Fun Feline Tunes: Cat Songs For Your Summer Playlist

Cats take over our homes, our beds, and... our playlists. Countless artists have recorded cat songs over the years and we're gettin' jiggy with it.

From Elton John to Tom Jones, feline tunes are everywhere. Some of them are actually about cats; some simply use coy kitty phrasing to talk about love interests and other relationships. Whatever the reason, we love 'em!

PrettyLitter Cat Songs For Your Summer Playlist

As warmer weather is moving in, it’s time to stock up on sunscreen, pool floats, and the sweet songs of summer — or of kitties.

Here are a few fun feline favorites to round out your summer playlist.

Girls Just Wanna Have Cats

Cyndi Lauper, the pop princesses of the 80's, recorded a couple of upbeat cat songs that are sure to have you dancing in your leggings (and leg warmers – we won't judge).

Like a Cat

While Cyndi may be best known for her hit "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun," in "Like a Cat," she sings (and purrs) about how she only ever let her ex love her like a cat — you know, in a guarded and untamed way.

Hey mister you can never own me
I only let you hold me like a cat

"Like a Cat" perfectly captures how your fur friend often seems to own you more than you own it. If you've ever wanted your cat to love you more than she does, maybe you can relate to Lauper's ex in the song.

Opposites Attract

The music video for this song by Paula Abdul and her hip animated feline friend, MC Skat Kat, was an 80's favorite. The video features exciting dance numbers with Paula and the animated cat singing about how opposites really do attract.

She makes the bed
And he steals the covers

Paula Abdul and James Corden's remake of the video is worth a watch, too. As wonderful and nostalgic as the classic animation in the original, Corden's MC Skat Kat outfit and his dance with Abdul is a sight to behold.

PrettyLitter Cat Songs For Your Summer Playlist

Tomcat Tunes

The ladies aren't the only ones recording great feline tunes. There're plenty of men who've also put out some amazing kitty singles.

Delilah

In Queen's song “Delilah,” Freddie Mercury sings about what we already know to be true of our fur babies.

You get away with murder, so innocent
But when you throw a moody you're all claws and you bite
That's alright!

There's nothing quite like hearing Mercury's beautiful voice singing about how much he loves his cat. Anyone who has ever loved a cat despite all its quirks and strange behavior can relate to "Delilah."

Stray Cat Strut

If there was ever a love song written to cats, this tune by the Stray Cats might take the cake (or the catnip).

I wish I could be as carefree and wild
But I got cat class and I got cat style.

Whenever your cat's acting especially sassy, the lyrics to "Stray Cat Strut" may come to mind.

"Stray Cat Strut" is a must-listen for anyone who loves cats.

Less Sunny Songs

Just as not all summer days are sunny, cat songs don’t always have to be upbeat and cheery. After all, who’s moodier than your feline friends?

Let’s look at a couple of dark horses (ahem, cats) for your more introspective summer moments.

Cat's in the Cradle

Who doesn't love a good ballad? These tunes make your heart swoon no matter how many times you listen on repeat.

"Cat's in the Cradle" tells a heart-breaking story of a dad too busy to spend time with his young son who then turns into a man too busy for his aging father. The song's story is relatable to anyone who's ever struggled to make time for their loved ones.

And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon
Little boy blue and the man in the moon
'When you coming home, dad?' 'I don't know when'
But we'll get together then

If you need to fill your kiddie pool with tears, this song's for you.

Yellow Cat

Another heartbreaking ballad, in "Yellow Cat" John Denver sings about a man who has been left alone with no one but his ex's yellow cat. Unfortunately, the cat can't fill the void in his life left by the end of his relationship.

The cat's no good for talkin' to
He don't know what I'm sayin'
And the rain is always playin' on my mind

Maybe Denver just didn't give the cat a fair chance. We think fur babies are excellent company.

PrettyLitter Cat Songs For Your Summer Playlist

Big Cat Songs

We can’t forget the bigger felines of the cat world in our beach playlist. Just as artists and poets have captured lions and tigers in their work for centuries, musicians have written plenty of songs about these big, beautiful cats.

