12 Ribbiting Songs about Frogs

Some people find frogs to be adorable, others think they’re gross, and some think they’re delicious! But almost everyone can agree that they’re fascinating amphibians!

There are actually quite a few songs that talk about frogs, either literally or figuratively. Jump through our list of songs about frogs and chill by the water.

I Can Be a Frog – The Flaming Lips

This is a love duet where Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne lists wild beasts. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Karen O adds animal-like shrieks to the track’s theme. Most of the track was inspired by Karen O’s candid recording, where she made the animal noises on her own. The song was released on The Flaming Lips’ 2009 album Embryonic.

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Hop Frog – Lou Reed ft. David Bowie

Lou Reed’s ‘Hop Frog’ describes a poem by Edgar Allan Poe of the same name. The lyrics either talk about a frog that lives in the woods or someone who is called a frog: “they call me the hop frog.” Many listeners feel that the song is a great companion for the poem.

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Funny Little Frog – Belle and Sebastian

The narrator here is infatuated with someone he doesn’t know. This person is likely a celebrity since magazine covers and wall posters seem to be where he sees her. Rather than feeling bad that he can’t be with this individual, the protagonist is happy that he can come home to her in his own way, which offers him comfort.

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Kiss That Frog – Peter Gabriel

Peter Gabriel drew inspiration from the book The Uses of Enchantment by Bruno Bettelheim when writing this song. The song and book present the classic frog and princess story in a more adult way, with themes of passion present throughout. The song’s accompanying music video won the 1994 MTV Video Music Award for Best Special Effects.

Hermit the Frog – MARINA

While MARINA’s lyrics here are quite abstract, it is widely believed that it is about being passionate with the wrong person. This person seems to change their tune after he and the singer get closer and starts treating her poorly. Whether or not this song tells a true story is unclear.

Peace Frog – The Doors

The harsh lyrics of ‘Peace Frog’ were drawn from two poems Jim Morrison wrote, while Robby Krieger created the song’s guitar riff. The song talks about some heavy, violent themes, including a real-life car accident that Morrison witnessed and violence at the 1968 Democratic Convention in the United States.

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The Frog Prince – Keane

Tim Rice-Oxley of Keane wrote this song about Razorlight’s Johnny Borrell, who was known for treating fellow musicians poorly. On a universal level, the song aims to show that you don’t have to be dishonest or inauthentic to be a successful or emotionally impactful music artist. It seems Borrell stayed civil with Rice-Oxley but wasn’t thrilled about the song, as the two didn’t know each other when it was written.

Kiss No Frog – Lucky Dube

Lucky Dube sings of a woman who keeps falling for the wrong guy hoping he will change here: “find a frog, kiss it, and hope it’ll turn into a prince.” It seems that she also wants to be like her mother, but it isn’t clear whether this is considered a good or bad thing in Dube’s eyes.

Related: Check out our playlist of kissing love songs.

I’m in Love with a Big Blue Frog – Peter, Paul and Mary

This song has quite silly lyrics about a protagonist who becomes the object of a big blue frog’s affection. It turns out not to be a bad situation, as the frog apparently has a Ph.D. and a good family!

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Bull Frog Yay – Project Pat

Project Pat talks about his ‘Bull Frog Yay,’ which is a metaphor for a theme that’s quite common in rap music—highlighting one’s own rhythm and talents as a musician. The artist even sings “ribbit” at one point in the song!

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Frogs with Dirty Little Lips – Frank Zappa

Frank Zappa seems to be singing about frogs here, at least partially in literal terms. He calls them dirty and even points out that people eat these creatures that he finds gross. He also talks about the animals wearing clothes, though, so there may also be some wordplay going on here.

Frogs and Princes – Natasha Bedingfield

Here we find Natasha Bedingfield criticizing dating in the modern age. She complains that most people she meets aren’t looking to get to know anyone or be committed to a serious relationship. She dreams of finding a truly romantic man, so she doesn’t have to keep dealing with the “frogs” she’s meeting as a single woman.

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More songs about frogs:

  • The Frog Song – Nicholas John
  • Five Little Speckled Frogs – The Wiggles
  • Galumph Went the Little Green Frog – The Wiggles
  • Who Let the Frog Out – Crazy Frog
  • I Have a Little Frog – Nursery Rhyme
  • Froggy Afternoon – Lucy Beat
  • Caribbean Amphibian – The Muppets

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About Ged Richardson

Ged Richardson is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of ZingInstruments.com. He has been featured in Entrepreneur, PremierGuitar, Hallmark, Wanderlust, CreativeLive, and other major publications. As an avid music fan, he spends his time researching and writing about new and old music, as well as testing and reviewing music-related products. He's played guitar in various bands, from rock to gypsy jazz. Be sure to check out his YouTube channel, where he geeks out about his favorite bands.

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