, Maggie May
, Barbara Ann
, Billie Jean
, Jenny from the Block.
Songs named after girls, usually the Love Interest
of the male singer. This trope is one that just keeps coming back
, but for some reason female singers tend to not name songs specifically after guys.
Not to be confused with One-Woman Wail
Alternative Hip Hop
- "Joey" - Concrete Blonde. A rare example of a One Man Song.
- "Laura" - Scissor Sisters' pop number opening their first full album. Also the name of a song by Billy Joel.
- "Mary Jane" - Alanis Morissette
- "Valerie" - The Zutons (covered - Mark Ronson, of course). Also the name of a song by Steve Winwood.
- "Ramona" - Beck (From Scott Pilgrim vs. The World)
- "Isobel" - Björk
- "Emaline" - Ben Folds Five
- Also "Julianne," "Kate," "Alice Childress," and "Gracie."
- "Gracie" is written (and named) for Folds' daughter.
- Also Ben Folds' (no longer Five) "Saskia Hamilton" and "Kylie from Connecticut"
- "Caroline" - Concrete Blonde
- "Grace" - Jeff Buckley
- "Magdalena", "Brena", and "Judith" - A Perfect Circle
- "Jacqueline" - Franz Ferdinand
- "Tautou" - Brand New
- "Mary", "Talula", "Ophelia", "Marianne" and "Josephine" -Tori Amos
- "Lucy" - Skillet
- "Ruby note " -The Kaiser Chiefs
- "Adrienne" - The Calling
- "Alison" - Slowdive
- "Claudia Lewis" - M83
- "Layla" - Riff-driven Derek and the Dominoes signature song.
- "Maggie M'Gill" - The Doors
- "Molly", "Isabel" and "Annie's Song" - John Denver
- Rubynote , Don't Take Your Love to Town" - Kenny Rogers
- Spawned an answer song "Billy, I've Got To Go To Town" by Geraldine Stevens
- "Austin" - Blake Shelton
- "My Maria" - Brookes and Dunn
- "Kathleen" and "Loretta" - Townes Van Zandt
- "Amie" - Pure Prairie League
- "Delilah" - The Dresden Dolls
- Of course we cannot forget the more famous song of the same name by Tom Jones (she stood there laughing / I felt the knife in my hand, and she laughed no more.)
- "Suzanne" - Leonard Cohen
- "Barbara Allen" (Also "Barbarous Ellen", for her treatment of the Jimmy Grove.) - traditional British; variants all over the English-speaking world.
- "To Ramona" - Bob Dylan
- "For Emma" - Bon Iver
- "Hazey Jane I" and "Hazey Jane II" - Nick Drake
- "Polly" - Nirvana
- If addressing your rape victim as if she was a pet bird counts.
- "Beth" - KISS (He hears her callin', but he can't come home right now)
- "Carrie" - Europe
- "Sarah" and "Sarah" by Thin Lizzy (two totally different songs by the same band, released about 7 years apart)
- "Mary Jo" - Belle and Sebastian
- "Silvia" and "Julie" - Jens Lekman. (He also has a Dear Friend Lisa.)
- "Hey There Delilah" - Plain White T's
- "Sylvia" - The Antlers
- "Cath..." - Death Cab for Cutie
- "Geraldine" - Glasvegas
- "Celestine" - Kirsty Mac Coll
- "Girl Called Alex" - Kurt Vile
- "Silvia" and "Billie Holliday" - Miike Snow
- "Jezebel" - Two Hours Traffic
- "Rikki Don't Lose That Number", "Peg", and "Josie" by Steely Dan.
- "Audrey," "Jessica," and (debatably) "Amber" - Dir en Grey
- "Darlene" - Erasure (interesting in that it is sung as if to a love interest, but the singer is a gay male)
- "Maggie May" by Rod Stewart, about a possessive girlfriend.
- "Billie Jean" - Michael Jackson's signature song.
- Also, "Dirty Diana," from the Bad album.
- "Jenny from the Block" - Jennifer Lopez's Rockstar Song
- "Kitty" - Written by Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn, recorded by Racey and Covered Up by Toni Basil.
