The 7 Best Dog Songs Ever

Some were great songs, and others maybe not, but they were all big hits.

Whether you liked them or not, songs about our dogs endure. Chances are you’ve heard all of these at least once in your life and chances are even better you will be humming one or two of them all day after this.

How Much Is That Doggie In The Window by Patti Page


Written by Bob Merrill in 1952, this novelty song sung by Patti Page stayed at the top spot of Billboard Magazine’s charts for eight weeks in 1953. Loosely based on several earlier written tunes, this song, released in January of 1953, is credited with a spike of up to 8% for annual registrations with the American Kennel Club. Mercury Records sold over two million copies. In more modern times the title was seen as synonymous with puppy mills and pet shops, giving it a darker connotation. In 2009 Patti Page recorded a new version titled Do You See That Doggie In The Shelter with new lyrics and donating the rights exclusively to the Humane Society of the United States.

Hound Dog by Elvis Presley


Written by the great songwriting team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, this was originally a blues hit for Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton in 1953. Listed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll, Hound Dog has been recorded more than 250 times and played millions more on stages around the world. Elvis recorded his version in July of 1956 and it is one of the best-selling singles ever. It was number 1 on the U.S pop, country and R&B charts all at the same time. Presley’s recording was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1988 and the song can still be found on set lists in lounges worldwide.

Black Dog by Led Zeppelin


Without ever even mentioning a dog, this song is a salute to old, and well, loving dogs everywhere. John Paul Jones wrote the main riff but the rest of Led Zeppelin turned this into one of the iconic songs of heavy rock. The song is titled after a very old Black Labrador Retriever that hung around the studio where the band was recording. He was very old but still sexually adventurous, and singer Robert Plant says they would have to carry him back after he “Boogied” with his favored female from two houses away. Most folks who have heard this song, and that probably covers most of us, would have no idea this was about a dog but if you look up the lyrics, you can almost picture the old boy spreading his charms.

Me and You and a Dog Named Boo by Lobo


Now if this is one of the songs from the list that sticks in your mind all day, I sincerely apologize. Written by Kent LaVoie who went by the name of Lobo, it was a hit in 1971, peaking at number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and had a two week stay at number one on the Easy Listening Chart. It spent four weeks at number one in New Zealand which is two more than it did in the U.S. The song was for some reason re-recorded by country artist Stonewall Jackson and peaked at number seven on the Country Charts. The Brady Kids sang a version on their TV show, The Brady Bunch making it even more iconic in music lore.

Walking The Do By Rufus Thomas


This song was a hit for Rufus in 1963, reaching number ten on the Billboard Hot 100 and remaining there for 14 weeks, but it has been done and done by what seems to be, everybody. Artists ranging from Aerosmith and Roger Daltry to Green Day and The Rolling Stones have recorded it and it even has been performed live by The Grateful Dead along with almost every bar band and in every blues club in the world. Rufus made it easy for other artists to copy his tune because, as he says in the song, “If you don’t know how to do it, I’ll show you how to walk the dog.”

Move It On Over by Hank Williams


Most of you may not know this, heck I didn’t ether, but this Hank classic that was covered by George Thorogood is about a dog. Well, it’s about Hank having to share the doghouse with his dog after a night of drinking. When Hank sang, “Came in last night about half past ten, that woman of mine she wouldn’t let me in” well, many of us have been right there with him. He tells his dog to “Move over little dog cause a big dog’s movin in.” It hit number four in 1947 on the Billboard country charts and was Hank’s first big hit. Thorogood used it as the title song on his second album in 1978 and scored even more with this song that helped launch two big-time
careers.

Who Let The Dogs Out by Baha Men


The Baha Men had a hit, pretty much their only one, with this little ditty that stuck in everybody’s mind back in the year 2000. I’m not saying whether that is a good thing or bad, just that it happened. Written by Anslem Douglas for the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival in 1998 before the Baha Men got ahold of it, the hit made it big after appearing in, Rugrats in Paris: The Movie. Even though it never hit number one in the U.S. it did win a Grammy for Best Dance Recording in 2001. It went on to be the highest selling single of that decade to not hit number one and it is almost guaranteed that it will be stuck in your head all day. You’re welcome.

Meet the Author: Michael Ryan

Michael Ryan is a full-time musician along with a humor, travel and outdoor recreation columnist. He's also an avid skier and golfer and has traveled extensively around the U.S, the Caribbean and Europe. His musical career takes him all over the U.S. and his wife drags him everywhere else. His weekly columns “The Life of Ryan” ran in the Transcript and Sentinel newspaper chain for several years and have been featured in the Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News and Mile High Magazine. He is the co-founder, editor and humor columnist for ColoradoLocalLegends.com and currently resides in Morrison, Colorado.

What Do Registration Papers Mean?
Building a Dog Friendly Backyard