45 Of The Best Songs About Royalty, Kings, And Queens

Written by Dan Farrant
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In music, royalty is more than just a symbol of opulence and power. It’s a metaphorical landscape where artists can express themselves in ways that are both grandiose and deeply personal.

These songs may not always literally describe the lives of monarchs but rather use royalty as a powerful symbol to convey a range of emotions, experiences, and narratives.

In this article, we’ll be taking a journey exploring the regal side of music. We’ve compiled a list of 45 of the best songs about royalty, kings, and queens. Whether you’re a rock queen or a folk king, there’s something here for everyone. Let’s get started!

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1. “Dancing Queen” By ABBA

When you think of royalty songs, one that might not immediately come to mind is “Dancing Queen” by ABBA. Released in 1976, this iconic track uses the concept of a “queen” metaphorically. At its core, the song celebrates the reign of a young girl on the dance floor.

“Dancing Queen” is all about capturing the joy and freedom of being young and carefree. It paints a picture of a girl who commands attention and admiration on the dance floor, much like a queen would in her court.

The song itself was an enormous success, reaching #1 on the charts in more than a dozen countries. It remains ABBA’s biggest hit and is regarded as one of the greatest pop songs of all time.

2. “Castle” By Halsey

Exploring the realm of metaphorical royalty, we have “Castle” by Halsey. It uses “castle” to represent the narrator’s mind and experiences — a metaphorical kingdom that is both grand and isolating.

The line “I’m headed straight for the castle / They wanna make me their queen” signifies her rise to fame and the pressures that come with it. The castle here serves as a symbol of power and status. It also suggests a sense of confinement and expectation.

Released in 2015 from the album Badlands, “Castle” peaked at #1 on Billboard‘s Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart. It has since been certified double Platinum.

3. “Queens Don’t” By RaeLynn

Our next song, “Queens Don’t” by RaeLynn, is an anthem of empowerment and self-assurance. It is a testament to the inner strength that resides within every individual.

In the song, RaeLynn challenges the traditional definitions of royalty. She asserts that true queenship comes from within, particularly with the lines “Queens don’t hate, queens don’t fight.” It transforms this idea into a symbol of self-respect, dignity, and personal values.

Overall, the song’s message is clear. Everyone is royalty in their own right as long as they uphold the values of kindness, respect, and integrity.

4. “Two Princes” By Spin Doctors

The American rock group Spin Doctors captured the essence of a modern-day fairy tale with their hit song “Two Princes.” The song is a single from their debut album, Pocket Full of Kryptonite.

Its lyrics offer a playful exploration of royalty through its story of two princes. Both are vying for the affection of the same woman: “One, two princes kneel before you… / princes who adore you.”

One of the princes is rich, while the other — the narrator — is poor. He urges his love interest to choose him because he’s the one who truly loves her.

Upon its release, “Two Princes” quickly gained popularity, reaching #7 on the US charts and #2 in Canada. It also received a Grammy nod for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group.

5. “King Of Sorrow” By Sade

Our next song explores royalty through the lens of emotional struggle. “King of Sorrow,” a track by the English band Sade, was featured on their 2000 album Lovers Rock.

The song’s narrative is universal. It explores the human experience of sorrow, which is as profound and impactful as any royal decree.

In the lyrics, the narrator has just experienced a heartbreak that has sent her reeling in pain. She’s so downtrodden that she feels she’s the “king of sorrow” and “there’s nothing anyone / can say to take [the feeling] away.”

6. “Royals” By Lorde

New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde took the music world by storm with her debut single “Royals.” This track offered a fresh and somewhat cynical take on the trappings of wealth and status often associated with royalty.

The lines “And we’ll never be royals… / That kind of luxe just ain’t for us” challenge the traditional glamour and allure of a royal (or rich) life. Instead, it highlights a desire for genuine experiences.

Upon release, “Royals” catapulted Lorde to international fame. It debuted at #1 in New Zealand and went on to top the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. This made Lorde the youngest solo artist to achieve this feat since 1987.

7. “Viva La Vida” By Coldplay

When Coldplay released their hit single “Viva La Vida” in 2008, they presented a different narrative about the rise and fall of a monarch. This song explores the human experience of loss and regret.

