Top 10 Songs That Contain Metaphors

The Top Ten
1 Hound Dog - Elvis Presley

Word: Hound Dog

Lyrics: "You ain't nothing but a hound dog crying all the timeā€¦"

He is comparing whoever he is singing to a hound dog. "Hound dog" is a metaphor for a woman who wants some kind of relationship with the singer. She won't leave him alone.

2 Hotel California - Eagles

Word: Hotel California

Lyrics: Welcome to the Hotel California
Such a lovely place (Such a lovely place)
Such a lovely face
They're living it up at the Hotel California
What a nice surprise (what a nice surprise)

According to Wikipedia, the song has been described as being "all about American decadence and burnout, too much money, corruption, drugs and arrogance. Too little humility and heart." It has also been interpreted as an allegory about hedonism, self-destruction, and greed in the music industry of the late 1970s.

3 Titanium - David Guetta

Word: Titanium
Lyrics: You shoot me down, but I won't fall
I am titanium
You shoot me down, but I won't fall
I am titanium

She means that no matter how much you try to knock her down, you won't succeed.

4 Firework - Katy Perry

Word: Firework
Lyrics: 'Cause, baby, you're a firework
Come on, show 'em what you're worth

The metaphor means that everyone is a firework: unique, special, and capable of doing great things.

5 Master of Puppets - Metallica

Word: Master of puppets

Lyrics: Master of puppets, I'm pulling your strings
Twisting your mind and smashing your dreams

The master of puppets is the drug, and the puppet is the user. Almost everyone on this site knows this one.

6 Happy - Pharrell Williams

Word: Hot Air Balloon

Lyrics: I'm a hot air balloon that could go to space
With the air, like I don't care baby by the way

As the balloon uses hot air to rise up, the singer fuels his mind with happy thoughts and doesn't worry about anything. 'Hot air balloon' can also be compared to lighter moments that cheer up anyone who is burdened with sad feelings.

There is also a metaphor about a room without a roof, but the hot air balloon metaphor makes more sense.

7 Can't Stop the Feeling - Justin Timberlake

Word: Sunshine in my pocket
Lyrics: I got that sunshine in my pocket
Got that good soul in my feet

Sunshine in my pocket means the singer carries his happiness everywhere and shares it with everyone.

8 Lucid Dreams - Juice WRLD

Word: Plastic
Lyrics: You were made outta plastic, fake
I was tangled up in your drastic ways

It means that the girl had superficial interests and could not be trusted.

9 Rainbow In the Dark - Dio
10 Catch the Rainbow - Rainbow
The Contenders
11 Take Me to Church - Hozier

Word: Giggle at a funeral
Lyrics: My lover's got humor
She's the giggle at a funeral
Knows everybody's disapproval
I should've worshiped her sooner
The metaphor stating that his lover is full of humor, that even in really sad moments, she finds a way to lighten the moment.

I don't think that's what the metaphor means. I think it's an implication that his lover is malicious and cruel. However, he stays with her because he doesn't want people to know about his homosexuality.

12 I'll Be Thunder - Tina Turner
13 Stir Fry - Migos

Word: Monopoly

Lyrics: Life is Monopoly
Go cop me some land and some property

It means a person can't earn respect without financial stability. So, people must work hard to make their life better.

14 I'm the Only One - Melissa Etheridge
15 Fly on the Wings of Love - The Olsen Brothers
16 Up Where We Belong - Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes
17 Everyday Glory - Rush
18 Closer to the Truth - Tony Joe White
19 Fly Me to the Moon - Frank Sinatra
20 Heart of Gold - Neil Young
21 Still Breathing - Green Day
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