This week we’ve prepared for you a bit unusual list of songs, namely songs that make you feel like an animal. Feeling intrigued? Let’s start the countdown!
1) Welcome to the Jungle – Guns N’ Roses
We thought it’d be nice to welcome you to the animal kingdom with a song that will awake your “Appetite for Destruction“ (Guns N’ Roses Debut Studio Album). According to Rolling Stone magazine, the single “Welcome to the Jungle” is the greatest sports anthem, while VH1 lists the song as the best hard rock song ever.
The song creates an authentic jungle atmosphere, and if you ever get lost in great guitar riffs, and all the
sha-na-na-na-na-na-na-na knees, Axl Rose will gladly remind you where you are. In the jungle, of course.
2) Who Let the Dogs Out – Baha Men
Can we talk about songs that make you feel like an animal without asking the question: Who Let the Dogs Out? The single is performed by nine members of Baha Men, and all of them but one have a dog.
The song “Who Let the Dogs Out” is incredibly popular to this day, but it also has an unflattering title of being one of the most annoying songs of all time (according to Rolling Stone magazine). It’s also said to be a terrible song… so terrible that Baha Men were in doubt whether to cover it or not…
3) Animals – Maroon 5
The song “Animals”, performed by Maroon 5, not only talks about the animal in people, but you can also hear the lead singer Adam Levine howl. You can also hear the word
animal 30 times in the song, and the song is supposed to wake the animal in people that rely on its instincts and spends hours lurking and watching its prey.
However, we need to make one thing clear: even though the song made it on our list, the music video for “Animals” is beyond creepy. It got a lot of negative publicity and for a good reason. Since when stalking is perfectly normal? Sorry Adam, this was a bad call.
4) Eye of the Tiger – Survivor
The only excuse you can have for not knowing the theme song from the movie Rocky III, “Eye of the Tiger”, is if you lived under a rock for the past 30 years. What’s the song about? That’s simple. It’s about a man, just a man and his will to survive.
What not many people know is that “The Eye of the Tiger” could have been called “Survival”. Also, the song was slightly edited and guess who asked for changes to be made. Sylvester Stallone! Sly knows his music, or does he?
5) Animals – Martin Garrix
The song “Animals” is the second song on our list with that name. Earlier, we talked about Maroon 5, and their song with the same title, but now we want to talk about Martin Garrix – a Dutch producer, DJ, and musician. At the time song was released (June 2013), Martin was only 17.
“Animals” is an instrumental, and it has only two lines of text (one line actually, that repeats two times). The single had major success, and till this day it has over 650 million views. Listeners described “Animals” as a song that is primitive, yet so powerful.
6) Free Bird – Lynyrd Skynyrd
The next song we’re going to talk about is “Free Bird” performed by American rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd. This power ballad was released in 1974, and it features one of the best guitar solos (according to music magazine Guitar World).
The band was working on the song for two years. Lynyrd Skynyrd’s guitarist, Allen Collins wrote the music for the song, and the lead singer of the band, Ronnie Van Zant wrote the lyrics. What’s also interesting is that Lynyrd Skynyrd record company thought “Free Bird” was too long, and they were in doubt whether it should be on the album or not. Regardless of the song’s length (10:08), the song made it to the album, and today it is included in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.
7) Wild Horses – The Rolling Stones
How can we leave out the Rolling Stones? The band that has been making hits for 50+ years. On our list of songs that make you feel like an animal, we have their song “Wild Horses”. According to Rolling Stone magazine, “Wild Horses” is one of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
This soothing, yet melancholic song was released in 1971. Two brilliant minds, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards wrote “Wild Horses”, with Keith writing the melody and the chorus, and Mick the rest of the lyrics. 34 years later, this song is still one of the most beautiful Stones’ songs.
8) She Wolf – Shakira
Next on our list is a Colombian singer known for her belly dancing talent, and she happens to be incredibly smart (has an IQ of 140), and she speaks 5 languages fluently – Shakira. Her single “She Wolf” was released in 2009, and she co-wrote the song and was one of the producers.
Shakira talked about the song in one of her interviews explaining the song meaning and the crafting process. This Latin musical sensation only needed 10 minutes to write “She Wolf” (both the lyrics and melody) and she was having a bad. If she’d had a great day when writing the song, the song would’ve been done in a matter of seconds!
“She Wolf” is a song about a woman who knows exactly what she wants, and she’s not afraid to go after it. She doesn’t want to feel
like a coffee machine in an office, and being in touch with her animal side she instinctively seeks the things she craves.
9) When Doves Cry – Prince
The next song that makes you feel like an animal is the song of the year 1984 (Billboard). Prince produced and wrote the lyrics for the single “When Doves Cry” which had a worldwide success (2 million copies sold).
There’s an interesting story related to why the singer used the phrase
when doves cry in the song. Namely, Prince had a studio in Minneapolis during the 80s, and unfortunately for Prince, the city was overwhelmed with pigeons at that time. The Purple One (one of Prince’s many nicknames) had a close encounter with a pigeon that thought Prince’s favorite purple blouse is the perfect “bathroom for pigeons”. The singer was frustrated with these animals, and before a beautiful masterpiece was released (“When Doves Cry”), Prince wrote a song “This Is What Happens When U S**t on My Favorite Blouse”. The song, of course, was never released.
10) I am the Walrus – The Beatles
Last on our list is Beatles’ song that is said to be one of their strangest ones – “I Am the Walrus”. The lyrics of this song are quite confusing, but there’s a reason for that. Namely, a student from Quarry Bank High School (that John Lennon attended) sent Lennon a letter, explaining that their English teacher insisted his class analyzes Beatles’ songs. John was amused by this idea and decided to write lyrics that no one will understand.
First lines of the song might not have been understood by Lennon himself, as they were written under the influence of LSD. As for the rest of the song, you have to do a lot of research to understand it… kind of…
Sitting in an English garden waiting for the sun
If the sun don’t come
You get a tan from standing in the English rain
I am the eggman, they are the eggmen
I am the walrus, goo goo g’ joob goo goo goo g’ joob
That’s all we prepared for you today. Thanks for reading the article, and if you have any thoughts about it, feel free to share them in the comment section.