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35 Songs That Tell Someone to Shut Up

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

When other measures fail, sometimes the only choice is to tell someone to shut up. Celebrate the firm, undeniable message conveyed by this term with a playlist of pop, rock, and country songs that tell someone to be quiet, shush, stop talking, STFU.

When other measures fail, sometimes the only choice is to tell someone to shut up. Celebrate the firm, undeniable message conveyed by this term with a playlist of pop, rock, and country songs that tell someone to be quiet, shush, stop talking, STFU.

Enough Talking Already

"Shut up" isn't good manners, but it sure gets the message across. Most of us probably have a motormouthed friend, coworker, or relative who doesn't believe in an economy of words. They are lovers of detail, backstory, and reiteration even when there is no point. (Oh, and how the magic of their own voices is like music to their ears!) Maybe your blabbermouthed buddy distracts from more important activities or offends people and refuses to modify their behavior after multiple earlier requests. It's a challenge getting such chatty people to hush talking. Some people don't like to share the stage.

Whether you've actually uttered "shut up" or just wished you had, celebrate the straightforward message communicated by these words with a playlist of pop, rock, and country songs that tell someone to be silent, clam up, or give it a rest.

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1. "Shut Up and Dance" by Walk the Moon

When the two teens in this contagious 2014 rock song lay eyes upon one another, they discover that it's instant fireworks, destiny on the dance floor. The guy accuses his new gal pal of holding back, but she doesn't let that come between them. "Shut up and dance with me," the bossy Miss Thang demands back flirtatiously, and he knows they were meant for one another.

The song was based on an actual experience that the lead singer had when he first met his girlfriend. Walk the Moon was a one-hit-wonder with this song (at least so far).

2. "Shut Up and Kiss Me" by Mary Chapin Carpenter

Socially awkward people need love just the same as everyone else, perhaps even more so. In this upbeat Grammy Award-winning country tune, the narrator has suffered a long drought in the romance department, and the overly talkative lady is nervous about confessing her crush to her date. He is the shy, quiet type and she is the sexual aggressor, instructing him in exactly what she needs:

It's been too long since somebody whispered
Shut up and kiss me.

Mary Chapin Carpenter originated the catchy but decidedly unromantic notion of "shut up and kiss me" with this 1994 country song. In the years that followed, several other popular artists of multiple genres borrowed her idea, releasing songs with the same title but with different lyrics.

3. "Shut Up" by Greyson Chance

As the guy in this 2019 pop single lies on the beach with his love interest, his intense romantic attraction is causing him to sweat profusely and worry that his partner will push away. Out of nervous energy, he chatters away and senses that the solution to his mindless yapping is to kiss his beloved. Her eyes telegraph to him to shut up and pucker up:

And when your eyes catch mine, I know I talk too much
So give me your two lips and baby, I'll shut up.

4. "Shut Up" by Black Eyed Peas

"Shut up, just shut up, shut up." (Talk about disrespect for your partner.) This is no way to build a happily ever after love story. The couple in this 2003 pop ditty is cooking up a toxic brew under the guise of love, but their troubled relationship is on the skids.

As they heatedly argue back and forth, emotions quickly spiral, and they trade threats to end the relationship. (What's keeping them together?) The song was not a substantial hit in the US, but it resonated with the rest of the world and was a chart-topper in many other countries.

5. "Yakety Yak" by The Coasters

The Coasters received the Grammy Hall of Fame Award for this 1958 R&B/rock and roll classic featuring a teenaged son and his parents going at it about house chores. Under the threat of not going out with friends, the teen is assigned duties such as taking out the trash and cleaning his room. Any pushback he provides is met with the refrain, "Yakety yak; don't talk back." The Coasters were inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.

6. "Shut Up and Drive" by Rihanna

In this salacious 2007 new wave song, Rihanna is looking for a lover who is able to handle her curves. She makes many references to cars and car parts as she addresses her would-be lover as the "driver" who has the keys. The naughty gal commands him to shut up and drive.

