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 You wanna S - P - E - L - L

In a song that rhymes on a bell?

Don't despair in your lair

There are plenty of songs there

Where you can S - P - E - L - L

Compare Phone Number Jingle.

For example:


  • Campfire songs presented by G.O.Y.A.:
    • "I am a C":

 I am a C, I am a C - H

I am a C - H - R - I - S - T - I - A - N

And I have C - H - R - I - S - T in my H - E - A - R - T

And I will L - I - V - E - E - T - E - R - N - A - L - L - Y

    • "Let Me See You Get Down":

  D-O-W-N...Let me see you get down

  • Children's songs:
    • (The most current version of) "Bingo":

 B - I - N - G - O

B - I - N - G - O

B - I - N - G - O

And Bingo was his name-o

    • Also, "Rattlesnake":



S-N-A-K-E spells rattlesnake!

    • And the classic:
    • Wait, what about the Lollipop song?

 L-O-double L-I P-O-P

Spells lollipop, lollipop



Spells bubble gum, bubble gum

    • "Now I know my ABC's/Next time won't you sing with me."
  • "A.k.a.i-d-i-o-t" by The Hives.
    • Also "T.H.E.H.I.V.E.S."
  • "Be Aggressive" by Faith No More (with cheerleaders singing along):

 Be aggressive! B-E aggressive! B-E A-G-G-R-E-S-S-I-V-E!

    • Which is from a cheerleading chant that predates the song.
  • "Beer Run" by George Jones and Garth Brooks.

 B Double E Double Are You In?

  • "C-I-T-Y", by John Cafferty & the Beaver Brown Band.
  • "D.A.N.C.E" by Justice:

 Do the D-A-N-C-E

1, 2, 3, 4, fight

Stick to the B-E-A-T

Get ready to ignite

  • "D.I.S.C.O." by Ottawan:

 D-I-S-C-O! (x3)

She is D-I-S-C-O!

  • "D - I - V - O - R - C - E" by Tammy Wynette.

 Our D-I-V-O-R-C-E

Becomes final today

Me and little J-O-E

Will be going away

And I love you both but this will be

Pure H-E-double-L for me

Oh how I wish that we could stop

This D-I-V-O-R-C-E

    • Or the Billy Connolly version...

 His Q-U-A-R-A-N-T-I-N-E starts today

Both my wife and my wee little dog

Will soon be hauled away

That's why I spell out all of these words

So as my dog can't hear

But I must admit

That dog is acting Q-U-E-R queer

  D, world destruction

Over an overture

N, do I need

Apostrophe T, need this torture?

  • The suitably mental "F.E.E.L.I.N.G.C.A.L.L.E.D.L.O.V.E." by Pulp.
  • The Cure's "Fire in Cairo" spells the song title in the chorus. Repeatedly.
  • "Ghettomusick" by Outkast:

 G-h-e-t-t-o-m-u-s-i-c-k stay down

O-u-t-k-a-s-t (oooh yeah) just know that we won't play round

  • "Glamorous" by Fergie:

 "G - L - A - M - O - R - O - U - S, yeah G - L - A - M - O - R - O - U - S"

  • "Gloria" by Them:


 L is for the way you look at me

O is for the only one I see

V is very, very extraordinary

E is even more than anyone that you adore can

 L is for LOVE, baby

O is for ONLY you that I do

V is for loving VIRTUALLY everything that you are

E is for loving almost EVERYTHING that you do

R is for RAPE me

M is for MURDER me

A is for ANSWERING all of my prayers

N is for KNOWING your loverman's going

to be the answer to all of yours

  • "BLIMPHT" by Bill Oddie (in the third episode of the radio series "I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again") is decidedly less romantic

 B is for the beauty that I only see in you,

L is for the laughter that I hear the whole night through,

I is so infatuated with you, oh my dear,

M is for the music that I hear when you are near,

P is for the passion that I feel for you each day,

H is for the horror if you ever went away,

T is for the trust I put in you all else above,

Put them all together now and that.... spells.... BLIMPHT!

  • M-I-S S-I-S S-I-P-P-I to remember how to spell the US state.

