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Name That Name

I started making a list of songs named after women:
Josie – Steely Dan, Blink 182
Billie Jean – Michael Jackson
Rosanna – Toto
Maria – Blondie
Lola – The Kinks
Mandy – Barry Manilow
Layla – Eric Clapton
Beth – Kiss
Joanna – Kool & The Gang
Carrie – Europe
Sherry – Four Seasons
Donna – Richie Valens
Aisha – ABC
Peggy Sue – Buddy Holly
Diana – Paul Anka
Cecilia – Simon & Garfunkel
Polly – Nirvana
Veronica – Elvis Costello
Sarah – Fleetwood Mac
Rhiannon – Fleetwood Mac
Angelia – Richard Marx
Mary Jane – Rick James


(Oh) Sheila – Ready For The World
(Letter to) Elise – The Cure
Yoshimi (Battles the Pink Robots) – Flaming Lips
Jane (Says) – Jane’s Addiction
(Oh) Carolina – Shaggy
(Dirty) Diana – Michael Jackson
Wynona(‘s Big Brown Beaver) – Primus
(Gimme Hope) Joanna – Eddy Grant
Lucy (in the Sky With Diamonds) – The Beatles
(Come On) Eileen – Dexy’s Midnight Runners
Sarah (Smile) – Hall and Oates
Then I started one for the men:
Ben – Michael Jackson
Daniel – Elton John
Joey – Concrete Blonde
Tyrone – Erykah Badu
Jack Kerouac – 10,000 Maniacs
Jimmy Mack – Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
(Me and) Julio – Paul Simon
Jesse(‘s Girl) – Rick Springfield
(Cotton Eye) Joe – Primus
Judging by my list, there are so many more songs named after women than men.
What am I missing?

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24 Responses

  1. joel says:

    8675309 Jenny

  2. joel says:

    I had to double-check for more on my ipod. Here’s a couple more:
    Paulina – No Doubt
    Mickey – Tony Basil
    Juliet – Sunland
    Amie – Damien Rice
    Belle – Jack Johnson
    Billy – James Blunt
    Billy S. – Skye Sweetnam
    Bonita Applebum – Tribe Called Quest
    Carmen – Anything Box
    Claire – Jimmy Eat World
    Dear John – Ryan Adams & the Cardinals
    Elvis Preslet and America – U2
    Emily – Stephen Fretwell
    Gabriel’s Message – Sting
    Gloria – U2
    Hey Joe – Jimi Hendrix
    Isobel – Dido
    Jackie Big Tits – The Kooks
    Jenny Don’t Be Hasty – Paolo Nutini
    Jowenna (Sweet Hawaiian Girl) – Fiji
    Kenji – Fort Minor
    Lolita – Stereophonics
    Maria – Rage Against the Machine
    Mary’s In India – Dido
    Mary Jane – Alanis Morissette
    Me and Bobby Mcgee – Janis Joplin
    MLK – U2
    Moses – Coldplay
    Natalie’s Song – Sia
    Nickel Romeo – the Bangles
    Pamela – Toto
    Rosie and the Sea – Youth Group
    Sarah – Maren Ord
    Scotty Doesn’t Know – Lustra
    Scarlet – U2
    To Bob Ross With Love – Gym Class Heroes
    Happy – the Boys
    Mellie’s Comin’ Over – Letters to Cleo
    Jennifer – Letter to Cleo
    What Sarah Said – Death Cab for Cutie
    Sara – Starship
    This was fun…

  3. Jesse says:

    Wow that’s a lot more then I could have come up with. I did think of a few though others though.
    Cailin – Unwritten Law
    Judith – A Perfect Circle
    Boy Named Sue – Johnny Cash
    Pictures of Lily – The Who
    Daria – Cake

  4. henry says:

    some of my favorites:
    allison-elvis costello
    juliette-kalapana
    doroty louise-kalapana
    angelina-saralu(chamorro)
    sara-fleetwood mac
    (the ballad of)dorothy parker-prince

  5. christine lalaine says:

    Josephine — Wallflowers
    Christine (Sixteen) — Kiss (also Gin Blossoms)

  6. christine lalaine says:

    Rose Marie — Slim Whitman

  7. mona says:

    Laura – Billy Joel
    Eleanor Rigby – The Beatles
    Angie – The Rolling Stones
    Oh Sherrie – Steve Perry
    To Ramona – Bob Dylan
    Mona Lisa – Nat King Cole
    My Sharona – The Knack

  8. Joie says:

    Bebot – Black Eyed Peas (that’s my aunt’s name)
    Bette Davis Eyes – Kim Carnes
    Candy – Iggy Pop
    Damita Jo – Janet Jackson
    Dana’s Song – Kalapana
    Eve, the Apple of my Eye – Bell X1
    Forgetful Lucy – Adam Sandler
    India’s Song – India.Arie
    Jenny from the Block – Jennifer Lopez
    Jezebel – Iron & Wine
    Leilani – Ryshe’
    Lilian – Depeche Mode
    Lyla – Oasis
    Prefidia – Likkle Wicked
    Robin and Marian – Nickel Creek
    St. Elmo’s Fire – John Parr
    Taylor – Jack Johnson

  9. tricia says:

    Sweet Jane (Cowboy Junkies cover)
    Hey Jude (The Beatles)

