The score for Batman Begins is titled idiosyncratically: the first track, Vespertilio, is the Latin word for bat, and the other titles are all scientific names for different genera of bat. This is not the case for The Dark Knight's music; however, many of the track titles are either taken from lines of dialogue in the film, or a slight variation on them: I'm Not A Hero, Blood On My Hands, And I Thought My Jokes Were Bad, Like A Dog Chasing Cars; etc. However, it's noteworthy that the lines of dialogue spoken do not correspond to the scenes in which the music plays. For example, "Like A Dog Chasing Cars", an energetic treatment of one of the main themes, is not played over the scene where the line is spoken, which is a quiet conversation with the Joker. In fact, it's not even played over any of the scenes involving high-speed vehicular chases, which mostly go without score.
Christopher Young's album of his score for Hush has the following tracklisting: "Hush," "Little Baby," "Don't Say A Word," "Mama's Gonna Buy," "You" and "A."
Danny Elfman has written a cue called "Weepy Donuts" for every Gus Van Sant film he's scored.
Also, many of his Batman-era scores (including Batman) have a track called "The Final Confrontation."
All the tracks for Jerry Goldsmith's Link have titles ending with "Link," e.g. "Main Link," "Swinging Link," "Mighty Link," and, of course, "End Link."
Each song on The Mountain Goats's 2009 album The Life of the World to Come is named after a Bible verse (or, in two cases, a set of verses). The verses in question are either quoted/paraphrased in the song (e.g. in "Romans 10:9" and "Psalms 40:2") or are otherwise relevant to the characters described.
Their next album, 2011's ''All Eternals Deck," also conforms to this trope: all its songs have three-word titles.
Between 1972 and 1977, the band America had seven consecutive album titles that started with the letter H. The group used used six more non-consecutive H titles since then.
Peter Gabriel initially wanted all of his solo albums to simply be named "Peter Gabriel," as if they were issues of a magazine. The label let him get away with that for three albums, but then they named his fourth album "Security" themselves and told Peter to knock it off.
Since then, most of his studio albums have featured two-letter words as their titles, and other releases such as Hit and OVO have been quite tersely named as well.
Extreme metal band Dimmu Borgir tend toward three-word album titles that are often quite nonsensical: Enthrone Darkness Triumphant, Godless Savage Garden, Spiritual Black Dimensions, Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia, Death Cult Armageddon.
Death metal band Morbid Angel consistently have their nth album staring with the nth letter of the alphabet. Straight from their first, Altars of Madness, to their ninth, Illud Divinum Insanus.
Progressive Doom Metal band, Madder Mortem, use their name as an acronym for the titles of their albums: M - Mercury, A - All Flesh is Grass, D - Deadlands, D - Desiderata...
¡Forward, Russia! used to give all their songs numeric titles in order of writing. This ended after their album Give Me A Wall.
House producer Friend Within names all of his original tracks "The _____" (e.g. "The Renegade", "The Mechanism", "The Underground")
Most albums by Music.Chicago are called "Chicago" followed by the number of the album.
Asia's studio albums were all named with a word beginning and ending with "a" up until the eighth one, Rare.
British folk-rocker John Wesley Harding (aka Wesley Stace) named several of his albums after Frank Capra movies: It Happened One Night, Here Comes The Groom, Why We Fight. Another one, The Name Above The Title, was named after Capra's autobiography.
Progressive metal band Dream Theater named their sixth and eighth albums Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence and Octavarium, respectively. In addition, Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence had six songs and Octavarium eight.
Some fans also think that Train of Thought contains a subtle nod to leetspeak (not surprising considering how warmly the band references things such as the John Petrucci Psycho Exercises dubs), as the letter T is usually represented by a 7. This was their seventh studio album and contains seven songs.
Boys Night Out's Trainwreck album had all its songs named (verb)-ing such as 'Dreaming', 'Waking', 'Medicating' etc.
Global Communication's magnum opus 76:14 had all its tracks named after the length of the song much like the album name itself (being 76minutes and 14seconds long. The reasoning is they didn't want to influence anyone's interpretation of the songs by naming them a certain way.
