Songs The Best Songs About Kings  

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Songs about kings are represented on this list, whether they're about literal monarchs or metaphorical rulers. To be a pop star is to be royalty of sorts, so it makes sense that musicians would pen songs with royal imagery. Every hit song is a jewel in the crown, and this list is chock-full of both hits and diamonds in the rough. Take a listen to these songs about kings and you just might feel like a king yourself… At least as long as these songs are playing.

Some of these songs are about made-up rulers, others are all about metaphorical kings, and still others tackle actual sovereigns. Coldplay's “Vida La Vida” tells the story of an unidentified king turned street-sweeper. The Police's "King of Pain," meanwhile, is actually about divorce. Then there's “Sun King” by the Beatles. It's a key in track on side B of their Abbey Road album, which is comprised of a medley of songs, and it's said to be inspired by King Louis XIV.

Which of these songs about kings make you feel like you're sitting on a throne of your own? Vote for your favorites! If there are great songs about kings that aren’t on this list, go right ahead and add them.

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Coldplay

2
19 9
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14 5
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The Police

4
16 7
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16 11
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The Beatles

6
7 2
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Eric Clapton, B.B. King

7
14 9
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9 4
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Thirty Seconds to Mars

9
14 10
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Rainbow

10
9 5
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The Rolling Stones

11
12 9
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Aerosmith

12
8 5
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13
7 4
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14
7 4
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Johnny Cash

15
8 6
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16
6 4
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17
5 3
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Jethro Tull

18
5 3
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19
6 5
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Elton John

20
4 4
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21
3 3
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22
3 3
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Electric Light Orchestra

23
3 3
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24
3 3
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Yusuf Islam

25
3 3
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Joe Strummer

26
3 3
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punksnotdead added James Brown

27
2 2
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28
9 10
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29
6 7
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30
6 7
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Joni Mitchell

31
6 7
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32
6 7
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Neil Young

33
5 6
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Deep Purple

34
5 6
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35
4 5
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punksnotdead added Sham 69

36
4 5
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Def Leppard

37
4 5
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38
3 4
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39
3 4
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40
3 4
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Ricky Van Shelton

41
3 4
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Pet Shop Boys

42
3 4
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43
3 4
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Aretha Franklin

44
3 4
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Deep Purple

45
3 4
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46
3 4
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Jim Croce

47
2 3
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Iggy Pop

48
2 3
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Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis

49
2 3
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Rory Gallagher

50
2 3
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The Cult