Music mixology rules

” To me, making a tape is like writing a letter — there’s a lot of erasing and rethinking and starting again. A good compilation tape, like breaking up, is hard to do. You’ve got to kick off with a corker, to hold the attention (I started with “Got to Get You Off My Mind”, but then realized that she might not get any further than track one, side one if I delivered what she wanted straightaway, so I buried it in the middle of side two), and then you’ve got to up it a notch, or cool it a notch, and you can’t have white music and black music together, unless the white music sounds like black music, and you can’t have two tracks by the same artist side by side, unless you’ve done the whole thing in pairs and…oh, there are loads of rules.”  Nick Hornby, High Fidelity.

I’m sure most people who put any kind of thought into their mixtapes/mixdiscs/playlists have rules they follow when making them. Since the purpose of most of my mixes is to keep me awake and/or entertained while travelling, my general rules are loose and made to be broken, but I also make mood and theme mixes that follow stricter rules.

My rules, as far as they are conscious and not intuitive, are as follows:

1. Find a theme and stick with it.
This can be as basic as “songs to keep me awake”, or more complicated like “soundtrack of my life” (I am beginning to jot down ideas for such a mix), or “reasons why I love you” (for a loved one).

2. Don’t be afraid to do something unexpected with your theme.

3. The mix must open with a song that gets the listener’s attention.
It can be something that gets the blood pumping and/or the feet tapping, like any number of tunes with snappy intros followed by a fast tempo and strong beat; something that stirs the emotions, like a soaring power ballad or a powerful classic piece. However, it need not be something with a fast tempo or a strong beat – it can just as well be something slow but intense that creeps up on you, like Chris Rea’s The Road to Hell (part 1), which begins with about a minute of static and atmospheric sounds that intensify until he begins speaking (it fades perfectly into part 2, which is the hit song). Songs I would not begin a mix with unless it was meant for meditation or to put me to sleep, are, for example, electronic mood music and slow classical piano tunes (unless I want song #2 to come as a shock). If you’re using an actual tape to record the music, select an attention-grabbing song to begin each side.

4. The first song, while attention-grabbing, must not be the focus or anchor of the mix.
If every song that comes after the first one seems anaemic in comparison the listener will lose interest and the mix will be a failure. Better to tuck the focus song somewhere around the middle or even near the end of the mix.

5. Ideally, the second song should seem like a natural progression from the first (unless you’re following rule no. 2,   but if you’re creative, you can use both this rule and that), and so on, but only adjacent songs need fit together, i.e. song #1 and song #3 don’t have to fit together any more than song #2 and song #9. Any number of musical similarities can be used to achieve this, like a similar rhythm or tempo, similar sound, the ending of one song blends perfectly into the beginning of the next, etc. This does not necessarily have to be musical in nature, but can be a matter of using songs with the same words in the title, question and answer titles, titles that tell a story, artists covering each other’s songs, similar themes (for example, you can show a male perspective in the first song and a female perspective on the same thing in the second song), etc., but it’s easier to get a good fit with musical similarity.
If you can make the whole mix form a chain where every song seems like a natural link in the chain, you are good. If you can make the last song link with the first song so the mix can be played in a loop and no-one can tell where it starts, you are a master mixologist. (Hint: As easy way out is to use two songs where one segues into another or a prologue and a the song that follows it, and have the first as the last song and the second as the first song of the mix, so that if you put your CD player on continuous play or your iPod playlist on repeat, you get a loop rather than an ending).

6. Break things up every now and then.
When making a structured mix, I generally chain together 3-4 songs by the same or similar criteria, and then use different criteria for choosing a song so that it still fits into the chain and theme in some way but at the same time breaks up the sound (don’t know if I’m making sense, but I’m trying). This can be achieved by retaining the tempo but using a different rhythm, keeping the rhythm but choosing a tune with a different lead instrument, by keeping the sound but varying the theme (e.g. insert an instrumental song into a chain of sung tunes), etc.
If every song is in the same tempo, they all start to run into each other. You must change the tempo before that happens. One of my favourite tricks when making a mood booster mix is to begin with a slow tempo and make it faster and faster over a number of songs (which also get progressively happier), then break it up somehow before it gets monotonous. The same method can be applied to control the “mood” of a party, to convey changing moods or tell a story.

7. Don’t put two songs by the same artist one after the other, unless one is a cover by a different artist.
I don’t take it as far as to forbid myself the use of more than one song by an artist in a mix, I just try not to put them close together and try to make them different from each other in some way. (I know I am not in agreement with many mixtapers on this one, but these are my rules, developed over a couple of decades and they have stood me in good steed).

Rule that I should follow more often:
8. Decorate the insert and give the mix a good title. (Provided you’re making an actual disc or tape, and not a playlist, in which case you only need to worry about the title).
I am not good at this. None of my actual tapes are decorated and only a handful have titles other than the usual “mixed music”. This is because I rarely give away mixes. If you are going to give one away, take the time to decorate and find a title that implies what you want to say with the mix.

9. Break the rules if it suits your purpose. Mixtaping is supposed to be fun.

Here are some mixtape rules used by others:

How to Make a Mix Tape Vol 1: Ground Rules

Art of the mixtape rules – Note: there is a pop-up ad. Avoid if you hate them or don’t have a pop-up blocker.

Reading this one hurts the eyes, as it fills the screen. I suggest copying it into a word processing program for ease of reading. How to Make the Perfect Mix Tape –  Note: This one also has a pop-up ad.

How to Make a Perfect Mix Tape or CD

This one is even more precise than I am: The Rules of the Mixtape, part 1; Part 2.

Friday song title list 18., bad habits version: 100 songs with alcoholic drinks in the title

Many of these songs are or seem to be about drinking as well, but some merely mention drinks, like Escape (the pina colada song).

1. 10 Kleine Jägermeister – Die Toten Hosen
2. 15 Beers Ago – Sheb Wooley
3. 20% Alcohol – Li’l Ed And The Blues Imperials
4. A Glass Of Champagne – Sailor
5. A Steel Guitar and a Glass of Wine – Paul Anka
6. Alabama song (whisky bar) – The Doors
7. Alcohol – Kinks
8. Alcohol – Barenaked Ladies
9. Alcoholiday – Teenage Fanclub
10. Baptize Me In Wine – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
11. Beel barrel polka – The Andrews Sisters
12. Beer Ain’t Drinkin’ – Mojo Nixon
13. Beer And Bones – John Michael Montgomery
14. Beer drinkers and Hell raisers – ZZtop
15. Beer For Breakfast – The Replacements
16. Beer Thirty – Brooks & Dunn
17. Bloody Mary morning – Willie Nelson
18. Bluebird wine – Emmylou Harris
19. Boozehound – Harry Connick Jr.
20. Bottle O’ Wine – The Kingston Trio
21. Bottle Of Wine – The Fireballs
22. Champagne And Reefer – Muddy Waters
23. Champagne From A Paper Cup – Death Cab For Cutie
24. Champagne Supernova – Oasis
25. Cigareets, Whisky, & Wild, Wild Women – old song
26. Cigarettes and Alcohol – Oasis
27. Cocktails for two – Spike Jones and his city slickers
28. Cold Budweiser and a Sweet Tater – Joe Diffie
29. Cold Gin – KISS
30. Days of wine and roses – Perry Como, Andy Williams (and others)
31. Don’t Start Me On The Liquor – Violent Femmes
32. Drinkin Wine SpoDeeODee – Sticks McGhee
33. Drinking champagne – George Straight
34. Elderberry Wine – Elton John
35. Escape, (the pina colada song) – Rupert Holmes
36. Eyeball In My Martini – The Cramps
37. Gimme Dat Wine – Jon Hendricks
38. Gin and juice – Snoop Dogg
39. Gin Bottle Blues – Lightnin’ Hopkins
40. Gin Guzzlin’ Frenzy – Mojo Nixon & Skid Roper
41. Gin Soaked Boy – Tom Waits
42. Give Me a Pigfoot (and a Bottle of Beer) – Bessie Smith (and others)
43. Harley Davidson – Serge Gainsbourg (the Harley Davidson in this case is a cocktail)
44. Hitting the Bottle again – John Lee Hooker
45. I like Beer – Tom T Hall
46. In Heaven There Is No Beer – Frankie Yankovic
47. It’s Martini Time – Reverend Horton Heat
48. Jockey Full Of Bourbon – Tom Waits
49. Kisses Sweeter than Wine – Jimmie Rodgers
50. L’alcool – Serge Gainsbourg
51. Lilac Wine – Elkie Brookes
52. Little Ole Wine Drinker Me – Dean Martin
53. Look What I Found In My Beer – Beautiful South
54. Margarita – Travelling Wilburys
55. Margaritaville – Jimmy Buffett
56. Martini kiss – Senses Fail
57. Me And My Gin – Bessie Smith
58. Mexican moonshine – Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers
59. Milk and Alcohol – Dr Feelgood
60. Moonlight And Vodka – Chris de Burgh
61. Moonshine – Tony Rice
62. Old Dogs, Children, And Watermelon Wine – Tom T. Hall
63. One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer – John Lee Hooker (and others)
64. One mint julep – The Clovers, Louis Prima, Ray Charles (and others)
65. Poison whiskey – Lynyrd Skynyrd
66. Pub With No Beer – Slim Dusty
67. Red Red Wine – UB40
68. Red Wine And Whisky – Katrina And The Waves
69. Rum and Coca Cola – The Andrews Sisters
70. Scotch And Soda – Kingston Trio
71. Snortin’ Whiskey, Drinkin’ Cocaine – Pat Travers
72. Somebody put something in my drink – The Ramones (included because the implication is that it was an alcoholic drink)
73. Spill the Wine – Eric Burdon and War
74. Sports & Wine – Ben Folds Five
75. Straight Tequilla Night – John Anderson
76. Strange Brew – Cream
77. Strawberry wine – Deana Carter
78. Sweet Cherry Wine – Tommy James & the Shondells
79. Sweet wine – Cream
80. Tequila – The Champs
81. Tequila Sunrise – The Eagles
82. Tequila town – Drooks & Dunn
83. The Whisky Aint Workin Anymore – Travis Tritt
84. There’s a Tear in My Beer – Hank Williams jr.
85. Three Martini Lunch – Graham Parker
86. Two Pina Coladas – Garth Brooks
87. Two Pints Of Lager and A Packet Of Crisps – Splodgenessabounds
88. Warm beer, cold women – Tom Waits
89. Warm Red Wine – Bob Wills
90. Whiskey Bent & Hell Bound – Hank Williams jr.
91. Whiskey Headed Woman – Sonny Boy Williamson
92. Whiskey In The Jar – The Dubliners
93. Whiskey River – Willie Nelson
94. Whisky Before Breakfast – old bluegrass song
95. Whisky Drinkin Woman – Nazareth
96. Whisky ‘n mama – Zztop
97. White Lightnin’ – George Jones
98. White Lightnin’ And Wine – Heart
99. Wine with dinner – Loudon Wainwright III
100. Wine, Women and Song – Loretta Lynn

Honorary mention:
Yes, I Guess They Ought To Name A Drink After You – John Prine

Feel free to add more in the comments. I’ll post another one of these as soon as I have enough titles.

Friday song title list no. 17: All afloat – Songs with ships or boats in the title

Floating modes of transport: ships, boats, submarines, etc.


