A little over a month ago we set out to do the unthinkable: compile a playlist of all the songs with girl’s names as all or any part of a song title. Why was it unthinkable? First because something of this scope obviously involves a fair amount of time and research to try to cover it properly. But also, because who the hell would think to take on a project this ridiculous?
Well, unthinkable and ridiculous or not, we’ve made it. Today the final installment of this now estimable collection gets revealed, Part VII of the So Much Great Music playlist “A Certain Girl.” And with that, for the very first time, we can also issue the full A to Z anthology – the comprehensive, exhaustive, all-encompassing compilation of all the girls-names-in-song-titles songs (at least we think so, but who really knows).
Before we get there, for any late-comer completists, here are the previous issuances and with them your chance to get caught up.
• A Certain Girl Playlist – Part I (A-B)
And, one last time, our intro (with one revision for having now reached the end):
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.”
Did we forget anything?
Can you anticipate all the girls/songs still to come? <too late now> Do you really believe we went through such an insane exercise? Maybe, I doubt it, and absolutely yes.
¹either that, or I completely made it up (but still, I bet it isn’t that far off)
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Alright then, here’s Volume VII – covering the alphabet from the letters “S” to “Z” (by the way, there are no “Z”s).
Which means you’ll get “Sadie” (who’s sexy), five different “Sally”s (who are long and tall, that lay down, who better slow her mustang down, and that you can sneak through the alley), four “Sara”s (one of which will smile), one “Sherrie” (who should’ve been gone), another “Sherry” (who may come out tonight), and a “Sherry Darling” (whose mama can take the subway back to the ghetto tonight). And that’s only in the “S”s.
And now, the full A – Z list of the SMGM playlist “A Certain Girl,” an even 200 entries – including our title track opener from Warren Zevon and a most appropriate playlist closer by Lynyrd Skynyrd.
“What’s your name, little girl? / What’s your name?”