Created By: chihuahua0 on June 18, 2011 Last Edited By: chihuahua0 on January 13, 2012
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Singer Namedrop

A singer or band namedrop themselves in one of their own songs.

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Singer Namedrop is when an artist or a band interweaves their name into the lyrics of one of their songs. Dropping one's name is a way to make listeners remember who sang the song. This can take a form of either simply saying the name (regardless of context), indicating that the song is about him or her, or introducing him or herself, usually in the hook.

Compare Creator Cameo and Title Drop. Related to "Special subcategory of bands named after one of their own songs" in Good Name For A Rock Band. Virtually present in a Boastful Rap. Sometimes evokes Third-Person Person.

Examples:

Music
  • Lady Gaga uses the word "gaga" often in her songs, like "Bad Romance" and "Judas". An example from "Bad Romance":
    Rah-rah-ah-ah-ah-ah!/Roma-roma-mamaa!
    'Ga-ga''-ooh-la-la!
    Want your bad romance.
    • In the song "Government Hooker:
    Gaga, ga oh-ah
    Gaga, ga oh-oh-oh
    Io ritorne, io ritorne.
    Io ritorne, io ritorne.
  • In Rihanna's "Umbrella" featuring Jay-Z:
    Jay, Rain Man is back with little Ms. Sunshine
    Rihanna where you at?
  • Roxette does this in "Dance Away" and "Joyride".
  • The mention of "Denny Mclaren" in Don Mclean's cover version of "The Mountains of Mourne" is this, with a bit of stretching to fit the song's metre; in the original lyrics, it's "Peter O'Loughlin".
  • Metallica and Megadeth each have one. Metallica's in 'Whiplash'
    We'll never stop
    We'll never quit
    Cos we're Metallica
    • Megadeth's is in 'Rattlehead': "Thrashing to Megadeth".
  • The Low Millions take this up a notch with their song "Low Millions".
  • Freddie Mercury does it in Queen song Crazy Little Thing Called Love and in his solo song Mr. Bad Guy. All four Queen members are mentioned in Invisible Man.
  • Chaka Khan's hit "I Feel for You" included a backup rapper who repeated her name dozens of times.
  • Jet - "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" inserted the band's name as a word in a sentence, emphasizing it while singing:
    Big black boots
    long brown hair
    She's so sweet with her
    Jet black stare!
  • Counting Crows do this in A Murder of One:
    Well, I dreamt I saw you walking
    Up a hillside in the snow
    Casting shadows on the winter sky
    As you stood there, counting crows.
  • In "Piano Man" by Billy Joel:
    Bill, I believe this is killing me. / As his smile ran away from his face...
  • In "The Girl is Mine" duet with Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney, spoken lines include:
    Paul: "Michael, we're not going to fight about this"
    Michael: "Paul, I think I told you. I'm a lover not a fighter."
  • A few They Might Be Giants examples: "Sapphire Bullets of Pure Love," "Welcome To The Jungle" (Name's the Same as the Guns N' Roses song, but completely different otherwise), and "They Got Lost" all namedrop members of the band. The band in its entirety is name dropped in "They Got Lost" and, naturally, "They Might Be Giants."
    • From "When Will You Die":
    This is Dan, and that's Dan
    And there's Marty on the drums
    To complete the band

    And I'm John, and he is also John
    And all of us are wondering
    When you're gonna die
  • Jessie J drops her name in the hook of "Do It Like A Dude", in the second verse of "Nobody's Perfect", and uses her first name in "Who's Laughing's Now".
  • The (infamous) opening "It's Britney, bitch!" in Britney Spear's "Gimme More".
  • The rapper's repeated "Shakira, Shakira" in Shakira's "Hips Don't Lie".
  • In "Hey Paula" by Paul and Paula, the singers address each other by name.
  • P!nk does this, in "Cuz I Can"
    P.I.N.K. P.I.M.P.
    I'm back again
    I know y'all missed me
  • Liz Phair, "Rock Me":
    Your record collection don't exist
    You don't even know who Liz Phair is.
  • MTRKRFT's "Bounce" uses the group's name twice in the beginning.
  • At the top of Ma Rainey's "Black Bottom," an announcer-type says, "You've heard the rest, now I'm gonna show you the best. Ma Rainey's gonna show you her Black Bottom." Also, during the song itself Ma references herself by name a time or two.
  • Jimi Hendrix, "Fire"
    Move over Rover / And let Jimi take over
  • Tony Sheridan with backup by The Beatles in his cover version of "Sweet Georgia Brown."
    In Liverpool, she even dared / To criticise the Beatles' hair / With their whole fan club stnding there
  • Coheed and Cambira's "Elf Tower New Mexico" has the line "See, there's Coheed, and then Cambria...", and their old name "Shabutie" is said in the beginning of "Devil in Jersey City".
  • Doctor Steel drops his name into his songs "Dr. Steel" and "The Dr. Steel Show".
  • In Band Aid's "Do they Know It's Christmas?" Sting gets a line about "the bitter sting of tears."
  • Wolfgang Gartners Get 'em ft Eve contains both "Wolfgang" and "E-v-e" (spelt out).
  • One of Fall Out Boy's songs is called "I Slept With Someone In Fall Out Boy And All I Got Was This Stupid Song Written About Me". The title is never actually sung though.
  • Kant Kino 's song "We Are Kant Kino".
  • "Rapper's Delight" by the Sugarhill Gang. Almost every verse ends with the rapper calling upon the next one by name to do his verse.
  • The Chicago Bears "Superbowl Shuffle:"
    We are the Bears Shufflin' Crew / Shufflin' on down, doin' it for you
And each verse's first line is "My name is X" or "They call me Y" or similar as the individual players do their part.

