For many of us, cats are extremely precious pets, but our favourite feline friends have also been the subject of fantastic songs from a variety of musicians. Everything from their inherent slinkiness through to their mysterious purr and the myth that they have nine lives has inspired not only songs about cats themselves, but also given songwriters plenty of feline-related imagery for lyrics which celebrate the singular allure of a loved one. Sure to be catnip to animal-lovers around the world, here are the 15 best songs about cats.
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15: Elton John: Honky Cat (From ‘Honky Château’, 1972)
The first of seven consecutive chart-topping albums in the US, Elton John’s fifth record, Honky Château, was named after the place of its conception, France’s Château D’Hérouville – the same studio that later birthed David Bowie’s Low and Iggy Pop’s The Idiot. Though big on ballads and country-rock workouts, Honky Château opened with the atypically funky, brass-enhanced Honky Cat: a slice of hot New Orleans-style R&B reminiscent of Dr John or Allen Toussaint, with a classic outsider lyric about a country boy from the Southern states (the titular “honky cat”) trying to make it in the big, bad city.