A show/movie (music videos don't count) titled after a pre-existing song, i.e. not something written in conjunction with the show/movie. If it's not the song's real title, it's something one could RefrainFromAssuming it was.

Closely related to LiteraryAllusionTitle. See also IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming, of which this is a form (when applied to TV series episodes, naturally).

!!Examples can be divided into three categories:

!!!Using the song (not necessarily as a ThemeTune):

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* Literature/FromTheNewWorld: Named after the title of Dvořák's Symphony No. 9. Might be passed off as coincidence if not for the frequent use of the "Goin' Home" theme from the symphony's 2nd Movement ("Largo") throughout the show.

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* ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}''[='s=] first and tenth chapters, "At Midnight, All the Agents..." and "Two Riders Were Approaching...," are titled after lyrics of Music/BobDylan's "Desolation Row" and "All Along the Watchtower," which are quoted in the {{epigraph}}s (as is Music/ElvisCostello's "The Comedians" in the second chapter, titled "Absent Friends.") In [[Film/{{Watchmen}} the movie]] both of these songs ''were actually used'' in the soundtrack (albeit only the JimiHendrix [[CoveredUp cover]] of "All Along the Watchtower" in the scene covering the event of the chapter; a version of "Desolation Row" by MyChemicalRomance chapters plays on the credits).

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* ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' has [[Music/WithinTemptation "Our Solemn Hour"]], which is briefly whistled by Calvin at one point.
* ''Fanfic/SevenDaysInSunnyJune'' is named after a Music/Jamiroquai song, and the chapter titles come from songs as well.

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* ''AcrossTheUniverse''
* ''Film/AnchorsAweigh''
* ''Autumn in New York''
* ''Film/{{Brazil}}'' (the Terry Gilliam movie).
* ''Film/BadBoys''
* ''Broadway Rhythm''
* ''Blue Hawaii''
* ''BlueVelvet''
* ''Bright Lights, Big City''
* ''Can't Buy Me Love''
* ''CantHardlyWait'' (the [[Music/TheReplacements Replacements]] song of the same name plays over the end credits).
* ''Film/{{Convoy}}''
* ''Film/DazedAndConfused'' (the director tried to feature the LedZeppelin song, but Robert Plant vetoed)
* ''Film/DemolitionMan'' (a song by ThePolice; Sting does a new version of it as the end-credits song).
* ''Detroit Rock City'' (Music/{{Kiss}} is central to the plot, and appear singing the title song in the end)
* ''DownWithLove'', which incorporates StockFootage of JudyGarland singing the title song
* ''Drive Me Crazy''
* ''For Me and My Gal''
* ''(Kenny Rogers as) The Gambler'' (the song was originally a hit for him)
* ''Film/GirlsJustWantToHaveFun'' (except they had to use a cover version rather than Cyndi Lauper's)
* ''Guantanamera'' (1995 Cuban film)
* ''Halls of Montezuma''
* ''ImNotThere''
* ''InTheBleakMidwinter'' (though it was retitled ''A Midwinter's Tale'' in the US)
* ''InTheMoodForLove'' (As far as the original title is concerned.)
* ''InTheMood'' Not only using the Glenn Miller classic, but set in the time it was popular.
* ''It Takes Two''
* ''I Walk the Line'', a 1970 movie starring GregoryPeck titled after the JohnnyCash song.
* ''I Wanna Hold Your Hand'' (contracting the formal English in Music/TheBeatles' title)
* ''Film/JeepersCreepers''
* ''Film/JerseyGirl'' (twice)
* ''Johnny Be Good'' (sic; the song is titled "Johnny B. Goode")
* ''Jumpin' Jack Flash''
* ''JustLikeHeaven''
* ''LostHighway''
* ''Lullaby of Broadway''
* ''MeetMeInStLouis'' had both songs newly written for the movie and period tunes. The former include "The Trolley Song" and "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas." Belonging to the latter group are "Under The Bamboo Tree" and the title song. "Skip to My Lou" straddles the line.
* ''Film/ManOnTheMoon'' (The 1992 Music/{{REM}} song about Creator/AndyKaufman became the title for his BioPic in 1999. The band wrote the film's underscore and incorporated the song as a {{Leitmotif}}. They also wrote a new song for it, "The Great Beyond", that serves as a companion piece to the original tune.)
* French movie ''Ma Petite Entreprise''.
* ''The Midnight Hour'' (Although the song's full title is "In The Midnight Hour".)
* ''The Mighty Quinn''
* ''MurderByNumbers''
* ''Film/MyBoyfriendsBack''
* ''Film/MyGirl''
* ''Only The Lonely''
* ''Pagan Love Song''
* ''PaperMoon''
* ''PeggySueGotMarried''
* ''Film/PrettyInPink''
* ''Film/PrettyWoman''
* ''P.S. I Love You''
* ''Satisfaction''
* ''Film/SilentNight''
* ''Film/SixteenCandles'' (covered by The Stray Cats)
* ''Film/SoClose'' is named after the song "Close To You" by the Carpenters, even though the words "So Close" don't appear in it.
* ''Film/SomeKindOfWonderful''
* ''Something to Talk About''
* ''Film/StandByMe''
* ''Sweet Home Alabama'' (instead of the actual LynyrdSkynyrd recording, you hear ''two'' cover versions in the film)
* ''Take Me Out to the Ball Game''
* ''Take This Job And Shove It''
* ''Taking Care of Business''
* ''Film/ThingsToDoInDenverWhenYoureDead'' went from Music/WarrenZevon song to the title of a 1995 film. Then John Cale wrote a song about the film, which would have counted as an inversion if he hadn't shortened the title to just "Things."
* ''Film/ThisMustBeThePlace''
* ''To the Shores of Tripoli''
* ''Walking On Sunshine''
** Interestingly the film's original WorkingTitle was ''[[Music/{{Madonna}} Holiday]]'', which arguably makes more sense than the actual title.
* ''WalkTheLine'' (JohnnyCash biopic - the song is "'''I''' Walk the Line")
* ''[[Film.WhiteChristmas White Christmas]]''
* ''YellowSubmarine'' was the only Beatles movie which was based on a Beatles song instead of having the song written for the movie, having first appeared in 1966 on the album ''Revolver''.

