Hi, I am Adele, and I have run a large fancy dress shop in Essex, England, since 1998. I'm happy to pass on my knowledge to help others.
Dressing as a song title is not an uncommon costume theme for parties. When planning for it, people tend to think of a song first and then try to think of a costume to go along with it, with varying degrees of success. For example, I know someone who went as an empty vase for the song "Where Have All the Flowers Gone." Sometimes, you can be too clever for your own good!
Though there's nothing wrong with this approach, for this article I'm turning things around. I'm going to keep it simple and give you a list of costumes which you should be able to find at most costume stores and at least two songs that would work for the costume. Hopefully, this list will inspire you to think of several songs or costumes!
Some other notes on this approach:
- I'm going off of mostly classic ‘middle-of-the-road’ pop songs and chart hits because, in my experience, most people will think of the most recent songs for the theme. The exception, of course, would be favourite oldies songs.
- Because I am based in Britain, some of the songs may be unfamiliar to international readers. This is why I give two song choices, both of which are easily found on YouTube. You could also easily choose your own 'local' song.
I hope you benefit from these costume ideas and, most of all, have a great party!
Costume Ideas Inspired by Song Titles
Ace of Spades Card Costume
Ace of Spades — Motorhead
Leader of the Pack — Shangri-Las
Poker Face — Lady Gaga
Angel — Robbie Williams
There Must Be an Angel Playing With My Heart — Eurythmics
Angel — Shaggy ft. Rayvon
You're in the Army Now — Status Quo
Army of Two — Olly Mers
Battlefield — Jordin Sparks
Babe — Styx
Don’t Call Me Baby — Madison Avenue
. . . Baby One More Time — Britney Spears
Ballroom Blitz — The Sweet
Dancing Queen — Abba
Murder On the Dancefloor — Sophie Ellis Bextor
What’s New Pussycat? — Tom Jones
Mean Eyed Cat — Johnny Cash
Walk like an Egyptian — The Bangles
The Most Beautiful Girl in the World — Prince
Tears of a Clown — Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
Cathy’s Clown — Everly Brothers
Ha Ha Said the Clown — Manfred Mann
Rodeo — Garth Brooks
Where Have All the Cowboys Gone? — Paula Cole
Rhinestone Cowboy — Glen Campbell
Devil Woman — Cliff Richard
You’re the Devil in Disguise — Elvis
Devil with the Blue Dress — Mitch Ryder
Stand & Deliver — Adam Ant
Stop in the Name of Love — The Supremes
Doctor Doctor — Thompson Twins
Doctor Jones — Aqua
Doctor My Eyes — Jackson Browne
Dr Beat — Miami Sound Machine
Living Doll — Cliff Richard
Barbie Girl — Aqua
Einstein a Go Go — Landscape
She Blinded Me with Science — Thomas Dolby
Genie (or Arabian Belly Dancer)
Genie in a Bottle — Christine Aguilera
Jean Genie — David Bowie
Ghostbusters — Ray Parker Junior
The Spirits Having Flown — The Bee Gees
Heroes — David Bowie
Hero Heroine — (Boys Like Girls)
December 1963 (Oh What A (K)night) — The Four Seasons
(K)Night Fever — The Bee Gees
Abracadabra — Steve Miller Band
It’s a Kind of Magic — Queen
Could It Be Magic — Barry Manilow
Keep On Running — Spencer Davis Group
Born to Run — Springsteen
Dude Looks Like a Lady — Aerosmith
There Is Nothing Like a Dame — South Pacific Soundtrack
Prince Charming — Adam Ant
At Last — Etta James
Poison Ivy — The Coasters
Itchycoo Park — Small Faces
I’ve Got You Under My Skin — Frank Sinatra
Puss-in-Boots — Adam Ant
These Boots Are Made for Walking — Nancy Sinatra and Jessica Simpson
Ring My Bell — Anita Ward
