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80 Songs With Bird in the Title

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Birds have been the subject of many pop and rock tunes over the years, going back to "Bluebird of Happiness” (1934), “Skylark” (1941) and “Rockin’ Robin”(1958). The word bird has also been in the title of a lot of songs, too, whether describing the feathered creature or used as a metaphor for getting away or escapism.

The 80 tunes shown below feature "bird" in their titles. Perhaps they can help you make a music playlist that soars in song.

1. “The Bird” by The Time

Album: Ice Cream Castle

Released: 1984

Genre: R & B, Pop/Rock

Song Facts for “The Bird”

Led by frontman Morris Day, the Minneapolis based Time reached the U.S. Top 40 with this dance tune. Day played Prince’s antagonist in “Purple Rain”, and with The Time performed “The Bird” in the film. Composed by Day, Prince, and Jesse Johnson, the song refers to a dance in which you flap your arms like a bird.

Day explained in 2019 to Yahoo Music's Lyndsey Parker that the dance was inspired by a well known Hanna-Barbera cartoon series. “I don't know if you used to watch "The Flintstones", but they had an episode where everybody was doing ‘the pterodactyl,’” Day told Parker. “So it was just on from there; we started doing that onstage.”

2. “I’m Like A Bird” by Nelly Furtado

Album: Whoa, Nelly!

Released: 2000

Genre: Pop/Rock

Song Facts for “I’m Like A Bird”

“I’m Like A Bird” earned the 2001 Best Female Pop Vocal Performance Grammy for the Victoria, British Columbia native. It also spent 26 weeks on the U.S. Billboard singles chart. The track was named 2001’s Best Single at Canada’s Juno Awards ceremony, too. That year, Furtado was facetiously asked in an interview with The Guardian's Carolyn Sullivan, "So you're like a bird. What kind?" "A seagull" she replied."I was really inspired by a great book called Jonathan Livingston Seagull [the drippy new age classic by Richard Bach]." That book will play a role in another song in this list.

In 2011, the British girl group Little Mix performed “I’m Like A Bird” during season eight of the “The X Factor” UK-TV series.

Nelly Furtado, 2012

Nelly Furtado, 2012

3. “Snowbird” by Anne Murray

Album: This Way Is My Way

Released: 1969

Genre: Country, Pop/Rock

Song Facts for “Snowbird”

“Snowbird”,written by Gene MacLellan, was initially the b-side of Murray’s single, “Just Bidin’ My Time.” In Spring 1970, a U.S. radio DJ began playing the flip side, "Snowbird", and it's popularity gained momentum in North America. It would go on to be one of the continent's most aired songs in 1970. Murray received a U.S. gold record for "Snowbird", becoming the first Canadian woman to accomplish that feat. The song was later recorded by Elvis Presley, Bing Crosby, and Loretta Lynn.

4. “Surfin’ Bird” by The Trashmen

Album: Surfin’ Bird

Released: 1964

Genre: Pop/Rock

Song Facts for “Surfin’ Bird”

With their only album consisting of surf music, you’d think this group was from southern California. However, the trio known as The Trashmen hailed from Minneapolis. Their hit single, “Surfin’ Bird” mixed the choruses from two songs by The Rivingtons (“The Bird’s The Word” and "Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow”) for a top ten hit in the U.S. and the U.K.

The Ramones recorded their version of “Surfin’ Bird” in 1977 for the album, “Rocket to Russia.” Note in the video below, just one member of The Trashmen, lead singer and drummer Steve Wahrer, performs the song on “American Bandstand”.

5. “Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley

Album: Exodus

Released: 1977

Genre: Reggae

Song Facts for “Three Little Birds”

The reggae legend’s “Three Little Birds” is a song that brings a smile to your face. “Don’t worry about a thing/”Cause every little thing gonna be alright” Marley sings, and you believe his positive message. A trio of canaries that often stopped by the window sill of Marley’s Tuff Gong record label headquarters (and his home during the second half of the 1970s) inspired the tune.

In 2012, Marley's daughter Cedella adapted the song's lyrics into a children's picture book titled "Every Little Thing."

6. “Caged Bird” by Alicia Keys

Album: Songs In A Minor

Released: 2001

Genre: R&B

Song Facts for “Caged Bird”

“Right now I feel like a bird/caged without a key/Ev’ryone comes to stare at me” sings the then 19 year old Alicia Keys at the beginning of a song inspired by Maya Angelou’s poem, “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings.” The protagonist's only happiness comes from crooning. “Caged Bird” was a track on Keys’ debut album. Born Alicia Augello Cook in New York City, Keys began writing songs at age 14.

7. “Bird” by PSY

Album: PSY from the PSYcho World!

