“barking” Mad: Songs with Dogs in The Title

Here we will take a look at 10 songs that have the word dog in the title. Hope you find at least one that you will know and like.

Pattie Page – How Much Is That Doggie in the Window?

Where else could one possibly start with a list of songs with dog in the title, than this little ditty. Written by Bob Merrill but most famous for the version by Patti Page. It reached number 1 in the US in 1953, although it should be noted that it was the version by Lita Roza that reached number 1 in the UK the same year. So how much was that doggie in the window? No one knows!

The Stooges – I Wanna Be Your Dog

This song appeared on the Stooges debut, self-titled, album in 1969. The song only uses 3 guitar notes throughout. The song has been covered by many different bands, including Green Day, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sid Vicious and Sonic Youth. It has also been used in many different films.

The Cult – Peace Dog

This song came from an album by the Cure called Peace. The album has an interesting history. It was meant to be the bands third album but having finished recording it they weren’t too happy with the results and ‘canned’ it. They moved on to recording their next album. Some of the songs from the ‘canned’ album did make appearances on subsequent albums. It wasn’t until the year 2000 (14 years after being fully recorded) that the Peace album was released in its entirety.

The Everly Brothers – Bird Dog

This song was released by the Everly Brothers way back in 1958. Which music category would you say best fits this song? Rhythm and Blues? Pop? Country? It reached number 3 on the US billboard chart, number 2 in the R&B chart and number 1 in the Country chart. Take from that what you will!

Led Zeppelin - Black Dog

This song appeared on Led Zeppelin’s 4th album which was released at the tail end of 1971. It wasn’t released as a single in the UK (none of their songs ever were!) but did reach number 15 in the US and number 11 in Australia.

The Beatles – Hey Bulldog

Written for the Yellow Submarine film and appearing on the corresponding album, Hey Bulldog is one of the better lesser known Beatles tracks. Interestingly, the Beatles had very little interest in the film (to start with) and didn’t care too much about the songs that were included. By the standard of this song, they might have been kidding about not caring.

Rufus Thomas – Walking The Dog

Written by Rufus Thomas, it became his signature hit. On release it reached number 10 in the US charts, it remained on the charts for an impressive 14 weeks. Within a year, the Rolling Stones had recorded their version and released it on their debut album. In 1973, Aerosmith recorded their version and released it on their debut album. Both covers are worth checking out.

David Bowie – Diamond Dogs

This song was released by David Bowie in 1974, reaching number 22 in the UK charts. It was taken from the album of the same name. Lyrically it represents where David Bowie was, both mentally and physically. Although it was released as a single in the US, it failed to reach the charts.

Baha Men – Who Let The Dogs Out

The Baha Men hailed from the Bahamas and styled their music on a modernized version of ‘Junkanoo’. This song is their most famous, hitting number 40 in the US charts and number 2 in the UK charts. They were soon forgotten. Interestingly (or worryingly depending on how you look at it) they won a grammy award for this song. Who let the dogs out? Indeed!

Elvis Presley – Hound Dog

Written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, Hound Dog has been recorded by many different artists. Arguably, it is the Elvis version that is most famous (although the first recording by Big Mama Thornton comes close). Elvis added this song to his repertoire after hearing Freddie Bell and the Bellboys perform it in Las Vegas.

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  1. cardy

    On October 23, 2009 at 9:16 am

    Loved it great article! really enjoyed it

  2. Darla Beck

    On October 23, 2009 at 9:20 am

    Excellent article!

  3. postpunkpixie

    On October 23, 2009 at 9:34 am

    haha now I have “Who let the Dogs out” in my head. Dammit!

  4. Payge

    On October 23, 2009 at 11:17 am

    I knew all of them but the first one that was in the article.Likes about haklf of the mentioned song.Great article.

  5. 9rty Agisti

    On October 23, 2009 at 11:32 am

    Are you sure that’s not haunted dog?

  6. Vikram Chhabra

    On October 23, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    It had my interest!! Great!

  7. revivor

    On October 23, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    anything by the Bonzo Dog Doodah Band

  8. Juancav

    On October 23, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Walking the dog,but by The rolling stones,and of course Elvis in Hound dog..Good work.

  9. singming12

    On October 23, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    yeadh i love the rolling stones

  10. 9rty Agisti

    On October 23, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    Wow, this article is including hot content besides Mnof’s article!

  11. speckledlily

    On October 24, 2009 at 3:36 am

    Nice collection! Thanks for sharing. I guess there are other songs which has the word “dog” in the title. I’ll try to research it and come back here to comment again.

    Y’knw what comes up first in my mind when I read your title was the song from the Baha Men – Who Let the Dogs Out…

  12. Faith Hodge

    On October 24, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    This is wonderful! I know most of them. Good listening. Thank you for sharing this. Well put together article.

  13. writing4angels

    On October 25, 2009 at 3:54 am

    Very good collection and choice of songs and that justifies the title of the article.

  14. XXElleXX

    On October 27, 2009 at 8:57 am

    Hmm..very cool and a dog-gone excellent read Alistair :-)

  15. BradONeill

    On October 30, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    LOL that it was placed in pets instead of music but it was a fun article with a lot of great music.

  16. julie

    On April 11, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    Great thanks – I am putting trogether a fashion show with Newfoundland dogs bringing in the girls – using carts as in cinderella going to the ball. Can you get She Wolf by Shakira? this is for 12 year olds

  17. Aiyanna

    On April 20, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    Well Dog-gone songs really do turn up the heat!!! The Dog-gone Girl is Mine, wonder which song is that, Yep, the Girl is Mine!!! :-)

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