Whether you're on board with or in opposition to Gen Z’s stance on skinny jeans, we can all agree that the perfect pair of blue jeans will never go out of style. And with spring in full swing, there’s no better time to dig out your favorite pair.
There’s a cathartic feeling that comes with the perfect pair of jeans. They're a wardrobe staple that evokes homeyness and comfort in a way few other pieces of clothing can match. That’s precisely why so many major music artists—from David Bowie to Lana Del Rey—have used blue jeans as inspiration for some of their most popular tunes. Ahead, we’ve rounded up the top 10 blue jeans-inspired songs that will instantly get you in the mood to get dressed.
"Blue Jeans" by Lana Del Rey
If there’s one thing Lana Del Rey is perfect at, it’s providing the best mood music for any occasion. And her single "Blue Jeans" does just that. Combining her melodramatic sound with a sensual feel, the track is most reminiscent of one of Chuck Bass a la Gossip Girl’s soirees. It’s moving, powerful, and captures a romantic moment in time.
"Taper Jean Girl" by Kings of Leon
If you’ve ever wondered whether a song can have too much tambourine, Taper Jean Girl by Kings of Leon answers that question with a resounding "no." Released in 2004, this rock classic is suited for a more rustic occasion than a formal dinner party. After all, hearing lead singer Caleb Followill screaming at you to shake is probably a better fit for a more lively environment.
"Blue Jean" by David Bowie
How could we not include "Blue Jean" by David Bowie on this list? Some songs truly emit timeless energy, and this banger is among them. A line from the song asks, "Is heaven any sweeter than Blue Jean?" Who knows, Bowie? But one thing’s for certain: few jeans-centered tunes can match up to this song's excellence.
"Teenage Dream" by Katy Perry
Although not entirely about blue jeans, Katy Perry’s world-changing single "Teenage Dream" is a party favorite. The feels in which Ms. Perry has captured through the lyrics like, “I'ma get your heart racing / In my skin-tight jeans / Be your teenage dream tonight," are universally relatable and enticing. Sorry Gen Z, but if Katy says skin-tight jeans are in, then there’s no debate on that.
"Blue Jeans" by Jessie James
Want to feel nostalgic? Although you may not recognize this tune solely by its name, maybe this will ring a bell: Confessions of a Shopaholic. Yes, this song by artist Jessie James served as a lead track on the movie’s soundtrack, and it is peak empowering. If you’re ever feeling like recreating a classic movie scene, this is the track to play.
"Low" by Flo Rida feat. T-Pain
Talk about a party classic. Apple Bottom jeans will never go out of style, at least according to Flo Rida and T-Pain. A crowd's energy always goes through the roof when this song comes on. Everyone knows it, everyone loves it, and everyone lives to get low. It may be 2021, but this song will always make you want to party like we’re still living in 2008.
"Blue Denim" by Stevie Nicks
We’ll take any excuse to put on a classic Stevie Nicks song, and "Blue Denim" is at the top of our list. The tune evokes a nostalgic, homey feel as it compares crisp blue denim to the eyes of a dream man. And if you’ve ever slipped into the perfect pair of jeans, regardless of color or fit, you’ll know exactly what Nicks is singing about.
"Sophisticated Lady" by Ella Fitzgerald
Kid Rock has run the musical gamut in his career, from rap to Southern Rock and beyond. In this grungy ballad with a country vibe, the singer tells how he ran away from home as a teenager and found salvation with an angel in blue jeans and a rosary.
"Old Blue Jeans" by Hannah Montana
OK, hear us out: Does anything slap quite as hard as a Hannah Montana throwback? If your party involves wigs, glitter, and perhaps a cowboy hat, stream "Old Blue Jeans" for the best vibes.