100 Great Songs with a Girl’s Name in the Title

October 26, 2014

As long as people have written songs there have been songs written about fairer sex, in fact, we'd wager there are more songs about women than just about any other subject. Many of these songs include a girl's name in the lyrics, but there have been far less that have a girl's name in the title. Some of these songs are about a specific person, although sometime the name has been changed to protect the subject's modesty, like in the case of Derek and the Dominos, 'Layla'.

'Layla' is Clapton’s love song to Pattie Boyd, who at that time was married to George Harrison; she later married Clapton in 1979 (Pattie has had more songs written about her than most women). Clapton was inspired to write the first part of the song having been given a copy of the Persian classical poet, Nizami Ganjavi’s book. After laying down his song Clapton returned to the studio to hear the Dominos' drummer, Jim Gordon playing a piano piece that he immediately loved and decided he wanted to add it to ‘Layla’ to complete the track; Gordon, had in fact borrowed the melody from his former girlfriend Rita Coolidge. Whatever the detail of the story behind the song it remains one of rock's great love songs.

Often these songs to a specific girl have been written in the first flush of love, Rick Nelson's 'Hello Mary Lou', being a perfect example as is Buddy Holly's 'Peggy Sue'.

But there's also classic songs about rejection, like 'Eloise' by the Damned (originally a hit by Barry Ryan), Tom Jones's 'Delilah' or the Everlys' 'Cathy's Clown'. Then there's songs of unrequited love. If you want to hear one of the best, just listen to Frank Sinatra's 'Elizabeth' or there's Brian Wilson's 'Caroline No'.

Another great rock song that name checks a woman is the Allman Brothers, 'In Memory of Elizabeth Reed'. Dickey Betts wrote the song about Boz Scaggs’s girlfriend, whom Dickey was also involved with. According to Betts, “She was Hispanic and somewhat dark and mysterious—and she really used it to her advantage and played it to the hilt.” Betts saw a headstone with the inscription upon it at the Rose Hill Cemetery, a place frequented by band members during their early days to relax and write songs.

Other great rock songs that namecheck that we've chosen to include are, CCR's, 'Proud Mary' and their cover of Dale Hawkin's 'Suzie Q': The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, 'Jackie Blue': a trio from the Rolling Stones, 'Angie', 'Ruby Tuesday' and 'Lady Jane' and Grand Funk's underrated 'Sally'. No list like this would be complete with Dire Straits' 'Romeo & Juliet' or Boston's 'Amanda'.

We've got some classic Motown recordings including the Four Tops, 'Bernadette', DeBarge and 'Who's Holding Donna Now', and Lionel Richie's 'Penny Lover'. We've added Michael Jackson's 'Billie Jean', one of the best put down songs ever.

There's rock 'n' roll love songs about girls from, Little Richard, Eddie Cochran, Fats Domino, Chuck Berry, and Gene Vincent.

We've included some less well known songs like Gerry Beckley's 'Now Sue', Lee Ritenour's 'Linda', or Richard Harris's 'Gayla.

Despite it being about Martha, The Beatles' 'Martha My Dear', he covered by Madeleine Peyroux was inspired by Paul McCartney's Old English Sheepdog.

These are our 100, what would you like to see added?

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    1. Caliber

      Sheila, by Tommy Roe. I never heard of that song, but my wife’s name is Sheila so I had to look it up. I loved the song, thanks al lot……

      1. Ric

        Terrible list. What about:
        “Donna” by Richie Valens
        “Diana” by Paul Anka
        “Sandy” by Dion
        “Ruby Baby” by Dion
        “Walk Away Renee” by Left Banke
        “Dear Prudence” by the Beatles
        “Kryie” by Mr. Mister
        “Denise” by Randy & the Rainbows
        “Cara Mia” by Jay & the Americans
        “Amie” by Pure Prairie League
        “Jackie Blue” by Ozark Mountain Daredevils

        1. Ric

          I can’t believe how many great songs are not in this list. I realize you can only include 100, but shouldn’t they at least be the best 100?
          Aside from those completely left off, how can you include:
          “Dear Prudence” by the Bandshees
          over the original version by the Beatles?

          How can you overlook?:

          Ronnie by the 4 Seasons
          Walk Away Renee by Left Banke
          Ruby Baby by Dion
          Donna the Prima Donna by Dion
          Michelle by the Beatles
          Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds by the Beatles
          Dawn (Go Away) by the 4 Seasons
          Donna by Ritchie Valens
          Beth by Kiss
          Susan by the Buckinghams
          Rhiannon by Fleetwood Mac
          Sara by Fleetwood Mac
          Cara, Mia by Jay & the Americans
          Kyrie by Mr. Mister
          Denise by Randy & the Rainbows
          The Wind Cries Mary by Jimi. Hendrix
          Little Jeannie by Elton John
          Nikita by Elton John
          Veronica by Iron City Houserockers
          Daisy Jane by America

        2. Scott

          Good list, but Kyrie is not a girl’s name. The lyrics Mr. Mister sings are “Kyrie eleison down this road that I must travel”. Kyrie eleison is a Christian invocation used in Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox churches meaning “God have mercy on us”.

