Author Topic: Hit Singles That Are Just Someone's Name  (Read 1589 times)

Ominous Dave

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Re: Hit Singles That Are Just Someone's Name
« Reply #90 on: October 18, 2020, 06:52:07 PM »


But did it exist as a name before the 1743 folk ballad 'Cherish' by the traditional Scottish folk singer Hamish McCallum, who I definitely haven't just made up? I'd like to see you disprove that.

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Re: Hit Singles That Are Just Someone's Name
« Reply #91 on: October 18, 2020, 07:11:33 PM »
UK #1 singles with titles easily recognisable as names, that haven't already been mentioned in the thread:

Stereophonics - Dakota (2005)
The Four Pennies - Juliet (1964)
The Bachelors - Diane (1964)
Paul Anka - Diana (1957)
The Highwaymen - Michael (1961)
The Beatles Overlanders - Michelle (1966)
Brotherhood of Man - Angelo (1977)
Brotherhood of Man - Figaro (1978)
Slim Whitman - Rose Marie (1955) (a double-barrelled forename, I think, rather than a forename and a surname?)
Eminem - Godzilla (2020) (?? I guess?)

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Re: Hit Singles That Are Just Someone's Name
« Reply #92 on: October 18, 2020, 07:12:45 PM »
Godzilla - Blue Oyster Cult
Nosferatu - Blue Oyster Cult
Angel - Judas Priest

Re: Hit Singles That Are Just Someone's Name
« Reply #93 on: October 18, 2020, 07:12:51 PM »
Fair play, aside from the 'hit' part that everyone is ignoring anyway.

And that I've already made the round and posted a link to it earlier.

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Re: Hit Singles That Are Just Someone's Name
« Reply #94 on: October 18, 2020, 07:18:08 PM »
Ok, if both Kylie and Madonna don't pass the test is there any artist with a long career (say more then ten albums) with no names in their song titles song titles that are just names?

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Re: Hit Singles That Are Just Someone's Name
« Reply #95 on: October 18, 2020, 07:26:06 PM »
Bjork for example. But turns out she did a song called Hope once, so she's out on her arse before she started.

Ominous Dave

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Re: Hit Singles That Are Just Someone's Name
« Reply #96 on: October 18, 2020, 07:30:49 PM »
'Flash' by Queen

(Though there is a residual ambiguity about whether 'Flash' is actually his name, or whether his name is Gordon and 'Flash' is just an adjectival description. But I'll leave that discussion to the philosophers.)

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 1. Cue quick googling to see if it's technically called 'Theme from Flash' or something like that, but apparently not.

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Re: Hit Singles That Are Just Someone's Name
« Reply #97 on: October 18, 2020, 07:38:46 PM »
(Not thread-related but more ideas for music quiz)

Cheery fact, pop fans.

What links the following songs? :-

You Will Never Walk Alone by Gerry and The Pacemakers, Young Girl by Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, Lady Madonna by The Beatles -  Super Trouper by ABBA.

A: They all happen to be great songs and number one at some point in time.

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Re: Hit Singles That Are Just Someone's Name
« Reply #98 on: October 18, 2020, 07:41:05 PM »
That is a cheery fact.

So, how about Cannibal Corpse, in answer to my own challenge? Unless someone knows someone called 'Blunt Force Castration' etc.

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Re: Hit Singles That Are Just Someone's Name
« Reply #99 on: October 18, 2020, 07:46:14 PM »
Ok, if both Kylie and Madonna don't pass the test is there any artist with a long career (say more then ten albums) with no names in their song titles song titles that are just names?

Rush

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Re: Hit Singles That Are Just Someone's Name
« Reply #100 on: October 18, 2020, 07:48:40 PM »
The same Rush that have a song called Tom Sawyer?

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Re: Hit Singles That Are Just Someone's Name
« Reply #101 on: October 18, 2020, 07:57:56 PM »
But did it exist as a name before the 1743 folk ballad 'Cherish' by the traditional Scottish folk singer Hamish McCallum, who I definitely haven't just made up? I'd like to see you disprove that.

Damn Dr Greggles and his ambiguous thread titles, to take this to it's logical conclusion.


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Re: Hit Singles That Are Just Someone's Name
« Reply #102 on: October 18, 2020, 07:58:46 PM »
The same Rush that have a song called Tom Sawyer?

Oh I thought we were just doing forenames.

Carry on.

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Re: Hit Singles That Are Just Someone's Name
« Reply #103 on: October 18, 2020, 08:04:05 PM »
And that I've already made the round and posted a link to it earlier.