Released: 2001

Genre: K-Pop, Rap

Song Facts for “Bird"

Eleven years before he had a worldwide hit single and mega YouTube success with “Gangnam Style”, Parka Jae-sung, better known as PSY, released his debut album. One track,“Bird”, featured samples from Shocking Blue and Bananarama’s hit, “Venus”. A music video was released to go with the song.

The album itself was controversial though, and led to PSY being fined by the South Korean government for its “inappropriate content”. It could not be sold to minors due to the vulgarity of its lyrics. By the way, PSY studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, but dropped out and returned home to pursue a singing career in South Korea.

8. “Blackbird” by The Beatles

Album: The Beatles

Released: 1968

Genre: Rock

Song Facts for “Blackbird”

Paul McCartney wrote “Blackbird” in the 1960s during that era’s civil rights movement. “Take these broken wings and learn to fly/All Your Life/You were only waiting for this moment to arise” he says in the lyrics. McCartney told ABC’s Diane Sawyer in 2006 he thought of a blackbird as being a kind of symbol for a black woman. In 2016, the ex-Beatle met two of the Little Rock Nine, pioneers of the civil rights campaign, backstage at his concert in that city.

The Beatles also recorded other songs with bird in the title, specifically “And Your Bird Can Sing”, “Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)”with bird being British slang for a girl or young woman, and the reunion tune, “Free As a Bird.” As a solo artist, McCartney composed and sang “Bluebird” with Wings.

9. “Bird Dog” by The Everly Brothers

Album: The Everly Brothers’ Best

Released: 1959

Genre: Country, Pop/Rock

Song Facts for “Bird Dog”

“Bird Dog” was penned by Boudleaux Bryant, who wrote or co-wrote such Everly Brothers hits as “All I Have to Do is Dream”, “Wake Up Little Susie”, and “Take a Message To Mary.” The Everlys producer, Archie Bleyer originally wanted TV ventriloquist Jimmy Nelson for the spoken “He’s a bird…he’s a dog” portions of the song in the voice of his puppet, Farfel. But that idea was nixed, and "Bird Dog" went on to place second on both the U.S. and U.K. singles charts..

The Everly Brothers

The Everly Brothers

10. “Birdhouse in Your Soul” by They Might Be Giants

Album: Flood

Released: 1990

Genre: Alternative Pop/Rock

Song Facts for “Birdhouse in Your Soul”

Named after a 1971 George C. Scott movie, They Might Be Giants consists of the duo of John Flansburgh and John Linnell. “Birdhouse in Your Soul” is a unique song in that it’s written from the perspective of a canary shaped nightlight. As the lyrics say, “Blue canary in the outlet by the light switch/Who watches over you/Make a little birdhouse in your soul…” The song was produced by Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley, known for their work with Madness, Dexys Midnight Runners, and Morrissey.

11. “Free Bird” by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Album: Lynyrd Skynyrd (Pronounced Leh-‘nerd Skin-‘nerd)

Released: 1973

Genre: Pop/Rock

Song Facts for “Free Bird”

“Free Bird” , all 9 minutes and 18 seconds of it, is the last cut on the debut album by Southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd. It’s interesting to note that that while the phrase “free as a bird’ is used twice in the track, the song’s title is only heard once. Right before the four plus minutes of guitar solos and jamming are heard, the line “Won’t you fly high, free bird, yeah” is sung by lead singer Ronnie Van Zant. In 1988, Will To Power’s cover medley of Peter Frampton’s “Baby I Love Your Way” and “Free Bird” hit number one on the U.S. singles chart.

12. “Songbird” by Oasis

Album: Heathen Chemistry

Released: 2002

Genre: Pop/Rock

Song Facts for “Songbird”

Liam Gallagher, not Noel, wrote this track from the band’s fifth album. Dedicated to Liam Gallagher’s future wife, All Saints member Nicole Appleton, the song reached number three on the U.K. singles chart. With a Lennon-esque vocal, he sings such tender lyrics as:"Gonna write a song so she can see/Give her all the love she gives to me/Talk of better days that have yet to come/Never felt this love from anyone."

The music video, featuring Liam Gallagher crooning and strumming an acoustic guitar under a tree, was filmed in London’s Hyde Park.

13. “White Bird” by It’s A Beautiful Day

Album: It’s a Beautiful Day

Released: 1969

Genre: Pop/Rock

Song Facts for “White Bird”

“White Bird” was an FM Album Oriented Rock radio staple in the 1970s. Violinist and singer David LaFlamme and his wife Linda on keyboards, formed It’s A Beautiful Day in 1967. The San Francisco based group relocated to Seattle in December of that year to work on their act. The LaFlammes didn’t have enough money to return back to California. So, the couple stayed in the Emerald City, David LaFlamme said the idea to write the song came from he and Linda looking out the window of the attic where they were staying. LaFlamme on his website said,"Where the 'white bird' thing came from: We were like caged birds in that attic. We had no money, no transportation, the weather was miserable. We were just barely getting by on a very small food allowance provided to us. It was quite an experience, but it was very creative in a way.” The song’s vocals have a Jefferson Airplane sound to them.