  10. resuri says:

    boys
    sweet baby james – james taylor
    hey mickey – toni basil
    romeo and juliet – dire straits (covered by indigo girls)
    jack and diane – john mellencamp
    girls
    hey julie – fountains of wayne
    stacy’s mom – fountains of wayne
    leslie anne levine – decemberists
    janie’s got a gun – aerosmith
    grace is gone – dmb
    maggie may – rod stewart
    i will never be your maggie may – suzanne vega
    luka – suzanne vega
    suzanne – leonard cohen
    oh my sweet carolina – ryan adams
    sylvia plath – ryan adams
    amy – ryan adams
    amy hit the atmosphere – counting crows
    amy – switchfoot
    anna begins – counting crows
    goodnight elisabeth – counting crows
    rosa parks – outkast
    jolene – dolly parton
    barbara ann – beach boys
    iris- goo goo dolls
    jacqueline – franz ferdinand
    sweet jane – velvet underground
    jamie – weezer (also covered by dashboard)
    wind cries mary – jimi hendrix (and covered by john mayer)
    last dance with mary jane – tom petty
    molly – sponge
    zoe jane – staind
    me and mrs. jones – billy paul
    mrs. robinson – simon & garfunkel (and covered by the lemonheads)
    help me rhonda – beach boys
    roxanne – the police
    my sharona – the knack
    and can i just say how much i appreciate that you cited to lola by the kinks as a song about a woman

  11. resuri says:

    ok, i thought about it more while i was walking on the beach today (i’m studying for the bar, i swear). i had to dig deep for a lot of these.
    boys
    jeremy – pearl jam
    carey – joni mitchell
    the last time i saw richard – joni mitchell
    the house that jack built – aretha (not to be confused with…)
    the house that jack built – metallica
    jessie’s girl – rick springfield
    vincent – don mclean
    adam’s song – blink 182
    arthur’s theme – christopher cross
    bennie and the jets – elton
    me and julio down by the schoolyard- paul simon
    you can call me al – paul simon
    brian wilson – barenaked ladies
    paul revere – beastie boys
    ballad of john and yoko – john lennon
    meanwhile, rick james – cake
    buddy holly – weezer
    hey joe – jimi
    jesus doesn’t want me for a sunbeam – nirvana (of course, this is a misnomered cover of the vaselines’ song “jesus wants me for a sunbeam”)
    a coupla more girl songs
    be my yoko ono – barenaked ladies
    magdalena – perfect circle
    song that jane likes – dmb
    st. teresa – joan osborne
    o.k. now i can sleep tonight.

  12. trench says:

    Did anyone mention that Karaoke Song MANDY?? didn’t see it on the list.. lol

  13. Mona says:

    Also: Jenny by The Killers.
    I’m interested in any Chamorro songs with male/female names in the title. I can’t think of any, but I’m sure they’re out there.

  14. Donna says:

    Mona,
    “Katrina” by Frank “Bokonggo” Pangilinan
    That’s all I know…haha

  15. inna says:

    Inna Gotta Davida?
    iron butterfly

  16. christine says:

    thank you for all the songs! i was thinking of choosing a “names” theme for the next mix i’m going to send to my friend, and dammit this is awesome.

  17. Haji says:

    L.A. Woman;
    Maggie McGill -The Doors
    And the following, all from The Beatles:
    Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds;
    Dear Prudence;
    Martha, My Dear;
    Julia;
    Sexy Sadie;
    Penny Lane;
    Polythene Pam;
    Her Majesty (and if that counts, why not Abbey Road);
    Maggie Mae;
    Anna (Go to Him);
    Dizzy Miss Lizzy;
    Michelle;
    Good Day Sunshine;
    Lovely Rita (Metermaid);
    and
    Doctor Robert(all things being equal, that is!)
    The Wind Calls Mary -Hendrix
    and did anybody mention
    8675-309 (Jenny, Jenny) -by Tommy Tutone?
    Suzy Q -CCR
    Candy-O -The Cars
    Amanda -Boston
    Gloria -(Hank Thompson, sung by many, like The Doors)

  18. Amylynn says:

    One more song –
    Once in Love with (Amy) by Frank Sinatra

  19. Rich Terlaje says:

    GALS:
    Sara Smile – Hall & Oates
    Brandi – Looking Glass
    Chiquitita – ABBA
    Daisy Jane – America
    Venus – Bananarama
    Laura – Christopher Cross
    Amanda – Boston
    Jody – Kalapana
    Juliette – Kalapana
    Lea – Toto
    Dreamboat Annie – Heart
    Gloria – Van Morrison
    Oh Sherrie – Steve Perry
    Hey Blue – Tony Rich Project (I think “Blue” is the woman’s name)
    Jezebel – Sade
    Peg – Steely Dan
    Roxanne – Police
    Jamie’s Cryin’ – Van Halen
    Who’s Holding Donna Now – DeBarge

  20. Rich Terlaje says:

    Is it just me… or are there a lot of “Sara” songs?

  21. les says:

    lmao… tons of sarah songs…
    those are alot of songs listed…
    Les

  22. christine says:

    To Chris From Chris: And You Are…?
    1. Plain White T’s – Hey There Delilah
    2. Aslyn – Wally
    3. Teitur – Louis, Louis
    4. The Kooks – Jackie Big Tits
    5. Eisley – Golly Sandra

  23. christine says:

    sorry mine is in so late! i would have put the list up sooner, except i hadn’t sent my mix out to him yet. but now that he has it, i’m free to post. thanks to joel for jackie big tits.

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