Common method of naming things "The (Something) Blues". Very prevalent in Blues music,
although there are also many, many
non-blues songs with a title like this.
See also The Something Song
and Ballad of X
For the "something blue" worn at a wedding, see Old, New, Borrowed and Blue
- Cowboy Bebop: The episode title "Asteroid Blues," and the credits song, "The Real Folk Blues," named after the famous album series.
- The Sailor Moon DiC North American dub had a large number of episodes titled "Something-or-other Blues".
- Postman Blues
- Habana Blues
- Miami Blues
- Varsity Blues
- The French title of Analyze This was "Mafia Blues".
- Undercover Blues
- Biloxi Blues
- There have been three movies called St. Louis Blues. The first was a jazz short in the 20's that depicted the only film footage of W.C. Handy (see the Music entry below). The next one was made in the 30's. It was a musical comedy starring Dorothy Lamour. The third was a musical bio-pic about W.C.Handy made in the 50's with Nat King Cole as the lead. Because of this last film, the aforementioned 1930's St. Louis Blues was retitled to Best of the Blues for television.
- "The Weary Blues" from Summer Holiday.
- Israeli film Metallic Blues (which is a Pun-Based Title on the color metallic blue).
- Spaceman Blues: A Love Song
- Clive Barker's Pig Blood Blues
- Bizarro author Jordan Krall's Squid Pulp Blues
- Derek Robinson did two, not related: Red Rag Blues and Kentucky Blues. Both could be puns, with "blues" in the first title contrasting with "reds" (i.e. Communists), and "blues" in the second one alluding to the American Civil War.
- Richard Lupoff's novel Space War Blues.
- The novel Shaman Blues. Makes sense, seeing how it was named after The Doors song below.
- "Cross Road Blues" by Robert Johnson Of course, that's not taking into account more than half of the songs he recorded.
- "Talkin' Dust Bowl Blues", "Dust Bowl Blues" and "Dust Pneumonia Blues" by Woody Guthrie from Dust Bowl Ballads.
- Bob Dylan: "Subterranean Homesick Blues" from Bringing It All Back Home, "Talkin' World War III Blues," "Bob Dylan's Blues," "North Country Blues," "Black Crow Blues," "Outlaw Blues," "Orange Juice Blues" (The Basement Tapes), "Tombstone Blues," "Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again" and dozens of others. Most common on his earlier, folkier albums.
- Louis Armstrong: "Gut Bucket Blues", "Lonesome Blues", "Wild Man Blues", "Potato Head Blues", "Weary Blues", "Keyhole Blues", "S.O.L. Blues", "Gully Low Blues", "Put 'Em Down Blues", "Got No Blues" (which is an interesting subversion we must say), "Savoy Blues", "West End Blues", "Basin Street Blues", "Dallas Blues" and "St. Louis Blues" (all from The Complete Hot Five And Hot Seven Recordings)
- "Dallas Blues" by Hart A. Wand.
- "St Louis Blues" by W.C. Handy.
- Both Utah Phillips and Grandpa Jones have a song called "Cannonball Blues".
- There are numerous songs called "Freight Train Blues".
- "D.B. Blues" by WASP.
- "Nursing Home Blues" by D.R.I.
- "Whorehouse Blues" by Motörhead.
- "Stepped in Cow Shit Blues" by Anal Blast.
- Just "The Blues" by Switchfoot.
- "Roadhouse Blues" and "Shaman Blues" by The Doors.
- "Wolverine Blues" by Entombed.
- "My Melancholy Blues" by Queen.
- "A Junkie's Blues" by Queensr˙che.
- Moby's "Natural Blues" from the album Play. It's actually a remix of "Trouble So Hard", a blues song from 1937.
- "Nodding Donkey Blues" and "Black Bart Blues" by Iron Maiden.
- "Empty Bottle Blues" and "Apple Juice Blues" by They Might Be Giants.
- "Slow Lane Blues" by Saxon.
- "Slow Blues" by Thin Lizzy.
- "Down Payment Blues" and "Satellite Blues" by AC/DC.
