There are a lot of songs about different parts of the human body, with tons of lyrics relating to eyes, lips, hair, and even one’s backside. Body parts certainly bring about a lot of strong emotions, both good and bad, which is why so many musicians write about them—and why so many people love listening to them.
But which songs are the best? Or most memorable? Well today, I’m going to tell you which songs about body parts I love the most, and a little bit of breakdown as to why I think they are so special!
So without further ado, let’s jump right into it!
“Bubbly” by Colbie Caillat (2007)
Colbie Caillat’s “Bubbly” is a sweet love song, with simple instrumentals and an easy-to-follow tune. It’s simple, but that’s what makes it so great: the love she is describing is simple and pure. From the sound of the piano and guitar chords, we are able to really feel the kind of innocent, wholesome love that we always hear about in movies.
In the lyrics, she talks about her toes and her nose, as well as her lover’s “bubbly face” and arms. She describes the feeling as starting in her toes and then moving up to her nose, which is pretty unexpected, but that’s part of what makes the song so endearing.
She keeps with this theme throughout the song, later mentioning how her lover kisses her nose – an example of cute affection. The mention of body parts in this song are used to show love, of the almost naïve type. The song and its lyrics make you feel safe. It’s definitely the perfect ballad for young love!
“Blue Eyes” by MIKA (2009)
This song is one of MIKA’s lesser-known masterpieces, focused on the subject of eyes. When the song starts, you’re almost deceived by the upbeat, happy nature of the instrumentals. You’re convinced that what you’re listening to will be a carefree love song, but then you get shocked by the first lyrics of the song: “Your heart is broken”.
You quickly learn that, while the track is upbeat, the lyrics certainly are not. It’s a great contradiction because it kind of gives you the idea of someone faking their happiness. You’ll quickly catch yourself bobbing your head to the beat of this song, but then feeling guilty because it’s such a sad song.
The body part mentioned in the song is “blue eyes” is particularly interesting. Is MIKA simply describing the color of someone’s eyes? Or is he using “blue” to refer to sadness, as in “sad eyes”? Is it a combination of the two? It’s definitely something to think about! But in any case, this is a great example of a song about body parts, as it is catchy and mentions “blue eyes” throughout the chorus.
“Eyes, Nose, Lips” by Taeyang (2014)
For this song, the first thing that you’ll pay attention to is the music itself rather than the lyrics because the song is in a foreign language. The great thing about this piece is that even without understanding the lyrics, you still feel all the emotions in the piece. The piano and the lone voice of Taeyang give the song a lonely feeling. You feel the sadness expressed by the singer through the sound of his breathing and the emotion that he pushes into his voice.
The verses are quieter, more restrained, but then that all changes at the chorus. At the chorus, it is finally louder, like a release, almost giving the idea of crying or screaming. He is finally able to express all his pent-up emotions.
Looking at the translation of the lyrics, you see the body parts: “Your eyes, nose, lips / Your touch that used to touch me / To the ends of your fingertips, I can still feel you”. The body parts are used to describe the loss of a person. The loss of the touch of that person. Taeyang can no longer see this person’s face (eyes, nose, lips) and still remembers their touch even if he can’t have them anymore (“I can still feel you”).
It’s a sad, lonely song. We feel this through the sound itself – its sparsity, its emptiness. But we also feel it through the lyrics. As the listener, you’re able to grieve for the absence of a person that you never even knew.
“Ocean Eyes” by Billie Eilish (2016)
“Ocean Eyes” is one of Eilish’s older songs, but it is a hit for a reason. The track is simple – a few notes with a beat – but it’s the lyrics and her hypnotic voice that make it so powerful. She describes the person’s eyes that leave an impact on her, not specifying who they are: a lover, a friend, an enemy?
Is she falling in love (“I’ve never fallen from quite this high / falling into your ocean eyes”) or being hurt by someone (“You really know how to make me cry / when you give me those ocean eyes”)?
Whatever it is – good or bad – this person’s eyes have a huge effect on her. The ambiguity is what lets everyone relate to this is some way: falling in love, breaking up, being hurt, losing a friend…
“Eyes Closed” by Halsey (2017)
This song starts off slowly, almost painstakingly so. You can feel the singer’s pain just from the sound of it. But then, the chorus is filled with a sudden energy that is lacking in the rest of the song. This is really not a bad thing; it’s like a sudden release of anger and energy.
In the lyrics, Halsey describes keeping her eyes closed with her new partner, imagining or pretending that he is her ex. One interpretation is that she is trying to show her ex that she is over him, that he is easily replaced.
But later in the song, she admits that she’s always thinking about her ex and is unable to get over him. She has to keep her eyes closed because she doesn’t want to accept the reality that she is no longer with her partner.
