Following years of exhaustive algorhythmic examination by the crack So Much Great Music research department it has been determined that 78.6%¹ of all rock and roll songs ever recorded have as their primary subject matter one of two topics. The first is what Bob Eubanks on the old Newlywed Game show would have referred to as “making whoopee.” And the second, not entirely unrelated given the inescapably male-dominated history of rock music, is simply this: girls. Or as Mötley Crüe might say: girls, girls, girls.
No small number of such songs also contain a given girl’s name in the title. And here at SMGM we’ve done the heretofore unthinkable – we’ve compiled them all, from A to Z. That’s right, you know a tune with a girl’s name as all or any part of a song title, and we’ve got it. And you’ll find them all in a seven-part playlist named “A Certain Girl.”
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There’s still a lot to get through, so today we’re going to double up and dole out both Parts III and IV, the letters E through L – which means it’ll include “Eileen” (who at this moment means everything), “Gloria” (which is spelled G-L-O-R-I-A), “Janie” (who’s got a gun), “Josie” (who prays like a Roman with her eyes on fire), and “Layla” (who’s got me on my knees).
Stay tuned for the remainder of the alphabet on the way soon in parts five through seven; if you’ve made it this far why stop now?
Did we forget anything? Can you anticipate all the girls/songs still to come? Do you really believe we went through such an insane exercise? Maybe, I doubt it, and absolutely yes.
Here are Parts III and IV of the new SMGM playlist, “A Certain Girl.” Enjoy.
¹either that, or I completely made it up (but still, I bet it isn’t that far off)