Crufts 2020: 9 of the best dog songs

Over 20,000 competing dogs and their owners have travelled to Birmingham to take part in Crufts, the largest dog show in the world.

Until Sunday 8 March dogs from around the world will compete in several categories until one is named top dog.

The dogs are entered in heats depending on their breed Toy and Utility, Gundog, Working and Pastoral and Terrier and Hound.

Sunday evening hosts the most prestigious round The Best In Show which is open to dogs who earned enough Kennel Club points through qualification the previous year.

The breed that's won the most Best In Show awards since the first variation in 1886 is the English Cocker Spaniel with seven wins.

To celebrate the nations love for our canine friends here is a list of songs that are as diverse as the breeds of dogs on show across the weekend.

9. Who Am I (What’s My Name)? - Snoop Doggy Dogg

Snoop Doggy Dogg was already a familiar name when he released his debut solo album Doggystyle in 1993.

Snoop Dogg appeared on Dr. Dre’s album The Chronic the year before, so when the lead single Who Am I (What’s My Name)? was released it went straight into the Billboard’s Top 10.

In the late 1980s Snoop Dogg was associated with the West Coast hip hop record label Death Row, creating music labelled as gangsta rap.

Snoop Dogg’s lyrical flow combined with Dr Dre’s productions was the next step in hip hop’s movement and many of today’s artists draw influence from this sound.

8. Hounds of Love - Kate Bush

Kate Bush’s fourth album The Dreaming was diagnosed as a commercial failure by the record label EMI because of the expense collated during the two years recording the album.

To balance the books Bush was sent back into the studio in 1984 and 18 months later had recorded the Hounds of Love album, featuring the singles Running Up That Hill and Hounds of Love.

The album was split into two; the first side has a collection of commercially driven songs whereas the other is a collection of concept pieces.

The B-side is subtitled The Ninth Wave, a story of a person drifting alone in the sea.

The single Hounds of Love peaked in the UK chart at number 18 but the album went straight in at number one and is considered by many fans to be her best.

7. Dog Eat Dog - Adam and The Ants

The career of Adam and The Ants coincides with the launch of MTV and the popularity of music videos.

The band’s debut album in 1979 Dirk Wears White Sox was not a commercial success and the band struggled to break through to the mass market.

After rounds of changing band members the second album Kings of the Wild Frontier was released in late 1980 and featured the single Dog Eat Dog which went to number four in the UK singles chart.

When MTV was launched in the US on the 1 August 1981, Adam and The Ants went on a campaign of releasing new and old music throughout the summer and autumn.

The band reissued the first album and singles to cash in on the success of their third album Prince Charming released in November 1981.

Adam and The Ants were part of the 'Second British Invasion' to America in the 1980s

6. This Old Dog - Mac DeMarco

This Old Dog album was written and recorded by Mac DeMarco while moving from Queens, New York to Los Angeles which delayed the recording.

The Canadian singer has said the release took him longer to make than was normal and that the extra time was reflected in the different vibe of the album.

Each song has been refined compared to the raw lo-fi recordings of his previous four albums.

You still get the sense of one man and his handheld recorder when listening to the single This Old Dog but with the waves of the West Coast in the background.

5. Howlin’ For You - The Black Keys

Howlin’ For You was one of the many blues guitar riffs from the highly regarded 2010 album Brothers.

It took many years and much dedication for members Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney to be recognised as investible commodities.

Their previous five albums were not received well and the two musicians had to fund their music with other means of employment.

The Black Keys won two Grammy Awards in 2011, including Best Alternative Music Album with Brothers.

4. Chihuahua - DJ BoBo

Standing no more than 25cm tall the chihuahua is the smallest breed of dog and is named after the Mexican state of Chihuahua.

They are a breed who prefer basking in the sun but this theory was turned on its head when Swiss based music producer DJ BoBo, located 11.5 thousand miles away from Chihuahua in Kölliken, used the Mexican dog as inspiration for his next song.

DJ BoBo sampled the samba rhythm and lyrical hook from the Latin American song Chihuahua by Luis Oliveira and His Bando da Lua Boys.

Left to right: Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney, members of The Black Keys

3. The Sit Song - The Barron Knights

The Barron Knights were a musical comedy group that first appeared in the 1960s when they parodied some of the best-known pop groups at the time, including The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.

Amongst their targets was beloved dog training author and TV personality Barbara Woodhouse.

She gained popularity in the 1980s BBC Two show Training Dogs the Woodhouse Way with her quaint approach to teaching the owner as well as the dog.

Furthermore her eccentricity was easy to translate into caricature because of her famous phrases "walkies" and "sit", which form part of the lyrics in the The Barron Knights song.

2. Puppy Love - Donny Osmond

Donny was already known as one of The Osmonds, a family music group from US state of Utah who hit stardom in the early 1970s.

They had an incredibly successful career not only as singers but as TV personalities and in the entertainment industry.

13-years-old Donny had a string of number one hits as part of The Osmonds and became a teen idol. The record company sensed an opportunity to market Donny as a soloist thus attracting a huge teen audience.

Puppy Love was a perfect cover for young Donny to sing and played a vital part in establishing him as a heart-throb for many teenagers.

He was a recurring cover star for magazines like Tiger Beat and Jackie throughout the 70s.

Donny Osmond’s Puppy Love was number one in the UK Singles Chart for five weeks in July 1972.

1. The Dog Days Are Over - Florence + The Machine

This was Florence + The Machine’s second single, released in December 2008, and still seven months before the debut album Lungs was available.

A lot of the continuing musical identities heard throughout Florence + The Machine’s music is captured in this one song; the harp; the hypnotising drums; and the ethereal vocal chanting.

The Dog Days Are Over peaked at number 23 in the UK chart and contributed towards the overall success of the album.

Lungs debuted in the album chart at number two in July 2009 but went on to top the charts in January 2010.

Florence + The Machine headlined Glastonbury Festival in 2015

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