7. "You Talk Too Much" by Run DMC

Legendary hip hop group nailed it with this classic mantra from this 1985 hit:

You talk too much
You never shut up
I said you talk too much
Homeboy you never shut up.

The narrator straight up tells his blabbermouth friend the 4-1-1 that "your mouth's moving fast, and your brain's moving slow" and "you're the instigator, the orator of the town." The motormouth's conversation is boring, he spreads rumors, doesn't get his facts straight, and starts trouble with relentless gossip. The Talkative Tom just needs him to give it a rest.

Run DMC was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

8. "A Little Less Conversation" by Elvis Presley

Elvis, control yourself! The King is getting impatient in this 1968 rock song with merely "conversating" with his date, and there's no hiding it. He tells his lady friend to stop talking, to get her coat, and start walking with him. Elvis' aggressive, urgent insistence doesn't seem safe or sexy. For example, he says "girl, it's getting late, gettin' upset waitin' around," and he orders his intended partner to "close your mouth and open up your heart and, baby, satisfy me."

9. "Shut Up and Drive" by Chely Wright

Inside all of us is a sage voice that knows what's good for us and advocates that we act on our best behalf. Sometimes we listen and sometimes we tell it to fall silent.

The woman in this 1997 country ditty has gathered the courage to drive away from a man who broke her heart, and the voice inside her is telling her to turn the radio on and keep her eyes out of the rearview mirror. The voice instructs her to shut up and drive so that she does not change her mind. Good advice.

10. "Shut Up and Fish" by Maddie & Tae

As the young couple in this 2015 country tune heads out to the local lake, only one of them has bass fishing on their mind. The country girl's date is a jabber jawed city slicker who is trying too hard romantically. While the narrator is casting her reel and waiting for the fish to bite, the guy scooches closer in an attempt to cuddle up. (Cue the eye-roll.) He crowds her casting shoulder, tries to hold her reeling hand, and professes sweet love. When he refuses to take hints or honor a request to shut up and fish, eventually the gal has to push him in the lake to get her point across.

11. "Shut Up and Kiss Me" by Echosmith

Why can't this guy take his crush to the next level and just kiss the girl? The narrator in this pop song from 2020 is getting all the right vibes from her love interest that their attraction is mutual. However, the anxious dude prattles on and on. He hesitates, makes small talk, turns away, and yaks on about random stuff that isn't relevant. Understandably, she is growing frustrated:

I'm mystified
I'm wondering why
You don't, you don't, you don't just...
Shut up and kiss me?

38 Ways to Tell Someone to Shut Up

What's your go-to term?

TermTermTerm

hush

shush

fall silent

can it

clam up

shut your mouth

save it for later

pipe down

hold your tongue

clam up

shut your face

enough already

seal your lips

wrap it up

stop yer yapping

be quiet

silence

button it

shut your trap

zip it

say no more

I'm putting you on mute

stop running your mouth

stay silent

save it

stifle

no more yapping

put a sock in it

hold dat noise

no more talking

quit chattering

keep mum

the monologue is over

put a cork in it

muzzle it

give it a rest

stop talking

quieten down

12. "Shut Up" by Ariana Grande

Throughout this 2020 pop song, former Nickelodeon princess Ariana Grande admonishes people who have been gossiping about her personal life and throwing shade her way. She tells her haters in this "shut up" tune that they sound stupid and to put it on mute.

The Grammy Award-winning star's love life became filled with high drama when she and Saturday Night Live comedian Pete Davidson began dating in May 2018. The two dated for five months, quickly becoming engaged. Each of them had been dating long-term partners at the time they initiated their courtship. Davidson was frequently in the press for his poor choices on account of his mental illness. After their breakup, the comedian made several jokes about it on SNL, thus in this song, Ariana tells him as well as others to pipe down.

13. "Shut Up!" by Simple Plan

Music critics often have a high-profile impact on an artist's career, and their public feedback (whether fair or not) can get under the skin of even the most successful stars. (Just ask Taylor Swift.)

