Tigers are awesome.

They look really cool when they're swimming, they like playing with balls and they really love to paint.

Thing is, there are only 3,274 living tigers left in the wild and each day horrible people conspire to make that number lower. So on July 29 International Tiger Day is happening to raise awareness (and funds) so that Tony, Tigger, Shere Khan and all the other striped big cats can prowl in peace.

So in honour of Tiger Day, we here at HuffPost Canada collected 15 grrrreat songs about tigers.

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  • Survivor "Eye Of The Tiger"

    The ultimate tiger song is also a learning lesson. We all need to hang tough and stay hungry -- just like Rocky Balboa -- and possessing the eye of the tiger will achieve that goal. But not a literal tiger eye, because that goes against everything Tiger Day (and Rocky Balboa) stands for.

  • Elvis Presley "Tiger Man"

    Now <em>this</em> is a pro-tiger song! Elvis, in his full classic rockabilly glory, pounds out a song about being the king of the jungle and threatening anyone that comes across his path.

  • The Sadies "Tiger Tiger"

    This rumbling rocker from The Sadies' 2005 album "Stories Often Told" has an uncomfortably sad edge to it, as it's about a circus tiger who can "never go home again."

  • Neko Case "The Tigers Have Spoken"

    A gut-wrencher from Neko's 2004 album of the same name, this song acts as a companion piece to The Sadies' "Tiger Tiger" with its repeated line "They shot the tiger on the chain."

  • Pink Floyd "When The Tigers Broke Free"

    This one's all about metaphorical tigers as Roger Waters documents how his father died in the Second World War's "<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Shingle" target="_hplink">Operation Shingle</a>." The song was originally intended to be part of "The Wall," but the band considered it too personal and it was instead released as a stand-alone single and, later, part of the album "The Final Cut."

  • Duran Duran "Tiger Tiger"

    New wavers Duran Duran's near-titular track "Tiger Tiger" from under-appreciated 1983 album "Seven And The Ragged Tiger" is a moody instrumental echoing the work of Roxy Music and Spandau Ballet.

  • Bootsy Collins "Fear Da Tiger"

    A psych-up song for the Cincinnati Bengals pro football team, this song recorded by funk superhero Bootsy Collins in 2005 features a number of the team's players rapping. As a song made by a musical professional it's not particularly good, but as a song prominently featuring pro athletes it's surprisingly competent.

  • Beck "Paper Tiger"

    A poignant number from Beck's sad-sack 2002 album "Sea Change," the song "Paper Tiger" is less about actual tigers and more about its weak metaphorical ones. Though the title's ancient Chinese origin refers to something that falsely appears to be as threatening as a tiger, we prefer the Calvin and Hobbes explanation that it actually means a tiger that delivers newspaper. (Thank you, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paper_tiger" target="_blank">Wikipedia</a>!)

  • The Killers "Neon Tiger"

    A metaphorical number that's probably more about Brandon Flowers' uncomfortable relationship with fame than actual tigers, this one still features the defender of big cats lyrics "Run neon tiger there's a price on your head/They'll hunt you down and gut you, I'll never let them touch you."

  • Abba "Tiger"

    Taken from the Swedish superstars' 1976 album "Arrival," this song features a loose narrative about escaping the city matched by some creepy stalker talk with the lines "I am behind you/I always find you/I am the tiger." When they'd perform the song live Agnetha Fältskog and Anni-Frid "Frida" Lyngstad would pretend to be tigers.

  • DJ Shadow "The Tiger"

    Taken from the mixmaster DJ Shadow's 2006 album "The Outsider" this song features Sergio Pizzorno and Christopher Karloff from Kasabian seemingly locked in a conflict between tiger and man.

  • The Boo Radleys "Ride The Tiger"

    Peculiarly, the line "ride the tiger" was taken from a Tony Blair speech, although the song's content is decidedly unpolitical. The video will definitely give flashbacks to mid-1990s animation.

  • Soledad Brothers "Cage That Tiger"

    This blistering garage rock number from Soledad Brothers' 2003 album "Voice Of Treason" is really about confronting a woman who's a danger cat. You need to cage her up or she'll eat you. (But based on what happened to Siegfried and Roy, eventually you'll probably get eaten anyway.)

  • Lulu "I'm A Tiger"

    This bit of musical empowerment from veteran Scottish pop singer Lulu is fine on its own, but the accompanying video is... bizarre. In it Lulu feeds a caged tiger then sings nearby and dangles a stuffed toy tiger in front of the animal while it paces around clearly wanting to bite her head off.

  • Joni Mitchell "Taming The Tiger"

    This title track from Joni Mitchell's 1998 comeback album is chock-full of tiger imagery, including repeated "tiger tiger burning bright" references to William Blake's immortal 1794 poem, "The Tyger."

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  • In this Tuesday, June 18, 2013 photo, Zita, a liger - half-lioness, half-tiger - carries her one month-old liliger cub in the Novosibirsk Zoo. The cub's father is a lion, Sam. (AP Photo /Ilnar Salakhiev)

  • In this Tuesday, June18, 2013 photo Zita, a liger, half-lioness, half-tiger, licks her one month old liliger cub in the Novosibirsk Zoo. The cub's father is a lion, Sam. (AP Photo /Ilnar Salakhiev)

  • In this Tuesday, June 18, 2013 photo, a month-old liliger cubs walk in Novosibirsk Zoo. The cubs' mother is Zita, a liger - half-lioness, half-tiger, and their father is a lion, Sam. (AP Photo /Ilnar Salakhiev)

  • In this Tuesday, June18, 2013 photo a lion Sam walks in Novosibirsk Zoo. Zita, a liger, half-lioness, half-tiger, and the lion, Sam are a pair, which gave birth to liliger cubs. (AP Photo /Ilnar Salakhiev)

  • In this Tuesday, June 18, 2013 photo Zita, a liger, half-lioness, half-tiger stands with her one month old liliger cub in the Novosibirsk Zoo. The cub's father is a lion, Sam. (AP Photo /Ilnar Salakhiev)

  • In this Tuesday, June 18, 2013 photo Zita, a liger, half-lioness, half-tiger, licks her one month old liliger cub in the Novosibirsk Zoo. The cub's father is a lion, Sam. (AP Photo /Ilnar Salakhiev)

  • In this Tuesday, June 18, 2013 photo Zita, a liger, half-lioness, half-tiger, carries her one month old liliger cub in the Novosibirsk Zoo. The cub's father is a lion, Sam. (AP Photo /Ilnar Salakhiev)

  • In this Tuesday, June 18, 2013 photo Zita, a liger, half-lioness, half-tiger, licks her one month old liliger cub in the Novosibirsk Zoo. The cub's father is a lion, Sam. (AP Photo /Ilnar Salakhiev)

  • In this Tuesday, June 18, 2013 photo, Zita, a liger - half-lioness, half-tiger - carries her one month-old liliger cub in the Novosibirsk Zoo. The cub's father is a lion, Sam. (AP Photo /Ilnar Salakhiev)

  • In this Tuesday, June18, 2013 photo, a month-old liliger cub walks in Novosibirsk Zoo. The cub's mother is Zita, a liger - half-lioness, half-tiger, and father is a lion, Sam. (AP Photo /Ilnar Salakhiev)

  • In this Tuesday, June 18, 2013 photo Zita, a liger - half-lioness, half-tiger - watches her one month old liliger cub in the Novosibirsk Zoo. The cub's father is a lion, Sam. (AP Photo /Ilnar Salakhiev)