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Do you know your four-legged canine do listen to music too?

If you don’t, you can try out what you read in this guide and see the outcome.

However, researchers from the Scottish SPCA and the University of Glasgow researched dogs in a shelter located somewhere in Dumbarton, Scotland, and playing various music genres (like soft rock, Motown, pop, reggae, and classical) for them.

They recorded the dogs behavior and heart rates and did some reports.

In these reports, they found out that soft rock and reggae were the genres the dogs loved generally.

Related: Check out this article that shows you 10 best songs that makes you happy

Further study also explained that the dogs liked a bit of classic music but just short.

This probed them to research further till the understood that various dogs preferred various music just like human beings.

What does music do for dogs?

Deezer, an online digital service where you can stream music discovered that our canine pets also require music to boost their overall health and cheerfulness.

Hence, they went on to build a special music playlist that dogs generally love and you could get too to keep your dog in a good mood always.

The Best Songs to Make Your Dogs Happy

1. The Prodigy — Firestarter

On the 18th of March, 1996, a British band known as The Prodigy released this song “Firestarter” as their first single from their third album The Fat of the Land.

It was generally also their tenth single and ranked number one on the UK Singles Chart, remaining there three full weeks.

Internationally, it was their first hit and went on to top the Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, and Norway charts.

Comprising of meshing electronic beats, industrial metal, punk rock, and good music, it serves well for any depressed dog.

2. Major Lazer, Fuse ODG & Nyla — Light it Up

Major Lazer made this song, “Light It Up” with the assistance of vocals from Jamaican singer Nyla, as part of his third studio album Peace Is the Mission.

However, British Ghanaian Afrobeats artist Fuse ODG came in with a remix version with dancehall features and released it again on the 5th of November 2015.

3. Timbaland, Keri Hilson, D.O.E. – The Way I Are

The Way I Are” is a hip hop and electro song done by Timbaland, who adopted features from Keri Hilson as they produced it together.

It has a bit of R&B and dance music influence that aids in shaping its revolutionary resonance.

It bases on role setback and intense desires and was able to rank number three on the US’s Billboard Hot 100 as it sold more than 3 million units in the country.

This was his second solo single that got up to the first five in the country and this pushed it further to top number one in countries like Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, and the United Kingdom and the first five in countries like Austria, France, Germany, New Zealand, and Russia.

Related: Here is an article I wrote showing you 10 songs that makes you sleep

4. Our Love (Caribou album)

The album reflects on the success of Snaith’s breakthrough album, Swim, four years prior.

The lyrics are more personal and reflective than his previous albums, influenced by

The birth of Dan Snaith’s daughter had an influence on this song aside from its R&B and hip hop nature.

He is of Canadian origin and did the album in 2014. Additionally, he also relates it to for years before when he made his breakthrough album, swim and it was able to bring him success in his career.

However, Our Love was nominated in 2015 for the Grammy Awards after being on various end-of-year lists.

5. Bob Marley & The Wailers — Could You Be Loved

Jamaican reggae band Bob Marley and the Wailersreleased this interesting song on an airplane when they were trying out a guitar experiment in 1979.

You would find the background singers in this song replying at some point, “Judge Not”: “

The road of life is rocky; and you may stumble too.

So while you point your fingers, someone else is judging you” as the array of guitars, bass, drums, acoustic piano, the Horner clavinet, and an organ, as well as the Brazilian cuíca support their lively voices and give essence to the music.

6. Justin Bieber — Love Yourself

Do you know Justin Bieber is Canadian?

If you are just finding out now, then you should know too that he is one of the most popular musicians in the United States, and his song, “Love Yourself” is his fourth studio album Purpose (2015).

It was released as a promotional single on November 10, 2015, and as the album’s third official single on December 7, 2015.

Benny Blanco, Ed Sheeran, and Bieber wrote it and Blanco came in to produce it.

It is of acoustic pop nature with a flare of electric guitar and a brief flurry of trumpets which serves as the major instrumentation.

It remained for 24 non-consecutive weeks among the top ten songs in the United States Australia, Brazil, Canada, New Zealand, and Sweden, and about 10 other states.

The song was nominated for two Grammy Awards: Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance and in 2016, it became the seventh-best-selling song in the United States.

7. The Stranglers — Golden Brown

In 1981, Golden Brown was released by the Stranglers, an English rock band in the United States, and in 1982, they went on to the United Kingdom to release it too.

It was their second single release and topped No. 2 in the UK Singles Chart No. 488 on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time in January 2014.

8. Queen — Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody” was done by the Queen, a British rock band though it was Freddie Mercury who wrote it on behalf of the band to fit into their 1975 album A Night at the Opera.

It runs for six minutes and encompasses an intro, a ballad segment, an operatic passage, a hard rock part, a reflective coda but no chorus.

For nine weeks, it was number one on the UK Singles Chart sold above a million copies at the end of January 1976.

When Mercury died in 1991, it went on to top the chart once more for five weeks which made it become the UK’s third best-selling single of all time. 

It also stands as the only song to be chosen twice, as the number one UK Christmas song by an artist.

9. Snoop Dogg, Charlie Wilson, Justin Timberlake —Signs

Popular American singer, Snoop Dogg released “Signs” in the United States and the United Kingdom on April 25, 2005.

It is his third single release and falls in his seventh studio album, R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece (2004).

The Neptunes produced the song with features from guest Charlie Wilson and Justin Timberlake and when it was edited in 2005, it was adopted into the movie, Guess Who where stars Bernie Mac and Ashton Kutcher were the major stars.

10. Pulp — Common People

Released in May 1995, Common People ranked as the second on UK Singles Chart.

Pulp, an English rock band was able to make it their signature song in the process and it won a voting contest in 2014 when listeners of BBC Radio 6 chose it as their favorite and another win in 2015 when Rolling Stone readers chose it as the top Brit pop song.

The song tells of people who wish to be like “normal people” and who attribute glamour to paucity.


The need for you to listen to music works the same way as your dog too.

Aside from dog owners, Vets also use music to calm a dog when carrying out any operations that would cause the dog pain in the process.

If you have ever noticed your dog trying to run away when fireworks are played during New Year or Christmas, then you should understand that that is a strange and sharp sound to it.

However, music makes them cope with such noises and deafening effects they experience on such occasions.

Therefore, as a dog owner, why not start using your collection of music or if you do not have any, find some online or choose from our list and create a playlist that will keep your pet entertained, calm, or in a good mood always.