Cats have inspired humans all throughout history. When it comes to song-writing inspiration, cats are a favorite animal muse. We asked cat lovers for their all-time favorite cat-inspired songs, and they came up with this list of popular cat songs.
Ev’rybody Wants to Be a Cat from the Aristocats film soundtrack, sung by Phil Harris (1970)
The Meow Mix Theme advertising jingle; Created by Ron Travisano, composed by Tom McFaul, sung by Linda November
Year of the Cat, from the album Year of the Cat, written and sung by Al Stewart (1976)
Soft Kitty from the television show Big Bang Theory. Introduced in the 11th episode called The Pancake Batter Anomaly of the first season. (First aired 2008)
Calendar Cats advertising jingle from Purina Cat Chow commercial, based off of Neil Sedaka’s Calendar Girl song. (1978)
The Love Cats, written and sung by The Cure (1983)
Smelly Cat, performed by character Phoebe Buffay on television series Friends. Buffay is played by actress Lisa Kudrow. First appeared in second season episode The One with the Baby on the Bus. (1995)
Memory, show tune from Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats. Performed by Grizabella the cat and written by Trevor Nunn. (1981)
What’s New Pussycat? from the What’s New Pussycat film soundtrack. Music by Burt Bacharach and lyrics by Hal David. Sung by Tom Jones. (1965)
Stray Cat Strut from the UK album Stray Cats by the band Stray Cats. Came out in the US on the Built for Speed album (1981 UK/1982 US)
Cat’s in the Cradle from the album Verities & Balderdash by Harry Chapin. (1974)
Señor Don Gato, a children’s song common in elementary school songbooks.
Our House written by Graham Nash and recorded by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young on album Déjà Vu (1970). Lyrics refer to cats… “Our house, is a very, very, very fine house, With two cats in the yard, Life used to be so hard, Now everything is easy, ‘Cause of you…”
Cat People (Putting Out Fire) from the film soundtrack Cat People. Written by David Bowie and Giorgio Moroder, sung by David Bowie. (1982)
The Lion Sleeps Tonight was written and recorded by Solomon Linda (1920s). The song was first titled Mbube, which is Zulu for lion. The song became an American hit in 1961 when recorded by The Tokens.
The Owl and the Pussycat is a poem written by Edward Lear and made into a song. (1871)
Comic Duet for Two Cats (Duetto buffo di due gatti) is a performance piece for two sopranos. It was published by G. Berthold, which is a pseudonym. There is disagreement over which composer actually created the song. (1825)