Songs with Men's names in the title.

  
By:  wheel  •  one month ago  •  106 comments

Songs with Men's names in the title.

Everyone knows there are hundreds of songs with women's names in the title.

How about some with men's names?

I'll start with a couple: Tom Dooley

Eli's Coming


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Ender
1  Ender    one month ago

I can only think of one off the top of my head.

Ode To Billy Joe

 
 
 
Split Personality
1.1  Split Personality  replied to  Ender @1    one month ago

 
 
 
Jasper2529
2  Jasper2529    one month ago
  • Hey Jude
  • Fernando
  • Abraham, Martin, and John
  • Bad, Bad, Leroy Brown
 
 
 
Wheel
2.1  author  Wheel  replied to  Jasper2529 @2    one month ago

All great songs.

 
 
 
Jasper2529
2.1.1  Jasper2529  replied to  Wheel @2.1    one month ago

Thanks, Wheel. Everyone's listed great songs. I'm enjoying this ... thanks!

 
 
 
Wheel
2.1.2  author  Wheel  replied to  Jasper2529 @2.1.1    one month ago

Well, I figure, Impeachment trial starts tomorrow.  Let's get together before the next round.

 
 
 
Jasper2529
2.1.3  Jasper2529  replied to  Wheel @2.1.2    one month ago

It's always a good idea to step away from politics and topics that can be divisive. I often do so. You chose a good day to bring everyone together, Wheel ... MLK Day ... and music is a perfect way to do it.

 
 
 
Ender
2.2  Ender  replied to  Jasper2529 @2    one month ago

I have the Fernando song. I should have thought of that one.

I played that song as one of my last posts on NV.

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
3  Just Jim NC TttH    one month ago

Me and Bobby McGee, 

 
 
 
Wheel
3.1  author  Wheel  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @3    one month ago

I played to grooves off this album, back in the day. Knew most every word to every song.

 
 
 
Goodtime Charlie
3.2  Goodtime Charlie  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @3    one month ago

Good song Jim, however it doesn't count as a song about men. In the song Bobby was a female. The song was inspired by a  real person named Barbara "Bobbie" McKee who was a secretary on Nashville's music row.

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
3.2.1  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Goodtime Charlie @3.2    one month ago
"How about some with men's names?"

Maybe I didn't read the instructions right?

 
 
 
Texan1211
4  Texan1211    one month ago

A Boy Named Sue!

 
 
 
Texan1211
5  Texan1211    one month ago

Billy, Don't be a Hero

 
 
 
Ender
5.1  Ender  replied to  Texan1211 @5    one month ago

Come back to me

Damnit. Now that song is going to be in my head....

 
 
 
JohnRussell
6  JohnRussell    one month ago

BIG BAD JOHN - Jimmy Dean

 
 
 
JohnRussell
6.1  JohnRussell  replied to  JohnRussell @6    one month ago

JIMMY MACK - Martha and the Vandellas

 
 
 
Wheel
6.2  author  Wheel  replied to  JohnRussell @6    one month ago

jrSmiley_91_smiley_image.gif I see your Big, Bad, John and raise you a Wheel In The Sky. :D

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
7  Paula Bartholomew    one month ago

Hit The Road Jack

The Edmund Fitzgerald

Daniel

Frankie And Johnny

I'm Henry The Eighth

Johnny Be Good

Jesse

Mickey

Sloop John B

You Can Call Me Al

Sweet Baby James

Ben 

Vincent

 
 
 
Wheel
7.1  author  Wheel  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @7    one month ago

Show off!!! :D

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
7.1.1  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Wheel @7.1    one month ago

I'm just good at trivia.

 
 
 
Wheel
7.2  author  Wheel  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @7    one month ago

Frankie was a woman, but Johnny was a long-legged guitar picker with a wicked, wandering eye. Definitely a man, in other words. :D

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
7.2.1  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Wheel @7.2    one month ago

Played by Elvis.  Frankie was played by Donna Dougas aka Elly Mae Clampit.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
8  JohnRussell    one month ago

ABRAHAM MARTIN AND JOHN - Dion

 
 
 
TTGA
8.1  TTGA  replied to  JohnRussell @8    one month ago

Far Out John.  A triple.

 
 
 
GregTx
9  GregTx    one month ago

 
 
 
Wheel
9.1  author  Wheel  replied to  GregTx @9    one month ago

Good one! Going back a ways.

