There’s just something about a good song about bags that makes us all feel a little bit better, no matter what we’re carrying around. Whether it’s our favorite designer bag or that old, ratty one we keep for emergencies, these songs will make you appreciate your bag like never before. From classic rock to modern pop, these tunes will have you feeling the love for your favorite carryall.
Here are 20 of the best songs about bags:
Bags – Clairo
Bags by Clairo is a song about the tyranny of the to-go lifestyle and the plastic bags that are a constant reminder of it. The lyrics bemoan the prevalence of plastic bags, both as a ubiquitous and necessary part of modern life, and as a source of environmental pollution. The chorus compares the plastic bag to a “ghost” that hauntingly follows us around, a constant reminder of our throwaway culture. The song speaks to the ways in which our culture has become so dependent on convenience that we often fail to consider the long-term consequences of our actions. In doing so, it highlights the need for us to be more mindful of our impact on the environment.
Handbags & Gladrag – Rod Stewart
Rod Stewart’s “Handbags and Gladrags” is a song about, well, handbags and Gladrags. But it’s also about much more than that. The lyrics tell the story of a young man who is trying to make something of himself but keeps getting dragged down by material possessions. He sings about how his handbag is full of “all the things that I’m going to do someday,” but he never seems to get around to doing them. The chorus of the song tells us that “it’s all right, it’s OK,” even though things may not be going our way.
Blue Plastic Bags – Malcolm Middleton
In his song “Blue Plastic Bags,” Malcolm Middleton paints a picture of the mundane reality of life for many people. The lyrics describe the banal details of going to the grocery store and getting caught up in the endless cycle of work and consumption. However, Middleton also finds beauty in these everyday moments. The blue plastic bags that are the focus of the song become symbols of hope and possibility. In the midst of our busy lives, they remind us that there is always something new to discover. They are a reminder that, even in the midst of routine, life is full of surprises.
Trick Bag – Robert Palmer
“Trick Bag” is a song by Robert Palmer, released as the lead single from his album Heavy Nova in 1988. The song peaked at number 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number two on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. The song is about bags, specifically Louis Vuitton bags. In the lyrics, Palmer sings about how “everybody’s got a trick bag” and how he “can’t resist a slick bag.” He also asks the question, “What’s in your trick bag?” The song has been described as a “tongue-in-cheek ode to conspicuous consumption.”
Louis Vuitton Body Bag – Jeffree Star
Jeffree Star’s “Louis Vuitton Body Bag” is a catchy ode to the high-end designer label. The song features references to many of the brand’s signature products, including the popular “Speedy” bag. In the chorus, Star sings about how “everybody wants a Louis Vuitton body bag.” He goes on to list some of the reasons why the bags are so coveted, including their durability and style. While the song is clearly tongue-in-cheek, it also contains an important message about consumerism and the pressure to keep up with the latest trends. Ultimately, “Louis Vuitton Body Bag” is a fun way to take a jab at the materialistic side of our culture.
Coming Down Off The Money Bag / Song Of The Dog – The Guess Who
The Guess Who was a Canadian rock band that enjoyed success in the 1960s and 1970s. “Coming Down Off the Money Bag” is a song from their 1970 album, American Woman. The song is about finding success and then struggling to maintain it. The lyrics tell the story of a man who has “made it to the top” but is now coming down off the money bag. He is struggling to keep up with his own success and is facing challenges from others who are trying to take his place. The song ends on a hopeful note, with the protagonist vowing to “make it back to the top”. Despite its relatively dark subject matter, “Coming Down Off the Money Bag” is an upbeat and catchy song that highlights the band’s talent for writing hook-filled tunes.
Little Pink Plastic Bags – Gorillaz
Gorillaz is a British virtual band created in 1998 by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett. The band consists of four animated members: 2-D, Murdoc Niccals, Noodle, and Russel Hobbs. Their first album, Gorillaz, was released in 2001 to critical and commercial success. “Little Pink Plastic Bags” is a song from their second album, Demon Days, which was released in 2005. The song is about the environmental impact of plastic bags. It highlights the problem of plastic pollution and the need for people to be more conscious about their use of disposable plastic. The lyrics are delivered in a playful and light-hearted manner, but the message is serious. The song has resonated with many fans, and its message continues to be relevant today.
Colostomy Bag – Brotha Lynch Hung
“Colostomy Bag” is a song by American rapper Brotha Lynch Hung. The song was released as a single from his album Loaded, and it quickly became one of his most popular tracks. The song is about a man who has to wear a colostomy bag, and it is filled with dark humor and graphic details. While some listeners find the song offensive, others appreciate the honesty and frankness with which Lynch discusses a sensitive and taboo topic. Either way, “Colostomy Bag” is a powerful and memorable song that continues to generate strong reactions from listeners.
Think I’ll Pack My Bags – Rod Stewart
Rod Stewart’s “Think I’ll Pack My Bags” is a song about, well, packing one’s bags and leaving. The narrator has had enough of whatever situation he’s in and is ready to move on. The song is up-tempo and has a feeling of determination and defiance, making it the perfect anthem for anyone who’s ready to take their life in a new direction. The lyrics are simple but effective, and the overall message is one of hope and possibility. Whether you’re facing a difficult situation or just feeling stuck in a rut, this song will inspire you to pack your bags and make a change.
Another Bag Of Bricks – Flogging Molly
“Another Bag of Bricks” is a song by the Irish-American folk punk band Flogging Molly. The song was released as the lead single from the band’s fourth studio album, Float (2008). The song is about the struggles of working class people and the difficulties they face in their everyday lives. The lyrics tell the story of a man who is forced to carry around a bag of bricks every day, which represents the weight of his problems and the oppression he feels. The song is an anthem for those who are struggling to make ends meet, and it offers a message of hope and solidarity. “Another Bag of Bricks” is a powerful and moving song that speaks to the human experience.
Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag – James Brown
James Brown’s “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag” is a song about, well, bags. More specifically, it’s about the joy and pride that comes with getting a new bag. The song was released in 1965, during the height of the Civil Rights Movement, and it quickly became an anthem for change. The opening line – “I got a brand new bag” – is both celebratory and defiant, and it perfectly captures the mood of the times. With its catchy rhythm and infectious horns, “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag” is a timeless classic that is still as relevant today as it was 50 years ago.
Little Green Bag – George Baker Selection
The song “Little Green Bag” by George Baker Selection is a song about, well, bags. But not just any bags – it’s specifically about the little green bags that were once used to hold marijuana. The lyrics tell the story of a man who is trying to score some weed, and he’s willing to trade just about anything for it. He first offers money, but the dealer is not interested. Then he tries to trade sex, but again the dealer is not interested. Finally, he offers a little green bag, and the deal is struck.
Shopping Bag Ladies – Dean Friedman
Dean Friedman’s “Shopping Bag Ladies” is a lighthearted ode to the humble plastic shopping bag. The song celebrates the many ways in which these ubiquitous bags can be used, from carrying groceries home from the store to makeshift raincoats in a downpour. The shopping bag is also praised for its durability, with Friedman singing that it can “last forever if you don’t abuse it.” In addition to its usefulness, the shopping bag is also praised for its low price, with Friedman noting that “you can get them free if you know where to look.”
Little Bag Of Hair – Mystery Jets
“Little Bag of Hair” is a song by English indie rock band Mystery Jets. It was released as the lead single from their fifth studio album, Radlands (2012). The song was written by the band’s frontman, Blaine Harrison, and is about his experience of finding a bag of hair in his father’s car. The song received positive reviews from music critics, who praised its catchy hook and minimalist production. “Little Bag of Hair” peaked at number 33 on the UK Singles Chart. The song’s music video was directed by David Wilson and features the band performing in a laundromat.
My Bag – Lloyd Cole
The song “My Bag” by Lloyd Cole is a playful ode to the humble handbag. The lyrics celebrate the many uses of the bag, from carrying essential items to providing a comfortable place to rest one’s head. The bags themselves are described as being of various sizes and shapes, with some even having their own names. While the song is lighthearted in tone, it ultimately speaks to the deep emotional attachment that many people have to their bags. After all, as Cole sings, “a bag is not just a bag.” It is a reflection of one’s personal style and identity, a trusty companion through life’s ups and downs. Whether it’s a designer label or a well-worn thrift store find, each bag has its own unique story to tell.
Major Bag Alert – DJ Khaled
In his song “Major Bag Alert,” DJ Khaled celebrates the power of hard work and determination. Over a trap-influenced beat, he raps about how he’s grinding day and night to make his dreams a reality. He urges listeners to stay focused and never give up, no matter how difficult the journey may be. Throughout the song, Khaled drops various references to popular culture, including movies, TV shows, and other songs. He also pays tribute to some of his musical influences, such as Tupac and Biggie.
Cats Van Bags – Atmosphere
Cats Van Bags by Atmosphere is a song about, you guessed it, bags. The song starts off with the line “I’m just a man with a bag full of cats,” which immediately sets the tone for the rest of the song. The speaker goes on to list all of the different types of bags that he has, from duffle bags to garbage bags, and each one is filled with cats. The song is light-hearted and humorous, but it also contains a deeper message about the speaker’s love for his cats. Despite the chaos that they cause, the speaker would rather be surrounded by his cats than anything else in the world.
The D Bag Rag – The Avett Brothers
The D Bag Rag by The Avett Brothers is a delightful ode to the lowly plastic bag. As the brothers sing, “dirt and grime and grease will find their way/ Onto your brand-new bag,” it’s clear that these guys know a thing or two about the humble garbage sack. But despite its humble origins, the plastic bag has proven to be a versatile tool, capable of hauling everything from groceries to laundry. And as the Avett Brothers so eloquently point out, “There’s just no use in trying to fight it/ The D Bag Rag is here to stay.”
Pack’d My Bags / You Got The Love – Chaka Khan
Chaka Khan’s “Pack’d My Bags” is a soulful ballad about the singer’s decision to leave a relationship that has run its course. The lyrics express Khan’s frustration with a partner who doesn’t seem to reciprocate her feelings, and she ultimately decides that it’s time to move on. “You got the love, but you don’t want it / You say you need it, but you don’t mean it / You got the love, but you won’t show it / So I’m packing my bags, I’m leaving tonight.” Though the song is ostensibly about two lovers growing apart, its message is universal.
Pink Cookies In A Plastic Bag Getting Crushed By Buildings – LL Cool J
In “Pink Cookies in a Plastic Bag Getting Crushed by Buildings,” LL Cool J takes a light-hearted approach to a serious subject – the problem of plastic pollution. The song starts with a simple message: “Don’t throw your plastic bags in the air / They’ll come back and they’ll crush us.” But as the song goes on, LL Cool J paints a vivid picture of the devastating effects of plastic pollution, from the birds that choke on discarded plastic to the turtles that get entangled in six-pack rings. The song ends with a call to action, urging listeners to “save the earth before it’s too late.” With its catchy hook and humorous lyrics, “Pink Cookies in a Plastic Bag Getting Crushed by Buildings” is a powerful anthem for the environment.