In honor of the Grammy Awards on January 28, we're cueing up some of the greatest numbers in rock and pop history that feature a certain musical muse: Johnson & Johnson.
Check out these surprising product shout-outs from a variety of award-winning artists, including classic crooners, rock gods, pop princesses—and even a few hip-hop heroes.
This camel is tough on the spine (hit me with a BAND-AID, Dad)
Where they're goin', why we're going, how can we be sure
I'll lay you eight to five that we'll meet Dorothy Lamour
This title song from the 1942 comedy of the same name features two silver screen titans and fellow fast-talking wiseacres—Crosby and Hope—riding through the desert, where Hope is happily sold into the harem of the lovely Dorothy Lamour. Two years later, the duo added a lyric to belt out a request for BAND-AID® Brand adhesive bandages, ostensibly thanks to rumps rubbed raw on their camel journey.
Picked up the tools and I gave it a drumming
This flame-haired troubadour is no stranger to collaboration: He’s shown up everywhere from Taylor Swift’s squad to Arya Stark’s gang on Game of Thrones in recent years. On his 2011 hit EP No. 5 Collaborations Project, the folk-pop superstar teamed up with performer P Money to record this pulsating, dubstep-inspired rap track. It tells a personal story about second chances—including all-important first aid kits, which were invented by the company in 1888—following P Money's car crash.
And then it's gargle, gargle, spit
And now that's good hygiene
You know what I mean?
Morning routines are the key to jump-starting positive vibes—just ask Travie McCoy of the innovative hip-hop/pop-rock act Gym Class Heroes. He sings the praises of the promise of a new day, clean drawers and a belly full of cereal—punctuated by a swish of minty-fresh mouthwash—in this infectious song off the group’s …For the Kids album.
I don't even know where to start
'Cause you can bandage the damage
You never really can fix a heart
Lovato—a former Disney Channel actress—has grown up to become a pop singer, songwriter, body-positivity role model and mental-health advocate. On her album Unbroken, the self-styled activist uses a breathy piano ballad to intimately detail a breakup—and name checks Johnson & Johnson's BAND-AID® Brand adhesive bandages as a quick repair for her broken heart.
When you start losing all your hair
Sew on patches to all you tear
'Cause I love you more than I could ever promise
And you take me the way I am
This indie folk singer and songwriter exploded onto the music scene with this sweet ditty cataloging a love so complete and selfless that even a little hair loss could be overlooked—with the help of a certain hair regrowth product.
Heaven won't be waiting for you walking down these city streets
Remember Mama's BAND-AIDs on your scabby knees
They had to bleed for little victories
New Jersey's go-to hair band departed from their classic stadium-rock anthems when they put out this toe-tapping, country-tinged tune about never giving up on your dreams and having the strength to soldier on—just like a tough kid with banged-up knees covered with BAND-AID® Brand adhesive bandages.
Using up my LISTERINE like Ovaltine
And you'll be
Dippin' in your battleship
For the latest tip
For the latest dream
While Pearl Jam lead singer Eddie Vedder writes many of the band’s songs, this upbeat, riff-heavy pop song—about rinsing with Listerine® while the world is busy faking its way through another grunge-filled '90s day—was penned by guitarist and songwriter Stone Gossard.