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A-Z guide to names in song titles

Thanks to Carol Fox who, with the help of Google, has compiled a comprehensive list of songs with names in the titles.

Not all will be suitable as farewell songs, but if you are looking for a song with a name in it, this is a good place to start.

If there are any missing, tell us in a comment at the end of the list and we will add them.

Girl's names

A

Sweet Adeline: Elliott Smith

Aja: Steely Dan

Alberta, What's on Your Mind: Bob Dylan

Alice: Venus Hum

Allison: Elvis Costello

Allison: The Pixies

Amanda: Boston

Amanda: Rod Stewart

Amie: Pure Prairie League

Amie: Damien Rice

Amy: Ryan Adams

Bocs Angelica: Gorky's Zygotic Mynci

Angelica: Lamb

Angelina: Hiram Bullock

Angeline: Faithless

Farewell Angeline: Bob Dylan

Angie: The Rolling Stones

Angie Baby: Alan O'Day

Ann: The Stooges

Ann Disaster: Ben Kweller

Anna Kournikova: Binge

Anna Lee: Dream Theater

My Sweet Annette: Drive-By Truckers

Annie's Song: John Denver

Ariel: Dean Friedman

Arizona: Mark Lindsay

B

Barbara: The Temptations

Barbara: Horace Silver

Barbara Ann: The Beach Boys

Belle: Al Green

Bernadette: The Four Tops

Bertha: Los Lobos

Beth: Kiss

Betty Lou's Gettin' Out Tonight: Bob Seger

Black Betty: Ram Jam

My Girl Bill: Jim Stafford

Billie Jean: Michael Jackson

Ode to Billie Joe: Bobbie Gentry

'97 Bonnie and Clyde: Eminem

Bonnie (and Clyde): Georgie Fame

C

Candy: Iggy Pop and Kate Pierson

Oh, Carol: Neil Sedaka

Ballad of Carol Lynn: Whiskeytown

Carolina: Seu Jorge

Oh Carolina: Shaggy

Oh My Sweet Carolina: Ryan Adams

Sweet Caroline: Neil Diamond

Caroline Says: Lou Reed

Caroline, No: The Beach Boys

Carrie Anne: The Hollies

Cassie: Geneva

Cathy's Clown: The Everly Brothers

Cecilia: Simon and Garfunkel

Cecelia In Black And White: Trembling Blue Stars

Cecilia Ann: The Pixies

Charlotte Sometimes: The Cure

Christina: Gorky's Zygotic Mynci

Christine: Siouxsie and the Banshees

Christine Sixteen: Kiss

Christy: Brendan Benson

Cinderella's Big Score: Sonic Youth

Clair: Gilbert O'Sullivan

Clementine: Mark Owen

Clementine: Elliott Smith

Clementine: The Decemberists

Corrina, Corrina: Bob Dylan

D

Daisy a Day: Jud Strunk

Daisy Duke: Rooney

Delilah: Tom Jones

Denise: Blondie

Diana: Paul Anka

Oh, Donna: 10cc

Donna: Richie Valens

Donna and Blitzen: Badly Drawn Boy

E

Come on Eileen: Dexy's Midnight Runners

Don't Walk Away Eileen: Sam Roberts

Eleanor Rigby: The Beatles

Ellen and Ben: The Dismemberment Plan

Eloise: Barry Ryan

For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her: Simon and Garfunkel

Emma: Hot Chocolate

Emma J: Brendan Benson

For Emma: Bon Iver

Enid: Barenaked Ladies

Erica Kane: Aaliyah

G

Georgia Lee: Tom Waits

Gloria: Laura Branigan

Gloria: Them

Grace: Supergrass

H