Web Original
  • Parodied in Homestar Runner with the song Rap Song.
    Tenerance Love : My name is Tenerance Love, plus my name is Tenerance Love, minus my name is Tenerance Love equals my name is Tenerance Looove, remainder threeee!

Western Animation
  • On The Simpsons when Bart joins a Boy Band named Party Posse, their first song goes:
    We're Party Posse, we rule the earth / The Greatest band since music's birth
  • Arthur, "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll." After Francine starts a rock band called U Stink, Arthur, George, and Buster start a band called "We Stink". The only verse of their only song that we hear is:
    Our name's We Stink / We like to play Rock and Roll
  • Folk singer Eric Bogle introduces himself in song at the start of his concerts. One version goes:
    My name is Eric, some folk call me Eck,
    If you're feeling formal, Mr Bogle will do,
    But to my friends it's Eric, and I hope that means you.
  • Green Day has a song called "Green Day" on its debut album.

Community Feedback Replies: 62
  • June 18, 2011
    DinsdalePiranha
    Roxette does this in "Dance Away" and "Joyride".
  • June 19, 2011
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    • Escape Club mentions their name in "Wild Wild West." And I will probably wander back to update this as other things occur to me.
    • Everybody Have Fun Tonight/Everybody Wang Chung tonight
  • June 19, 2011
    Octagon8
    Some other YKTTW covering this exists already; I will link it once I remember the name.
  • June 19, 2011
    PaulA
    The mention of "Denny Mclaren" in Don Mclean's cover version of "The Mountains of Mourne" is this, with a bit of stretching to fit the song's metre; in the original lyrics, it's "Peter O'Loughlin".
  • June 19, 2011
    ElCheViva
    Metallica and Megadeth each have one. Metallica's in 'Whiplash': "We'll never stop/ We'll never quit/ Cos we're Metallica" Megadeth's is in 'Rattlehead': "Thrashing to Megadeth".
  • June 19, 2011
    chihuahua0
    ^^^ That's the problem. I can't find it either.

    Maybe it was discarded?
  • June 19, 2011
    PaulA
    ^ If it was discarded, it should show up on the recent launches page. I'm not seeing it there, either.
  • June 20, 2011
    BlueIceTea
    • The Low Millions have a song called "Low Millions".
  • June 20, 2011
    shojokakumeigosalyn
    Freddie Mercury does it in Queen song Crazy Little Thing Called Love and in his solo song Mr. Bad Guy. All four Queen members are mentioned in Invisible Man.
  • June 20, 2011
    Dcoetzee
    I'm sure I've seen this on YKTTW before, but I don't know what happened to it either.

    • Chaka Khan's hit "I Feel for You" included a backup rapper who repeated her name dozens of times.

  • June 20, 2011
    Dcoetzee
    Another one:
    • Jet - "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" inserted the band's name as a word in a sentence, emphasizing it while singing:
      Big black boots / long brown hair / She's so sweet with her / Jet black stare!

  • June 20, 2011
    Cidolfas
    I could have sworn we did have this somewhere, but perhaps not. There may be many examples in Album Title Drop that can be moved here.

    • Counting Crows do this in A Murder of One:
      Well, I dreamt I saw you walking / Up a hillside in the snow / Casting shadows on the winter sky / As you stood there, counting crows
  • June 20, 2011
    chihuahua0
    My theory that someone decided to turn the YKTTW into another one, so it's know lost.
  • June 20, 2011
    mrcoolantspray
    Beastie Boys. Almost every song.
  • June 20, 2011
    jaytee
    The previous YKTTW was Self Shout Out. The last post was only a couple weeks ago.
  • June 20, 2011
    kjnoren
    Also compare Title Drop.
  • June 20, 2011
    chihuahua0
    ^^ Finally!