Eye of the Tiger

This 1980’s hit by the band Survivor was the theme song to Rocky III and was commissioned by Sylvester Stallone. It earned the group a Grammy and an Oscar nomination.

It's the eye of the tiger
It's the thrill of the fight
Risin' up to the challenge of our rival

"Eye of the Tiger" doesn't just fit the theme of your cat-themed playlist. Few songs get you pumped up for summertime workouts as well as Survivor's hit. If you need some motivation to go for a jog, pop in your headphones, start "Eye of the Tiger" and let the music do the rest.

The Lion Sleeps Tonight

If "Eye of the Tiger" is the perfect song to get you ready for a workout, here's a song that will get you and your cat relaxed and ready to turn in for the night.

You may recognize the following lines from Disney's The Lion King when Timon and Pumba sing a cover of the song.

In the jungle
The mighty jungle
The lion sleeps tonight

The well-known lines from the 1961 song by The Tokens were adapted from a song titled "Mbube" that was recorded in South Africa in the 1930's. Its the purr-fect lullaby to wrap up your kitty song set.

Do you have a favorite feline tune in your playlist? Tell us which hits made your list in the comments below!




Rai Cornell
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14 Responses

Ras
Ras

August 27, 2019

Although it is a sad song, it is also a very sweet loving song that Brian May from Queen wrote and sang for his beloved cat who passed away; the song “All Dead, All Dead”. A great song about his love for his cat, sad though it may be, and the video is sweet and cute, just like how he must have felt for his little kitty.

William Liles
William Liles

July 02, 2019

Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull is much a cat lover. Cats big and small. Some of the songs, The Mouse Police, Hunt by Numbers, Old Black Cat are just some of the titles, with mentions in more songs. Search “Ian Anderson wittering on about cats”.

Missy Harris
Missy Harris

June 25, 2019

The Year of the Cat! By Al Stewart. Such a cool song, even after all this time!

Karen Rose Griffith
Karen Rose Griffith

June 25, 2019

What about all the songs from the play, “CATS”….one of my favorite musicals of all time!!!

Mel
Mel

June 25, 2019

Love Cats by The Cure! I used to sing along while jumping on my bed when I was a kid.

Jean Campbell
Jean Campbell

June 25, 2019

Meowing Christmas the CD cats singing Christmas Carols in meow plus Cats the musical probably so many more. So cool, meow

Gigi King
Gigi King

June 25, 2019

Somebody (Pretty Litter?) should offer a CD recording of all these songs for purchase. I would buy one!

Erica
Erica

June 25, 2019

Hi 👋 all cat lovers…Cat songs about cats is awesome. What about that song. 🎵The year of the Cat🎶😻

Larry Heagle
Larry Heagle

June 25, 2019

As an old “Folkie”, I still recall one of the songs the trio sang. My friend Bob Johnson played 12-string guitar for it:

“I got an old Tom Cat and when he steps out; all the other cats in the neighborhood, they begin to shout:
There goes ring-tail Tom, He’s the boss around this town; He don’t allow no other Tom Cats to come pussy-footin’ around

Ring-tail Tom, he’s a stud. He’s a natural-born crack shot; He finds a new target every night and he sure does practice alot."

Debbie Keen
Debbie Keen

June 20, 2019

Don’t forget all the great tunes from Disney’s Aristocrats like OMalley the Alley Cat and Everybody wants to be a Cat.

John Tonetti
John Tonetti

June 20, 2019

Pete Townshend’s “Cats in The Cupboard” from the “Rough Mix” album…

Barbara Bullington
Barbara Bullington

June 20, 2019

Great list!

Elma
Elma

June 20, 2019

I attended “Acro-Cats” (a genuine cat circus!) last month and all they songs before the show were “cat” songs! Including, “Love Cats” by the Cure, “Everybody Wants to be a Cat”, “The Cat Came Back”, “Cool for Cats” by Squeeze, “Year of the Cat” by Al Stewart, “What’s New Pussycat” by Tom Jones, and the ones you listed, plus many more. So much fun!!1

Susan Carrington
Susan Carrington

June 20, 2019

Love this! Never thought about all the cat themed songs!
Thank you!

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