The ABCs of male song names

Several months ago, I wrote a post which identified a few songs with a female names in the title by letter of the alphabet. Thinking it would be harder (and it was), here is the same rendering with male names.

A – Abraham, Martin & John, You can call me Al
B – Me and Bobby McGee, Ode to Billy the Kid
C – Charlie Brown, Chuck E’s in Love
D – Daniel, Danny’s Song
E – Eli’s Coming
F – Fernando
G – Gabriel and me, Gabriel’s Message
H – I’m Henry the Eighth
I – Ivan meets GI Joe, Igor’s Theme
J – Hey Jude, Johnny B. Goode, Hey Joe
K – Keith don’t go, Kevin
L – Levon, Bad Bad Leroy Brown
M – Mack the knife, Matthew & son
N – Ned Kelly
O – Oliver’s Army
P – Pancho and Lefty
Q – Quinn the Eskimo
R – Richard Cory, Rapid Roy
S – Boy named Sue
T – Tom Sawyer, Ghost of Tom Joad
U – Uncle Albert, Uncle John’s Band
V – Vincent
W – Little Willie, Willie the pimp
X – X-Men Apocalypse
Y – Flight of Yuri Gagarin
Z – Zack and Codeine

In preparing this list, I did more Googling than with female names in song titles. There are several songs on the list with which I am not familiar. Also, there are more single word female titles, with more of the men name’s accompanied by an action or noun.

Nonetheless, there are a number of very good songs from Dion’s “Abraham, Martin and John” to The Beatles “Hey Jude” to Don McLean’s “Vincent” to Loggins and Messina “Danny’s song” to Jim Croce’s “Bad, bad Leroy Brown” to Elvis Costello’s “Oliver’s Army,” et al.

Please offer your thoughts. I did take liberty with the word “Uncle,” but since it enabled me mention Paul McCartney and Grateful Dead songs, I feel better about it.

15 thoughts on “The ABCs of male song names

  1. Note to Readers: I noticed a few artists had more than one song on the list – Elton John, Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, and Jim Croce. Of course, Bernie Taupin should get credit with Elton for the lyrics and title.

    A couple of final thoughts. Don McLean did many great songs beyond “American Pie.” One of those is “Vincent,” which many people call by its start, “Starry, starry night…”

    The other thought is about Rush’s “Tom Sawyer.” The many great songs of Rush are replete with clever lyrics and references, “Tom Sawyer” being a good example.

    • PS – I should add Johnny Cash appears on the list twice. I am also delighted to include Bobby Darin’s “Mack the Knife.” It is an underappreciated classic.

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      • Roger, it is amazing to me The Yardbirds had three of the greatest guitarists as their lead – Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page. I read Clapton’s autobiography and he said he left The Yardbirds since they betrayed their Blues’ roots and wenf mainstrean. Keith

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