Happy Chinese New Year! Since 2018 is the year of the dog, we thought we’d have a little fun and fetch some of our favorite “dog” songs for your listening pleasure.
(Get it? Dog…fetch? Fine! They can’t all be winners!)
Anyway, here are eight “Dog” songs in honor of Chinese New Year.
Elvis Presley – “Hound Dog”
Originally by Big Mama Thornton, the most popular cover is easily Presley’s, and it’s easily one of the best covers of all time.
Music video by Elvis Presley performing Hound Dog (Audio). Originally released 1956. All rights reserved by RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
David Bowie – “Diamond Dogs”
A glam epic that swaggers and grooves. As if we needed another reason to miss Bowie!
Provided to YouTube by Warner Music Group Diamond Dogs (2016 Remastered Version) · David Bowie Diamond Dogs ℗ 1974, 2016 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Co., LLC under exclusive license to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company Bass: Herbie Flowers Drums: Aynsley Dunbar Drums: Tony Newman Engineer: Keith Harwood Guitar: Alan Parker Guitar, Mixer, Percussion, Producer, Programmer, Saxophone, Vocals: David Bowie Guitar: David Bowie Harpsichord, Mellotron, Moog, Piano: Mike Garson Masterer: Ray Staff Masterer, Mixer: Tony Visconti Composer: David Bowie Auto-generated by YouTube.
Three Dog Night – “Joy To The World”
Okay, not a “dog” song, but it’s Three Dog Night, and “Joy To The World” is a classic.
Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group North America Joy To The World · Three Dog Night Naturally ℗ ℗ 1970 Geffen Records Released on: 1970-01-01 Producer, Engineer: Richard Podolor Engineer: Bill Cooper Author, Composer: Hoyt Axton Music Publisher: Irving Music, Inc. Auto-generated by YouTube.
Nazareth – “Hair of the Dog”
Nazareth’s biggest hit might be “Love Hurts,” but some of us think this is the band’s best song.
Title: Hair of the Dog (track 01) Artist: Nazareth Album: Hair of the Dog Year: 1975 Label: A&M, Vertigo Lyrics: Heart breaker, soul shaker I've been told about you Steamroller, midnight stroller What they've been saying must be true Bridge: Red hot mama Velvet charmer Time's come to pay your
Led Zeppelin – “Black Dog”
Any “dog” song list without this Zeppelin classic is just incomplete.
Watch this live version of "Black Dog" performed by Led Zeppelin, the greatest rock band of all time! The song's title is a reference to a nameless black labrador retriever that wandered around the Headley Grange studios during recording. https://www.facebook.com/sharer/sharer.php?u=http://youtu.be/6tlSx0jkuLM http://www.ledzeppelin.com/ http://www.facebook.com/ledzeppelin https://twitter.com/ledzeppelin http://www.youtube.com/ledzeppelin
Marvin Gaye – “I’ll Be Doggone”
This would become Gaye’s first number-one single. The fact that Smokey Robinson was one of the songwriters and produced the track might have something to do with that.
Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group North America I'll Be Doggone · Marvin Gaye 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection-Best Of Marvin Gaye-Volume 1-The 60's ℗ 1966 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc. ℗ ℗ 1966 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
The Pretenders – “Jealous Dogs”
A deep cut off the band’s Pretenders II album, but it’s a good one.
Provided to YouTube by Warner Music Group Jealous Dogs · Pretenders Pretenders II ℗ 1980, 1981 Real Records. Assistant Engineer: Jeremy Green Assistant Engineer: Jon Walls Bass, Vocals: Pete Farndon Drums, Vocals: Martin Chambers French Horn: Geoff Bryant Guitar, Vocals: Chrissie Hynde Keyboards, Vocals: James Honeyman Scott Producer: Chris Thomas Recorded by: Bill Price Tenor Saxophone: Chris Mercer Trumpet: Henry Lowther Trumpet: Jim Wilson Lyricist, Writer: Chrissie Hynde Auto-generated by YouTube.
Faces – “You Can Make Me Dance, Sing or Anything (Even Take the Dog for a Walk, Mend a Fuse, Fold Away the Ironing Board, or Any Other Domestic Shortcomings)”
Sure, you may not have realized just how long the title of this Faces song was, but any excuse to add a Faces song to any playlist is a good excuse.
You Can Make Me Dance, Sing or Anything (Even Take the Dog for a Walk, Mend a Fuse, Fold Away the Ironing Board, or Any Other Domestic Shortcomings)" was the last official single by British rock group Faces. It later appeared on their greatest hits album Snakes and Ladders.
Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.