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Brian: Wow, a song named after a girl. There aren't a million of those already.
Stewie: Name twenty.
Brian: Rosanna, Roxanne, Michelle, Alison, Sarah, Angie, Brandynote , Mandy, Gloria, Cecilia, Maggie May, Jessica, Nancy, Barbara Ann, Billie Jean, Layla, Lola, Polly, Helena, Jenny from the Block.
Stewie: Name six more.
Brian: Sherry, Laura, Wendy, Maria, Peggy Sue, Minnie the Moocher.
Stewie: Name five more.
Brian: Tracy, Jean, Jane, Mary Ann, Eleanor Rigby.
Stewie: (throws down guitar) Go fuck yourself.
Family Guy, "Ocean’s Three and a Half"

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. For songs about men, see One-Man Song.

When the One Woman in question is a Historical Domain Character, this may be a Historical Biography Song.

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Standard Examples:

    Alternative Dance 

    Alternative Hip Hop 

    Alternative Rock 

  • Tales of Us by Goldfrapp is an entire hard-to-categorise album of down-tempo single-person songs and seven of them are One Woman Songs: "Jo", "Annabel", "Drew", "Ulla", "Thea", "Simone" and "Laurel".

    Big Band 

  • "Maissie" - Syd Barrett



  • Swedish-language lied "Rose-Marie" by Zachris Topelius and Karl Collan. It's about Rose-Marie being pretty and seventeen.
  • "Für Elise" by Ludwig van Beethoven; an instrumental piano piece but well known by the name of the woman it's dedicated to.

  • "Molly", "Isabel" and "Annie's Song" - John Denver
  • "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town" -Johnny Darrell (Covered Up by Kenny Rogers)
    • Spawned an answer song "Billy, I've Got To Go To Town" by Geraldine Stevens
  • "My Maria" - B.W. Stevenson (Covered Up by Brooks & Dunn)
  • "Sweet Annie" - Zac Brown Band
  • "Adalida" - George Strait
  • Zig-zagged with Alan Jackson's "Dallas". The title refers to both the city and a girl named Dallas, with the narrator singing that "I wish Dallas was in Tennessee".
  • "Louise" - Daniel Romano
  • "Amy's Song" by Brent Anderson, which samples "Amie" as seen below
  • "Annabelle (Arkansas Is Callin' You)" by Hot Apple Pie
  • "Arlene" by Marty Stuart
  • "Kathleen" and "Loretta" - Townes Van Zandt
  • "My Antonia" by Emmylou Harris and Dave Matthews
  • "Valerie Leon" - Daniel Romano

    Country Rock 
  • "Amie" - Pure Prairie League

  • "Angeline" - Groove Coverage
  • The trance act Ayla and their self-titled song were named after a girl who was in the studio while lead producer DJ Tandu (Ingo Kunzi) was recording said song. It later received a Sequel Song in the form of "Ayla Part II".
  • "Boten Anna", "Camilla", "Elinor" - Basshunter
  • "Charlene" - Missing Heart
  • "Macarena" - Los Del Rio
  • "Maria" - TKA (the chorus has a Shout-Out to the song of the same name from West Side Story)
  • "Stella" - FM Attack (dedicated to the artist's daughter)
  • "Stella" - Jam & Spoon

    Dark Cabaret 
  • "Bernadette" - IAMX
  • "Delilah" - The Dresden Dolls

  • "Suzanne" - Leonard Cohen
  • "Barbara Allen" (Also "Barbarous Ellen", for her treatment of 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
  • "Molly Malone" - an Irish traditional about a beautiful seafood-peddling girl who died and continued wandering the streets with her barrow as a ghost.
  • "Peggy Gordon" - a Canadian song of unknown origin.
  • "Flora" and "Polly Von" - Peter, Paul and Mary
  • "Annmarie" - Anaïs Mitchell. The singer pleads with the titular woman.
  • "Marianne" - The Easy Riders
  • "Aura Lee and "Lorena" - American Civil War ballads.
  • "Lily Munro" - The adventures of a Sweet Polly Oliver.

