We thought singer-songwriters wrote on themes like politics, love, fantasy and more. But there are a few artists who write songs keeping sunglasses in mind. And very quirky and meaningful one too like Cheap Sunglasses by ZZ Top, Sunglasses At Night by Corey Hart, and more.
No wonder they say creativity has no time and space!
On that note, here are 10 popular songs that are around sunglasses.
Sunglasses At Night by Corey Hart
A catchy number by Canadian singer Corey Hart, Sunglasses at Night was a hit single off of his debut album First Offense.
And the sunglasses connection?
When co-producer Phil Chapman was asked about the backstory and inspiration of the album he recalls recording the album in a studio where the air conditioning/heating vents were directly above the mixing board.
It was obvious that air from the vents blew directly into the faces of people in the control room. So they wore sunglasses to shade their eyes from the heat and the air.
In one of the sessions, Hart began to improvise the lyrics and sang “I wear my sunglasses at night.” And the song was born. This is what happens when creative people are affected by things far too long.
Future’s So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades by Timbuk3
The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades is a tune by Timbuk3. It is the opening track from their debut album, Greetings from Timbuk3. When it was released in 1986, it was the band’s only noteworthy mainstream hit. This tune was a hint on their success at the time.
The idea for the song and the title came when wife Barbara MacDonald said to her husband Pat MacDonald, “The future is looking so bright, we’ll have to wear sunglasses!”
Cheap Sunglasses by ZZ Top
Cheap Sunglasses is a song by ZZ Top and a single from their 1979 album Degüello.
While speaking with a famous music magazine ZZ Top’s bass player Dusty Hill said: “We wrote that song when we used to tour in cars. And every gas station in the world had a cardboard display of the cheapest and ugliest sunglasses you could imagine. I have bought a thousand pair of them.”
Sunglasses by Rick Ross
Sunglasses is a song by artist Rick Ross and features Shake Severs and Blood Raw. We would not be surprised by a tune like this one because Rick Ross is fond of sunglasses.
Ross has been in the news for wearing altered sunglasses of a huge eyewear manufacturer. Those sunglasses were on one the covers of the May 2009 issue of XXL magazine, titled ‘Rick Ross Up in Smoke’. He took some heat for it. Ross later revealed that the accessory was customised by Jacob Bernstein, popularly known as ‘The Sunglass Pimp’.
Shades by Dean Martin
Shades is a song by Dean Martin and is written by Lee Hazlewood. The song is a slow ballad on heartbreak. He talks about how shades can hide a tear, but can’t hide a broken heart.
Outlaw Blues by Bob Dylan
A song by Bob Dylan, it was recorded on January 14, 1965. And it was on Dylan’s fifth studio album, Bringing It All Back Home. And it was about doing things outside the law. No wonder sunglasses tie into this.
Boys of Summer by Don Henley
Boys of Summer is a song by Don Henley, the founder member of The Eagles. When you have a tune like Boys of Summer, then sunglasses better be in them. The tune is also about growing old and reminiscing about the past.
Past My Shades by Lupe Fiasco, B.o.B
Produced by B.o.B, it’s from the album B.o.B Presents The Adventures of Bobby Ray. In the song, sunglasses are used more like a metaphor and it’s about people and how they view others.
Loom by Ani DiFranco
A song by Ani DiFranco, off the album Little Plastic Castle (1998). This song talks about hiding things with sunglasses.
Sunglasses at Night by Skepta
Sunglasses At Night is a song by British grime artist, Skepta. Off of his second studio album Microphone Champion (2009), the song was released as a digital download. The number talks about how he wears sunglasses at night to hide from people.
Do you know of any other songs that are about sunglasses? Let us know in the comments below.
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