Halley's Waitress: Fountains of Wayne

The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll: Bob Dylan

I

Goodnight Irene: Ry Cooder

Iris: The Goo Goo Dolls

Isobel: Bjork

J

Jackie Blue: Ozark Mountain Daredevils

Jacqueline: Franz Ferdinand

Lady Jane: The Rolling Stones

Hazey Jane I: Nick Drake

Hazey Jane II: Nick Drake

Sweet Jane: The Velvet Underground

Queen Jane Approximately: Bob Dylan

Jane: Barenaked Ladies

Song For Jainie: Tim Buckley

Janie's Got a Gun: Aerosmith

Janie Jones: The Clash

Oh Jean: The Proclaimers

Jennifer Juniper: Donovan

Jennifer's Body: Hole

Jenni's Song: Matthew Good Band

Jenny: Stellastarr*

Jenny Was a Friend of Mine: The Killers

Jenny From the Block: Jennifer Lopez

Jezebel: Dizzee Rascal

Visions Of Joanna: Bob Dylan

Jolene: Dolly Parton

Hey Joni: Sonic Youth

Josie: Steely Dan

Juanita: Chuck Willis

Punch and Judy: Elliott Smith

Judy Mae: Boomer Castleman

Judy is a Punk: The Ramones

Suite Judy Blue Eyes: Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

Julia: The Beatles

Julie, Do Ya Love Me: Bobby Sherman

Closer to Julie: Stephane Pompougnac

Hey, Julie: Fountains of Wayne

Juliet: Neil Diamond

Juliette: Little Feat

K

Kate: Ben Folds Five

Katy Lied: Steely Dan

Kathy's Song: Simon and Garfunkel

Kelly Watch the Stars: Air

Kim Chords: Sonic Youth

Kimberly: Patti Smith

L

Laura Laurent: Bright Eyes

Laura: Scissor Sisters

Laura's Theme: Craig Armstrong

Layla: Eric Clapton

Leslie Anne Levine: The Decemberists

Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts: Bob Dylan

Lily (My One and Only): Smashing Pumpkins

Pictures of Lily: The Who

Lisa Says: Velvet Underground

Lisa Listen: Lisa Loeb

I'm Not Lisa: Jessi Colter

Dizzy Miss Lizzy: The Beatles

Lodi: Creedence Clearwater Revivial

Lola: The Kinks

Louise: Bonnie Raitt

Louise: The Human League

For Louise: Lee Curtis

Hey Louise: Neil Diamond

Lucille: Little Richard

Lucille: Kenny Rogers

Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds: The Beatles

Watch Out For Lucy: Dobie Gray

Lucy's Hamper: Gorky's Zygotic Mynci

Sweet Lucy: Raul de Souza

Luka: Suzanne Vega

M

Madame George: Van Morrison

Maggie Mae: Rod Stewart

Maggie's Farm: Bob Dylan

I'm Mandy, Fly Me: 10cc

Mandy: Barry Manilow

My Maria: B.W. Stevenson

Maria: Blondie

Sweet Marie: Sheryl Crow

Absolutely Sweet Marie: Bob Dylan

Martha: Tom Waits

Martha My Dear: The Beatles

Proud Mary: Creedence Clearwater Revival

Take A Message To Mary: The Everly Brothers

Now Mary: The White Stripes

Sweet Mary: Wadsworth Mansion

Pretty Mary K: Elliott Smith

Mary: Scissor Sisters

Mary Jane: Rick James

Mary Mary: Chumbawamba

Mary Mary: The Monkees

The Wind Cries Mary: Jimi Hendrix

Jimmy Loves Mary: Anne: Looking Glass

Last Dance With Mary Jane: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Mary Jane: Alanis Morisette

