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100 Best Songs With Insect Names in the Title


The different species of insects are truly astounding. While some of us do get petrified at the sight of insects, for many certain insects are well and truly fascinating. Music and insects have a strong association. A number of bands and artists have mentioned different insects in their songs.

What Is the Purpose of Mentioning Insects in Songs?

Insects are mentioned in songs for different reasons. In many songs musicians narrate their personal experience with insects. Although a number of songs mention an insect name in a metaphorical context, certain songs actually mention an encounter with insects. The strong characteristics and qualities of insects are sometimes used in comparative forms to highlight tendencies of human beings. In songs from different genres, anthropods are mentioned to describe emotions in a sweet and playful manner.

References to certain insects such as butterflies, fireflies, and ladybugs are made in many songs that pertain to love and romance. Sometimes insects that are considered pests are mentioned intentionally to describe an annoying personality. Certain musicians narrate stories of grit and determination in people with characteristic features of certain insects. The simplicity of insects is poetically described by musicians in certain reflective songs.


What Do Insects Symbolize in Songs?

Insects symbolize a wide-range of attributes. Different stages of changes in human behavior are often compared to the magical metamorphosis of transformation insects go through. Through songs about insects, many singers bring about an awareness of habitats. Certain bands and artists bring to life concepts of mindful living by associating exemplary qualities of insects. Certain songs highlight the importance of utilizing resources in a productive manner like insects do. The lyrics of certain songs showcase the incredible quality of adaptability insects possess.

Certain thought provoking lyrics encourage people to imbibe the spirit of perseverance found in insects such as bees, ants, and spiders. Singers and songwriters often express their concern about environmental issues through stories and narratives about insects. Sometimes the mention of anthropods is made in songs to highlight a fun element or to add a sense of sarcasm. Specific insects are mentioned in songs to add unique expression in the verse or chorus. Although insects represent a wide spectrum of attributes, in music they symbolize or denote

  • Perseverance
  • Kindness
  • Simplicity
  • Productivity
  • Love
  • Teamwork
  • Calmness
  • Patience
  • Hard work
  • Sustenance
  • Communication
  • Attitude
  • Tenacity

The list below showcases a collection or rock songs, pop songs, country songs, R&B songs, folk songs, hip hop songs, alternative songs, indie songs, reggae songs, jazz songs, blues songs and dance songs about insects. If you have a view, opinion, or song suggestion, let us know in the comments section.

Top 10 Best Songs With Insect Names in the Title

  1. “Fireflies”—Owl City
  2. “Ants Marching”—Dave Matthews Band
  3. “Black Widow”—Iggy Azalea featuring Rita Ora
  4. “The Fly”—U2
  5. “Butterfly”—Mariah Carey
  6. “The Bug”—Dire Straits
  7. “Bedbugs and Ballyhoo”—Echo & the Bunnymen
  8. “The Attack of the Giant Ants”—Blondie
  9. “The Spider and the Fly”—The Rolling Stones
  10. “Butterfly Effect”—Travis Scott


