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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