Mary Jane: The Vines

Mary's Theme from Mary Queen of Scots: John Barry

Maxine: John Legend

Can Megan: Gorky's Zygotic Mynci

Sweet Melissa: The Allman Brothers Band

Michelle: The Beatles

My Michelle: Guns 'N Roses

Molly's Chambers: The Kings of Leon

Good Golly Miss Molly: Little Richard

Mona Lisa and Mad Hatters: Elton John

Mona Lisa: Ray Evans

Mrs. Robinson: Simon and Garfunkel

Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter: Herman's Hermits

Mrs. Leroy Brown: Loretta Lynn

Song For Myla Goldberg: The Decemberists

N

Nancy With The Laughing Face: Frank Sinatra

Believe Me, Natalie: The Killers

Natasha: Rufus Wainwright

Darling Nikki: Prince

O

Ophelia: The Band

Ophelie: Peter Hammill

P

Hey Paula: Paul and Paula

Peg: Steely Dan

Peggy Sue: Buddy Holly

Polythene Pam: The Beatles

Patricia the Stripper: Chris DeBurgh

Polly: Dillard and Clark

Polly: Nirvana

Porcelina of the Vast Oceans: Smashing Pumpkins

Dear Prudence: The Beatles

R

Rachel's Flat: Badly Drawn Boy

To Ramona: Bob Dylan

Sister Ray: Velvet Underground

Walk Away Renee: Four Tops

Rhiannon: Fleetwood Mac

Help Me Rhonda: The Beach Boys

Rikki Don't Loose That Number: Steely Dan

Lovely Rita: The Beatles

Ro Ro Rosey: Van Morrison

Rosalie Come and Go: Ryan Adams

Rosetta: Alan Price and Georgie Fame

Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes): Edison Lighthouse

Roxanne: The Police

Ruby Tuesday: The Rolling Stones

Big City Miss Ruth Ann: Gallery

S

In Search of Little Sadie: Bob Dylan

Saffron, Beautiful & Brown:Eyed: Trembling Blue Stars

Mustang Sally: Wilson Pickett

Long Tall Sally: The Beatles

Sally Ann: Rufus Wainwright

Sally Can't Dance: The Velvet Underground

Sara: Jefferson Airplane

Sarah: Bob Dylan

Shannon: Henry Gross

My Sharona: The Knack

Sheena is a Punk Rocker: The Ramones

Sheila: Tommy Roe

Sophia: 4hero

Stacy's Mom: Fountains of Wayne

Stella By Starlight: Sarah Vaughan

Stella Was a Diver and She Was Always Down: Interpol

Stella Blue: The Grateful Dead

Stephanie Says: Velvet Underground

Run Around Sue: Dion

Oh Sweet Susannah: The Mooney Suzuki

Susan Van Heusen: Gilbert O'Sullivan

Susan: Aimee Mann

Wake Up Little Susie: The Everly Brothers

Suzanne: Leonard Cohen

Sorry Suzanne: The Hollies

Lonesome Suzie: The Band

Suzie Q: Creedence Clearwater Revivial

Susie Q Sailaway: Self

Suzy Lee: The White Stripes

Sunny Came Home: Shawn Colvin

Sylvia's Mother: Dr. Hook

Sylvia Plath: Ryan Adams

T

The Lie (Bernini's Saint Theresa): Peter Hammill

Tina Toledo's Street Walkin' Blues: Ryan Adams

Tracy: The Cuff Links

Miss Trudy: Gorky's Zygotic Mynci

V

Valerie: The Monkees

Valerie: Stevie Winwood

Valerie: The Zutons

Venus: Frankie Avalon

Sweet Virginia: The Rolling Stones

W

Willhelmina: Peter Hammill

Y

The Ballad of John and Yoko: The Beatles

Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots: The Flaming Lips

W

Zoe – Eminem


Boy's names

A

(Aaron's Party) Come Get It: Aaron Carter

Oh Aaron: Aaron Carter

Abraham, Martin, and John: Marvin Gaye

Adam and Eve: Ani DiFranco

Adam's Apple: Aerosmith

Adam's Song: Blink 182

Pictures of Adolf: Jim O'Rourke with Glenn Kotche

You Can Call Me Al: Paul Simon

Andrew: Bowling For Soup

Andy Norris: Badfinger

Movin' Out (Anthony's Song): Billy Joel

Antonin Artaud: Bauhaus

Arthur: Badfinger

Arthur's Car: Ides of Space

Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do): Christopher Cross

B

B.J. Don't Cry: Moxy Früvous

Ben: Michael Jackson

Ben Lee: Klinger

Ben Lee: The Ataris

Bennie and the Jets: Elton John

Absolutely Bill's Mood: They Might Be Giants

Trippin' Billies: Dave Matthews Band

Billy: Bad Religion

Billy-a-dick: Bette Midler

Billy, Don't Be a Hero: Paper Lace

Billy Peddle: Great Big Sea

Billy the Theme Park Shark: The Arrogant Worms

One Tin Soldier (The Legend of Billy Jack): Skeeter Davies

Black Jack: The Hives

Dog Named Bob: The Arrogant Worms

Me and Bobbie McGee: Janis Joplin

Me and Bobby and Bobby's Brother: ABBA

Me And Bobby D: Everything But The Girl

Bobby Is My Baby: Barbara Mason

Bobby's Girl: Marcie Blaine

Bob Dylan's Blues: Bob Dylan

Books My Dog, The Box, Brian Sokel, and Me: Atom and His Package

Brian's Song: Johnny Mathis

Brian Wilson: Barenaked Ladies

Brother Louie: The Stories

Buddy Holly: Weezer

C

Ballad of Cedric Früvous: Moxy Früvous

Charles Atlas: A.F.I.

Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues: Danny O'Keefe

Charlie Brown: The Coasters

Charlie the Methadone Man: Fastball

Chris & His Connor (Whom I Already Love): Atom and His Package

Chuck E's In Love: Rickie Lee Jones

Connor Welcome: Atom and His Package

Conrad: Jets to Brazil

Craise Finton Kirk Royal Academy of Arts: The Bee Gees

Crazy Man Michael: Sandy Denny

D

Daniel: Elton John

Darlington Darling: Moxy Früvous

Darryl: Contest Winner #1: The Pettit Project

Davey Destroyed the Punk Scene: Anti-Flag

David: Gus Gus

David Duchovny: Bree Sharp

Hey Deanie: Shaun Cassidy

Denis: Blondie

Dennis: Badfinger

Dennis and Lois: The Happy Mondays

Donnie: Ace of Base

Dream Angus: Annie Lennox

Duke of Earl: Gene Chandler

Ballad of Dwight Fry: Alice Cooper

E

Eddie Walker, This is Your Life: Ben Folds Five

Ed Says: Samiam

Eddie's Song: Dobie Gray

Eli's Coming: Three Dog Night

Ellen and Ben: The Dismemberment Plan

Calling Elvis: Dire Straits

Hey Elvis: Bryan Adams

Elvis Presley Blues: Gilian Welch

F

Farmer Ferdinand Hudson: The Bee Gees

Fat Lenny: Ween

Feed Jake: Pirates of the Mississippi

Fernando: ABBA

Five Finger Johnny: Westside Chemical

Floyd the Barber: Nirvana

Prayer Of Saint Francis: Sarah McLachlan

Ballad Of Sir Frankie Crisp (Let It Roll): George Harrison

For Franklin: Atom and His Package

Frederick: Patty Smith

Fred Jones Pt. 2: Ben Folds

G

Gabriel: Lamb

Oh George: The Foo Fighters

Gilbert Green: The Bee Gees

A Boat Like Gideon Brown: Great Big Sea

Goodbye Earl: Dixie Chicks

Gordon Bennett: Gilbert O'Sullivan

Gord's Gold: Moxy Früvous

H

Happy Birthday Ralph: Atom and His Package

Harry: Bauhaus

Harry Braff: The Bee Gees

Our Harry: Innocence Mission

Hats Off to Halford: Atom and His Package

I'm Henry the VIII, I Am: Herman's Hermits

Hiro's Song: Ben Folds

Ballad Of Hollis Brown: Bob Dylan

J

House That Jack Built: Aretha Franklin

Jack and Jill: Avant

Jack Hinks: Great Big Sea

Jackie Wilson Said (I'm In Heaven When You Smile): Van Morrison

Jackknife Johnny: Alice Cooper

Jackson Cannery: Ben Folds Five

Jacob's Ladder (Not in My Name): Chumbawamba

Jake 99: Deep Switch

My Brother Jake: Free

Jakey's Gin: Great Big Sea

James Dean (I Wanna Know): Daniel Bedingfield

James Dean in Tennessee: Jessica Andrews

Meet James Ensor: They Might Be Giants

James K. Polk: They Might Be Giants

Jeremy: Pearl Jam

Jesse: Carly Simon

Jesse's Girl: Rick Springfield

Dear Jessie: Madonna

Jesus' Brother Bob: The Arrogant Worms

Jim Dandy: Black Oak Arkansas

Jim I Wore A Tie Today: Johnny Cash/The Highwaymen

Jimmy James: Beastie Boys

Jimmy Loves Mary:Anne: Looking Glass

Jimmy Mack: Martha and the Vandellas

Jimmy the Exploder: White Stripes

Live at Jimmy's: Angie Martinez

Jimmy's Road: Willie Nelson