    Folk Rock 
  • "Cecilia" - Simon & Garfunkel (She's breaking his heart, shaking his confidence daily; AND he's begging her please to come home)
    • And its updated version, "Oh Cecilia", by The Vamps and Shawn Mendes.
    • "Mrs. Robinson", also by Simon and Garfunkel.
    • If you're feeling generous, "For Emily, Wherever I May Find Her" ... though with that one if you don't know what the name is you would never guess it (there's no chorus per se and the name "Emily" never appears in the song itself at all, only in the title).
  • "Sally Anne", "Penelope" and "Margarita" - Great Big Sea.
  • "Rosie" - Fairport Convention
  • "Alison Gross" (a witch) - Steeleye Span
  • "Hey Rose", "Genevieve", and "Viola" by Girlyman, though only one was written by a man.
  • "Janis" by Country Joe McDonald.
  • Martina-Phranc, by a woman this instance.
  • "Polly" by Walk Off the Earth
  • "Jenny" by the Mountain Goats (an allusion to Pirate Jenny).
  • "Come On Eileen" - Dexys Midnight Runners

    Hard Rock 
  • "Beth" - KISS (He hears her callin', but he can't come home right now)
  • "Carrie" - Europe
  • Thin Lizzy have "Sweet Marie", "Sarah", and "Sarah": Both songs called "Sarah" were completely unrelated musically, but were about different relatives of Phil Lynott with that first name (the first was about his grandmother, the somewhat more well-known second was about his then-new-born daughter). There's also "Rosemarie", which they Covered Up from Bob Seger.
  • "My Michelle" - Guns N' Roses
  • "Theodora" and "Penelope Graves" - Dirt Poor Robins

    Indie Pop 

    Indie Rock 
  • "Sylvia" - The Antlers
  • "Alisa" - Cut Copy
  • "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
  • "Dr. Suzanne Mattox PhD" and "Patricia the Stripper" - The Wombats
  • "Josephine" and "Caroline" by Brandi Carlile
  • "Irene" - Pinguini Tattici Nucleari
  • Pick ONE post-"Ho Hey" hit for The Lumineers. "Ophelia", "Gloria", "Angela", "Cleopatra" get it.
  • "Jenny", "Anna Sun", "Lisa Baby", "Candycane Jane" - Walkthe Moon

  • "Itoshi No Riley" - DREAMS COME TRUE


    Jazz Rock 



    New Wave 

  • "Maggie May" by Rod Stewart, about a possessive girlfriend.
  • Michael Jackson:
    • "Billie Jean" - Michael Jackson's signature song, from Thriller. It's about how the titular Billie Jean has been going around telling everyone she and the narrator are lovers, and that her child is his.
    • Also, "Dirty Diana," from the Bad album.
  • "Jenny from the Block" - Jennifer Lopez's Rock-Star Song
  • "Kitty" - Written by Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn, recorded by Racey and Covered Up by Toni Basil as "Mickey".
  • "Eve" and "Julia" - Chantal Kreviazuk.
  • The Four Seasons:
    • "Sherry"
    • "Ronnie"
    • "Dawn"
    • "Marlena".
  • "Brandy" - Looking Glass (She's a fine girl. What a good wife she would be.)
  • "Diana" by Paul Anka: "I'm so young and you're so old, this, Diana, I've been told."
  • "Rosanna" by Toto, sung about the keyboarist's girlfriend at the time, Rosanna Arquette.
    • Less famous ones from various albums include "Angela", "Manuela Run", "Lorraine", "Goodbye Elenore", "Carmen", "Holyanna", "Lea", "Anna", "Mushanga", "Pamela", "Mrs. Johnson", "Miss Sun", "Melanie", and "Chelsea"
  • "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
  • "Jean" - Oliver!
    • Also "Angelica", "Anna", and "The Picture of Kathleen Dunne"
  • 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
  • "Anita" - Doe Maar
  • "Nachtzuster ("Night Nurse") - Doe Maar from their album 4US (Album).
  • "Black Lady" from Donna Summer's I Remember Yesterday.
  • "Diana" and "Olivia" from One Direction
  • "Eloise" - Barry Ryan
  • "Yoshimé (and the Pink Robots)" - The Flaming Lips
  • "Chloe (You're the One I Want" by Emblem 3
  • "Juliet" - The Four Pennies
  • "Caldonia" - Louis Jordan and His Tympani Five
  • "Delilah" - Tom Jones
  • "Ginny Come Lately" - Brian Hyland
  • "Diane" - The Bachelors
  • "Bernadette" - Four Tops
  • "Bernadine" - Pat Boone
  • "Candida" - Tony Orlando & Dawn
  • "Lady In Black" - Bad Boys Blue

