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Royalty Playlist: 90 Songs About Kings, Queens, Princes and Princesses

You don't have to be born into nobility to be regal. Aren't we all the king or queen of something? Celebrate royalty with a playlist of pop, rock, and country songs about kings, queens, princes, and princesses. Go ahead and wear the crown.

You don't have to be born into nobility to be regal. Aren't we all the king or queen of something? Celebrate royalty with a playlist of pop, rock, and country songs about kings, queens, princes, and princesses. Go ahead and wear the crown.

Everyone Is King or Queen of Something

Becoming royalty no longer requires noble birth. Look at Meghan Markle, the American-born divorcée of mixed-race heritage who married Prince Harry in 2018. You may not have the good fortune of the former actress-turned-Duchess of Sussex, but we're all king or queen of something.

Are you perhaps a drama queen, king of your own castle, a prom king or queen, a queen bee, or someone's prince charming? Whatever your royal standing, celebrate it with pop, rock, and country songs about kings, queens, princes, and princesses. We have a long list of songs to help you out.

1."Dancing Queen" by ABBA

The teenage beauty queen in this 1976 worldwide chart-topper is out on the dance floor dancing looking for love. As she grooves—remember, this is the 70s—the lights are low, and the music is right. The belle of the disco is having the time of her life, and she captivates the attention of every man in the place.

Although this pop song was ABBA's only #1 hit in the United States, the supergroup enjoyed global success. ABBA saw a revival in popularity in 2008 as a result of their central role in Mama Mia!, a 2008 musical romantic comedy film.

2. "Castle" by Halsey

Clear the way! There's a woman ready to ascend the throne. However, the kingdom is locked up tight, with the keys clenched in the fist of the powerful old man who sits there now. The patriarchy isn't going anywhere, at least not easily.

The people want her as their queen, but here's the dilemma she faces: Should she step up or listen to those who caution her to be nice, wait her turn, and keep her pretty mouth shut? (Sounds like such a familiar dilemma, right ladies?)

Deciding now is her moment, she throws down the gauntlet. This total badass lady is heading straight for the castle, no crying about it. The 2016 electropop tune could easily be about corporate America. It appeared on the soundtrack for the motion picture, The Huntsman: Winter's War.

3. "Queens Don't" by RaeLynn

You don't have to descend from blue blood to be a queen, according to this 2018 country song. Nobility is instead about personal authenticity, perseverance, and remaining true to oneself:

Queens don't break, they just get stronger
There ain't nothing they can't conquer
Queens don't hate, queens don't fight
Queens don't stay unless their king treats her right, oh
Every jewel on my crown, you better believe I earned it
Won't keep people around that don't believe I deserve it.

4. "Two Princes" by Spin Doctors

Pick your partner carefully, for they will substantially influence your happiness and success in life. Some say it's the most important decision you'll ever make. The woman at the center of this 1993 rock song is faced with a choice between two suitors who want to marry her. These "kneeling princes" couldn't be more different, however.

One is a wealthy, well-born man whom her father sanctions, and the young man can provide a secure future for her. In contrast, the narrator truly loves her, and they have a genuine connection. He doesn't have the family pedigree, education, or bright future of his rival, and he sure doesn't have the support of the young woman's father. Who would be your choice?

5. "Prom Queen" by Molly Kate Kestner

In this 2017 pop song, the teenage prom queen enjoys a veneer of perfection: youth and good looks, a loyal entourage, and an abundance of male admirers. However, as she ages, her beauty has started to fade, and she must now work harder to attract and keep a man.

The song turns the prom queen into a figure to be pitied. Her tiara has lost its sparkle, and she lives an empty and loveless life with her best days behind her.

6. "Queen of My Double-Wide Trailer" by Sammy Kershaw

There's love, cheating, and high drama in the mobile home community up the road, according to this humorous 1993 country song. The lonely narrator first met his redneck ladyfriend at the local greasy spoon. After sharing some chicken fried steak, their relationship went from zero to 60 real dang quick when they moved in together. He happily declared her queen of his doublewide trailer, "With the polyester curtains and the redwood deck."

Unfortunately, his low-brow queen had quite the roving eye, requiring the fella to keep frequent tabs on her. But when you're in love with royalty, what's a little drama?

7. "Kings & Queens" by Mat Kearney

If you have the right person by your side in life, you don't need much else. So says the narrator of this 2018 pop ditty. He assures his lover that he doesn't need riches or drugs to be happy in life. They'll be kings and queens in their own minds.