          1. Bob

            Close! Kyrie (κύριε) is a Greek word used in direct address to mean “Oh Lord” or “Oh Master.” So “Kyrie eleison” in the context of the Church liturgy means (more precisely) “Oh Lord, have mercy.” Apparently, Kyrie is used as names for both boys and girls. (E.g., Kyrie Irving is an NBA basketball player.)

        3. Paula

          Ric, you are right on target your list is much better. I also have thought of Richie Valens, and Randy and the Rainbows, they didn’t even list my name,, HEy Paula, by Paul and Paula.

        1. Sultan Of Sing

          I believe the song you are referring to is Marty Robbins – El Paso … it is not titled “Rosa’s Cantina”… unless there is a different song by that title that I have not heard before.

    2. Ric

      “Annie, Annie Over” by Steppenwolf I’m not familiar with that song. How about “Sookie, Sookie” by Steppenwolf. Is that a girl’s name?

  1. Jim

    Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine 4:24 Country Joe & the Fish Electric Music for the Mind and Body Rock 5/21/11, 5:05 PM 5

    1. Alexander Jeffrey Aerni

      Elvis Costello just so happens to be my favorite musical artist of all time! Anyway, “Alison” did not make the list for some reason, but another one of his songs did, namely “Veronica.”

  2. michael ord

    Virginia Plain isnt about a girl. The name comes froma type of tobacco. Allison by Elvis is an appaling omission. How is Lola so low? “Prarie Rose” by Roxy (about Jerry Hall) should be in there. Bowie… Message to Hermione, should be there. A poor list, actually. Nadine, Maybelline, both should be in there. Gloria (Them) dont think I saw that either. I could go on

    1. JF

      “Virginia Plain” is actually after a girl, type of cigarette and a plain in Virginia, so it could be in there. “Prairie Rose” is not about Jerry Hall, Bryan Ferry had written this song before he had met Jerry.

  3. paul kubilius

    Sugaree /Grateful Dead, Ride on Josephine/Bo Diddley,Nadine/Chuck Berry,Bertha/Grateful Dead,Stella Blue/Grateful Dead,Sossity/Jethro Tull,Cross-Eyed Mary/Jethro Tull,Althea/Grateful Dead

  4. RichZ

    This list is horribly skewed to the post British invasion era. The failure to include Gloria by the Cadillacs, Donna by Richie Valens and Sherry by the 4 Seasons pretty much negates the whole thing. All of those should be in the top 20, and the first two should be in the top 10.

    1. Ron Germano

      You must include Wendy/Julia/Cathy’s Clown/Oh! Carol/BarbaraAnn/My Bonny/Diane/Donna/Goodnight Irene/Jennie Lee/Lady Jane/Linda Lu/Maryanne/Melissa/Patricia (Instramental) Hey Paula/Ronnie/Sandy/Tammy/Valerie……I ran out of letters!

  5. Angelo

    Maria Cristina, Maria Elena, just a couple of songs that fit the bill, they are of Latin origin, but some that I like

  6. Gordon

    These lists are so skewed to “post British Invasion pro British” type music. Already, aforementioned Sherry, Donna….and did I miss Donna The Prima Donna, Susie Q, Dawn (Go Away), The Monkees’ Valleri (and Mary, Mary) or how about one I usually forget– Tony Orlando and Dawn’s Candida? And sorry, I am a big T Rex fan, but Debora is just a purely stupid song.

  7. Mary Ann

    How could you forget Richi Vallens “Donna” or Dion’s “Runaround Sue” & “Donna the Prima Donna” , “Barbara Ann” by the Beach Boys,”Hey Paula” by Paul & Paula, “Brandy” by Looking Glass, “Carol” by Neil Sedaka, & then theres “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”,” Maybeline”,

      1. Ric

        What about:
        “Francine” by ZZ Top
        “Denise” by Randy & the Rainbows
        “Michelle” by the Beatles
        “Ronnie” by the Four Seasons
        “Dawn (Go Away)” by Four Seasons
        “Beth” by Kiss
        “Kyrie” by Mr. Mister
        “Jackie Blue” by Ozark Mountain Daredevils
        “Amie” by Pure Prairie League
        “C’mon Marianne” by Four Seaons
        “Sandy” by Dion
        “Ruby Baby” by Dion
        “Donna the Prima Donna” by Dion
        “Josie” by Steely Dan
        “Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)” by Looking Glass
        “Walk Away Renee” by Left Banke
        “Dear Prudence” by the Beatles

  8. James

    Irene/Goodnight Irene/Irene, Goodnight/Goodnight Irene, Goodnight (different titles used by many artists) was definitely one that was missed. I mean, come on! The song was #1 for 13 or 14 weeks if I remember correctly, definitely popular enough that 10 of the artists on that list Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Frank Sinatra, Little Richard etc. Have recorded versions/performed live and released.