    Pop Punk 

    Pop Rock 

  • "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.
  • " "Medusa," "Louise," "Lorraine," "Evelyn," "Clementina," "Cynara," "Desdemona," and "Michelle" - Clan of Xymox
  • "Anna" by The Menzingers, about narrator's faltering long-distance relationship with the titular Anna.

    Power Pop 
  • "Denise" - Fountains of Wayne
  • "Jenny" - The Click Five
  • Music/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"
    • "Nicole"

    R & B 
  • "Bernadette" - Four Tops (Some men spend their whole lives searching for what we had)
  • "Charlene" - Anthony Hamilton

  • "Michelle" and "Mari-Johanna" - by Mariska, a female artist. Even though the song explicitly refers to Mari-Johanna as a girl it can be easily taken to stand in for something other than an actual girl.
    • "Michelle" is an unusual entry on this list since it has the narrator longing for their crazy romance with Michelle — but they acknowledge that their feelings are irrational, as their life is now good and a living hell with Michelle, an apparent narcissist and explicitly stated psychological and physical abuser.
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      aiheet pistit taskuun mulle ei jäänyt
      kuin mustelmat siitä illasta marraskuun
      Sairaalalaskuun kääntöpuolelle raapustan kaipaan sua Michelle
  • "Sherane a.k.a. Master Splinter's Daughter" - Kendrick Lamar, based on his real high school girlfriend of the same name.
  • "Thotiana" by Blueface.
  • "Roxanne" by Arizona Zervas.

    Rap Metal 

  • "Cherry Oh Baby" - UB40


    Rock and Roll 

    Roots Rock 
  • The Blasters' catalogue is full of these. "Kathleen," "Marie, Marie," "Justine," "Julie" ....

  • A metric tonne of Finnish Schlager canon, including but not limited to:
    • Foksi songs: "Eeva", "Irja", "Maruzella", "Karina"
    • Humppa songs: "Sheila", "Amalia" (or "Erokirje heilille")
    • Walzes: "Emma", "Saariston Sirkka", "Ramona", "Kyllikki", "Joensuun Elli", "Anniina"
    • Finnish Tangos: "Humiko", "Sabina", "Aila", "Annabella", "Anneli Anneli Anneli", "Monika Monika Monika", "Ritva", "Angelique"
    • Humorous couplets: "Lievestuoreen Liisa", "Babylonin Sanna", "Ieva", "Lenita", "Elsa, kohtalon lapsi", "Esteri, tyttö sadepisarain"
    • Others (not intended to be danced): "Lulu", "Sulamit"
  • Tango songs: "Perfidia"

    Southern Rock 

  • "Santa Lucia" is originally a Neapolitan song that's about the city and boating with repeats of "Saint Lucy" added in pretty much like filler, but the Nordic Saint Lucy celebration songs actually are about the saint.
  • "Lili Marlene"

And countless others.