Aphex Twin's 'I Care Because You Do' features several anagrams of 'Aphex Twin', 'The Aphex Twin' and 'Richard David James'. Such as 'Wax the Nip' and 'The Waxen Pith'
Similarly, his Selected Ambient Works Volume 2 is named by pictures instead of words. The songs are based on lucid dreams and the pictures associated all tie into it. It's kinda unnerving but also really cool.
A good deal of the songs released in the Analord series of 12" singles are named after viruses or malicious software ("Backdoor.Ranky.S" for instance) - apparently something of a prank on those who would try to find them on filesharing programs.
KMFDM album titles have been five letters long since "UAIOE" up to "Hau Ruck" (originally FUBAR), which broke the chain. Hell, KMFDM even misspelled words to keep the chain moving (Attak, Xtort), and Tohuvabohu came close to resuming the tradition with five syllables, but it wasn't until Blitz when the tradition resumed.
All the song titles on German singer Annett Louisan's debut album Boheme follow the pattern (article/noun) - Das Spiel (the game), Das Gefühl (the feeling) etc., with the sole exception of Daddy.
Almost every release by The Jesus Lizard has a 4 letter, one syllable title, the exception being one self-titled EP. This naming practice was also used for two live albums (Show and Club) and even a forthcoming coffee table book (Book).
All releases by the Foetus moniker for JG Thirlwell, aka "That guy who does the music for The Venture Bros.," are titled the exact same way.
Of Montreal's demo collection The Early Four Track Recordings: Evidently none of the songs were given proper titles when they were recorded, so the track listing consists of non-appearing titles that form a surreal story about the misadventures of Dustin Hoffman ("Dustin Hoffman Does Not Resist Temptation to Eat the Bathtub," "Dustin Hoffman's Wife Comes Home", "Dustin Hoffman's Wife Seems Suspicious About the Absent Bathtub", etc).
Parodied in A Mighty Wind with Kingston Trio/Weavers/Limeliters pastiche The Folksmen. Their first 5 albums all have single word gerund titles with a missing final "g", such as Pickin' and Wishin' . Their 6th album, Saying Something, breaks this trend (as well as using electric instruments for the first time); and is described (in a cut scene) by the band as the reason they lost their fanbase.
Perhaps they were inspired by Miles Davis' late-'50s quintet albums, which were titled Cookin' , Relaxin' , Steamin' , and Workin' .
Japanese Black Metal band Sigh do this with their major releases. Each one begins with one of the letters of the band's name, in order: Scorn Defeat, Infidel Art, Ghastly Funeral Theatre, Hail Horror Hail, Scenario IV: Dead Dreams, Imaginary Sonicscape, Gallows Gallery, Hangman's Hymn, Scenes from Hell, In Somniphobia, Graveward.
All of Soul-Junk's releases are named after years. His first album was 1950; every subsequent album has counted up (1951, 1952, and so on) while his EP's have counted down (1949, 1948, etc).
On Gileah & the Ghost Train's self-titled album, all the track titles begin with "The"; eight of the ten song titles are, aside from the definite article, only one word long; and they're all arranged in alphabetical order.
blur's Britpop trilogy of albums began with Modern Life is Rubbish and Parklife; it was planned that the third album would also have "life" in the name, but this trope was averted when Alex James suggested The Great Escape instead.
The first three Coheed and Cambria albums' names corresponded to the album's place in the mythos: Second Stage Turbine Blade; In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth 3; Good Apollo I'm Burning Star IV, Vol. 1: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness. The fourth album's full name follows this trend (Good Apollo I'm Burning Star IV, Vol. 2: No World for tomorrow), but the newest, Year of the Black Rainbow, (a prequel) Subverts this completely. It should be noted, however, that the first track on the album is entitled "One".
Anvil have so far given all of their studio albums a three-word title with alliteration on the first and third words. Examples include Forged in Fire and Plugged in Permanent. In fact, the only exception in their entire discography is a compilation called Backwaxed.