  1. (Don’t) Rock The Boat (Baby) – Hues Corp.
  2. 6 Months In A Leaky Boat – Tim Finn
  3. A Sailboat In The Moonlight – Billie Holiday
  4. Ain’t No Wheels On This Ship – Patsy Cline
  5. Battleship – Red Hot Chili Peppers
  6. Battleship Chains – Georgia Satellites
  7. Betty’s Got A Bass Boat – Pam Tillis
  8. Boat Drinks – Jimmy Buffett
  9. Boat Of Car – Tmbg
  10. Boat On The River –  Styx
  11. Boat That I Row – Neil Diamond
  12. Calypso – John Denver (name of a ship)
  13. Canary Yellow Canoe – Gordon Lightfoot
  14. Cardiff Rose – Roger Mcguinn (name of a ship)
  15. Come On Down To My Boat Baby – Every Mothers’ Son
  16. Come Sail Away – Styx
  17. Cripple Creek Ferry – Neil Young
  18. Day-O (The Banana Boat Song) – Harry Belafonte
  19. Downeaster Alexa – Billy Joel (name of a ship)
  20. Ferry Boat Serenade – Andrews Sisters
  21. Ferry Cross The Mersey – Gerry & The Pacemakers
  22. Ferryboat Serenade – Andrew Sisters
  23. I Saw Three Ships – Christmas Song
  24. If I Had A Boat – Lyle Lovett
  25. I’ll Sail My Ship Alone – Moon Mullican
  26. I’ll Sail This Ship Alone – Beautiful South
  27. Kashoggi’s Ship – Queen
  28. Ladies Of The Line – Tom Chapin
  29. Last Boat Leaving – Elvis Costello
  30. Little Red Rented Rowboat – Joe Dowell
  31. Longer Boats – Cat Stevens
  32. Marie Christine – Gordon Lightfoot And The Tannahill Weavers (name of a ship)
  33. Mary Mary Row Your Boat – The Classics Iv
  34. Michael Row The Boat Ashore – Trini Lopez
  35. Mingulay Boat Song – Traditional
  36. My Ship – Shawn Mullins
  37. Night Boat To Cairo – Madness
  38. Nightboat – Duran Duran
  39. No-Go Showboat – Beach Boys
  40. On A Ship – Judie Tzuke
  41. On A Slow Boat To China – old standard
  42. On The Good Ship Lollipop – Shirley Temple
  43. Poop Ship Destroyer – Ween
  44. Proud Mary – Creedence Clearwater Revival (name of a riverboat)
  45. Rock The Boat – Hughes Corporation
  46. Row Row Row The Boat – traditional
  47. Rowboat – Beck
  48. Sail Away – David Gray
  49. Sailboat In The Moonlight – Guy Lombardo
  50. Sailboat Song – Fifth Dimension
  51. Sailing Boat – Anna Ryder
  52. Sailing To Philadelphia – Mark Knopfler
  53. Sea Cruise – Frankie Ford; Herman’s Hermits
  54. See My Ships – Violent Femmes
  55. Ship Ahoy – O’jays
  56. Ship Of Fools – Doors; Grateful Dead; Robert Plant (all different songs)
  57. Ship Of Fools – World Party; John Cale; Erasure (don’t know about these)
  58. Ship To Shore – Chris De Burgh
  59. Shipbuilding – Elvis Costello
  60. Ships – Barry Manilow
  61. Ships Are Sailing – Mary Black
  62. Ships In The Night – Be Bop Deluxe
  63. Ships That Pass In The Night – Billy J Kramer
  64. Shipwrecked – Genesis
  65. Shrimp Boats – Rosemary Clooney
  66. Sink The Bismarck – Johnny Horton (name of a ship)
  67. Sinking Of The Reuben James – Woody Guthrie; The Kingston Trio (name of a ship)
  68. Sinking Ships – Sloan
  69. Sit Down, You’re Rocking The Boat – From <i>Guys & Dolls</i>
  70. Six Months In A Leaky Boat – Split Enz
  71. Steamboat – Beach Boys
  72. Teeny Little Dinghy – from <i>Something’s Afoot</i>
  73. The Ballad Of Yarmouth Castle – Gordon Lightfoot (presumably the name of a ship)
  74. The Big Boat – Champion Jack Dupree
  75. The Bonnie Ship The Diamond – The Whiskeyhill Singers
  76. The Crystal Ship – Doors
  77. The Good Ship Venus (Friggin’ In The Riggin’) – Oscar Brand
  78. The Great Titanic – Loretta Lynn (name of a ship)
  79. The Mary Ellen Carter – Stan Rogers (presumably the name of a ship)
  80. The Mayflower – Jon And Vangelis (name of a ship)
  81. The Ship Song – Nick Cave (the same song?)
  82. The Ship Song – Pearl Jam
  83. The Skye Boat Song – traditional
  84. The Sloop John B – The Beach Boys
  85. The Slumber Boat – Sophie B. Hawkins
  86. The Wreck Of The Athens Queen – Stan Rogers (name of a ship)
  87. The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald – Gordon Lightfoot (name of a ship)
  88. Theme From Boat Weirdos – Joe Walsh
  89. There Is A Ship – Peter, Paul & Mary
  90. Titanic – Blind Willie Johnson (name of a ship)
  91. Trains & Boats & Planes – Dionne Warwick
  92. When The Ship Comes In – Bob Dylan
  93. When The Ship Hits The Sand – Little Jimmie Dickens
  94. Wooden Ships – Crosby Stills & Nash; Jefferson Airplane  (same song?)
  95. Wreck Of The Hesperus – Procol Harum (name of a ship)
  96. Yellow Submarine – The Beatles
  97. Your Tall Ship – Peter Hammill

 Honorable mentions:

  1. Sailing – Rod Stewart
  2. Sailing – Christopher Cross (different song)
  3. Sailing Away – Chris De Burgh

Friday song title list no. 16: 2 wheels – songs with bicycles, motorbikes or other two-wheeled transport in the title

2 wheeled rides, i.e. motorbikes, scooters and bicycles.



  1. 1952 Vincent Black Lightning –  Richard Thompson
  2. Angel On My Bike – Wallflowers
  3. Bad Motor Scooter –  Sammy Hagar
  4. Bike – Pink Floyd
  5. Bike Ride To The Moon – Dukes Of Stratosphear; XTC
  6. Black Boys On Mopeds – Sinead O’Connor
  7. Dirt Bike – They Might Be Giants
  8. Electric Harley House Of Love –  Green Jelly
  9. Funky Moped – Jasper Carrott
  10. Harley Davidson Blues – Canned Heat
  11. Harley Davidson Of A Bitch –  Serge Gainsbourg
  12. I Ride My Bike – Cracker 
  13. Little Honda – Beach Boys
  14. M-Bike –  PJ Harvey
  15. Motorbike Beat – Rezillos
  16. Motorbikin’    Chris Spedding, Billy Idol
  17. Motorcycle Cowboy –  Merle Haggard
  18. Motorcycle Driven By – Third Eye Blind
  19. Motorcycle Driver – Joe Satriani
  20. Motorcycle Emptiness – Manic Street Preachers
  21. Motorcycle Mama – Neil Young
  22. Motorcycle Mama – Sailcat (different song from neil young’s)
  23. Motorcycle Man – Saxon
  24. Motorcycle Song –  Arlo Guthrie
  25. Paparazzi On Mopeds- Cranberries
  26. Ridin’ My Bike – Ricky Segall
  27. Silver Machine –  Hawkwind
  28. Tarzan On A Big Red Scooter –  Lolita Pop
  29. The Acoustic Motorbike – Luka Bloom
  30. The Motorcycle Song –  Arlo Guthrie



  1. Bicycle Built For Two – old standard
  2. Bicycle Race – Queen
  3. Bicycle Trip – Bruce Cockburn
  4. Bicycle Wheels Or Jesus Rode A Harley- Ugly Kid Joe
  5. Broken Bicycles – Tom Waits
  6. My White Bicycle – Tomorrow


Honourable mentions:

Bat Out Of Hell – Meat Loaf

Born To Run – Bruce Springsteen

Leader Of The Pack – The Shangri-Las

Friday song title list no. 15: Songs with trains in the title

Including song titles that mention types of trains, parts of trains, and the names of trains, e.g. subway, toy, whistle, locomotive, Wabash Cannonball, etc. I have also included “rail” songs, but not songs with train people (engineers, hobos, etc.). Whenever I found information about more than one cover of a song, I have included all the different artists. There are probably thousands of existant train songs in English alone, so I decided not to try to be exhaustive, but here are some links to more train songs:
Train songs
Railroad songs
Wikipedia songs

