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57 Songs About Men, Masculinity, and Being a Man

Updated on July 25, 2017
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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. | Source

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!

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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 | Source

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.

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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 | Source

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. | Source

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

Song
Artist
Year 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
Know a song about men (preferably about being a good one)? Make a suggestion in the Comment Section below.

What's in a Name? Locations with Names Associated with Masculinity and Being a Man

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A markerChap, Virginia, USA -
Chap, VA 24522, USA
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B markerFather Mountain, Oregon -
Father Mountain, Oregon 97465, USA
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C markerGallant, Alabama, USA -
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D markerGuy, Texas, USA -
Guy, TX 77444, USA
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E markerHusband Lake, Oregon, USA -
Husband Lake, Oregon 97413, USA
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F markerIsle of Man -
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G markerMale, Maldives -
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H markerManly Beach, Australia -
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I markerStrong, Maine, USA -
Strong, ME 04983, USA
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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. | Source

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      FlourishAnyway 3 weeks ago from USA

      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!

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      jo miller 3 weeks ago from Tennessee

      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.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 weeks ago from USA

      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!

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      James C Moore 3 weeks ago from The Great Midwest

      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.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 weeks ago from USA

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

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 weeks ago

      Another fantastic entertaining hub and as usual I have a couple to add.

      "Lola" Well I'm not the world's most masculine man,

      But I know what I am and I'm glad I'm a man,

      And so is Lola.

      Lo lo lo lo Lola. Lo lo lo lo Lola.

      Lola lo lo lo lo Lola. Lola lo lo lo lo Lola

      BIG BAD JOHN ~ Jimmy Dean (1961)

      Lyrics

      (Big John, big John)

      Every mornin' at the mine you could see him arrive

      He stood six-foot-six and weighed two-forty-five

      Kinda broad at the shoulder and narrow at the hip

      And everybody knew ya didn't give no lip to big John

      (Big John, big John)

      Big bad John (big John)

      Nobody seemed to know where John called home

      He just drifted into town and stayed all alone

      He didn't say much, kinda quiet and shy

      And if you spoke at all, you just said hi to Big John

      Somebody said he came from New Orleans

      Where he got in a fight over a Cajun Queen

      And a crashin' blow from a huge right hand

      Sent a Louisiana fellow to the promised land, big John

      (Big John, big John)

      Big bad John (big John)

      Then came the day at the bottom of the mine

      When a timber cracked and men started cryin'

      Miners were prayin' and hearts beat fast

      And everybody thought that they'd breathed their last, 'cept John

      Through the dust and the smoke of this man-made hell

      Walked a giant of a man that the miners knew well

      Grabbed a saggin' timber, gave out with a groan

      And like a giant oak tree he just stood there alone, big John

      (Big John, big John)

      Big bad John (big John)

      And with all of his strength he gave a mighty shove

      Then a miner yelled out "there's a light up above!"

      And twenty men scrambled from a would-be grave

      Now there's only one left down there to save, big John

      With jacks and timbers they started back down

      Then came that rumble way down in the ground

      And then smoke and gas belched out of that mine

      Everybody knew it was the end of the line for big John

      (Big John, big John)

      Big bad John (big John)

      Now, they never reopened that worthless pit

      They just placed a marble stand in front of it

      These few words are written on that stand

      At the bottom of this mine lies a big, big man

      Big John

      (Big John, big John)

      Big bad John (big John)

      (Big John) big bad John

      I loved this song

      Blessings my friend

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      FlourishAnyway 3 weeks ago from USA

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

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 3 weeks ago from Riga, Latvia

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

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      FlourishAnyway 3 weeks ago from USA

      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!

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      Peggy Woods 3 weeks ago

      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.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 weeks ago from USA

      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.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 weeks ago from The Caribbean

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

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      FlourishAnyway 3 weeks ago from USA

      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!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 weeks ago from USA

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

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      Mamerto I Relativo Jr 3 weeks ago from Cabuyao

      Man in the Mirror, my favorite!

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      Ryan Fuller 3 weeks ago from Louisiana, USA

      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.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 weeks ago from USA

      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!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 weeks ago from USA

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

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      savvydating 3 weeks ago

      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!

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      Larry Rankin 4 weeks ago from Oklahoma

      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!

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      FlourishAnyway 4 weeks ago from USA

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

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      Linda Crampton 4 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

      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!

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      FlourishAnyway 4 weeks ago from USA

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

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      Andrew Haney 4 weeks ago from Florida

      I like the diversity of the genres.

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      FlourishAnyway 4 weeks ago from USA

      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.

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      FlourishAnyway 4 weeks ago from USA

      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!

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 4 weeks ago from Mississauga, ON

      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

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      Heidi Thorne 4 weeks ago from Chicago Area

      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!

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      FlourishAnyway 4 weeks ago from USA

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

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      FlourishAnyway 4 weeks ago from USA

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

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      FlourishAnyway 4 weeks ago from USA

      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!

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      Linda Lum 4 weeks ago from Washington State, USA

      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"?

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      DEBANGEE MANDAL 4 weeks ago from India

      A really good collection of songs. Very well written.

      Keep it up!

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      Bill Holland 4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      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.

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      FlourishAnyway 4 weeks ago from USA

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

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      Louise Powles 4 weeks ago from Norfolk, England

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