In 2001, British violinist Vanessa-Mae released a "techno-acoustic fusion" version of the song.

14. “Bluebird” by Sara Bareilles

Album: Kaleidoscope Heart

Released: 2010

Genre: Pop/Rock

Song Facts for “Bluebird”

This “Bluebird” is not a cover of the aforementioned Paul McCartney and Wings tune from “Band on the Run”, but an original song written by Bareilles. In a 2011 interview with American Songwriter, she said her “Bluebird” is a take on what happens when a relationship ends. “It’s letting yourself take flight from a situation that’s either no longer working or happy, and kind of fell apart” she explained. “You know, it’s walking away from something but not in a defeated way, in a way that makes you feel optimistic about the possibilities.” The lyrics mention that she saw the breakup coming, and she thinks she’s fine with it. But she then admits, “All honesty knows, I wasn’t ready, no.”

“Bluebird” was the 13th track on Bareilles’ third studio album, which debuted at the top of the U.S. Billboard album chart.

15. “The Birdie Song” by The Tweets

Album: The Ultimate Cheese Party Album

Released: 2003

Genre: Pop/Rock

Song Facts for “The Birdie Song”

The Chicken Dance has been a staple of bar and bat mitzvah receptions, kids parties, and Oktoberfest celebrations for several decades. In 1981,UK concert promoter Henry Hadaway produced an instrumental, novelty tune version of the dance, billing the artists as The Tweets (long before Twitter) and calling it “The Birdie Song”. The polka sounding track ended up being released as a single in the U.K., reaching number two on the charts. A group of costumed “Tweets” joined with the dance troupe Legs & Co. to perform “The Birdie Song” in an October 1981 broadcast of the BBC’s "Top of the Pops."

16. “Bird On The Wire” by Leonard Cohen

Album: Songs From A Room

Released: 1969

Genre: Pop/Rock

Song Facts for “Bird On The Wire”

“Bird On The Wire” has been covered by such artists as Judy Collins (released a year before Cohen’s version), Joe Cocker, The Neville Brothers, and Johnny Cash. Cohen was inspired to write the song from his time living on the Greek island of Hydra. When he initially moved there, the island had no electricity. Cohen watched as later on, telephone poles were being built there, and birds started to sit on the wire.

The song begins with the lines, “Like a bird on a wire/Like a drunk in a midnight choir/I have tried in my way to be free.” The line, “Like a drunk in a midnight choir” refers to the festive drinking atmosphere on Hydra. The island has lots of steep steps. In the middle of the night, Cohen would often see small groups of slightly drunk men singing together, and stumbling up the stairs.

17. “Skybird” by Neil Diamond

Album: Jonathan Livingston Seagull (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Released: 1973

Genre: Pop/Rock

Song Facts for “Skybird”

Neil Diamond left Uni (later MCA) Records in 1973, receiving a reported million dollars per album advance. His first release for his new label was the soundtrack to the film, “Jonathan Livingston Seagull.” The film, based on the bestselling book by Richard Bach, received poor reviews and didn’t do well at the box office. But the soundtrack earned Diamond a Grammy for Best Score Soundtrack Album Motion Picture. “Skybird” was the second U.S. single taken from the album. As mentioned above, the book was a favorite of Nelly Furtado.

18. “Birds of Paradise” by The Pretenders

Album: Pretenders II

Released: 1981

Genre: Pop/Rock

Song Facts for “Birds of Paradise”

“Birds of Paradise” is the fifth track on the second of just two albums from the Pretenders lineup of Chrissie Hynde, James Honeyman-Scott, Pete Farndon, and Martin Chambers. A year after “Pretenders II” was released, Farndon was asked to leave the band, and Honeyman-Scott passed away from drug related heart failure. Farndon would pass away the following year, also from a drug related circumstance.” Hynde wrote “Birds of Paradise”. In the song, Hynde reminisces about a past love with lyrics like, “ I thought about you in Stockholm and Rome/Me in my hotel room/You in your home." But the love tells her “nothing lasts forever.”

Pretenders II album cover

Pretenders II album cover

19. “Mockingbird” by Carly Simon

Album: Hotcakes

Released: 1974

Genre: Pop/Rock

Song Facts for “Mockingbird”

Siblings Inez and Charlie Foxx had a top ten U.S. hit in 1963 with the jaunty “Mockingbird”, based on the lullaby “Hush Little Baby.” A decade later, the then husband and wife duo of Carly Simon and James Taylor recorded a remake of the song for Simon's “Hotcakes” album. The Simon and Taylor rendition was a top five U.S. single,too.

