The 50 Best Songs with a Name in the Title

From Jeremy to Rhiannon, these names have been immortalized in music history.

Behind almost every incredible song is the muse (even if they're imaginary!) who inspired the artist. Some of those muses—or characters or dedications—even get songs named after them. That's how Julio ended up down by the schoolyard, Mary Jane got her last dance, and Earl said his final goodbye. We've rounded up 50 of the best songs with a name in their title, from an early Jay-Z and Beyoncé duet to a Dolly Parton ode to her romantic rival. Who knows—your name may even make an appearance.

Classic Songs with a Name in the Title

Jack and Diane lyrics John Mellencamp

  1. "Rhiannon," Fleetwood Mac
  2. "Eleanor Rigby," The Beatles
  3. "Runaround Sue," Dion
  4. "Come On, Eileen," Dexy's Midnight Runners
  5. "Johnny B. Goode," Chuck Berry
  6. "Darling Nikki," Prince
  7. "Me and Bobby McGee," Janis Joplin
  8. "Sweet Caroline," Neil Diamond
  9. "A Boy Named Sue," Johnny Cash
  10. "Daniel," Elton John
  11. "Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard," Paul Simon
  12. "Mrs. Robinson," Simon and Garfunkel
  13. "Fernando," ABBA
  14. "Billie Jean," Michael Jackson
  15. "Jack and Diane," John Mellencamp
  16. "Mickey," Toni Basil
  17. "Barbara Ann," The Beach Boys
  18. "Gloria," Laura Branigan
  19. "Romeo and Juliet," Dire Straits
  20. "My Sharona," The Knack
  21. "The Wind Cries Mary," Jimi Hendrix

Rock Tracks with a Name in the Title

Mary Jane's Last Dance lyrics Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

  1. "Buddy Holly," Weezer
  2. "Josie," Blink-182
  3. "Helena," My Chemical Romance
  4. "Sam's Town," The Killers
  5. "St. Jimmy," Green Day
  6. "Jeremy," Pearl Jam
  7. "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?" R.E.M.
  8. "Mary Jane's Last Dance," Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Hip-Hop and R&B Songs with a Name in the Title

Tyrone lyrics Erykah Badu

  1. "'03 Bonnie and Clyde," JAY-Z and Beyoncé
  2. "We Are Trayvon," Plies
  3. "Plain Jane," A$AP Ferg
  4. "Tyrone," Erykah Badu

Pop Tracks with a Name in the Title

Adia lyrics Sarah McLachlan

  1. "Alejandro," Lady Gaga
  2. "Diana," One Direction
  3. "Penny and Me," Hanson
  4. "Clementine," Halsey
  5. "Nancy Mulligan," Ed Sheeran
  6. "Valerie," Amy Winehouse
  7. "Alfie," Lily Allen
  8. "Grace Kelly," Mika
  9. "Adia," Sarah McLachlan
  10. "Iris," The Goo Goo Dolls
  11. "Annie Waits," Ben Folds
  12. "Stacy's Mom," Fountains of Wayne
  13. "Georgia," Brittany Howard

Country Songs with a Name in the Title

Lyrics to Jolene, Dolly Parton song with a name in the title

  1. "Goodbye Earl," Dixie Chicks
  2. "Tim McGraw," Taylor Swift
  3. "Fancy," Reba McEntire
  4. "Jolene," Dolly Parton
Sage Young
Sage Young is the Deputy Entertainment Editor at Best Life, expanding and honing our coverage in this vertical by managing a team of industry-obsessed writers. Read more
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