The lyrics express the journey of a fallen king — “I used to rule the world / Seas would rise when I gave the word.” Once powerful and revered, he is now reduced to sleeping alone and sweeping “the streets [he] used to own.”

“Viva La Vida” quickly became one of Coldplay’s most successful songs. It topped the charts in both the UK and the US, among other countries, and won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year in 2009.

8. “Baby Queen” By Gorillaz

The British virtual band Gorillaz has carved a unique and intriguing niche. Their track “Baby Queen,” released as a single from their album Cracker Island, presents an unconventional take on royalty.

In the song, it is implied that the narrator had met a young princess from Thailand. Enamored, he dreams about meeting her again. But this time, she “had grown up into a queen,” and they spent some time together.

Interestingly, the song was inspired by a real Thai princess who attended a gig in 1997 and stage-dived into the crowd. And despite its recent release, “Baby Queen” has already left a significant mark on the music scene. It was even featured as part of the FIFA 2023 soundtrack.

9. “Candle In The Wind 1997” By Elton John

Our next song is literally about royalty, or rather, it is dedicated to a royal figure. Elton John‘s “Candle in the Wind 1997,” also known as “Goodbye England’s Rose,” was written as a poignant homage to Diana, Princess of Wales, following her tragic demise.

The song captures the public’s sorrow over the loss of a beloved figure. Its lyrics paint a vivid picture of Diana’s life — the glamour associated with royalty and the loneliness that often comes with it.

“Candle in the Wind 1997” proved to be a massive commercial success. It topped the charts globally and became one of the best-selling singles of all time.

10. “Catherine Howard’s Fate” By Blackmore’s Night

Another song that is about a royal figure is “Catherine Howard’s Fate” by Blackmore’s Night. The song provides a historical narrative of English royalty. It specifically focuses on Catherine Howard, one of Henry VIII’s six wives.

It centers on a (possibly fictional) letter that Catherine Howard wrote to Henry VIII before her execution. It provides listeners with a glimpse into her thoughts and feelings in her final moments, making the past feel immediate and accessible.

“Catherine Howard’s Fate” is composed in a classical Old English style by Ritchie Blackmore and Candice Night. The choice of style enhances the historical theme, lending an air of authenticity to the song.

11. “Deadcrush” By Alt-J

The British indie rock band Alt-J is known for integrating historical narratives into their music. Their 2017 single, “Deadcrush,” is no exception. This track, from their album Relaxer, showcases their unique approach to songwriting.

“Deadcrush” is a term coined by the band members to describe their fascination with long-deceased historical figures. The song explores this concept by focusing on two women from history whom the band members have dead crushes on.

The song mentions royalty in the form of one of these women: Anne Boleyn, the second wife of King Henry VIII. The reverence and admiration the narrator has for her is clear in the lines “A woman, pure and simple / Is always a queen to me.”

12. “Her Majesty” By The Beatles

One of the most influential bands in the history of rock music has a song in their repertoire that finds its roots in British royalty. “Her Majesty,” from The Beatles‘ 1969 album Abbey Road, is a brief yet memorable track written by Paul McCartney. The song is credited to Lennon-McCartney.

The song’s title itself directly refers to the reigning monarch. The lyrics playfully express a hypothetical romantic interest in the queen.

Despite being notably short — it’s just 23 seconds long! — “Her Majesty” holds the distinction of being the final track on Abbey Road, arguably one of The Beatles’ most iconic albums. While the song did not chart, the album itself topped the charts globally.

13. “Killer Queen” By Queen

One of the most iconic songs by British rock band Queen is undoubtedly “Killer Queen.” This track, from their album Sheer Heart Attack, presents an intriguing narrative that plays with the theme of royalty.

The title itself implies a royal figure, but the song isn’t about a literal queen. Instead, it uses the persona of a high-class courtesan to explore themes of power, allure, and dominance. It describes her as a “dynamite with a laser beam” who is “guaranteed to blow your mind / anytime.”

