Did you know there were countless songs about pandas? Neither did we!
At least not until we dug around looking for a soundtrack to the arrival of two giant panda bears on loan from China. They'll stay at the Toronto Zoo for five years and then be re-located to Calgary for the same length of time.
So in honour of the cuddly creatures' Canadian visit, here are 11 songs named after pandas by everyone from the Beastie Boys to Xiu Xiu.
"Panda Bear," Owl City
Try to pay attention to this song when adorable panda pics are on the screen. You probably can't. (And here you thought Owl City collaborator Carly Rae Jepsen was cute.)
"Little Panda Bear," Kimya Dawson
Let's be honest: Kimya Dawson was made to sing cute songs about pandas.
"Panda," Jefferson Airplane
If you have a soul, you probably already feel bad about the panda’s food source and habitat being overtaken by land development, but Grace Slick is going to make you feel worse. “Oh Panda Bear -- my gentle friend/I don't want to say goodbye/Oh Panda Bear -- when will the killing end?” You monster.
"Panda Rat," Beastie Boys
If you imagine pandas in sunglasses rocking out to this song, it makes it 50% more enjoyable. It’s science.
'Panda and the Freak," The Baseball Project
This song is brought to you by a band that only sings about baseball and is not about actual pandas, but Pablo Sandoval, a baseball player nicknamed "The Panda."
"Panda Bear," Of Montreal
This song is hopefully not literally about panda bears. *shudder*
"Warm Panda Cola," The Boy Least Likely To
What is panda cola? Who cares, when the video is so adorable. But seriously, it probably tastes like bamboo.
"Old Panda Days," Casiotone for the Painfully Alone
Ever wanted to hear the words “bad sex” and “cocaine” in the same song as the word “panda”? Today is your lucky day, my friend.
"Panda, Panda, Panda," Deerhoof
The complexity of the lyrics is astounding. </sarcasm>
A YouTube commenter said it best: “I don't understand a single word, but I love this.” It might not even be about pandas, we don't speak Swedish.
"Little Panda McElroy (B)," Xiu Xiu
For a song with “panda” in the title, it’s surprisingly un-cute.