  9. Clem Feeney

    I can’t seem to access the list, I can only see the first eight. I’m guessing it’s limited to Universal artists.
    I can think of a few. Sarah/Saras. Sarah by Thin Lizzy, Me and Sarah Jane by Genesis, Sara by Dylan, Sara Smile by Hall and Oates. Then there’s Valerie -different songs by Richard Thompson and Steve Winwood.

    Others have mentioned Jolene by Dolly Parton. Did you know that Caroline by Kirsty MacColl was an attempt to tell Jolene’s side of the story?

    1. michael

      YEAH! Charlotte the f-ing harlot!
      But what about “Melissa” by King Diamond, or “Lucretia” by Megadeth? Or “Dee” by Randy Rhoads (the Blizzard of Ozz)?

    2. Michael

      YES! Maiden’s “Charlotte”!
      But what about Megadeth’s “Lucretia” . . . or King Diamond’s “Melissa” . . . or Randy Rhoad’s (w/ the band Blizzard of Ozz–on their self titled album) “Dee”?
      You don’t even have “Beth” by Peter Criss!

  10. Steve

    Carmelita by Warren Zevon.
    Grace (about Janis Joplin), and Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine by Country Joe and the Fish.

  11. JANK

    Alexis – Tommy Bolin
    Alison – Elvis Costello / Linda Ronstadt
    Alison Gross – Steeleye Span
    Althea – Robin Trower
    Angelsea – Cat Stevens
    Bonny – Prefab Sprout
    Caroline – Concrete Blonde
    Caroline – Jefferson Airplane
    Caroline Says – Lou Reed
    Cecilia – Simon & Garfunkel
    Cross-Eyed Mary – Jethro Tull
    Cymbaline – Pink Floyd
    DeDe Dinah – Frankie Avalon
    Denise – Randy & the Rainbows.
    Donna the Prima Donna – Dion
    For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her – Simon & Garfunkel
    Gloria – Them /The Doors / Patti Smith / Shadows of Knight
    Hannah – Robin Trower
    Janis – Country Joe & the Fish
    Jennie Lee – Jan & Arnie
    Jennifer – The Eurythmics
    Julia – The Beatles
    Julia Dream – Pink Floyd
    Lalena – Donovan / Deep Purple
    Lovely Rita – The Beatles
    Mariah – Spooky Tooth
    Marianne – The 4 Seasons
    Mary Ann With The Shaky Hands – The Who
    Oh! Carol – Neil Sedaka
    Prairie Rose – Roxy Music
    Ruby – Dion / Donald Fagen
    Runaround Sue – Dion
    Sally Simpson – The Who
    Sally, Go ‘Round The Roses – The Jaynettes / Fairport Convention
    Sara – Fleetwood Mac
    Sheila – Tommy Roe
    Sossity, You’re a Woman – Jethro Tull
    Stephanie Says – Lou Reed
    Sugaree – Jerry Garcia
    Sweet Jane – The Velvet Underground / Mott the Hoople / Cowboy Junkies
    Sweet Melissa – The Allman Brothers
    Sweet Pea – Tommy Roe
    Windy – The Association

    1. Nero

      Maggie: May Rod Stewart
      Carrie: Cliff Richard
      Rosanna: Toto
      Pamela: Toto
      A girl called Johnny: The Waterboys
      Valarie: Steve Winwood
      Luka: Suzanne Vega

  12. Greg Eyerman

    Earnestine by Atlanta Rythem Section little known instrumental off Back Up Against The Wall , great song though !!!

  13. JANK

    Cherry Cherry – Neil Diamond
    Sherry Darling – Bruce Springsteen
    Arlene – The Handsome Family
    Honolulu Lulu – Jan & Dean
    Aubrey – Bread
    Dolly Dagger – Jimi Hendrix
    Hooray For Hazel – Tommy Roe
    Kitty Can – Bee Gees
    Carrie Anne- The Hollies
    Jennifer Eccles -The Hollies
    Lucille – Little Richard / Everly Brothers
    Dear Eloise – The Hollies
    Sorry Suzanne – The Hollies
    Sandy – Bruce Springsteen / The Hollies
    Caroline Goodbye – Colin Blunstone
    Walk Away Renee – The Left Banke
    Midnight Mary – Joey Powers
    What Will My Mary Say? – Johnny Mathis
    Maria – Johnny Mathis
    Gina – Johnny Mathis
    Susan – The Buckinghams
    Judy in Disguise (With Glasses) – John Fred & His Playboy Band
    Polk Salad Annie – Tony Joe White
    Tracy – The Cuff Links
    Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes) – Edison Lighthouse

  14. Harry

    Corrina Corrina – Muddy Waters
    Corrina Corrina – Bob Dylan.

    BEAUTIFUL songs, they should definitely be in the list.


  15. Tim Duprey

    Mustang Sally – Mitch Rider and the Detroit wheels
    Lucille – Kenny Rogers
    Jolene – Dolly Parton
    Alice’s restaurant – Arlo Guthrie

  16. Joe Crawford

    I was suprisede “Goodnight Irene” by Bob Dylan, and “Hey Paula” from the early sixties weren’t on the list. I don’t remember seeing it on the list, but I’m sure “Lay Down Sally” by Eric Clapton was on the list.

