6 Best 'Doctor' Songs

October 13, 2012

Physicians have long appeared in pop music, but which doctor songs do doctors like best? We asked. You told.

Whether you like catchy show tunes or prefer to rock and roll, there's sure to be a "doc" song that suits you. To find the best of the best, we asked you to vote on your favorite physician-themed songs. Here are the results.

"Doctor My Eyes," Jackson Browne, 1972 (25 percent of the vote)

In this hit from his debut album, Jackson Browne tells of a man who, having endured life's hardships, worries that he is no longer able to feel anything. He sings, "Doctor, my eyes; tell me what is wrong; was I unwise to leave them open for so long?"

"Doctor! Doctor!" The Thompson Twins, 1984 (25 percent)

This British new wave pop trio's song became a hit both in the U.K. and the U.S. In the song, the trio likens love to a fever, singing, "Oh, doctor, doctor; can't you see; I'm burning, burning; oh, doctor, doctor; is this love I'm feeling?"

"Dr. Feelgood," Motley Crue, 1989 (12 percent)

This song about drugs is part of the first album Motley Crue recorded sober, after many years of hard living. Sobriety worked for the band. The Dr. "Feelgood" album is the band's bestseller to date. In the song the Crue croons, "He's the one they call Dr. Feelgood; he's the one that makes ya feel alright."

"Witch Doctor," David Seville, 1958 (12 percent)

This song, performed by Ross Bagdasarian under the name David Seville, tells of a man who visits a witch doctor for love advice. The doctor tells him, "Ooo eee, ooo ah ah ting tang walla walla, bing bang." (We don't recommend that you try that with your own patients.) The voice of the witch doctor is Bagdasarian's own voice at double speed, later serving as inspiration for the squeaky Chipmunks cartoon trio.

"Bad Case of Loving You," Robert Palmer, 1979 (12 percent)

In this hit commonly known as "Doctor Doctor," Robert Palmer talks about a sickness that even a doctor can't cure. He sings, "Doctor, doctor give me the news; I've got a bad case of lovin' you; No pill's gonna cure my ill; I've got a bad case of lovin' you."

"I Don't Need No Doctor," Ray Charles, Humble Pie, 1966 (12 percent)

Though this hit song has been recorded by many artists, Ray Charles was the first to release it. In the song, Charles sings about having an addiction to love, and, like in "Bad Case of Loving You," no doctor can fix the addiction. Charles croons, "I don't need no doctor, I tell ya now; for my prescription to be filled; only my baby's arms; could ever take away this chill."

*Seven other songs tied to comprise 2 percent of respondent votes.

Aubrey Westgate is an associate editor at Physicians Practice. She can be reached at aubrey.westgate@ubm.com.

This article originally appeared in the October 2012 issue of Physicians Practice.