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* Several of Creator/ManlyWadeWellman's ''SilverJohn'' stories are named after/inspired by Appalachian folk-tunes, including "Shiver In The Pines", "The Little Black Train" and "The Desrick on Yandro". The eponymous hero always sings at least a verse or two of the song in question, accompanying himself on his [[SilverHasMysticPowers silver-strung]] guitar.
* ''Literature/LessThanZero'' by Creator/BretEastonEllis, named for the Creator/ElvisCostello song.
* ''Here Comes the Sun'', novel by Creator/TomHolt. The chorus is sung in the final scene.

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* Music/DavidBowie's "Life On Mars" wasn't the ThemeTune to ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}'', but it did appear in a few significant moments.
** Likewise ''AshesToAshes'', with the addition of the clown from Bowie's "Ashes to Ashes" video who appears in the lead character's hallucinations.
* ''Life Goes On'' (although of course [[RefrainFromAssuming the song title is "Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da"]]).
** Even more confusingly, ''Empty Nest'' used the Billy Vera song "Life Goes On" as its theme.
* ''Heartbeat'', British police drama set in the 60's. Named for the Nick Berry song that is also theme tune. Also, beat - police.
* ''WhatILikeAboutYou''
* ''One Fine Day''
* ''AsTimeGoesBy''
* ''A Fine Romance''
* ''Harper Valley P.T.A.'', [=TV=] movie and later series.
* Every episode of ''TrueBlood'' is named after a song which serves as a LiteraryAllusionTitle to an episode's plot and are featured in the end credits of said episode.
* ''TheYoungOnes''. The 1959 Cliff Richard tune was used as the opening theme.
* In the middle of ''{{Miami Vice}}'s'' first season, former {{Eagles}} guitarist Glenn Frey released "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7uKjo_URBo Smuggler's Blues"]], a song about cocaine trafficking. The producers of the show immediately jumped on it, and not only titled the resultant episode "Smuggler's Blues", but they based the storyline on the lyrics of the song and cast Glenn Frey as Jimmy the Bush Pilot.
* ''Series/{{Eureka}}'' episode "I'll Be Seeing You." The song is also used in several other episodes.

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* ''[[Pinball/CaptainFantastic Capt. Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy]]'' is a variation, being named after the album by Music/EltonJohn.