  17. Dennis Dahill

    “Diana”, by Paul Anka, one of the biggest selling singles of pop music. “Vallerie”, by the Monkees, and “Claire”, from Gilbert O’Sullivan.

  18. Roberta

    I have 5 daughters. They’re each named after a song. Your list included #1 Layla, #45 Roxanne and #73 Rhiannon. I’d like you to add Lorelei by Styx and Ah Leah by Donnie Iris. 😀

  19. Mircea Pauca

    Ann-Maria – Luv
    Waltzing Maria – BZN
    Gabrielle – Hootenanny Singers
    Marianne – Hootenanny Singers
    Corinne Corinna – (many early rock artists)

  20. Cute Lunatic

    Is the order important? mine would be 1. Layla 2. Angie 3. Elenor (Turtles) 4. Valleri (monkees, my add) and 5. Desiree (Neil Diamond – my add).

  21. Ann Melton

    Good listing, but unless I missed these on the list, was surprised not to see Peggy Sue – Buddy Holly, Lady Jane – Stones, and Carrie Anne – Hollies.

  22. Ramrod

    Many songs are missing: Sandy, Rosalita (Bruce Springsteen); Valerie (Steve Winwood); Sara Smile (Hall & Oates); Suzanne (Journey); Rosanna (Toto).

  23. John

    How does the 40th anniversary version of Layla top the list….whiny boring crap…LAYLA rocks hard, leave it rocking. Who said Clapton should unplug his guitar.

    What about Eleanor Rigby, The Beatles.
    Whole Lotta Rosie, AC/DC
    Evie, Stevie Wright
    Oh Sherrie, Steve Perry

  24. Ben

    •Leon Russell – Me and Baby Jane
    A song about a tragic reunion of young love. Weather the song is about Leon finding his old love as a junky or in the hospital is unclear; Either way it’s terribly haunting.

  25. Barbara Goldstein

    How about my daughter’s name- Joanna and I believe there is more than one song with Joanna in the title

  26. Elaine

    Corinna Corinna Ray Peterson. Patches Dickey Lee Oh Carol Neil Sedaka Cindy’s Birthday Johnny Crawford Cindy Oh Cindy Eddie Fisher Mariena Four Seasons Marie Bachelors Abigail Beecher FreddyCannon Bernardine Pat Boone Bernadette Four Tops Dede Dinah Frankie Avalon

  27. duane

    I didn’t get more than eight on the list but counted 24 in the article, how about Mrs. Robinson or Cecilia-Simon and Garfunkel, Sherry- Steve Perry, Sweet Caroline-Neil Diamond, Beth-Kiss,

  28. Robert Grant

    how about “Mona Lisa”, Nat King Cole,or maybe” Beautiful Delilah”, the Kinks or even ” Betty Lou’s gettin’ down tonight ,Seger , there’s probably tons more!

  29. Wendy

    Christine – Siouxsie & the Banshees
    Grace – Jeff Buckely
    Jennie, Jennie – Kincaid
    Dear Prudence – The Beatles
    Wendy – Beach Boys

  30. Jacky

    Where is Jacky or Jacqueline by Bryan and the Brunels
    Also Jacqueline by Bobby Helms. Don’t leave my name out please.

  31. Ørnulf

    I had hoped u gays had not forget Lisa, with Lita Ford. The list has to bee longer if you have to get all the great songs abaout girl in the lyrik..

  32. Jeff Adler

    Any list of the “Greatest” songs with girls names that does not include any song by The 4 Seasons in the Top 100 titles is simply UNTRUE. “SHERRY” … “DAWN (GO AWAY)”…”MARLENA” … “C’MON MARIANNE” WERE ALL BIGGER THAN 98 PERCENT OF THE SONGS ON YOUR “TOP” 100.

    By the way, check out the number of ‘hits’ “Sherry” alone has on YouTube … more than 50 years since its release date (1962) which predates YouTube by more than 30 years … it still has more than 20 million hits on various sites … not to mention being the central song of a Tony winning Broadway play & recent motion picture.

    Also overlooked !!!!! Songs by Dion (DiMucci not Celine) …. “Runaround Sue”, “Donna the Prima Donna”, “Ruby Baby”, “Little Diane” …. All were better than ninety percent of what you made up on your list, and …

    How can you overlook “Michelle” by the Beatles? It was the most requested song of 1966 (never released as a single from the Rubber Soul LP). I feel there’s some bias in your selection of “O Yoko” which sucks, even if it is by John Lennon.

    Where’s “Diana” by Paul Anka (1957) — The first song that went #1 in the R&R era using a girl’s name in the title ….
    “My Cheri Amour” by Stevie Wonder … a standard by all means

    “Cecelia” by Simon & Garfunkel … overlooked?

    “Jackie Blue” by the Ozark Mountain Daredevils … a song about Jackie Kennedy-Onassis.

