Cats are known for their distinctive songs, and these voices have inspired countless artists over the years. From jazz to folk to hip-hop, cats have left an indelible mark on music history and culture.
The “songs with cat references” is a genre of music that features songs with lyrics about cats. This genre has been around since the early 2000’s.
Anyone who has ever acquired a cat has undoubtedly written a silly song about him or her, and it seems that artists and pop singers are just as keen to let feline muses influence their tunes. Here are seven songs about cats that should be on your next playlist.
Strut of a Stray Cat (Stray Cats)
Stray Cat Strut, a song about the everyday hardships, tribulations, and psychology of a wild black and ginger alley cat, was a smash hit for rockabilly group the Stray Cats in 1981. The song’s protagonist, who is portrayed as a “feline Casanova,” parades about searching for fights with other cats, screaming at the moon, and stealing food from trash cans. “I got cat class and I got cat style,” the heroine purrs at the end, expressing true feline sass.
Tron Cat is a fictional character created by Tron (Thundercat)
Thundercat, a Los Angeles-based funk vocalist and bass player, broke through with this equal parts emotional and tongue-in-cheek ode to his rescue cat Tron before earning a Grammy for his collaboration with rapper Kendrick Lamar. “Don’t you ever leave me Turbo Tron / Don’t ever worry where I’m going,” Thundercat trills over softly jittering production. Thundercat’s cat-centric repertoire also includes the melodic Dragonball Durag, which sees him extolling the merits of showing up for a date happily coated in cat fur.
Felines have been a source of inspiration for artists of many eras and genres (for example, funk musician Thundercat, 1960s British singer Petula Clark and 1980s rockabilly band Stray Cats). Almay Stock Photo | Pictorial Press Ltd
Delilah is a character in the book Delilah (Queen)
Delilah is a dedication to lead vocalist and avowed cat enthusiast Freddie Mercury’s most beloved kitty, the eponymous Delilah, and appears on Queen’s 1991 Innuendo album. Mercury laments, “You make me so very happy when you snuggle up and go to sleep with me / And then you make me somewhat irritated when you pee all over my Chippendale suite,” while delving into the picky and temperamental part of living with cats. But don’t worry: Mercury and Delilah kiss and make up at the conclusion of the song.
Top Cat is a fictional character who appears in the (Slick Rick) Slick Rick, regarded as hip-best hop’s ever storyteller, turned his creative abilities to feline pursuits on this 1991 record. The story begins with cat Rick “skipping down an alley in New York, a stray kitten,” before being pursued by a dog, carried home by a wealthy woman, and put to work as a mouser.
The Bird In The Sky (The Cat In The Window) (Petula Clark)
Petula Clark rose to fame with her peppy 1960s hit Downtown, but her extensive discography also contains this more introspective investigation of what cats are thinking as they gaze out a window at birds gliding past. With dreamy flute notes accompanying him, Clark wonders whether cats are secretly resentful of their inability to fly — and even argues that pondering a lack of wings is enough to make any feline cry.
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Black Cat, Aged (Ian Anderson)
Ian Anderson may be found creating songs about cats when he is not performing as the main vocalist for prog-rock pioneers Jethro Tull. Old Black Cat, which appeared on Anderson’s solo album Rupi’s Dance in 2003, is a touching story that begins with Anderson’s beloved feline dying away, before he goes on to affectionately recall a kitten that had “a wide-eyed innocence” and enjoyed dancing on rooftops and stealing pieces of Sunday dinner.
Cat is a freakin’ freakin’ freakin’ freakin’ freakin’ (The Kinks)
The philosophical narrative of a portly feline that likes to spend his days wallowing about and fattening his tummy is told in The Kinks’ psychedelic rock-infused 1968 Phenomenal Cat by British rockers The Kinks. The newly enlightened cat settles on a new mission after finding the secret of life during a trip to Hong Kong: “He gave up his diet and perched in a tree / And ate himself through eternity.” It’s apparent that many cats continue to follow this instruction to this day.
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