Are flip flops mentioned in song lyrics? Yes. Though the open-toed, backless sandal has not always been called a flip flop, this type of shoe has existed for thousands of years.
Thong sandals are likely the oldest type of footwear, dating back to 4,000 BC Egypt. In the 1960’s, these sandals became known as ‘flip-flops’. The casual fashion movement popularized flip-flops. The US market for flip-flops is over 2 billion dollars per year! Thanks to this popularity, musicians began to reference ‘flip-flops’ in their lyrics. Here are 10 fun examples, of wildly varying musical styles, from the legendary Jimmy Buffett beach mood anthem to an ode to summer by James Taylor.
Loop De Loop (Airplane Song), The Beach Boys
Outtake from the aborted “Landlocked” album (1970).
“…Loop de loop flip flop, fly away airplane.”
Flip Flop Summer, Kenny Chesney
From the The Road and the Radio album, 2005.
“It’s gonna be another flip flop summer, kick off your shoes..”
Flip, Flop and Fly, performed by The Blues Brothers
From the Briefcase Full of Blues album, 1978.
“Flip, flop and fly”
“I’m just a blue jean girl, pig tails and flip flops
Running around, in cut-offs and tank tops
It don’t take much to fit into my world
I’m just a blue jean girl wa-oh
Flip Flops, Airplanes
From the Silver Lining album, 2008.
“Navy blue flip flops,, Mellow yellow halter tops, That’s all we’ll recall from this summer”
Fabulous, performed by Ashley Tisdale and Lucas Grabeel
From High School Musical 2, 2007
“Fetch me my Jimmy Choo flip flops..”
White Socks Flip Flops, Super Furry Animals
From the Dark Days Light Years album, 2009.
I put on my white socks, flip flops
Put on white socks, flip flops
Fly Away, Paul Wright
From the Fly Away Albun
“Now here’s a song all about the flows
All about the plastic that’s in between my toes
All about the hip hop all about the flip-flops that I rock”
Flip Flop Song, Stephanie Waryn
From the 3 song demo, 2013.
“Everybody’s singing along to the tanned up, cut-off, polka-dot, bikini top, flip flop song”
Plus an honorable mention…because it is a great song and ‘rubber sandals’ is just another name for ‘flip flops”.
Summer’s Here, James Taylor
From the Dad Loves His Work album 1981.
I’m for that
Got my rubber sandals
Got my straw hat
Got my cold beer
I’m just glad that it’s here”