“If music is the food of love, play on.” He probably wasn’t thinking about dogs when he wrote that line, and yet countless songs celebrate the love, and even the heartbreak, of living with a dog. Here are 29 songs about our canine BFFs, including some tunes you probably didn’t know were written about a dog.
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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.
By the way, the sound is not hurting the dog’s ears; if it were, he’d run away from it. Some research suggests that a dog imitates the music because it’s a throwback to the social howling of the dog’s ancestor, the wolf.
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.