In this punk-pop song, Canadian rock band Simple Plan is full of venom for ego-motivated music reviewers who want to influence the nature of their music. The band wants to "put a swift chokehold" on such people but rather than do that they coarsely berate their naysaying critics and order them to clam up.

14. "STFU!" by Rina Sawayama

The woman in this 2020 nu-metal song is utterly fed up with microaggressions—those subtle, everyday discriminatory behaviors, both intentional and unintentional. She rages against the lack of respect and wishes she could tape those offensive traps shut.

Fueled by years of being overlooked by others for the multidimensional real human that she is, the narrator repeatedly utters potty-mouthed language in anger (e.g., "shut the f*ck up"). Rina Sawayama is a British Japanese singer-songwriter alluding to Asian microaggressions in this song.

15. "Shut Up and Let Me Go" by The Ting Tings

Breakups can be rapid, like ripping a bandaid off, or they can be a pained, plodding process. The sassy woman in this 2008 pop tune is experiencing the latter and realizes that her ex-partner doesn't love her. Sadly, he is just stringing her along, and she is finally ready to move on. Thus, the narrator reaches powerfully reaches down within herself to instruct him to leave: "Now shut up and let me go."

16. "One Step Closer" by Linkin Park

This debut single from Linkin Park in 2000 focuses on an intensely frustrated, vulnerable narrator who feels emotionally overwhelmed by all of the pressures that are being hurled at him. The troubled young man issues a warning that he's teetering on the edge, about to break. He needs to decompress, wants to find space to breathe.

Someone is blabbering a lot to him, however, and it's stressing him out even worse. To get his point across, he screams

Shut up when I'm talking to you
Shut up, shut up, shut up
Shut up, I'm about to break!

Lead singer Chester Bennington died by suicide in 2017 after years of struggling with addiction and memories of child abuse. Knowing now what we know about his fate, this first hit song by the band seems eerily prophetic.

17. "Shut Up and Kiss Me" by Whitesnake

Call me crazy, but the utterance, "shut up and kiss me" is neither sexy nor a good way to get what you want. This 2019 energetic rock track puts yet another spin on one lover's request that their partner cease talking and get down to the good stuff. The newly acquainted couple is standing close as their temperatures rise to smoking hot. "Sweet satisfaction is guaranteed" so there is no more room between them for words. Hush now and let the action commence.

18. "Quiet Please, There's A Lady On Stage" by Peter Allen

Based on an actual experience, this elegant pop ballad from 1976 entreaties fellow audience members at a musical performance to pipe down and listen to the singer on stage. (After all, they have paid to see her perform, right?) The narrator urges the other patrons to value the musician's talent and effort out of politeness in the very least. He also implores them to stand for the ovation in the end as one last celebration to her. Peter Allen was married to Judy Garland's daughter, Liza Minelli for several years, and the song pays tribute to Garland's memory.

19. "You Need to Calm Down" by Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift's songs are frequently riddled with meaning, but the primary purpose of this 2019 anti-bullying single is to tell haters of varying types to shut up and stay in their lane. The pop star calls out internet trolls and tells anti-LGBT bigots to stop bullying and just back off. Specifically, she urges them to "control your urges to scream about the people you hate." Although she never says "shut up," it's clear that's what she means: "You need to calm down, you’re being too loud."

20. "Hush Hush" by Avril Lavigne

Some questions are better left unanswered. That is the perspective of the narrator in this 2013 pop song as she looks back over a love affair that has ended. She believed that this was her one true love and they were meant to be together, but their romance inexplicably fell apart. Finding it fruitless and too painful to dissect their failed love, she simply tells him to "hush, hush, now" and encourages him to go be happy in life without her. This is the one that got away.

"It's very important in life to know when to shut up. You should not be afraid of silence." - Alex Trebek, American game show host

"It's very important in life to know when to shut up. You should not be afraid of silence." - Alex Trebek, American game show host

Even More Songs That Tell Someone to Shut Up

Know a song that should be on this playlist? Make a suggestion in the Comments Section below.

