Up a hillside in the snow
Casting shadows on the winter sky
As you stood there, counting crows.
A Singer Namedrop is when an artist or a band interweaves their name into the lyrics of one of their songs. Dropping one's name is a way to make listeners remember who sang the song. This can take a form of either simply saying the name (regardless of context), indicating that the song is about him or her, or introducing him or herself, usually in the hook.
Singer namedrops are a common element of rap songs, with some rappers using their name as a way of saying "I'm goin' in!" With some rappers, like 2 Chainz, their name is practically a catchphrase.
- Tsukiuta ends their anime with one of these, "Tsukinouta" where all twelve members get a line with their name. It works particularly well, since they all have Meaningful Names based on symbols related to the months they represent. When the stage cast performs the song live, the fans call out their names at their line. The second stage play's theme song also featured all of their names.
- Love Live! featured one of these as µ's' final song, "Bokutachi wa Hitotsu no Hikari" ("We are One Light").
- Almost every rap song ever.
- Green Day had a song called "Green Day" on their debut album.
- This was when their name was "Sweet Children". They got the name "Green Day" from the song. "Sweet Children" was also the name of one of their early songs, but it's uncertain whether that song was written before or after their name change.
- For one that was the name's band to begin with, "Iron Maiden", which the band uses to finish the regular set.
- "Welllll we were just another band out of Boston" - from "Rock N' Roll Band"
- Lady Gaga uses the word "gaga" often in her songs, like "Just Dance", "Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)", "Bad Romance", "Monster", and "Judas". An example from "Bad Romance":
Want your bad romance.
Gaga, ga oh-ah
- In the song "Government Hooker:
Gaga, ga oh-oh-oh
Io ritorne, io ritorne.
Io ritorne, io ritorne.
- Even the producers of her songs get in on the act: the first word of "Just Dance" is RedOne, the producer of that song.
- There are many, many Vocaloid covers of Lady Gaga songs. Naturally, any Singer Namedrop instances tend to change from 'Gaga' to the name of the Vocaloid (e.g.: 'Luka')
- In Rihanna's "Umbrella" featuring Jay-Z:
Jay, Rain Man is back with little Ms. SunshineRihanna where you at?
- Roxette does this in "Dance Away" and "Joyride".
- The mention of "Denny Mclaren" in Don Mclean's cover version of "The Mountains of Mourne" is this, with a bit of stretching to fit the song's metre; in the original lyrics, it's "Peter O'Loughlin".
- Metallica and Megadeth each have one. Metallica's in 'Whiplash'
We'll never stopWe'll never quitCos we're Metallica
- Megadeth's is in 'Rattlehead': "Thrashing to Megadeth".
- The Low Millions take this up a notch with their song "Low Millions".
- Freddie Mercury does it in Queen song "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" ("Ready, Freddie") and in his solo song "Mr. Bad Guy". All four Queen members are mentioned in "Invisible Man" from The Miracle too. There's also "Killer Queen".
- Chaka Khan's hit "I Feel for You" included Melle Mel a a backup rapper, who repeated the name 'Chaka Khan' dozens of times.
- Counting Crows do this in A Murder of One:
Well, I dreamt I saw you walkingUp a hillside in the snowCasting shadows on the winter skyAs you stood there, counting crows.
- In "Piano Man" by Billy Joel:
He says, "Bill, I believe this is killing me."
As his smile ran away from his face...
- In "The Girl is Mine" duet with Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney from Thriller, spoken lines include:
Paul: "Michael, we're not going to fight about this"
Michael: "Paul, I think I told you. I'm a lover not a fighter."
- A few They Might Be Giants examples: "Sapphire Bullets of Pure Love" (whose title is a reference to the Mahavishnu Orchestra's "Sapphire Bullets of Pure Love", so the "John" mentioned could also be the group's founder, John McLaughlin), "Welcome To The Jungle" (Name's the Same as the Guns N' Roses song, but completely different otherwise), and "They Got Lost" all namedrop members of the band. The band in its entirety is name-dropped in "They Got Lost" and, naturally, "They Might Be Giants."