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* Sirius XM has an AlternativeRock station called "Lithium". Yes, they do play the eponymous {{Nirvana}} song.

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* Almost all {{Jukebox Musical}}s: ''MammaMia'', ''RockOfAges'' etc.
* One might expect ''MyFairLady'' not to include "London Bridge." Yet in the original production, its music was part of the OpeningBallet. In the recent revival produced by Cameron Mackintosh, it was actually sung in the middle of "Get Me To The Church On Time."
* ''[[Theatre/{{Jerusalem}} Jerusalem]]''
* The folk opera ''Down in the Valley'' by Kurt Weill and Arnold Sundgaard. All the narration is sung to the tune of "Down in the Valley." Four other American folk songs are also included.
* WeWillRockYou

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* ''WesternAnimation/CodeMonkeys''
* Christmas specials: ''WesternAnimation/RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer'' and ''WesternAnimation/FrostyTheSnowman'', though those are both animations telling the same story in a song.
* Most WesternAnimation/BettyBoop shorts that feature a song are named after said song. Most famous are the trilogy of shorts featuring performances by Music/CabCalloway, such as ''WesternAnimation/MinnieTheMoocher''.
* In the early years WesternAnimation/MerrieMelodies were one-off cartoons based on (and named after) famous songs of the day, such as "WesternAnimation/ILoveToSinga," while Looney Tunes were character-based. Eventually the only difference between Merrie Melodies and Looney Tunes were the title cards.

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* ''VideoGame/SilentHillShatteredMemories'' was named after the line of their song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjX_zJNYw8g&feature=player_embedded When You're Gone.]]
* ''VideoGame/TwistedMetal: Black'' uses Music/TheRollingStones' "Paint it Black" for its ending theme.
* ''VideoGame/{{Burnout}} Paradise'''s Paradise City is named after the Music/GunsNRoses song used for the theme tune.
* Creator/{{Sega}}'s ''Teddy Boy Blues'' featured the song of the same name by J-pop star Yoko Ishino. Releases outside of Japan dropped the song and changed the title.

!!!Using a brand-new title song:

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* The musical ''OfTheeISing''.
* The musical ''Merrily We Roll Along'' had an original title song by StephenSondheim, though the title was really from the Kaufman and Hart play. Whether or not that play's incidental music included the traditional song is probably lost to history.

!!!Song titles used without the song:

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* BigFinishDoctorWho
** The ''Doctor Who Unbound'' drama ''Sympathy for the Devil'' is named after a RollingStones song.
** The ''Doctor Who Unbound'' drama ''Masters of War'' is named after a BobDylan song.
** The title of the Fifth Doctor drama ''1963: Fanfare for the Common Men'' is a slight variant on a piece of classical music called "Fanfare for the Common Man" by Aaron Copland.

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* ''BubblegumCrisis Tokyo 2040''
* ''CowboyBebop'': See the article
* ''TheKurosagiCorpseDeliveryService'': All the manga chapters are named after obscure japanese pop/rock songs, with each volume commonly containing chapters named after songs by the same artist or other similar relations.
* ''{{Kamichu}}'': Each episode shares its title with the name of a J-pop song from the '80s or early '90s.
* ''ShinshiDoumeiCross'' is named after a song by Hiroko Yakushimaru.

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* ''ScottPilgrim'' is named after a song by Plumtree.
* ''Comicbook/TheSandman'' has issues titled "Bad Moon Rising," "Dream a Little Dream of Me" and "Lullabies of Broadway."
* The ''{{Superman}}'' story "What's So Funny About Truth, Justice and the American Way?" based its title on "What's So Funny About Peace, Love and Understanding?", a song written by Nick Lowe and recorded by ElvisCostello.
* The ''Comicbook/XMen'' story "Days of Future Past" is a play on the ConceptAlbum ''Days of Future Passed'' by Music/TheMoodyBlues.

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* Loads and loads of examples, but ''MyImmortal'' is a fanfic that every troper should know about, and it's an example.