This is the perfect song for anyone going through a breakup with someone that you just can’t let go of.
“Back That Thang Up” by Juvenile (1999)
Juvenile’s “Back That Thang Up” hit the music scene in the late 1990s and immediately was popular virtually everywhere. And while there are certainly a lot of songs that discuss the backside of a woman (a song like “Fat Bottomed Girls” jumps immediately to mind), I think the wild fun that Juvenile was having on this record makes it stand out amongst its peers.
Sure, you can argue it’s crass or a bit “much.” But that’s often what music does–be it hip hop or rock and roll. Music pushes the envelope.
But in truth, Juvenile’s “Back That Thang Up” is really just a natural progression from Sir Mix-a-Lot’s “Baby Got Back.”
“Strawberry Shortcake” by Melanie Martinez (2019)
What’s great about this song – and pretty much any of Melanie Martinez’ songs – is that it tells a story. At the beginning and end of the song, we hear sound effects of someone changing in a locker room. This is a little strange, but it really sets the stage for what the song is about: insecurities.
Throughout the song, Martinez mentions her body, waist, legs, skin, chest, and breasts. For her, the body parts she mentions are representative of her insecurities. These are the more direct mentions of body parts, but an interesting body part in this song is the “strawberry shortcake”, which she uses as a metaphor for her own body.
Her body is a strawberry shortcake – something that can be dressed up with icing, and something that is desired but also judged. Because, in her words, it’s all about “how I look, not what I think”. This song talks about insecurities, but also calls out the emphasis that society puts on image, on the body.
“Teeth” by 5 Seconds of Summer (2019)
The song “Teeth” is creepy and suspenseful. It’s a love song, but a dangerous one. They are singing about someone they are in love with, but they know that this person can and will hurt them. This is conveyed both through the sound, but also through the lyrics themselves: “Talk so pretty, but your heart got teeth / Late night devil, put your hands on me”.
The lyrics describe the person’s heart as having teeth. Something that usually represents love (the heart) possesses something not only dangerous, but unexpected. It’s a great, unsettling love song about parts of the body!
“FACE” by Woosung (2019)
This is another foreign song, but it actually has a lot of English lyrics, including the iconic “I like your face” from the chorus. It’s pretty easy to get an idea of what the song is talking about without understanding all the lyrics.
Something I really appreciate about the song is that the verses and pre-chorus seem to be leading up to something, only for the chorus to feel almost empty and lacking. That sounds like a criticism, but it really isn’t. It actually keeps the listener on edge and even contributes to the sensual feel of the song.
Looking at the translation of the lyrics, we see that Woosung is describing parts of the body that he is attracted to: “thin ankles”, “your red lips like cherry”, and “your hidden body line”. It’s definitely a catchy, sensual love song that deserves its place on this list!
“Wolfgang” by Stray Kids (2021)
This one is a big contrast from the other songs on this list. While most of these songs – except maybe “Teeth”- are related to romance or breakups, this one is entirely different! “Wolfgang” uses body parts in order to describe someone as being prey or even as competition.
The lyrics describe a person they are hunting; this is not a love song. They choose to mention body parts that make you feel unsettled: head, throat, etc. A great example from the lyrics is this:
“Don’t raise your head and drop your posture
A starving hunter, a starving hunter
Without mercy, I bite your throat at once”
Aside from the lyrics, the fun part of this song is the track itself and how it really plays with sound. We get a mix of classical music and EDM, along with a lot of sound effects (howling, growling, barking). All of this creates the idea of someone being hunted down by a pack of wolves. It’s really a masterpiece!
Now, lets move onto a couple songs that would work well for younger kids, particularly ones that range from toddlers or preschoolers to those that are preteens or “tweens.”
“Head Shoulders Knees and Toes”
“Head Shoulders Knees and Toes” is a classic song for kids about body parts! Pretty much everyone knows this one, but it’s famous for a reason. The song is catchy with a lot of repetition, and encourages kids to dance and point out the body parts on themselves. It’s a great, easy way for children to learn the parts of the body!
“Hoedown Throwdown” from Hannah Montana the Movie (2009)
Another catchy song that talks about body parts that not only teaches a dance, but also lets kids learn directions (left/right) as they learn some of the body parts. Kids will have to follow along with the dance and get to know their own bodies, so it’s a fun and easy way to learn!
There are a lot of songs about body parts out there. A person’s appearance is usually the first thing we notice, so this makes a lot of sense. Body parts – especially the eyes – bring about a lot of emotion, so of course many people write about them. Talking about parts of the body allows singers and musicians to convey a lot of emotion that they wouldn’t be able to otherwise.
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