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Sunglasses: A Versatile Fashion Accessory
Sunglasses and the right attitude can keep others from minding your business. The right pair of shades can instantly amp up your fashion game, not only protecting your eyes from glare but also making you look cool and more put together. You can hide behind them if you are famous (or just want to make others wonder), if you're shy, need them for a medical ailment, or want to mask your emotions. Sunglasses can assist if you like to blatantly people watch or if you want to conceal factors that make you look unkempt (e.g., a hangover, lack of sleep). Hey, I'm not judging.
Whether you're going for the classic look of Wayfarers or Aviators or bright and bold colored lenses, sunglasses are one of the most versatile fashion accessories around. If you love your dark lenses as much as I love mine, make a playlist of pop, rock, country, and R&B songs about sunglasses and shades.
1. "Sunglasses at Night" by Corey Hart
Why is this man wearing his shades after sundown? Could the reason be medical, drug-related, fame or shyness, or maybe a desire to look suave? Nope, the guy in this 1983 pop song admits that he is simply a sunglasses-wearing creeper.
When a girlfriend cheats on him, the singe of rejection and the pain of insecurity leave him needing to know more. Rather than just asking his beloved for the answers he needs, this man of questionable mental health takes reconnaissance action.
The stalky guy expresses his disappointment about her betrayal. Then in stalker mode, the narrator dons sunglasses as a disguise to surreptitiously watch the activities of his sweetheart (i.e., target) at night. Oddly, he believes that a pair of shades will help him blend in with his surroundings, thereby allowing him to go unnoticed while he spies on her after dark.
2. "Pink Sunglasses" by Miranda Lambert
If you need a change in attitude try a pair of cheap pink sunglasses from the local drugstore. They'll brighten your world and the way people regard you.
The gal in this 2016 country song celebrates the transformative power that comes with the glamorous pink plastic shades. When the protagonist puts them on they magically make her feel sparkly and positive. For about ten bucks they morph her world in the best kind of way, making her feel a little bit Hollywood, perfectly disguised, and imbuing her world with a better shade of awesome. Go get yourself a pair!
3. "The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades" by Timbuk 3
The college student in this 1986 folk rock song seems to have it made. While it's hard to launch a career if you're a major in philosophy or religious studies, the narrator is a nuclear science major with good grades and a high-paying job locked down after graduation. He thus boasts to anyone listening, "The future's so bright, I gotta wear shades." Often on graduation playlists, this song is the only hit that Timbuk3 ever placed on the Billboard mainstream Top 40, thus making them a one-hit wonder.
4. "Boys of Summer" by Don Henley
Summer love affairs are supposed to be hot, steamy, and then dead by Labor Day. Sadly, that bittersweet reality hasn't sunk in yet for the narrator in this wistful 1984 rock song that snagged a Grammy Award. While the guy's warm weather girlfriend has moved on with her life, leaving their beach romance behind, he's still in love.
The protagonist takes in the emptied out California coastline, and it is much quieter in the fall now that people have returned to their lives. The reflective fellow reminisces about the memories that he and his honey made in sun. He pines for the suntanned girl in Wayfarers as he remembers. Although he knows you can never really go back, it doesn't stop him from wanting to relive their love.
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5. "Rock My World (Little Country Girl)" by Brooks & Dunn
The girl at the center of this 1993 country song has both a classy and a sassy side, and that's what makes her special. She beats stereotypes and is the envy of other girls.
The narrator celebrates his significant other who drives a Camaro, plays her music loud, and wears cheap sunglasses, denim and pearls. You might find her in designer snakeskin boots partying, dancing, and acting wild on Friday and Saturday nights. Or check the front pew at church on Sunday, where she'll be dressed up in ribbons and curls. The narrator also brags that his honey is super smart! This gal makes "A"s in math without studying. No wonder those other girls are jealous. That mysterious girl in the cheap sunglasses has it all.
6. "Past My Shades" by B.o.B. (Featuring Lupe Fiasco)
Deep thoughts are churning underneath those dark glasses. I love the emotional honesty of this song. This 2010 hip hop track shares a compelling message as it features the narrator laying bare the truth about the role of his sunglasses. They insulate him.
The narrator confesses that his shades are both a physical and psychological barrier that hide and protect his inner self from opening up to others. By only revealing to others what he wants them to see, this man controls his relationships and maintains a comfortable distance which seems to be his objective. Deep, candid thoughts.