Le Freak — Chic (Zombie version)
Dead Ringer for Love — Meatloaf
Killer Queen — Queen
Dancing Queen — Abba
In the Navy — Village People
Sailing — Rod Stewart
I'm Sailing Away — Styx
The Smurf Song — Father Abrahams
True Blue — Madonna
Spaceman — Babylon Zoo
Walking on the Moon — Police
Rocket Man — Elton John
Maneater — Hall & Oates
Born to be Wild — Steppenwolf
Tiger Feet — Mud
Venus or Aphrodite
Venus — Shocking Blue and Bananarama
Venus in Blue Jeans — Jimmy Clanton
Witch Queen of New Orleans — Redbone
Season of the Witch — Donovan
Witchy Woman — The Eagles
Frankie — Sister Sledge
Monster Mash — Bobby Pickett & The Crypt Kickers
Living Doll — Cliff Richard
I Was Made to Love You — Queen
Couple Costumes Based on Song Titles
Adam and Eve
If You Were the Only Girl in the World — Doris Day and Perry Como
You Were Made for Me — Freddy & The Dreamers
Caveman or Cavewoman and Dinosaur
Wild Thing — The Troggs
Walk the Dinosaur — Was (Not Was)
Flower and Bee
All I Want is You — Tristan Prettyman
Cowboy and Cowgirl
Cowboy Take Me Away — Dixie Chicks
Should Have Been a Cowboy — Toby Keith
Other Song and Costume Ideas
For this section, I flipped it. I started with the song and then came up with a costume to fit it!
99 Red Balloons — Nena
Wear red and cover yourself in 99 small red balloons. You can either blow some up and stuff your outfit with them, or pin the uninflated balloons onto your shirt. Your evening will go bang at some point!
Hungry Like the Wolf — Duran Duran
Dress up in a wolf's outfit. Bring some food props if you're up to it.
Red Dress — Sugababes
This is an easy one from the Sugababes: Just wear a red dress! This is a great idea for a man to get an extra laugh!
Men in Black — Will Smith
Another easy costume to put together. Wear black from head to toe and don't forget the cool sunglasses.
Muscleman — Salad
Wear a muscle chest costume and skimpy shorts. This costume is sure to get a good laugh.
Beat It — Michael Jackson
Get the Jackson look with a sparkly red jacket, black jeans, and a white top.
Material Girl — Madonna
You could either take this literally and cover yourself with odd pieces of material, or go with a costume inspired by Madonna's music video where she wears elbow-length pink gloves, a pink evening dress, and a very sparkly necklace.
Black or White — Michael Jackson
Wear either a half black and half white or a black and white harlequin costume.
Come Fly with Me — Frank Sinatra
Wear a pilot or flight attendant costume.
Gangsta's Paradise — Coolio
Wear a gangsta or pimp costume.
Somewhere over the Rainbow — Judy Garland
Try a Dorothy costume (blue checkered dress, pigtails, and red sparkly shoes), or go a little bit more unconventional with a leprechaun outfit.
Breakfast at Tiffany's — Deep Blue Something
Wear an Audrey Hepburn costume.
Night Fever — The Bee Gees
Wear a white '70s suit.
The Lion Sleeps Tonight — Token
Wear a lion costume. For extra effect, act really sleepy.
Another Brick in the Wall — Pink Floyd
Wear school children outfits, or dress like a brick. Your choice!
White Rabbit — Jefferson Airplane
Wear a pair of bunny ears, or go for a more Alice in Wonderland look with a pocketwatch and a bow tie too.
The Boxer — Simon & Garfunkel
Lace up those boxing gloves and put on some shorts.
Sultans of Swing — Dire Straits
Wear a sultan costume and take a toy instrument if you want (or a real one that you don't mind dinging up a bit).
Billie Jean — Michael Jackson
Wear a lady's tennis outfit to dress as this tennis star.
Hound Dog — Elvis
Wear a dog costume.