8. "It's Good to be King" by Tom Petty

Being king is a total power trip, and the guy in this 1994 rock tune imagines what it would be like. He surmises that the royals are velvet-robed and use their "nobility cred" to make friends and meet girls. Although the narrator acknowledges that "I'll be king when dogs get wings," it's nevertheless his dream.

9. "Royals" by Lorde

Lorde was inspired to write this Grammy Award-winning 2013 electropop song after spotting a 1976 photo of Kansas City Royals baseball player George Brett. He had the team name displayed prominently across his uniform. Enthusiastic fans were gathered around him. Brett was a rockstar of sorts.

Fascinated with royalty, Lorde mashed up the themes of nobility, fame, and pop stardom to achieve this commentary on the inaccessibility of today's artists and their fast-paced, decadent lifestyles. The song's narrator is an unpretentious young woman who doesn't come from money. She and her friends are regal only in their fantasies. In contrast, the music they listen to reflects lives high on luxury and drama. Every song features "bloodstains, ball gowns, trashin' the hotel room" or "jet planes, islands, tigers on a gold leash."

Which type of royal would you rather be?

10. "Queen" by Jessie J

Jessie J. imparts a strong body positivity message in this raw, edgy 2018 R&B/pop song. Concerned about young women who self-harm and chase a false ideal of beauty, she implores the listener to ignore body-shaming haters. Shut down those inner voices that suggest you're not enough. Accept your body and celebrate the queen that you are, as the song advises:

Stop chasing all the hype, my girl
Stop trying to change who you are
Stop cutting yourself up on the outside (outside)
When the inside is never scarred
It can't be healed with something materialistic
Can't be healed by a man who stays distant
It's deeper; save yourself
Before you betray yourself.

11. "I Just Can't Wait to be King" by Jason Weaver, Rowan Atkinson, and Laura Williams

This sweet, perky song appears early on in the 1994 Disney movie, The Lion King. It precedes Simba's tragic loss of innocence (when the cub was tricked by his cruel uncle, Scar, into believing he caused his father's death).

The lyrics describe Simba energetically looking forward to becoming king of the pride one day, like his father. However, he shows little understanding of the responsibility that comes with that leadership challenge and instead focuses on how fun it will be to stand in the spotlight.

12. "Queen of Memphis" by Confederate Railroad

This 1992 country ditty was Confederate Railroad's highest-charting songs. It's one of those songs that you don't realize is actually risque until you take a look at the lyrics.

A Georgia farmboy hitchhikes to Tennessee, and within just an hour, he meets a hooker who calls herself the Queen of Memphis. After one night of her schooling him on subjects he hadn't learned back home, the young man finds himself hopelessly in love:

I saw stars dancin' on the water
I heard Elvis singin' "Blue Suede Shoes"
That old muddy river was my witness
The night I fell in love with the Queen of Memphis.

13. "King of Pain" by The Police

Written after Sting's separation from his first wife, this 1983 hit features imagery of isolation, pain, and emptiness that communicates what he must have been feeling. Some of the images are bizarre but articulate his woe-is-me message artfully.

He identifies with the suffering in each and declares himself king of pain:

  • A black hat caught in the treetop
  • A flag being shredded by the forceful wind
  • A dead salmon frozen in a waterfall
  • A butterfly ensnared in a spiderweb and
  • A black-winged gull with a broken back.

14. "Royalty" by Francesca Battistelli

This snappy 2018 Christian ditty reminds believers that God's love changes everything. According to the pop-infused song, love from the Holy Spirit has the transformative power of crowning us each indignity, making us feel worthy, wanted, and royal. Utterly uplifting.

15. "King of Sorrow" by Sade

Carrying deep, intractable grief, the narrator in this haunting 2001 R&B tune attempts to trudge forward with her daily life. She's merely going through the motions. Although she feels it's her duty to do so, she wonders whether the anguish that grips her will ever let go. The despair she feels is palpable. For all the pain she bears for herself and others, she crowns herself king of sorrow.

16. "King of Wishful Thinking" by Go West

Denial is a wonderful game we play with our own minds. In this 1990 rock song, the narrator has been forsaken in love. She's shredded his heart, and the whole town is talking about it. He's crying and depressed, yet he tries to portray his heartbreak as no big deal:

I'll get over you ... I know I will
I'll pretend my ship's not sinking
And I'll tell myself I'm over you
'Cause I'm the king of wishful thinking
I am the king of wishful thinking.

