You always hear about the beauty of blue eyes and green eyes, but what about brown eyes? Brown is the most common eye color in the world – approximately 79% of people have this gorgeous eye color so why not listen to some music about that!
While brown eyes are more common in Africa, East Asia, and Southeast Asia, you’ll see them everywhere you go and we believe they need some love too. So do the following 20 artists who have written songs about the beautifulness that is the classic brown eye.
1. “Brown Eyed Girl’’ by Van Morrison
Perhaps one of the most popular songs about brown eyes, we guarantee you’ve heard this one before. With the classic lyrics “my brown-eyed girl, and you, my brown-eyed girl” this song will have everyone singing along, brown eyes or not.
The guitar is fun and high pitched, making you want to bop your head along for the entire 3 minutes, especially when the ‘sha-la-la-la-la’ comes in. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself singing along and thinking about that brown-eyed girl in no time.
2. “Brown Eyes” by Destiny’s Child
Starting a little slower than ‘brown-eyed girl’, you can tell from the first second this song is going to be beautiful. This song is a classic love ballad but sung from a female’s perspective this time.
After singing about how much this man is in love with her, the lyrics “and when he looks at me, his brown eyes tell it so” come in. If you’re in love with a brown-eyed boy, this song is going to make you feel a certain type of way.
3. “Brown Eyed Girl” by Billy Ray
This song is a cover of the song we first mentioned, but with that country twang. It has the same catchy guitar, tune, and sha-la-la-la to sing along to but this one will resonate with the country lovers out there.
4. “Ebony Eyes’’ by Bob Welch
A cover of Stevie Wonder, this song starts with a slightly heavier guitar riff before Bob Welch’s voice comes in. While never specifically mentioning the color brown, the entire chorus admires the eyes of someone special to the vocalist.
The lyrics “Your eyes got me dreamin’, your eyes got me blind’ pay tribute to the gorgeous eyes that make the vocalist’s world go round. The words ebony eyes are repeated a few times too, with a glorious high-pitched moment that will captivate all listeners.
5. “She Couldn’t Change Me” by Montgomery Gentry
The first song on our list that doesn’t have the words ‘brown’ or ‘eyes’ in the title is a full-on country tune, with the classic twang to go along with it.
This song takes you through a story about meeting a woman to that woman leaving, ending with that happy moment of ‘she’s back in my arms’. While never directly mentioning her brown eyes, it does mention her dark brown hair, which will surely make listeners think of that special woman in their lives.
6. “Brown Eyes, Brown Hair” by Caleb Hearn
A more recent release, this song starts with a captivating guitar riff before the vocals come in with the first lyrics being “brown eyes, brown hair”. As the song progresses, additional musical elements add to the build-up before gently bringing you back to that original captivating guitar.
7. “Brown Eyed Blues” by Ben Harper
This song has more of a jazzy vibe to it than any of our previously mentioned brown-eyed songs. The lyrics of “brown-eyed blues” seem to hint at a lover pining for his girl while she may choose to be with other people. Ben really sings his heart out with this colorful number.
8. “Beautiful Brown Eyes” by Roy Acuff
This song will take you back to the 60s from the second you press play. This track is about a man who has discovered the beauty of brown eyes, singing the lyrics “beautiful, beautiful brown eyes, I’ll never love blue eyes again”. If you’re looking to travel back to a simpler time, Roy Acuff will take you there with this masterpiece.
9. “Pretty Brown Eyes” by Cody Simpson
This song is much more modern than our previously mentioned songs, starting with a deep edited voice before dropping straight into a more pop/bass soundtrack.
The narrator is talking about a boy meeting a girl with brown eyes with the lyrics “hey there pretty brown eyes, what you doing later tonight?” After Cody sings for the first half of the song, some classic rap comes in before switching back to the upbeat, brown-eyed song.
10. “Beautiful Brown Eyes” by Brothers Four
This is another song to take you back in time. With lyrics that are very to Roy Acuff’s same-titled song, this tune also talks about “beautiful, beautiful brown eyes, I’ll never love blue eyes again”.
This song is slow and beautiful, so if you’re looking for something soothing and easy to listen to, you have stumbled on a gem!
11. “Brown Eyes” by Fleetwood Mac
Starting with a beat that will make you tap your feet and nod your head, Brown Eyes by Fleetwood Mac is another relaxing, beautiful song. The instruments take the lead in this song while the vocals take a back seat. But when the vocals do come in, they sing about their love for brown eyes with the words “When you look at me with those brown eyes, what do you want me to do?”
12. “Pair Of Brown Eyes” by Peter Case
Taking it back to the ‘80s, this song is sung from the heart. Discussing those beautiful brown eyes that are looking at him, the narrator cannot get over their beauty. The whole song is dedicated to one person’s pair of brown eyes but if you have someone you love in your life with brown eyes, you’ll be sure to think of them when you press play.
13. “Brown Eyed Girl” by Everclear
Back at it again with another cover, Everclear comes at this song with a slightly different vibe, but the same outcome. It seems that many people have covered this song but maintained its groovy vibe. With a little heavier guitar and vocals than the original, the song can appeal to those who like rock n roll.
14. “Breakin’ My Heart” by Mint Condition
With slow vocals and a beat that will have you slowly tapping your foot without even realizing it, this song belongs to the R&B and soul genre. The beautiful brown eyes seem to be breaking hearts – if you have ever been in love, you will know the feeling, no matter the color.
15. “Brown Eyes” by Lady Gaga
This song begins with some soft piano before Lady Gaga comes in with her stunning voice. This is a heartbreaking song about lost love and Gaga is reminiscing about their brown eyes by mentioning them in the lyrics. If you’re heartbroken, and your lover just happened to have brown eyes, this one might hit a little close to home.
16. “Brown Eyed Women” by Grateful Dead
Grateful dead will take you back to the ’70s with this funk tune. The funky guitar riff, paired with that slight twang of a country voice adds to the charm of the lyrics. The lyrics “brown-eyed women and red grenadine” reveal that the narrator is reminiscing about the good times.
17. “Ebony Eyes” by Stevie Wonder
The original of a song mentioned earlier in our list, you can’t go wrong with this one. Stevie Wonder sings his heart out about this gorgeous woman with her ebony eyes, even speaking the words “I love you baby” at one point during the song. And for jazz lovers out there, you will be treated to a wonderful saxophone solo midway through!
18. “A Pair Of Brown Eyes” by The Pogues
This song is as Irish as it gets. Be it the accent and the instruments, you might feel like doing an Irish jig to this one. The lyrics, “The only thing that I could see was a pair of brown eyes looking at me” refer to a stranger our narrator saw and then wondered about them for the rest of time.
19. “Brown Eyed Lover” by Allen Stoner
This song is fun, coming in strong and fast with “I’ve got a brown-eyed lover on the other side of town”. Allen Stone has a beautiful voice that perfectly compliments the piano and drum beat that you can hear in the background. If you’ve got a brown-eyed lover, this song will make you want to give them a call.
20. “Brown Eyes” by Kano
Ending with a bang, this is a rap song appreciating those gorgeous brown eyes. Singing about not wanting to fall in love but being tempted by those eyes with the lyrics “I don’t wanna fall in love but your brown eyes have got me hypnotized” will take listeners back to a time when they were mesmerized by a pair of eyes.
There’s no shortage of songs about the beauty that is brown eyes out there. If you’ve ever felt like your brown eyes are ‘basic’ in comparison to colored eyes, hit play on one of these songs and turn the volume to full, because brown eyes are gorgeous and are being sung about for a reason.