Pandas, Anacondas & Pigs, Oh My: 10 Wild Hits About Animals

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Desiigner

19 year-old rapper Desiigner is currently enjoying breakout success thanks to his rising track "Panda," which hit the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 last week. While the hard-hitting track may in fact be actually be referring to BMWs and not the cuddly creatures, Desiigner's smash is the latest in a long line of hit tracks curiously named after animals. Here are 10 more wild tunes.

“Blackbird” by The Beatles

One of the most touching tracks the Fab Four has ever released, “Blackbird” soars as the ultimate animal ode. Using the peaceful creature as a metaphor, this Lennon-McCartney classic is an inspiring number to anyone who listens. 

“Barracuda” by Heart

It’s classic rock at its best. Heart’s kick-ass 1977 track boasts guitar riffs as slippery and unpredictable as the large fish itself. 

“Hound Dog” by Elvis Presley

This '50s classic using the pooch as a metaphor is one of the tracks that kicked off Presley’s iconic career. However, the King was only doing a cover, since it was originally released by Willie Mae "Big Mamad" Thornton in 1953, a full three years before Elvis got his paws on it.

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“Pigs” by Tyler, The Creator

Leave it to the profane and rambunctious rapper to have the most irreverent song on the list with “Pigs,” which bears no mention of the animal in its lyrics. What “Pig” does touch on? Riots, murder, and suicide. In other words, just another day for the Odd Future leader, who also named his 2013 album Wolf.

“Animals” by Maroon 5

Maroon 5’s radio hit features Adam Levine’s instantly recognizable falsetto as he croons about animals in general, of course using it all as a metaphor for sex. (“Baby I’m preying on you tonight!”) One of the more curious lyrics? “I can smell your scent for miles.” Get a room!

“Reptilia” by The Strokes

One of the New York rock band’s greatest songs, the track's title encapsulates a whole host of animals from snakes to turtles, lizards to crocodiles. Being slimey and scaley was never this cool.

“Anaconda” by Nicki Minaj

Minaj’s odd to big butts, with help from big butt master Sir Mix-A-Lot himself, is trademark Nicki: oddly filthy yet super fun. Of course we’re in metaphor territory for most of the track until she spells it out for you with the eloquent lyric: “I got a big fat ass.” 

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“Albatross” by Fleetwood Mac

The legendary rockers shine a light on the little known bird, who kind of resembles a huge seagull and tends to hang out by the ocean. Fortunately, Fleetwood Mac served them well in their namesake song, which is almost as breezy and laid back as an actual trip to the beach.

“Hummingbird” by B.B. King

Leave it to blues legend B.B. King for this ode to the tiny bird known for its frantic flapping and insane speed. The track is a bit slower and anything but energetic, but cool all the same.

“Butterfly” by Crazy Town

Catchy and corny are two words to describe Crazy Town’s 2000 hit that attempts to woo girls using its infectious chorus of “Come my lady, come come my lady.” Just like the beautiful insect, one-hit-wonder Crazy Town enjoyed a blip of success with “Butterfly” before their chart success fluttered away before their very eyes.


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