17. "Queen" by Loren Gray

Boys, bow down to this bad woman because she's your queen, and her majesty demands to be treated that way. The self-described dangerous woman in this 2018 pop ditty is neither an angel nor a damsel in distress. Sure, you can call her a princess if that suits you, but her royal highness knows her worth, and she can fight her own battles. Now take a knee.

18. "Queen" by Ne-Yo

In this compelling love song, a man serenades a woman he has just met. He is dumbstruck by her beauty. Because he does not yet know her name, he asks to call her "Queen." The 2017 R&B number appeared in the soundtrack of the major motion picture, The Birth of a Nation. The movie was set in the antebellum South and was the winner of two Sundance Film Festival awards.

19. "King" by Lauren Aquilina

If you've ever struggled with inner demons such as depression or anxiety, this 2012 tune should resonate. It reminds listeners that they are in control of their own lives. Further, the song encourages them to cast aside self-doubt and reclaim their crown as king again, as there is nothing to be achieved in misery.

20. "King" by Years & Years

Beneath the upbeat lyrics is the toxic vibe of enjoying a poor treatment at the hands of a romantic partner. The narrator in this 2015 international synthpop tune has compromised himself and has been controlled by the woman he loves. Sadly, however, he still loves her and looks beyond the disrespect. He doesn't want to even attempt to leave.

"In the past, people were born royal. Nowadays, royalty comes from what you do." - Gianni Versace, Italian fashion designer

"In the past, people were born royal. Nowadays, royalty comes from what you do." - Gianni Versace, Italian fashion designer

Even More Songs About Royalty: Kings, Queens, Princes and Princesses

TitleArtistYear Released

21. Kings and Queens

Thirty Seconds to Mars


22. Queen of California

John Mayer


23. King

Tribe Society


24. Love Story

Taylor Swift


25. Royalty

Conor Maynard


26. Paper Crown

Alec Benjamin


27. Queen of My Heart



28. King of Might Have Been



29. Viva la Vida



30. Crown

Camilla Cabello & Grey


31. Little More (Royalty)

Chris Brown


32. Kings and Queens



33. Your Love Is King



34. King of the Clouds

Panic! At the Disco


35. Princes of the Universe



36. Queen

Shawn Mendes


37. King of the Hill

Johnny Cash


38. King Heroin

James Brown


39. Queen of Hearts

Juice Newton


40. King of the Mountain

George Strait


41. Queen of Disaster

Lana Del Rey


42. Killer Queen

5 Seconds of Summer


43. King for a Day

Green Day


44. Queen of the Night

Whitney Houston


45. King of the Mountain

Midnight Oil


46. Princess of China

Coldplay (Featuting Rihanna)


47. Ballad of a Teenage Queen

Johnny Cash


48. Someday My Prince Will Come

Barbara Streisand


49. God Save the Queen

Sex Pistols


50. Queen of Hearts

Jason Derulo


51. Pop Princess

Click Five


52. Princesses Don't Cry



53. Hey, Princess

Allstar Weekend


54. Punk Rock Princess

Something Corporate


55. Princess Charming

Megan and Liz


56. You Should See Me in a Crown

Billie Eilish


57. Crown

Kelly Rowland


58. The Crown



59. Broken Crown

Mumford & Sons


60. Crown of Thorns

Pearl Jam


61. Prom Queen

Lil Wayne


62. There's a Place for Us

Carrie Underwood


63. Hey Now Princess



64. In the Court of the Crimson King

Crimson King


65. Neon Knights

Black Sabbath


66. King and Lionheart

Of Monsters and Men


67. Princess of China

Coldplay (Featuring Rihanna)


68. Killer Queen



69. Princes of the Universe



70. King Nothing



71. Yellow Flicker



72. King of the Road

Roger Miller


73. Queen of the House

Jody Miller


74. Queen Elizabeth

Cheat Code


75. Heavy Crown

Iggy Azalea (Featuring Ellie Goulding)


76. Pineapple Princess

Annette Funicello


77. Heroes

David Bowie


78. Queens of Noise

The Runaways


79. Caribean Queen (No More Love on the Run)

Billy Ocean


80. Fairytale



81. Queen of the Silver Dollar

Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show


82. Queen of the Broken Hearts



83. Metal Queen

Lee Aaron


84. Queen of Mean

Sarah Jeffery


85. Royalty



86. Keep Your Head Up Princess

Anson Seabra


87. Majesty

Zac Brown Band


88. King of Anything

Sara Bareilles


89. King of My Heart

Taylor Swift


90. Who Would Imagine a King

Whitney Houston


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 FlourishAnyway


FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 05, 2020:

lego champ - Great new addition! Thanks!

lego champ on February 04, 2020:

Royalty by Ilira

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 21, 2019:

Spinspiel - Thank you for this addition!

