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Songs with a brand name in the title


I heard Paul Simon’s “Kodachrome” this morning. It led me to think about how silly it was that the Kinks had to change “Coca-Cola” to “cherry cola” in “Lola,” and yet here’s a song all about a brand-name product, with that brand name as the song’s title, no less.

Then I got to wondering what other songs have a brand name in the title. Not just in the lyrics – there must be thousands – but in the song title. The only one I could think of was “Wells Fargo Wagon” from the musical Oklahoma! Surely there are many more than that. Right?

As an aside, does the British law that forced the Kinks to change that line still apply? If so, does that mean “Kodachrome” has never been played on British airwaves? Seems unlikely to me.

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The wonderful, yet almost criminally "unknown" Texas angel Nanci Griffith has a lovely song called "Ford Econoline"
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The wonderful, yet almost criminally "unknown" Texas angel Nanci Griffith has a lovely song called "Ford Econoline"
An then of course there's the much less wonderful "Chevy Van" from the not-criminally unknown Sammy Johns.
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Here's one I just heard a couple of weeks ago:
Jenny Lewis - Red Bull & Hennessy
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The only one I could think of was “Wells Fargo Wagon” from the musical Oklahoma!
Nitpick: "Wells Fargo Wagon" is from The Music Man.
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The wonderful, yet almost criminally "unknown" Texas angel Nanci Griffith has a lovely song called "Ford Econoline"
And the more recent Chuck Prophet song of the same name. As far as I can tell, Chuck Prophet is also criminally unknown.
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There's probably a lot of car songs that qualify, such as "Mercury Blues" and "Pink Cadillac", in addition to those already named.
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Nitpick: "Wells Fargo Wagon" is from The Music Man.
D'oh! Of course you're right. I must have seen the Surrey With the Fringe on Top coming down the road and mistook it for something else.
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Jeez, car songs could take up a whole other thread. I didn't think of that.

"Little Red Corvette" is another.

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I heard Paul Simon’s “Kodachrome” this morning. It led me to think about how silly it was that the Kinks had to change “Coca-Cola” to “cherry cola” in “Lola,” and yet here’s a song all about a brand-name product, with that brand name as the song’s title, no less.

Then I got to wondering what other songs have a brand name in the title. Not just in the lyrics – there must be thousands – but in the song title. The only one I could think of was “Wells Fargo Wagon” from the musical Oklahoma! Surely there are many more than that. Right?

As an aside, does the British law that forced the Kinks to change that line still apply? If so, does that mean “Kodachrome” has never been played on British airwaves? Seems unlikely to me.
It's not a law, it's one of the regulations of the BBC - they're not allowed to do any advertising of any kind. So they wouldn't have been able to play the song, and they own four of the biggest radio stations plus had by far the biggest music TV show, Top of the Pops. I'm not sure if the rule's applied consistently though - I'm sure some songs get away with it, maybe if it's more subtle. Like my example, Smells Like Teen Spirit, definitely got away with it, perhaps because Teen Spirit, the deodorant the song title came from, wasn't on sale in the UK at the time.
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Jeez, car songs could take up a whole other thread. I didn't think of that.
With a name like that, you should have!!



And today I learned that "Smells Like Teen Spirit" was inspired by deodorant.
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Does Koka Kola count? (The Clash)

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Give Me Novacaine (Green Day) -- dodgy. The brand is spelled Novocain, but it's the spelling for the same product in a dozen songs
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They Might Be Giants have a song that was originally titled "NyQuil Driver" but had to be changed so that it wouldn't have a registered trademark in the title.
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I heard Paul Simon’s “Kodachrome” this morning. It led me to think about how silly it was that the Kinks had to change “Coca-Cola” to “cherry cola” in “Lola,” and yet here’s a song all about a brand-name product, with that brand name as the song’s title, no less.
The BBC didn't allow names of products on the air. "Kodachrome" wasn't released as a single in the UK for that reason. However, the Kinks wanted the airplay, so they redubbed the line.
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Jeez, car songs could take up a whole other thread.
Yea. Hey Little Cobra counts. I'm not sure if 409 does. It's not a brand though it refers to a specific manufacturer's engine.
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Rum and Coca-Cola, here by the Andrews Sisters
Like cars, songs with the brand names of alcoholic beverages could be a sub-category.

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Another catagory that probably has a lot of entries: Sports teams fight songs.
Go Cubs Go and Bear Down, Chicago Bears are the two most familiar to me. There's also Let's Go, Go Go White Sox for the southsiders. The Super Bowl Shuffle probably counts, too.
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Another catagory that probably has a lot of entries: Sports teams fight songs.
Go Cubs Go and Bear Down, Chicago Bears are the two most familiar to me. There's also Let's Go, Go Go White Sox for the southsiders. The Super Bowl Shuffle probably counts, too.
Also Meet the Mets and Here Come the Yankees

And for show titles Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
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Sports teams fight songs.
Go Cubs Go
You can't mention that song without including "A Dying Cubs Fan's Last Request". Both songs written by Steve Goodman.
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Steve Goodman (no, not Arlo) also wrote a song about "the train they call the City of New Orleans," but I don't think the train's name if trademarked.

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"From a Motel 6" by Yo La Tengo
That reminds me that Jason Isbell has a song titled "Super 8 Motel".
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Steve Goodman (no, not Arlo) also wrote a song about "the train they call the City of New Orleans," but I don't think the train's name if trademarked.
But "Vegematic" is.
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