If I could create a list of songs that get stuck in my head more than others, The Baha Men’s ”Who Let The Dogs Out” would be up there alongside the Crazy Frog.
The thing is, it’s not actually about what we thought it was.
First released in 2000 it was an instant hit but while everyone was dancing and singing it, it wasn’t actually a happy song.
The lyrics say;
”and tell the fellas stop the name callin’
Yapee ah yo
Tell them girls respond to the call
I hear a woman shout out
Who let the dogs out?”
Here is the thing, it’s actually about men when they start to call women names and be really disrespectful, so they fire back by calling them dogs.
The writer of the song Anslem Douglas said ”The men started the name-calling and then the girls respond to the call. And then a woman shouts out, ‘Who let the dogs out?’ And we start calling men dogs. It was really a man-bashing song.”