Diamonds. It’s been said they’re forever. It’s been said they’re a girl’s best friend. Over the course of American history, a lot has been said – and sung – about diamonds.
Here at Zillion, we’re all about celebrating diamonds – and insuring pieces of valued jewelry that include them. In that spirit, we wanted to share some of the more popular and memorable songs that reference diamonds in their titles. Feel free to sing along if you know the lyrics…
“Diamonds Are Forever” by Shirley Bassey
As the theme song from the 1971 James Bond film of the same name with superior composition by the legendary John Barry, this powerhouse ballad by British balladeer Shirley Bassey rocked moviegoers all across America. This was the second Bond theme song to be performed by Bassey, who also dazzled with “Goldfinger” seven years earlier. Lyrical highlights include, “They won’t leave in the night/I’ve no fear that they might desert me” and “Diamonds are forever, sparkling ‘round my little finger/Unlike men, the diamonds linger.”
“Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” by The Beatles
Forever the subject of wild and creative speculation, this catchy Beatles standard first debuted on 1967’s infamous “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album. John Lennon later cleared up speculation by telling an interviewer the song was written after he saw his son Julian’s drawing of a girl named Lucy. The lyrics from the song are wildly creative and colorful, and include, “Follow her down to a bridge by a fountain/where rocking horse people eat marshmallow pies” and “Picture yourself on a train in a station/With plasticine porters with looking glass ties.”
“Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” by Marilyn Monroe
It was actually actress Carol Channing who introduced this song in the Broadway show version of “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” but it was during the film version three years later (1952) that it really began to dazzle and captivate audiences across America. In fact, according to the American Film Institute, it ranks as one of the most popular songs in the history of the silver screen. Few women have exuded such powerful onscreen sensuality as Monroe, and her name-checking of diamond manufacturers like Cartier and Tiffany’s was equal parts seduction and marketing.
“Diamonds and Pearls” by Prince
Talk about value. Here, we get diamonds and pearls. Known more for super-sensual lyrics and blazing guitar riffs, this 1991 Prince song is one of the more romantic, ballad-like offerings in the musical prodigy’s vast and diverse catalog. The title song from the album bearing the same name, “Diamonds and Pearls,” it climbed all the way to Number 2 on the Hot 100 charts – and peaked at Number 25 in the U.K. The equally popular video features pearls from Connie Parente, a Los Angeles-based jewelry designer and collector.
“Diamonds” by Rihanna
It’s not hard to figure out what this 2012 ballad by Barbadian-born songstress Rihanna is all about. A top hit off her seventh studio album, “Unapologetic,” the song topped music charts in more than 20 countries — including the U.S., where it became Rihanna’s 12th No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100, tying her with Madonna at fifth all-time. The music video for “Diamonds” depicted the striking Rihanna in all four elements (earth, air, water and fire), and its popular remix featured Kanye West. The popular refrain in the song is, “We’re beautiful like diamonds in the sky.”
“Shine on You Crazy Diamond” by Pink Floyd
Released in 1975 as part of the iconic concept album “Wish You Were Here” and also featured in the film “Crazy,” this Pink Floyd song is actually a tribute to original band co-founder Syd Barrett – hence the S(hine) Y(ou) and D(iamond) in the title. Originally conceived as one entire side of “Wish You Were Here,” the song ended up as a still-epic, nine-part composition – split into two sections and used to “bookend” the album. Amazingly enough, the song had to be re-recorded after its original satisfactory recording at the legendary Abbey Road Studios, due to “excessive bleed” on a new mixing console
“The Diamond Sea” by Sonic Youth
If nothing else, this certainly has to be the longest song to ever feature diamonds. Clocking in at an astonishing 19 minutes and 35 seconds, this spiraling, spacey song by the ground-breaking New York City experimental “art-rockers” off their 1995 album “Washing Machine” actually shares something in common with an actual diamond – it was cut down significantly prior to its commercial release, with a 5:15 version being created as an album single for radio play.
Anything by…Neil Diamond
Well, his song’s aren’t about Diamonds, per se. Many are about piña coladas. And getting caught in the rain. And sweet girls named Caroline. And Heartlights. And, of course, America. But considering the Brooklyn-born crooner has sold more than 100 million records during the course of his illustrious seven-decade career, and that his actual given surname is Diamond, we just had to include him in this lustrous list. Diamond has also been inducted into both the Songwriters Hall of Fame (1984) and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2011), and also received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018.
These are just some of the many memorable songs that reference diamonds – further proof that these brilliant gemstones will always and forever captivate our minds and hearts. As important as diamonds are to all of us, doesn’t it only make sense to protect your own invaluable diamond ring or other jewelry piece with a rock-solid insurance policy?
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