- "Eve" and "Julia" - Chantal Kreviazuk.
- "Sherry", "Ronnie", "Dawn" and "Marlena" are all the Four Seasons.
- "Brandy" - Looking Glass (She's a fine girl. What a good wife she would be.)
- "Diana" - Paul Anka
- "Rosanna" by Toto, sung about the lead singer's girlfriend at the time, Rosanna Arquette.
- Less famous ones from various albums include "Anna", "Holyanna", "Pamela", and "Melanie".
- "Alison" - Jordy (with both the singer and the cartoon girl being children).
- "Célimène" - David Martial.
- "Oh! Carol" - Neil Sedaka
- "Windy" - Ruthann Friedman, sung by The Association
- "Angie" - Cobra Starship
- "Carrie Ann" - The Hollies
- French singer Najoua Belyzel is particuarly fond of these songs, as she has a female example and THREE male examples. The female example is "Stella" and the male examples are "Gabriel", "Denis" and "Jérémie".
- "From Sarah With Love" - German singer Sarah Connor.
- "I've Got A Crush On Hilary Duff" - Australian singer Scott Cain.
- "Racey Lacey" - Girls Aloud
- "Haushinka" - Green Day
- "Maria" as well.
- Also, "Amy", "Ashley", and "Amanda".
- "Josie" - blink-182
- "Jasey Rae" - All Time Low
- "Dakota" - A Rocket to the Moon
- "Sarah Smiles" - Panic! at the Disco
- "Ashley" - Escape the Fate
- "Emily" - From First To Last
- "Alice" and "Marian" - The Sisters Of Mercy
- They also covered "Emma" by Hot Chocolate and "Jolene" by Dolly Parton.
R & B
- "Denise" - Fountains Of Wayne
- "Jenny" - The Click Five
- Waltham were apparently pretty fond of this trope, as four different songs on their self-titled album were named after women: "Cheryl (Come And Take A Ride)", "Joanne", "Maria Simeone", and "Nicole".
- "Bernadette" - Four Tops (Some men spend their whole lives searching for what we had)
- "Charlene" - Anthony Hamilton
Rock and Roll
- "Roxanne" - The Police about "redeeming" a prostitute.
- "Michelle" - The quintessential Silly Love Song from The Beatles.
- "Eleanor Rigby" - The classic Beatles Tear Jerker, of course.
- "Julia" and "Sexy Sadie", too.
- "Angie" - Depending on which rumor you believe: Mick Jagger bragging about nailing David Bowie's wife, Mick Jagger lamenting wanting Bowie's wife, or Mick Jagger apologizing for nailing her husband.
- "Barbara Ann" - The Beach Boys' surf rock classic, of course. They tried other girls, but they knew they wouldn't do.
- "Sara" - Bob Dylan
- "Sara" - Starship (Storms are the wind in her eyes, of course.)
- "Rosalita", "Leah", "Sherry Darling" - Bruce Springsteen
- "Suzy Lee" - The White Stripes
- "Emily" - The title of songs by From First to Last, Elton John, and Michael W. Smith, and Frankie Valli, all unrelated to one another
- "Susie Q" - originally by Dale Hawkins, made famous by Creedence Clearwater Revival (Baby, I love you)
- "Sophia" - Hed PE
- "Rosemary" - Lenny Kravitz
- "Lydia" - Fur Patrol
- The same band later inverted this trope with their next single "Andrew".
- "Maria Maria" - Santana
- "Mary" - The Feelers
- "My Sharona" - The Knack (by the way, the woman named Sharona, who was on the single cover, is an ordinary woman who sells real estate in Southern California.)
- "Ann" - Andy Dwyer's song about Ann Perkins on Parks and Recreation; written and performed by Chris Pratt, the actor who plays Andy. Subverted in a later episode when he wrote a song about April... and titled it "November".
