10 Songs About Blue Jeans

Songs About Denim to Add to Your Playlist

Blue jeans aren't just America's favorite thing to wear -- they've an iconic part of American pop culture. Over the years, blue jeans have come to represent a certain kind of freedom, independence and "cool" factor that is distinctly all-American. Is it any wonder that blue jeans are America's most successful fashion export, or that so many popular musical artists have celebrated denim in song? As jeans have evolved from humble work wear to a fashion must-have, so too has denim's influence in music grown. Over the decades, songs about jeans have popped up on the charts, spanning the musical genres from rock and roll, new wave and punk, to rap and hip hop. Here's our round-up of 10 of the best jeans songs about blue jeans ever written, so you can add them to your party music playlist.

Jonathan Richman
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Jonathan Richman is a talented singer-songwriter who has made a career out of writing and performing music (both alone and with his band The Modern Lovers) that ranges from low-key and conversational, to stripped-down punk rock guitar anthems. If you're a movie fan, you may recognize him from his role as a one-man troubadour chorus in the 1998 comedy, There's Something About Mary. Richman's lyrics often display a childlike approach to the world, as in this song from his solo album Rockin' and Romance, which is a likeable musical complaint about how his favorite pair of Wrangler jeans are getting too frayed to wear. Listen to this song just once -- and we challenge you not to get the line about Levi's stuck in your head for the rest of the day. More »

Lana Del Ray
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Lana Del Rey has a voice and musical style that makes us think of Lady Gaga singing underwater -- in a good way. Del Rey's sexy, somnolent voice matches beautifully with the down tempo beat and surf music influences in this song, creating an old-Hollywood feel that's captured in its film noir-inspired music video (one of two created for the tune). She may have lost her love, but she'll always remember his James Dean appeal in blue jeans. More »

The Donnas
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The Donnas are a hard rocking, all-female band from California whose songs focus on having a good time. In Dirty Denim, the girls make fun of the type of guy who will never win them over. He's the hipster who pays 200 bucks for his distressed, low-slung designer jeans and has questionable hygiene. We nominate this song for best lyric in this list, for the rhyme, "Your hair is so dirty, it makes you look like you're 30!" More »

Chingy
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Fourteen years after Sir Mix-a-Lot shared his love of big butts in "Baby Got Back", Chingy released this hip hop song about his admiration for ladies who pack a whole lot of booty into their skinny jeans. Produced by and featuring Jermaine Dupri, Chingy drops designer denim labels like they're hot as he drives home the musical question, "How the hell did you get all of that in dem jeans?" More »

Neil Diamond
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Love him or hate him, you have to give Neil Diamond his due. The man has sold nearly as many records as Barbra Streisand and Elton John, and has been inducted in both the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Is this easy listening song about loving his lady in blue jeans hypnotically romantic, or is it insanely maddening? We'll leave that up to you -- but the message is pretty sweet. More »

Chris DeBurgh
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This adult contemporary jeans song by "Lady in Red" singer Chris DeBurgh sounds like what you'd expect to hear playing on the jukebox at a dusty bar you pulled up to in the middle of the night, halfway through a cross-country road trip. This is rock and roll 101, with nothing more complicated to say than, "Blonde hair, blue jeans, best thing I've ever seen." More »

Drumma Boy
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Talented Southern rapper Drumma Boy (aka Christopher James Gholson) released this song also featuring Rocko, Tity Boi and 2 Chainz in 2011. Over a downtempo beat, Drumma Boy boasts about how he fills up his Levi's Jeans. the ladies go for how he fills up his Levi Jeans. He's talking about cash, as well as what's behind the fly. Yeah, girl. More »

Stevie Nicks
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Stevie Nicks, who has produced over forty Top 50 hits in her career, has been massively influential on the music and fashion industries for three decades now. Artists including Taylor Swiftand the Dixie Chicks have called her an influence, while fashion industry icon Rachel Zoe has been shamelessly copying Nicks' bohemian style for years. In this upbeat and somewhat witchy song, Nicks remembers a sexy guy who entranced her with his bright eyes and blue denim jeans. More »

Kid Rock
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Kid Rock has run the musical gamut in his career, from rap to Southern Rock and beyond. In this grungy ballad with a country vibe, the singer tells how he ran away from home as a teenager and found salvation with an angel in blue jeans and a rosary. More »

David Bowie in concert
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Music icon and legend David Bowie had a long and stellar career creating magical, inspired songs about everything from scary monsters to super creeps. While not strictly a song about jeans, Bowie's "Blue Jean" may well be the most famous song about jeans ever written. Bowie penned "Blue Jean" for his sixteenth studio album,Tonight, and it quickly became a fan favorite and one of the biggest pop music hits of the 80s. Over a persistent beat, David Bowie sings about how he's jazzing for a girl named Blue Jean, who's got a police bike and a turned-up nose. More »