Spinspiel on October 18, 2019:

From 1984 I think - Lee Aaron - Metal Queen

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 18, 2019:

Spinspiel - Thanks for these suggestions.

Spinspiel on October 17, 2019:

Two Royalty songs to add: Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show - Queen Of The Silver Dollar and Loverboy - Queen Of The Broken Hearts.

Robert Sacchi on June 29, 2019:

You're welcome.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 28, 2019:

Bob - Thanks for the recommendation! Have a great weekend!

Robert Sacchi on June 28, 2019:

I heard it on the radio and immediately thought of this Hub.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 28, 2019:

Bob - Of course! Not sure how I missed that one. Thanks!

Robert Sacchi on June 27, 2019:

Consider "Caribbean Queen" by Billy Ocean.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 27, 2019:

Tom - Thanks for your suggestion. I've included it at #78.

Tom on June 26, 2019:

Queens of Noise. Come and get it boys....

The Runaways

Robert Sacchi on May 20, 2019:

She did some singing in the beach movies. I don't know if Pineapple Princess was for one of those beach movies.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 20, 2019:

Bob, Thanks for the song recommendation. When I think of Annette Funicello I think of Disney, JIF peanut butter, and her having MS, but I don't think of her singing!

Robert Sacchi on May 19, 2019:

Consider Pineapple Princess by Annette Funicello.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 18, 2019:

Eliza Day - Great add! Thank you!

Eliza Day on April 18, 2019:

One quick idea: Cheat Code - Queen Elizabeth

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 06, 2019:

Dianna - Thank you for stopping by and commenting. I hope you're having a royally fabulous weekend.

Dianna Mendez on April 06, 2019:

Who knew there were so many songs covering royalty? I do connect with a few listed.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 25, 2019:

Linda - I'm glad you enjoyed the list. Thanks for taking a look, and have a fantastic week! I look forward to reading your writing again.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on March 24, 2019:

I used to love listening to ABBA, so I was happy to see their song at the start of this article. I was impressed by the number of songs about royalty in your list!

Robert Sacchi on March 24, 2019:

I did post a Hub about "3 Male Chauvinist" movies.

Truth be told in years past most students found Math difficult. Students of old who got bad grades in Math found it convenient to have a ready excuse for mediocre grades. Boys couldn't say "I'm a boy". They did the bad grades are cool routine. Often times in high school boys squeaked by with the mandatory 2 years then quietly put Math behind them.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 24, 2019:

Genna - I'm glad you enjoyed this. Some musicians such as ABBA are timeless. Have a great Sunday and an even better week ahead!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 24, 2019:

Bob - That would come as quite a shock to girls like my daughter who never bought in to the idea that girls aren't good at math (mainly because parents worked really hard to push math education). Although I didn't see that movie, you might consider an article on movies that wouldn't fly today (at least not in the mainstream media). You seem to be quite the movie buff.

Robert Sacchi on March 24, 2019:

Yes, our society has changed much on many levels. In the case of "Homecoming Queen …" there is first and foremost the school shooting story that would keep it grounded today. There would also be flack about a vacuous young woman who is relieved to get out of a Math test. A teenage girl also expressed similar sentiment in the movie "Night of the Comet".

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 24, 2019:

Bob - Thank you! I added the Jody Miller song here and the other song to the playlist of songs that wouldn't fly today. It's amazing how our society has changed so much after Columbine.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on March 24, 2019:

Who knew that kings and queens and royalty could dominate the themes of so many songs. This list is amazing, Flourish. It means so many things to different people, which you have captured, brilliantly. Abba and Ne-Yo are my favs. Thank you for a Sunday morning filled with music.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 23, 2019:

Lora - I'm pretty sure your cats are the royalty in your house if they're anything like my felines, but we are so lucky to be their royal subjects. Not everyone is deemed worthy. Thank you for stopping by! Hope your weekend is regal!

Robert Sacchi on March 23, 2019:

Great list, lots of memories, lots of my favorites.

"Queen of the House" by Jody Miller, used the same tune as "King of the Road".

There is "Homecoming Queen's Got a Gun" by Julie Brown, obviously one on the won't fly today list.

Lora Hollings on March 22, 2019:

My favorite songs as far as the music and the words are numbers 18 and 19! They are awesome songs.Thanks for sharing, Flourish. I will have to download these tunes to my music library of all time favorites.

