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68 Songs With Stuttering

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Stu-stu-stuttering touches the lives of millions of people of all ages. Make a playlist of pop, rock, and country songs with stuttering effects in the lyrics.

Stu-stu-stuttering touches the lives of millions of people of all ages. Make a playlist of pop, rock, and country songs with stuttering effects in the lyrics.

Repeat What You Said

Have your vocal cords ever been hijacked by anxiety or some other force and you spit out gibberish—stammering, a stutter, the involuntary repetition of sounds (usually on the first consonant)? It can feel like you aren't in control of your own tongue. Count yourself lucky if this has never happened to you.

Stuttering is a universal enough experience that you can find it in popular song lyrics through the years, as in the humorous 1915 Tin Pan Alley ditty "Oh, Helen!" by Arthur Fields:

Willie Meek, though good at grammar
When he'd speak he'd always stammer
And when he tried, then he'd be mortified
He'd call on a girl named Helen, most ev'ry day

He'd start cryin' like a dyin' calf
And then he'd say
Oh h-h-hel, Oh h-h-hel, Oh Helen please be mine
Your f-f-feat, your f-f-feat, your features are divine
I s-s-swear, I s-s-swear, I swear I will be true
Oh d-d-dam, Oh d-d-dam, Oh damsel I love you!

In addition to habitual stammering, popular songs over the decades commonly feature a stutter provoked by anxiety, excitement, or arousal. Certainly it's not a funny problem to have, but as media exposure and sensitivity to this speech impediment has increased there have been more songs with stuttering lyrics. Below is a collection of pop, rock, R&B, and country songs with stuttering in them. Make a p-p-playlist full of stu-stu-stuttering songs today!

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1. "Poker Face" by Lady Gaga

Mum-mum-mum-mah ... ! Chock full of sexual innuendo and stuttering, this danceable 2008 song was a global chart-topper for Lady Gaga. In the synth-pop tune, she flaunts her p-p-p-poker face, a symbol of bisexuality. The term "poker face" has traditionally represented a blank expression that conceals one's feelings. Gaga contends that the game of love, sex, and attraction is much like a game of poker in that one must not always divulge their true feelings if they want to win.

2. "Stacy's Mom" by Fountains of Wayne

Poor Stacy. Her teenage boyfriend is crushing hard on her mother (for Pete's sake!), and it's leaving him stuttering. In this iconic 2003 pop song about unrequited love, the lovesick narrator attempts to play it cool by asking his girlfriend questions about her mom. He also makes plans to hang out around the po-oo-oo-oo-ool at Stacy's house after sch-oo-oo-oo-ool, hoping to get close to the real object of his affection.

3. "Haunted Heart" by Christina Aguilera

It's hard not find yourself bewitched by this spooky R&B 2019 tune from the soundtrack of The Addams Family, a computer-animated supernatural dark comedy film. In a sultry stutter, the song's narrator tauntingly warns her love interest that once they enter her heart, there will be no escape:

My, my, my heart
My, my, my, my heart is a haunted (haunted house).

4. "Stutter" by Marianas Trench

No matter how confident you are, never assume that your nerves won't randomly betray you, affecting your speech and causing you to stutter. That's what happens to the narrator in this 2012 pop-rock song. Its beat is absolutely contagious. As the otherwise self-assured chap makes conversation with a woman he is attracted to, he verbally trips all over himself, and it throws him off his game.

5. "More Than Words" by Little Mix (featuring Kamille)

Call this 2018 pop ballad an emotional stutterfest. Whew! A woman emphasizes her ardent support to her friend or loved one that she will always be there. Through high and low times as well as changes throughout their lives, the narrator pledges to reciprocate the love and loyalty that she has r-r-r-received.

6. "What Makes You Beautiful" by One Direction

In 2011, English-Irish pop boy band One Direction burst on the international music scene with this strategically halting song, their first hit single. In it, the narrator attempts to flatter a young woman by telling her she is beautif-u-u-ul, although she isn't easily convinced that his compliments are genuine. She is a sh-y-y-y girl who turns her head when she walks through the do-oo-oo-oor, and hearing that she lights up his world makes her feel put on the spot (dude, he's a big star!). The object of the narrator's affection casts her ey-ey-eyes downward and the chase continues.

7. "A Friend Like You" by Andy Grammer

If you have a pal whom with you're super tight—a brother from another mother or a sister from another mister—then use this buoyant pop tune to tell them how much you care. The narrator expresses love for his friend and gushes that the best things come in twos. As he attempts to imagine life without his buddy, he stutters his affection:

What would I do without a friend like you?
W-w-w-w-what would I do (what I do)
Without a friend like you?
W-w-w-w-what would I do (what I do)
Without a friend like you?

This tune for released as a part of the soundtrack for the 2017 computer-animated film Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie.