- "Buckingham Blues," "Dead Car Battery Blues," and "Generic Blues" by "Weird Al" Yankovic, the latter of which is Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
- "Bell Bottom Blues" by Derek and the Dominos.
- "Yer Blues" by The Beatles. from The White Album, "For You Blue" could count.
- George Harrison's solo career has produced "P2 Vatican Blues", "Sue Me, Sue You Blues" and "Marwa Blues".
- "Birmingham Blues" by Electric Light Orchestra.
- Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds album
- Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus.
- From Cave's Grinderman side project, "No Pussy Blues."
- Arcade Fire have '(Antichrist Television Blues)'.
- Jimi Hendrix: "Earth Blues", "Country Blues", "Catfish Blues", "Slow Blues"
- "Red Army Blues" by the Waterboys.
- "Blues For Baby And Me" and "I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues" by Elton John.
- "More Blues" and "Jugband Blues" by Pink Floyd
- "Deacon Blues" by Steely Dan
- "Shotgun Blues" by Kenny Wayne Shepherd
- Shotgun Blues by Guns N' Roses
- "City Boy Blues" by Mötley Crüe.
- "St. James Infirmary Blues", a traditional number with varying versions of lyrics.
- "Zombie Apocalypse Blues" and "SYSTEM ERROR Blues" by Rock, Paper, Cynic.
- Running Gun Blues from The Man Who Sold the World by David Bowie.
- Long Island Blues by Julian Casablancas.
- "Sanguinary Blues" by The Black League.
- The White Stripes have "300 M.P.H Torrential Outpour Blues", "Catch Hell Blues" and "Instinct Blues".
- "Scumbag Blues" by Them Crooked Vultures.
- About a dozen songs by The Grateful Dead fall into this trope.
- And the studio album Blues For Allah.
- "The Dead Flag Blues" by Godspeed You! Black Emperor, one of the occasional non-Blues songs with such a title.
- Johnny Cash had several throughout his career, including his hit, "Folsom Prison Blues."
- "Travelling Riverside Blues" by Led Zeppelin.
- "Traveling Riverside Blues" by Robert Johnson.
- "Dachau Blues" and "My Human Gets Me Blues" by Captain Beefheart on Trout Mask Replica.
- "Desperate Man Blues" from Daniel Johnston's Hi, How Are You and "Chord Organ Blues" from his album Yip/Jump Music.
- "Pacific Ocean Blues" by Dennis Wilson from Pacific Ocean Blue.
- The Rolling Stones' unreleased "Cocksucker Blues" from Exile on Main St..
- Talkin' Seattle Grunge Rock Blues by Todd Snider.
- A subversion: a blues from Chicago Transit Authority titled "South California Purples".
- "Blues for Alice", by Charlie Parker.
- "The Cape Verdean Blues", Horace Silver.
- Blues for the Red Sun, Kyuss
- "ProzaKc Blues", King Crimson
- "Rich Kid Blues", The Raconteurs.
- "Helplessness Blues" by the Fleet Foxes.
- "Summertime Blues", originally performed by Eddie Cochran, later covered by many acts, including Blue Cheer, The Who, and Rush.
- "Short White Blues" by Eric Bogle.
- "Talkin' Alien Abduction Blues," "Talkin' Woody, Bob, Bruce, & Dan Blues," and "Airplane Blues" by Dan Bern.
- "Fighting Man Blues" by THE BACK HORN.
- From Neil Young, we have "Revolution Blues," "Vampire Blues," and "Ambulance Blues."
- "(Shell Blues)" by Kurt Vile
- "Arcade Blues" by Neon Indian
- "Hard Time Killing Floor Blues" by Skip James
- "Fraternity Blues", "White Freight Liner Blues", "Talking Thunderbird Blues", "Rex's Blues", "Chauffeur's Blues", and a cover of "Cocaine Blues" all appear on Townes Van Zandt's Live at the Old Quarter Houston, Texas
- Good ol' Screamin' Jay Hawkins gives us a song about real pain with the Constipation Blues.