I love to click on an unlabelled Google Drive link to an mp3 of what appears to be a song called 'MAJOR' by a band called 'ELSWORTH BEAST'

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Re: Hit Singles That Are Just Someone's Name
« Reply #104 on: October 18, 2020, 08:07:16 PM »
But did it exist before The Association's 1966 song 'Cherish', which the Madonna song is partially inspired by? That's the question that everyone cares about.[1]
 1. NB: nobody but me actually cares about this.

I got this wrong, 1951 is the rank and not the year, this graph shows the names popularity starting in 1966, it can't be a coincidence.


Ominous Dave

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Re: Hit Singles That Are Just Someone's Name
« Reply #105 on: October 18, 2020, 08:13:50 PM »
But Cher's career started around the same time, so maybe they just wanted their baby to be similar but not identical to her?

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Re: Hit Singles That Are Just Someone's Name
« Reply #106 on: October 18, 2020, 08:18:37 PM »
A name is not illegitimate if it came from a pop song though is it?

Madonna's got a song called Rain too, that's definitely a name.

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Re: Hit Singles That Are Just Someone's Name
« Reply #107 on: October 18, 2020, 08:33:34 PM »
A name is not illegitimate if it came from a pop song though is it?

Madonna's got a song called Rain too, that's definitely a name.



Enters the chart in 1956.


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Re: Hit Singles That Are Just Someone's Name
« Reply #108 on: October 18, 2020, 08:38:35 PM »
So the left axis is from high to low? That's counter-intuitive to me.

edit - no I get it now. So the Madonna song in 1992 is certainly responsible for its resurgent popularity.

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Re: Hit Singles That Are Just Someone's Name
« Reply #109 on: October 18, 2020, 08:59:29 PM »
So the Madonna song in 1992 is certainly responsible for its resurgent popularity.

Possibly it contributed to the popularity, thinking back to those days I remember Rain Phoenix being mentioned often in the press, the whole family were quite a thing in the media for a few years after River Phoenix was in Stand By Me (1986). She had a few highish profile TV/film roles circa 1987, so this could have caused a bump too.

Re: Hit Singles That Are Just Someone's Name
« Reply #110 on: October 18, 2020, 09:24:25 PM »
I love to click on an unlabelled Google Drive link to an mp3 of what appears to be a song called 'MAJOR' by a band called 'ELSWORTH BEAST'

ELSWORTH BEAST-MAJOR
It's hyphenated.

Re: Hit Singles That Are Just Someone's Name
« Reply #111 on: October 18, 2020, 09:26:50 PM »
Damn Dr Greggles and his ambiguous thread titles, to take this to it's logical conclusion.

Not sure it was ambiguous - most people seem to have understood.

Maybe I should have put an example in the first post for clarification...

Re: Hit Singles That Are Just Someone's Name
« Reply #112 on: October 18, 2020, 09:44:40 PM »
Dizzy - Vic Reeves and The Wonder Stuff

Re: Hit Singles That Are Just Someone's Name
« Reply #113 on: October 18, 2020, 09:49:58 PM »
Victoria - The Kinks, or The Fall
Mona - Craig McLachlan (aka Henry from Neighbours)

I think the last-mentioned classic was a hit the same year that Timmy Mallet gave us ‘Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini’.  Sound of the summer.

Re: Hit Singles That Are Just Someone's Name
« Reply #114 on: October 18, 2020, 10:19:13 PM »
Victoria - The Fall

Nearly made the cut, but I shoehorned them in last time.

Ominous Dave

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Re: Hit Singles That Are Just Someone's Name
« Reply #115 on: October 18, 2020, 10:34:55 PM »
Blondie - Maria
Bernstein/Sondheim - Maria
Rage Against the Machine - Maria
Michael Jackson - Maria (You Were the Only One)

(Basically there are loads of tragic love songs called 'Maria'. Which is probably a weird Christian thing, though it amuses me to think there was just one woman going around shagging and then dumping pop songwriters for decades.)

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Re: Hit Singles That Are Just Someone's Name
« Reply #116 on: October 19, 2020, 01:45:13 AM »
Louie, Louie by the Kingsmen.

YES. Delighted to tap in another.

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Re: Hit Singles That Are Just Someone's Name
« Reply #117 on: October 19, 2020, 02:11:09 AM »
Supersonic by Oasis

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Re: Hit Singles That Are Just Someone's Name
« Reply #118 on: October 19, 2020, 12:49:34 PM »
Pretty sure that Rigby is a surname.

Is a surname not part of "someone's name"?

Re: Hit Singles That Are Just Someone's Name
« Reply #119 on: October 19, 2020, 06:10:05 PM »
"There must be LOADS of hit songs that are just someone's first name."

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