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Body parts in popular music

Musical inspiration?
Musical inspiration?

What do we sing about when we sing about the body?

The folks at Fleshmap have analyzed 1000’s of songs in 11 genres and found which parts of the body show up most often. It’s not what you’re thinking…at least it’s not what we at Record Bin Roulette were thinking.

Jeepers Creepers, in 8 out of 11 genres, the eyes are the clear winner. From “Bette Davis Eyes” to “Blue Eyes Cryin’ in the Rain", Brown-Eyed Girl” to “Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes”, we’re up to our eyeballs in songs.

Next…it’s still not what you’re thinking. While the eyes are important to musical success, the hands and its associated digits are next in popularity for songwriters. The first ones we thought of were “Shake and Fingerpop” by Junior Walker and Johnny Otis with “Willie and The Hand-Jive”.

Didn't move her head, didn't move her hands, Didn't move her lips, just shook her hips. Slim Harpo

The next one surprised us. Songs about our heads are also really common. Raindrops keep falling on them, we’re putting them on shoulders, and we tuck them underneath our arms. Faces, being attached to heads, are also common in music. They’re funny, babyish, freckled, faces in the crowd and eyes without a face.

If I said you had a beautiful body would you hold it against me? The Bellamy Brothers

But it depends on what kind of music you listen to, because when Fleshmap analyzed Hip-Hop music, by far the most mentioned body part was (this is what we were thinking of)…wait for it…(no surprise, really)…the butt.  


John has worked as a professional bassist for 20 years, including a 15 year stint as Musical Director of the Mountain Stage radio program. John has been at KNKX since 1999 where he hosts “All Blues”, is producer of the BirdNote radio program, and co-hosts “Record Bin Roulette”. John is also the recording engineer for KNKX “In-Studio Performances”. Not surprisingly, John's main musical interests are jazz and blues, and he is still performing around Seattle.
John Maynard started working in radio in the seventies as a DJ at Seattle’s KJR AM which at the time was the dominant AM station in the Seattle market. After a brief stint as a restaurateur and night club owner, Maynard returned to radio with Robin Erickson, creating the hugely popular “Robin and Maynard Show.” In the more than 20 years under that marquee, Maynard flew with the Blue Angels, piloted the Goodyear Blimp, sang with Donny Osmond and hung out in a Universal Studios bar with Kojak (Telly Savalas).