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Pump Up This Pet-Specific Playlist

Spotify started 2020 by announcing that the music industry giant has created a playlist generator specifically designed for owners of dogs, cats, birds, lizards and small animals. After syncing with your tastes based on account history, Spotify will reveal a selection of tracks compiled especially for your pet. The TAiLS & toys editorial team – Megan Jander, Chris M. Junior and Glenn A. Polyn – has decided to put a unique spin on a pet-specific playlist by sharing the songs that we most relate with each pet category.

Cat

“Ev’rybody Wants to Be a Cat” by Phil Harris. The voice of Thomas O’Malley and the rest of the cast from Disney’s “The Aristocats” introduced children and adults to what it means to be a cat, and why we wish we could be one. After all, the life of a cat is pretty nice, especially ones with sweet dance moves and lots of musical talent. (MJ)

“Stray Cat Strut” by The Stray Cats. Should a vote be held for a cat national anthem, here’s one that belongs on the ballot: a 1950s-style midtempo rocker from the early 1980s with just the right dose of cat-itude (and singer Brian Setzer throws in a sly “meow” for good measure). (CMJ)

“Delilah” by Queen. While it won’t rank among the best songs from Queen – in fact, many consider it to be one of the band’s worst tunes – Freddie Mercury’s love song to his cat on 1991’s “Innuendo” includes silly meow-ing and lyrics that any cat person can relate to in a way that can’t help but make you think, “Yeah, that’s how I feel about my cat, too!” (GP) 

Dog 

“The More Boys I Meet” by Carrie Underwood. Whether you’re a fan of country music or not, any girl can relate to wishing the boys they meet were like their dog: loyal, loving and cute. But sometimes the only love in your life worth having is your furry companion. (MJ)

“Walkin’ the Dog” by Aerosmith. This muscular version of an often-covered song will prompt pet parent and pooch to maintain a good pace, especially during cold weather. (CMJ)

“Feed Jake” by Pirates of the Mississippi. A 1995 ballad from this country band is one that is guaranteed to bring tears to your eyes, but it’s also much deeper than just the story of a rough cowboy thinking about his loyal dog. Still, the chorus of “Now I lay me down to sleep / Pray the Lord my soul to keep / And if I die before I wake / Feed Jake” will have you weeping before the final note of this four-minute song. (GP)

Aquatic

“Deep End” by Daughtry. With passionate lyrics and a relatively somber tone compared to their other songs, this song is left up to the listener’s interpretation, whether it’s a dark sense of drowning from love or looking to take a chance because the person you love is worth the journey. Either way, the point of view could be that of a fish. (MJ)

“The Fish” by Bobby Rydell. It’s an early 1960s song about doing a specific dance, and constant movement around the tank is what fish are all about. (CMJ)

“Emotional Tides” by Kreda. Like an underwater trip, Mina Spiler’s vocals are beautifully peaceful and atmospheric in this 2020 song that’s described by the Anglo Solvena group as an “intimate daydream of a journey through Venetian canals.” (GP)

Reptile

“Look What You Made Me Do” by Taylor Swift. While the song does not mention snakes, snakes did appear in the music video as a subtle jab to Kim Kardashian calling her a snake. There were many symbols and jabs at other celebrities in this song and music video, but the snake was the biggest symbol for her “Reputation” album and tour. (MJ)

“Celebration of the Lizard” by The Doors. You can’t beat the title — plus, the exotic nature of certain instrumental sections in this complex tune reflects that of the species. (CMJ)

“Trust in Me” by Siouxsie & The Banshees. The English rock band’s 1987 take on Kaa the python’s tune originally sung by Sterling Holloway in the 1967 Disney film, “The Jungle Book,” is an amazing rendition, with Siouxsie Sioux’s seductive vocals being accompanied by mesmerizing sounds of harp and piano. (GP)

Bird

“Song of the Caged Bird” by Lindsey Stirling. For this instrumental song, Lindsey Stirling drew inspiration from Maya Angelou's poem “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” which is about a caged bird that learns to find happiness in its circumstance. (MJ)

“Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley and the Wailers. “Three little birds / pitch by my doorstep / Singin’ sweet songs / of melodies pure and true,” the reggae legend sings, reminding listeners that their mellifluous sounds are really messages serving a greater purpose: that “every little thing gonna be all right.” (CMJ)

“I Like Birds” by Eels. Complete with whistles, this 2000 song from Mark Oliver Everett (who’s a self-described fan of our feathered friends) is simple lyrically but possesses a cheerful, playful nature with such lyrics as “If you’re small and on a search / I’ve got a feeder for you to perch on.” (GP)

Small Animal

“Hamster Dance Song” by Hampton and the Hamsters. Following a popular meme online, this song released in 2000 was produced by The Boomtang Boys, who used a sped-up hook from the Roger Miller song “Whistle Stop,” notably featured in Disney’s “Robin Hood.” It remained a popular fad in the early 2000s. (MJ)

“Jack Rabbit” by Elton John. This short, countrified B-side from the Rocket Man’s heyday hops along at a quick pace, just like the bunny that’s being pursued in the song. (CMJ)

“Ben” by Michael Jackson. Michael’s powerful vocal skills provide an amazing amount of feeling to this song, which was written by Don Black for the 1972 horror film, “Ben.” How well received was the ballad of a child’s love for a rodent? It won a Golden Globe for Best Song. (GP)