The Best Songs About Diamonds
Every artist has its muse. It may come as no surprise that diamonds are a popular subject for quite some songs as well. From Marilyn Monroe to Pink Floyd. From The Beatles to Rihanna. For decades, diamonds inspire artists because of their sparkle and strength.
1949: Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend
One of the oldest world-famous songs about diamonds. Marilyn Monroe made this song unbelievably popular in the movie Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1952). But the original was sung by Caron Channing on Broadway. Yet Monroe’s rendition of the song is one we consider an iconic performance. It ranked the 12th best song of the century by the American Film Institute. One way or another, this song is an all-time classic.
1950: Big Blue Diamonds
“Oh, she wanted more than I had money to buy. So she left me sad and lonely I am told”. Big Blue Diamonds tells the heart-breaking story of a man who is turned down. Only because he can’t afford the diamond his girlfriend wants. The original country song is written by Earl J. Carson. It was such a popular song, many singers tried to redo it. Although this song about diamonds was originally meant as a country song, it was able to switch genres from country to rhythm and blues, rock and roll, and jazz.
1967: Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds can’t be missing from this list. For many, this is the first one to come to mind when we list songs about diamonds. It is a Beatles song, created by John Lennon with help from Paul McCartney. It is told, Lennon wrote the song after his son gave him a painting. His son called the painting ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’, after one of his classmates, Lucy. Lucy died from Lupus in 2009; Lennon’s son became a patron of the St. Thomas Lupus Trust, which funds research into this disease.
Another story about this song is less innocent. Many believe Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds stands for LSD, one of the drugs the Beatles and many other artists experimented with. John Lennon and George Martin denied these accusations. However, Paul McCartney did say a few times the song was about LSD.
1971: Diamonds are Forever
Every Bond fanatic knows this song. Diamonds are Forever is the soundtrack of the eponymous James Bond movie. The song was composed by John Barry, written by Bon Black and sung by Shirley Bassey. For Bassey, this was the second Bond Song. She also sang ‘Goldfinger’. In 1972, the album of ‘ Diamonds are Forever’ topped the Billboard 200, at 74th place.
1975: Shine On You Crazy Diamond
Shine On You Crazy Diamond is an ode to former lead guitarist Syd Barrett. You can recognize is by the letters in the title: Shine, You and Diamond (SYD). Syd had to leave the band because of his drug problem that made him untrustworthy. The song consists of multiple parts and is 13 and half minute long. Only until far into the 8th minute, the singing starts. The text is about Syd Barrett’s life in narrative form. But it also tells where it went wrong with Barrett: “You reached for the secret to soon”.
1986: Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes
Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes is a song by Paul Simon. He wrote the song when he was on a trip to South Africa as a preparation for his album “Graceland”. This song about diamonds was not a big hit. However, Simon mentions this song as one of his best musical achievements. He says the song suits his voice very well. The expression Diamonds on the Soles of Her Feet means an extreme level of wealth. After all, why would you put these valuable stones on the bottom of your shoes? That is only if there is no other place to put them.
1991: Diamonds and Pearls
“If I gave you diamonds and pearls. Would you be a happy boy or a girl.” This fast ballad with rock ‘n roll influences is definitely one of the more popular songs from Prince. The song is not about lust, but about love. Diamonds and Pearls was the first album from Prince and The New Generation. The music, video clips and visual style of Prince and his band were very different from his previous work.
2007: White diamond
White Diamond is a song by Kylie Minogue. Minogue wrote this song during her battle against breast cancer. The idea for White Diamond started out when Kylie’s creative director was filming her for a personal record that was used as backstage bonus footage for the Showgirl: Homecoming Tour DVD. They ended up with so much footage that they decided to make it into a movie. The film focused initially on the tour. But during the tour, it was announced that Kylie was diagnosed with breast cancer. She compares herself to a white brilliant diamond: bright and strong, just like she was throughout her battle.
“Shine bright like a diamond”. Who doesn’t know Rihanna’s most popular song ever? The song is about love and living in the moment. But above all, it is very catchy. “Diamonds” topped music charts in over twenty countries, including the United States and the Netherlands. It became Rihanna’s twelfth number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100 and tied her with Madonna and The Supremes for the fifth-most number-one singles in the chart’s history. Nowadays, this song is covered and remixed by various artists.
2016: Diamond Heart
Diamond Heart by Lady Gaga is somewhat of an autobiographical song. It is about chasing the American dream and doing whatever it takes to achieve it. It refers to Gaga’s personal experiences as a go-go dancer – one of the jobs she had before she was famous. By the end, she realizes she is not perfect but has a diamond heart. However, the title also refers to her engagement ring from former fiancé Taylor Kinney who proposed with a huge diamond ring. The diamond has the shape of a heart.
2018: Buy Me Diamonds
Diamonds don’t cheat, diamonds don’t leave you and diamonds don’t break your trust. That’s what Bea Miller must have thought. She performed this song at the Pre-Show for the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards. Lyrically, the song is about how a lover is trying to get their old partner back. But the other person is only chasing the value in life and is done with the drama. They want diamonds, not drama: “Save your love and buy me diamonds.”
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