    “Devil with the Blue Dress & Good Golly Miss Molly” by Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels (also two separate songs by Little Richard)

    “Annie’s Song” by John Denver … his biggest hit single and a beautiful tribute to his first wife.

    “Oh, Sherri” by Joe Perry

    “Marie’s the Name (His Latest Flame) by Elvis Presley – sometimes called his most mystical song

    “Cracklin’ Rose” by Neil Diamond … his first #1 song as a recording artist performed by himself (“I’m a Believer” was his first #1 song recorded by the Monkees) …

    “Aubrey” by David Gates & Bread

    “Judy’s Turn To Cry” by Leslie Gore

    “Me and Bobbi Magee” by Kris Kristofferson (Janis Joplin changed the “i” to a “y” to change the gender in her rendition)

    “Sundown” by Gordon Lightfoot … don’t catch her creeping ’round your back door.

    “Ramblin’ Rose” by Nat King Cole … the last major hit by a legendary performer

    And the magnificent mainstay song from “West Side Story” …. “Maria” … even more majestic when sung by Johnny Mathis.

    Hey, I’ve got nothing against Layla or In Memory of Elizabeth Reed … but in a recent survey published by “Rewound Radio” … only “Layla” (#26) placed ahead of “Sherry” (#30), “Dawn (Go Away)” (#33), “Lola” (#61) by the Kinks, and “Denise” by Randy & the Rainbows (#81) in their Top 777 (that’s right, Top 777) songs of all time in a listeners poll released in December 2014. These were the 5 highest ranking songs on the poll with girls names in the title.

    YOUR LIST IS BOGUS and has no supporting data. It’s simply one person’s list of “favorite” songs.

  33. Georgette

    Georgy Girl by The Seekers, from 1966. From the movie of the same name with Lynne Redgrave and James Mason.

    1. Alan Black

      Alan – I agree with Judy by Elvis. By the way, Hello Mary Lou was written and first recorded by Gene Pitney; the version by Rick Nelson is a cover.

  34. Colin

    There are two massive hits from the UK charts of the 60s that should appear on any top 100 list.

    Tell Laura I love her Ricky Valence one of the biggest selling singles ever.

    Lying in the arms of Mary Sutherland Bros & Quiver massive hit in the mid 60s

  35. Alejandra Castrp P

    I just remember too
    Cassandra ABBA
    Hey Hey Helen ABBA
    Elaine ABBA
    Santa Rosa ABBA
    Mary go round ABBA
    Suzy – Hang – Around ABBA

  36. chris myers

    So many. Some not so popular ones. cat stevens -randy – sad Lisa. John Prine – Sam stone . Genesis – vurgil. Steely dan – Peg – ricky don’t loose. – Rose darling. Don Maclain – Vincent. More also! Jimmy cracked corn! Michael row the bout! Phil Collins – Billy don’t loose.. – Michael Jackson – Ben Oak Ridge boys -Elvira! Elton John – little Genie! John Henry! Fun to look at all these. The crazy thing is very few of them overlap. Only a hand few of names have been used more then once or three to four times!! Man, the most in one son – – of course Paul Simons 50 ways!!!!!!!! later Chris

  37. kim millar

    on your page of 100 SONGS WITH GIRLS NAMES ON IT, I DONT SEE ‘HELLO THIS IS JOANNIE…IM TRYING TO FIND IT BUT I CANT REMEMBER THE BAND NAME THAT SANG IT..if you know the band name or song i am talkin about any reply would be good…thanks kim

  38. RNF123

    I did not see “Diana” by Paul Anka. Proud Mary Credenence Clearwater and Tina Turner. Long Tall Sally by Little Richard. Angie by the Stones. Sara by Hall and Oates. Mandy by Barry Manilow. Runaround Sue by Dion. Suzanne by Leonard Cohen. Oh Carol by Neil Sedeka. Good Golly Miss Molly by Little Richard. Tell Laura I Love Her by Ray Peterson. Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond. Bernadette by the Four Tops. Mrs. Robinson by S and G. Cecilia by S and G. Nadine by Chuck Berry and Carol by Chuck Berry. Help Me Rhonda by the Beach Boys. Barbara Ann by the Beach Boys. Judy in Disguise by John Fred and the Playboy Band. Try to find one by Elvis.

  39. Patvyn

    Dinah Moe Humm – Zappa
    Isobel Goudie – Sensational Alex Harvey band
    Kayleigh – Marillion
    Marie Long – Deep Purple
    Cross-eyed Mary – Jethro Tull

  40. Laszlo Jakabfi

    How about Petunia, the Gardener’s Daughter from Elvis” Frankie and Johnny, Lawdy Miss Clawdy.

