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13 Songs With the Name John in the Title

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Mr. Cheese (Nick Ortman) is a Graduate of Columbia University's MFA program. He's a drummer and frequently writes about the music industry.

These classic songs are perfect for making a playlist of songs with the name John in the title.

These classic songs are perfect for making a playlist of songs with the name John in the title.

Songs with a person's name in the title are quite common, but for this list we're only ranking the best songs about people named John or Johnny. Do you have a favorite John song? Read on to see if your's made the list.

Songs With John in the Title

  1. "Johnny B Goode"—Chuck Berry
  2. "Not Now John"—Pink Floyd
  3. "Big John"—Jimmy Dean
  4. "Sloop John 'B'"—The Beach Boys
  5. "Dear John"—Taylor Swift
  6. "John Barleycorn"—Traffic
  7. "The Legend of John Henry's Hammer"—Johnny Cash
  8. "Brother John"—Blues Traveler
  9. "Ballad of John and Yoko"—John Lennon and Yoko Ono
  10. "Abraham, Martin and John"—Dion DiMucci
  11. "Sweet Papa John"—Johnny Winter
  12. "Ballad of Spider John"—Willis Alan Ramsey
  13. "St. John"—Aerosmith

1. "Johnny B Goode"—Chuck Berry

Album: Berry Is on Top

Year Released: July 1959

About the Song:

  • Chuck Berry Is on Top is the third studio album by rock and roll pioneer Chuck Berry, released in July 1959 on Chess Records
  • Johnny B. Goode was one of Chuck Berry's most iconic songs, helping to launch him to stardom.

2. "Not Now John"—Pink Floyd

Album: The Final Cut

Year Released: March 1983

About the Song:

  • Then Album The Final Cut is Pink Floyd's most overtly political album. This was one of the contributing factors to the band's breakup, as Water's and the rest of the band found themselves interested in different topics.
  • The Final Cut is one Pink Floyd's least selling albums.

3. "Big John"—Jimmy Dean

Album: Big Bad John and Other Fabulous Songs and Tales

Year Released: September 1961

About the Song:

  • The song tells the story of a mysterious and quiet miner who earned the nickname Big John because of his height, weight, and muscular physique. ("He stood six foot six and weighed 245".)
  • The last line of the song, "At the bottom of this mine lies one hell of a man – Big John" was controversial for cursing. In facts, some versions of the song change the last line to "lies a big, big man" to replace what was considered profane language.

4. "Sloop John 'B'"—The Beach Boys

Album: Pet Sounds

Year Released: May 1966

About the Song:

  • A Sloop is a kind of sailboat.
  • The song tells the story of a party animal out to sea.

5. "Dear John"—Taylor Swift

Album: Speak Now

Year Released: October 2010

About the Song:

  • Dear John” is an ode to Taylor’s short-lived relationship with fellow singer-songwriter John Mayer.
  • The lyrics convey her feelings of frustration over the way she was treated by John and how she disregarded the warnings given by others.

6. "John Barleycorn"—Traffic

Album: John Barleycorn Must Die

Year Released: July 1970

About the Song:

  • This song is a musical adaptation of a traditional poem from the old west. The poem railed against the craziness of prohibition.
  • The song is joking, calling the teetotalers "brave." Claiming to be doing the work of the Lord, they were actually hypocrites ruining that work.

7. "The Legend of John Henry's Hammer"—Johnny Cash

Album: Blood, Sweat and Tears

Year Released: January 1963

About the Song:

  • John Henry is an American folk hero. He was an African American and was said to have worked as a "steel-driving man" (a man tasked with hammering a steel drill into rock to make holes for explosives).
  • The song is meant to show solidarity with "the American working man."

8. "Brother John"—Blues Traveler

Album: Four

Year Released: September 1994

About the Song:

  • The song was produced by Steve Thompson & Michael Barbiero, who were famous for producing such nu-metal acts as Korn.
  • Blues Traveler broke into the mainstream following the release of Four.

9. "Ballad of John and Yoko"—The Beatles

Album: The Ballad of John and Yoko

Year Released: 1969

About the Song:

  • The song chronicles the events surrounding the wedding of Lennon and Yoko Ono.
  • The song was the Beatles' 17th and final UK number-one single.

10. "Abraham, Martin and John"—Dion DiMucci

Album: Dion

Year Released: 1968

About the Song:

  • The song was written in response to the assassination of King and that of Robert Kennedy in April and June 1968, respectively.
  • The song laments their deaths and fears a world without them.

11. "Sweet Papa John"—Johnny Winter

Album: John Dawson Winter III

Year Released: November 1974

About the Song:

  • John Dawson Winter III is the seventh studio album by Johnny Winter.
  • The song's suggestive themes were considered vulgar in the 1970s.

12. "Ballad of Spider John"—Willis Alan Ramsey

Album: Willis Alan Ramsey

Year Released: May 1972

About the Song:

  • Willis Alan Ramsey is Willis Alan Ramsey's sole studio release.
  • Critics agree that the album and song are major successes. It has received an average rating of over four stars.

13. "St. John"—Aerosmith

Album: Permanent Vacation

Year Released: August 1987

About the Song:

  • The song "St. John" was written to honor one of the heads of a major music company's named John Williams.
  • He had helped some of the members of Aerosmith through drug problems.

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