Our Favorite 8 Bikini Songs Gone Wild!
"Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini" — Brian Hyland
Way back in 1960, teen idol Brian Hyland scored a smash hit with "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini," the ultimate and possibly original bikini song. While bikinis were still considered scandalous at the time, this novelty song's origins were quite innocuous: According to The Billboard Book of Number One Hits, one of the tune's writer's, Paul Vance, was inspired to pen this ode to a shy swimsuit-wearer after watching his 2-year-old daughter, Paula, frolic on the beach. When the president of Kapp Records was hesitant to release the single, thinking it was too racy for the times, Vance explained that the perfectly innocent song was about a toddler, and the label's president agreed to release it...and on August 8, 1960, it hit number one. (Side note: The guy introducing the performance below is none other than Dick Clark, but this isn't "American Bandstand," it's the "Saturday Night Beech-Nut Show," which was also hosted by Dick.)
"I'm in Miami Trick" – LMFAO
Miami has some of the most famous beaches in the world, which LMFAO celebrated in this 2009 party-rocking anthem. Key lines: "You kinda cute in the polka-dot bikini, girl/This is what I want to do/Take off that polka-dot bikini, girl." They score extra points for referencing the most famous bikini song ever (more on that later), even if they didn't do it purpose. Take note: Bikini songs have come full circle, except these days, "polka-dot bikini" references aren't quite as innocent...
"California Gurls" – Katy Perry
You gotta give it up for Katy Perry. Not only does she reference a song by the greatest surf vocal band — we're talking about the Beach Boys' "California Girls" — with her similarly titled "California Gurls," but she brought Snoop Dogg along for the ride. And when she drops the bikini bomb, she does it with a reference to one of the sexiest TV fashion statements ever. Yup, "it'll melt your popsicle." (Key line: "Daisy Dukes, bikini on top.")