    Considering that none of us could find it, should we continue this one?
  • June 22, 2011
    Dcoetzee
    They'll need merging, the examples aren't totally overlapping, but yeah, use the old one.
  • June 22, 2011
    JoeG
    • Jim Morrison sometimes used an anagram of his name, "Mr. Mojo Risin", as an alias. He included this name in his song L.A. Woman.
  • June 22, 2011
    SquirrelGuy
    "Le Freak" by the group Chic

    "Everybody Have Fun Tonight" by Wang Chung (Everybody Wang Chung tonight)

    How about "Who Are You" by The Who? Of course, a song by The Who with the word "who" in it is not necessarily a Singer Namedrop; same can be said about other groups such as Yes. I included this because "Who" is in the song's title, and it also repeats the word a lot.
  • June 22, 2011
    SquirrelGuy
    Would these count?

    In "Piano Man" by Billy Joel, one of the lines begins "He says, 'Bill, I believe this is killing me.' As his smile ran away from his face..." IOW, he is recalling what someone said to him.

    In "The Girl is Mine" duet with Michael Jackson and Paul Mc Cartney, spoken lines include: Paul: "Michael, we're not going to fight about this" Michael: "Paul, I think I told you. I'm a lover not a fighter."
  • June 23, 2011
    32_Footsteps
    • A few They Might Be Giants examples: "Sapphire Bullets of Pure Love," "Welcome To The Jungle" (Names The Same as the Guns N Roses song, but completely different otherwise), and "They Got Lost" all namedrop members of the band. The band in its entirety is name dropped in "They Got Lost" and, naturally, "They Might Be Giants."
  • June 24, 2011
    SquirrelGuy
    In "Hey Paula" by Paul and Paula, the singers address each other by name.
  • June 28, 2011
    Rebornrocks
    Pink does this, in "Cuz I Can"
    P.I.N.K. P.I.M.P. / I'm back again / I know y'all missed me
  • June 28, 2011
    fluffything
    • Parodied in Homestar Runner with the song Rap Song.
      Tenerance Love : My name is Tenerance Love, plus my name is Tenerance Love, minus my name is Tenerance Love equals my name is Tenerance Looove, remainder threeee!
  • June 28, 2011
    MtheR
    • Liz Phair, "Rock Me"

      Your record collection don't exist/You don't even know who Liz Phair is.
  • June 29, 2011
    chihuahua0
    Can someone help me sort this by music genre?
  • June 29, 2011
    NerdaRena
    Slightly convoluted example: Motorhead has a song that's an homage to The Ramones (which also namedrops every member of the band), which they themselves later covered.
  • July 1, 2011
    robybang
    • MSTRKRFT's "Bounce" uses the group's name twice in the beginning.
  • July 1, 2011
    TinaBanina96
    Jason Derulo does this in 'Whatcha Say', 'In My Head' and 'Sky's the Limit'.
  • July 1, 2011
    BrightBlueInk
    • The (infamous) opening "It's Britney, bitch!" in Britney Spear's "Gimme More".
    • The rapper's repeated "Shakira, Shakira" in Shakira's "Hips Don't Lie".
  • July 1, 2011
    randomsurfer
    "My first name ain't 'Baby,' it's Janet. Miss Jackson if you're nasty."
  • July 2, 2011
    MorganWick
    @Jaytee: Considering the default is that YKTTW only goes back three days, and people may not know how to use the keep date controls, a couple weeks is an eternity.
  • July 17, 2011
    PaulA
    When this gets launched, somebody should move all the band name drop examples over from Title Drop.
  • July 22, 2011
    chihuahua0
    BUMP.
  • January 2, 2012
    chihuahua0
    BOOM! Necro!
  • January 2, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Does This Count?
    • At the top of Ma Rainey's "Black Bottom," an announcer-type says, "You've heard the rest, now I'm gonna show you the best. Ma Rainey's gonna show you her Black Bottom." Also, during the song itself Ma references herself by name a time or two.
  • January 3, 2012
    OftenPartisan
    Eisbrecher have a song called Eisbrecher. "siehst du den eisbrecher, eine neue eiszeit beginnt"