8. "Push It" by Salt-N-Pepa

"Yo, yo, yo, yo." Let's just say they're not pushing around heavy furniture in this 1987 hip-hop song. This is one of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Times," according to Rolling Stone's famed list. Additionally, Salt-N-Pepa played it at Nelson Mandela's 70th birthday celebration.

In the song, an excitable narrator instructs her partner, "B-baby, B-baby" to "push it, push it-push-it-push it, push it," encouraging him to "p-push it real good." The tune was originally the B side of a record and was not itself intended to be released as a single.

9. "My Generation" by The Who

Each generation attempts to carve out an independent name for itself in culture. The struggle is real but not unique.

In this iconic 1965 song, lead singer Roger Daltrey, having not rehearsed before the recording session, stuttered the lyrics in an attempt to make them fit the music. Moreover, he was nervous and unable to hear his own voice. The result was this stammering doozy:

Why don't you all f-fade away (talkin' 'bout my generation)
And don't try to d-dig what we all s-s-say (talkin' 'bout my generation)
I'm not trying to 'cause a b-big s-s-sensation (talkin' 'bout my generation)
I'm just talkin' 'bout my g-g-generation (talkin' 'bout my generation).

10. "Unconditional" by Kehlani

The stuttering princess in this 2015 R&B number is stumbling all over herself with her "L"s as she declares to her partner, "I wanna l-l-l-l-l-l-love unconditional." Whereas she urges him to embrace her flaws, if it were true l-l-l-l-l-l-l-love she wouldn't have to work so hard to convince the guy, would she?

11. "Jaded' by Aerosmith

Steven Tyler expresses regret for having j-j-jaded the young girl at the center of this 2000 rock song. Being jaded means being made cynical or apathetic by one's experience.

While Tyler has said that the song is about missing his daughter's growing up years because he was on tour, I suspect that it's actually a veiled reference to his relationship with the young Aerosmith groupie Julia Holcomb. When Tyler was 26 and Holcomb was ten years younger, he had the girl's mother sign over legal guardianship. (What parent does that?) Needless to say, Julia became pregnant and had an abortion, allegedly having been pressured by Tyler to do so.

20 Famous Singers Who Stutter

Ed Sheeran

Mel Tillis

Carly Simon

Chris Martin (of Coldplay)

Marc Anthony

John Lee Hooker

B.B. King

Elvis Presley

Michelle Williams (of Destiny's Child)

Kendrick Lamar

Nancy Wilson (of Heart)

Bill Withers

Noel Gallagher (of Oasis)

Kylie Minogue

Jim Kerr (of Simple Minds)

12. "Blame It" by Jamie Foxx

In this 2009 electro-filled R&B track, Shawty is really feeling loose and in the zone thanks to the popular social lubricant, alcohol. Jamie Foxx's narrator takes advantage of the girl's inebriated state by feeling her up and buying her another round of drinks, thereby virtually guaranteeing a hook-up tonight. He teases her that they can "blame it on the a-a-a-a-a-alcohol." Watch out Shawty. Your date doesn't respect that drunk girls can't consent.

13. "Womanizer" by Britney Spears

Britney Spears stutters to the top of the chart with this 2008 dance pop number. The worldwide hit features a narrator who exposes an ex for being a manipulative charmer. He's a philanderer who dares to gaslight her as crazy, and she's calling him out on it. (Sound familiar?) Some people suggest that the song was inspired by ex-husband Kevin Federline, a backup dancer to whom Spears was married for two years.

14. "Payback" by Rascal Flatts

Opportunity is so ripe tonight for a love connection that this guy is getting hot under the collar. An Instagram perfect beauty is out on the town with her friends. The narrator in this 2014 country ditty assumes her man cheated on her and now she's out for a little revenge cheating, so he charitably offers up: "I can be your p-p-p-p-payback."

15. "Changes" by David Bowie

"Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes." This 1972 rock song is one of the most famous stuttered lyrics of all time. One of Bowie's best-known songs, it also foreshadows his changing career personas. Optimistic and reflective, the tune describes the eternal struggle for identity faced by youth against the pressures of the world.

The iconic song has been included in Rolling Stone magazine's list of of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time." In addition, it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame and is included in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's "500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll."

Signs of Stuttering

Note: Stuttering in speech is unintentional and involuntary. In contrast, stuttered lyrics in songs are part of the standard lyrics and are typically done for effect.

BehaviorBehavior

One syllable whole-word repetitions (e.g., “Why-why-why did he go there?”)

Audible or silent blocking (filled or unfilled pauses in speech)

Part-word or sound/syllable repetitions

Words produced with an excess of physical tension or struggle

Prolongations of sounds

 

16. "We R Who We R" by Kesha

In this 2010 pop tune about self-acceptance, Kesha promotes an espirit de corps among young people. Whether they wear a Jesus "necklace-ace-ace," hotpants, ripped stockings, or are dressed down, she stammers instructions to the DJ to turn the music "up-up-up-up-up-up-up" so everyone can dance.