  41. Steve Smith

    All By Frank Zappa:

    Heavy duty Judy
    Dinah Moe hum
    The girl in the magnesium dress
    Jezebel boy
    Ms pinky
    The nancy and mary music
    Carolina hard core ecstacy
    Lucille has messed up my mind
    Debra kadabra
    Carol, you fool
    Sad jane (1st & 2nd movements)
    Artificial Rhonda
    Sweet leilani
    Electric aunt jemima
    Ruth is sleeping

  42. Neville

    O Carol by Neil Sedaka, O Susanna b y James Taylor, Sarah Maria by James Taylor, Bernadine Pat Boone, Mona lIsa Nat kIng Cole, Cecelia by Simon and Garfunkle, Diana Neil Sedaka,…. I can give you a hundred more.

  43. John Henderson

    “Shirley” by Jimmie Foster (of 18 Miles From Wittleton to Wattleton fame) :-p
    My prom date’s name 100 years ago was ‘Shirley’!!

  44. JayDF

    JOLENE by Dolly Parton, the most unforgivable left out!!!

    Also SARA by Fleetwood Mac, this is forgivable for including RHIANNAON.

    1. Lorraine

      Sweet Lorraine by Nat King Cole which is about a woman, not a hotel
      Nancy With the Laughing Face by Frank Sinatra for his daughter
      When Joanna Loved Me by Tony Bennett
      Mona Lisa by Nat King Cole
      Gigi by Louis Jourdan
      Candy’s Room by Bruce

  45. Katie

    Stormy by Classic IV

    Flora – The Lily of the the West
    Joan Baez -Folk ballad

    Joanie by Skeeter Davis (I think) 1963

  46. Mateusz

    Where are:
    Renee by Talk Talk
    Julia by Pavlov’s Dog
    Anna Lee by Dream Theater
    Kayleigh by Marillion
    Face of Melinda by Opeth
    Bijou by Queen

  47. Elizabeth

    Joanna by Kool and the Gang
    Charlotte Sometimes by The Cure
    Jeanne by The Smiths
    Jezebel by 10,000 Maniacs
    Elizabeth My Dear by Stone Roses
    Maureen by Sade

  48. Ricardo Mendez

    Just some points… “Linda” the brasilian song, is not a name of a girl. In Portuguese, linda means beautiful and in the lyrics subject ir refers to the city of Salvador da Bahia. Not a girl.
    I also have some other famous songs to join. Paul Anka’s “Diana”, Neil Sedaka´s “Oh Carol”. Pat Boone’s “Oh Bernardine”, Brasilian song “Marina Morena” amd so many others. believe me there´s more … thousands around the world. The French “Aline”… and each time I connect my memory, I can remember one.

  49. Chris Shrubsole

    Not strictly a song title Steely Dan’s Katy Lied lp did have Rose Darling on it, Rosalie Bob Seger/Thin Lizzy, and of course Sarah, don’t know if this qualifies Sushi girl or Attack of the fifty foot woman The Tubes of the outstanding Completion Backward Principle

  50. sweetfe

    Candy – Iggy Pop, Cameo,
    Candy-O – The Cars
    I Want Candy – Aaron Carter, Strangeloves
    Lucretia, Alice, Emma, Emily, Emmaline,Joelene, Marian, Marianne, Sister Ray, Summer, Susanne – Sisters of Mercy
    Come On Eileen – Dexys Midnight Runners
    Mary Jane’s Last Dance, Candy, Luna, Magnolia, Melinda, Golden Rose – Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers.
    If You See Kay – April Wine (this song has been redone by a number of artisis)
    Magdelena, Allison, Anna, Cecelia Ann, Havalina, Indie Cindy – The Pixies
    Veronica – Elvis Costello
    Iris, Gloria, Grace, Maggie’s Farm, – U2
    Maria Maria – Santana
    Jamie’s Cryin’, Josephina, Gloria, Lucille – Van Halen
    Angie Girl, My Cherie Amour, Ruby, Sunny, Silvia – Stevie Wonder
    Yolanda – Bobbie Blue Bland

  51. Tamara

    I was named after the song, “Tammy,” sung by Debbie Reynolds. Can’t believe it was left off the list. Lots of women of a certain age named some variation of Tammy or Debbie.

  52. Valarie Elliott

    Valarie, Valerie, ,,there are about 11 different spellings and songs about VALERIE, ,,someone’s not doing their homework,was an uncommon name in the tv’s when I was born but I may have the most sung name now, ,monkees,winwood, winehouse,mars,weekend and many more, ,thou left me out! !!

    1. Ric

      I know, I love that song. I believe I left a comment about 2 years ago with this song and roughly a dozen more that were left off.

      Ronnie by the 4 Seasons
      Michelle by the Beatles
      Denise by Randy & the Rainbows
      Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl) by Looking Glass
      Ruby Baby by Dion
      Donna by Ritchie Valens
      Melissa by the Allman Brothers Band
      Beth by Kiss
      Kyrie by Mr. Mister

  53. Cora

    Corrina, Corrina – by Bob Dylan, Ray Price , also Bill Haley and the Comets
    Linda – by Jan and Dean
    Little Diane – by Dion
    Elvira – by The Oak Ridge Boys
    Carrie Anne – by Herman’s Hermits (written about Marianne Faithful)
    Wendy – by The Beach Boys
    Barbara Ann – by The Beach Boys

  54. Pierre Savoie

    “Rachel’s Song” from the Blade Runner soundtrack by Vangelis. There are no words in it, but if you listen to it, loud, you will feel like a little baby tucked in your mother’s arms again, and nothing at all can hurt you.