Released in 1974, “Killer Queen” was a significant hit for the band. It reached #2 on the UK Singles Chart, marking Queen’s first international hit.

14. “God Save The Queen” By Sex Pistols

With a reputation challenging the status quo, the English punk rock band Sex Pistols released a song that directly questioned and criticized the British monarchy. “God Save the Queen” is an audacious commentary on the institution of royalty.

The song title is a clear reference to the British national anthem. However, the lyrics are far from reverential. They express a defiant, rebellious attitude toward the monarchy, reflecting the band’s punk ethos.

Released in 1977, the same year as Queen Elizabeth II’s Silver Jubilee, the timing of the song was controversial. Despite this, or perhaps because of it, the song was a commercial success. It reached #2 on the UK Singles Chart.

15. “Mississippi Queen” By Mountain

When one delves into the discography of American rock band Mountain, their song “Mississippi Queen” emerges as a standout hit. It’s not about royalty in the traditional sense. But the song does present a metaphorical queen.

The lyrics depict this queen as an irresistible, captivating woman from the southern United States. The queen “was a dancer” and “moved better on wine.” She asked the narrator to be her man, and of course, he said, “I’d do what I can.”

“Mississippi Queen” was released in 1970 and is featured on Mountain’s debut album, Climbing! It was a commercial success for the band, reaching #21 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

16. “Your Love Is King” By Sade

Known for their distinctive blend of soul, jazz, and R&B, the English band Sade introduced to us “Your Love Is King.” Their debut studio album, Diamond Life, is a beautiful tribute to the power and majesty of love.

The lyrics, written by lead singer Sade Adu and band member Stuart Matthewman, are rich with regal imagery. The repeated lines “Your love is king, crown you in my heart… / never need to part” liken love to a reigning monarch. It suggests that it holds supreme power and influence in our lives.

Released in 1984, “Your Love Is King” was a significant factor in the success of Diamond Life, which became one of the top-selling debut albums of the 1980s. The single itself also charted well, reaching #6 on the UK Singles Chart.

17. “Royalty” By Gang Starr Ft. K-Ci And JoJo

The only song on this list with “royalty” in the title is by hip-hop duo Gang Starr. “Royalty,” featuring superstar R&B duo K-Ci & JoJo on the chorus, is from their album Moment of Truth.

The song’s lyrics speak of the respect and honor that come with being a part of the hip-hop community, which can be considered its own form of “royalty.”

In it, Gang Starr effectively mentions royalty — “Descendant of the kings and queens” — as a metaphor to express their commitment to producing quality hip-hop music and their status within the genre.

18. “King” By Years & Years

In the realm of synth-pop, the British trio Years & Years created a resonating impact with their song “King.” From their 2015 debut album, Communion, the song uses royalty as a metaphor to convey complex emotions and experiences.

The song seems to describe a relationship where the singer feels controlled or dominated. He feels like he is “king under [that other person’s] control” and wishes that they would let him go.

Upon its release, “King” quickly rose to prominence, reaching the #1 spot on the UK Singles Chart. It also found success internationally, charting within the top ten in several countries.

19. “Princess Of China” By Coldplay Ft. Rihanna

In 2012, the British rock band Coldplay and Barbadian singer Rihanna came together to create “Princess of China.” This song, from Coldplay’s studio album Mylo Xyloto, uses a royal title as a metaphor to weave an intriguing narrative.

The lyrics portray a story of love, loss, and longing. The narrator has just escaped from a relationship where her partner “really hurt” her. She laments that she “could’ve been a princess, / [he’d] be a king” had he treated her right.

“Princess of China” garnered significant attention upon release. It was further highlighted when it was performed at the 2012 Grammy Awards.

20. “King Of Anything” By Sara Bareilles

The American singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles delves into the concept of royalty with her song “King of Anything.” This track served as the first single from her second studio album, Kaleidoscope Heart.

In the song, Bareilles uses the metaphor of a king to challenge notions of authority and control. Lines such as “Who made you king of anything?” and “You dare tell me who to be?” question the legitimacy of those who assert power without respect or understanding.

Upon its release, “King of Anything” was positively received by both critics and fans. It charted well globally and became a signature song for Bareilles.