Simon and Taylor would perform the song live during Taylor’s 1975 tour, and at one of the September 1979 No Nukes benefit concerts at Madison Square Garden. The No Nukes appearance is shown below.

20. “Birds” by Linda Ronstadt

Album: Linda Ronstadt

Released: 1971

Genre: Pop/Rock, Country

Song Facts for “Birds”

Ronstadt tackles this tender song, written by Neil Young and appearing on his “After the Gold Rush” album, and makes the tune all her own. The track was recorded live at The Troubadour nightclub in West Hollywood, California.It includes a delicate lead vocal from Ronstadt, and a backing band which includes future Eagles Glenn Frey, Don Henley, and Randy Meisner. Plus, you have strong harmony vocals from Frey, Henley, Meisner, Moon Martin,and others, The lyrics can be interpreted as describing the breakup of a couple: “When you see me fly away without you/Shadow on the things you know/Feathers fall around you/and show you the way to go/It’s over, it’s over.”

Everything But The Girl covered “Birds” on their 1993 “The Only Living Boy In New York” EP.

Even More Songs With Bird in the Title

SongArtistYear Released

21.Great Speckled Bird

Johnny Cash

1959

22. Hummingbird Heartbeat

Katy Perry

2010

23. T-Birds

Blondie

1980

24. And Your Bird Can Sing

The Beatles

1966

25. Birds

Coldplay

2015

26. Blackbird on the Wire

The Beautiful South

1996

27. Eagle Birds

The Black Keys

2019

28. Birds of the High Arctic

David Gray

2014

29. The Birds Pt. 2

The Weeknd

2018

30. I Like Birds

Eels

2000

31. Ghetto Bird

Ice Cube

1993

32.Bird Set Free

Sia

2015

33. High Flying Bird

Elton John

1973

34. Bird Song

Lene Lovich

1979

35. China Bird

Patti Smith

2000

36.Beautiful Bird

Travis

1998

37. Songbird

Fleetwood Mac

1977

38. The Birds of St. Marks

Jackson Browne

2014

39. Blackbird (Different from Beatles song)

Rumer

2010

40. Nightbird

Labelle

1974

41. Lady Bird

Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood

1967

42. Hey, Little Bird

Buffy Sainte-Marie

1967

43. The Bird Has Flown By

Deep Purple

1969

44. Free as a Bird

The Beatles

1995

45. Bird of Prey

Uriah Heep

1970

46. Birds of a Feather

Paul Revere & the Raiders

1971

47. Mockin' Bird Hill

Patti Page

1951

48. Feed the Birds

Julie Andrews

1964

49. Bye Bye Blackbird

Ringo Starr

1970

50. A Chicken Ain't Nothin' But A Bird

Louis Jordan And His Tympany Five

1949

51. King of Bloke and Bird

Robbie Williams

2005

52. Little Bird

Annie Lennox

1992

53. Birds

Elton John

2001

54. My Bird Performs

XTC

1992

55. King of Birds

R.E.M.

1987

56. Gus the Mynah Bird

Stereolab

2001

57. Painted Bird

Siouxie and the Banshees

1982

58. Valley of the Birds

The Stranglers

1997

59. Mr. Songbird

The Kinks

1968

60. High Flying Bird

Jefferson Airplane

1974

61. Sweet Bird (The Hissing of Summer Lawns)

Joni Mitchell

1975

62. Wounded Bird

Graham Nash

1971

63. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)

The Beatles

1965

64. Night Bird Flying

Jimi Hendrix

1971

65. Surprise Surprise (Sweet Bird of Paradox)

John Lennon

1974

66. Bluebird

Paul McCartney and Wings

1973

67. Bird Dream of the Olympus Mons

Pixies

1991

68. If I Were a Bird

Howlin' Wolf

1971

69. Canary Bird

Muddy Waters

1949

70. Rock and Bird

Cowboy Junkies

1990

71. The Birds And The Bees

Jewel Akens

1965

72. Silver Bird

Mark Lindsay

1970

73. Big Bird

The B-52s

1983

74. Sunset (Bird of Prey)

Fatboy Slim

2000

75. The Bird Charmer's Destiny

Be Bop Deluxe

1976

76. The Bird

Jerry Reed

1982

77. Blackbird Chain

Beck

2014

78. Tennessee Bird Walk

Jack Blanchard and Misty Morgan

1970

79. Danger Bird

Neil Young

1975

80. No Birds

Public Image Limited

1979

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