  55. Johnny

    Adam Sandler – Forgetful Lucy
    Aerosmith – Janie’s got a gun
    Allman Brothers – Jessica
    Aqua – Barbie Girl
    Bananarama – Venus
    Barry Manilow – Mandy
    Beatles – Clarabella
    Beatles – Dear Prudence
    Beatles – Dizzy Miss Lizzy
    Beatles – Eleanor Rigby
    Beatles – Julia
    Beatles – Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
    Beatles – Maggie Mae
    Beatles – Martha my dear
    Beatles – Michelle
    Beatles – Ruby Baby
    Beatles – Sexy Sadie
    Big Joe Turner – Corrina, Corrina
    Billy Idol – Mony Mony
    Billy Joel – The Downeaster Alexa
    Blondie – Maria
    Bobby Darin – Plain Jane
    Boney M – Ma Baker
    Boston – Amanda
    Buddy Holly – Peggy Sue
    Buddy Holly – Peggy Sue got married
    Cab Calloway – Minnie the Moocher
    Chuck Berry – Betty Jean
    Chuck Berry – Maybelline
    Creedence Clearwater Revival – Proud Mary
    The Cure – Charlotte sometimes
    Dale Hawkins – Susie-Q
    David Bowie – Blue Jean
    David Bowie – Jean Genie
    Debarge – Who’s holding Donna now
    Debbie Reynolds – Tammy
    Derek & The Dominoes – Layla
    Dexy’s Midnight Runners – Come On Eileen
    Dion – Runaround Sue
    The Doors – Gloria
    Dr. Hook – Sylvia’s Mother
    Dramatics – Me and Mrs. Jones
    Duck Sauce – Barbra Streisand
    Eddie Cochran – Jeanie, Jeanie, Jeanie
    Eddie Cochran – Oh Julie
    Eddie Cochran – Teresa
    Elton John – Nikita
    Elvis Costello – Veronica
    Europe – Carrie
    Everly Brothers – Cathy’s clown
    Fountains of Wayne – Stacy’s mom
    Four Tunes – Marie
    Frankie Avalon – De de Dinah
    Frankie Avalon – Venus
    Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons – Sherry
    Freddy Cannon – Tallahasse Lassie
    Goo Goo Dolls – Iris
    Jerry Lee Lewis – Hello Josephine
    Jimmy Clanton – Venus in blue jeans
    Jimmy Dorsey & Helen O’Connell – Six lessons from Madam La Zonga
    John Cougar Mellencamp – Jack and Diane
    John Denver – Annie’s Song
    Kim Carnes – Bette Davis’ Eyes
    The Kinks – Lola
    KISS – Beth
    KISS – Shandi
    The Knack – My Sharona
    Larry Williams – Bony Maronie
    Larry Williams – Short fat Fannie
    Laura Branigan – Gloria
    Lesley Gore – Judy’s turn to cry
    Little Richard – Good golly Miss Molly
    Little Richard – Long tall Sally
    Little Richard – Lucille
    Los Lobos – Charlena
    The McCoys – Hang on Sloopy
    Michael Jackson – Dirty Diana
    Mojo Nixon & Skid Roper – Debbie Gibson Is Pregnant With My Two Headed Love Child
    Mötley Crüe – Angela
    Neil Diamond – Cracklin’ Rosie
    Neil Diamond – Holly Holy
    Neil Diamond – Sweet Caroline
    Neil Sedaka – Carol
    Night Ranger – Sister Christian
    Paul & Paula – Hey Paula
    Paul Anka – Adam and Eve
    Paul Anka – Diana
    Paul McCartney – Movie Magg
    The Police – Roxanne
    Ramones – Sheena Is A Punk Rocker
    Ray Peterson – Tell Laura I love her
    Ray Sharpe – Linda Lu
    Ready For The World – Oh Sheila
    Regents – Barbara Ann
    Red Hot Chili Peppers – Dani California
    Richard Clayderman – Ballad for Adeline
    Ritchie Valens – Donna
    Ritchie Valens – That’s my little Suzie
    Rob Banks & The Dramatics – Me and Mrs. Jones
    Robin Luke – Susie darling
    Rod Stewart – Baby Jane
    Rod Stewart – Maggie May
    Rolling Stones – Angie
    Rolling Stones – Brown Sugar
    Rolling Stones – Ruby Tuesday
    Roy Orbison – Claudette
    Save Ferris – Come on Eileen
    The Sevilles – Charlena
    Shaggy – Oh Carolina
    The Shocking Blue – Venus
    Simon & Garfunkel – Cecilia
    Simon & Garfunkel – Mrs. Robinson
    Starship – Sara
    Steve Perry – Oh Sherrie
    Steve Winwood – Valerie
    Stray Cats – Gina
    Them – Gloria
    Tommy Dorsey – Marie (feat. Jack Leonard)
    Tommy Roe – Sheila
    Tommy Tutone – 8675309 Jenny
    Toto – Holyanna
    Toto – Pamela
    Toto – Rossana
    The Turtles – Elenore
    Van Halen – Jamie’s Crying
    Van Morrison – Gloria

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  57. Perry

    I really am amazed you left off “Venus” By Shocking Blue. It was released in late 60’s, released again in mid 70’s, AND released a third time in the 80’s. Each time with improved instrumentals but KEPT ORIGINAL. AND EACH TIME HIT #1 on the charts. So much for your list of “GREATEST HITS. Hard to beat that record.