  1. All Night Train – The Allman Brothers Band
  2. Another Town, Another Train – Abba
  3. Another Train Coming – Kim Weston
  4. Atchison, Topeka And The Santa Fe – Judy Garland
  5. Baby Likes To Rock It Like A Boogie Woogie Choo Choo Train – The Tractors
  6. Back Up Train – Al Greene
  7. Baggage Coach Ahead – Mac Wiseman
  8. Between Trains – The Band
  9. Big Black Train – Flatt & Scruggs
  10. Big City Train – No Doubt
  11. Big Freight Train Carry Me Home – Boxcar Willie
  12. Big Steel Rail – Gordon Lightfoot
  13. Big Train From Memphis – Credence Clearwater Revival
  14. Blow That Lonesome Whistle Casey – A. Dexter
  15. Blue Railroad Train – Doc Watson
  16. Blue Train – Cibo Matto; Johnny Cash; Marty Stuart
  17. Boxcar Blues – Boxcar Willie
  18. Boxcars – Joe Ely
  19. Boxcar’s My Home – Boxcar Willie; Willie Nelson
  20. Bringin’ In The Georgia Mail – D. Reno & B. Harrell; Flatt & Scruggs; Jim & Jesse Mcreynold
  21. Bullet Train – Judas Priest
  22. Bummin An Old Freight Train – Lester Flatts
  23. Bye, Bye Black Smoke Choo Choo – Joe Glazer
  24. Canadian Railroad Trilogy – Gordon Lightfoot
  25. Cannonball: Carter Family; Seldom Scene
  26. Cannonball Blues – Bruce “Utah” Phillips; Grandpa Jones
  27. Cannonball Rag – Doc Watson
  28. Can’t Ignore The Train – 10000 Maniacs
  29. Chattanooga Choo Choo – Glenn Miller and many others
  30. Chickasaw Train Blues – Memphis Minnie
  31. Chicken Train – Ozark Mountain Daredevils
  32. Choo Choo Train – The Box Tops
  33. Choo-Choo – Jack Hylton
  34. City Of New Orleans – Arlo Guthrie; C. W. Mccall; Johnny Cash; Steve Goodman; Willie Nelson
  35. Clinchfield Special – Toe River Valley Boys
  36. Coal-Train Robberies – Elvis Costello
  37. Come On Train – Don Thomas
  38. Continental Trailways Blues – Steve Earle
  39. Coronation Scot – Sidney Torch
  40. Country Express – W. Raney
  41. Crazy Train – Ozzy Osbourne
  42. Daddy Was A Railroad Man – Boxcar Willie
  43. Daddy, What’s A Train – Bruce “Utah” Phillips
  44. Daughter Of A Railroad Man – Johnny Cash
  45. Daybreak Express – Duke Ellington
  46. Desperadoes Waiting For A Train – The Highwaymen
  47. Desperadoes Waiting For The Train – Rita Coolidge (same song?)
  48. Desperados Waiting On A Train – Guy Clark (same song?)
  49. Devil’s Train – Roy Acuff
  50. Dixie Cannonball – Red Knuckles
  51. Dixie Flyer – Randy Newman
  52. Don’t Miss That Train – Sister Wynona Carr
  53. Don’t Sleep In The Subway – Petula Clark
  54. Don’t You See That Train – Laurie Lewis
  55. Down By The Railroad Track – Frank Crumit
  56. Down There By The Train – Johnny Cash
  57. Downbound Train – Bruce Springsteen
  58. Downtown Train – Tom Waits; covered by Rod Stewart and others
  59. Dreamland Express – John Denver
  60. D-Train – Accept
  61. Eastbound Freight Train – Reno And Smiley
  62. Electric Trains – Squeeze
  63. Engine Number 9 – Wilson Pickett
  64. Fast Freight – Kingston Trio
  65. Fast Train – Bobby Parker
  66. Fireball Mail – Flatt & Scruggs; Roy Acuff
  67. Freedom Train – James Carr; Merle Haggard
  68. Freight Train – Libba Cotton
  69. Freight Train Blues – Bob Dylan; Boxcar Willie; Doc & Merle Watson; Roy Acuff; Trixie Smith
  70. Freight Train Boogie – Doc Watson; Reno and Smiley; Whitstein Brothers
  71. Freight Train Comin’ – Metallica
  72. Freight Train, Freight Train – Peter, Paul And Mary
  73. Friendship Train – The Temptations
  74. From A Boxcar Door – Boxcar Willie
  75. Funky Soul Train – Hank Ballard
  76. Gallopin’ Goose, The – C. W. Mccall
  77. Georgia On A Fast Train – Billy Joe Shaver; BR5-49; Johnny Cash
  78. Get Back On The Train – Phish
  79. Get Down Off Of The Train – Isley Brothers
  80. Ghetto Train – Luther Ingram
  81. Ghost Train – Bee Gees; Counting Crows; Marc Cohn
  82. Girl On A Train – 10000 Maniacs
  83. Glendale Train – The New Riders Of The Purple Sage
  84. Go Go Train – Freda Payne
  85. Going Home Train – Irving Berlin
  86. Golden Rocket – Boxcar Willie; Hank Snow
  87. Gone Dead Train – Crazy Horse
  88. Gospel Train – Sister Rosetta Tharpe; Stevie Hawkins; Wright Brothers Jubilee Singers
  89. Graveyard Train – Credence Clearwater Revival
  90. Hear My Train A Comin’ – Jimi Hendrix
  91. Hear That Lonesome Whistle Blow – Roger Whittaker
  92. Heaven Bound Train – C. Story; Jackson Gospel Singers
  93. Hey, Hey Train – Johnny Cash
  94. Hold That Train – B.B. King
  95. Honky Tonk Train Blues – Meade Lux Lewis
  96. I Heard That Lonesome Whistle Blow – Hank Williams Sr; Johnny Cash
  97. I Like Riding On A Choo-Choo – Leslie Sarony
  98. I Like Trains – Fred Eaglesmith
  99. I Love The Sound Of A Whistle – Boxcar Willie
  100. I Often Dream Of Trains – Robyn Hitchcock
  101. If Love Was A Train – Michelle Shocked
  102. I’m Leaving On That Late, Late Train – Solomon Burke
  103. The India Pacific – Slim Dusty
  104. It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry – Bob Dylan
  105. I’ve Been Working On The Railroad – Mitch Miller & The Gang
  106. I’ve Got A Thing About Trains – Johnny Cash
  107. Jenny Dreamed Of Trains – Sweethearts Of The Rodeo
  108. Johnny On The Monorail – The Buggles
  109. Jump That Train – Foghat
  110. Jumping Someone Else’s Train – The Cure
  111. Just Like This Train – Joni Mitchell
  112. Just Missed The Train – Kelly Clarkson
  113. Kansas City Railroad Blues – Toe River Valley Boys
  114. Kansas City Southern – Pure Prairie League
  115. Keep On Rollin’ Down The Line – Boxcar Willie
  116. Last Cannonball – Mary Mccaslin
  117. Last Train – Allen Toussaint; Arlo Guthrie; Graham Central Station; Peter Rowan; Travis (this may not all be the same song)
  118. Last Train For Glory – Arlo Guthrie
  119. Last Train Home – Pat Methany
  120. Last Train To Clarksville – Monkees
  121. Last Train To London – ELO
  122. Last Train To Loveland – Eddie Hinton
  123. Lazy Locomotive – S. Burrette
  124. Le Train Du Nord – Felix Leclearc
  125. Let The Train Blow The Whistle – Johnny Cash
  126. Life Is A Mountain Railroad – Carter Family
  127. Life’s Railway To Heaven  – Roy Acuff; Amazing Rythm Aces; Patsy Cline
  128. Little Toy Trains – Roger Miller
  129. Little Train From Caipira – Heiton Villa-Lobos
  130. Locomotive – Motorhead; Sawyer Brown (probably not the same song)
  131. Locomotive Man – Johnny Cash
  132. London Train – Oliver Sain
  133. Lonesome Whistle – Boxcar Willie; Johnny Cash; Stonewall Jackson
  134. Long Train Running – Doobie Brothers
  135. Lord Of The Trains – Tom Russell
  136. Losing My Blues Tonight – Slim Dusty
  137. Love Train – Jimmy Castor Bunch; The O’Jays
  138. Love’s Train – Con Funk Shun
  139. Lucy In The Subway – Phish
  140. Man & A Train – Marty Robbins
  141. Many A Man Killed On The Railroad – Joe Glazer
  142. Marrakesh Express – Crosby, Stills and Nash (a train trip as a metaphor for another kind of trip…)
  143. Medicine Train – The Cult
  144. Memphis Flyer – Neil Diamond
  145. Memphis Train – Rufus Thomas
  146. The Metro – Berlin
  147. Midnight Flyer – Mac Wiseman; Osborne Brothers; The Eagles
  148. Midnight Special – Lead Belly; Creedence Clearwater Revival; Paul McCartney; Van Morrison, among others.
  149. Midnight Train – Jim & Jesse Mcreynolds
  150. Midnight Train To Georgia – Gladys Knight & The Pips
  151. My Baby Thinks He’s A Train – Roseanne Cash
  152. My Baby Thinks She’s A Train – Asleep At The Wheel
  153. Mystery Train – Bon Jovi; Elvis Presley; Little Junior Parker; Ronnie Hawkins; Sleepy Labeef; The Band; The Neville Brothers
  154. Mystery Train, Part II, Steve Earle
  155. Never Did Like That Train – Murray Mclaughlan
  156. New Delhi Freight Train – Little Feat
  157. New River Train – Raffi
  158. New Ways Train Train – Jeff Beck
  159. Night Train – Bobby Womack; Buddy Morrow; James Brown; Oscar Peterson
  160. Night Train To Memphis – Grandpa Jones; J. Maphis; Jerry Lee Lewis; Roy Acuff
  161. Nobody Takes The Train Anymore – Holly Dunn
  162. Old Gospel Train – Dorothy Love Coate
  163. Old Train – Seldom Scene; Tony Rice Unit
  164. On The Slow Train – Flanders And Swann
  165. On The Southbound – Mac Wiseman
  166. On The Wigan Boat Express – George Formby
  167. One After 909 – The Beatles
  168. Orange Blossom Special – Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys; C. Story; Charley Daniels Band; Flatt & Scruggs; Johnny Cash; Johnson Mountain Boys
  169. Orient Express – Sidney Torch
  170. Pacific 231 – Arthur Honnegar
  171. Pan American – Hank Williams Sr; Roy Acuff; Seldom Scene
  172. Pan American Boogie – Kate Mackenzie
  173. Parliamentary Trains – Gilbert & Sullivan
  174. Party Train – GAP Band
  175. Passin’ Train – Sawyer Brown
  176. Pat Works On The Railroad – Joe Glazer
  177. Peace Train – Cat Steven
  178. Petit Train (Choo-Choo Train) – André Claveau,
  179. Pine Knot Cannonball – George Edgin
  180. Pullman Passenger Train – Pullman Porters Quartette
  181. Put Me On A Train Back To Texas – W Jennings & W Nelson
  182. Queen Of The Rails – Bruce “Utah” Phillips
  183. Rail Song, The – Adrian Belew
  184. Railroad Bill – Cisco Houston
  185. Railroad Blues – D. Thomas; Sam Mcgee
  186. Railroad Express – Rose Royce
  187. Railroad Lady – Jimmy Buffett
  188. Railroad Man – Murry Mclaughlan
  189. Railroad Son – Lynyrd Skynyrd
  190. The Railroad Song – Jim Croce
  191. Railroad Stomp – Jolly Two
  192. Railroad Worksong – Notting Hillbillies
  193. Railroads And Riverboats – Jim Croce
  194. Red Ball To Natchez – Delmore Brothers And Wayne Raney
  195. Red Streamliner – Little Feat
  196. Reuben’s Train – Flatts And Scruggs; Sidesaddle
  197. Ride The Train – Alabama
  198. Ride This Train – Canton Spiritual
  199. Ridin On The Cottonbelt – Johnny Cash
  200. Ridin’ That Midnight Train – Doc Watson
  201. Ridin’ With The Driver – Motorhead
  202. Riding On A Railroad – James Taylor
  203. Riding The Elevated Train – Lew Childre
  204. Right Track Wrong Train – Cindy Lauper
  205. Rock Island Line – Huddy Ledbetter; Johnny Cash; Johnny Horton; Lonnie Donegan
  206. Runaway Train – Elton John; Eric Clapton; Rosanne Cash; Soul Asylum
  207. Runaway Trains – Tom Petty
    Morning Train – Sheena Easton
  208. Saint Agnes And The Burning Train – Sting
  209. Same Train – Rev. Julius Cheek
  210. Same Train, Different Time – Jimmy Rogers
  211. Santa Fe All The Way – Johnny Mccollum
  212. Silver Train – Rolling Stones
  213. Skimbleshanks The Railway Cat – from <i>Cats</i>
  214. Sleeper Train – America
  215. Slow Moving Freight Train – Hugh Moffatt
  216. Slow Train – Bob Dylan; Flanders & Swann; Soul Stirrers; The Staple Singers
  217. Soul Train – Gamble And Huff; Mary Wells; The Manhattans; Three Degrees
  218. Southbound Train – Crosby, Stills, Nash And Young
  219. Southern Pacific – Neil Young
  220. Spanish Train – Chris De Burgh
  221. Starlight On The Rails – Bruce “Utah” Phillips
  222. Steam Engine – Monkees
  223. Steam Engine Polka – Johann Strauss
  224. Stop That Train – Beastie Boys; The Meters; The Wailers; John Mayer (probably not all the same song)
  225. Strangers On A Train – Chris De Burgh; New Riders Of The Purple Sage
  226. Streamlined Cannonball – Doc Watson; Mac Wiseman
  227. Subway – Bee Gees; Sheryl Crow
  228. Subway To Venus – Red Hot Chili Peppers
  229. Subway Train – Johnny Thunders
  230. Sucker Train Blues – Velvet Revolver
  231. Sunshine Special – Roy Acuff
  232. Take The A Train – Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys; Duke Ellington
  233. Tennesse Central No. 9 – Roy Acuff
  234. Texas Eagle – Steve Earle
  235. Texas Silver Zephyr – Red Steagall
  236. That Glory Bound Train – Roy Acuff
  237. That Old Train Whistle – Smothers Brothers
  238. That Train – Jerry Butler
  239. The Lightning Express – Gene McNulty
  240. The Midnight Train – Roy Acuff
  241. The Streamline Cannonball – Roy Acuff
  242. The Train – Tim Buckley
  243. The Train Song – Nick Cave
  244. The Wreck Of The Old 97 – Johnny Cash; John Mellencamp; and others
  245. There’s A Train – Holmes Brothers
  246. This Train – Tommy Tate; Woody Gutherie
  247. This Train Dont Stop There Anymore- Elton John
  248. This Train Revisited – Indigo Girls
  249. This Train’s A Clear Train – Joe Glazer
  250. Throw Mama From The Train – Patti Paige
  251. Train – 4 Non Blondes
  252. Train Is Coming – Ken Boothe
  253. Train Keep On Movin’ – The 5th Dimension
  254. Train Kept A Rollin’ – Aerosmith; The Yardbirds; Johnny Burnette
  255. Train Leaves Here This Morning – Eagles
  256. Train Of Love – Johnny Cash
  257. Train Of Thought – A-Ha
  258. Train Round The Bend – Velvet Underground
  259. Train Running Low On Soul Coal – XTC
  260. Train Song – Dick Siegel; Holmes Brothers; Murray Mclaughlan; Nick Cave
  261. Train Time – Toe River Valley Boys
  262. Train To Skaville – Boney M
  263. Train Wreck – Sarah Mclachlan
  264. Train, Train – Blackfoot
  265. Trains – Al Stewart
  266. Trains And Boats And Planes – Dionne Warwick
  267. Trains Don’t Run From Nashville – Kate Campbell
  268. Trains, Tracks And Travel – Hank Snow
  269. Trans-Europe Express – Kraftwerk
  270. Two Trains Running – Little Feat
  271. Union Train – Joe Glazer
  272. Wabash Cannonball – B. Martin; Bruce “Utah” Phillips; Carter Family; Chet Atkins; Doc Watson; Johnny Cash; Roy Acuff
  273. Waiting For A Train – Hank Snow; J.L. Lewis; Jim Reeves; Jimmie Rogers; Johnny Cash; Roy Acuff
  274. Waiting For The ‘B’ Train – Christine Lavin
  275. Waiting For The Ghost Train – Madness
  276. Walking Down A Railroad Line – Woody Guthrie
  277. Westbound Train – Dennis Brown
  278. When The Golden Train Comes Down – Sons Of The Pioneers
  279. When The Midnight Choo-Choo Leave For Alabam’ – Tommy Dorsey
  280. Will There Be Any Freight Trains In Heaven – Jimmy Rogers; Merle Haggard
  281. Working On The Railway – Bill Houston
  282. Wreck Of 1262 – Doc Watson; Curly Fox
  283. Wreck Of The L&N – Phillips Family
  284. Wreck Of The Number 9 – Hank Snow
  285. Wreck Of The Old 97 – Flatt & Scruggs; Hank Snow; Johnny Cash; Mac Wiseman; Roy Acuff
  286. Wreck Of The Royal Palm – Joe Glazer; Toe River Valley Boys
  287. You Just Can’t Ride The Boxcars Anymore – The Long Ryders
  288. Zion Train – Bob Marley And The Wailers

Friday Song Title List No. 14: Song titles with cars/automobiles

No drivers and driving unless an automobile is mentioned as well.


