Cats have become a staple of the culture of the Internet, from cat memes to cat’s language. It’s hard and difficult to think of a time before the Internet, but there was, and in that time the cats were still popular and pervasive in pop culture as they are now. So, here is a list of the greatest songs about cats, you must listen to.
Songs about cats: “Cool For Cats” by Squeeze
Cool For Cats was the second single off of the same-name 1979 Squeeze album. It’s a rare thing because it’s one of just two A-side singles singed by co-writer Chris Difford instead of the usual Squeeze lead vocalist Glenn Tilbrook. On the UK Singles charts, it peaked at number 2, which makes it one of their most successful songs.
The song was used for the “Wake Up to Milk” series of U.K. milk adverts, in 1992/1993 (with altered product-specific lyrics). Their success prompted the song to re-release and it reached number 62 on the charts.
Songs about cats: “Cat Scratch Fever” by Ted Nugent
Cat Scratch Fever was the third album of Nugent. The myth that Nugent was singing scientifically about Cat Scratch Fever has already debunked. Despite his technical inaccuracies and shameless lyrics, it’s difficult to not get into the hard rock vibe and sing along with this classic tune.
Cat Scratch Fever is an infectious disease that can result from the scratch of a cat.
Songs about cats: “The Lovecats” by The Cure
According to some rumors, Robert Smith the Cure’s lead singer was very taken by The Vivisector, Patrick White’s novel, which inspired him to write The Lovecats song. In the book, the protagonist, Hurtle, is horrified when he finds his lover’s husband drowned a bag of stray cats. Robert Smith must also have been horrified, because his lyrics are about hanging out with a lover as if they were stray cats, wandering around the streets.
Songs about cats: “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” by Tokens
Okay, so this song might be about a big wildcat, but what cat didn’t think of itself as a wild cat whose jungle is your laundry room?
Songs about cats: “Nashville Cats” by The Lovin’ Spoonful
Have you noticed that all these songs have an easy, breezy vibe? Most cats are quite happy being to be lazy and sometimes goofy. The “Nashville Cats” by Lovin’ Spoonful perfectly captures this laid back kitty mentality.
Songs about cats: “Alley Cats” by Hot Chip
The lyrics may seem absurd, but we understand there’s a deeper meaning behind them, just like the deeper meaning behind why your cat decided your vintage armoire was a completely good piece of furniture to use as a scratching post.
Songs about cats: “Phenomenal Cat” by The Kinks
There is a double meaning to whom the Kinks are talking to when they say “Fat Cat”. But, let’s pretend it’s about your furry friend and the sweet life you give them.
Songs about cas: “Cat on Tin Roof” by Blonde Redhead
More of a sultry tune, sometimes Blonde Redhead‘s indecipherable lyrics almost sound like a cat. Seriously, how does that high pitched mewing noise come out of your cat? Perhaps they are a secret member of this band.
Songs about cats: “Pads, Paws, and Claws” by Elvis Costello
In this song, Costello is singing about the relationship of a drunkard with a flirty woman and how she “pads, paws, and claws.” All cat owners understand precisely what Costello is talking about. We have all woken up with our kitties pawing into our chests asking for breakfast.
Songs about cats: “What’s New Pussycat” by Tom Jones
No compilation of cat songs would be complete without the song of Tom Jones “What’s New Pussycat”. This song was the title song of the Peter Sellers starring movie of the same name. Although there is no proof or evidence that Jones wrote this song about an actual cat, we can claim that he did.