7. "Shades" by The Knocks
If you're a wannabe rockstar then get yourself some shades pronto and adopt the confident air of the electronic music duo in this trippy 2018 number. Understand, however, that the life is not all fun and games.
According to its narrator, he wears dark sunglasses because sometimes there is sun dripping down his face. Although rockstars live a satisfying, successful life surrounded by money, he must protect himself from fans and hangers-on may who try to steal his positivity and riches. The narrator conceals himself under the shades and doesn't talk to others to protect himself from people whose intentions are deceptive. It's part of the life.
8. "Unstoppable" by Sia
The narrator in this 2016 electropop song is a celebrity or person in the public eye who feels isolated, powerless, and in pain. However, she wisely adopts the "fake it til you make it" approach by confidently charging forward with her head held high.
In this female empowerment anthem, a woman in the spotlight references putting her armor on. That protection consists of a smile, sunglasses, and telling people what they want to hear. Although she may be crying underneath the sunglasses, this gal will lean into the pain because she is is goal-oriented and going places:
I'm unstoppable, I'm a Porsche with no brakes
I'm invincible, I win every single day
I'm so powerful I don't need batteries today
I'm so confident that I'm unstoppable today.
9. "Cooler Than Me" by Mike Posner
When you fail to wow your crush, you could always get miffed and attribute it to their arrogance. Sounds real adult, huh?
In this fun and catchy 2010 electropop tune, such a guy fails to capture the heart of his love interest. He can't think of a love song to woo her to change her heart so he offers up this sassy diss track.
The girl whose attention he covets doesn't know his name or even say hello, and he attributes her rejection of him to attention seeking. Specifically, the narrator paints her as a high brow girl who just wants to be seen, refusing to acknowledge that she's just not into him:
You got designer shades just to hide your face
And you wear 'em around like you're cooler than me.
Although he's putting way too much credence in those designer shades, perhaps she actually is cooler than him.
10. "Church Bells" by Carrie Underwood
This 2016 country crossover song is an energetic murder ballad. It describes how a young woman uses dark sunglasses to hide the signs of spousal abuse until she reaches her breaking point. A poor country girl from rural Texas, Jenny is a pure, simple girl who catches the eye of a rich oilman. He marries her.
After going all high society, Jenny soon discovers that her husband is a violent alcoholic. She hides her bruises and black eyes behind dark shades. The ugly truth is something she cannot share with church members or Junior League members.
Jenny therefore takes matters into her own hands by slipping poison into her abuser's whiskey. Behind her sunglasses, the new widow knows it will be okay as the church bells ring and mark a new beginning for her.
11. "Sharp Dressed Man by ZZ Top
According to this iconic 1983 rock tune, as long as you're feeling confident and bringing your best game from the apparel closet, you're probably killin' it. I mean, look at the guys of ZZ Top. They're certainly no sex symbols themselves, but hey.
Perhaps you're dressed in a silk suit top coat and tails. Maybe you're rocking an Armani business suit or even cowboy garb. Just as long as you have your shades and your self-assurance you'll catch attention.
They come runnin' just as fast as they can
'Cause every girl crazy 'bout a sharp-dressed man.
12. "Karate" by Brad Paisley
She didn't know when she married that man
She'd get to know him like the back of his hand.
The woman in this 2013 country song is the unfortunate victim of her husband's abuse. She adopts several tactics to hide the shame of her bruises, including wearing sunglasses and opting for the drive-thru rather than going into restaurants.
While he's out getting drunk (a regular habit of his) the missus has now decided to sign up for karate classes. She patiently bides her time building her self-defense skills, then one day lets her old man have it with karate chops.
Having flipped the script now that she can protect herself, it's suddenly her husband who is wearing sunglasses hiding his face through the drive-thru. Country singer Brad Paisley is known for having several humorous or ironic songs, including "I'm Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin' Song)" (2002) and "Ticks" (2007).
13. "Little Red Wagon" by Miranda Lambert
Miranda Lambert is electric in this sassy 2014 country song that advises a clingy lover to buzz off. He seeks to be the Johnny to her June, but this fella is slowing her down. She ain't his mama, and this ain't how she rolls.
The edgy narrator is a wildflower who's been out sewing her oats. She rebuffs the needy dude, telling him that he just likes her for her sexy vibe, including her big sunglasses, Tony Loma boots, and her red Dodge Dart muscle car with the broken front seat and dragging axle. She tells him to get lost: "You can't ride in my little red wagon."
