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Ten 20th (and 21st) Century "Fox" Songs

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Phil Lynott and Thin Lizzy Made This List After The Boys Were Back In Town


Poughkeepsie is not exactly the first place one would look, especially if he were hunting for foxes. As the home of Marist University, however, it is the only place where you can find that canine breed as the mascot.

It is rather difficult to believe that this creature of the woods does not serve as a common mascot, considering its frequent presence in other aspects of society. After all, a major network and film company has the name fox, as do numerous musical groups.

The Fleet Foxes are an alliterative folk-rock band, as are Foxes and Fossils. Fox Jaw is a similarly-named group, only their sound is much more rock and roll than folk.

These groups might be heard on radio stations around the country, some of which identify themselves with a fox logo. What you are not likely to hear on the airwaves, in spite of the logo, are songs about foxes.

Few Top Forty hits have ever mentioned the creature in their titles, a surprising dearth when compared to its association with other media outlets. Here are ten of the most well-known songs that mention Fox in their names.

1. Johnny the Fox Meets Jimmy the Weed by Thin Lizzy

Following up the breakthrough Jailbreak album, this title track and successive single “Don't Believe a Word” did not receive quite as much attention as “The Boys Are Back In Town.”

2. The Fox in the Snow by Belle and Sebastian

Alt-rocker Stuart Murdoch included this number on If You're Feeling Sinister, which also spawned “Like Dylan in the Movies” and “The Stars of Track and Field.”

3. Fox on the Run by the Sweet

“Ballroom Blitz” blasted over the radio upon the release of Desolation Boulevard, but this catchy single has proven more enduring.

4. The Temple of the King (One Day in the Year of the Fox) by Rainbow

Guitarist Richie Blackmoor followed a rainbow after leaving Deep Purple, where he was to find treasures like this tune as well as later on “I Surrender” and “Can't Happen Here.”

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5. Foxy Lady by Jimi Hendrix

In spite of the many classics on Are You Experienced, Foxy has remained the most recognizable.

6. Fox Is on the Town by Nickle Creek

The self-titled debut introduced these young bluegrass sensations, who greeted fans with tracks like this one and the “The Lighthouse's Tale.”

7. The Fox by Elton John

Our four-legged sly critter serves as the title track of the Rocket Man's second effort with Gary Osbourne, who had replaced long-time lyricist Bernie Taupin after a messy but temporary split.

8. Dead Fox by Courtney Barnett

Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit is the unusual name of her debut album, which contains this single as well as “Elevator Operator.”

9. The Fox, the Crow and the Cookie by MewithoutYou

Of the three I would prefer the last, but the trio certainly makes for an interesting song title.

10. The False Fox by Pete Seeger

Many folks have scored with versions of this old standard, none better than that performed by the legend with the long-necked banjo.

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