21. “Queen Of The Night” By Whitney Houston

With her powerful and soulful voice, Whitney Houston embraced the theme of “royalty” in her song “Queen of the Night.” Featured on the world-famous Bodyguard soundtrack, this song paints a regal picture.

In “Queen of the  Night,” Houston uses the metaphor of a queen to assert power and control. When you listen to the lyrics, “I’ve got the stuff that you want / I’ve got the thing that you need,” you get a sense of a confident figure who possesses something everyone wants. She’s much like a queen with her kingdom’s resources and wealth.

Houston’s performance of the song is equally regal. With her soaring vocals and dynamic stage presence, she holds court over her audience. She draws them in and captivates them just as a queen would her subjects.

22. “King Of Pain” By The Police

As music enthusiasts, we often find ourselves drawn toward songs that not only sound good but also convey deeper meanings. One such song is “King of Pain” by The Police.

The lyrics, penned by lead vocalist Sting, are beautifully descriptive. The vivid imagery sets the stage for the song’s exploration of personal suffering, symbolically represented by the figure of a “king.” It’s a fascinating twist on the theme of royalty, where the king isn’t in a position of power but rather one of torment.

“King of Pain” was released as a single from The Police’s 1983 album Synchronicity. It has since become a classic rock staple.

23. “Prince Charming” By Adam And The Ants

The British post-punk band Adam and the Ants took the music scene by storm in the 1980s with their unique style and captivating performances. Among their many hits is “Prince Charming.” This track offers a refreshing twist on the conventional concept of royalty.

The song employs the image of a prince to challenge societal norms and expectations. At its core, it’s a testament to the power of individuality. It encourages listeners to have self-confidence: “Prince Charming… / ridicule is nothing to be scared of.”

Additionally, the band’s frontman, Adam Ant, has always been known for his theatricality and flamboyance, both of which are evident in this track. His performance captures the essence of a “prince” who is unapologetically himself.

24. “The King Of Rock ‘N’ Roll” By Prefab Sprout

Taking a dive into the world of 1980s pop, one cannot help but come across the sound of the English band Prefab Sprout. Their single “The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll” offers a musical exploration of fame and its aftermath.

The lyrics are written from the perspective of a washed-up musician forced to perform his one novelty hit at children’s parties. It provides a poignant commentary on the fleeting nature of success.

What sets this song apart is its ability to address a serious subject matter with a light-hearted, catchy tune. It’s a powerful reminder that even royalty, in the form of rock ‘n’ roll stars, can experience downfall.

25. “Queen Of Hearts” By Juice Newton

Up next, “Queen of Hearts,” is a captivating track by Juice Newton. This song became a popular hit after its release in 1981 and has since remained a beloved classic in the country-pop genre.

The lyrics portray a woman trapped in a love triangle. The titular “queen” symbolizes the allure and danger of forbidden love. Lines like “Playing with the queen of hearts / knowing it ain’t really smart” express the protagonist’s dilemma between the thrill of passion and the fear of heartbreak.

Historically, the song was written by Hank DeVito and originally recorded by Dave Edmunds. However, it was Newton’s rendition that truly brought the song to life. It became a commercial success, reaching #2 on the Billboard Hot 100.

26. “King Of Wishful Thinking” By Go West

The British duo Go West crafted a unique narrative of royalty with their hit song “King of Wishful Thinking.” Released in 1990, the song was featured prominently in the film Pretty Woman. It went on to become one of the band’s most popular tracks.

The isn’t a song with royalty in the lyrics. Instead, it metaphorically uses the term “king” to describe the protagonist’s state of mind.

Recovering from a broken heart, he pretends he’s okay, and his “ship’s not sinking.” He knows he’s only fooling himself, though, and calls himself “the king of wishful thinking.”

27. “King Of The Road” By Roger Miller

Now on to country music. “King of the Road” stands out as an iconic creation by renowned singer Roger Miller. First recorded in 1964, this song is a testament to Miller’s talent.

Interestingly, “King of the Road” doesn’t talk about royalty in the conventional sense. Instead, it uses the “king” metaphor to depict a lifestyle that is free from the trappings of material possessions and societal expectations.

