10 Songs With Girls' Names In The Title
A girls' name in a song title does not always represent a specific girl or even a girl at all but these 10 songs with girls' names in the title definitely have a story to tell. Some artists use a girls' name to carry out a play on words while others choose a name because it sounds pretty. The different reasons vary for these artists to place girls' name in the title but one thing is for certain, these 10 girl names will forever be associated with these 10 songs.
- "Roxanne" by The Police. Released in 1978 and again in 1979 the song is about falling in love with prostitute in the red-light district of Paris. "Roxanne" is a fictional charecter but the girl's name is taken both from Alexander The Great's wife and Cyrano DeBergerac's girlfriend. The band broke up in 1984 and Sting moved onto a popular solo career where he still performs "Roxanne" in concert.
- "Jane Says" by Jane's Addiction. Lead singer Perry Farrell wrote this song based on a girl he used to live with named Jane Bainter. Jane was a beautiful girl with an abusive boyfriend and heroin problem even though she lived a well-to-do life.
- "Anna Molly" by Incubus. This two girl name title is a play on words for the word "anomaly" which means, "a deviation from the common rule". Lead singer Brandon Boyd stated on his label's website that "Anna Molly" is about the perfect woman being anomalous. The song went on to being a number one single for five straight weeks.
- "Mandy" by Barry Manilow. The first hit single by Manilow was written and recorded by Scott English as "Brandy". Manilow re-recorded the song with the girl's name "Mandy" because the band Looking Glass had a song "Brandy: You're a Fine Girl" that had already been released.
- "If U Seek Amy" by Britney Spears. The third single, "If U Seek Amy", off Britney's "Circus" album reached #8 on U.S. Billboards Pop Songs chart in 2009. There is no Amy; the song title is a play on words for a sexual phrase that comes to light when the words are said together fast. Britney's record label worried the song would not be played on the radio so an edited version, "If U See Amy", was released for airplay.
- "Janie's Got a Gun" by Aerosmith. American rock band Aerosmith released the song in 1989 and "Janie's Got a Gun" won the band their first Grammy in 1991. Lead singer Steven Tyler explains the song is a fictional story about a girl who shoots her father because he is sexually abusing her.
- "Mary Jane's Last Dance" by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. Originally titled "Indiana Girl", lead singer Tom Petty went back and changed the chorus around to "last dance with Mary Jane' which sparked the new title. The girls name, Jane, was also the name of Petty's former wife who he divorced the year before "Mary Jane's Last Dance" was released.
- "Ana's Song (Open Fire)" by Silverchair. Lead singer Daniel Johns used the girl's name Ana to represent his struggle with the eating disorder Anorexia. The second single off Silverchair's album "Neon Ballroom" also has a reference to Lady Diana Spencer who also suffered from Anorexia.
- "Breakfast at Tiffany's" by Deep Blue Something. Released in 1996 on the album "Home" the song reached number five in the U.S. The title was taken from the 1961 Audrey Hepburn movie "Breakfast at Tiffany's" but it was Hepburn's film "Roman Holiday" that inspired the song.
- "Adia" by Sarah McLachlan. The 1999 Grammy nominated song has many meanings for McLachlan who once stated in an interview that the lyrics describe her problems in dealing with feeling responsible for everyone else. The girl's name Adia has no specific meaning to McLachlan, other than that she liked the way it sounded