Miley Cyrus, who released her album Bangerz this week featuring the hit song and video “Wrecking Ball,” isn’t the first artist to sing about balls in popular music. Hell, she isn’t even the first performer to sing about wrecking balls; Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen all beat her to the punch. But whether used as a noun, a verb or a turn of phrase, whether they be wrecking balls, balls of fire, crystal balls or the type of balls that men do their best to protect, balls figure prominently in a number of classic songs. So without further adieu, here are 10 of the biggest songs ever written about balls.
1. Miley Cyrus, “Wrecking Ball” (2013)
Uber producers Dr. Luke and Cirkut crafted this powerful ballad for the former Disney star turned sensationalistic pop princess as a vehicle to display another side of the embattled artist. Like a metaphoric wrecking ball, the songs’ confessional lyrics, soaring melody and emotional delivery symbolically knock down our preconceptions about Cyrus, letting let us know there’s more to her than just being a Molly-chomping, twerk-addicted exhibitionist. And what better way to get that message across visually than by riding an actual wrecking ball buck naked and fellating a sledgehammer.
2. AC/DC “Big Balls” (1976)
It’s hard picking just one song about balls by Australia’s long reining cock rock kings as they’ve penned several over the years. While we applaud the women’s lib sentiment of “She’s Got Balls” and admire the evocative descriptiveness of “Got You By The Balls,” without a doubt their greatest song about balls is this chestnut from their 1976 LP Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap. Their song “Ballbreaker,” however, is not eligible for this list since technically it is not about balls but rather, the act of breaking them.