SongArtist(s)Year Released

21. 2099

Charli XCX (featuring Troye Sivan)

2019

22. Hush Hush; Hush Hush

Pussycat Dolls

2009

23. China Girl

David Bowie

1983

24. Shut Up and Love Me

Demi Lovato

unreleased

25. Shut Up and Hold On

Toby Keith

2013

26. Maria (Shut Up and Kiss Me)

Willie Nelson

2002

27. Hush

LL Cool J (featuring 7 Aurelius)

2004

28. Shut Up

Nick Lachey

2003

29. Let Me Talk

Earth, Wind & Fire

1980

30. Bobblehead

Christina Aguilera

2010

31. Hush Hush

98 Degrees

2013

32. Hush Hush

Pistol Annies

2013

33. Hush Hush

Pussycat Dolls

2013

34. Hush

Deep Purple

1968

35. You Talk Too Much

Joe Jones

1960

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Comments

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 14, 2021:

Rodric - Thank you for your personal reflections on these songs. I will probably have the Run DMC song running in the background of my mind at times. I grew up probably in the same era as you did; it was popular when I was young. That Elvis Presley song was more sordid than a lot of people probably knew. People often don't pay a whole lot of attention to the lyrics. (Yikes.) Thank you for stopping by! Have a wonderful week!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 14, 2021:

Nithya - I appreciate your stopping by and hope that the coming week treats you well.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on June 13, 2021:

A great list is songs that tell someone to shut up. I have listened to a few of them. I enjoyed going through the list, thank you for sharing.

Rodric Anthony Johnson from Surprise, Arizona on June 12, 2021:

This was a wonderfully entertaining read! I did not know there were so many songs about shutting the mouth. There is a song called Rumors, I think that could have fit in here too. I heard number five so much that it has become a hymn! "Yakety Yak" has been spun so many times in my life by all adults, especially teachers.

I grew up with Run DMC. He is not Rev Run, a minister. I remember the "You Talk Too Much" song. I used it so often as a kid to smite other people during a verbal battle. It is how my cohort entertained each other on campus.

You gave me some insight into the Elvis Presley song. I don't know how I feel about his forwardness in that song, or about that song, I should say, now that I know what is implied.

"Hush Hush" and so many others on here..! I did not know there were so many versions of "Shut Up And Drive!" Great article, Flourish!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 11, 2021:

Heidi - Good to see you again. I hope your dog is okay. I like that you know that song because it gets cranked up loud. It's kinda catchy but I'm not sure I would want to hear it all the time. You must want to tell them to pipe down. Have a great weekend.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 11, 2021:

Kyler - Thanks for stopping by. There were a couple of relevant ones that didn't make the list. Have a great weekend.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 11, 2021:

Sankhajit - Thank you for the kind compliment. Have a great weekend and may you always flourish!

Sankhajit Bhattacharjee from MILWAUKEE on June 10, 2021:

l wish to get flourished...l hope your songs will help me to do so

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 10, 2021:

Linda - I heard on the radio that in one survey about a quarter of people want more alone time, even as we come out of the pandemic. It does show that some of us have more tolerance for the yapping than others. Have a wonderful weekend!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 10, 2021:

Rawan - Thank you

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 10, 2021:

Devika - You're very nice. Thanks for the kind kudos. Have a lovely weekend.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 10, 2021:

Bill - It's strange that so many artists use that phrase. Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful weekend.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 10, 2021:

Peggy - When my very talkative daughter was a child, my husband and I used to tell her on car trips that we were playing the quiet game. She lost every time. Too chatty and still is. Also talks loud. Thanks for reading. I almost missed that "Yakety Yak" song. Maybe it was too obvious.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 10, 2021:

Umesh - Glad you thought so. Have a wonderful weekend.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 10, 2021:

Chitrangada - I'm glad someone has the patience to hear them out. I have a neighbor who corners me and talks my ear off anytime he sees me so I tend to avoid him. A conversation with him lasts at least an hour and it's all one-way and meandering. Thanks for commenting and have a good day!