 We keep the party movin' till the broad daylight


  • "M-O-T-H-E-R" by Howard Johnson:

 "M" is for the million things she gave me,

"O" means only that she's growing old,

"T" is for the tears she shed to save me,

"H" is for her heart of purest gold;

"E" is for her eyes, with love-light shining,

"R" means right, and right she'll always be,

Put them all together, they spell "MOTHER,"

A word that means the world to me.

  M is for the Massive guilt she gave me;

O is for the Outbursts that she had;

T is for her Total domination;

H is How she drove out dear old dad;

E is for the Eumuch that she made me;

R is my Respect she stripped away;

Put them all together, they spell MOTHER --

The reason I'm so fucked-up today!

 Y - O - U - apostrophe - R - E - G - O - double N - A - D - I - E die

/You are gonna diiiiiiiiiieeeeee!!

  • "ohmygodimonfire" by Logan Whitehurst:

 O - H - M - Y - G - O - D - I - M - O - N - F - I - R - E

S - O - M - E - B - O - D - Y - P - U - T - M - E - O - U - T

F - O - R - C - R - Y - I - N - G - O - U - T - L - O - U - D

    • Also used in "Robot Cat":

 Word to the R to the O to the B to the O-T-C to the A to the T

  • "Rag Mop" (sometimes spelled "Ragg Mopp" due to the lyrics):






M-O-P-P Mopp mopp mopp mopp


I say R-A




R-A-G-G M-O-P-P, ragg mopp

    • And its parody:

 Oh, I say D

I say D-O




Team, team, team...

    • Here's another parody, relating to online gaming:


I said Q-U




Q-U-I-T Quit quit quit quit


I said R-A




R-A-G-E Q-U-I-T Ragequit!

 R - E - S - P - E - C - T

Find out what it means to me

R - E - S - P - E - C - T

Take care, TCB

 S! A! T-U-R! D-A-Y! Night!

 B-A-Y, B-A-Y,

B-A-Y, C-I-T-Y,

With an R-O-double-L, E-R-S,

Bay City Rollers are the best!

  • "Shopping", also by the Pet Shop Boys. This and "Minimal" above were mashed up together wonderfully during the 2006 tour.
  • Snoop Dogg often refers to himself in his songs as "S - N - double O - P" or "D - O - double G".
  • "Tennessee Girl" by Sammy Kershaw:

 I love that T-E-double N-E-double S-double E G-I-R-L.

  • "T-R-O-U-B-L-E" by Elvis Presley, later covered by Travis Tritt.
  • "THIS SHIT IS BANANAS, B - A - N - A - N - A - S!"
  • The not-often-played-on-the-radio intro to the Guess Who's "American Woman" takes its dear, sweet time spelling out the song's title.
  • Parodied in "Weird Al" Yankovic's "Albuquerque": "I said A! (A!) L! (L!) B! (B!) U! (U!)...........Querque! (Querqueeeeeee!)
    • And who can forget: "We got three-day stubble/Our name spells trouble:/T-R-U-B-B-L!"
  • Kalamazoo:

 K - A - L - A - M - A - Z - O - O - O - Oh what a gal...

  • V! A! C! A! T-I-O-N! In the summer sun!
    • Fun fact: Connie Francis recorded various foreign-language versions of this song, but they kept the spelling bit the same as the English version.
      • A completely separate spelling song called "V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N" was recorded by Puffy AmiYumi (well technically, just Yumi; it was recorded as a solo song that appeared on a double album called "solosolo")
  • "Microphone Fiend" by Eric B. & Rakim

 Cause I'm in E-F-F-E-C-T

a smooth operator operating correctly

    • Also "Know Your Enemy"

 "The D88, the E, the F, the I, the A, the N, the C, the E

A mind of a revolutionary

 Do I have to spell it out?

C-H-E-E-S-E-A-N-D-O-N-I-O-N-S oh no-o-o...

    • Watch it with the animated video. It's awesome.
    • Also, in "Shangri-La". If you listen really, really hard, you can hear a background singer spelling out 'S-H-A-N-G-R-I-L-A' in the last verses. Then spoofed soon before fading out.


