20 Best Songs About Fish

By Nico Gonzalez

Did you know that fish have been celebrated in songs for centuries? In fact, they are one of the most popular creatures on Earth. This list of 20 best songs about fish will have you singing along in no time!


The Fish – Underscores

The Fish by Underscores is a song about fish. The lyrics are written in Mermaid, which is a language spoken by fish. The song is about the difficulties of being a fish, and the lyrics describe the challenges of living in the ocean. The song is set to a cheerful tune, and the chorus is particularly catchy. “The Fish” is a great choice for anyone who loves fish or wants to learn more about them.

Fishin’ In The Dark – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Fishin' in the Dark

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is a country-folk-rock band that has been around since 1966. The band has had many hits over the years, but one of their most well-known songs is “Fishin’ in the Dark.” The song is about, well, fishing in the dark. It’s a catchy tune with simple lyrics that tell a story about two people going on a fishing trip. While the song is clearly about fishing, it also includes themes of love and companionship. The chorus includes the lines, “I hope you’re my brown-eyed girl/ I hope you’re my angel/ I hope you’re my everything.” These lines suggest that the protagonist is looking for more than just a fishing buddy – they’re looking for someone to share their life with.

Bad Day Of Fishin’ – Billy Currington

Bad Day Of Fishin'

“Bad Day of Fishin'” is a song by American country music artist Billy Currington. It was released in May 2009 as the lead single from his album Enjoy Yourself. The song became Currington’s fourth number one hit on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in September 2009.

The song is about a man who goes fishing to forget about his troubles but has a series of mishaps that prevent him from catching any fish. In the end, he decides that it was still a good day because he was able to relax and forget about his problems for a while.

Just Fishin’ – Trace Adkins

Trace Adkins - Just Fishin' (Official Music Video)

“Just Fishin'” is a song co-written and recorded by American country music artist Trace Adkins. It was released in March 2011 as the lead single from his album Proud to Be Here. The song reached number one on the Billboard Country Airplay chart in August 2011, giving Adkins his first number one since 2007’s “You’re Gonna Miss This”.

The song is about a father taking his young daughter fishing, and how the time spent together is more important than catching fish. In an interview with Taste of Country, Adkins said that he got the idea for the song from his own experiences taking his daughters fishing when they were younger. He wanted to capture the feeling of those special father-daughter moments, and how they’re more about just being together than about catching fish.

Fish And Whistle – John Prine

John Prine - Fish and Whistle (Lyric Video)

John Prine’s “Fish and Whistle” is a song about the simple things in life. Specifically, it’s about enjoying the moment and not worrying about what comes next. The lyrics are straightforward and easy to understand, which makes the song relatable to a wide audience. The chord progression is simple and catchy, and the overall atmosphere of the song is light and fun. All of these elements come together to create a song that is perfect for summertime listening. Whether you’re fishing on a sunny day or just whistling along to the radio, “Fish and Whistle” is sure to put a smile on your face.

Fishin’ Blues – Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal’s “Fishin’ Blues” is a lively ode to the joys of fishing. Taj Mahal grew up in a family of fishermen, and he vividly recalls the times spent with his father and grandfather out on the water. The song captures the excitement of the early morning start, the peacefulness of being out on the boat, and the satisfaction of hauling in a big catch. But “Fishin’ Blues” is not just a song about fishing.

Shut Up And Fish – Maddie & Tae

Maddie & Tae - Shut Up And Fish

“Shut Up and Fish” is a song recorded by American duo Maddie & Tae. It was released to country radio on July 13, 2015 as the lead single from their debut studio album Start Here. The song peaked at number one on the Country Airplay chart, giving the duo their first number one hit on that chart. “Shut Up and Fish” is a mid-tempo ballad with an acoustic guitar-driven melody. The song’s lyrics are about a boy taking a girl fishing, but she is more interested in talking than fishing.

Gone Fishin’ – Bing Crosby And Louis Armstrong

“Gone Fishin'” is a song written by musical comedy duo Bing Crosby and Nick Kenny. The song was first recorded by Crosby and his orchestra on May 1, 1941 and released as a single on Decca Records. It became one of Crosby’s signature songs and he would later re-record it several times throughout his career. The song peaked at number four on the Billboard chart in 1941. 

The song is about two friends, Joe Harris and Mike Finnigan, who are going on a fishing trip. The lyrics describe their preparations for the trip and their excitement at finally being able to go fishing. The song also features a spoken dialog between the two friends as they discuss their plans. 

The Fishin’ Hole – Andy Griffith

The Fishin’ Hole, also known as The Garden Party, is a song composed by Andy Griffith in 1968. The song is best known as the theme song for The Andy Griffith Show, which aired from 1960 to 1968. The song is about a group of friends who enjoy fishing together, and the lyrics include references to various types of fish. The Fishin’ Hole was originally recorded by bluegrass musician Doc Watson, and the version used on The Andy Griffith Show was performed by country singer Jean Shepard. In recent years, the song has been covered by artists such as Willie Nelson and Alabama.

Fish In The Jailhouse – Tom Waits

Tom Waits - "Fish In The Jailhouse"

Tom Waits is a singer-songwriter who is known for his gravelly voice and his unique brand of Americana. “Fish in the Jailhouse” is a song from his album Rain Dogs, which was released in 1985. The song is about a man who is incarcerated and dreaming of freedom. In the dream, he is fishing in a river with his friends. The song has a loping, almost jaunty rhythm, which contrast with the lyrics about the reality of life in prison. Waits has said that the song is meant to be “funny and sad at the same time.” The contrast between the music and the lyrics creates a memorable and moving song about the human experience.