11. “The Mosquito”—The Doors

12. “Spider's Web”—Katie Melua

13. “Antmusic”—Adam and the Ants

14. “Fly on the Wall”—Miley Cyrus

15. “Butterfly”—Crazy Town

16. “Love Is Like A Butterfly”—Dolly Parton

17. “Red Mosquito”—Pearl Jam

18. “Spanish Flea”—Herb Alpert

19. “March of the Fire Ants”—Mastodon

20. “Butterfly Bleu”—Iron Butterfly


21. “Doin’ the Cockroach”—Modest Mouse

22. “Boris the Spider”—The Who

23. “Maggot Brain”—Funkadelic

24. “Fly”—Nicki Minaj

25. “Mayfly”—Belle and Sebastian

26. “Joanie’s Butterfly”—Aerosmith

27. “Dragonfly”—Ziggy Marley

28. “Moth Into Flame”—Metallica

29. “Spiders”—System of A Down

30. “Earwigs to Eternity”—Alice Cooper

31. “Human Fly”—The Cramps

32. “Cassie Eats Cockroaches”—Acid Bath

33. “Fly on a Windshield”—Genesis

34. “Moth’s Wings”—Passion Pit

35. “Greedy Fly”—Bush

36. “Butterfly Fly Away”—Miley Cyrus and Billy Ray Cyrus

37. “Spiders and Snakes”—Jim Stafford

38. “Dance of the Honeybees”—Sharon Shannon

39. “Butterflies and Hurricanes”—Muse

40. “Bugs”—Pearl Jam


41. “Halo of Flies”—Alice Cooper

42. “Bug a Boo”—Destiny’s Child

43. “Dragonfly”—Fleetwood Mac

44. “Locust”—Machine Head

45. “Butterfly Doors”—Lil Pump

46. “I’m a King Bee”—Slim Harpo

47. “Stink Bug”—Beastie Boys

48. “Black Widow”—In This Moment

49. “Butterfly Kisses”—Bob Carlisle

50. “Earwig”—The Dead Milkmen

51. “Bullet With Butterfly Wings”—Smashing Pumpkins

52. “Little Lamb Dragonfly”—Paul McCartney and the Wings

53. “The Birds and the Bees”—Jewel Akens

54. “Butterfly”—BTS

55. “Dog and Butterfly”—Heart

56. “Junebug”—Robert Francis

57. “I Got Ants in My Pants”—James Brown

58. “Superfly”—Curtis Mayfield

50. “Bug Rain”—Looper

60. “Elusive Butterfly”—Bob Lind


61. “Eric the Half-a-Bee”—Monty Python

62. “Honey and the Bee”—Owl City featuring Breanne Duren

63. “Flea Brain”—Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps

64. “Drawing Flies”—Soundgarden

65. “Gnat”—Eminem

66. “The Fly”—Chubby Checker

67. “Butterfly on a Wheel”—The Mission

68. “Grasshopper”—The Mamas and the Papas

69. “The Caterpillar”—The Cure

70. “Roaches in My Ashtray”— Snoop Dog featuring ProHoeZak

71. “Waspman”—The Who

72. “Flea Fly”—Red Hot Chili Peppers

73. “The Spider”—Weezer

74. “Praying Mantis”—Don Dixon

75. “The Butterfly Collector”—The Jam

76. “I Am the Wasp”—Cockney Rejects

77. “Boll Weevil”—Brook Benton

78. “Cockroach”—Albert King

79. “Moth”—Hellyeah

80. “Bee in Your Bonnet”—Supertramp


81. “The Eagle Never Hunts the Fly”—The Music Machine

82. “Return of the Fly”—The Misfits

83. “Ant Rap”—Adam and the Ants

84. “Mosquito”—Yeah Yeah Yeahs

85. “Butterflies”—Kacey Musgraves

86. “The Termite Song”—Joseph Arthur

87. “Cicada”—Liam Titcomb

88. “Milk & Black Spiders”—Foals

89. “Moth to Flame”—Roger Chapman

90. “Flea in Your Ear”—Simian Mobile Disco

91. “Muzzle of Bees”—Wilco

92. “Glow Worm”—The Mills Brothers

93. “Flea versus Mite”—The Presidents of the United States of America

94. “Dragonfly Keeper”—Phildel

95. “Mosquito Song”—Queens of the Stone Age

96. “Day of the Locusts”—Bob Dylan

97. “Lost Worker Bee”—Elbow

98. “Mean Old Bed Bug Blues”—Bessie Smith

99. “Little Yellow Spider”—Devendra Banhart

100. “The Green Mosquito”—The Tune Rockers

Other Notable Songs With Insects In the Title

  • “Crickets Sing for Anamaria”—Emma Bunton
  • “Ants”—Starcrawler
  • “Crickets”—Colt Ford featuring Jerrod Niemann
  • “Buzzin’ Fly”—Tim Buckley
  • “Dragonfly”—Paul Weller
  • “Black Widow”—Cage the Elephant
  • “Fly on the Wall”—AC/DC
  • “Tarantula”—Smashing Pumpkins
  • “Crickets”—Joe Nichols
  • “Spider's Web”—Jamie T.
  • “I Am the Fly”—Wire
  • “Honey Bee”—The Kooks
  • “June Bug”—Mac Powell
  • “Bee in a Bottle’”—Sinead Lohan
  • “I Am the Spider / Epilogue”—Alice Cooper
