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
- Cowboy Bebop: The ending song "The Real Folk Blues" and the episode title "Asteroid Blues".
- The Sailor Moon 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.
- 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.
- "Cross Road Blues" by Robert Johnson Of course, that's not taking into account more than half of the songs he recorded.
- Bob Dylan: "Subterranean Homesick Blues," "Talkin' World War III Blues," "Bob Dylan's Blues," "North Country Blues," "Black Crow Blues," "Outlaw Blues," "Tombstone Blues," "Stuck Inside of Mobile" and dozens of others. Most common on his earlier, folkier albums.
- "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 Motorhead.
- "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.
- "Melancholy Blues" by Queen.
- "A Junkie's Blues" by Queensr˙che.
- "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. "For You Blue" could count.
- George Harrison's solo career has produced "P2 Vatican 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 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
- "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.
- The Rolling Stones' unreleased "Cocksucker Blues"
- 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
- One game in Im Sorry I Havent 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.
- "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.
- 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.