17. "Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)" by Billy Joel

The Italian American immigrants in this 1977 song may not be real, but their motivations sure are. Maybe you can identify with them. They work long hours to achieve the outer signs of success associated with the American dream but forgo health and peace of mind. After all, everyone knows that

Workin' too hard can give you a heart attack
Ack-ack-ack-ack-ack.

18. "Birthday Sex" by Jeremih

Who knows whether this horny birthday boyfriend is stuttering because he forgot to buy his boo a real gift or because it's been since last her last birthday that they got frisky? Regardless, the Romeo in this 2009 R&B tune manages to repeatedly moan out in stuttered anticipation, "Girl, you know I-I-I."

19. "I Know Places" by Taylor Swift

The cat has Taylor Swift's tongue in the beginning of this 2014 pop song. She stutters "I" a lot and has a hard time starting the song then stutters "I" some more for artistic effect throughout other parts of the song, demonstrating feeling vulnerability and the feeling of being hunted. The track is about trying to carry on a love affair while being relentlessly scrutinized by the prying eyes of the paparazzi. When she was dating Harry Styles, the couple was hounded by the press, thus probably providing inspiration for the song.

20. "Madness" by Muse

Love doesn't always feel as patient and kind as the renown Bible verse professes. Sometimes you argue like hell, sulk, and question why you're in the relationship.

After experiencing prolonged conflict with his partner, the narrator in this 2012 rock song comes to the conclusion that he may be too headstrong, can be wrong, and that needs love. The conflict that divided them was like a "ma-ma-ma-ma-ma-ma-ma madness" that took control, placing a wedge between the lovers. If only more of us had this self-awareness, right? In the end, all we have is love and each other.

Be p-p-patient with yourself when you are struggling.

Be p-p-patient with yourself when you are struggling.

Even More Songs with Stuttering

Are we missing a song on this Songs with Stuttering playlist? Leave us a suggestion in the Comments Section below.

SongArtist(s)Year Released

21. Bad to the Bone

George Thorogood and The Destroyers

1982

22. Fidelity

Regina Spektor

2007

23. Just Dance

Lady Gaga

2008

24. Homemade Dynamite

Lorde

2017

25. Stuttering

Fefe Dobson

2010

26. My Sharona

The Knack

1979

27. Gypsy Woman

Hilary Duff

2007

28. A Praise Chorus

Jimmy Eat World

2002

29. Put Your Hearts Up

Ariana Grande

2011

30. I'm Yours

Jason Mraz

2008

31.Papa Oom Mow Mow

The Rivingtons

1962

32. Katmandu

Bob Seger

1975

33. Boyfriend

Big Time Rush (featuring Snoop Dogg)

2011

34. See You Again

Miley Cyrus

2008

35. Give Me Love

Ed Sheeran

2012

36. Foolin'

Def Leppard

1983

37. Bad Romance

Lady Gaga

2011

38. My Heart's a Stereo

Gym Class Heroes (featuring Maroon 5)

2011

39. Cherry Bomb

The Runaways

1976

40. The Reflex

Duran Duran

1984

41. Woman

Harry Styles

2017

42. Psycho Killer

Talking Heads

1984

43. Bubblegum Boy

Pia Mia and Bella Thorne

2011

44. My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)

Fall Out Boy

2013

45. ...Ready for It?

Taylor Swift

2017

46. Telephone

Lady Gaga (featuring Beyoncé)

2010

47. One Thing

One Direction

2012

48. Gamma Ray

Beck

2008

49. Summertime Sadness

Lana Del Rey

2013

50. Puppet

The Saturdays

2010

51. Jive Talkin'

Bee Gees

1975

52. Honey & I

Haim

2013

53. B-B-B-Burnin' Up With Love

Eddie Rabbitt

1984

54. Lola

The Kinks

1970

55. I Feel for You

Chaka Khan

1984

56. Surfin' Bird

The Trashmen

1962

57. Band on the Move

Styx

1979

58. Ma Baker

Boney M

1977

59. Marry the Night

Lady Gaga

2011

60. Ball and Chain

Janis Joplin

1968

61. Whatcha Say

Jason Derulo

2009

62. Back in the U.S.S.R.

The Beatles

1968

63. Too Much Time On My Hands

Styx

1981

64. Thick

DJ Close

2020

65. Stutter

Joe (featuring Mystikal)

2000

66. Stuttering (Don't Say)

Wild Orchid

2001

67. I Can't Wait

Nu Shooz

1985

68. Karma Chameleon

Culture Club

1983

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Comments

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 10, 2021:

Ravi - I appreciate your readership and comment. Have a wonderful week ahead!

Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on March 10, 2021:

Wonderful list here. Stuttering in songs is something that I have not heard before and your songs give something new to ponder about. Thanks for this education Flourish.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 10, 2021:

Devika - I appreciate your stopping by. Have a great week!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 09, 2021:

Interesting thoughts about such songs. Your list of songs are with great interest to an audience.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 09, 2021:

Heidi - What awesome additions! How could I overlook Boy George? Thanks for coming back to suggest these! Have a f-f-f-abulous w-w-week!

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on March 08, 2021:

I thought of another couple adds... all 80s, of course.

* Nu Shooz I-Can't Wait (I-I-I-Can't Wait)

* Boy George & Culture Club Chameleon (Chame-Chame-Chame-Chame-Chameleon)

Happy M-M-Monday!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 06, 2021:

Heidi - I could see that too, Thanks by stopping b-b-by. Have a great weekend.

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on March 06, 2021:

I don't know if I'd call some of these instances stuttering or alliteration for em-em-emphasis. ;) It definitely works to highlight a phrase or provide some rhythm.

With our president's challenges with stuttering, it has shed light on this issue that affects many people. Glad we have more acceptance of the affliction these days.

Hope your weekend is wonderful!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 05, 2021:

Chitrangada - Thanks for reading and listening. I'm glad you found the playlist compelling. Have a good weekend.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on March 04, 2021:

An interesting and unique topic for the list of songs in this well compiled article. Not aware of many of these songs on stuttering. But, I found this quite interesting.

Well thought of, and well researched.

Thank you for sharing.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 04, 2021:

Mary - Some of them are pure stutterfests while others merely have a prominent line or so. Have fun listening!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 04, 2021:

Bill - More songs than one might imagine at first blush, eh?

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 04, 2021:

Peggy - The fact that so many high profile people have dealt with this problem successfully -- famous people like James Earl Jones, Winston Churchill, Isaac Newton, Charles Newton, John Stossel -- proves that you can achieve your dreams in spite of a speech impediment, not to mention President Biden. I hope it's an inspiration to those who struggle regularly. Thanks for your comment. I have been thinking about you as you and other Texans face the aftermath of the weather crisis.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 04, 2021:

Adrienne - I appreciate the compliment and the visit. Glad you enjoyed this.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 04, 2021:

Dora - I'm glad you were able to give that a listen. Have a great w-w-w-w-eekend!

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on March 04, 2021:

I never thought there would be a great list for stuttering, but you managed to surprise me once more. I want to listen to some of these.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on March 04, 2021:

The title threw me for a moment...seemed like such a strange topic. How could there be songs about stuttering? But then I remembered Changes by Bowie, so I'm feeling quite accomplished this morning.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 04, 2021:

I would have had no idea that there were so many songs featuring some stuttering words in them. I have heard that some people can sing without stuttering, while they suffer from it when speaking. Perhaps it has something to do with a concentration on the song?

I agree that stuttering has gotten much more attention these days due to our President. He can be a role model for many people who feel that their stuttering problem is insurmountable.

Adrienne Farricelli on March 04, 2021:

Who would have guessed there were so many songs about stuttering! Kudos to you for having compiled such a big list.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on March 04, 2021:

I actually listened to Christina Aguilera since I couldn't remember what stuttering while singing sounds like. You do pick some interesting titles. Impressive!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 04, 2021:

Bill - Thanks for stopping by. Stuttering has gotten a lot of attention lately. I had no idea until I did the research that some of these singers stuttered. Ed Sheeran? Wow. Have a terrific weekend!

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on March 04, 2021:

Another wonderful list, Flourish. I just never realized there were so many songs with stuttering, or artists who stutter. Certainly some classic songs here. Great job as always.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 04, 2021:

Devika - Thank you for taking a look at this playlist. I appreciate your stopping by.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 04, 2021:

Pamela - I'm particularly enjoyed "Haunted Heart" too.

It's a bit of an unusual topic but especially with the high profile that stuttering has been given I thought why not? Have a wonderful weekend!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 04, 2021:

FlourishAnyway your song lists are fruitful and I enjoyed reading another unique list. I had an idea, but never gave it much thought.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on March 04, 2021:

I don't think I would have thought of this topic, and there are so many good songs.

I seem to remember that Mel Tillis stutters when he talks but not when he sings. I like 'Haunted Heart" and several other songs. Thanks for another great article, Flourish.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 04, 2021:

Ann - I'm glad you enjoyed this! There are some classics here and some newer ones too -- something for everyone. Have a great weekend.

Ann Carr from SW England on March 04, 2021:

You've come up with some beauties here, Flourish! My favourite is The Who's 'My Generation'. I think the use of 'stuttering' in music is often a ruse for filling in a missing syllable too!

I enjoyed this immensely and it brought back a few favourites. The rest, sadly, I've never heard of - bit behind the times!

Ann

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