The lyrics “I’m a man of means, by no means / King of the road” portray the protagonist as a ruler of his own destiny. He’s living life on his own terms, unencumbered by worldly luxuries. Here, the king is not seated on a throne in a grand palace but is rather a free spirit roaming the open roads.

28. “Princess In Rags” By Gene Pitney

From country, we move forward to a classic track from the mid-1960s. “Princess in Rags,” by Gene Pitney, cleverly intertwines themes of poverty and royalty.

The song title itself is an oxymoron. It combines the image of a princess, generally associated with wealth and luxury, with rags, signifying poverty and hardship. This juxtaposition sets up the narrative of a girl who, despite living in deprived conditions, possesses a regal demeanor and a spirit unbroken by her circumstances.

The protagonist is so proud of this girl even though “she hasn’t got a dime” because, to him, “she’s a princess in rags” with a wealth of charm. He endeavors in the future to take her out of poverty and “change her rags to silk and lace.”

29. “She’s A Queen” By BZN

Bringing a regal charm is BZN‘s track “She’s a Queen,” which blends romance and royalty. Released in 1996 as part of their album Endless Dream/Crystal Gazer, this song paints an intriguing picture of a woman seen through the eyes of her admirer.

The woman was born in poverty, but over the years, she “got up and rose to the crisis,” becoming a queen, though not in the traditional sense. Rather, it speaks of her beauty, charm, and power.

Although the song didn’t chart, it remains a beloved classic among BZN fans. Its engaging narrative and descriptive language have ensured its place in the annals of pop-rock music.

30. “The King And Queen Of America” By Eurythmics

Up next is an insightful and somewhat satirical track by the pop music duo Eurythmics. “The King and Queen of America” cleverly uses the symbolism of royalty to critique societal norms and expectations. This track is from their album, We Too Are One.

The song was crafted by Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart. Its lyrics cleverly weave a narrative that redefines the traditional notion of kings and queens.

In the lyrics, we won’t be hearing about regal figures adorned in crowns. Instead, the titular characters are embodiments of the American dream, navigating through the glamorous and tumultuous landscape of fame and fortune.

31. “Princes Of The Universe” By Queen

We have yet another song by Queen exploring the theme of royalty: “Princes of the Universe.” Penned by Freddie Mercury, the song was part of the band’s 1986 album A Kind of Magic.

Unlike traditional songs about royalty, “Princes of the Universe” presents a more expansive view. It portrays the titular princes not just as rulers of a kingdom but as commanding figures with dominion over the entire universe.

The lyrics are imbued with a sense of power and ambition. Lines like “Here we are / born to be kings / we’re the princes of the universe” boldly declare the royal status of the subjects.

But despite its compelling narrative and energetic melody, the song was never performed live. Nevertheless, it remains a favorite in Queen’s extensive discography.

32. “Temple Of The King” By Rainbow

One track that stands out from Rainbow‘s extensive repertoire is “Temple of the King.” Written by Ronnie James Dio and Ritchie Blackmore, it is part of the band’s debut studio album.

This track is not your typical song about kings and queens or other royalty. Instead, it presents a spiritual journey to a mysterious temple. The lyrics describe a protagonist seeking answers and enlightenment, symbolizing a quest for knowledge and truth.

It positions the figure not as a traditional king but as a seeker, a ruler of his destiny. He is striving to find answers within the “temple,” a metaphorical representation of wisdom and enlightenment.

33. “The Queen And The Soldier” By Suzanne Vega

Singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega presents a poignant ballad with “The Queen and the Soldier.” The track provides a powerful commentary on power dynamics and the human fear of vulnerability.

The song tells the story of a soldier who pleads with a queen to end a war. Rather than conceding power and showing her vulnerability, the queen orders the soldier’s execution.

Beyond its literal interpretation, the song delves into the realm of personal relationships. The queen’s fear of showing vulnerability can be seen as a metaphor for fear of commitment in relationships, romantic or otherwise.

Despite its somber subject matter, “The Queen and the Soldier” is beautifully crafted. Vega’s haunting vocals create a deeply moving musical piece worth listening to.

