After watching Baby Driver in the cinema, the memory of a forgotten music list resurfaced in the mind. 100 songs with woman’s names was already in the process of creation, but it was put on hold due to the music of the 1950s and, to a lesser extent (still in development), the music of the 1960s.
Other than that, the name of this list doesn’t deceive anyone. It’s a selection of our favorite songs with a woman’s name in the title and lyrics. For those who haven’t seen Baby Driver, at one point in the movie, the protagonist and another character discuss names in songs and who between them has more female name songs in title. Hence, this and not much more.
With that said, this introduction will pave the way for the 100 songs with woman’s names that we’ll divide into 10 parts for greater enjoyment, as the goal is to listen to and discover these songs. When we talk about inspiration, especially when we wonder where it comes from, we provide an explanation in a somewhat intellectualized manner.
However, when we analyze the origin of a song afterward, especially if it has a lesser-known backstory, the search for that inspiration once the song is born becomes pure fun for those who enjoy music.
100 songs with a woman’s name in title. A female name songs playlist
As we’ll see below, the list of songs with women’s names is not confined to a single language. No: in fact, we’ll consider several. Primarily because when we talk about songs with a woman’s name, they come in all colors, starting with “Alba” by Antonio Flores. We’ll highlight female name songs in English, Spanish, and French, but there might be a bit of Italian or Portuguese that sneaks in. Since this list was still in mental development and has returned to the web thanks to the film by Edgar Wright, it’s likely that some songs will be added along the way. In that sense, we’ll aim to maintain a logical order that goes from lesser-known to more popular, as far as personal preference goes.
Furthermore, almost certainly, we’ll focus on songs with women’s names from this century and the past, spanning songs with female names in them from 1950 to 2019. This means that we’ll leave out titles like “Suzanne” by Leonard Cohen, “Palabras Para Julia” by Paco Ibáñez, “Initials B.B.” by Serge Gainsbourg, “Martha” by Tom Waits, “Juliette” by Platero Y Tú, “Angie” by The Rolling Stones, “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” by The Beatles (and other famous Beatles songs with female names), and a well-known etcetera, the backstory of which can be easily found on the internet. Of course, if there’s a star name, it belongs to the songs with the name “Ana.”
And to demonstrate that it’s not something planned and that we’re clearly intending to develop shortly, along with the other partially completed with songs with woman’s name in the title, we’ve added several preview tracks in this introductory post, where the abundance of songs with the name “María” stands out as the main name between female name songs, both in English and Spanish. In the future, you’ll encounter these names again, but for now, we trust they encourage you to continue with the reading and discovery that lies ahead, including some instrumental compositions or surnames that clearly reference a woman.
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100. La Valse D’Amélie, by Yann Tiersen
We begin the list of songs with women’s names with an instrumental track, the only one you’ll find among the 100 songs. This serves to remind us that there’s a whole world of compositions dedicated or written with a woman’s name in mind within the realm of instrumentals. It could be for a movie, a dedication to someone named Elisa (like Beethoven), or just because the creator felt like it. In this case, it’s one of the central themes from the soundtrack of Amélie (2001).
99. Blanca, by Nacho Vegas
Blanca, does it talk about a woman or drugs? It won’t be the first time we ask ourselves this question because it seems that composers who have had some interaction with drugs always have that in mind, that drugs are worse than being in love, or something like that.
98. Zoe Jane, by Staind
“Zoe Jane” is a song dedicated to the daughter of Staind’s lead singer, Aaron Lewis, whose album “Break The Cycle” (2001) was one of the best-selling albums of the year in the USA (if not the best). However, this track belongs to their successor album, “14 Shades Of Grey” (2003), in which they anticipated the famous “50 Shades of Grey” and seemed to refine their sound even further, reaching, from my point of view, the peak of their career and of the post-grunge movement, which seemed to be definitively fading away during those years.
97. Anna With An E, by The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
Indie pop isn’t usually my forte, despite appearances, but occasionally something comes along that isn’t too dreary or particularly annoying, despite being sung in an affected and distinctive manner that’s typical of posh people. Their more famous track, “Young Adult Frictions,” brought them some fame that hasn’t endured over time.
96. Alice, by Chat
Another thing you’ll see throughout this list is the number of French songs that will appear. This blog has never hidden its love for French music. What I like most about this song “Alice” is the rhythmic increase in the piano and the vocals. These are the things that often only sound good when done by a French person (or a Frenchwoman) and not rap or trap.
95. Carissa, by Sun Kil Moon
One of the many musical projects of Mark Kozelek, Sun Kil Moon (written that way, yes), couldn’t be left out when talking about songs of this kind. While “Carissa” is the scientific name of a shrub, in this case, it refers to a woman with the characteristic and melancholic style that Kozelek has always presented to us.
94. Adrienne, by The Calling
But since the intention of this article isn’t to put you to sleep, a change of pace has become pertinent with the next song, by The Calling. That said, as much as it pains me, the natural tendency of these types of songs is towards sorrow, romance, and melancholy. Anyway, does anyone remember The Calling? They truly were a One Hit Wonder.