- Tom "T-Bone" Stankus' "Existential Blues," "Existential Blues Part 2," and "Working at the K-Mart Blues"
- Peter, Paul and Mary's "San Francisco Bay Blues" and "Talkin' Candy Bar Blues"
- King Oliver's "Canal Street Blues"
- Bix Beiderbecke's "Jazz Me Blues," "Royal Garden Blues" and "Talkin' the Blues"
- The album I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama by Janis Joplin.
- The Original Memphis Five's "The Great White Way Blues" and "Meanest Blues"
- Beatrice Kay's "The Ol' Piano Roll Blues"
- "Blues from a Gun" by The Jesus and Mary Chain
- Soul Coughing have "Screenwriter's Blues".
- Hank Williams' "Weary Blues from Waiting"
- Oliver Naylor's "Slowin' Down Blues"
- Glenn Frey's "Smuggler's Blues", popularized by Miami Vice.
- "You've Got The Blues (Not Me)" by David Lee Roth.
- "L.A. Blues" from Fun House by The Stooges.
- "Fumblin' With The Blues" from The Heart of Saturday Night, "Tom Traubert's Blues" and "Invitation To The Blues" from Small Change by Tom Waits.
- "Blues from Down Here" by TV on the Radio from Return To Cookie Mountain, which puts the "blues" part right up front.
- The Allman Brothers Band's "Come and Go Blues".
- John Zorn: The track "Alhambra Blues" on "Alhambra Love Songs" (2009).
- The Simpsons' "Moanin' Lisa Blues" from The Simpsons Sing The Blues.
- The Virginians' "Teddy Bear Blues"
- Mamie Smith's "Crazy Blues"
- Katie Lee's "Repressed Hostility Blues"
- Jim Croce's "Working at the Car Wash Blues"
- Rory Gallagher's "Loanshark Blues"
- Chicago's "Mississippi Delta City Blues."
- Jimmie Rodgers: Rodgers had quite a few of these including "The Brakeman Blues" "Never No Mo' Blues" "Blue Yodel No. 4 (California Blues)" "Tuck Away My Lonesome Blues" and "Those Gambler's Blues"
- Nancy Sinatra's "Limehouse Blues"
- "Beverly Hills Blues" by Bobby McFerrin, with ad-libbed lyrics by Robin Williams.
- Leadbelly's "Jim Crow Blues"
- One game in I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue was to improvise a Blues song. The title would always be in this form (eg, "The Trichologist's Blues" or "The Kerry Packer Blues"). In one case the song was called "The West Indies Blues", but was sung as a calypso.
- The St. Louis Blues, named for the W.C. Handy song of the same name.
- "Women's Club Blues" from Love Life.
- "Homesick Blues" from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
- "The Red Blues" from Silk Stockings.
- "Buddy's Blues" (also known as "The God-Why-Don't-You-Love-Me Blues") from Follies.
- "L.A. Blues" from City of Angels.
- "Papa's Blues" from Starlight Express.
- "The Fatherhood Blues" from Baby.
- "'The Half Of It, Dearie' Blues" from Lady, Be Good!.
- "The Where-Has-My-Hubby-Gone Blues" from No No Nanette.
- Little unrelated, but Proto Man's Japanese name is Blues.
- The third Fallout: New Vegas DLC is Old World Blues. The DLC mentions it as an in-universe term for extreme, crippling nostalgia to the point that you can't really operate in the here-and-now — though a good karma ending has it evolve into a more positive term, with greater respect for the potential of Old World Blues to turn to New World Hope (an evil karma ending solidifies the old meaning and pairs it with New World Misery).
- Interactive Fiction games Cowboy Blues and Chunky Blues.
- A series of hack-and-slash mods for Neverwinter Nights called Underdark Blues.
- "Grinder's Blues," Poets of the Fall's Rockabilly Theme Song to Sci-Fi Platformer Rochard, where the Asteroid Miner protagonist laments that he and his crew are barely skating by.
- Metalocalypse pokes fun at this in one episode, with an old man telling bizarre circumstances in which various songs with these kind of title, which are often massively convoluted, were made, including one that a person apparently composed as they were being killed by a train.