Hey Joe: Jimi Hendrix

Joe Harper Saturday Morning: Van Morrison

Joey: Concrete Blonde

Run Joey Run: David Geddes

Sloop John B.: The Beach Boys

Long John Blues: Bette Midler

Talkin' John Birch Paranoid Blues: Bob Dylan

John Lee Supertaster: They Might Be Giants

John The Gun: Sandy Denny

It's Johnny's Birthday: George Harrison

Hangin' Johnny: Great Big Sea

A Johnny Ace Christmas: Squirrel Nut Zippers

Johnny Angel: Shelly Fabares

Come Home Johnny Bride: The Bee Gees

Johnny Are You Queer?: The Go-Go's

Johnny Be Good: Chuck Berry

Johnny Came Home Headless: The Arrogant Worms

Johnny Get Angry: Joanie Summers

Little Johnny Jewel: Television

Johnny Saucep'n: Moxy Früvous

Johnny Ryall: Beastie Boys

John Sinclair: John Lennon

John the Revelator: Beck

Along Came Jones: The Coasters

Doctor Jones: Aqua

Joseph Cornell: The Clientele

Hey Jude: The Beatles

Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard: Paul Simon

K

Cousin Kevin: The Who

Kevin Ayers: Gorky's Zygotic Mynci

Kevin Carter: The Manic Street Preachers

L

Lagartija Nick: Bauhaus

Hats Off to Larry: Del Shannon

Lazlo's Career: Moxy Früvous

Lenny: John Mayer

Leonard I:V: The Roots

Bad, Bad Leroy Brown: Frank Sinatra

Brother Louie: Stories

Louie Louie: The Kingsmen

Lukey: Great Big Sea

M

Malcolm: The Arrogant Worms

Mark on the Bus: Beastie Boys

Mark Scott: Atom and His Package

Maxwell's Silver Hammer: The Beatles

Michel: Anouk

Mickey: Toni Basil

Millie and Billie: Alice Cooper

Milo: Bowling For Soup

Mitchell Lane: Ben Folds Five

Muddy Waters: Free

Black Superman (Muhammed Ali): Kinshasa Band

Muhammad My Friend: Tori Amos

N

Little Saint Nick: The Beach Boys

Making Plans for Nigel: XTC

Norman: Sue Thompson

O

Oliver's Army: Elvis Costello

Otto Titsling: Bette Midler

Ozzy: Beck

P

Night Pat Murphy Died: Great Big Sea

A Box For Black Paul: Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds

Paul Revere: Beastie Boys

Pete Standing Alone: Boards of Canada

Roll 'em, Pete: Big Joe Turner

Hey St. Peter: Flash in the Pan

I Dreamed I Saw Phil Ochs Last Night: Billy Bragg

R

Ray: The Ataris

Doctor Robert: The Beatles

Rock Me Amadeus: Falco

Rocky: Austin Roberts

Rocky: Ben Folds Five

Rocky Raccoon: The Beatles

Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner: Warren Zevon

Just Like Romeo and Juliet: The Reflections

Run Rudolph Run: Bryan Adams

A Message to You, Rudy: The Specials

Rusty: The Dismemberment Plan

S

Sam: Massive Attack

Scary Ned: The Arrogant Worms

Scott and Connor are Both Dorks: The Pettit Project

Sebastian: Cockney Rebel

Shakespeare's Sister: The Smiths

Old Shep: Elvis Presley

King Solomon's Mines: Three Dog Night

Son of Poop and George: Atom and His Package

St. James Infirmary Blues: White Stripes

