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Brian: Wow, a song named after a girl. There aren't a million of those already.

Stewie: Name twenty.

Brian: Rosanna, Roxanne, Michelle, Alison, Sarah, Angie, Brandy, Mandy, Gloria, Cecilia, Maggie May, Jessica, Nancy, Barbara Ann, Billie Jean, Layla, Lola, Polly, Helena, Jenny from the Block.

Stewie: Name six more.

Brian: Sherry, Laura, Wendy, Maria, Peggy Sue, Minnie the Moocher.

Stewie: Name five more.

Brian: Tracy, Jean, Jane, Mary Ann, Eleanor Rigby.

Stewie: (throws down guitar) Go BLEEP yourself.


Songs named after girls, usually the Love Interest of the male singer. This trope is one that just keeps coming back, but for some reason female singers tend to not name songs specifically after guys.

Not to be confused with One-Woman Wail.


Straight Examples:

Alternative Dance

Alternative Hip Hop

Alternative Rock

Blues

  • "Maissie" - Syd Barrett

Blues-Rock

  • "Layla" - Riff-driven Derek and the Dominoes signature song.

Country

  • "Molly" and "Isabel" - John Denver
  • Ruby[2] - Kenny Rogers
  • "Austin" - Blake Shelton
  • "My Maria" - Brookes and Dunn

Country Rock

  • "Amie" - Pure Prairie League

Dark Cabaret

  • "Delilah" - The Dresden Dolls
    • Of course we cannot forget the more famous song of the same name by Tom Jones (she stood there laughing, but when we felt the knife in his hands, she laughed no more.)

Folk

  • "Suzanne" - Leonard Cohen
  • "Barbara Allen" (Also "Barbarous Ellen", for her treatment of the Jimmy Grove.) - traditional British; variants all over the English-speaking world.
  • "To Ramona" - Bob Dylan

Folk Rock

  • "Cecilia" - Simon and Garfunkel (She's breaking his heart, shaking his confidence daily; AND he's begging her please to come home)
  • "Sally Anne", "Penelope" and "Margarita" - Great Big Sea.
  • "Rosie" -Fairport Convention
  • "Alison Gross" (a witch) -Steeleye Span
  • "Hey Rose", "Genevieve", and "Viola" by Girlyman, though only one was written by a man.
  • Martina-Phranc, by a woman this instance.

Grunge

  • "Polly" - Nirvana
    • If addressing your rape victim as if she was a pet bird counts.

Hard Rock

  • "Beth" - KISS (He hears her callin', but he can't come home right now)
  • "Carrie" - Europe (band)

Indie Pop

  • "Mary Jo" - Belle and Sebastian
  • "Silvia" and "Julie" - Jens Lekman. (He also has a Dear Friend Lisa.)

Indie Rock

  • "Geraldine" - Glasvegas
  • "Celestine" - Kirsty Mac Coll
  • "Jezebel" - Two Hours Traffic

Jazz

Jazz Rock

  • "Rikki Don't Lose That Number", "Peg", and "Josie" by Steely Dan.

Metal

  • "Audrey," "Jessica," and (debatably) "Amber" - Dir en Grey

New Wave

  • "Darlene" - Erasure (interesting in that it is sung as if to a love interest, but the singer is a gay male)

Pop

  • "Maggie May" by Rod Stewart, about a possessive girlfriend.
  • "Billie Jean" - Michael Jackson's signature song.
    • Also, "Dirty Diana," from the Bad album.
  • "Jenny from the Block" - Jennifer Lopez's Rockstar Song
  • "Kitty" - Written by Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn, recorded by Racey and Covered Up by Toni Basil.
  • "Eve" and "Julia" - Chantal Kreviazuk.
  • "Sherry", "Ronnie", "Dawn" and "Marlena" are all the Four Seasons.
  • "Brandy" - Looking Glass (She's a fine girl. What a good wife she would be.)
  • "Diana" - Paul Anka
  • "Rosanna" by Toto, sung about the lead singer's girlfriend at the time, Rosanna Arquette.
  • "Alison" - Jordy (with both the singer and the cartoon girl being children).
  • "Célimène" - David Martial.
  • "Oh! Carol" - Neil Sedaka
  • "Windy" - Ruthann Friedman, sung by The Association
  • "Angie" - Cobra Starship
  • "Carrie Ann" - The Hollies

Pop Punk

Pop Rock

Post-Hardcore

  • "Ashley" - Escape the Fate
  • "Emily" - From First To Last

Post-Punk

  • "Alice" and "Marian" - The Sisters of Mercy
    • They also covered "Emma" by Hot Chocolate and "Jolene" by Dolly Parton.

Power Pop

R & B

  • "Bernadette" - Four Tops (Some men spend their whole lives searching for what we had)
  • "Roni" - Bobby Brown

Rap Metal

Rock

Rock and Roll

  • "Donna" - Ritchie Valens
  • "Lucille" - Little Richard
  • "Maybellene" and "Nadine" - Chuck Berry
  • "Peggy Sue" - Buddy Holly

Southern Rock

And literally countless others, in itself, an interesting result for Transfinite Number Theory.


Subversions:

Alternative Dance

  • "Lilian" - Depeche Mode. Ostensibly about a really evil ex who's just broken up with the singer.

Alternative Rock

  • "Mary Jane" - Tori Amos. It's not about a girl.
  • Also subverted in "Song for Whoever" by the Beautiful South, where due to repeated Muse Abuse the singer/writer can't remember which of the many One Women is which:

 Oh Shirley,Oh Deborah, Oh Julie, Oh Jane

I wrote so many songs about you I forget your name

 Oh Cathy, Oh Alison, Oh Phillipa, Oh Sue

You made me so much money I wrote this song for you

  • Subverted in "Helena"; the song is about grieving for a dead woman (Word of God says the singer's grandma.)
  • Subverted in "Debra" - Beck. The song's lyrics begin to direct the song towards one girl ("oh girl, I only wanna be down with you") until it's revealed that Beck has a secondary interest: Debra, the girl's sister ("and your sister, I think her name is Debra"). The track is done in the vein of R. Kelly-like R&B ballads and seems to be one until the hilarious twist of Beck pining for a little more is made apparent.

Country

  • "Lucille" by Kenny Rogers, which is about the man's wife running off and leaving him to raise their four children alone on a farm.
  • "Jolene" by Dolly Parton, sung by the cuckolded wife to the woman her man is having an affair with.

Folk Rock

  • "Reva Thereafter" by Girlyman, about the singer's grandmother, and coping with hr suicide.

Heavy Metal

  • "Melissa" - Mercyful Fate. She is actually a human sacrifice in black mass.

Hip Hop

Musical

New Wave

Pop

  • "Alejandro" by Lady Gaga is possibly a triple subversion. First it is inverted. Second there are three men in the song. And finally Gaga is fending off their advances.
  • "Stephen" by Kesha is a song about a man, sung by a woman.
  • "Etienne" by Guesch Patti, also a song by a woman about a man.

Post-Rock

  • More than half of the songs on Slint's Tweez are named after women ("Carol", "Charlotte", "Darlene", "Rhoda", and "Nan Ding"). The thing is that all of these are non-appearing titles that have nothing to do with the song content, and the remaining four songs have male names. They decided to just title the songs as arbitrary shout outs to band members' parents. As for why there's an odd number of names, well, Nan Ding was apparently a dog.

Rock

Comedy

Notes

  1. Ruby Ruby Rubaaaaaaaay!
  2. That's a different Ruby
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