Automobiles/cars in general:

  1. $1000 Car – Bottle Rockets
  2. (I Live For) Cars And Girls – The Dictators
  3. Always Crashing In The Same Car – David Bowie
  4. Another Light Blue Car From  The Ddr – Grace Jones
  5. Automobile – Eazy E
  6. Automobile Noise – The Blue Nile
  7. Automobile Of Life – Roy Acuff
  8. Back Of A Car – Big Star
  9. Big Black Car – Big Star
  10. Big Green Car – Jimmy Caroll
  11. Black Devil Car – Jamiroquai
  12. Boat Of Car – Tmbg
  13. Burning Car – John Foxx
  14. Car Jamming  – The Clash
  15. Car On A Hill – Joni Mitchell
  16. Car Thief – Beastie Boys
  17. Car Trouble – Adam And The Ants
  18. Car Wheels On A Gravel Road – Lucinda Williams
  19. Cars – Gary Numan
  20. Cars And Girls – Prefab Sprout
  21. Cars And Guitars – Tori Amos
  22. Cars And Trains – George Michael
  23. Cars Are Cars – Paul Simon
  24. Chasing Cars – Natasha Bedingfield
  25. Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol
  26. Christian’s Automobile – The Dixie Hummingbirds
  27. Crazy ‘Bout An Automobile (Every Woman I Know)  – Ry Cooder
  28. Daddy’s Gonna Pay For Your Crashed Car – U2
  29. Dali’s Car – Captain Beefheart
  30. Don’t Drive My Car – Status Quo
  31. Drive My Car – The Beatles
  32. Driving In My Car – Madness
  33. Fast Car – Tracy Chapman
  34. Fast Cars – U2
  35. Get In My Car – 50 Cent
  36. Get Out Of The Car – Richard Berry
  37. I Love My Car – Belle & Sebastian
  38. If My Heart Was A Car – Old 97’s
  39. I’m In Love With My Car – Queen
  40. In My Car (I’ll Be The Driver)  – Shania Twain
  41. In The Car  – Barenaked Ladies
  42. Killer Cars – Radiohead
  43. Let Me Be Your Car – Rod Stewart
  44. Let’s Go To Heaven In My Car – Brian Wilson
  45. Mint Car – The Cure
  46. My Automobile – George Clinton & Parliament
  47. My Red Hot Car – Squarepusher
  48. Ode To My Car  – Adam Sandler
  49. Riding Along In My Automobile  – Chuck Berry
  50. Riding In My Car – Woody Guthrie
  51. Roadhouses & Automobiles  – Chris Jones
  52. She Loves My Automobile  – Zz Top
  53. She’ll Drive The Big Car – David Bowie
  54. Sleeping In My Car – Roxette
  55. Somebody Stole My Car – The Kinks
  56. Start The Car – Jude Cole
  57. Stolen Car – Bruce Springsteen
  58. Stolen Car (Take Me Dancing)  – Sting
  59. Stop Draggin’ My Car Around – Weird Al Yankovic
  60. Stupid Car – Radiohead
  61. The Green Automobile – Allen Ginsberg
  62. Thousand Dollar Car – Bottle Rockets
  63. Turn This Car Around  – Tom Petty
  64. Used Cars – Bruce Springsteen

 Types Of Car:

  1. Another One Rides The Bus – Weird Al Yankovic
  2. Big Yellow Taxi – Joni Mitchell
  3. Caravan Of Love – The Isley Brothers; also The Housemartins
  4. Cars Trucks Buses  – Phish
  5. Does This Bus Stop At 82nd Street? – Bruce Springsteen
  6. Drug Store Truck Drivin’ Man – The Byrds
  7. Early Morning Cold Taxi – The Who
  8. Getaway Car  – Audioslave
  9. Greyhound Bus – The Moldy Peaches
  10. Hot Rod Gang – Stray Cats
  11. Hot Rod Lincoln – George Thorogood (also a make of car)
  12. Hot Rod Man – Tex Rubinowitz
  13. Jeepster – T Rex
  14. Jerry Was A Racecar Driver – Primus
  15. Jesus Built My Hotrod – Ministry
  16. Jesus In A Camper Van – Robbie Williams
  17. Lady Cab Driver – Prince
  18. Magic Bus – The Who
  19. Mark On The Bus – Beastie Boys
  20. Mr. Cab Driver – Lenny Kravitz
  21. Muscle Cars – E-40 Feat. Keak Da Sneak & Turf Talk
  22. On A Bus To St. Cloud – Trisha Yearwood
  23. Pickup Man – Joe Diffie
  24. Police Car – Larry Wallis
  25. Race Car Driver – Jewel
  26. Rapid Roy That Stock Car Boy – Jim Croce
  27. Rental Car  – Beck
  28. She Loves My Automobile – Zz Top
  29. Stranded In A Limousine – Paul Simon
  30. Survival Car – Fountains Of Wayne
  31. Taxi – Harry Chapin
  32. Taxi, Taxi – Cher
  33. The Jeep Song – The Dresden Dolls
  34. The Spy In The Cab – Bauhaus
  35. The Wheels On The Bus – Children’s Song
  36. Tijuana Taxi – Herb Alpert
  37. Waitin’ For The Bus –  Zz Top
  38. White Limozeen – Dolly Parton

 Makes Of Car:

  1. ’49 Mercury Blues – Brian Setzer
  2. 5-0 Ford – Reverend Horton Heat
  3. Bitchin’ Camaro – Dead Milkmen
  4. Blue Chevrolet – The Beat Farmers
  5. Brand New Cadillac – The Clash
  6. Buick Mackane – T. Rex
  7. Cadillac – Lit
  8. Cadillac – The Kinks
  9. Cadillac Boogie – Jimmy Liggins
  10. Cadillac Car – Bronski Beat
  11. Cadillac Hotel – Falco
  12. Cadillac Ranch – Bruce Springsteen
  13. Chevrolet – ZZ Top
  14. Chevy Van – Sammy Johns
  15. Cowboy Cadillac – Garth Brooks
  16. Dodge Veg-O-Matic – The Modern Lovers
  17. El Dorado – Elton John
  18. Ford Econoline – Nancy Griffiths
  19. From A Buick 6 – Bob Dylan
  20. Geronimo’s Cadillac – Modern Talking
  21. Go Lil’ Camaro Go – The Ramones
  22. Hey Little Honda – The Rip Chords
  23. Hot Rod Lincoln – Johnny Bond
  24. I’ve Got Ford Movements In My Hips – Cleo Gibson
  25. Jaguar – The Who
  26. Jaguar And Thunderbird – Chuck Berry
  27. Jesus Chrysler Drives A Dodge – The Screaming Blue Messiahs
  28. Little Cobra – The Beach Boys
  29. Little Deuce Coupe – The Beach Boys
  30. Little GTO – Ronnie & The Daytonas
  31. Little Red Corvette – Prince
  32. Look At That Cadillac – Stray Cats
  33. Mercedes Benz – Janis Joplin
  34. Mercury Blues – David Lindley; also Alan Jackson
  35. Mustang Sally – Wilson Pickett
  36. My Mustang Ford – Chuck Berry
  37. Pontiac Blues – Sonny Boy Williamson II
  38. Ragtop Cadillac – Lonestar
  39. Red Cadillac And Black Moustache – Warren Smith
  40. Ridin’ Da Chevy – 3 Six Mafia
  41. Rocket 88 – Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats; later covered by Bill Haley and the Saddlemen
  42. See The USA In Your Chevrolet – Dinah Shore
  43. St. Robinson In His Cadillac Dream – Counting Crows
  44. Terraplane Blues – Robert Johnson (and many other blues musicians)
  45. Toyota City – The Human League
  46. Trans Am – Neil Young
  47. Volvo – Eddie Meduza
  48. Volvo Cowgirl – Sheryl Crow


 Car Parts:

  1. 5ive Gears In Reverse – Elvis Costello
  2. Airbag – Radiohead
  3. Car Gears Stick In Reverse, Daring Driver Crosses Town Backwards – Jad Fair & Yo La Tengo
  4. Car Wheels On A Gravel Road – Lucinda Williams
  5. One Headlight – Wallflowers


Honorable mention:

Car Wash – Rose Royce

Friday song list no. 13: Songs with colors in the title

Now it’s time for songs that use colour words that are not colour names, like color/colour, hue, tint, shade, etc.


Coat Of Many Colors – Dolly Parton

True Colors (The Storm) – Squeeze

Color Of The Blues – George Jones

What’s The Color Of Money? – Hollywood Beyond

Colors Of The Wind – From Pocahontas

True Colors – Cindy Lauper

Colors Of Love – Supremes

Wine Colored Roses – George Jones

What’s The Colour Of Money? – Living Colour

My Colouring Book – Dusty Springfield

Blue Is The Colour – Chelsea Fc

The Colour Of Roses – Beth Neilsen Chapman

Rose Coloured Glasses – The Raspberries

Colors Of The Wind – Vanessa Williams

A Lack Of Color – Death Cab For Cutie

The Colors Of My Life – Perry Como

Colors Of The Spirit – Journey

The Colour Of My Love – Celine Dion

Colour My World – Chicago


Shades Of Gray – Robert Earl Keen

A Hazy Shade Of Winter – Simon & Garfunkel

Deeper Shade Of Blue – Steps

A Whiter Shade Of Pale – Procol Harum

Only Shades Of Gray – Monkees


Rose Tint My World – From ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’


This concludes the colour series. Next week’s list will be about something totally different.

Friday song list no. 12: Coat of many colours – Song titles with colors

Here is the final part of the colour palette: shades and tints of the basic colours. If you know of other colours that have been included in song titles, please leave a comment with the title and artist and I will add the song(s) to the list. Colours that are also names of things that gave their names to the colours (e.g. ruby, strawberry, silver, gold etc.) are only included when they refer or seem to refer to the colour and not the thing, and personal names that are colours as well are not included (except possibly by accident). Colour metaphors, like “golden years” are included.