J-Rock band Do As Infinity likes this. The first letter of every major release is always the same as the last letter of the previous album. So far, they have: Break of Dawn, New World, Deep Forest, True Song, Gates of Heaven, Need Your Love, Eternal Flame.
Not everyone does this, but this also happens with the sides of an album (in record and cassette media). While the majority of albums are labeled "Side 1/A" and "Side 2/B", a number of albums have gotten creative with this. (see also Distinct Double Album) Among many examples are:
The Don McLean album American Pie, which labels its sides as "One Side" and "Another Side".
Guns N' Roses' debut album Appetite For Destruction with "Side G" and "Side R" (standing for "GNR", an acronym for the name of the band)
Cheap Trick's debut had the sides labeled Side 1 and Side A, as a joke about there not being any "b material" on the album. This actually led to some confusion when it was first released on cd - though the initial cd release put the tracks in the order they were listed in on the record's back cover, it apparently started with what the band considered the second "side" of the album. A later reissue altered the running order accordingly.
The double album Double Nickels On The Dime by The Minutemen had Side D, Side Mike, Side George and Side Chaff: The first 3 sides were named after whatever member chose the tracklisting for that particular side, and the fourth was called "chaff" because it was all the remaining songs no one picked.
Blue Öyster Cult's Tyranny and Mutation contains the song "The Red and the Black". The sides were labeled "The Red" and "The Black". The "Red" side was labeled with CBS Records' usual red label with black lettering, but the "Black" side featured red lettering on a black background.
The Kentucky Headhunters labeled the two sides of their debut album Pickin' on Nashville "Over Here" and "Over Yonder" instead of 1/2 or A/B. Their next album, Electric Barnyard, had "Steppin' in It" and "Walkin' Through It".
The CD version of the double album The Fragile by Nine Inch Nails has a "Left" disc and a "Right" disc rather than disc one and disc two - the titles refer to where each disc is oriented when you open the cardboard cd case.
One vinyl side of Wings's 1979 album Back To The Egg was subtitled "Sunny Side Up", the other being "Over Easy".
Mellon Coliie and the Infinite Sadness by The Smashing Pumpkins has the CD version spanning two discs, entitled "Dawn to Dusk" and "Twilight to Starlight". The vinyl edition instead has the songs differently arranged over three, untitled records.
Thus far, Adele has a pattern of naming her albums after the age she was when she recorded them. Accordingly, her debut was called 19 and the followup was 21.
As the title implies, Mike Watt's album Hyphenated-Man has song titles that are all hyphenated phrases ending in the word man: "Belly-Stabbed-Man" and "Own-Horn-Blowing-Man" for instance. The song titles seem slightly less weird when you find out they're also all descriptions of figures in Hieronymus Bosch paintings.
Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling's songs are all titled after episodes of The Prisoner, preceded by an "episode number" (which corresponds to the order of episodes of the show, not the order of the songs): "Episode 1 - Arrival" for instance. This is unsurprising, since all of their songs are actually about The Prisoner. The only exception thus far is a cover of Leonard Cohen's "First We Take Manhattan".
Joe Walsh apparently used a "too lazy/stoned to come up with a decent title" theme for his albums. The apex of this would be You Bought It, You Name It, which was reportedly his response to a record company executive who asked what the album was called. However, he never sank to the level of Yes, who titled 90125 after its catalog number.
Almost all of Richard Hawley's studio albums are named after places in his hometown of Sheffield. The one that isn't, Late Night Final, still fits the general theme, since "Late night final" is something vendors selling the Sheffield Star evening newspaper would yell.
Every song title on I by The Magnetic Fields starts with the letter I, and the track list is also arranged in alphabetical order. Rather than having this concept in mind beforehand though, Stephen Merritt apparently just went through all the recent songs he had written and only picked the ones that started with "I" for the album.
Fittingly enough, Venetian Snares' Winnipeg Is A Frozen Shithole features song titles that all involve insults towards Winninpeg, Manitoba, usually of the profanity-laden variety. Aaron Funk is actually from Winnipeg, by the way.