Rawan Osama from Egypt on June 10, 2021:

Interesting playlist

Kyler J Falk from California on June 10, 2021:

I was disappointed that "Cake- Nugget" didn't make the list. Though a bit on the vulgar side, a very timely piece about the sociopolitical situation in the world. A lot of good ones in here, though, and some new ones I've never heard of!

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on June 10, 2021:

What a fun list. I had no idea there were so many songs about telling someone to "stuff a sock in it" (the favorite expression in our household). I guess a lot of us get on each other's nerves. I can't think of one to add--you covered them all.

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on June 10, 2021:

I thought of the Elvis and Deep Purple tracks right away when I saw the title.

And while I love the Run DMC track (because 80s), there's another "You Talk Too Much" from 1960 by Joe Jones. Only reason I know that one is because it plays at a BBQ place in our area that cranks the 60s tunes.

Also love Queen RiRi's "Shut Up and Drive." Guess I'm looking forward to Fast & Furious 9. ;)

Anyway, hope you're having a quiet week! :-D

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on June 10, 2021:

FourishAnyway You never seem to stop amazing me with your list of song. I knew a few of these songs. Your ideas about songs always surprise me. I enjoyed the read and look forward to your next list.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 10, 2021:

The only one I got, naturally, is the one from 1968. Shut up and kiss me was bouncing around in my head, but just that line. I couldn't remember the artist or anything else about the song. Anyway, as always, I enjoyed playing along.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 10, 2021:

"Yakety Yak, Don't Talk Back" is a cute song from the past. I would never tell anyone to shut up, although there have been times that it would have been desirable to have that person cease talking.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on June 10, 2021:

This is a unique compilation. The topic was not so common. Good work. Blessings.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on June 10, 2021:

An excellent playlist, on an interesting topic, which made me smile. I enjoyed knowing about the songs, in this particular playlist.

Some people are by nature talkative, some people take too long to narrate a simple thing, and then there are those, who go beyond limits. I have lot of patience, and I hear them all. (Smile)

Thank you for sharing this wonderful article.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 10, 2021:

Pamela - I was surprised that there were so many. It seems like everyone wants to talk, no one prefers to listen. Hope you have a wonderful rest of your week!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on June 10, 2021:

This was such an interesting assortment of songs telling people to shut up. I enjoyed listening to several of them, and I think you picked a good topic, Flourish. Thanks for another interesting article.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 10, 2021:

Adrienne - I can imagine! Some use "shut the front door" instead.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 10, 2021:

Sankhajit - I appreciate your visit.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 10, 2021:

John - Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 10, 2021:

Misbah - I've got several chatty people like you in my life. We call the lengthy monologues about whatever topic they're interested in "the download." At least your friends and family are open enough to ask you to cease talking. Maybe you'll find a partner who is the strong silent type? Thanks for stopping by.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 10, 2021:

Dora - Thank you for reading, and I'm glad you gained something from the list. It's a lovely song that Peter Allen sings, kind of sad if you think about it, too.

Adrienne Farricelli on June 10, 2021:

This is an interesting topic. I went through your list to see what methods were used to tell someone to shut up, and some are quite blunt. STFU I think wins first place, LOL!

Sankhajit Bhattacharjee from MILWAUKEE on June 09, 2021:

nice post, l love those songs

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on June 09, 2021:

An excellent collection of songs as always, Flourish. I can't even think of any others to add.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on June 09, 2021:

Flourish, what an interesting article. I am someone who talks too much...lol... I am someone who can actually be asked by friends and family “will you please shut up”... Oh, I damn care. I would still be talking. You better put earplugs if it’s disturbing you...lol

Your article made me realize I better stop talking before someone someday really asks me “shut up and kiss me” oh! no no no never.... I have to quit before this... I enjoyed reading it

Thanks for sharing

Many blessings to you

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on June 09, 2021:

I learned from your article that there are some pretty good reasons to say "shut up," even to one's self. Also learned the relationship between Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli. What a great job you do with these lists!

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