Reds, pinks and oranges:
Crimson & Clover — Tommy James & The Shodells
Rose Tint My World – From The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Scarlet Pussy – Prince
Scarlet Ribbons – Jim Reeves

Blues and violets:
Lilac Wine – Jeff Buckley
Mood Indigo – Duke Ellington
Navy Blue – Diane Renay
Turquoise – Donovan
Turquoise Hexagon Sun – Boards Of Canada

All In The Golden Afternoon – Alphaville
Fields Of Gold – Sting
Golden Boy – Natalie Merchant
Golden Brown – Stranglers
Golden Empire – Tina Turner
Golden Loom – Bob Dylan
Golden Slumbers – Beatles
Golden Years – David Bowie
Lost Boys And Golden Girls – Jim Steinman
Pandora’s Golden Heebie-Jeebies – The Association
Platinum Blonde – No Doubt
Silence Is Golden – The Tremeloes
Silver Threads Among The Gold – Standard
The Golden Age Of Rock ‘N Roll – Mott The Hoople
The Green-Gold Girl Of The Summer – Martin Newell
Violence Is Golden – John Fogerty
When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again – Elvis Presley
Where The Blue Of The Night Meets The Gold Of The Day – Bing Crosby

Emerald Eyes – Fleetwood Mac

By The Light Of The Silvery Moon – George Bailey
Look For The Silver Lining – Standard
Platinum Blonde – No Doubt
Silver Blue – Roxette
Silver Lining – David Gray
Silver Threads & Golden Needles – Standard
Silver Threads Among The Gold – Standard

Chestnut Mare – The Byrds

Ebony And Ivory – Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder

Ebony And Ivory – Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder
Ebony Eyes – Rick James

Friday song list no. 11: Purple and violet in song titles

I am putting purple and violet together, since there don’t seem to be that many song titles using those colours.

1. Deep Purple – Nino Tempo & April Stevens
2. Pale Purple – Ani Difranco
3. Pictures Of Purple People – Marc Bolan & T. Rex
4. Purple – Gus Gus
5. Purple – Nas
6. Purple Haze – Jimi Hendrix
7. Purple Heather – Rod Stewart
8. Purple Hills – Eminem
9. Purple Kisses – The Dream
10. Purple Love Balloon – CUD
11. Purple Parallelogram – The Lemonheads
12. Purple People – Tori Amos
13. Purple Pills – Eminem & D12
14. Purple Rain – Prince
15. Purple Sneakers – You Am I
16. Purple Stain – Red Hot Chili Peppers
17. Purple Toupee – They Might Be Giants
18. Smoking On Purple – Lil Boosie
19. The Purple People Eater – Sheb Wooley

1. A Violet Fluid – Nine Inch Nails
2. Bruise Violet – Babes In Toyland
3. Ultra Violet – U2
4. Ultraviolet Dreams – Cypress Hill
5. Violet – Hole
6. Violet – Judy Collins
7. Violet – Savage Garden
8. Violet – Seal
9. Violet And Blue – Stevie Nicks
10. Violet Blue – Duke Ellington
11. Violet Delight – Michal
12. Violet Eyes – Meat Puppets
13. Violet High – Cyclefly
14. Violet Hill – Coldplay
15. Violet Sauce – Namie Amuro
16. Violet To Blue – Nik Kershaw
17. Violets For Your Furs – Billie Holiday
18. Wine And Violet – Lemon Pipers

Friday song list no. 10: The color brown in song titles

Mix together too many colours of paint and in all likelihood what you will get is a shade of brown.

1. A Pound For A Brown On The Bus – Frank Zappa
2. Bad Leroy Brown – Jim Croce
3. Ballad Of Hollis Brown – Bob Dylan
4. Black, Brown Or White – Michelle Shocked
5. Bobby Brown Goes Down – Frank Zappa
6. Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
7. Brown Eyed Handsome Man – Various Artists
8. Brown Girl In The Ring – Boney M.
9. Brown Paper Bag – Lil Wayne
10. Brown Shoes Don’t Make It – Frank Zappa
11. Brown Sugar – Rolling Stones
12. Brown To Blue – Elvis Costello & The Attractions
13. Brownsville Girl – Bob Dylan
14. Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy – Elton John
15. Carrie Brown – Steve Earle & Del Mccoury Band
16. Charlie Brown – The Coasters
17. Dark Brown Eyes – The Spongetones
18. Do The Brown Nose – Dead Milkmen
19. Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue – Crystal Gayle
20. Golden Brown – The Stranglers
21. I Dream Of Brownie With The Light Blue Jeans – Spike Jones
22. I Dream Of Jeannie With The Light Brown Hair – Lots Of People
23. John Brown – Bob Dylan
24. John Brown’s Body – Traditional
25. Little Brown Jug – Glenn Miller
26. Miss Brown To You – Billie Holiday
27. Mr. Brownstone – Guns N Roses
28. Mrs. Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter – Herman & The Hermits
29. Ode To The Little Brown Shack Out Back – Billy Ed Wheeler
30. Old Brown Shoe – The Beatles
31. Pair Of Brown Eyes – The Pogues
32. Soul Sister, Brown Sugar – Sam & Dave
33. Sweet Georgia Brown – Doc Watson
34. You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown – Title track from the musical

Friday song list no. 9: Song titles with shades of grey (gray)

Whether you prefer to call it gray or grey, it’s what you get when you mix black paint with white paint:

1. Blue Red And Grey – The Who
2. Blue Turns To Grey – Cliff Richard
3. Earl Gray – Fleetwood Mac
4. Fade To Grey – Visage
5. Girls In Grey – Charles Williams
6. Green And Grey – New Model Army
7. Grey Day – Madness
8. Grey Lagoons – Roxy Music
9. Grey Room – Damien Rice
10. Grey Seal – Elton John
11. Grey Street – Dave Matthews Band
12. Grey Victory – 10000 Maniacs
13. Only Shades Of Gray – Monkees
14. Shades Of Gray – Robert Earl Keen
15. Shades Of Grey – Billy Joel
16. The Old Grey Goose Is Dead – Traditional
17. The Old Grey Mare – Traditional
18. Touch Of Grey – Grateful Dead
19. When You Are Old And Gray – Tom Lehrer
20. Wrapped In Grey – XTC

Friday song list no. 8: Song titles with the color pink

Some love it, some hate it, none seem to be neutral about it. It’s Barbie’s favourite colour:

1. A White Sport Coat And A Pink Carnation – Marty Robbins
2. Cherry Pink & Apple Blossom White – Prez Prado
3. Freeway Of Love (Pink Cadillac) – Aretha Franklin
4. Lily The Pink – The Scaffold
5. Ms Pinky – Frank Zappa
6. My Love Is Pink – Sugababes
7. Pink – Aerosmith
8. Pink & Blue – Outkast
9. Pink Alligator Rock – Jimmy West
10. Pink And Black – Sonny Fisher
11. Pink Bow Tie – Jerry Dove
12. Pink Cadillac – Bruce Springsteen
13. Pink Cadillac (And-A-Red-Headed-Girl) – Donnie Huffman
14. Pink Carnations And Yellow Roses – Ray Campbell
15. Pink Cashmere – Prince
16. Pink Champagne – John Amory
17. Pink Chiffon – Johnnie Lee
18. Pink Cookies In A Plastic Bag – Ll Cool J
19. Pink Elephants – Wally Willette
20. Pink Elephants On Parade – From The Disney Movie Dumbo
21. Pink Flamingos – Tracy Byrd
22. Pink Flower – Daisy Chainsaw
23. Pink Glove – Pulp
24. Pink Houses – John Cougar Mellencamp
25. Pink India – Stephen Malkmus
26. Pink Moon – Nick Drake
27. Pink Panther Theme – The Henry Manchini Orchestra
28. Pink Pedal Pushers – Carl Perkins
29. Pink Pegged Slacks – Eddie Cochran
30. Pink Petticoat – Ted Kirby
31. Pink Petticoats – The Big Bopper
32. Pink Shoes – Merle Matts II
33. Pink Thing – XTC
34. Pink Thunderbird – Gene Vincent
35. Pink Toenails – Dixie Chicks
36. Pink Triangle – Weezer
37. Pretty In Pink – Psychedelic Furs
38. Pretty Pink Ribbon – Cake
39. Sink The Pink – AC-DC
40. Tan Shoes With Pink Shoelaces – Dodie Stevens
41. The Pink Camel Walk – Four Daddy’o’s
42. Tickled Pink – K.D. Lang
43. Two Pink Lines – Eric Church
44. Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Pt 1 – Flamin’ Lips
45. You’re A Pink Toothbrush – Max Bygraves

Friday song list no. 7: Songs with the color orange in the title

Last time it was yellow, and before that it was red, so let’s have some orange. No oranges in the plural, but the juice is ok, since it’s the right colour.

1. Agent Orange – Tori Amos
2. Frozen Orange Juice – Peter Sarstedt
3. Orange – 10,000 maniacs
4. Orange Airplane – Screaming Trees
5. Orange Appeal – Alien Ant Farm
6. Orange Blossom Lane – Glenn Miller
7. Orange Blossom Special – Bluegrass standard
8. Orange Coloured Sky – Nat King Cole
9. Orange County Girl – Gwen Stefani
10. Orange Crush – R.E.M.
11. Orange Grove In California – written by Irving Berlin
12. Orange Juice Blues (Blues For Breakfast) – Dylan & The Band
13. Orange Moon – Erykah Badu
14. Orange Wind – Cultured Pearls
15. Prince of Orange – XTC

Friday song list no. 6: Mellow yellow – Songs with the color yellow in the title

Now it’s time for yellow. Just yellow, no gold or buttercup or lemon. I only found 40 yellow songs, so please, if you know one that is not on the list, leave a comment with the title and artist and I will add it to the list.

1. (Follow The) Yellow Brick Road -Judy Garland
2. 18 Yellow Roses – Bobby Darin
3. At The Speed Of A Yellow Bullet – Headautomatica
4. Big Yellow Taxi – Joni Mitchell
5. Blue And Yellow – The Used
6. Canary Yellow Canoe – Gordon Lightfoot
7. Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow – Frank Zappa
8. Fiery Yellow – Stereolab
9. Forever Yellow Skies – The Cranberries
10. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road – Elton John
11. Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini – Brian Hyland
12. Little Yellow Spider – Devendra Banhart
13. Mellow Yellow – Donovan
14. Moon Was Yellow – Bing Crosby
15. Old Yellow Bricks – Arctic Monkeys
16. Pink Carnations And Yellow Roses – Ray Campbell
17. Red, Yellow, Green & Blue – Bambee
18. She Wore A Yellow Ribbon – Folk Song
19. The Yellow Shark – Frank Zappa
20. Tie A Yellow Ribbon – Tony Orlando & Dawn
21. Truckdrivin’ Neighbors Downstairs (Yellow Sweat) – Beck
22. We’ll Meet In The Yellow Forest – Jay & The Americans
23. Wild Yellow Bloom – Cranes
24. Yellow – Coldplay
25. Yellow Bird – Harry Belafonte
26. Yellow Bottles – Red Café
27. Yellow Butterfly – Scorpions
28. Yellow Cat – John Denver
29. Yellow Coat – Screaming Jay Hawkins
30. Yellow Days – Tony Bennett
31. Yellow Fever -The Bloodhound Gang
32. Yellow Ledbetter – Pearl Jam
33. Yellow Light – Silver Sun
34. Yellow Man – Randy Newman
35. Yellow Moon – Neville Brothers
36. Yellow Pearl -Philip Lynott
37. Yellow Rainbow – Move
38. Yellow River – Christie
39. Yellow River Road – Suzy Bogguss
40. Yellow Rose Of Texas – standard
41. Yellow Roses – Dolly Parton
42. Yellow Roses On Her Gown – Johnny Mathis
43. Yellow Submarine – Beatles
44. Yellow Sun – The Raconteurs
45. Yellow Taxi – Matt Costa

Friday song list no. 5: Seeing red – SOng titles with the color red in the title, that is

I am continuing with the basic colours and next up is red. As with the colours presented so far, there will be no shades or dilutes, so you will not find ruby, crimson or pink on the list (unless red is in the title too). I may do a list on those later, definitely one for pink and then possibly a mixed bag list of other reds and pinks that have been featured less in songs.

