A Pop Culture History Of America's Fascination With Big Butts

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It's an undeniable truth that America loves big booty! Dope comedian Amy Schumer confirmed our obsession on her show, "Inside Amy Schumer," with this gem of a hit:

But when did this fascination with a woman's giant gluteus maximus begin? What about the bum drives men wild? I'm no biologist or sexual expert, but I DO know pop culture. And looking back through some of music's greatest hits, we can start to get a glimpse of how this interest in a woman's posterior evolved into a full-fledged obsession.

[Note: All lyrics are taken from MetroLyrics]

1978: "Fat Bottomed Girls" by Queen

Compared to later hits, this song is as innocent as an awkward looking virgin in high school. But there really weren't a ton of songs yet about the female booty. Queen really put those gals on the map, seeing them for what they were: hot AF!

Butt-tastic lyric: "Fat bottomed girls you make the rocking world go round"

1992: "Baby Got Back"  by Sir Mix-a-Lot

If you don't know the words to this song, you had no childhood. This song is the quintessential big butts song. Unapologetic and brash, Sir Mix-a-Lot waxes rhapsodic about his favorite fat body part. I also have a hunch that the Becky from the opening lyrics is the same "Becky with the good hair" from Beyoncé's "Lemonade." 

Butt-tastic lyric: "I like big butts and I can not lie"

1999: "The Thong Song" by Sisqó

If butts were a religion, this song would be the declaration of faith. I honestly think Sisqó worships and prays to the booty. No judgement. Worship what you love, right?

Butt-tastic lyric: "All night long / Let me see that thong"

2002: "Get Busy" by Sean Paul

I love how Sean Paul basically gives instructions on how to "shake that thing." He loves the hind-quarters and knows just how he wants them.

Butt-tastic lyric: "Girl get busy, just shake that booty non-stop"

2004: "Bootylicious" by Destiny's Child

After so many songs about guys demanding a substantial caboose, it's refreshing to hear some sexy gals taking ownership of their behinds and asking the question we were all thinking: "Can you handle this?" Guys may want sexy butts, but are they really ready for them? 

Butt-tastic lyric: "I don't think you ready for this / 'Cause my body too bootylicious for ya babe" 

2005: "My Humps" by The Black Eyed Peas

This was a song we all danced to at some point in our lives. There is some debate over what "lady lumps" actually refer to: boobies or booties. But at the end of the day, if society has a say, it's definitely about butts. Sorry. It's definitely about big butts. 

Butt-tastic lyric: "Whatcha gonna do with all that junk / All that junk inside that trunk"

2014: "All About That Bass" by Meghan Trainor

The most recent song in our countdown is an ode to women sung by a woman. We love that Trainor's booty-tastic anthem celebrates women of all sizes, with an emphasis on gals with a substantial badonkadonk.

Butt-tastic lyric: " 'Cause I got that boom boom that all the boys chase / All the right junk in all the right places"

Class dismissed!

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