E-Type's fourth album was titled Euro IV Ever.
All of the songs on Slint's Tweez are named after band members' parents, with the exception of "Rhoda", which is instead named after Britt Walford's dog.
Nearly all of rapper Trick Daddy's albums contain the word "Thug" in the title.
R&B singer Jaheim's first three albums contain the word "Ghetto" in the title.
The track lists to The Polyphonic Spree's albums always include a "section" number before the song title, with each album picking up where the previous album left off. For example, the last track of The Beginning Stages Of... was "Section 10 (A Long Day)", so the first track of Together We're Heavy was "Section 11 (A Long Day Continues/We Sound Amazed)". It's debatable whether the "Section" parts are canonically part of the full title though; they tend to drop this idiosyncrasy when their songs appear on compilations or singles and just call them by their subtitles. Also, covers and non-album tracks don't count as "sections", nor did their soundtrack to the film Thumbsucker.
The first six albums by alternative rock band Kings of Leon's albums all had five syllable titles (being Youth and Young Manhood, Aha Shake Heartbreak, Because Of The Times, Only By The Night, Come Around Sundown, and Mechanical Bull). Their 2016 album WALLS finally broke the trend.
Thus far power pop band The Cab has named them albums with names that have the first word related to sound and the second to warfare: "Whisper War" and "Symphony Soldier".
All of the songs on Whirlwind Heat's Do Rabbits Wonder? have non appearing titles and are named for colors (i.e. "Pink", "White", "Silver").
Sonic Youth's Silver Sessions For Jason Knuth EP - all of the titles fit the mad-lib pattern of "Silver (noun)".
Tim Fite has a trilogy of "ain't" album titles - Good Ain't Gone, Fair Ain't Fair, and Ain't Ain't Ain't.
All of the tracks on Miles Davis' album "Aura" (except for the first track, Intro) are named after colors: White, Yellow, Orange, Red, Green, Blue, Electric Red, Indigo, and Violet.
The 1995 album Made In England by Elton John entirely contains songs with one-word titles, except for the title song. (Tracklisting: "Believe", "Made In England", "House", "Cold" "Pain", "Belfast", "Latitude", "Please", "Man", "Lies", "Blessed")
All of hip-hop duo EPMD's albums contain the word "Business". So far it's Strictly Business, Unfinished Business, Business as Usual, Business Never Personal, Back in Business, Out of Business, and We Mean Business.
Lo-fi eccentric cult artist Jandek started playing live concerts in 2004, 26 years and several dozen albums into his career. Since then he's released a bunch of live albums, and all of them use the strict titling convention of "name of the city where the show was" + "day of the week when it happened" (e.g. Glasgow Sunday, Manhattan Tuesday, Seattle Friday).
See if you can guess what links the following track titles (and all the other ones) on Christophe Beck's soundtrack for Red: "Rotating Enforcement Device," "Regular Easygoing Dudes," "Russian Embassy Divertimento," "Rehash Every Detail," "Ridiculously Extravagant Disguises," "Ruined Election Dinner" and "Relieved Embrace, Done."
Every song title on Ministry's Houses Of The Mole' starts with a "W", except, fittingly enough, "No W". Even its Hidden Track has the official title of "Walrus".
Sander van Doorn's Eleve 11 is named after 2011, the year of its release.
blink-182started to do this, but then stopped for some reason - Buddha, Cheshire Cat, Dude Ranch, Enema Of The State.
Other Truths by Do Make Say Think consists of four Epic Rocking length tracks: "Do", "Make", "Say", and "Think".
Me First And The Gimme Gimmes give all of their albums and EP's Episode Finishes the Title names - Are A Drag or Ruin Johnny's Bar Mitzvah for instance. They also have a tradition of releasing 7" singles where both sides are covers of the same artist and the title is the first or last name of said artist (or an abbreviation thereof), such as Bob or Cash.