1. (The Angels Want To Wear My) Red Shoes – Elvis Costello
2. 1, 2, 3, Red Light – 1910 Fruitgum Co.
3. 99 Red Balloons – Nena
4. Ballad Of The Boy In The Red Shoes – Elton John
5. Beautiful Red Dress – Laurie Anderson
6. Blood Red River – Beth Orton
7. Blood Red Wine – Rolling Stones
8. Blue Red And Grey – The Who
9. Bottle Of Red Wine – Derek & The Dominos
10. Bottom Of A Red Wine Bottle – Orange Blue
11. Cherry Red – The Bee Gees
12. Contact In Red Square – Blondie
13. Courtesy Of The Red White And Blue – Toby Keith
14. Dyed, Dead, Red – Buffy Sainte-Marie
15. Flaming Red – Echo And The Bunnymen
16. Flowers Are Red – Harry Chapin
17. I See Red – Clannad
18. I See Red – Split Endz (I don’t think this is the same song)
19. If love is a red dress (hang me in rags) – Maria McKee
20. In A Red Room – Christopher Cross
21. Lady In Red – Chris De Burgh
22. Lady With The Red Dress On – Snow
23. Let The Red Wine Flow – Radiators
24. Like Red On A Rose – Alan Jackson
25. Little Red Corvette – Prince
26. Little Red Light – Fountains Of Wayne
27. Little Red Rented Rowboat – Joe Dowell
28. Little Red Riding Hood – Sam The Sham And The Pharoahs
29. Little Red Rooster – Rolling Stones
30. Mean Red Spider – Muddy Waters
31. Meet Me In The Red Room – Amiel
32. Murder In The Red Barn – Tom Waits
33. My Little Red Book – Love
34. My Red Hot Car – Squarepusher
35. Not The Red Baron – Tori Amos
36. Old Red Eyes Is Back – The Beautiful South
37. Old Red Wine – Who
38. One Red Rose – John Prince
39. Out Of The Red – Goo Goo Dolls
40. Red – Elbow
41. Red – XTC (I don’t think this is the same song)
42. Red Alert – Apollo 440
43. Red Alert – Basement Jaxx (I don’t think this is the same song)
44. Red Angel Dragnet – The Clash
45. Red Balloon – Dave Clark Five
46. Red Barchetta – Rush
47. Red Blooded Woman – Kylie Minogue
48. Red Blue Jeans And A Pony Tail – Gene Vincent
49. Red Cadillac And Black Moustache – Warren Smith
50. Red Devil – Gene Carrol
51. Red Dirt Girl – Emmylou Harris
52. Red Dragon Tattoo – Fountains Of Wayne
53. Red Dress – Alvin Stardust
54. Red Eyes And Tears – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
55. Red Guitar – David Sylvian
56. Red Hair And Green Eyes – Terry Ray Bradley
57. Red Headed Stranger – Willie Nelson
58. Red Headed Woman – Sonny Burgess
59. Red Headed Woman – Bruce Springsteen (not the same as the Burgess song)
60. Red Hill Mining Town – U2
61. Red Hooded Sweatshirt – Adam Sandler
62. Red Hot – Debbie Gibson
63. Red Hot Mama – Norm Burns
64. Red Hot Moon – Rancid
65. Red House – Jimi Hendrix
66. Red Is The New Black – Funeral For A Friend
67. Red Letter Day – Pet Shop Boys
68. Red Light – U2
69. Red Light Green Light – Mitchell Torok
70. Red Light Special – Tlc
71. Red Light Spells Danger – Billy Ocean
72. Red Lips And Warm Red Wine – Johnny Horton
73. Red Mittens – Billy Jack Wills
74. Red Money – David Bowie
75. Red Morning Light – Kings Of Leon
76. Red Mountain Wine – Hot Buttered Rum
77. Red Ragtop – Tim Mcgraw
78. Red Rain – Peter Gabriel
79. Red Red Sun – Inxs
80. Red Red Wine – UB 40
81. Red Right Hand – Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds
82. Red River Rock – Johnny & The Hurricanes
83. Red River Valley – folk song
84. Red Rolled And Seen – Finley Quaye
85. Red Rooster – Rusty York
86. Red Roses For A Blue Lady – Bobby Vinton
87. Red Rubber Ball – The Cyrkle
88. Red Sails – David Bowie
89. Red Sails In The Sunset – Fats Domino
90. Red Scab – Adam Ant
91. Red Sector A – Rush
92. Red Shoes By The Drugstore – Tom Waits
93. Red Skies At Night – The Fixx
94. Red Sky – Status Quo
95. Red Sky At Night – David Gilmour
96. Red Sports Car – Mel Douglas
97. Red Strokes – Garth Brooks
98. Red Sun – Neil Young
99. Red Sun Rising – Lost Whitness
100. Red Wine And Whisky – Katrina And The Waves
101. Red Wine, Red Lips – Stan Wolowic & The Polka Chips
102. Red, Red Wine And Cheatin’ Songs – Marty Stuart
103. Roses Are Red – Aqua
104. Roses Are Red – Bobby Vinton (not the same song)
105. Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer – classic Christmas song
106. Saw Red – Sublime
107. She Wears Red Feathers – Guy Mitchell
108. Snoopy Versus The Red Baron – The Royal Guardsmen
109. Taking That Red – Eye Home – Suzy Boggus
110. Tarzan On A Big Red Scooter – Lolita Pop
111. The Color Red – Pearl Jam
112. The Red Bird Boogie – Joe Taylor
113. The Red Carpet Grave – Marilyn Manson
114. The Red Shoes – Kate Bush
115. The Red Telephone – Love
116. They’re Red Hot – Red Hot Chili Peppers
117. Under The Red Sky – Bob Dylan
118. When The Red Red Robin Goes Bob Bob Bobin’ Along – standard
119. When You Wore A Tulip And I Wore A Big Red Rose – Judy Garland
120. You’re More Than A Number In My Little Red Book – Drifters

Friday song list no. 4: Like the grass – Songs with the color green in the title

As I suspected, the green list is much shorter than the black, white and blue ones.

1. A Little Green Rosetta – Frank Zappa
2. Another Green World – Brian Eno
3. Bitter Green – Gordon Lightfoot
4. Dollar Green – Lou Rawls
5. Don’t Let The Green Grass Fool You – Wilson Pickett
6. Evergreen (Theme From A Star Is Born) – Barbra Streisand
7. Everything’s Gone Green – New Order
8. Fiddler’s Green – The Dubliners
9. Green Door – Shakin’ Stevens
10. Green Eyed Lady – Sugarloaf
11. Green Fields – The Vogues
12. Green Grass – Gary Lewis And The Playboys
13. Green Grass And High Tides – The Outlaws
14. Green Groves Of Erin – traditional Irish
15. Green Heaven – RHCP
16. Green Light – The American Breed
17. Green Light – Beyonce
18. Green Onions – Booker T & The Mgs
19. Green River – Creedence Clearwater Revival
20. Green Tambourine – The Lemon Pipers
21. Green, Green – The New Christy Minstrels
22. Greenback Dollar – Kingston Trio
23. Green – Eyed Lady – Sugarloaf
24. Greenfields – The Brothers Four
25. Greensleeves – traditional
26. It’s Not Easy Being Green – Kermit The Frog
27. Little Green Apples – O.C. Smith
28. Little Green Bag – George Baker Selection
29. The Color Green – Zakk Wylde
30. The Green Grass Starts To Grow – Dionne Warwick
31. The Green Green Grass Of Home – Tom Jones
32. The World’s Green Laughter – B – 52s
33. Velvet Green – Jethro Tull

Friday song list no. 3: A bit of blue – Song titles with the color blue

Popular colour, blue. To make this more about the colour and less about the feeling, I decided not to use the plural, even in the rare instances when it clearly refers to the colour. There are, however, many songs of the “feeling blue” variety.

