Diamonds are forever. Or a girl’s best friend. Or something else. Diamonds mean a lot of things to a lot of people, as seen in this list of songs about diamonds. Being a symbol of prosperity, as well as their durability as precious gems, means diamonds have taken root in popular culture as a sign of everlasting wealth. They are also a symbol of a star, a popular figure that shines on, alive or dead. Whatever diamonds mean to you, you’ll be sure to find diamond songs on this list that make you shine. Some of these lists have diamond in the title, while others simply reference diamonds in the lyrics.
“Diamond Dogs” was the title track of a David Bowie album, which tells the tale of an Orwellian dystopian future. Never have diamonds seemed so sinister.
“Diamonds Are Forever,” performed by Shirley Bassey, was the theme song of the James Bond 007 film of the same name, and one of the most beloved Bond theme songs ever. The song also has a version performed by Chaka Kahn, and was sampled by Kanye West for "Diamonds of Sierra Leone."
“Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” was first introduced in the Broadway production Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and has since been sung Marylin Monroe in the film adaptation of the Broadway production, covered by Emmylou Harris and sung by Nicole Kidman in the film Moulin Rouge.
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