    Alternative Dance 
  • "Lilian" - Depeche Mode. Ostensibly about a really evil ex who's just broken up with the singer.

    Alternative Rock 
  • "Mary Jane" - Tori Amos. It's not about a girl.
  • Also subverted in "Song for Whoever" by The Beautiful South, A song about a cynical songwriter of these kinds of songs, who due to repeated Muse Abuse, 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 a woman named Jenny ("oh girl, I only wanna be down with you") until it's revealed that Beck has a secondary interest: Debra, Jenny'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.
  • "Magdalena" by dEUS from The Ideal Crash.
  • "Whatsername" by Green Day.
  • They Might Be Giants: "She Thinks She's Edith Head" is a one-woman song, but not about the woman whose name is in the title.

  • "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.

  • "Christiane" by Apollo 440. There are no actual lyrics; only One Woman Wails.
  • "Song for Thelma" by Anders Enger Jensen was dedicated to a friend's dog that had passed away.

  • "Diana" by Comus. It's about rape.

    Folk Rock 
  • "Reva Thereafter" by Girlyman, about the singer's grandmother, and coping with her suicide.
  • "Pretty Girl from Chile" and "Pretty Girl from San Deigo" by the Avett Brothers are both slightly debatable examples; they're seemingly named after specific girls, it's just that they don't reveal the names of these girls.

  • "Mary Jane" by Rick James. Like the Tori Amos song, not about a girl.

  • In "Polly" by Nirvana the narrator addresses their rape victim as if she was a pet bird.
  • "Ana's Song" by Silverchair. 'Ana' is actually short for anorexia, not a girl's name.

    Heavy Metal 

    Hip Hop 

    Indie Pop 
  • "June" - Florence + the Machine. It refers to when the song, written in support of the LGBT community, took place (namely the 2016 Pulse nightclub shootings).


    New Wave 

  • "Matilda" by Harry Belafonte is about a woman who stole $500 from the narrator and ran off to Venezuela.
  • "Molly" by Bobby Goldsboro is about a newly-blinded soldier returning to his wife and child.

  • 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.

    R & B 

  • "Lola" - Silly little number by The Kinks... that's actually about a transvestite. Maybe. All we know for sure is that the singer is "glad I'm a man, and so is Lola."
  • "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, 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.
  • "Ilona" by Apulanta is about Ilona's suicide and the narrator's grief, not the girl herself.
  • "Thea"[[note]]Demo version of "Blood-Spattered Sundress" by Schoolyard Heroes is about a real bitch of a (former) friend.
  • "Rene" by The Small Faces. She's a prostitute in the London Docks of the 1960s.

  • "Pamela" by Jaakko Teppo is about the character in Dallas and the narrator is a (moderately sane) Loony Fan who sings about his reasoning behind his choice of Pamela as his favourite lady. (Lucy is too "tiny" and Sue-Ellen too heavy a drinker for him.)

  • Stephen Colbert had a signature song that was "chart-adjacent" in the eighties, entitled "Charlene", where the narrator is obsessed with the titular woman and the song literally spells out how the narrator stalks her.
    • There was a sequel song recently that Colbert sang with the Black Belles called "Charlene 2 : I'm over you". Hint:he's not really.
  • Martina Navratilova, Wish You Were Mine-As heard on the ''Tony Horne In The Morning'', the song talks about how the legendary tennis champ is Not Like Other Girls, broke the singer's fingers, looks manly, and how he probably wishes she was his girlfriend.
  • Paul And Storm have "K-R-I-S-T-I" about Kristi Lee of the Bob & Tom show, which is a song in the acrostic poem mold. The first I stands partially for "my eye, which you adorned with pepper spray", while T is for "tears I shed from love ... and pepper spray" and the other I is for "my other eye, which you also pepper sprayed."
  • "Carol Brown" - Flight of the Concords. Though many other women are mentioned, the chorus is punctuated with a last line about the titular Carol.


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