I really enjoyed the others, too, and their upbeat message that we can all be kings or queens of our own dynasties that we create! I know that I’m queen to my dogs but I’m not sure about my cats, though! I think they might be the real queens in this castle.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 21, 2019:

Jo - I'm glad you mentioned this. Bomeone else had brought it up and I added it but there was a problem in the middle of the edit and I neglected to go back later. Thanks for bringing this to my attention!

Jo Miller from Tennessee on March 21, 2019:

How about King of the Road by Roger Miller? That's the first one I thought of but maybe I'm showing my age.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 19, 2019:

Nell - Thank you for stopping by for a listen. Hope you're having a royally wonderful week!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 19, 2019:

Heidi - A big thank you for these regal suggestions which I have added. I sure wish His Royal Badness was still with us as well. All of music's royal legends seem to be falling away. Thanks again!

Nell Rose from England on March 19, 2019:

Well I think I know about two of those songs, lol! I will have to sit and have a listen! Great list and music as always.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 18, 2019:

Yves - I wonder if the narrator was simply jealous of the prom queen because she didn't measure up to her and now she's trying to delight in the woman's normal aging. It happens to us all. As they say, it's much better to be a has been than a never was.

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on March 18, 2019:

Okay, thought of another one. "King Nothing" by Metallica. That's it. G'night!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 18, 2019:

Linda - Oh, being a diva definitely does count! You're awesome so you might as well just own it! Diva of dining, diva of dinner, diva of all things delish, diva of da kitchen.

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on March 18, 2019:

Love this royal list!

In addition to "Princes of the Universe by Queen (appropriate group for this list), I'd add "Killer Queen."

I just wish there would have been an entry from his royal highness Prince. Oh well. Maybe in another universe.

Anyway, Happy Monday!

savvydating on March 18, 2019:

I have to say that "Prom Queen" is a particularly worrisome song. I hope some aging female who used to be a prom queen doesn't take it to heart. It's nice to have had our "day in the sun" but....that was then and this is now. Time for a new attitude! That's what I like to tell myself anyway. Hahaha!

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on March 18, 2019:

You've done it again. Certainly, you are the queen of playlists. Lots of favorites here, and a lot of new ones. I'm not a queen, but I'm the Carb Diva. Does that count?

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 18, 2019:

Dora - Many songs have good advice. Thank you for stopping by!

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on March 17, 2019:

Don't know the song, but I certainly like the lyrics you shared from "Queens Don't." Good theme song for every woman. Thanks for introducing me to so many songs.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 17, 2019:

Kaili - Thanks for these suggestions! Have a terrific week ahead!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 17, 2019:

Bill - High five! Totally adding it. Thanks for the suggestion. I guess you're the king of the mailbag or king of urban farming, eh?

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 17, 2019:

Bill - Relatives have told me that one day I will run out of topics, but I don't think they're right. I have so many on the back burner there's not enough time to do them! Thank you for stopping by! I have to watch that follow up Mama Mia movie. I hope it's decent. Even if it's not, I know the music will be great.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 17, 2019:

Shawindi Silva - Terrific! Thank you for this song suggestion which I am adding! Have a royally fabulous week.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 17, 2019:

Pamela - A reader suggested this topic. Although I can't always entertain reader ideas because of volume, I do try and this time I'm glad it worked out. I appreciate your stopping by! It was neat to see the variety of "royalty" songs that are out there. Have a great week!

Kaili Bisson from Canada on March 17, 2019:

This is fantastic Flourish...I always love your lists! Off the top of my head, "King of the Road" by Roger Miller, "Hey Now Princess" by Cream, "Court of the Crimson King" by King Crimson, "Killer Queen" by Queen (you have 5 seconds of Summer's version listed), "Royal Orleans" by Led Zeppelin (which is a song about New Orleans, so not sure if it fits) and "Neon Knights" by Black Sabbath.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on March 17, 2019:

"King of the Road?" I know I'm dating myself, but that was the first one I thought of...Roger Miller, right? Roger something, anyway.

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on March 17, 2019:

When I saw the title my first thought was “Dancing Queen” by ABBA. Maybe because we recently watched the sequel to Mama Mia? Another great list, Flourish. Don’t know how you do it, but you do, and you do it very well. Have a great day.

Shawindi Silva from Sri lanka on March 17, 2019:

It's great and I hope ''There's a place for us by Carrie Underwood'' also can be added to your collection too. And I like your songs collection so much.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on March 17, 2019:

Happ Sunday morning Flouish, This is an interesting collection of music about kings and queens. I was not familiar with some of these singers but enjoyed listening to most of the songs. You did it again with your take on the songs. Very good.