Song names

Names that feature prominently in songs!

We're considering Mathilde (= Matilda) and Cecilia, and traleerose suggested Eleanor and Veronica. All of these names happen to feature prominently in songs - Waltzing Matilda, Simon and Garfunkel's Cecilia, Eleanor Rigby by The Beatles, and the lesser known 'Veronika der Lenz ist da' by the Comedian Harmonists (~1930's, Some of these actually want to make me sing. :)

Which other names also belong on this list? I can think of Roxanne (The Police), Susannah (Oh, Susannah), and, as the only boy name, Billy Joel. Any others?


August 30, 2014 8:20 PM

Laura W. did a blog post about "Names That Make You Sing" about three years back:

There are some fairly completist lists in the comments; it'd be interesting to really compile them *all* -- it'd be a loooong list. (The spam doesn't start until the fifth page of comments.)

August 31, 2014 4:30 AM

'Valerie' is an Amy Winehouse/The Zutons song, always gets me singing! :)

August 31, 2014 9:18 AM

My first thought was Clementine, but Laura covered that, and so many in the comments! I didn't read them all so there might be some overlap: My grandmother used to sing "K-K-K-Katy" to me ... John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt ... Dominic the Donkey ... Rudolph ...

September 13, 2014 4:52 PM

"Sweet Caroline" by Neil Diamond, "Sexy Sadie," "Lovely Rita," "Dear Prudence," "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" by The Beatles, "Sara" and "Rhiannon" by Fleetwood Mac. . .

September 29, 2014 6:31 PM

One amazing song-name is Layla/Leila, from "Layla" by Eric Clapton. It's an truly awesome song.

February 15, 2015 3:29 AM

Annabella - Opera de Nuit, Adrianna Dreams - Colour Radio, Amanda - Panoramas, Rebecca - Tesla Boy, Phoebe - Luxury Elite, Alyssa - Necropolis Of Love, Carmen - Lana Del Rey, Margot - Minks.

February 17, 2015 12:55 AM

Layla was one of the first things to come to mind, but it looks like someone beat me to it :P

Well, here are some of my favorites:

Hey Jude - The Beatles

Victoria - The Kinks

Help Me, Rhonda - The Beach Boys

Ah! Leah! - Donnie Iris

Iris - Goo Goo Dolls

Daniel - Elton John

Maria, from West Side Story (and various other songs for that name - there's a lot)

October 14, 2015 3:40 PM

"Valerie" - Amy Winehouse


Angela, Pamela, Monica, Erica, Rita, Tina, Sandra, Mary, Jessica - "Mambo No. 5" - Lou Bega

October 15, 2015 2:31 PM

Levon--Elton John

October 26, 2015 7:32 PM

Amanda by Boston
Jane by Jefferson Starship
Nikita by Elton John
Hey Jude by The Beetles
Maggie May by Rod Stewart
Annabel Lee by Stevie Nicks
Barbara Ann by The Beach Boys
Louie, Louie by The Kingsman
Jack & Diane by John Cougar Mellencamp
Beth by Kiss
Alejandro by Lady GaGa
Goodbye Earl by The Dixie Chicks
Brandy (You're a Fine Girl) by Looking Glass
Suite Judy Blue Eyes by Crosby Stills Nash & Young
Mickey by Toni Basil
Jolene by Dolly Parton
Jenny (867-5309) by Tommy Tutone
Roxanne by The Police
Little St Nick by The Beach Boys
Sara Smile by Hall & Oats
Zoe Jane by Staind
Buddy Holly by Weezer
Maria by Brooks & Dunn
Wake Up Little Susie by The Everly Brothers
Jeremy by Pearl JAm
The Diary of Jane by Breaking Benjamin
Sweet Annie by Zac Brown Band
Oh Sherrie by Steve Perry
Fernando by ABBA
Oh Sheila by Ready for the World
Mary Jane's Last Dance by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Johnny & June by Heidi Newfield
Her Name is Alice by Shinedown
Gloria by Laura Branigan
Boy Named Sue by Johnny Cash
Fancy by Reba McEntire
Johnny B Good by Chuck Barry
Elvira by The Oak Ridge Boys
Dreamboat Annie by Heart
Billie Jean by Michael Jackson
The Real Slim Shady by Eminem
Angie by The Rolling Stones
Sweet Melissa by The Allman Bros Band
Joshua by Dolly Parton
Rhiannon by Fleetwood Mac
Proud Mary by Creedence Cleawater Revival
Mustang Sally by Wilson Pickett
Meet Virginia by Train
Lucille by Little Richard
Joannna by Kool and the Gang
Jamie's Crying by Van Halen
Iris by The Goo Goo Dolls
Hey There Delilah by Plain White T's
Darlin' Nikki by Prince
Me and Bobbie McGee by Janis Joplin
Come On Eileen by Dexys Midnight Runner
Anna by Authur Alexander
Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond
Janie's Got a Gun by Aerosmith
Luka by Suzanne Vega
Sister Christian by Night Ranger
Stacy's Mom by Fountains of Wayne
Bennie and the Jets by Elton John
Aurthur's Theme (The Best That You Can Do) by Christopher Cross

These are the ones I came across while looking through my music.....More than I thought there would be :-)