La-dee-dah (S-H-A-N-G-R-I-L-A)

Here we are

In Shangri-La (L-E-X-I-C-O-G-R-A-P-H-E-R)

La-dee-doo-dah (Lexicographer?!)

La-dee-dah (Sorry, folks!)

  • "Jocko Homo":

 Are we not MEN?


Are we not MEN?


    • And, of course, that same piece of the song used in Weird Al's "Polkas on 45".
  • Not a Rapper's Read a Book. (Link not worksafe!) R-E-A-D-A-B-O-O-Kaaayy!!
  • Let's not forget The B-I-B-L-E.
  • A song from Brite Music has lines like these:

 B-A-B-Y, that spells fun

Because at our house we have one...

It's easy, you see, when you can spell good as me...

K-I-S-S spells "Hello" to me,

H-O-M-E, Dad and Mommy,

But most important is L-O-V-E: That spells Family!


Bad, make your mom and daddy sad


Bad, It's the bloody fix you do, the bloody fix you do

    • Also "L.O.V.E. Machine":

 L-O, V-E, All I need's my love machine

 Misfits, twilight zone,

R-A-M-O-N-E-S, R-A-M-O-N-E-S


  • 'A-U-S-T-R-A-L-I-A... Australia!'
  • Morningwood's "To The Nth Degree" involves a lot of spelling of the band's name:





  • "Washington, DC" by Magnetic Fields:


T-O-N, baby, DC!

  • Lootpack's "On Point" cranks this Up to Eleven, with two full verses of spelling. It's taken to the point where I can't even post the lyrics. Just hear it yourself.
  • "Method of Modern Love" by Daryl Hall and John Oates
    • M-E-T-H-O-D-O-F-L-O-V-E, it's the method of modern love
    • Same goes for Wu-Tang Clan's "Method Man", which samples the above song:


  • Y - M - C - A !
  • Megadeth's "Hook in Mouth"

 F is for fighting, R is for red

Ancestors' blood in battles they've shed

E, we elect them, E, we eject them

In the land of the free and the home of the brave

D, for your dying, O, your overture

M, they will cover your grave with manure

This spells out freedom, it means nothing to me

As long as there's a P.M.R.C.

  • Mercyful Fate's "Nuns Have No Fun"

 Upon a cross a nun will be hanged, she will be raped by an evil man

Knock spikes through her hands, things will come she won't understand

You're a nun, you haven't had no fun, living your life as a virgin queen

I'm gonna change it, and I'll get it done, tomorrow you won't be a virgin queen

C. U. N. T.! That's what you are! You're C. U. N. T., yeah!

 P - O - L - Y - S - I - C - S


  • 3OH!3 and Katy Perry's "Starstrukk":

  L-O-V-E's just another word I never learned to pronounce.

    • ...although they actually say "love" in the previous line.
  • No Doubt's "Staring Problem."
  • S.E.X. by Nickelback.

 S is for the simple need,

E is for the ecstasy,

X is there to mark the spot, 'cause that's the one you really want!

    • also in Everything I Wanna Do where between the verses and the chorus you can hear softly in the backgound the lines

  You and me sitting in a tree *-U-C-K-I-N-G.

  • Fergie's "Fergalicious" manages to do this somewhat, but manages to misspell an incredibly simple word in the song - specifically, "tasty" as "tastey".
  • No mention of S-S-S-S A-A-A-A F-F-F-F E-E-E-E T-T-T-T Y-Y-Y-Y?
  • Eddy Arnold's "C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S", covered by a lot of artists in the '50s.

 C is for the Christ child, born upon this day

H for Herald angels in the night

R means our Redeemer

I means Israel

S is for the Star that shone so bright...

 My name is Nick, H-E-X-U-M

    • And "Juan Bond", which spells out the song's title.
  • Aztec Camera's "How Men Are"

  P-E-R-S-P-E-C-T-I-V-E. It's no mystery.