    Example is Industrial Metal btw.
  • January 3, 2012
    randomsurfer
    • Jimi Hendrix, "Fire"
      Move over Rover / And let Jimi take over
    • Tony Sheridan with backup by The Beatles in his cover version of "Sweet Georgia Brown."
      In Liverpool, she even dared / To criticise the Beatles' hair / With their whole fan club standing there
    • During a concert of James Brown and B.B. King's, the end involved Brown repeating over and over (in rhythm with the band), "James Bown! BB King! James Brown! BB King! James Brown! BB King!"
  • January 4, 2012
    sxizzor
    Coheed and Cambira's Elf Tower New Mexico has the line "See, there's Coheed, and then Cambria...", and their old name "Shabutie" is said in the beginning of Devil in Jersey City.
  • January 4, 2012
    chihuahua0
    What else do you think is needed before this YKTTW is launch-ready?
  • January 4, 2012
    JonnyB
    Doctor Steel drops his name into his songs "Dr. Steel" and "The Dr. Steel Show".
  • January 5, 2012
    Shnakepup
    I'd mention that this is an Omnipresent Trope in rap music, as it's actually very common for rappers to reference themselves (see also Boastful Rap). Also common in non-rap hip-hop music, such as turntablism, where the DJ will drop in a sample that happens to contain their name.
  • January 5, 2012
    jbrecken
    In Band Aid's "Do they Know It's Christmas?" Sting gets a line about "the bitter sting of tears."
  • January 5, 2012
    Kalkiran
    Wolfgang Gartners Get 'em ft Eve contains both "Wolfgang" and "E-v-e" (spelt out).
  • January 5, 2012
    Laevatein
    The main chord sequence in ACDC's "Long Way to the Top" is A, C, D, C.
  • January 5, 2012
    aaeyero
    Mike Jones likes to hear Mike Jones talk about Mike Jones, and Mike Jones.
  • January 5, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Spike Jones and his City Slickers' song "My New Year's Resolution:" Each stanza is sung by a different one of the singers, and each is called to the mic before his stanza.
  • January 5, 2012
    hevendor717
    I once asked in the Lost and Found about the following trope- When someone says their own name as if to deliberately Pokemon Speak as an action of pride.

    Like when Waluigi snickers "Wa ha! Waluigi!" or Super Macho Man says "Super...Macho..Maaan. Macho!", whatever that is, it is related to this trope.
  • January 6, 2012
    MorganWick
    Some of these may fall under Third Person Person.
  • January 6, 2012
    Styx
    Does This Count?
    • One of Fall Out Boy's songs is called "I Slept With Someone In Fall Out Boy And All I Got Was This Stupid Song Written About Me". The title is never actually sung though.
    • Kant Kino 's song "We Are Kant Kino".
  • January 6, 2012
    chihuahua0
    ^ I guess so. Tropes Are Flexible, after all.

    Does anyone else think this is ready to launch?
  • January 7, 2012
    randomsurfer
    • "Rapper's Delight" by the Sugarhill Gang. Almost every verse ends with the rapper calling upon the next one by name to do his verse.
    • The Chicago Bears "Superbowl Shuffle:"
      We are the Bears Shufflin' Crew / Shufflin' on down, doin' it for you
    And each verse's first line is "My name is X" or "They call me Y" or similar as the individual players do their part.
  • January 7, 2012
    Duncan
    One more They Might Be Giants example from "When Will You Die":
    This is Dan, and that's Dan
    And there's Marty on the drums
    To complete the band

    And I'm John, and he is also John
    And all of us are wondering
    When you're gonna die

  • January 9, 2012
    chihuahua0
    BUMP.
  • January 9, 2012
    Lore
    A widespread form of the Singer Namedrop is the self titled song. Bands with self titled songs include:

    This one is not an example of a self titled song, but more of a normal Singer Namedrop ;)
  • January 9, 2012
    chihuahua0
    ^ Could you put that in example form?
  • January 9, 2012
    Lore
    done
  • January 10, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Fictional:
    • On The Simpsons when Bart joins a Boy Band named Party Posse, their first song goes:
      We're Party Posse, we rule the earth / The Greatest band since music's birth
    • Arthur, "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll." After Francine starts a rock band called U Stink, Arthur, George, and Buster start a band called "We Stink". The only verse of their only song that we hear is:
      Our name's We Stink / We like to play Rock and Roll
  • January 13, 2012
    chihuahua0
    Once I get back from school, I'm launching.

    Any other objections?
  • January 13, 2012
    DaibhidC
    Related to "Special subcategory of bands named after one of their own songs" in Good Name For A Rock Band.

    • Folk singer Eric Bogle introduces himself in song at the start of his concerts. One version goes:
      My name is Eric, some folk call me Eck,
      If you're feeling formal, Mr Bogle will do,
      But to my friends it's Eric, and I hope that means you.
  • January 13, 2012
    ScanVisor
    Green Day has a song called "Green Day" on it's debut album.

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