Transformer also contains Reed's best known hit songs, including "Walk on the Wild Side", "Satellite of Love", and "Perfect Day".
- "Vicious" (2:55)
- "Andy's Chest" (3:17)
- "Perfect Day" (3:43)
- "Hangin' 'Round" (3:39)
- "Walk on the Wild Side" (4:12)
- "Make Up" (2:58)
- "Satellite of Love" (3:40)
- "Wagon Wheel" (3:19)
- "New York Telephone Conversation" (1:31)
- "I'm So Free" (3:07)
- "Goodnight Ladies" (4:19)
Bonus Tracks (30th Anniversary Edition):
- "Hangin' 'Round (Acoustic Demo)" (3:58)
- "Perfect Day (Acoustic Demo)" (4:50)
Take A Walk On The Tropin' Side:
- Album Closure: The record ends with "Goodnight Ladies," about leaving a bar late at night.Goodnight ladies, ladies goodnight
It's time to say goodbye
- Abnormal Ammo: "Vicious" has the protagonist hitting someone else with a flower.
- Accent Upon The Wrong Syllable: One character in "Walk On The Wild Side" "went to the A-POL-lo".
- The Bear: Referenced in Andy's Chest;You've got a hairy minded pink bear there!
- Beautiful Dreamer: "Make Up":Your face when sleeping is sublime
- Big Applesauce: "New York Telephone Conversation"
- Broken Record: "Perfect Day"You're going to reap just what you sow
- Call-Back: The banana in Ernie Thormahlen's jeans on the back cover nods to The Velvet Underground & Nico, which featured a similarly erotic banana cover designed by Andy Warhol (who "Andy's Chest" references).
- Compensating for Something: On the back cover Ernie Thormahlen has a banana stuffed into the front of his blue jeans.
- Cover Version: "Satellite Of Love" was originally a Velvet Underground song. A recorded version from 1970 exists, but was forgotten until the release of the compilation Peel Slowly And See from 1995.
- "Days of the Week" Song: "Satellite Of Love"Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday to ThursdayWith Harry, Mark and John
- Deliberately Monochrome: The album cover.
- Design Student's Orgasm: The album cover was designed by Mick Rock and Klaus Voormann.
- Drugs Are Bad: "Perfect Day" has been interpreted as being about heroin use. Reed himself has said that he didn't write it that way and that it is just a love song, but doesn't refute other people's interpretation.
- It's such a perfect day;You made me forget myself;I thought I was someone else, someone good....
- Face on the Cover: Lou's face, shown full frontal and in close-up.
- Glam Rock: Was released during this era, was produced by two major figures from this movement (David Bowie & Mick Ronson), and is generally associated with it, though to what degree it actually is glam rock is up for debate.
- Guyliner: Lou Reed on the cover.
- Homage: homages to this album include:
- "Can I Kick It?" by A Tribe Called Quest ,which samples the bass-line from "Walk On The Wild Side."
- The original name of Paul Kelly's backing band was The Coloured Girls, in direct reference to "Walk On The Wild Side" (the band was composed entirely of white men). It was later changed to The Messengers to avoid racist overtones.
- In Harmony with Nature: "Perfect Day""Just a perfect day/ feed animals in the zoo"
- Let's Just Be Friends: Goodnight LadiesYou said we could be friends, but that's not what I want (It's a lonely Saturday night)
- Literary Allusion Title: Reed noted that he named "Walk on the Wild Side" after the 1956 Nelson Algren novel A Walk on the Wild Side (which in turn was titled for the 1952 Hank Thompson song, "The Wild Side of Life").
- Lyrical Dissonance:
- "Walk on the Wild Side" is a smooth, hooky pop single... about the grittiness of LGBT+ culture in the late '60s in an era when these people were forced to operate mostly underground. Could be considered a subversion, depending on your interpretation; it's a series of vignettes about real people, and Reed doesn't judge them for their life choices, being a bisexual man himself — he just talks about them as they are.
- The sweet song "Perfect Day" where someone says he had a perfect day behind him and is glad to have "spent it with you" ends with the disturbing line "You're going to reap just what you sow".
- Miniscule Rocking: "New York Telephone Conversation" is just 1 1/2 minutes long.
- Non-Appearing Title: The album title doesn't appear in any of the lyrics.
- Obsession Song: "Satellite of Love", where Lou observes the object of his affection in everything they do.I've been told that you've been boldWith Harry, Mark and JohnMonday, Tuesday, Wednesday to ThursdayWith Harry, Mark and John
- One-Steve Limit: "Walk on the Wild Side" refers to Joe Campbell by his nickname, Sugar Plum Fairy, to better distinguish him from Joe Dallesandro from the previous verse.
- One-Word Title: "Transformer" and "Vicious".
- Pretender Diss: "Hangin' 'Round"You're still doing things that I gave up years ago!
- Real Life Writes the Plot: "Andy's Chest" was written off the heels of Andy Warhol's near-fatal assassination attempt by Valerie Solanas in 1968, being Reed's way of trying to cheer Warhol up after his brush with death.
- Rearrange the Song: "Andy's Chest" originated from The Velvet Underground's planned follow-up to their eponymous third album that got thrown out after MGM Records dropped the band; their actual follow-up ended up being Loaded (which also included re-recorded material from that scrapped album). Reed ultimately re-recorded the song for Transformer, while the Velvet Underground version wound up on Verve's 1985 outtakes compilation VU.
- Record Producer: David Bowie and his sideman Mick Ronson. Both were longtime fans of the Velvet Underground, with Bowie having discovered their work from a pre-release acetate of their debut album.
- Rule of Three: Harry, Mark and John in "Satellite Of Love" are three people the subject of "Satellite Of Love" has been bold with.
- "Walk on the Wild Side" refers to Nelson Algren's novel "A Walk on the Wild Side".
- Each named character from "Walk on the Wild Side" is a real performer connected with Andy Warhol's Factory and the LGBT+ community. Holly Woodlawn and Candy Darling were trans women, Joe Dallesandro and Joe "Sugar Plum Fairy" Campbell were gay men, and Jackie Curtis was a genderqueer drag queen; all of them had been acting in Warhol's films since Reed's days with the Velvet Underground.
- "Andy's Chest" refers to Andy Warhol. The line "Vicious/ You hit me with a flower" in "Vicious" was thought up by Warhol.
- "Goodnight Ladies" took its title from a line in T. S. Eliot's poem "The Waste Land".
- The satellite of love in Mystery Science Theater 3000 takes its name from the song "Satellite Of Love".
- Spoiled Brat: Jeanie in "Hangin' 'Round" is described as such.
- Wham Line: From "Hangin' 'Round"Harry was a rich young manWho would become a priestHe dug up his dear fatherWho was recently deceased
- Wholesome Crossdresser: Arguably the subject of "Make Up".