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* ''Film/AmericanPie''
* ''Film/DazedAndConfused'' (the Music/LedZeppelin song was meant to be on the soundtrack, but the band wouldn't clear it).
** Zeppelin are notoriously imposslible to get permission to use in films. The director's later film ''Film/SchoolOfRock'' is one of the few films to actually get the permission to get it.
* ''Fools Rush In''
* ''Some Kind of Wonderful''
* ''Film/VelvetGoldmine'' would have used Music/DavidBowie's song of that title, but he didn't think much of the film--very loosely based on him and [[Music/TheStooges Iggy Pop]]--and refused to clear it.
* ''MyBoyfriendsBack''
* ''Love Will Tear Us Apart'' by Yu Lik-wai (although not the original title)
* ''Paper Heart'', an indie romantic comedy named after a 1983 New Wave song by Robert King. Its filmmakers nearly managed to get permission to use the actual song, but King got to them too late.
* ''All Tomorrow's Parties'' (idem)
* ''AllThatJazz'' has the same title as a song from [[Theatre/{{Chicago}} another musical]] by BobFosse. But it doesn't use that song.
* ''BoogieNights'' was named after the Heatwave song, though it's not on the soundtrack.
* ''It's Always Fair Weather''

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* Arguably, Poppy Z. Brite's ''Exquisite Corpse,'' after the song by Bauhaus.
* Several chapters of John Weir's book ''The Irreversible Decline of Eddie Socket'' are titled after songs by Creator/StephenSondheim.
* ''Literature/WhenGravityFails'' (from the Music/BobDylan song "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues") and its sequel, ''Fire in the Sun'' (from "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue")
* ''I Know This Much is True'' by Wally Lamb, a novel named from/after the {{Spandau Ballet}} song "True".
* ''Literature/DiamondDogs'' is titled after a Music/DavidBowie song (and album).
* ''Literature/LessThanZero'' is titled after an Music/ElvisCostello song; its sequel ''Imperial Bedrooms'' is an album title.

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* Almost any individual episode of a TV show with a song title, because it doesn't pay to license a song for just one episode, particularly if it's done as a form of IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming.
** ''Series/{{Angel}}'' has various episodes titled after songs, e.g. "Shiny Happy People", "Over the Rainbow", "Not Fade Away"
** ''Series/DegrassiTheNextGeneration'' uses (mostly) [[TheEighties '80s]] songs for its episode titles. This changes in seasons 9 and on, as many episodes are named for songs from the 00s.
** ''Series/DesperateHousewives'' titles its episodes after songs, mostly by Creator/StephenSondheim.
** ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' episodes titled after songs include "Won't Get Fooled Again," "A Kiss Is But A Kiss" and "Dream a Little Dream."
** ''Series/GreysAnatomy'' also uses song titles for episodes, including the two-parter "It's The End of The World"/"... As We Know It."
** ''Series/{{Lost}}'' used the titles "House of the Rising Sun" and "Born to Run" without the songs (though the lyrics of the former certainly would have echoed the episode.)
** OneTreeHill uses song titles/lyrics/album names as episode titles, as well as being named after a {{U2}} song.
** ''Series/{{Covert Affairs}}'' named all the Season One episodes (except the pilot) after Music/LedZeppelin songs, their Season Two episodes after Music/{{REM}} songs, their Season Three episodes after DavidBowie songs, and their Season Four episodes after songs by ThePixies.
** ''CougarTown'' names most of their episodes after songs by TomPetty. The only exceptions are "Pilot" and "Everything Man".
** Each of the four final seasons of ''Series/That70sShow'' had episodes titled after songs from a particular band per season (LedZeppelin on [=S5=], TheWho on [=S6=], RollingStones on [=S7=] and Music/{{Queen}} on [=S8=]).
* ''IDreamOfJeannie'' (the original ThemeTune was simply named "Jeannie", and [[ForgottenThemeTuneLyrics the lyrics weren't used at all]])
* Every episode of ''Series/{{ALF}}'' was named for a song title.
* ''WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire''
* British sitcom ''September Song''. The song in question was already being used by a rival broadcaster's ''May to December''.
* ''Series/{{Californication}}'', although entirely unrelated to the Music/RedHotChiliPeppers.
* The ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode [[Recap/SupernaturalS02E01InMyTimeOfDying "In My Time Of Dying"]] based on a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_My_Time_of_Dying gospel song]] covered by BobDylan and LedZeppelin. Various other episodes use song-based titles as well (e.g. "Folsom Prison Blues", "Dream a Little Dream of Me", "I Believe the Children Are Our Future", etc.)
* ''Series/VeronicaMars'' episode "Like a Virgin" is titled after the Music/{{Madonna}} song and album.