  • "The Mark of the Gun" by Deathstars:

 Your life spells dead

Well, the D is for destroy (under the gun)

The E is for enforce (under the gun)

A is for absolute (under the gun)

And D is for darkness

Dead (the mark of the gun)

  • Stupid, by The Sultans of Ping FC:

  You're stupid, S-T-U-P-I-D!

  • "Cactus" by The Pixies has a bridge where the band chanting "P! I! X! I! E! S!"
    • When David Bowie covered it, that section became "D! A! V! I! D!".
  • Elastica's word salady "How He Wrote Elastica Man" has a chorus of the band chanting "E! L! A! S! T! I! C! A!" while Justine Frischmann adds more vocals acrostically (e.g. E! Extra special/L! Last chance).
  • From the extended club mix of "Safety Dance" by Men Without Hats:


Safety! Dance!








  • "L-I-F-E-G-O-E-S-O-N" by Noah and the Whale. Both the trope-example and title of the song.
  • Frank Sinatra's take on "Jingle Bells."
  • From the second verse of "Pump It" by the Black Eyed Peas:

 B-L-A-C-K-E-Y-E-D-P to the E

Then the A to the S

  • "Super Eurobeat" by Dave Rodgers ft. Futura.

 S - 'Cause we are Super

U - You gotta use it

P - Is like a passion

E-R - Euro

E - You feel emotion

U - Get up and down

R - Because we are

O - All right

    • As well as:

 S - It's only super

U - It is up to you

P - Play with me now

E-R - Euro

E - You gotta beat it

U - Just take it easy

R - A-Beat-C rules

O - All right

  • Madonna's "Gimme All Your Luvin" includes a cheerleader-chant-like hook:

 L-U-V! Madonna!

Y-O-U! You wanna!

  • Jay-Z's "Izzo (H.O.V.A.)"

 H to the izz-O, V to the izz-A

    • Also, "Money, Cash, Hoes" and its remix have verses that start out this way:

 (Jay-Z, in the original) J-A-Y, I flow sick!

(DMX, in the original) D-M-X, and my dogs bite!

(Memphis Bleek, in the remix) Ay yo, M-E-M-P-H-I-S Bleek!

(Beanie Sigel, in the remix) Peep the kid from P-H-I-L-L-Y!

  • The Faint's "Tale Me to the Hospital" spells the last word of its title in increments.


  • "Oscar Mayer Weiner Song":

 My bologna has a first name

It's O - S - C - A - R

My bologna has a second name

It's M - A - Y - E - R

    • Parodied in The Simpsons by a vintage commercial starring Rainer Wolfcastle. The bratwurst the song was about had a ridiculously long second name (Schnackenpfefferhausen).
  • The end of the Mister Softee jingle:

 The creamiest dreamiest soft ice cream

You get from Mister Softee.

For a refreshing delight supreme

Look for Mister Softee.

S-O-F-T Double-E, Mis-ter Softee.

  • "H-O-T-W-I-R-E,!"


  If time goes by just hit rewind, let's Cele-b-r-a-t-e


P-O-K-E-M-O-N, Pokémon!

 D! Donna toki demo

R! Arukitsuzukero

A! Eien no ai wo shinjite

GO! Tatakaeta GO! GO! GO!

N! Enryo wa iranai Futari no mirai wa mugendai


  'Cause I'm blonde



'Cause I'm a blonde



'Cause I'm a blonde

B-L-... I don't know!

 R is for your rotten disposition

O is for the odours that you spread

D is for the dirt, your happiest condition

And E is for your evil eyes of red

N is for the nausea you keep causing

T is for the trap - we won't go into that

Put them all together, they read rodent

Just another fancy name for rat

  • The Rescue Aid Society's anthem from Disney's The Rescuers:

 R - E - S - C - U - E

Rescue Aid Society

Heads held high, touch the sky

You mean everything to me

  • Santa Claus Conquers the Martians ("You spell it S - A - N - T - A - C - L - A - U - S, Hooray for Santy Claus!")
  • The song "Unclefucker" from South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut ended with an homage to the title song from Oklahoma

  Uncle fucker, that's U-N-C-L-E-FUCK YOU! Uncle fucker! (Suck my balls!)

 T-U-R-T-L-E Power!

