For reasons the world may never fully understand, musicians have been inspired for millennia to pen homages to the female posterior. Encouraging women to shake their booties, offering appreciations of thongs in cracks, and explaining exactly what they’ll do once they get that ass in the bedroom, country singers, rock stars and bejeweled rappers aren’t afraid to put to music their true feelings about lady humps.
Here we present the eight best songs about butts:
Marshall Mathers Says Whatever to Mammaries
Got an impressive rear-end? Eminem would like a word with you. In 2005, Eminem released “Ass Like That,” his rump-shaker tune from 2004′s Encore album. The video is quite possibly more entertaining than the song itself, featuring stripper puppets, Triumph the Insult Dog, and Dr. Dre.
Sample lyrics: “The way you shake it/I can’t believe it/I ain’t never seen a ass like that/The way you move it/You make my pee pee go/Da-doing doing doing.”
He Likes Big Butts
Sir Mix-a-Lot’s Grammy Award-winning “Baby Got Back” is the ass-worshipper’s theme song. The 1992 single became a smash hit and shocked listeners with its then-provocative lyrics. While some were offended, and the video was briefly banned on MTV, others appreciated the fact that Sir Mix enjoyed a figure with more curves than a toothpick.
Sample lyrics: “My anaconda don’t want none/Unless you’ve got buns, hun/You can do side bends or sit-ups/But please don’t lose that butt.”
Country’s Salute to Bottoms
Trace Adkins saw how rappers were obsessed with butts and set out to give the country music world its own booty anthem. “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” was inspired by a young woman dancing at a nightclub, and one hour later the badonkadonk song was done. People in country bars are still known to bust a move on the dance floor when the tune comes on and do the “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” line dance.
Sample lyrics: “We hate to see her go/But love to watch her leave/With that honky tonk badonkadonk/Keepin’ perfect rhythm/Make ya wanna swing along.”
Booty, Booty, Booty
Tim Wilson’s “The Booty Song” may well contain the most references to butts ever in a song. Wilson is a comic, but he found musical gold by repeating the word “booty” approximately 1,000 times and setting it to music. Who doesn’t love Tim “Booty” Wilson and the Bootycallers?
Sample lyrics: “Beautiful booty, caressing the booty/Dissing the booty, missing the booty/Messing with the booty/Oh what a wonderful booty.”
Get Your Thong On
Rather than simply creating another ode to the rump, Sisqo focused on the ultimate butt accessory: the thong. As Wikipedia puts it: “The record celebrates, in a playful way, women who wear thong underwear and bikinis.” For the video, Sisqo and posse travel to Miami, where women wear thongs while they wander around shopping and men wear driving gloves while they dance.
Sample lyrics: “She had dumps like a truck truck truck/Thighs like what what what/Baby move your butt butt butt.”
What in Your Butt?
Eddie Murphy is known for his “Saturday Night Live” career, his numerous hit movies, and his raunchy stand up act. He is less known for his contribution to the ass song oeuvre. That doesn’t make “Boogie in Your Butt” any less impressive. It’s not that easy to think of that many things a person could stick up in their butt and turn it into a hit song.
Sample lyrics: “Put a little tiny man in your butt/Say, put a light in your butt/Say, make it bright in your butt/Say, put a TV in your butt/Say, put me in your butt.”
Hump That Hump
Black Eyed Peas’ “My Humps” was one of those songs where the first time you heard it, you were like, “Yeah!” And then the 300th time you heard it, you were like, “Make it stop!” This time, a lady tackles the subject of posteriors as Fergie turns the booty song into a postfeminist message of female empowerment, shaking her rear-end all the while. “Humps” won a Grammy in 2007 in the “Best Butt Song” category.
Sample lyrics: “They say I’m really sexy/The boys they wanna sex me/They always standing next to me/Always dancing next to me/Tryin’ a feel my hump, hump/Lookin’ at my lump, lump.”
2 Live Butt Crew
2 Live Crew was never afraid to go there, and go there they did with “Face Down, Ass Up,” an instructional song for those who need help in figuring out how to do it doggie-style. The track was included on the group’s 1990 album Banned in the USA, so named because their previous album As Nasty As They Wanna Be had been deemed obscene. “Face Down, Ass Up” may not be obscene, but it sure is NSFW. Here, the Crew terrorizes members of “The Phil Donahue Show” with a live performance.
Sample lyrics: “I like the butt, it’s my favorite position/I’m tired of the front, so that’s why I’m bitchin’.”