34. “King Of The Mountain” By Kate Bush

Up next is “King of the Mountain.” This track was released as the sole single from Kate Bush‘s studio album Aerial in 2005.

“King of The Mountain” draws parallels between the life of a powerful figure and the isolation that often accompanies such a position. She paints a picture of a king atop his mountain, questioning if the late Elvis Presley might be living in solitude and anonymity.

This comparison to royalty is not just metaphorical but also a commentary on the nature of fame. Bush invites us to ponder the paradox of public figures who seemingly have it all yet yearn for privacy and normalcy.

35. “Queen Of My Heart” By Westlife

An epitome of pop balladry, “Queen of My Heart” has etched itself into the hearts of many music lovers. This Westlife song served as a single from their album World of Our Own, released in 2001.

In the song, the protagonist expresses his undying affection for the woman he considers his queen. They’re no longer together, but his declaration of his love being unchanged further emphasizes his steadfast commitment. He endeavors to find his “way back to [her] arms again.”

Upon its release, “Queen Of My Heart” proved to be a commercial success. It topped the charts in Ireland, reinforcing Westlife’s status as one of the country’s most popular musical exports.

36. “Prince Johnny” By St. Vincent

Annie Clark, best known as St. Vincent, gives us an evocative track in “Prince Johnny.” Released in 2014, it is a captivating blend of indie rock and art pop.

The song tells a melancholic story about a character named Prince Johnny. He is depicted as a tragic figure seeking validation and purpose in a world that often seems cold and unfeeling. The lyrics are deeply symbolic, touching on themes of identity, desire, and the pursuit of meaning in life.

Despite its somber themes, “Prince Johnny” is ultimately a testament to the human spirit’s resilience. It reminds us that even when faced with despair, we can find strength in our struggles and beauty in our pain.

37. “The King Must Die” By Elton John

Another song about royalty from Elton John is “The King Must Die.” It was part of his 1970 self-titled studio album.

The lyrics, penned by Bernie Taupin, John’s long-time collaborator, are rich in imagery and metaphors. They portray a once-powerful king who has lost his crown and is now reduced to a mere jester, acting out Shakespearean dramas on the throne room floor.

This could be seen as a metaphor for how those in positions of power can fall from grace, becoming mere shadows of their former selves.

On a historical note, John performed this song live in Sydney, Australia, on December 14, 1986. He was accompanied by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

38. “Princesses Don’t Cry” By Carys

Up next is the popular track by Canadian singer-songwriter Carys (a.k.a. Aviva Mongillo), “Princesses Don’t Cry.” It uses the concept of a princess as a symbol for women navigating the challenges of life.

The lyrics are a poignant expression of resilience and self-worth. The lines “A princess doesn’t cry… / over monsters in the night” send an empowering message. These words suggest that one should not let fears or negative experiences dictate their actions or feelings.

Moreover, the title serves as a rallying cry for strength and self-belief. It encourages listeners to hold their heads high, much like a princess would, and not to waste time on negative forces or “monsters.”

39. “Queen Of The Slipstream” By Van Morrison

A sweet, romantic folk-rock ballad is up next. “Queen of the Slipstream” by Van Morrison was recorded for his 1987 album Poetic Champions Compose. It is the story of the narrator’s love interest.

The narrator is drawn to a wise woman who has “eyes that shine.” “Slipstream” is used to describe the attractiveness that is drawing him near her, his queen.

However, before he declares his love for her, he wants to experience what she has experienced. He hopes that when he returns, she’ll still be waiting for him so he can tell her everything he knows.

40. “King Of The World” By Natalie Grant

Moving from contemporary songs to the realm of Christian music, we have “King of the World” by Natalie Grant. The “king” in its title alludes to God as king of the world.

The lyrics speak of moments when we forget that God is in control: “When [we] try to take life back /  right out of the hands / of the king of the world.” It’s a reminder of our human tendency to want control over our lives, forgetting that there’s a higher power at play.

The song’s profoundness captured the hearts of many listeners. “King of the World” received a Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song Grammy nomination at the 2017 Grammy Awards.

