Are birds the most sung-about members of the animal kingdom? Based on the breadth and depth of our bird-inspired playlist, we’d wager yes. From the Beatles’ “Blackbird” and Prince’s “When Doves Cry,” to Joni Mitchell’s “Black Crow” and Solange’s “Cranes in the Sky,” the extent of birds’ (the world’s original songwriters after all) influence on American music is remarkable. Listen below or add the playlist to your library on Spotify.

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