Rock music is full of songs named after . . . females.
(Note: I almost titled the post "Named After Girls" but that's politically incorrect and I then almost opted for "Named After Women" but that's less-than-accurate, so I opted for the non-offensive and generally truthful "Named After Females." So there.)
Some of the most well-known songs named after females didn't make the final list for the reasons listed below:Lola
-- Because to qualify for this list, not only does a song have to be named
for a woman, it has to actually be about
a woman.Oh Sherry
-- Because I have a deeply held personal conviction that neither Journey nor Steve Perry can appear on one of my top five lists.Maggie May --
If Rod's worn out singing it, imagine how those of us feel who have been listening to it all these years?Layla
-- While it's probably the best song of the bunch, Layla wasn't her real name. It was Patti, as in Patti Harrison, the wife of George.
So here goes . . . my top five favorite songs named after girls/women/females:
, by the Police. An absolute revelation of style, subject, and vocalization when it first came out. This one was a shock to the system in the late 70s sounds fresh even today:
, by Kiss. A Kiss song on one of my lists? Really?! Really.
3. Billie Jean
, by Michael Jackson. Not that
Billie Jean, tennis fans.
by Pure Prairie League. What ever happened to PPL anyway? If they could do a song that's this pretty, why aren't their more classics under their name? This song inspired both the name and the spelling of a young woman who is both a former GSUMC staffer and the wife of a current GSUMC staffer.
, by the Rolling Stones. How did I know I was getting old and out of touch? When upon moving to North Carolina in 1990 I met a young woman named Angie and I after I became acquainted with her I mentioned, "you can't say we never tried."
She had no idea
what I meant, had never heard of the song, and barely knew about the Rolling Stones. In spite of that failure, however, this remains a great, great song -- and my #1 named after a . . . woman/girl/female.