Ultimate Photo Playlist: Songs That Really Click

Photos aren’t just a treat for the eyes. They can also be music to your ears!

We’ve put together the Ultimate Photo Playlist, over 70 songs about photos and all of the emotions they stir up– ranging from happy feet to heartbroken.

Whether you’re a photographer or simply an admirer of the art, somewhere on this list is a song (or two or three or many more!) for you.

Now get ready because these songs are guaranteed to get you in the mood…for photography!

Turn Up the Volume

OUR TOP 5
(BECAUSE THEY’RE TOO GOOD NOT TO BE)

 Corinne Bailey Rae – “Butterfly

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Here’s a slow, sweet song about a single picture igniting a flood of memories, and it’s perfect for unwinding after a long day of taking photos.

We recommend flipping through photo albums and reminiscing as you listen to Corinne Bailey Rae croon.

Sample lyrics:

“In my mother’s house/there’s a photograph/of a day’s gone past/always makes me laugh.

There’s a little girl/wary of the world/she’s got much to learn/get her fingers burned.”

Nina Nesbitt – “Selfies

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This super fun and catchy tune is perfect for a selfie-photo shoot!

Set up your tripod (or do it handheld!) and get to snapping away. And don’t forget the most important part: have fun with it! This is your chance to show the world “you” on your own terms.

Sample lyrics:

“Now you’re telling me I’m vain, vain, vain/but you don’t feel my pain, pain, pain/facing life upon the shelf, shelf, shelf/taking pictures of myself, self, self.”

Urban Cone – “Urban Photograph

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While the meaning of this song is still up for interpretation, there’s one thing we can surely all agree on: it will be stuck in your head all day!

Play it in the car with the windows down and sing along obnoxiously loud with your friends (because really, that’s the only appropriate way to sing along during a car ride).

Sample lyrics:

“We don’t mind if you take a photograph/if you take a photograph/we don’t care that we’ll never be like you/that we’ll never be like you.”

Ed Sheeran – “Photograph

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Here’s a pleasant song to listen to when you’re missing that special someone. It serves as a nice reminder to keep your photos close because then, in the words of Ed Sheeran, “you won’t ever be alone.”

It’s okay if you get a little teary-eyed during this one. We won’t tell.

Sample lyrics:

“We keep this love in a photograph/we make these memories for ourselves/where our eyes are never closing/our hearts were never broken/and time’s forever frozen still.”

Jack Johnson –
Pictures of People Taking Pictures

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We double-dare you not to walk around uncontrollably singing this chorus after just one listen. It’s repeated several times in a row and brings a very familiar image to mind: pictures of people taking pictures of people taking pictures of…well, you get it.

Sample lyrics:

“So I pictured us standing there/staying away from time/watching it like a river/as it slowly washes by

And now/pictures of people taking/pictures of people taking/pictures of people/ taking pictures.”

Brace yourself because the rest
of these songs are…

Perfect for Rocking Out to (Put You Camera Somewhere Safe First!) 

Grouplove – “Itching on a Photograph

The Mighty, Mighty Bosstones – “Pictures to Prove It

Spoon – “All the Negatives Have Been Destroyed

Def Leppard – “Photograph

Modest Mouse – “Exit Does Not Exist

 

Guaranteed to Have You Crying Over Old Photos

Rihanna – “Photographs

Kid Rock/Sheryl Crow – “Picture

Snow Patrol – “Please Just Take These Photos from My Hands

R.E.M (featuring Natalie Merchant) – “Photograph

Stereophonics – “Local Boy in the Photograph

Editors – “Camera

Selena – “Fotos y Recuerdos

The Cure – “Pictures of You

Death Cab for Cutie – “Photobooth

Juanes ft. Nelly Furtado -“Fotografía” (Here’s an “English translation“, too!)

Simon and Garfunkel – “Bookends

Diane Birch – “Photograph

Jumbo – “Fotografia” 

Loudon Wainwright III – “The Picture

Ray LaMontagne’s – “Jolene

The Last Goodnight – “Pictures Of You

Tiziano Ferro – “Te Tomaré una Foto

Willie Nelson – “Mendocino County Line ft. Lee Ann Womack

Ringo Starr – “Photograph

Jim Croce – “Photographs And Memories

Jamey Johnson – “In Color

 

Going to Have You Dancing and Photographing Simultaneously  

Emily Asen – “Kodachrome” (cover of Paul Simon’s “Kodachrome“)

Bishop Allen – “Click, Click, Click, Click

Spoon – “I Turn My Camera On

Blondie –”Picture This

Bob Marley and the Wailers – “Picture on the Wall

The Lucksmiths – “Camera Shy

Weezer – “Photograph

Belle & Sebastian – “Photo Jenny

Camera Obscura – “French Navy

The Kinks – “Picture Book

OutKast- “Hey Ya

Kanye West – “Flashing Lights

Bucks Fizz – “My Camera Never Lies

De Nieuwe Snaar – “Fotographie

The Kinks – “People Take Pictures of Each Other

Olivia Ruiz – “My Lomo & Me” (Je photographie des gens heureux)

Duran Duran – “Girls on Film

Lady Gaga – “Paparazzi” (Check out the very cool acoustic version, too).

J. Geils Band – “Freeze Frame

The Game ft. Ne-Yo – “Camera Phone

Steely Dan – “Peg

Aterciopelados – “El Album

The Speedies – “Let Me Take Your Photo

Lake Street Dive – “Bad Self Portraits

Culture Club – “Man Shake

Matt and Kim – “Overexposed

J. Geils Band – “Centerfold

Nine Days – “Absolutely (Story of a Girl)

Ciara – “Click Flash

The Lotus Eaters – “The First Picture Of You

New Kids on the Block – “Click Click Click

 

Made for Making You a Little Moody (But That’s Good for an Artist!)

Wilco – “Kamera

Jack Johnson – “F-Stop Blues

Natalie Merchant – “Carnival

Elliot Smith – “Pictures of Me

Matt Snellular- “Distant Camera” (cover of Neil Young’s “Distant Camera)”

A Flock of Seagulls – “Wishing (If I had a photograph of you)

John Mayer – “3×5

Filter – “Take a Picture 

The Pretenders – “Back in the Chain Gang

Lilygreen & Maguire – “Dear Photograph

Siouxsie and the Banshees – “Red Light

Erdmöbel – “Vivian Maier

Cat Power – “Taking People

George Jones – “A Picture of Me (Without You)”

 

Definitely Going to Result in Some Giggles 

Photo Club – “Nikon Girl

Billy Connolly – “You Take My Photograph, I Break Your Face

FroKnowsPhoto Song – “A Photography Theme Song for all Photographers

 

Very Quirky 
Bugles – “I am a Camera” (remade by Yes – “Into the Lens“)

Honorable Mentions for
Photography-Themed Videos

Matt and Kim –”Let’s Go

Kiss – “Because I’m a Girl

And last but not least…

Nickelback Parodies (because we can’t in good conscience recommend the real thing)

Collegehumor.com – Shorts / Look at this Instagram

Bloomington Bros – Nickelback Photograph Parody

 

Psst! With this handy-dandy playlist on Youtube, you can easily listen to all these fantastic photo songs one after the other!

 

Thanks for the photo! Diana Levine