T-U-R-T-L-E Power!

T-U-R-T-L-E Power!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

  • "C-A-T Spells Cat" from Daddy Long Legs.

Live Action TV

  • The "Harrigan" song (see Theatre) was altered to spell 'Gilligan'.
  • Theme of The Mickey Mouse Club ("M - I - C - K - E - Y - M - O - U - S - E")

 Why? Because we like you!

 W is for the many Ways that you're served

A is for the Admiration you deserve

F because you're Fluffy! you're Flaky and Fun!

and F is for the Flavor that is second to none

L is for how Light you are, you melt in my mouth

and E is for Eggs!

 C is for that feeling of uncertainty for not quite knowing what ethnic group you're from,

R is for the gifts you give me every time you smile.

the first E is for, uh, well, I don't really know, but

the second E is really a grammatical thing, 'cause otherwise it would be 'Crepy Girl' and where would that leave us?

the P is definitely NOT for platonic, and

Y? Because I love you! Myyy Cree-hee-eepy Gi-irl!!

  • Whose Line Is It Anyway?? had a Song Styles in the style of The Village People, where the cast parodied Y.M.C.A. This led to a Crowning Moment of Funny with its hilarity increased by Wayne Brady misspelling the name of the audience member, Howard.

 Wayne: H - O - R - W - A - R - D

  • In a 1984 episode of Saturday Night Live newscaster Edwin Newman, making a guest appearance, did a bit pointing out how many American states have very generic-sounding state songs, usually including a spelling of the state's name at some point.
    • A 2004 episode featured a parody of a infomercial for a country music compilation disc called "Country Roses" that includes a track called "Here We Go Again"

  I guess I'll have another A-B-O-R-T-I-O-N

  • The game show version of Monopoly used a Thematic Theme Tune that had a repeated "M-O-N-O-P-O-L-Y". The first two O's were sung by a woman who... well, sounded like she was having a big O.


 O - K - L - A - H - O - M - A!

 H - A - double-R - I - G - A - N spells Harrigan

  • "Schadenfreude" from Avenue Q ends with "S - C - H - A - D - E - N - F - R - E - U - D - E!"
  • "Tragedy" from PDQ Bach's dramatic oratorio Oedipus Tex:

 Greek Chorus (in fugal counterpoint): T - R - A - G - E - D - Y, tragedy, oh, yeah...

  • "U.N.C.O.U.P.L.E.D." from Starlight Express.
  • "The Name's LaGuardia" from Fiorello!, in which the title character not only spells his name but informs voters that T-A-M-M-A-N-Y "spells tyranny like R-A-T spells rat" and sings a Yiddish verse spelling his name in Hebrew letters.
  • In the stage show version of Mary Poppins, "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" is spelled not only in song, but in dance as well.

 S-U-P-E-R; C-A-L-I-F; R-A-G-I-L; I-S-T-I-C-E-X-P-I-A-L-I-D; O; C-I-O-U-S

  • The Most Happy Fella has a song about "big D, little A, double L, A, S," which, of course, spells Dallas.
  • "Lumbered" from Stop the World, I Want to Get Off:

 I've been L-U-M-B-E-R-E-D lumbered,

And I don't L-I-K-E it one small bit.

I'm too young to be a father;

There are lots of things I'd rather be,

Like working down a coal P-I-T pit!

Video Games


    • Not exactly, the singers just don't enunciate very well between the 'I' and the 'A'.
  • In "My Only Shining Star" from Dance Dance Revolution SuperNOVA, nobody had the heart to tell them they added a few extra letters...

  D to the A to the A to the N to the N to the C to the C to the E, dance, baby!


  • "Survival", the Varrigan Station music from MadWorld:

S to the U to the R to the V to the I to the V to the A to the L!

 We went from M - A - R - I - A - G - E

To D - I - V - O - R - S - D

You broke my little H - A - R - T

Now I'm in M - I - S - R - E

  • In addition to his Theme Music Power Up, Bang also gets his own character song to the tune of his track, Kaze and Gale respectively:

 S · I · SI · G · A · M · I

Shishigami Bang, Bang!