1. A Blue Bird on Your Window Sill – Mountain Slim
2. A Sweet Little Bullet From A Pretty Blue Gun – Tom Waits
3. Almost Blue – Elvis Costello
4. Am I Blue – Bette Midler, Various
5. Am I Too Blue – Lucinda Williams
6. Angel In Blue – J. Geils Band
7. Another Light Blue Car from The DDR – Grace Jones
8. Baby Blue – Dusty Springfield
9. Baby Doll Blue Eyes – Burnette Brothers
10. Baby’s Got Her Blue Jeans On – Mel McDaniels
11. Behind Blue Eyes – the Who
12. Beneath the Blue Sky – Go Gos
13. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea – Eric Carmen
14. Beyond the Blue – Regi Stone
15. Big Blue Sea – Bob Schneider
16. Bitterblue – Bonnie Tyler
17. Black & Blue – Van Halen
18. Black Eyes, Blue Tears – Shania Twain
19. Black Skin Blue Eyed Boys – Equals
20. Bleeds In Blue – Hometown Hero
21. Blinky, The Blue Nose Space Deer – Steel and Wire Band
22. Blonde Hair, Blue Jeans – Chris de Burgh
23. Blue – LeAnn Rimes, Eiffel 65, Fine Young Cannibals, Joni Mitchell, Sarah McLachlan, Smashing Pumpkins, Third Eye Blind (some of these may be covers while others are different songs with the same title)
24. Blue Again – Louis Armstrong, Various
25. Blue and Black – Mercury Rev
26. Blue And Lonesome – old country tune
27. Blue and Yellow – The Used
28. Blue Angel – Roy Orbison
29. Blue Avenue – Elton John
30. Blue Bay – Can
31. Blue Bayou – Roy Orbison, Linda Ronstadt
32. Blue Beat & Ska – Matumbi
33. Blue Because of You – Vance 32
34. Blue Bird – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
35. Blue Blooded Woman – Alan Jackson
36. Blue Blue Heartaches – Johnny Duncan & The Blue Grass Boys
37. Blue Burns Orange – Hawthorn Heights
38. Blue Butterfly – Roland Bautista
39. Blue Chair – Elvis Costello
40. Blue Chevrolet – The Beat Farmers
41. Blue Christmas – Elvis Presley
42. Blue Collar Man – Travis Tritt
43. Blue Demon – Che
44. Blue Eden – Neil Young
45. Blue Eyed Soul – Wilco
46. Blue Eyes – Elton John
47. Blue eyes Blue – Eric Clapton
48. Blue Eyes Cryin In the Rain – Roy Acuff
49. Blue Flashing Light – Travis
50. Blue for You – Men at Work
51. Blue glow – Pulp
52. Blue Green Orange – I Mother Earth
53. Blue Guitar – Justin Hayward
54. Blue hat for a blue day – Nick Heyward
55. Blue Hawaii – Elvis Presley
56. Blue haze – Jimmy Hendrix
57. Blue Highway – Billy Idol
58. Blue Highways – Graham Parker
59. Blue Hotel – Chris Izaak
60. Blue In Green – Miles Davis
61. Blue in the Morning – The Hollies
62. Blue is the Colour – Chelsea FC
63. Blue Jay Jay – The Beatles
64. Blue Jean – David Bowie
65. Blue Jean Blues – ZZ Top
66. Blue Jean Bop – Gene Vincent
67. Blue Kentucky Girl – Loretta Lynn
68. Blue Lagoon – Laurie Anderson
69. Blue Lines – Massive Attack
70. Blue Monday – Fats Domino
71. Blue Monday – New Order (not the same as the Fats Domino one)
72. Blue Money – Van Morrison
73. Blue Moon – Elvis Presley
74. Blue Moon Baby – T Cramps
75. Blue Moon of Kentucky – many, many performers, including Elvis Presley
76. Blue Moon Revisited – Song for Elvis – Cowboy Junkies
77. Blue Moon With Heartache – Roseanne Cash
78. Blue Morning – Foreigner
79. Blue Morning Blue Day – Foreigner
80. Blue on Black – Kenny Wayne Shepherd
81. Blue on Blue – Bobby Vinton
82. blue orchids – benny goodman
83. Blue Overall – XTC
84. Blue Peter – Mike Oldfield
85. Blue Red And Grey – The Who
86. Blue River – Elvis Presley
87. Blue Room – ORB
88. Blue Savannah – Erasure
89. Blue Shadows On the Trail – old Disney song, recorded by Syd Straw
90. Blue Skies – by Irving Berlin
91. Blue Skies Bring Tears – Smashing Pumpkins
92. Blue Sky – The Allman Brothers
93. Blue Sky Mine – Midnight Oil
94. Blue Sky Mining – Midnight Oil
95. Blue Sky On Mars – Dave Matthews
96. Blue Spark – X
97. Blue Steel Dues – Blue Cheer
98. Blue Suede Schubert – The Rutles
99. Blue Suede Shoes – Carl Perkins
100. Blue Summer Day – D.C.Anderson
101. Blue Sunday – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
102. Blue Tango – Leroy Anderson
103. Blue Telescope – John Hiatt
104. Blue the Dreamer – Frank Sinatra
105. Blue Tile Fever – Fu Manchu
106. Blue Train – Johnny Cash
107. Blue Turns To Grey – Cliff Richard
108. Blue Valentines – Tom Waits
109. Blue Velvet – Bobby Vinton
110. Blue Weekend – Karl Denver
111. Blue Wind – Jeff Beck
112. Blue World – Moody Blues
113. Blue, Red And Grey – The Who
114. Blueberry Hill – Fats Domino
115. Blue – Da Ba Dee – Eiffel 65
116. Bluer Than Blue – Michael Johnson
117. Blue – White Supergiant – Red Giant
118. bonny blue eyed nancy – mick moloney & eugene o’donnell
119. Born To Be Blue – Chet Baker
120. Brown To Blue – Elvis Costello & The Attractions
121. Bullet in the Blue Sky – U2
122. Can Blue Men Sing the Whites? – Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
123. Caribbean Blue – Enya
124. Child Of The Wild Blue Yonder – John Hiatt
125. Code blue – TSOL
126. computer blue – purple rain soundtrack
127. Cool Blue – Eurythmics
128. Crystal Blue Persuasion – Tommy James & the Shondells
129. December Blue – Duke Ellington
130. Deep Dead Blue – Elvis Costello & Bill Frisell
131. Deeper Shade Of Blue – Steps
132. Delilah Blue – Joshua Kadison
133. Devil with a Blue Dress on – Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels
134. Don’t it make my brown eyes blue – Crystal Gayle
135. Electric Blue – Icehouse
136. Electron Blue – REM
137. Eon Blue Apocalypse – Tool
138. Famous Blue Raincoat – Leonard Cohen
139. Feelin’ Blue – Jerry Williams & the Violents
140. For You Blue – The Beatles
141. Forever Blue – Chris Isaak
142. Forever in Blue Jeans – Neil Diamond
143. Goodbye Blue Sky – Pink Floyd
144. Has That Blue Moon Ever Shined On You? – Toby Keith
145. Have You Ever Had It Blue – The Style Council
146. Hot, Blue and Righteous – ZZ Top
147. How Blue Can You Get – B.B. King
148. How Blue? – The Ames Brothers
149. I Dream Of Brownie With The Light Blue Jeans – Spike Jones
150. I Got Blue Cross – Deep Throat
151. Icy Blue Heart – John Hiatt
152. I’d Rather Be Blue – Barbra Striesand
153. I’m Thinking Tonight Of My Blue Eyes – The Carter Family
154. Incandescent Blue – Bruce Cockburn
155. It’s All Over Now Baby Blue – Bob Dylan
156. Jackie Blue – Ozark Mountain Daredevils
157. Lavender’s Blue – Jane Siberry
158. Little Blue – Independants
159. Little blue man – Betty Johnson
160. Little Blue Number – Richard Thompson
161. Little Blue Riding Hood – Stan Freberg
162. Little chalk blue – Roger Glover’s The Butterfly Ball
163. Little Girl Blue – Martha Raye, Janis Joplin, Various
164. Lonely Blue Boy – Conway Twitty
165. Love Is Blue – Paul Mauriat
166. Lullaby in Blue – Bette Middler
167. Midnight Blue – ELO
168. Misty Blue – Dorothy Moore
169. Misty Blue – The Proclaimers (not the same as the Dorothy Moore one)
170. Moody Blue – Elvis Presley
171. Mr. Blue – Garth Brooks
172. Mr. Blue Sky – ELO
173. My Blue Angel – Aaron Tippin
174. My Blue Heaven – Fats Domino
175. My Blue Heaven – The Pogues (not the same as the Fats Domino one)
176. My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy – Dolly Parton
177. Navy Blue – Diane Renay
178. Never saw Blue Like That – Shawn Colvin
179. New Blue Moon – The Traveling Wilburys
180. Nine Times Blue – Monkees
181. No Blue Skies – Lloyd Cole
182. No More Blue Horizons – Fool, Fool Fool China Crisis
183. nothing but blue skies – jackie wilson
184. Officer Blue – XTC
185. Old Blue Sweater – Buck
186. Once in a blue moon – Lighthouse Family
187. Out of the Blue – Roxy Music
188. Pacific Ocean Blue – Dennis Wilson
189. painting the blue skies black – simple minds
190. Pale Blue Eyes – Velvet Underground
191. Pink Turns to Blue – Husker Du
192. pleasantly blue – 4 non blondes
193. Protex Blue – The Clash
194. Rat Bat Blue – Deep Purple
195. Red Blue Jeans And A Pony Tail – Gene Vincent
196. Red Roses for a Blue Lady – Bobby Vinton
197. Rhapsody In Blue – George Gershwin
198. roses blue – joni mitchell
199. Runnin’ Blue – The Doors
200. Serenade In Blue – Glenn Miller and others
201. Silver Blue – Roxette
202. Sixteen Blue – The Replacements
203. So Blue – Paul Kelly & The Messengers
204. Soldier Blue – Buffy Sainte Marie
205. Something Blue – BMP
206. Song For The Blue Ocean – Neil Young
207. Song Sung Blue – Neil Diamond
208. Symphony in Blue – Kate Bush
209. Tangled Up In Blue – Bob Dylan
210. The Angel and the Little Blue Bell – Brenda Lee
211. The Band Wore Blue Shirts – Joe Jackson
212. The Blue Danube – By Johann Strauß
213. The Blue Light – Frank Zappa
214. The Blue Mask – Lou Reed
215. The Bluest Eyes in Texas – Restless Heart
216. The Bonnie Blue Flag – Tom Glaze
217. the devil & the deep blue sea – benny goodman
218. The House of Blue Light – various
219. The Nazz Are Blue – The Yardbirds
220. Thursday At The Blue Note – Guitar Wolf
221. True Blue – Madonna
222. True Blue Fool – Martina McBride
223. Turn Blue – Iggy Pop
224. Union City Blue – Blondie
225. Venus in Blue Jeans – Jimmy Clanton
226. Way to Blue – Nick Drake
227. When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again – Elvis Presley
228. Where the Blue of the Night Meets the Gold of the Day – Bing Crosby
229. You Ever Been Lonely? Have You Ever Been Blue? – Patsy Cline
230. You Look Good In Blue – Blondie
231. Your Baby Blue Eyes – Johnny Burnette
232. Your Baby Never Looked Good In Blue – Expose

Friday song list no. 2: Driven snow – Songs with the color white in the title

There are many, many black and white titles out there, but the only other colour I expect to find this many titles for (this easily) is blue.

1. A White Sport Coat (And A Pink Carnation) – Marty Robbins
2. A Whiter Shade Of Pale – Procol Harum
3. Billy Bones And The White Bird – Elton John
4. Black & White World – Elvis Costello
5. Black And White – Three Dog Night
6. Black And White Boy – Crowded House
7. Black Chick, White Guy – Kid Rock
8. Black Or White – Michael Jackson
9. Black White – Asian Dub Foundation
10. Black, Brown Or White – Michelle Shocked
11. Bled White – Elliott Smith
12. Blue-White Supergiant – Red Giant
13. Can Blue Men Sing The Whites? – Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
14. Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White – Perez Prado
15. Church On White – Stephen Malkmus
16. Dirty White Boy – Foreigner
17. Don’t Call Me Nigger, Whitey – Sly & The Family Stone
18. Fifteen Feet Of Pure White Snow – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
19. Good Guys Dont Always Wear White – Bon Jovi
20. Great White Buffalo – Ted Nugent
21. Ifwhiteamericatoldthetruthforonedayitsworldwouldfallapart – Manic Street Preachers
22. Into The White – Pixies
23. Kill All The White Men – Nofx
24. Lilywhite – Cat Stevens
25. Little White Lies – Status Quo
26. Mister White Keys – Cherry Poppin’ Daddies
27. My White Bicycle – Tomorrow
28. Nights In White Satin – Moody Blues
29. On The Wings Of A Snow White Dove – Marty Robbins –
30. Play That Funky Music (White Boy) – Wild Cherry
31. Pretty Fly For A White Guy – Offspring
32. Put A Sex Mo – Sheen In The White House – Mojo Nixon
33. Ride A White Swan – T – Rex
34. Snow White – Young Fresh Fellows
35. Some Folks Is Even Whiter Than Me – Todd Rundgren
36. Stuck In A Closet With Vanna White – ‘Weird’ Al Yankovic
37. The Ballad Of Donald White – Bob Dylan
38. The Martha White Song – Rhonda Vincent
39. The White Cliffs Of Dover – Vera Lynn
40. The White Dove – The Stanley Brothers
41. The White Stuff – Weird Al Yankovic
42. Top Hat, White Tie, And Tails – Fred Astaire
43. Wave A White Flag – Elvis Costello
44. White And Lazy – The Replacements
45. White Anger Comedown – The Almighty
46. White Bird – It’s A Beautiful Day
47. White Bobby Socks – Wally Lewis
48. White Boy – Culture Club
49. White Boys – From Hair
50. White Boys And Heroes – Gary Numan
51. White Chocolate Space Egg – Liz Phair
52. White Christmas – Bing Crosby
53. White City – The Pogues
54. White City Fighting – Pete Townshend
55. White Cross – Sonic Youth
56. White Dove – Scorpions
57. White Felt Hat – Little Jackie Wayne
58. White Freight Liner Blues – Steve Earle
59. White Freightliner – Townes Van Zandt
60. White Girl – X
61. White Heat – John Waite
62. White Horse – Laid Back
63. White Hot Day – Simple Minds
64. White House – Butts Band
65. White Knuckles – Elvis Costello
66. White Ladder – David Gray
67. White Lady White Powder – Elton John
68. White Light/White Heat – Velvet Underground
69. White Lightnin’ And Wine – Heart
70. White Lightning – George Jones
71. White Like That – Filter
72. White Limozeen – Dolly Parton
73. White Line – Neil Young
74. White Line Fever – Boxcar Willie
75. White Lines And Roadside Signs – Willis Brothers
76. White Lines – Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
77. White Man – Queen
78. White Man In Hammersmith Palais – The Clash
79. White Man’s Bourbon – Robbie Fulks
80. White Man’z World – Tupac Shakur
81. White Men In Black Suits – Everclear
82. White Orchid – Donnie Brooks
83. White Palms – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
84. White Parakeet – Bill Haley
85. White Pepper Ice Cream – Cibo Matto
86. White Punks On Dope – The Tubes
87. White Rabbit – Jefferson Airplane
88. White Riot – The Clash
89. White Room – Cream
90. White Rose Of Culloden – Irish Folk Song
91. White Shoes – Randy Meisner
92. White Tornado – Rem
93. White Trash – Marilyn Manson
94. White Trash Wedding – Dixie Chicks
95. White Wedding – Billy Idol
96. White Wood – Lush
97. Whitebread – Fury In The Slaughterhouse
98. Whitehouse Blues – Bill Monroe
99. Whitewater – Bela Fleck
100. Women In White – Phillip Glass

Friday song list no. 1: Paint it black – Song titles with “black” in the title

I am beginning the Friday song list with colours. First up is black.

