From love to loss, eyes have the ability to express nearly every emotion, so it’s not surprising that they’re the focal point of many a song. From classic power ballots to more recent rock anthems, these are some of our favorite songs about our most complex organ.
In Your Eyes, Peter Gabriel
Before becoming the song every girl wanted Lloyd Dobler to serenade her with, In Your Eyes was number one on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks in September 1986 and peaked at number 26 on the Billboard Hot 100 just one month later.
Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain, Willie Nelson
Originally performed by Roy Acuff, Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain didn’t gain mainstream success until being recorded by Willie Nelson. But while Willie Nelson brought the song to the American people, it was a favorite among musicians for years before that, having been covered by Hank Williams Sr. and Charlie Pride. It was rumored that it was also one of Elvis Presley’s favorite songs and the last one he sang before passing away.
Brown Eyed Girl, Van Morrison
Rather racy for its time, many stations originally refused to play Brown Eyed Girl, because the line “making love in the green grass” was considered too suggestive. Instead, many stations edited the line with, “laughin’ and a-runnin’, hey hey” from a previous verse. Over the years, the song has remained incredibly popular and can still be heard (in its original form) on radio stations today.
Green-Eyed Lady, Sugarloaf
As the band’s first single and number three on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks, it was Green-Eyed Lady that boosted Sugarloaf into stardom and remains their most popular song to date.
Eyes Open, Taylor Swift
Though never officially in the films, Eyes Open was recorded for the Hunger Games movies and appeared on the album The Hunger Games: Songs from District 12 and Beyond. Even though the song was leaked before its official release date of March 2012, it was still wildly successful, debuting at number 19 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You, Frankie Valli
Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You made it all the way to number two on the Billboard Hot 100, making it the most popular song on our list — some might even say it was “out of this world.” NASA actually used it as a wake-up song for one of the Space Shuttle’s missions.
Dr. Wasserman is an accomplished LASIK surgeon, pediatric ophthalmologist, and educator. As a certified AMO/VISX Excimer Laser surgeon, he performs LASIK refractive surgery for the correction of nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.