Songs are written about love, heartbreak, even loss. Sometimes even a beat up old pickup truck. But they’re also written about dogs. And it might surprise you to see some of the names on this list.

Beatles – Martha My Dear

While McCartney said the song was about a long lost love, he admits that the inspiration came from his Old English Sheepdog. A little fella named John Lennon helped him with the song too.

Neil Young – Old King

Neil traveled throughout the country with his dog named Elvis. This was a song dedicated to him. Pretty good all around except for that part about kicking him.

Jimmy Scott – Old Grey Dog

It doesn’t take a lot of effort to figure out what this song is about. A heartbreaking and emotional piece that anyone who has lost a pet can relate to.

Luke Bryan – Little Boys Grow Up and Dogs Get Old

The heart wrenching story of a kid growing up with his dog. That time when you realize they get told and won’t be with you forever. Something those of us who grew up with a companion can relate to.

The Suicide Machines – Sometimes I Don’t Mind

This takes a minute to catch but when you do, you realize it’s about his Boston Terrier. Great song from a great band.

Cat Stevens – I Love My Dog

This song came off his acclaimed debut album and is still a memorable hit decades later. He wrote it when he was 18 years old. And it of course makes me love my dog too.

Carrie Underwood – The More Boys I Meet

A Mark Twain quote sums this song up perfectly. “The More I know about people, the better I like my dog.”. Well said Mark (and Carrie).


Don’t be shy. If you have a favorite song about dogs you’d like to share, leave them in the comments below. We’ll add them above if we can find them on YouTube.