“This discographic study explores several bee themes featured in more than 200 commercial recordings released in the United States during the past century. Themes cited include references to scent, terms of endearment, analogies to bee-related structures and hive-oriented treasures, allusions to romance, sexuality, and reproduction, and fears of physical pain and emotional rejection.”
For some examples, see/hear these bee-centric musical excerpts via Youtube.
• Muddy Waters – I’m A King Bee
• Flight of the bumblebee
• Eric the half a bee
Note: The same team have also compiled : ‘Odes to Obesity: Images of Overweight Men and Women in Commercial Sound Recordings: A Discography‘ (Popular Music and Society,Volume 34, Issue 2, 2011)