Diamonds have inspired artists for decades with their illustrious shine and strength. Given their status as the supreme stone, it’s no surprise that everyone from Marilyn Monroe to Drake has used them as a symbol for love, luxury, excess, sparkle and money. While too many songs to count reference the glitz and the glam, the sparkle and shine, we’ve rounded up the 20 best songs about diamonds, from Rihanna to The Beatles.
“Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” by Marilyn Monroe
This OG diamond song from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is probably quoted daily by every jeweler and diamond dealer on the planet. Introduced by actress Carol Channing on Broadway but made famous by Marilyn Monroe, this song dazzled in 1952 and has been covered in movies from Moulin Rouge to Burlesque. Its popularity continues today as a classic dripping-in-jewels Instagram caption.
“Buy Me Diamonds” by Bea Miller
Guys have been wasting Bea Miller’s time! In this dancey track, she demands, “Give me something I can hold/That I can trust and call my own/And won’t run out and leave me cold.” Save your love and buy her diamonds.
“White Diamond” by Kylie Minogue
Introduced during the 2007 documentary White Diamond: A Personal Portrait of Kylie Minogue, this song tackles Kylie’s battle with cancer. The Australian icon compares herself to a white diamond, staying strong and brilliant under rough conditions.
“Diamonds and Pearls” by Prince
Real Prince fans can get down to this iconic song about diamonds and their less sparkly counterpart, from Prince’s 1991 album of the same name.
“Diamonds” Lil Xan
The new wave of rapper kids are well exemplified by Lil Xan and his face tattoos, who raps “Diamonds be wet on my wrist, yeah.”
“Shine On You Crazy Diamond” by Pink Floyd
This track from the iconic 1975 release Wish You Were Here builds on slow-burning sounds and sparkles through dark harmonic vocals in true Pink Floyd fashion. Shine on.
“No Diamonds” by SAFE
Trap production bumps on this dark banger that chants “I keep shining, with no diamonds I keep grinding, I keep grinding.” Some people sparkle all on their own.
“Diamonds Are Forever” by Shirley Bassey
The famous James Bond theme song from 1971 became legendary for comparing diamonds to their less reliable counterpart, singing, “Men are mere mortals who are not worth going to your grave for.”
“Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes” by Paul Simon
Paul Simon’s classic feel-good jam tells the story of a poor boy with nothin’ in his pocket and a girl so rich she’s got diamonds where they don’t need to be.
“Diamonds” by Giorgio Moroder feat. Charli XCX
This infectious dance tune compares a lover to the illustrious spectrum and shine of a diamond. “You’re shining like you’re one of them!”
“Diamonds and Gold” by Mac Miller
Straight off of Miller’s debut album Blue Slide Park, this loud anthem follows a tease of a girl, who wants nothing less than diamonds and gold.
“Diamonds Dancing” by Drake and Future
Drake and Future’s mammoth collaboration What a Time to Be Alive produced plenty of trap greatness, (“Jumpman,” anyone?) including this low-key in-the-club anthem. “Sippin’ on Dom Perignon for no reason/ Poppin’ tags, upper echelon for no reason,” the diamonds dancing in this jam could be a metaphor for strippers.
“Diamonds” by Rihanna
By far one of the greatest songs about diamonds, this Rihanna classic will forever remind us to “shine bright.”
“Diamonds on the Water” by Enya
Ah, Enya. Her unique vocals and unmistakable production have the power to instantly submerge us into a zen mood. “Diamonds on the Water” is the song about diamonds we want playing while sipping cucumber-infused water at a spa. Is that too much to ask?
“Diamonds Make Babies” by Dierks Bentley
As far as country music sayings go, if “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off,” then “Diamonds Make Babies.” Dierks says himself: “Something will happen when she slips it on/ They never tell you at the jewelry store/ Yep, diamonds make babies.” Noted!
“Diamonds From Sierra Leone” by Kanye West
This Kanye classic from Late Registration includes a sample from Shirley Bassey’s “Diamonds Are Forever” and addresses the buying and selling of blood diamonds in war-torn lands. The haunting video compares a life of excess to the exploitation of human life in exchange for jewels.
“Diamond Heart” by Lady Gaga
Gaga’s opening track from Joanne rocks through patriotic lyrics and assures, “I might not be flawless, but you know I got a diamond heart.” That’s all you need, girl.
“Diamonds” by Jauz and Kiiara
If you’re looking for an electric dance beat with a heavy drop and shimmering vocals from Kiiara, this song about diamonds is for you. “I’ma shower me with diamonds/ Fuck the rules.” Sounds like a pretty good plan to us.
“Disappointing Diamonds Are the Rarest of Them All” by Father John Misty
This cryptic FJM jam asks if a love that lasts forever could really be that special. It’s the essential indie song about diamonds we all need in some alternative love playlist. “Does everybody have to be the greatest story ever told?” Think it over.
“Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” by The Beatles
There’s been plenty of speculation about what John Lennon was thinking about when he wrote the lyrics “Lucy in the sky with diamonds, follow her down to a bridge by a fountain where rocking horse people eat marshmallow pies,” but he once explained in an interview that the song was inspired by a drawing his son Julian made.