 
 
 
GregTx
9.1.1  GregTx  replied to  Wheel @9.1    one month ago

Something a little more current...

 
 
 
Wheel
9.1.2  author  Wheel  replied to  GregTx @9.1.1    one month ago

Yikes!  But...yeah.

 
 
 
Jasper2529
10  Jasper2529    one month ago
  • Charlie Brown -- The Coasters
  • Ben -- Michael Jackson
  • Michael Row the Boat Ashore
  • Alexander's Ragtime Band
  • Frere Jacques
  • Cotton-eyed Joe
  • Go Down, Moses
 
 
 
Wheel
10.1  author  Wheel  replied to  Jasper2529 @10    one month ago

Ben was actually made for a movie about a rat named Ben, but it is a man's name too. Good one.

 
 
 
Jasper2529
10.1.1  Jasper2529  replied to  Wheel @10.1    one month ago

Yes, it was.  

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
10.1.2  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Wheel @10.1    one month ago

I used to love the song Ben until I realized it was a love song about a rat.jrSmiley_9_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Dismayed Patriot
10.2  Dismayed Patriot  replied to  Jasper2529 @10    one month ago

Adams Apple - Aerosmith

Jacobs Ladder - Rush

Cousin Kevin - The Who

Happy Jack - The Who

John the Fisherman - Primus

Floyd the Barber - Nirvana

Jimmy - Tool

Fred Bear - Ted Nugent

Hey Joe - Jimmy Hendrix

Careful with that Axe, Eugene - Pink Floyd

Jesus of Suburbia - Green Day

Holy Moses - Echo and the Bunnymen

Oh, George - Foo Fighters

Sam's Town - The Killers

Alec Eiffel - The Pixies

Bad, Bad Leroy Brown - Jim Croce

Casey Jones - Grateful Dead

 
 
 
Wheel
10.2.1  author  Wheel  replied to  Dismayed Patriot @10.2    one month ago

...and there's my playlist for the rest of the afternoon. Thanks.

 
 
 
Ender
11  Ender    one month ago

Technically, Lola was a man.    : )

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
14  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom    one month ago

Popeye the Sailor Man

Oliver! Oliver!

William Tell Overture

Rock me, Amadeus

Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie

 
 
 
Wheel
14.1  author  Wheel  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @14    one month ago

Popeye eh?  I heard you and him had a thing?

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
14.1.1  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  Wheel @14.1    one month ago
Popeye eh?  I heard you and him had a thing?

That?  Ppffftttt.  That was just a one-night booty call.  

 
 
 
Steve Ott
15  Steve Ott    one month ago

 
 
 
GregTx
16  GregTx    one month ago

 
 
 
Wheel
16.1  author  Wheel  replied to  GregTx @16    one month ago

oh yeah. That takes me right back to high school

 
 
 
lady in black
17  lady in black    one month ago

 
 
 
Ender
18  Ender    one month ago

Would Snoopy vs the Red Baron count?  Haha

I guess technically Red Baron is not a name.

 
 
 
Wheel
18.1  author  Wheel  replied to  Ender @18    one month ago

Sure it would. Snoopy was dude.

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
19  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom    one month ago

Louie Louie

 
 
 
lady in black
20  lady in black    one month ago

 
 
 
Wheel
21  author  Wheel    one month ago

 
 
 
lady in black
22  lady in black    one month ago

 
 
 
GregTx
23  GregTx    one month ago

 
 
 
lady in black
24  lady in black    one month ago

 
 
 
Wheel
24.1  author  Wheel  replied to  lady in black @24    one month ago

That's another good one.

 
 
 
Dean Moriarty
24.2  Dean Moriarty  replied to  lady in black @24    one month ago

Willie the pimp is another Zappa classic. 

 
 
 
lady in black
25  lady in black    one month ago

Ode to my late son.....

 
 
 
Wheel
25.1  author  Wheel  replied to  lady in black @25    one month ago

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PJ
25.2  PJ  replied to  lady in black @25    one month ago

I love Eminem

 
 
 
Kathleen
26  Kathleen    one month ago

Joe Avery Blues.

 
 
 
Wheel
26.1  author  Wheel  replied to  Kathleen @26    one month ago

 
 
 
Kathleen
26.1.1  Kathleen  replied to  Wheel @26.1    one month ago

Thank you for that version.

