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What makes a song great? A good beat, some catchy vocals and, in our opinion, an unexpected animal noise (or two). The 55th Annual Grammy Awards airs this Sunday, and while none of this year's nominees feature any meows or barks, we think their addition could've guaranteed a golden gramophone for the artists. Take a note from 10 of our favorite songs that feature some our friends from the animal kingdom.
10. "Il Pucino Pio" – The Bloggers
Animal Noise: Birds, cats, dogs, chickens
This song may sound like a parody, but its popularity is no joke. "Il Pulcino Pio" dominated airwaves, clubs, beaches and streets all over Italy last summer. The song, meant to teach young children the sounds of farmyard animals, was performed by an Italian boy band named The Bloggers. Although they meant for it to be a fun interpretation of the ditty, the video went viral, with more than 19 million views. Not just that, but the song also became the most downloaded single on Italy's iTunes and won gold and platinum records from Nielsen Music Control.
9. "Wildcat" - Ratatat
Animal Noise: Panther roars
In 2006, New York-based electronic duo Ratatat released a follow-up to their self-titled debut album that featured an instantaneous and memorable hit. "Wildcat" stood out as one of their biggest singles, thanks to the addition of an epic panther's roar. A group of dedicated fans paid homage to the song by filming a video of themselves dressed as — you guessed it — wild cats romping around the University of Texas in Austin.
8. "Do the Funky Chicken" – Rufus Thomas
Animal Noise: Chickens
You know those people (read: your grandparents) who still bust out the funky chicken on the dance floor? Well, they learned all about the bird's body language from the one and only Rufus Thomas. "Do the Funky Chicken" soared to the No. 5 spot on the R&B charts in 1970. Although he did not release this single until he was in his 50s, Thomas was a lifelong animal lover, known for impersonating all kinds of animals throughout his life. He even played a frog in his elementary school's play.
7. "Work It" – Missy Elliot
Animal Noise: Elephant
You have probably listened to Missy Elliot's 2002 hit a hundred times and have never really noticed the elephant in the song. Stop dancing for a minute and just focus on the chorus. Around 40 seconds in, the magical trunk-trumpet noise enters. This sound alone is responsible for everyone everywhere totally workin' it.
6. "Black Cat" – Janet Jackson
Animal Noise: Panther roar
When Janet Jackson recorded 1989's "Black Cat," it only made sense to feature a panther roar on the track. Jackson even posed with one of the animals on the hit single's cover. MIght Janet have been channeling her spirit animal? We think so.
5. "She Wants to Move" – N.E.R.D.
Animal Noise: Dog barking
There isn't any real explanation as to why Pharrell and his crew decided to begin their hit dance single "She Wants to Move" with the sound of barking dogs, but we'll take it. It really gets the song going and, of course, really makes us move.
4. "She Wolf" – Shakira
Animal Noise: Wolf howl
Speaking of ladies who like to move, hip-shaker Shakira showed a wilder side of herself when she released "She Wolf" in 2009. However, instead of transforming into a hairy beast in her video, she decided to display a rarer wolf trait — the man-eating kind.
3. "Rockin' Robin" – Bobby Day
Animal Noise: Bird tweet
We are certain that when Bobby Day recorded"Rockin' Robin," he had absolutely no idea it had what it took to become an international hit. The popular tune would go on to be covered by more than six different artists, including a young Michael Jackson.
2. "Who Let The Dogs Out" – Baha Men
Animal Noise: Dog barking
We know you probably can't stand this song now, but at one point during 2000, you had to be at least slightly intrigued by the canine-centric number. The following year, this song won a Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording. While we have no idea where in the world the Baha Men are now, their song continues to be played at pep rallies, bar mitzvahs, weddings and, of course, dog shows.