Each EP by French Synthpop artist Danger is named after a date (e.g., 9/14/2007, 9/16/2007) and each track named after a specific time (e.g., 11h30, 07:46)
All of the songs on Wilderness by The Handsome Family have one word titles and are named after animals that appear in the songs' lyrics. For instance, the first three tracks are "Flies", "Frogs", and "Eels".
So far, all albums or EPs by Cotton Candy have been named with pairs of adjectives that are synonyms for "impressive": Top-Notch & First-Rate, Fantastic & Spectacular and Off-the-Hook & Out-of-Control.
The songs on Reggie & The Full Effect's Last Stop: Crappy Town are all named for Brooklyn's subway system, with every title being either the name of a subway line (e.g. "G") or a stop (e.g. "Smith & 9th"). Tying in with the Creator Breakdown theme of the album, the track-list was specifically meant to trace James Dewees' route to rehab.
For his first three albums, Pete Yorn used titles referring to a time of the day: Musicforthemorningafter, Day I Forgot, and Nightcrawler.
The first three Afro Celt Sound System album titles had their title preceded by a volume number, e.g. Volume 1: Sound Magic. They dropped the practice for their fourth album, Seed, as well as the remix album Pod, but it returned for Volume 5: Anatomic. note Apparently, Pod didn't count as a volume because it didn't feature any truly new material, whereas Seed did, even if they didn't officially call it volume 4 at the time.
All of Sarah Records' compilation albums were named after locations in Bristol (UK), where the label was based.
Pet Shop Boys name all of their albums with just one word, and usually one with a possible double meaning. Most of their compilation albums are similarly terse (the only exception being the Japan-exclusive In Depth, and the numbered sequels to Disco). Only for their soundtrack albums have they used longer titles—because the movie or stage show wasn't theirs to name. Chris and Neil have stated that the pattern of one-word titles is deliberate.
Petty Morals named their first three EP's after food, specifically sugary foods that are typically associated with summer: The Cotton Candy Demo, The Lemonade EP and The Cherry Ice Pop EP. They dropped the theme with their fourth release, Marked Women.
Pretty Balanced has released three albums, all with rhyming titles: Icicle Bicycle, Conical Monocle, and Scarlet Starlet.
Mark Prindle's Smilehouse: The Tragic Remains of an Abandoned Masterpiece gives everything both a short title rendered in all caps without any spaces between words and a longer subtitle in all lowercase letters. The main titles were originally brief placeholder titles as entered into his 16-track recorder, while the subtitles are done in the style of a bootleg or rarities album. Examples include "8RIFFS (BBC session)" and "RATDANCE (found in street; may actually be a different artist)".
Fantômas' self-titled album identifies tracks by page numbers: "Book 1: Page 1", "Book 1: Page 2", etc... However, on Millenium Monsterwork 2000, a live album by Fantômas Melvins Big Band, songs from that album were given totally different titles, maybe because the original ones were too hard to keep straight when it came to devising set-lists for a live performance. Suspended Animation titles songs after a date in April of 2005 followed by one or more holidays or observances held on that day in various parts of the world, for instance "04/02/05 International Children's Book Day (USA) Battle Of The Flowers (France) National Peanut Butter And Jelly Day (USA)"; A limited edition version of the CD runs with this by making the packaging an actual daily calendar for April 2005.
A Giant Dog have a pattern of one-word album titles that can be read as Episode Finishes the Title when paired with the band's name: Examples include Pile, Bone, Fight, and House.
The Four Freshmen's concept albums would often be named "Four Freshmen and Five [instrument]" or "Voices in [theme]". Examples include Four Freshmen and Five Trombones, Four Freshmen and Five Saxophones, Voices in Latin, Voices in Love...
Bunnygrunt went through a phase of naming releases after members of the band, for example Jen-Fi after bassist Jen Wolfe, Karen Haters Club after drummer/vocalist Karen Ried, and Matt Harnish And Other Delights after guitarist/vocalist Matt Harnish. As time went on, almost everyone who had ever been considered a full-time member had an album or EP named after them, so the practice was dropped.