10 Great Songs With Girls Names
Girls with Songs Named After Them
Born Into Infamy
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Songs with Names in the Title are Timeless
Music in general has been around arguably as long as mankind. It in and of itself has outlasted languages, civilizations and written history. That is music as a whole of course and as long as man stills walks the earth, I believe it will remain withstanding to the test of time.
So what is it today that makes certain songs stand the test of time?
Besides being well marketed and performed by a competent artist, it is the songs ability to connect with it's listener and be immune to the changes of time. This can be accomplished in many different ways but it's hard to argue that putting a popular name in the title wouldn't be a good one. As long as people keep naming their children John, Jenny, Daniel, James...the song will always have a listener.
The following 10 songs are just a few of my favorites from the hundreds of girl named songs out there. I'll also ask for your opinions and test a bit of your musical knowledge along the way. Are you one of the lucky ladies to have a song on this list?
"A Boy Named Sue" - Johnny Cash
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About the Song "A Boy Named Sue"
I thought I'd start off with a bit of irony seeing as how this song has a girl's name but is about a guy.
The song was recorded in 1969 at Quentin State Prison and of course made popular by Johnny Cash. What you maybe didn't know was that it was written as a poem by none other than the infamous poet, Shel Silverstein, who was inspired by his friend Jean who had been taunted over the years for having a girl's name.
"867-5309/Jenny" - Tommy Tutone
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About the Song "867-5309/Jenny"
This little gem of a hit came to us in 1981 and though I'd like to say we've found the first song that actually has a person to connect to the name, I can't. Not with any certainty at least.
Though 3 of the 4 band members claim there was a Jenny whom they pranked by writing her phone number on the bathroom wall and then the song which inspired thousands of phone calls, the writer, Alex Call, denies there was any Jenny involved and it was just a name and number that fit the song.
Darn, so close. None the less, another timeless classic made so by a name...and the catchy phone number didn't hurt either.
"Amanda" - Boston
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About the Song "Amanda"
There's no real verifiable information about the inspiration of this song so again, the mystery remains.
It's interesting though that this song was written 8 years before it's release on Boston's "Third Stage" album which was released 6 years after the prior. Not bad taking 6 years off and having your first single top the charts in both the US and Canada without a music video. Yes, having a chart topper in '86 without any MTV video to go with it is no easy feat.
"Melissa" - Allman Brothers
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About the song "Melissa"
Though "Melissa" was written in 1968, it wasn't released until 1972 and was used to settle a contract by selling a part of the rights. Later, Greg Allman, the writer of the song, was able to purchase the song back in it's entirety.
For those of you named Melissa, I'm sorry to say there was no Melissa who inspired this song. It's believed that the name was simply overheard by Greg, he liked it and it fit the piece so there you have it, "Melissa".
(Don't feel bad Melissa's of the world. I think we'll find this to be rather common.)
"Rhiannon" - Fleetwood Mac
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About the Song "Rhiannon"
Again, we're close but still haven't found a song actually written about the person whose name is in the title.
"Rhiannon" was written by Stevie Nicks in 1975 after reading a novel that had the name in it. She thought the name was so pretty, it inspired her to write the song. She later found that "Rhiannon" was the name of a witch and her song accidentally somewhat fit her story. This of course lead to the belief that Stevie Nicks was into witchcraft and Stevie in turn trying to discredit this belief by not wearing black clothing for quite some time.
Though not the most popular name, Rhiannon the song has been quite popular over the years between both men and women.
"Billy Jean" - Michael Jackson
About the song "Billie Jean"
"Billie Jean" is no doubt one of the most popular songs worldwide that contains a girl's name in the title.
One theory about this song which many know, is that Michael wrote this song about a woman who had accused him of being the father of her child. What many may not know is that the child was a twin and she only accused him of being the father to the one child. The other is that he'd wrote it referring to the many "groupies" that he and his brothers had had over the years. Perhaps we'll never know the truth about the why the song was written but it is confirmed that the "stalker" theory is true.
Released in 1982 as part of the "Thriller" album, "Billie Jean" topped the charts in nearly every country that played it.
"Mary Jane's Last Dance" - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
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About the song "Mary Jane's Last Dance"
"Mary Jane's Last Dance", released in 1993, has a couple of possible origins.
Perhaps it's a coincidence, but Tom Petty had just divorced his wife Jane a year prior to the song so it's is possible we have a real "Jane" inspiration here. However, the more popular belief is that the song is about marijuana seeing as how the term "mary jane" is often used referring to the drug and it's ability to "kill the pain". Judging by the lyrics and video, I think it's likely the latter of the two. One band mate states that "it can be whatever the listener wants it to be" thus leaving it up to us what we feel it to be about when letting the tune grace our ears.
"Layla" - Eric Clapton
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About the song "Layla"
Inspired by "The Story of Layla and Majnun" (Nizami Ganjavi), "Layla" is not only one of the best songs named after a girl, it is one of the greatest rock songs of all time. The inspiration of this song was further enforced by Eric's love for fellow rocker George Harrison's wife.
Release originally in 1970 as a rockin' hit, "Layla" again hit the charts in 2004 when the "Unplugged" version was released. Though both are great, this video is a great live performance of the song in it's original form.
"Angie" - the Rolling Stones
About the song "Angie"
Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, who wrote most of the song with help from lead man Mick Jagger, is said to have written this song about his quitting the use of heroin. Heroin being "Angie" in the song released in 1973.
Seemingly, the quitting of heroin use didn't stick for Keith but certainly the song did. Topping the charts in the US, "Angie" could be one of the most recognizable songs with a girl's name in the title. It still though has no Angie to have inspired the track despite rumors that the song was about the then wife of David Bowie, Richards himself is the one who said the song was about heroin...then again, wasn't everything?
"Beth" - Kiss
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Perhaps if you're a song writer, you may want to consider writing a song with a girl's name in it. They are wildly popular and you're guaranteed to have at least a few listeners right out of the gate. Find some of the latest, popular baby names so you're ahead of the curve and voila, you've just increased your chance of having a hit.
About the Song "Beth"
Once again, there is no Beth behind the scenes of this song. It was actually Becky shortened to "Beck" to which the song was originally written, "Beck What Can I Do" in 1971 about one of the band mate's wife who would often call during practice to see when he was coming home. This was not originally a KISS song though released on their album "Destroyer" in 1976. Furthermore, no KISS members play any instruments in the song which was written by their guitar player, Stan Penridge, and sung by their drummer, Peter Criss.
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