Catch All The Fish – Brad Paisley

Brad Paisley - Catch All The Fish (Live on Letterman) ft. Paul Shaffer

Brad Paisley is a well-known country music singer and songwriter. In 2009, he released a song called “Catch All the Fish.” The song is about fishing, and it includes several different references to fish. For example, the lyrics mention “a big old catfish” and “a bass.” The song also includes references to fishing equipment, such as “a worm on a hook.” In addition, the song includes Several images of fish swimming in water. These images help to create a visual representation of the subject matter. Ultimately, “Catch All the Fish” is a fun and catchy song that provides listeners with a glimpse into the world of fishing.

The Fish That Played The Ponies – King Missile

The Fish that Played the Ponies

“The Fish That Played the Ponies” is a song by King Missile, a band known for its eccentric and often humorous music. The song tells the story of a fish who falls in love with a racehorse and decides to place a bet on the horse in order to win its affection. Though the fish is initially successful, eventually the horse’s owner discovers the scheme and takes away the fish’s winnings. Undeterred, the fish continues to play the ponies in hopes of winning back its love. Though humorous, the song also speaks to the power of love and hope, themes that are found throughout King Missile’s work.

Fish Song – Headless Chickens

Fish Song by Headless Chickens is a song about fish. The lyrics are written in a playful, childlike manner, and the overall tone of the song is lighthearted and fun. However, there is also a deeper message hidden within the lyrics. The song speaks to the importance of taking care of our planet and its resources. The lines “We’re all in this together / swimming in the same sea” suggest that we are all connected, and what affects one creature will ultimately affect us all. This message is especially relevant in today’s world, where the health of our oceans is under threat from pollution and climate change. By raising awareness about these issues, Fish Song by Headless Chickens helps to create a more sustainable future for us all.

So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish – A Perfect Circle

A Perfect Circle - So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish (Official Video)

So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish is a song by the American rock band A Perfect Circle. The song was released as the second single from their fourth studio album, Eat the Elephant (2018). fish are a major source of food for humans and have been since prehistoric times. Fish are rich in protein and omega-3 fatty acids, and they are low in saturated fat. Fish are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin D, iodine, and selenium. They also contain antioxidants that can help protect against certain diseases. 

Fishin’ For Something – Rachele Lynae

Rachele Lynae | Fishin' For Something | On Tour

“Fishin’ For Something” is a song by Rachele Lynae. It is a fun, upbeat song about fishing. The lyrics are simple and easy to understand, making it a great song for kids. The song talks about all the different types of fish that can be caught, from big to small. It also includes a part about being careful not to get wet while fishing. The song is sure to put a smile on your face and get you moving.

Too Many Fish In The Sea – Pattie Brooks

Karmin - Too Many Fish (Lyric Video)

“Too Many Fish in the Sea” is a popular song written by Motown songwriters Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, and Edward Holland Jr. The song was first recorded by The Miracles in 1964 and became a hit single for the group, reaching number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In 1967, the song was covered by British pop group The Marmalade and released as a single in the UK, where it reached number four on the charts. The lyrics express a desire for companionship and love, but also a recognition that there are many options available and that not every relationship will work out.

Fishing In The Sky – Travis Smith

Fishing in the Sky

Fishing in the Sky is a song by Travis Smith. The song is about fishing, and the lyrics tell the story of a man who goes fishing in the sky. The man is able to catch fish that are as big as airplanes, and he eventually catches a fish that is so big that it swallows him whole. When he wakes up, he finds himself back on Earth, and he realizes that the whole experience was just a dream. Fishing in the Sky is a fun and playful song, and it is sure to put a smile on your face.

Fish In The Sea – Madeline

Madeline’s song “Fish in the Sea” celebrates the diversity and resilience of these amazing creatures. Through her lyrics, she invites listeners to imagine a world beneath the waves, teeming with life. She also highlights the importance of taking care of our oceans, so that future generations can enjoy the same abundance of fish that we do today. Whether you love to eat them, watch them, or just sing about them, there’s no denying that fish are an important part of our world.

Weird Fishes/Arpeggi – Radiohead

Radiohead - Weird Fishes / Arpeggi (From the Basement)

“Weird Fishes/Arpeggi” is a song by the English rock band Radiohead, released on their seventh studio album In Rainbows (2007). The song was written by Radiohead singer Thom Yorke and producer Nigel Godrich, and was inspired by a dream Yorke had about fishes. The song’s title refers to the musical term “arpeggio”, which describes the sound of broken chords played one note at a time. The song is built around a looped sample of an acoustic guitar arpeggio, which is combined with drums, bass, and other guitar parts.

Fish – Craig Campbell

Craig Campbell - Fish (Official Music Video)

Fish by Craig Campbell is a song about, you guessed it, fish. In this upbeat track, Campbell celebrates the humble fish and all that they have to offer. He sings of their many virtues, including their nutritional value, their abundance in nature, and their versatility as a food source. He also extols the many different types of fish that can be enjoyed, from well-known favorites like salmon and tuna to more exotic options like eel and octopus.