41. “Caribbean Queen” By Billy Ocean

Imagine the gentle sway of palm trees and the feel of sand beneath your feet. Picture a majestic figure ruling over this tropical paradise with grace and charm. This is the world Billy Ocean invites us into with his 1984 hit “Caribbean Queen.”

The queen in this song represents an idealized figure whom the singer admires from afar. She’s confident, captivating, and possesses an allure that is impossible to resist. Her reign isn’t over a physical kingdom. Instead, she rules the hearts of those who fall under her spell.

“Caribbean Queen” is one of Ocean’s greatest releases. It charted at the #1 spot not just on the Billboard Hot 100 but in Canada and New Zealand, too!

42. “Prince Ali” By Robin Williams / Will Smith

In the enchanting world of Disney’s Aladdin exists a song of royalty. First brought to life by Robin Williams in the 1992 animated film and later reimagined by Will Smith in the 2019 live-action adaptation, it is none other than “Prince Ali.”

Williams’ original rendition is a tour-de-force of vocal versatility. His Genie shifts between voices and personas at breakneck speed, creating a whirlwind of excitement.

On the other hand, Smith’s version brings a fresh, modern twist to the classic tune. His Genie infuses the song with a hip-hop flair that aligns with his own musical background.

Despite their different interpretations, both versions of “Prince Ali” share a common thread — they celebrate the joy of transformation. Aladdin becomes Prince Ali Ababwa, a figure of grandeur and respect. It’s a grand spectacle, filled with vivid descriptions of his wealth, power, and generosity.

43. “Princess” By Big Bad Bosses

With its infectious rhythm and catchy lyrics, we have Big Bad Bosses‘ “Princess.” The song is not your typical fairy-tale narrative but rather the hopes of the narrator whose love isn’t reciprocated.

With big blue eyes and striking radiance, the woman whom the narrator affectionately calls Princess is an ambitious person and aloof. This is depicted in the line “I’m a man, you’re a pink hedgehog.”

Despite this, the narrator hopes to capture her attention and lists down his positive traits: “I’m a genius, I build machines.” He promises that he’s going to respect and treat her right.

44. “The King Of Sunset Town” By Marillion

Let’s explore the depths of societal disparities and the illusion of power in “The King of Sunset Town” by Marillion. In this number, royalty takes on a different hue. It is not about grandeur or opulence but rather the stark contrast between the rich and the poor.

The protagonist is portrayed as a “ragged man” who comes “shuffling through,” a “puppet king.” This depiction challenges the traditional image of kingship. It suggests that even those in positions of authority can be manipulated or controlled.

The song portrays a king not as a figure of absolute authority but as a symbol of societal inequalities. Marillion provides a fresh, thought-provoking perspective on the concept of royalty in their music.

45. “Kings And Queens” By Aerosmith

Ending this list is Aerosmith‘s unique tune, “Kings and Queens,” a fantastic journey back in time. It’s not your average rock anthem. Instead, it’s like stepping into a medieval tale.

The song is full of lords, maidens, and of course, kings and queens — a time when the narrator has “lived this life before.” It also speaks of the knights who raise their swords “for maidens fair” and “sneer at death, fear only loss of pride.”

The song was released as the second single from Draw the Line in 1978, and it quickly made its mark on the music scene. While it didn’t top the charts, it earned a cult following among Aerosmith fans.

Summing Up Our List Of Royalty Songs

Now, we draw the curtains close on our journey through songs about kings and queens, princes and princesses. These songs have shown us royalty in all its shades and forms, whether they’re real or metaphorical.

Whether it’s royal powers and responsibilities or its privileges and pressures, these songs offer a unique lens through which to view life.

We hope our article with a royal twist has provided an entertaining playlist for you to enjoy. And if we’ve missed any songs, let us know so we can add them!

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Dan Farrant, the founder of Hello Music Theory, has been teaching music for over 15 years, helping hundreds of thousands of students unlock the joy of music. He graduated from The Royal Academy of Music in 2012 and then launched Hello Music Theory in 2014. He plays the guitar, piano, bass guitar and double bass and loves teaching music theory.