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* DeepPurple, from an [[GenteelInterbellumSetting interbellum]] ballad that had been a hit for bandleader Artie Shaw
* ''Strangers in the Night'', [=UFO=] album
* [=NWOBHM=] and early speed metal bands had a tendency to be named after a song by an iconic band. Examples include Chinatown and Black Rose (Music/ThinLizzy songs), Heavy Pettin' and Obsession ([=UFO=] albums), Exciter (Music/JudasPriest song), Overkill (Music/{{Motorhead}} song), and Machine Head (DeepPurple album).
* BadBrains, after "Bad Brain" by TheRamones.
* Human Highway, NeilYoung song.
** Powderfinger, also after a Neil Young song.
* Velocity Girl, PrimalScream song.
* The Canadian indie rock band Eric's Trip named themselves after the last song on side B of Music/SonicYouth's ''Daydream Nation''.
* Gigolo Aunts are named after [[PinkFloyd Syd Barrett's]] "Gigolo Aunt".
* Music/{{Radiohead}}, Music/TalkingHeads song (though the song is technically "Radio Head")
* Music/JudasPriest took their name from the Music/BobDylan song "The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest."
* Scottish hard rock band Nazareth took their name from "The Weight" by Music/TheBand.
* Music/DixieChicks were named after the Little Feat song "Dixie Chicken".
* Rare "Titled After the Album" example: 1980s country duo Sweethearts of the Rodeo named themselves after Music/TheByrds' ''Sweetheart of the Rodeo'' album, and even paid homage to said album with the cover of their ''Buffalo Zone'' album.
* Music/TheRollingStones took their name from Music/MuddyWaters' "Rollin' Stone".
* Music/{{Ladytron}} from the song of the same name on Music/RoxyMusic's first album
* A Certain Ratio were named after a line in ''Music/BrianEno's "Third Uncle".
* Music/DeathCabForCutie, after a song by the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band.
* British folksinger John Wesley Harding, after the song and album by Music/BobDylan.
* Cave In, after the Codeine song "Cave-In". They would eventually cover their namesake song as a bonus track to the album ''Perfect Pitch Black''.
* Music/{{Mayhem}} were named after the Music/{{Venom}} song "Mayhem with Mercy".
* Music/{{Enslaved}} take their name from an Music/{{Immortal}} demo track, "Enslaved in Rot".
* Music/{{Moonsorrow}} are named after the Music/CelticFrost song "Sorrows of the Moon".

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* ''Theatre/RockOfAges''. Ironically, they couldn't get the rights to the DefLeppard song.

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* The ''A-Train'' series of railway sim games is titled after the jazz standard "Take The 'A' Train."
* ''Kagirinaki Tatakai'', a 1983 game for the Sharp X1 published by Enix, has the same Japanese title as Music/LedZeppelin's song "The Battle of Evermore."
* ''[[{{Painkiller}} Painkiller]]'' (from the Music/JudasPriest song).
* ''VideoGame/RockOfAges''

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* ''[[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/owlor/melody/series.php Sounds Like a Melody]]'', which is named after the song by 1980s German synthpoppers {{Alphaville}}.
* KiwiBlitz. Each track (chapter) is named after a different song.
* All of ''WebComic/KidRadd'''s strips are named after 80's songs.
* ''Rule Of Three'' started out titling each strip after a rock song.
* ''Webcomic/NineteenSeventySevenTheComic'' titles most of its strips after songs from TheSeventies.
* The webcomic ''[[http://www.mighthavebeen.net/ My Name Is Might Have Been]]'' gets its name from the Music/CourtneyLove song "Celebrity Skin."
* The ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' story arc "Painted Black" is named after the Music/TheRollingStones song "Paint It, Black".

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* Many thread titles in ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'' happen to be these, due to the storyline being written by a community of writers with differing tastes. If we were to list them all it would take a while.

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* The second [[PowerOfLove Star Sapphires]] episode of ''GreenLanternTheAnimatedSeries'' is called "Love is a Battlefield".
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