1. 100% Black – Hard Headed
2. 1952 Vincent Black Lightning – Richard Thompson
3. 2 Black 2 Strong – Lez Mone
4. 350 Years Of Black Ass Madness – Bobby Seale
5. A Box For Black Paul – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
6. Afro Black – Randy Weston
7. All Black & Hairy – Screaming Lord Sutch
8. Am I Black Enough For You – Billy Paul
9. Baa Baa Black Sheep – Nursery rhyme
10. Baby Meet Me With Your Black Drawers On – Jeannie and Jimmy Cheatham
11. Baby’s In Black – The Beatles
12. Back In Black – AC/DC
13. Back to black – Amy Winehouse
14. Be Real Black For Me – Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway
15. Beautiful (Black Star) – Mary J Blige
16. Big Black Car – Big Star
17. Big Black Mariah – Tom Waits
18. Big Black Smoke – The Kinks
19. Black – Pearl Jam
20. Black & White – Three Dog Night
21. Black And Blue – Lyle Lovett
22. Black And Gold – Sam Sparro
23. Black And White World – Elvis Costello
24. Black Bass – Shonen Knife
25. Black Bear Road – Cw Mccall
26. Black Betty – Ram Jam
27. Black Book – Blur
28. Black Boys – Hair
29. Black Boys On Mopeds – Sinead O’connor
30. Black Cat – Janet Jackson
31. Black Chick, White Guy – Kid Rock
32. Black Coffee In Bed – Squeeze
33. Black Comedy – Miles Davis
34. Black Cow – Steely Dan
35. Black Cowboys On The Beach – David Yazbek
36. Black Diamond – The Replacements
37. Black Diamond Bay – Bob Dylan
38. Black Dog – Led Zeppelin
39. Black Eyed Boy – Texas
40. Black Eyes Blue Tears – Shania Twain
41. Black Friday – Steely Dan
42. Black Godfathers – Kool Daddy Fresh
43. Black Gold – Soul Asylum
44. Black Hair – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
45. Black Hole Sun – Soundgarden
46. Black Holes For The Young – Manic Street Preachers
47. Black Horse & The Cherry Tree – Kt Tunstall
48. Black Is Black – Los Bravos
49. Black Is The Color Of My True Love’s Hair – Nina Simone
50. Black Jesus – Everlast
51. Black Magic Woman – Fleetwood Mac, Santana (And Others)
52. Black Market Baby – Tom Waits
53. Black Mountain Side – Led Zeppelin
54. Black Night – Deep Purple
55. Black Or White – Michael Jackson
56. Black Paintings – Peter Gabriel
57. Black Pearl – Sonny Charles And The Checkmates
58. Black Red Yellow – Pearl Jam
59. Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath
60. Black Sails In The Sunset – Elvis Costello
61. Black Slacks – Joe Bennett & The Sparkletones
62. Black Superman – Johnny Wakelin & The Kinshasa Band
63. Black Velvet – Alannah Myles
64. Black Water – Doobie Brothers
65. Black, Brown Or White – Michelle Shocked
66. Blackberry Wine – Gordon Lightfoot
67. Blackbird – The Beatles
68. Cold Black Night – Fleetwood Mac
69. Fade to Black – Metallica
70. Fear Of A Black Planet – Public Enemy
71. Fell On Black Days – Soundgarden
72. Hey Hey, My My (Into The Black) – Neil Young
73. I’m Black – From Hair
74. I’m Just A Little Black Raincloud – Winnie The Pooh
75. Let’s Make The Water Turn Black – Frank Zappa & Mothers Of Invention
76. Little Black Book – Belinda Carlisle
77. Long Black Veil – Johnny Cash (And Others)
78. Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress – Hollies
79. Long Legged Woman Dressed In Black – Mungo Jerry
80. Man In Black – Johnny Cash
81. Men In Black – Will Smith
82. My Knight In Black Leather – Bette Middler
83. My Little Black Egg – The Nightcrawlers
84. Old Black Dawning – Frank Black
85. One Wore Black – Guadalcanal Diary
86. Paint It Black – Rolling Stones
87. Red & Black – Les Miserables
88. Red Cadillac And Black Moustache – Warren Smith
89. Reverend Mr. Black – Kingston Trio (Now Let’s Watch Marty Kick Herself)
90. Say It Loud, I’m Black And I’m Proud – James Brown
91. Small Black Box – Michael Penn
92. Small Black Flowers That Grow In The Sky – Manic Street Preachers
93. Spin The Black Circle – Pearl Jam
94. Sweet Black Magic – Ryan Adams
95. That Old Black Magic – Frank Sinatra And Others
96. The Black Hills Of Dakota – Doris Day
97. The Black Velvet Band – Traditional
98. The Lady In Black – Uriah Heep
99. The Man In The Long Black Coat – Bob Dylan
100. Young, Gifted, And Black – Elton John

Introducing Anonyma’s Friday song list

I am introducing a weekly feature that should be useful for mixtapers looking for songs with specific themes, and also for trivia geeks like myself. Once a week, on a Friday, I will publish a list of songs with a particular theme. Over the years I have compiled a number of these lists and if they help others in some way, I think it’s a good thing.
If you want to add to the list or correct errors, you can leave a comment with the titles you want to add or errors you want to correct, and I will update the list. You can also send in suggestions and titles for future lists you would like to see.
I’ll be posting the first list tomorrow.

I owe some of these lists to a delightful Yahoo group I participated in some years ago. It has unfortunately been abandoned by its moderator and no-one posts there any more. Other lists I have compiled from songs in my music collection and from a number of other different sources.

Travel and driving mixtapes


The most common mixtapes I make have always been travel mixes. Before I got my first car I travelled by long distance bus a lot. For 9 years I made on average one monthly return trip by bus during the winter, and I estimate that I made at least 4-5 travelling mixtapes a year during that time. After I moved away from Reykjavík and got a car I continued to make occasional mixtapes for the hour long drive to my parents’ home, and now that I again live in Reykjavík I visit them 4-5 times a year, 3 ½ hours away by car, plus I occasionally take long weekend pleasure drives during the summer, for each of which I make a new mix. I also make mixes for flights abroad. The only difference is that now I am making mixdiscs (and just recently, playlists) with mp3 files, so one disc can last all or most of a trip.

Not all of the mixes I made during my bus travelling days have survived, as I sometimes re-used the cassettes, but I have enough of them left to get a pretty good picture of my taste in music and how it has developed over the years. But enough nostalgia. Here is how I choose travelling music. I hope someone finds my method useful:

First I consider the nature of the journey:
Am I going by bus/train, aeroplane or private car?
Will I be travelling alone, with people I know or with strangers?
How long will the journey take?
If I am going by private car, will I be driving or will I be a passenger?

Then I choose the music:
I have two types of mixes for bus, train and air journeys. One type is a collection of music I want to listen to, while the other is music I can use to tune out my surroundings while I read or take a nap. If I read in a moving car or bus (I am fine on trains and planes) for more than 10 minutes I get motion sickness, but by putting on the earphones and playing music I am able to read without getting nauseous. When I travel by bus I am usually by myself and often when I fly, so I always bring a book to read on such journeys. Books and private stereos are a great way of avoiding getting forced into conversations with strangers without looking rude when you are not in the mood for talking. Combined they create a nearly impenetrable “leave me alone” shield around you.

If I am going by private car as a passenger or as a driver with passengers I know, I try to satisfy the musical tastes of the passengers and make a mix that for the most part will play in the background while we talk, with the occasional song that can be turned up on high for a sing-along or listening session. These are usually what could be termed “radio mixes”, i.e. a blend of new and recent hits and old favourites with no particular theme or genre, such as you might hear on a radio program where the host is trying to please every listener. If I have time I try to make them meld nicely, but if I am in a hurry I just slap together some songs I know will go down well. Whenever possible, I try to include some songs that somehow relate to the journey, e.g. songs about the type of travelling we are doing (wilderness travel, road trip, camping trip, etc.), and I try to use both relaxed and upbeat music.

For a journey with strangers when private listening would be rude (e.g. if someone is giving me a lift) I don’t make a mix. I did have some successes with making such “cold” mixes during my early school years when everyone pretty much liked the same music. Mostly it was a matter of balancing how many Wham! and how many Duran Duran songs you included in the mix, so as to keep both camps happy (see my previous post). Now I would rather spend the drive getting to know my co-travellers than inflicting my musical tastes on them.

When I have no one to think about but myself when I am travelling, I let it all hang out. I include novelty songs my family and friends don’t get (alas, not everyone appreciates the finer points of Weird Al), songs I would be embarrassed to admit that I like (like sappy love songs and Modern Talking tunes) and music I can sing along to. Sometimes I even add sound effects or movie sound clips (the one from Blues Brothers about the distance to Chicago and the sunglasses is a good starter for a driving mix, even if Chicago is not on the itinerary). Most of my driving mixes have strong rhythms and relatively fast tempos, intermixed with slower, more relaxed songs (never two in a row), and include music of various genres, like rock, punk, country, pop, folk, Indian movie music, Latin rhythms and electronic dance music that needs to be played loudly, i.e. songs selected in order to keep me alert.

For a listening travel mix (i.e. for when I’m not driving and don’t need to keep myself awake) I try to choose a mix of music that I want to listen to more closely, interspersed with old favourites.

The Wham!-Duran Duran feud

The most common and noticeable graffiti in Iceland in the early to mid eighties was scribblings by teenagers declaring their allegiance to one of two musical groups: Wham! or Duran Duran. Almost every bus stop shelter sported the names of both groups in various colours, sizes, bad handwriting and multiple crossings-out. It was the era of teased mullets and pink legwarmers, huge shoulder pads and Miami Vice, Fame, Footloose and Flashdance (not to mention the first Terminator movie), and the blossoming of the music video.

If you belonged to a Wham! clique you risked expulsion if you so much as suggested that Duran Duran were anything other than the Spawn of Satan, and vice versa. Being a musical omnivore, I liked both. I thought Wham! were cute and I liked to dance to their music, while Duran Duran were cool and I liked to listen to them. Liking both and refusing to say which I liked better was heresy to both factions and didn’t earn me any friends. You were allowed to like other groups, like Culture Club, Adam and the Ants, Kajagoogoo, Spandau Ballet and even Kiss, whichever clique you belonged to, but you had to say you were a Wham! fan or a Duran Duran fan before you would be fully accepted.

Time has now showed which group had more staying power: Duran Duran is still playing while Wham! had a brief life span from 1981 to 1986, and I only hear 2 of their songs on the radio now and then: Wake me up before you go go, and in the Christmas season, Last Christmas; while I regularly hear a number of Duran Duran songs from the same time period, like Girls on film, Planet earth, Hungry like the wolf, Rio and Save a prayer. Duran Duran’s music also seems to have aged better, while Wham! music is usually played as an example of 80s pop and included on nostalgic party albums.

Even now, when people discover you were a teenager in the eighties, one of the things they will ask you is whether you were a Wham! fan or a Duran Duran fan. If it’s Duran Duran, you’re cool, if it was Wham! they look at you with pity and change the subject.

Tune in my head last night

As I sat and watched the first of the two semi-finals for the Eurovision song contest, a song from last year popped into my mind and played there for the rest of the evening. It wasn’t even the 2007 winning song, but the Belarus entry “Work your magic” which I hadn’t heard or thought of since the 2007 contest was broadcast. I suppose it says something about the quality of the night’s songs.

More on earworms

I consider myself to be lucky that I do not have a personal “demon tune” (as one journalist calls earworms) that haunts me, but just like most others (at least according to the research quoted in the above linked article) tunes sometimes do get stuck in my head. This can go on for hours, sometimes days. Fortunately it is usually a new song each time.

What annoys me most about earworms is that I never remember the whole song, only part of it, usually from the refrain, most often a single line.

I recall an earworm infestation from my school days, where my whole class, about 15 people, and the teacher as well, got the same tune so firmly imbedded in our brains that we ended up singing it in harmony. Everyone had been listening to the same radio station (easy back in those days when there were only 2 channels that played popular music) before going to school, when on came Dusty Springfield, singing You don’t have to say you love me.

My 3 most pesky earworms are (in no particular order):
Aserejé – Los Ketchup
Macarena (Bayside Boys remix) – Los del Rio
Livin’ la Vida Loca – Ricky Martin

Tune I can’t get out of my head today

Otherwise known as an earworm or repetune, according to

Heartbeat by Buddy Holly. At least it’s a song I like. Funny thing is, I haven’t listened to it for weeks. I just read the title last night and this morning the first line started playing in a loop in my brain as soon as I woke up. The worst part is that I don’t have the line correct, at least not according to the many sites that offer lyrics for the song. My brain insists on inserting skip for miss.