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Love, loss, and appreciation: 29 famous songs about dogs

Love, loss, and appreciation: 29 famous songs about dogs

Music surrounds us, we’re exposed to it 24/7, but did you know that countless songs celebrate the love, and even the heartbreak, of living with a dog?

Here we have 29 amazing songs about our canine BFFs, including some tunes you probably didn’t know were written about a dog.

I Love My Dog—Cat Stevens


This is a pretty straightforward love song to his dog, whose love is something he can count on: “I love my dog as much as I love you, but you may fade, my dog will always come through.”

Martha My Dear—The Beatles


No, it’s not about a girlfriend. Martha was Paul McCartney’s Old English Sheepdog, and probably the inspiration for the song.

Old King—Neil Young


Young wrote this song about his traveling buddy, a hound name Elvis, who went out on the road with him for many years.

The Puppy Song—Harry Nilsson


Nilsson wrote plenty of whimsical songs, but nothing quite as wistful as this one; he sings that having a dog would be the key to happiness.

Seamus the Dog—Pink Floyd


Without the lyrics, one could argue that this song isn’t really about a dog. That may be, but without a dog singing the chorus*, it’s just any old blues tune.

I’m Gonna Buy Me a Dog—The Monkees


This group was an hit in the 1960’s, perhaps more for their cuteness than musical ability. But they had the right idea with this song: a dog as a cure for heartbreak.

How Much Is That Doggie in the Window—Patti Page


This old chestnut was released in 1953, and reached number one on the Billboard charts.

The Dog Song—Nellie McKay


British-American singer-songwriter Nellie McKay performed this during a TED talk.

Everything Reminds Me of My Dog —Jane Siberry


Another singer-songwriter, this one Canadian, wrote a playful love song to her pet.

I Love My Dog—Sublime


Fans of this band know that many of their songs can be too explicit. They’ll also be familiar with the sound of Brad Nowell’s Dalmatian adding his two cents to many songs. This is ditty of theirs is G-rated.

Lilly—Pink Martini


The group, which calls itself a “little orchestra,” fuses pop, Latin music, jazz, and classical music in this tribute to a dog.

B-I-N-G-O—Scottish folk song


The theme of dogs naturally lends itself to children’s music, like this classic rendition.

Blue—Peter, Paul and Mary


This folk-singing trio made this children’s song popular.

Cracker Jack—Dolly Parton


Dolly Parton has two songs about dogs. This one is a lovely tribute to “a playmate, a companion.”

Gypsy, Joe and Me—Dolly Parton


Like many country songs, this one is a real heartbreaker. It’s about a woman who loses both her dog and her man.

Like My Dog—Billy Currington

This country music singer-songwriter has a suggestion for his girlfriend in this funny song: “I want you to love me like my dog.”

Old Grey Dog—Jimmy Scott


Warning—get out the hankies for this tearjerker!

The More Boys I Meet—Carrie Underwood


This top country star has something to say about dogs: she likes them better than the men she dates. “I close my eyes and I kiss that frog, each time finding the more boys I meet, the more I love my dog.”

Little Boys Grow Up and Dogs Get Old—Luke Bryan


Another current country star chimes in with a wistful song about growing older, “And I thought we would be together, go on and on just like that, forever, but I was young back then, God I wish I didn’t know, little boys grow up and dogs get old.”

Feed Jake—Pirates of the Mississippi


Although this country band broke up in 1996, their song about Jake should live on. “He’s been a good dog, my best friend right through it all, if I die before I wake, feed Jake.”

Old Blue—The Byrds


Several artists, including The Byrds, recorded this traditional folk song.

Old Shep—Elvis Presley


This classic country song was written by Red Foley in 1933 about his childhood dog. A German Shepherd Dog named Hoover met a tragic end. Coupled with a young Elvis performance of it in his first public performance, this song is really a gem.

Hound Dog—Big Mama Thornton


Speaking of Elvis, you’re probably expecting to see his recording of Hound Dog listed here, but let’s go with the original, a scorching blues version by Big Mama Thornton, originally recorded in 1952.

Man of the Hour—Norah Jones


Jones sings a romantic ballad indeed, except it’s about Norah Jones’ Poodle, Ralph.

Me and You and a Dog Named Boo—Lobo


This song was released in 1971 and made it to number five on the Billboard Hot 100. However, some consider this song annoying while others find it cute

My Dog and Me—John Hiatt


Rocker-country-blues artist John Hiatt celebrates life with a loyal canine pal, and asks the perennial question, “How many times can one dog pee?”

Sometimes I Don’t Mind—The Suicide Machines

Bass player Royce Nunley wrote this love song…to his Boston Terrier, Chewy. Chewy also chimes in at the end.

I’m Gonna Buy Me a Dog (To Take the Place of You)—Duke Robillard


This blues guitarist, and founding member of Roomful of Blues, discovered the perfect antidote to heartbreak—a dog.

Planet Dog—Boothby Graffoe


And finally, English comedian and singer-songwriter Boothby Graffoe asks us to contemplate a world where dogs are in charge, with such thought-provoking lines as “On the planet dog, its the men that stay at home alone and drink the water from the toilets.”