14. "Technicolor" by Gavin DeGraw
When love suddenly finds you, its impact can feel dramatic and overwhelming. The narrator of this 2008 pop song once believed love was an illusion. Upon meeting and falling magically in love with his significant other, however, his world instantly changes from black and white to technicolor.
Life is now so vivid and bright that he has to hide behind dime store sunglasses even though it's not summer. He gives this level of happiness a unicorn-lollipop-rainbow level of awesome, but the best thing is that it's the real deal. Technicolor love here.
15. "I Don't Wanna Know" by New Found Glory
This 2004 pop punk song sweetly describes some of the awkward highlights of first becoming acquainted with a potential love match. The narrator meets a girl wearing sunglasses and stares at her. (Who knows whether his gawking or her refusal to take off the sunglasses is more socially inappropriate? They're apparently made for one another.)
Later, they heavy breathe and gaze at the ceiling in silence, wondering what the next step is. As their relationship progresses, the narrator finds himself prioritizing things he never used to care about (such as his attire). As love further unfolds with the girl in the shades, he feels anxious (in a good way) and doesn't want to know what comes next.
16. "A Thing Called Love" by Bonnie Raitt
The message in this 1989 bluesy rock ballad is powerfully positive in that the female narrator urges her prospective lover to turn away from fear and towards hope. This is because love is a gift of God. In the uptempo song she cites the power of love and assures him that she won't judge him. He can accept God's gift:
Whether your sunglasses are off or on
You only see the world you make.
Repeatedly she then presses him on whether he's ready to make a choice. You know there's only one right answer for this.
17. "Summer State of Mind" by Lady A
It's an unusual compliment to be sure, but in this 2022 country song the narrator is looking forward to the freespirited summer months. As they ponder how much they value their partner, they applaud their easy compatability with their lover via a reference to shades:
You put the Ray-Bans over my eyes
You put the blue back up in my sky.
18. "She Talks to Angels" by The Black Crowes
In this 1991 rock number, there's a sad, neglected soul hiding behind shades on account of her hardcore drug addiction. Addicts sometimes prefer to wear sunglasses to conceal their dilated pupils, protect their eyes from harsh light, and hide bloodshot, droopy, and sleep-deprived eyes.
The song's narrator is a young woman who paints her eyes black and keeps a lock of hair from a son she lost. Whether on account of mental illness, drugs, or grief, she talks to his memory as she shoots up and welcomes the pain of the needle. She knows that relief will soon follow. The troubled young woman needs an angel to save her before she becomes one herself.
19. "Rose Colored Glasses" by John Conlee
How do you keep the romantic fire burning bright in a long-term relationship? Sadly, the man in this 1978 country song wishes he knew. He refuses to hear the truth that his honey no longer loves him. Mourning a loveless marriage, the man has been looking through rose colored glasses for years by concentrating only on the couple's good times while his wife makes a fool of him by running around. Rose colored glasses are typically used to as a symbol of optimism or even self-deception.
The song has the narrator seeming to take special comfort in playing the victim role. He feels cheated and defeated and confesses that he doesn't know why he stays in the relationship. Although he considers setting aside the rose colored glasses it looks like they are a permanent fixture in his life.
20. "Sunglasses" by Tracey Ullman
The heartbroken gal in this 1984 pop song has packed her towel, suntan lotion, and beach bag. Ready for a day of fun in the sun, British comedian and actress Tracey Ullman embarks on a day at the coast.
The narrator rests in the sand under her rented umbrella while wearing her sunglasses to conceal her pain. Her ex-boyfriend yucks it up in the sun and flirts with someone new. Although her glasses help to hide her tears, why does she do this to herself? Chose another beach location!
Even More Songs About Sunglasses and Shades
21. My New Sunglasses
23. Cheap Sunglasses
24. Rose Colored Glasses
25. Dior Shades
27. Under My Shades
28. Blinded By the Sun
Gym Class Heroes
29. When the Sun Goes Down
31. Take Off Your Sunglasses
Ezra Furman and the Harpoons
32. Chillin' It
34. When You're Cool (The Sun Shines All The Time)
35. New Man
36. Dark Sunglasses
37. Rum and Ray-Bans
Sean Kingston (Featuring Cher Lloyd)
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