Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 05-06-2019, 02:09 PM
Czarcasm's Avatar
Czarcasm is offline
Charter Member
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Apr 1999
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 60,534

Songs with female names in the title


I was wondering which name popped up the most when it came to female names in song titles. For the purpose of this thread religious songs/hymns are excluded.
  #2  
Old 05-06-2019, 02:13 PM
Blank Slate's Avatar
Blank Slate is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 5,197
For rock/pop songs, I bet it's some shortening of Susan like Sue or Susie.
  #3  
Old 05-06-2019, 02:37 PM
Thudlow Boink's Avatar
Thudlow Boink is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: May 2000
Location: Lincoln, IL
Posts: 26,677
Probably not a record, but I know of at least three pop-rock songs (all good, IMHO) about "Diane": by Fleetwood Mac, Material Issue, and Trip Shakespeare.
  #4  
Old 05-06-2019, 02:56 PM
Czarcasm's Avatar
Czarcasm is offline
Charter Member
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Apr 1999
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 60,534
Wiki lists eight different songs titled "Gloria"(not counting the religious hymns).
  #5  
Old 05-06-2019, 03:08 PM
Telemark's Avatar
Telemark is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: Yet again, Titletown
Posts: 22,403
Jessica has at least 12 according to Wiki.
Mary has at least 18.
  #6  
Old 05-06-2019, 03:12 PM
Czarcasm's Avatar
Czarcasm is offline
Charter Member
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Apr 1999
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 60,534
Quote:
Originally Posted by Telemark View Post
Jessica has at least 12 according to Wiki.
Mary has at least 18.
Since the name doesn't have to the only word in the title, I'm putting "Mary"'s count at 20.
  #7  
Old 05-06-2019, 03:28 PM
Covfefe's Avatar
Covfefe is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 1,254
Maria has 28.
  #8  
Old 05-06-2019, 05:00 PM
Typo Negative's Avatar
Typo Negative is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: 7th Level of Hell, Ca
Posts: 17,464
Candy has been used about a dozen times, but I was thinking out the Iggy Pop version.
__________________
"God hates Facts"

- seen on a bumper sticker in Sacramento Ca
  #9  
Old 05-07-2019, 08:41 AM
Shoeless's Avatar
Shoeless is online now
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: The Sunflower State
Posts: 6,559
"Doreen" is an unusual name, and yet I can think of two songs right off the top of my head with that title (Frank Zappa, and Old 97s).
  #10  
Old 05-09-2019, 03:18 AM
Nava is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Hey! I'm located! WOOOOW!
Posts: 41,197
Quote:
Originally Posted by Covfefe View Post
Maria has 28.
There's several in Spanish not listed there, but Spanish ones tend to refer to compound names since those are more common than María no más ("just plain María"... WTF, a cover by Cliff Richards?). María de los Guardias is a compound nickname ("Mary of the Guards"); that's the original version, it has enough covers to fill multiple vynils.
__________________
Evidence gathered through the use of science is easily dismissed through the use of idiocy. - Czarcasm.

Last edited by Nava; 05-09-2019 at 03:21 AM.
  #11  
Old 05-09-2019, 08:32 AM
Treppenwitz is online now
Guest
 
Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: UK
Posts: 611
I was thinking Jane was a good candidate. But I got lazy and googled it. Here's a website listing 30 Jane songs, presumably compiled by someone with too much time on their hands.

Intriguingly, the site boasts 30 Jane songs listed "in order". But of what, though?

j
  #12  
Old 05-09-2019, 12:51 PM
Misnomer's Avatar
Misnomer is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Northern Virginia
Posts: 8,077
Jen/Jenny/Jenni/Jennifer has at least 50.
  #13  
Old 05-09-2019, 01:15 PM
Peter Morris's Avatar
Peter Morris is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: The far canal
Posts: 12,431
This site lists 11 pages of songs with Mary in the title. About 30 titles per page.

Some of them are duplicates, i.e. the same song by different artists. Some of them might have a religious theme, if not actual hymns, but there's probably at least 250 separate songs there.
  #14  
Old 05-09-2019, 01:20 PM
Little Nemo is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: Western New York
Posts: 80,439
Quote:
Originally Posted by Blank Slate View Post
For rock/pop songs, I bet it's some shortening of Susan like Sue or Susie.
For the purposes of this thread, does A Boy Named Sue count? The point of the song is that it's not used as a female name in this particular case.
  #15  
Old 05-09-2019, 01:33 PM
Czarcasm's Avatar
Czarcasm is offline
Charter Member
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Apr 1999
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 60,534
Quote:
Originally Posted by Little Nemo View Post
For the purposes of this thread, does A Boy Named Sue count? The point of the song is that it's not used as a female name in this particular case.
It counts.
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:28 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

Send questions for Cecil Adams to: cecil@straightdope.com

Send comments about this website to: webmaster@straightdope.com

Terms of Use / Privacy Policy

Advertise on the Straight Dope!
(Your direct line to thousands of the smartest, hippest people on the planet, plus a few total dipsticks.)

Copyright © 2018 STM Reader, LLC.

 
Copyright © 2017