93. Bonnie, by Saez
The presence of Saez on this list goes beyond our preference for him. As you’ll see as you continue from page to page, he’s, alongside The Beatles, the name that will appear most frequently throughout the list.
His first appearance is one of the liveliest, but not the only one, although, as will be the case with the rest of the list in general, drama outweighs comedy in terms of numbers.
92. Diana, by The Sounds
But as we’re getting carried away, let’s keep the momentum going, for whatever might come next. The almost always spicy and rebellious sound with a sexy touch of The Sounds becomes part of this list thanks to “Diana,” a song included in the album “Something To Die For,” which, incidentally, distributed more ballads in proportion to the number of tracks.
91. Emily, by Soan
We finish the first page of our top list with “Emily” by Soan, the French singer who, at first glance, seems to want to be more Spanish than anything else, although perhaps because he has an idealized view of our culture. He has a song called “Conquistador,” for example. Many French artists I like use titles like these even when they sing in French… there must be a reason for that.
We’ll continue with our top list, maintaining a similar structure as before, with songs in Spanish, French, and English. Moving from The Kinks’ British Invasion to Pablo Milanés’ Nueva Trova Cubana, without forgetting legendary French artists like Sylvie Vartan, legends like Patti Smith, or clear favorites of this blog like Raphaël (the French artist).
To be continued…
90. Yolanda, by Pablo Milanés
89. La Maritza, by Sylvie Vartan
88. Victoria, by The Kinks
87. Rosanne, by The Guess Who
86. Susan, by Aimee Mann
85. Mary Anne With the Shaky Hand, by The Who
84. Kimberly, by Patti Smith
83. Elisa, by Raphaël
82. Judy, by The Pipettes
81. Maria, by Men at Work
80. Charlotte, by Air Traffic
79. Debbie, Your Smith
78. Brigitte, by Brigitte Fontaine
77. Venus, by Television
76. Madame Ray, by The Long Blondes
75. Isobel, by Björk
74. Joanna, by Scott Walker
73. Germaine, by Saez
72. Penny Arcade, by Roy Orbinson
71. Maria Faia, by José Afonso
70. Julia, by The Beatles
69. Mandy, by Barry Manilow
68. Elenore, by The Turtles
67. Madeleine, by Jacques Brel
66. Juliette, by Platero Y Tú
65. Debbie, by Saez
64. Eleanor Put Your Boots On, by Franz Ferdinand
63. Sherry, by Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
62. Emily, by MIKA
61. Mary, by Supergrass
60. Lady Blue, by Bunbury
59. Hey Rosey, by The National
58. Lulu, by Saez
57. Gloria, by Laura Branigan
56. Ms. Jackson, by OutKast
55. Lady Laura, by Roberto Carlos
54. Hey There Delilah, by Plain White T’s
53. Penny Lane, by The Beatles
52. Clara, by Joan Baptista Humet
51. Jolene, by Dolly Parton
50. Margarita, by Riccardo Cocciante
49. Betty, by Saez
48. Wake Up Little Susie, by The Everly Brothers
47. Barbara Ann, by The Beach Boys
46. Black Betty, by Ram Jam
45. Elisa, by Serge Gainsbourg
44. Grace Kelly, by MIKA
43. Miss Acacia, by Dionysos
42. Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, by The Beatles
41. Marianne, by Saez
40. Non E’ Francesca, by Lucio Battisti
39. Alison, by Elvis Costello
38. Lucy, by The Divine Comedy
37. Goodnight Sweet Josephine, by The Yardbirds
36. Uma Thurman, deby Fall Out Boy
35. Long Tall Sally, by Little Richard
34. Lady Madonna, by The Beatles
33. Rosalita, by Bruce Springsteen
32. Nancy Mulligan, by Ed Sheeran
31. My Sharona, by The Knack
30. Aline, by Christophe
29. Delilah, by Tom Jones
28. Peggy Sue, by Buddy Holly
27. Michelle, by The Beatles
26. Marguerite, by Saez
25. Te Recuerdo, Amanda, by Víctor Jara
24. Tess, by Raphaël
23. Antonia, by Dominique A
22. Jacqueline, by Franz Ferdinand
21. Mrs. Robinson, by Simon & Garfunkel
20. Penélope, by Joan Manuel Serrat
19. Eleanor Rigby, by The Beatles
18. Billie Jean, by Michael Jackson
17. Hurricane Jane, by Black Kids
16. Sweet Jane, by The Velvet Underground
15. Roxanne, by The Police
14. Ruby, by Kaiser Chiefs
13. Maria, by Blondie
12. Cecilia, by Simon & Garfunkel
11. Initial B.B., by Serge Gainsbourg
10. Palabras para Julia, by Paco Ibáñez
9. Marie, by Saez
8. U-Turn (Lili), by Aaron
7. Teresina, by Lucas 15
6. Lola, by The Kinks
5. Come On Eileen, by Dexy Midnight Runners
4. Lucía, by Joan Manuel Serrat
3. Suzanne, by Leonard Cohen
2. Angie, by The Rolling Stones
1. Martha, by Tom Waits
(Madrid, 1987) Novelist by vocation, SEO specialist by profession. Music lover, cinephile and reading lover, but in “amateur” mode.