St. John: Aerosmith

St. Matthew: The Monkees

St. Patrick's Day: John Mayer

St. Paul's Cathedral At Night: Trembling Blue Stars

Steven's Last Night in Town: Ben Folds Five

Steve Polychronopolous: Adam Sandler

Stevie Ray Blues: Stevie Wonder

Straw Hat and Old Dirty Hank: Barenaked Ladies

Stuart and the Ave.: Green Day

Stumbled Into Ben: Kevin Seconds

A Boy Named Sue: Johnny Cash

Sunshine Life For Me (Sail Away Raymond): Ringo Starr

Surabaya Johnny: Bette Midler

Sweet Baby James: James Taylor

T

Tad Loves Kimberly James: Actionslacks

General Taylor: Great Big Sea

Teddy Boy: Paul McCartney

The Ascent of Stan: Ben Folds

The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde: Georgie Fame

The Ballad of John and Yoko: John Lennon

The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill: The Beatles

The Earnest of Being George: The Bee Gees

The Jack: AC/DC

The Mighty Stephen Hawking: MC Hawking

The Real Slim Shady: Eminem

The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald: Gordon Lightfoot

Thomas: A Perfect Circle

Tim Allen Is Not Very Funny: Atom and His Package

Timothy: Buoys

Toll Booth Willie: Adam Sandler

Tom and Mary: Ben Folds Five

I Give You Nothing (Tom Clement...): Bad Religion

Tom Dooley: Kingston Trio

Tommy's Holiday Camp: The Who

Tom's Diner: Suzanne Vega

Just Like Tom Thumb Blues: Bob Dylan

Tom Waits: Anouk

Tyrone: Erykah Badu

U

Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey: Paul McCartney

Uncle Walter: Ben Folds Five

V

Valentino: Bowling For Soup

Victor E: Gilbert O'Sullivan

Vincent: Don McLean

W

Watford John: Badfinger

When Scott Got Dumped: The Pettit Project

Which Way You Goin' Billy?: The Poppy Family

Who Killed Davey More: Bob Dylan

Who Wrote Holden Caulfield: Green Day

Why Won't Jesse Helms Just Hurry Up And Die?: MC Hawking

William It Was Really Nothing: The Smiths

Rambling Gambling Willie: Bob Dylan

Wong's Chinese Buffet: The Arrogant Worms

X

XTC Vs. Adam Ant: They Might Be Giants

Z

Zak and Sara: Ben Folds

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Mike Feuerstein wrote on 26 Sep 14 at 1:06am
Mike Feuerstein

"Let's Save Tony Orlando's House", "Madeline" - Yo La Tengo; Rosalinda's Eyes - Billy Joel; Sarah Yellin' - 3 Doors Down; Emily Kane - Art Brut; ~ Maria - Rage against the Machine; "Proud Mary" - Creedence Clearwater Revival; Jack & Diane - John Mellencamp; I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone - Sleater-Kinney; * More to come later, as time permits.

Mike Feuerstein wrote on 26 Sep 14 at 0:55am
Mike Feuerstein

James Dean - The Eagles; Steve McQueen - Sheryl Crow; OH NEIL! - Carole King; Sweet Annie - Zac Brown Band.

Cheryl Bach wrote on 16 Feb 11 at 1:45am
Cheryl Bach


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