This one is my favorite with Sweet Emma.

 
 
 
Jasper2529
27  Jasper2529    one month ago
  • The Ballad of Davy Crockett
  • Johnny Angel -- Shelley Faberes
  • Bennie and the Jets -- Elton John
  • Jumpin' Jack Flash -- Rolling Stones
  • Alfie -- Dionne Warwick
 
 
 
Wheel
27.1  author  Wheel  replied to  Jasper2529 @27    one month ago

Ohhh, Dionne.  LOVE her. Thanks for reminding me.

 
 
 
Kavika
28  Kavika     one month ago

 
 
 
JohnRussell
29  JohnRussell    one month ago

BOBBY'S GIRL - Marcie Blaine

 
 
 
JohnRussell
29.1  JohnRussell  replied to  JohnRussell @29    one month ago

JOHNNY ANGEL- Shelley Fabares

 
 
 
JohnRussell
29.1.1  JohnRussell  replied to  JohnRussell @29.1    one month ago

RICHARD CORY - Simon and Garfunkel

 
 
 
lady in black
29.2  lady in black  replied to  JohnRussell @29    one month ago

Love the movie!!!

 
 
 
pat wilson
30  pat wilson    one month ago

Hit the Road, Jack

 
 
 
Goodtime Charlie
31  Goodtime Charlie    one month ago

 
 
 
Wheel
31.1  author  Wheel  replied to  Goodtime Charlie @31    one month ago

Oldie, but a goodie.

 
 
 
Goodtime Charlie
32  Goodtime Charlie    one month ago

 
 
 
PJ
33  PJ    one month ago

Johnny Cash - A Boy Named Sue!

 
 
 
Wheel
34  author  Wheel    one month ago

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
35  Just Jim NC TttH    one month ago

Jeremiah Was a Bullfrog

 
 
 
Wheel
35.1  author  Wheel  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @35    one month ago

A long time ago, I worked with a man who's son was named Jeremiah.  He told me that the day the boy was born he registered the domain name, Bullfrog.com for him.

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
35.1.1  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Wheel @35.1    one month ago

Good one...........I have a nephew named Jeremiah.............

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
35.1.2  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Wheel @35.1    one month ago

I used to drink Jeremiah bullfrogs.  It was a drink also known as an adios mother fu**er.

 
 
 
Dismayed Patriot
35.2  Dismayed Patriot  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @35    one month ago

Technically the songs name is "Joy to the World" and the words "Jeremiah was a bullfrog" are just the first words in the song.

" Joy to the World " is a song written by Hoyt Axton and made famous by the band Three Dog Night . The song is also popularly known by its opening lyric, " Jeremiah was a bullfrog. "

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joy_to_the_World_(Three_Dog_Night_song)

I have to admit, it was one of the first that popped to mind when I was making my earlier list above.

 
 
 
Wheel
35.2.1  author  Wheel  replied to  Dismayed Patriot @35.2    one month ago

Yup, it's one of those songs that loses it's title and becomes know by a line from the song.

Teenage wasteland, everybody knows the song.  Baba O'Riley? Huh?

 
 
 
Dismayed Patriot
35.2.2  Dismayed Patriot  replied to  Wheel @35.2.1    one month ago

Few songs are released under one title and then become known by a different title, but it does happen. More common were songs that had different original titles when written but were changed by producers or the band when the song was recorded.

"A Horse with No Name" by America was originally "Desert Song".

Radiohead's "Airbag" was originally "An Airbag Saved My Life" which was supposedly in reference to a 1980's dance song "Last Night A DJ Saved My Life".

Nirvana's "Breed" was originally titled "Immodium" and yes, it was named after the diarrhea medicine used by Cobain to reference the "running-on of the mouth" by some around him.

"Crazy" sung by Patsy Cline, written by Willie Nelson, was originally titled "Stupid".

Tony Bennett's famous "I left my Heart In San Francisco" might not have been as famous under it's two prior names, "When I come Home" and "When I return to San Francisco".

The Beatles "Rocky Raccoon" might have made more sense when it was "Rocky Sassoon" since it was about a kid in the old west whose girl runs off with his rival and so he challenged his to a gunfight. McCartney apparently felt "Racoon" sounded more 'cowboyish'.