  58. Gary L Andrus

    Well had a few real ovious ones and a couple ones no one had come up with like Jessica by Seals and Croft along with Robin and Racheal. Or Sally was a Goodun covered by Dirt Band. I bet we could compile a list is at least 500. After all what is the favorite subject of male singers.

  59. Keyser Söze

    De las que no he visto que hayan puesto en los comentarios:

    The Move – Stephanie Knows Who
    Canned Heat – Marie Laveau
    The Move – When Alice Comes Back to The Farm
    Jefferson Airplane – Martha
    The Move – Ella James
    Free – Heartbreaker
    Grandfunk Railroad – Heartbreaker
    Led Zeppelin – Heartbreaker

    Entre otras, jajaja!!!

  60. Eric machtelinckx

    I m mandy’ Fly me / 10cc.
    Cindy tells me / Brian Eno
    Judy is a punk / ramones
    Suzy is a headbanger/ ramones
    Ann / The stooges

  61. Frank

    Lida Rose – from the Music Man
    Nancy With The Laughing Face – Sinatra
    Hello, Mary Lou – Ricky Nelson
    I’ll Take You Home Again, Kathleen – John Gary

  62. Thomas Dorazio

    Wow, where the hell is Dylan?? Queen Jane Approximately, or Sail On Sara. HM, a psychedelic/garage classic, Stephanie Knows Who-Love.

  63. Clay

    Hope these haven’t already been mentioned…..

    Wake up Little Susie – The Everly Brothers
    Fancy – Reba McEntire
    Blue Jean – David Bowie
    Fanny (Be Tender With My Love) – Bee Gees
    Rio – Duran Duran
    Help Me Rhonda – The Beach Boys
    K-K-K-Katy – Billy Murray
    867-5309/Jenny – Tommy Tutone

  64. Thea Ramsay

    I was wondering when someone would mention “Sherry” by the Four Seasons. But no one mentioned Lanna by Roy Orbison. And since my name is Thea, I went hunting for something named after me. Not much out there, but Thea by Steelrain. Where’s Candida by Tony Orlando and Dawn, as well as “Should I Marry Jamie” by them as well. And the song “Maria” from West Side Story. “Bonnie and Clyde” was missing as well. Oh yes, “Darlene” by Led Zeppelin, and there was a country song “Darlene” but I don’t know the artist. But only one “Thea” song? Please … it’s lonely out here. Among all the Marias, Donnas and Jennys, no one can see me. … sSpeaking of which, there’s “8675309, Jenny”

  65. Thea Ramsay

    Angelia. Neat name, neat song. Damned if I know who did it, though.The first line of the chorus went “Angelia, where you running to now …”

  66. Valeria

    Number 53 Voce E Linda isn’t a song with a girls title in the name it translates to you are pretty not the name Linda

  67. Andy

    Really shocked that Sara – Starship is missing, along with Mickey – Toni Basil. How dare they forget these two! You want more overlooked songs? How about Rosie – Joan Armatrading; Johhny come home – Fine Young Cannibals; Ita – Cold Chisel; James – BillyJoel; Alfie – Cher; and Luka – Suzanne Vega.

  68. Pedro Perez

    Yolanda – Pablo Milanes
    Maria bonita – Pedro vargas
    Maria Isabel – Formula V
    Think of Laura – ? (A time for Love-99 -(Vol 2)
    Carrie – Europe
    Gloria – Laura Branigan
    Skinny Minnie – Bob Denton
    Shirley Lee – Bobby Lee Trammell
    You’re Late Miss Kate – Jimmy Dee
    Mary Lou – Lew Burdette
    Henrietta – Jimmy Dee
    Annie Laurie – Billy May & His Orchestra
    Margie – Billy May & His Orchestra –

  69. Alasdair Scott

    you’d have to be over 70 to remember this one, but the words have stuck since about 1955.
    When I go to sleep I never count sheep I count all the charms about Linda.
    But lately it seems, in all of my dreams I walk with my arms around Linda
    But what good, Does it do me ‘cos Linda doesn’t know I exist
    Can’t help feeling gloomy When I think of all the love that I’ve missed
    We pass on the street my heart skips a beat I say to myself ‘hello linda’ If only she’d smile, I’d stop her a while And then I could get to know Linda
    But miracles still happen, And when my lucky star begins to shine, With one lucky break I’ll make Linda mine

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