  • “Mosquito Moan’”—Blind Lemon Jefferson
  • “Birds and the Bees”—Elizabeth and the Catapult
  • “Fly on the Wall”—Bobby V
  • “Beetle in the Box”—Admiral Fallow
  • “King Wasp”—Add N to (X)
  • “Fly on the Wall”—Jay Rock
  • “Begging for Grace (Dragonfly Wings)”—Joshua Kadison
  • “Fireflies”—April Kry
  • “When Mama Was a Moth”—Cocteau Twins
  • “An Elephant Insect”—Shonen Knife
  • “The Fly”—Cosmo Sheldrake
  • “Watching the Lightbugs Glow”—The Flaming Lips
  • “Catfood on the Earwig”—Guided By Voices
  • “Ants in the Kitchen”—Masters of Reality
  • “Spiders”—Bruce Haack
  • “Iron Butterfly Theme”—Iron Butterfly
  • “Dragonfly”—Shaman’s Harvest
  • “Bugs”—Bobbie Gentry
  • “Flea Bitten Annie”—The A-Bones
  • “Sick Cicadas (Sick of Cicadas)”—Kathy Ashworth
  • “Bug”—Lower Than Atlantis
  • “The Fly”—Foster and Allen
  • “Lord of Hornets”—Robert Calvert
  • “Honey Bee”—Organ Grinders
  • “Flight of the Bumble Roach”—The Residents
  • “Ant Man Bee”—Captain Beefheart
  • “Dragonfly on Baystreet”—Ron Sexsmith
  • “Honeybees”—The Bear
  • “I Killed an Ant With My Guitar”—John Haitt
  • “Tigers and Fireflies”—Lynsey de Paul
  • “Mayfly”—Rasputina
  • “Bug Day”—The Fall
  • “Lady Bug”—Bumblebee Unlimited
  • “Spiders”—Slipknot
  • “Dragonflies”—Redhouse Painters
  • “Butterflies”—Travis
  • “Glow Worms”—Vashti Bunyan
  • “Black Widow”—Booty Luv
  • “Fly on the Wall”—t.A.T.u.
  • “Madonna of the Wasps”—Robyn Hitchcock
  • “I Believe in Bugs”—Ivor Cutler
  • “Black Beetle Pies”—Bellowhead
  • “Dragonflies”—Eddi Reader
  • “Love Lice”—Fake Shark
  • “Angry Cockroaches”—Tito & Tarantula
  • “Butterfly”—Weezer
  • “The Cricket Song”—Rich O’Toole
  • “Public Menace, Freak, Human Fly”—Powerman 5000
  • “Fireflies”—Patti Smith
  • “Lone Sal Bug”—Buckethead
  • “Black Butterflies & Deja Vu”—The Maine
  • “The Gold Bug”—Alan Parson’s Project
  • “Spider and I”—Brian Eno
  • “Alexander Beetle”—Melanie Safka
  • “The King Beetle on the Coconut Estate”—mewithoutYou
  • “Butterfly Boy”—Shonen Knife
  • “Hurry Down Doomsday (The Bugs Are Taking Over)”—Elvis Costello
  • “Black Butterfly”—Dionne Bromfield
  • “Bug”—James Reyne
  • “Honey Bee (Let Me Be Your Honey Bee)”—Ollie Shepherd
  • “Aphids”—Hum
  • “Butterfly”—Lloyd Cole
  • “Spiral of Ants”—Lemon Demon
  • “One Day the Only Butterflies Left Will Be In Your Chest As You March Towards Your Death”—Bring Me The Horizon featuring Amy Lee
  • “Dragonflies and Waterfalls”—Nova and the Experience
  • “Ants Invasion”—Adam and the Ants
  • “Termite”—Young Thug
  • “Butterfly”—Scott Walker
  • “I’m a Bug”—The Urinals
  • “Dragonfly”—Cherona
  • “The Grashopper Unit (Keep Movin’)”—Beastie Boys
  • “Butterfly”—Can
  • “Earwig Town Lyric”—Chairlift
  • “Honey Bee”—Savoy Brown
  • “The 2000 Pound Bee”—The Ventures
  • “Dragonfly”—My Brightest Diamond
  • “Spiderhead”—Cage the Elephant
  • “There Ain’t No Bugs on Me”—Jerry Garcia and David Grisman
  • “Fly on the Wall”—XTC
  • “Butterfly”—Grimes
  • “Junebugs”—The Handsome Family
  • “Spider’s House”—Califone
  • “The Bug that Tried to Crawl Around the World”—Johnny Cash
  • “Butterfly”—Bee Gees
  • “Dragonfly”—Nahko
  • “Fifi the Flea”—The Hollies
  • “Throat Locust”—Tad
  • “Fly Trouble”—Hank Williams
  • “Exploding Anthills”—Boston Spaceships
  • “Pure Bug Beauty”—Wilco
  • “The Louse House at Kilkenny”—The Dubliners
  • “Lady Bird”—Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood
  • “A Great Grey Grasshopper”—Ivor Cutler
  • “Black Butterfly”—Laura Veirs
  • “Dragonfly”—Strawbs
  • “Total Fire Ant Control”—Master Program
  • “Head Lice”—Razor Jane
  • “Ladybug”—Desmond and the Tutus
  • “The Bee Song”—Arthur Askey
  • “As the Dragonfly Flies”—The Icicle Works

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