Bing Crosby's "Silver Bells" was originally titled "Tinkle Bell" till one of the authors wives told them "Tinkle" had bathroom connotations.

"Take on Me" by A-ha was originally titled "Lesson One".

Black Sabbaths "War Pigs" was originally titled "Walpurgis" which is an ancient pagan festival but the record label thought it was too controversial.

 
 
 
Wheel
35.2.3  author  Wheel  replied to  Dismayed Patriot @35.2.2    one month ago

Good points.  Another example is Sukiyaki, the real name is Ue o Muite Aruko. (I Look Up When I Walk)

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
35.2.4  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Wheel @35.2.3    one month ago

Love that song. I actually own the 45rpm.

 
 
 
Wheel
36  author  Wheel    one month ago

Little story.

A few days ago I met a young man, mid 20's or so, named Eli. He had never heard of Eli's Coming or even of 3 Dog Night.  I told him, "Dude, you got a hit song with your name in it. You should make it your ring tone!" I don't think he believed me, damn kids.

Get off my lawn!!

 
 
 
JohnRussell
37  JohnRussell    one month ago

THEME FROM 'BRIAN'S SONG' - 

 
 
 
JohnRussell
38  JohnRussell    one month ago

DANNY BOY - Gentri

 
 
 
Wheel
38.1  author  Wheel  replied to  JohnRussell @38    one month ago

Oh yeah!

 
 
 
TTGA
40  TTGA    one month ago

Here's one.  Old Australian folk song named Ned Kelly .  Ned Kelly was a bushranger (outlaw)

 
 
 
lady in black
41  lady in black    one month ago

 
 
 
lady in black
42  lady in black    one month ago

 
 
 
PJ
43  PJ    one month ago

Elvis Costello - Oliver's Army

 
 
 
PJ
44  PJ    one month ago

Billy Gilman - Ben 

 
 
 
1stwarrior
44.1  1stwarrior  replied to  PJ @44    one month ago

Yeah - I thought Michael performed it - Don Black wrote it and it was composed by Walter Scharf for the 1972 film of the same name - Ben.  Great song.

 
 
 
lady in black
45  lady in black    one month ago

 
 
 
lady in black
46  lady in black    one month ago

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
47  Perrie Halpern R.A.    one month ago

 
 
 
Wheel
47.1  author  Wheel  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @47    one month ago

 Hi Perry. All good songs.  Glad to see you here.

 
 
 
sixpick
48  sixpick    one month ago

 
 
 
sixpick
49  sixpick    one month ago

 
 
 
sixpick
50  sixpick    one month ago

 
 
 
Wheel
50.1  author  Wheel  replied to  sixpick @50    one month ago

Have always loved John Prine. 

Grandpa was a carpenter

Sam Stone

Please Don't Bury Me

Angel From Montgomery (the version with him and Bonnie Rait is my favorite)

Eat a Lot of Peaches

 
 
 
sixpick
51  sixpick    one month ago

 
 
 
sixpick
52  sixpick    one month ago

 
 
 
sixpick
53  sixpick    one month ago

 
 
 
Wheel
54  author  Wheel    one month ago

These are all great songs!!  I'm surprised at the variety of different genres, pop, rock, country, folk, gospel.  I'll be looking all these up and listening to them. I'm sure a lot of them will be added to my playlist.

Well, it's been fun, but now, back to your previously scheduled program of impeachment, recrimination and obfuscation.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
55  Buzz of the Orient    one month ago

Late to the party, but since Wheel has come out of semi-retirement to post this article, I'll come out of my Sabbatical to suggest a few:  I don't know if any of these have already been posted by members who did not name their songs in text.  Being an old folkie, these are from that era.

Ballad of Medgar Evers  (Phil Ochs)

Some Woody Guthrie songs:  Gypsy Davy,  Pretty Boy Floyd,   Sinking of the Reuben James.

Some Bob Dylan songs:   Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues,   The Ballad of Tom Joad,   John Wesly Harding    and if nicknames are acceptable - Hurricane  (Rubin "Hurricane" Carter)

 
 
 
Wheel
55.1  author  Wheel  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @55    one month ago

Hi Buzz :) Those are all great songs, thanks for showing up.

 
 
 
Dean Moriarty
56  Dean Moriarty    one month ago

The name Seamus is an Irish mens name.   Pink Floyd - Seamus the dog.

 
 
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