 N! I! S!

Web Comics

 W - A - L - U - I - G -

I am the best, Waluigi!

Web Animation


M is for milk. The real stuff, not soy.

A is for not-organic apples. Pesticides ahoy!

R is raisins - they give me bad gas.

Z is too hard, so at this one, I'll pass.

I is for inchildas, and...

Strong Bad: Homestar!

Homestar: Yeah, what's up?

Strong Bad: That's not a love poem! That is a lavishly produced grocery list!

    • "Rap Song" (accidently feat. Peacey P), not to be confused with Crack Stuntman's Very Important Rap Song.

 Coach Z: R-A-P S. O-N-G yes.

Yes, y'all, And you don't stap.

Coach Z and Peacey P cold rappity rap!

    • "Trogday 08" includes "The 'S is for Sucks' Dragon Song", which spells out the alphabet.
    • From the SBEmail "local news":

 Strong Bad: ♪ Ooooh,

If you want it to be possessive, it's just I-T-S,

But if it's supposed to be a contraction, then it's I-T-Apostrophe-S.

Scalawag. ♫

 You people all have to learn/This world is going to BURN!/ BURN!/ It's two Rs. H-O-R-R- right/ BURN!

Western Animation

 "I" is for "imagine"

"M" is for "me"

"A" is for the letter "a"

"G" is for "gee"

"I" is for... "imagine"

"N" is for "nice"

"E" is for "egad!

I said 'imagine' twice!"

    • And there's "The Acme Song"

 There's the "A", that's first,

There's the "C", that's next.

There's the "M", you're almost done,

There's the "E", that's last, now spell it out,

A-C-M-E that's fun!

 R - E - C - Y - C - L - E Recycle!

C - O - N - S - E - R - V - E Conserve!

Don't you P - O - L - L - U - T - E

Pollute the rivers sky or sea

Or else you're gonna get what you deserve

    • Rocko eventually attempts to repeat this song to the corporate bigwigs at Conglomo, but he isn't familiar enough to remember the tune. The executives wonder why he's spelling everything.
  • Done in Arthur for a spelling bee:


 I am so smart!

S - M - R - T!

I mean S - M - A - R - T!

    • And this song from the "Little Miss Springfield" episode (which, perhaps for the best, we only get to hear the first few lines of):

 L, the losers in her wake

I, the income she will make

T is for her tooth-filled mouth

T is for her tooth-filled mouth...

    • And the classic version of the baloney song.

 Young Rainier Wolfcastle: My bratwurst has a first name, it's F-R-I-T-Z; my bratwurst has a second name, it's S-C-H-N-A-C-K-E-N-P-F-E-F-F-E-R-H-A-U-S-E-N!

      • And Homer's version:

 My bologna has a first name, it's H-O-M-E-R; my bologna has a second name, it's H-O-M-E-R!

    • Everybody Hates Ned Flanders song:


His name is Ned!


It's a stupid name!


Don't yell at Ned!


His wife is dead!

    • When Bart, Milhouse, Nelson, and Ralph form a boy band called The Party Posse, one of their songs goes:

 I saw you last night at the spelling bee.

I knew right then that it was L-U-V.

Cause I can no longer be a silent "G"

I've gotta spell out what you mean to me.

 Spongebob: C.A.M.P.F.I.R.E.S.O.N.G. song

C.A.M.P.F.I.R.E.S.O.N.G. song

And if you don't think that we can sing it faster then you're wrong

But it'll help if you just sing along...

    • The "F.U.N. Song"

 F Is For Friends who do stuff together

U Is for U and me.

N is for aNy thing and anytime at all, Down here in the deep blue sea

      • Plankton doesn't really get it.


F is for Fire that burns down the whole town.

U is for Uranium. BOMBS!

N is for No survivors when you're-

 D is for Danger upon which we thrive.

A is for Action makes it fun to be alive.

W is for Wild things we always do.

G is for Gross stuff that's really cool.

And S... just makes it plural!

  T-E-E-N T-I-T-A-N-S. Teen Titans. Let's Go!


And Lazlo was his name-o.

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