is the only song I know on your list. I enjoyed learning about the other ones. Your playlist articles are certainly educational for me!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 19, 2017:

Andrew - Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment. Have a great week.

Andrew Haney from Florida on July 19, 2017:

I like the diversity of the genres.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 19, 2017:

Heidi - Thanks for the addition! That song has seen a resurgence in the last couple of years, but I like Wham!'s version the best.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 19, 2017:

Suhail & K2 - Sharp Dressed Man is an awesome song, isn't it? Some things never go out of style! Hope all is well with you two!

Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent from Mississauga, ON on July 19, 2017:

Hi FlourishAnyway,

I haven't listened to any of the songs here, save ZZ Tops' Sharp dressed Man, which is a family favorite ha-ha.

Yes, even that song from Judas Priest escaped my listening.

Regards,

Suhail and my dog

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on July 19, 2017:

Man, oh, man, what a list! :) Lots of good ones and ones I've forgotten about. I'd only add is Wham's "I'm Your Man." A fave. Have a great day!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 19, 2017:

Bill - Thank you. Maybe you'll think of some more songs at the market?

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 19, 2017:

Debangee - Thank you for your kind encouragement. Have a wonderful week.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 19, 2017:

Linda - That's a great song that has fun with the guy image. I'm adding it! Thanks for the suggestion and have a great day!

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on July 19, 2017:

What a fun list! While I was reading, a song was playing in my mind--and I didn't find it here. What do you think about adding Shania Twain's "That Don't Impress Me Much"?

DEBANGEE MANDAL from India on July 19, 2017:

A really good collection of songs. Very well written.

Keep it up!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 19, 2017:

I must be tired. I drew a blank and I knew about half these songs. Grrrrr!

LOL Great list as always, my friend.

I'm off to the Market, so have a great day.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 19, 2017:

Louise - That's one of my very favorites, too. Thank for commenting!

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on July 19, 2017:

I'm glad you put Dusty Springfield in the list. I love Son of a Preacher Man.

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