- "Carol" and "Anna" - Al Stewart
- "Vivica" - Jack Off Jill
- "Jane" - Jefferson Starship
- "Martha" - Tom Waits
- "Vera" - Pink Floyd (The One Woman in this case is the real-life Vera Lynn)
- "Donna" - Ritchie Valens
- "Lucille" - Little Richard
- "Maybellene" and "Nadine" - Chuck Berry
- "Peggy Sue" - Buddy Holly
And literally countless
others, in itself, an interesting result for Transfinite Number Theory
- "Lilian" - Depeche Mode. Ostensibly about a really evil ex who's just broken up with the singer.
- "Mary Jane" - Tori Amos. It's not about a girl.
- Also subverted in "Song for Whoever" by the Beautiful South, where due to repeated Muse Abuse the singer/writer can't remember which of the many One Women is which:
Oh Shirley,Oh Deborah, Oh Julie, Oh Jane
I wrote so many songs about you I forget your name
Oh Cathy, Oh Alison, Oh Phillipa, Oh Sue
You made me so much money I wrote this song for you
- Subverted in "Helena"; the song is about grieving for a dead woman (Word of God says the singer's grandma.)
- Subverted in "Debra" - Beck. The song's lyrics begin to direct the song towards one girl ("oh girl, I only wanna be down with you") until it's revealed that Beck has a secondary interest: Debra, the girl's sister ("and your sister, I think her name is Debra"). The track is done in the vein of R. Kelly-like R&B ballads and seems to be one until the hilarious twist of Beck pining for a little more is made apparent.
- "Jamie" by Weezer, a tribute to their lawyer. Similarly, "Susanne", about their A & R assistant.
- "Lucille" by Kenny Rogers, which is about the man's wife running off and leaving him to raise their four children alone on a farm.
- Played with in that Rogers is not singing as the jilted husband, but as the poor barfly Lucille was trying to hook up with who is now having to watch this poor stranger's life fall apart.
- "Jolene" by Dolly Parton, sung by the cuckolded wife to the woman her man is having an affair with.
- "Boy Named Sue" - Johnny Cash, as the title says the girl's name in this case doesn't relate to a girl.
- "Reva Thereafter" by Girlyman, about the singer's grandmother, and coping with her suicide.
- "Mary Jane" by Rick James. Like the Tori Amos song, not about a girl.
R & B
- More than half of the songs on Slint's Tweez are named after women ("Carol", "Charlotte", "Darlene", "Rhoda", and "Nan Ding"). The thing is that all of these are non-appearing titles that have nothing to do with the song content, and the remaining four songs have male names. They decided to just title the songs as arbitrary shout outs to band members' parents. As for why there's an odd number of names, well, Rhoda was drummer Britt Walford's dog.
- "Lola" - Silly little number by The Kinks... that's actually about a Transvestite. Maybe.
- Similarly, "Chelsea Dagger" by The Fratellis.
- "Delilah" by Queen. The lines "You get away with murder so innocent" and "you pee all over my Chippendale suit" feel somewhat out of place in a sweet and catchy love song, if you don't realise that it's about a cat.
- Why Leelee Won't Love Me by Primitive Whore.
- "Martha My Dear" by The Beatles. It's about Paul's dog.
- "Noelle" by Daniel Amos, which isn't a love song by any means.
- "Mia" by Chevelle. No one's quite sure what it's about.
- "Andzia" by the Polish band Oddział Zamknięty. This is ostensibly a love song about a girl the singer "can no longer live without". In reality, this is a way of Getting Crap Past the Radar - while "Andzia" is a girl's name, it also sounds very much like "gandzia" (pronounced similar to "ganja"), i.e. cannabis. The song, in reality, is about a man's enjoyment/addiction to marijuana.
- "Sara", "Rhiannon" and "Annabel Lee" by Fleetwood Mac.
- "Alejandro" by Lady Gaga is possibly a triple subversion. First it is inverted. Second there are three men in the song. And finally Gaga is fending off their advances.
- "Stephen" by Ke$ha is a song about a man, sung by a woman.
- "Etienne" by Guesch Patti, also a song by a woman about a man.
- "Jillian (I'd Give My Heart)" by Within Temptation takes this subtrope Up to Eleven. The song is sung about a woman, from the perspective of her male love interest, by a woman. (It was written as a Shout-Out to a fantasy novel series).