- From "When Will You Die":
This is Dan, and that's DanAnd there's Marty on the drumsTo complete the bandAnd I'm John, and he is also JohnAnd all of us are wonderingWhen you're gonna die
- "Mr. Xcitement" starts with John Flansburgh listing the band name and guest appearances on the song to some canned applause: "Let it be known... They Might Be Giants. Doughty. The Elegant Two. Mr. Xcitement". In turn, Mike Doughty mentions "Flansy" in one of the verses of the same song.
- When they released "Can't Keep Johnny Down" Linnell and Flansburgh made a point in interviews of distancing themselves from the song's Jerkass Unreliable Narrator.
- From "When Will You Die":
- Jessie J drops her name in the hook of "Do It Like A Dude", in the second verse of "Nobody's Perfect", and uses her first name in "Who's Laughing's Now". She also namechecks both herself and collaborator David Guetta in LaserLight.
- Britney Spears: The opening of "Gimme More" features: "It's Britney, bitch!"
- The rapper's repeated "Shakira, Shakira" in Shakira's "Hips Don't Lie". In fact, it's rare to find a song with Wyclef Jean in which he doesn't namedrop everyone involved.
- In "Hey Paula" by Paul and Paula, the singers address each other by name.
- Wang Chung, "Everybody Have Fun Tonight" ("Everybody Wang Chung tonight!")
- P!nk does this, in "Cuz I Can"
P.I.N.K. P.I.M.P.I'm back againI know y'all missed me
- Liz Phair, "Rock Me":
Your record collection don't existYou don't even know who Liz Phair is.
- MTRKRFT's "Bounce" uses the group's name twice in the beginning.
- At the top of Ma Rainey's "Black Bottom," an announcer-type says, "You've heard the rest, now I'm gonna show you the best. Ma Rainey's gonna show you her Black Bottom." Also, during the song itself, Ma references herself by name a time or two.
- Jimi Hendrix, "Fire" from Are You Experienced.
Move over Rover
And let Jimi take over
- Tony Sheridan with backup by The Beatles in his cover version of "Sweet Georgia Brown."
In Liverpool, she even dared
To criticise the Beatles' hair
With their whole fan club standing there
- By The Beatles themselves, there's the Mind Screw Song of Song Titles "Glass Onion" from The White Album:
Well, here's another clue for you all
The Walrus Was Paul
- "Honey Don't" from Beatles for Sale Ringo Starr sings: "Rock on, George, one time for me!" and "Rock on, George for Ringo one time!"
- Also during the live rendition of "Yesterday" from The Beatles Anthology when George introduces Paul to the crowd with the ironic line: "And for Paul McCartney from Liverpool: opportunity knocks!"
- John Lennon and Yoko Ono did this literally a few times. During "No Bed For Beatle John" on Unfinished Music No. 2: Life with the Lions Yoko and John read newspaper articles about themselves by singing them. And the track "John & Yoko", from Wedding Album, is nothing but them two saying, shouting and whispering each others' names for almost half an hour to a Heartbeat Soundtrack.
- Coheed and Cambria's "Elf Tower New Mexico" has the line "See, there's Coheed, and then Cambria...", and their old name "Shabutie" is said at the beginning of "Devil in Jersey City".
- Doctor Steel drops his name into his songs "Dr. Steel" and "The Dr. Steel Show".
- In Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas?" Sting gets a line about "the bitter sting of tears."
- Wolfgang Gartners Get 'em ft Eve contains both "Wolfgang" and "E-v-e" (spelt out).
- One of Fall Out Boy's songs is called "I Slept With Someone In Fall Out Boy And All I Got Was This Stupid Song Written About Me". The title is never actually sung though.
Oh God, Sean Don, Fall Out Boy
- While Jay-Z doesn't drop his name in the intro or outro for "Thriller", he does go YO! F-O-B! right before the song segues into "The Take Over, The Break's Over".
- Bassist Pete Wentz is also name-dropped in "Saturday" (as even though Pete wrote the lyrics, it made more sense for lead singer Patrick Stump to sing "me and Pete in the wake of Saturday"), and "Rat A Tat", which features Courtney Love, begins with the lyric "It's Courtney, bitch!"
- In "The Mighty Fall", Big Sean drops both his own name and Fall Out Boy's
- Kant Kino 's song "We Are Kant Kino".
- My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult: Sung in "And This Is What The Devil Does" (a.k.a. "The Devil Does Drugs"). Yes, the entire name.
- "Rapper's Delight" by the The Sugarhill Gang. Almost every verse ends with the rapper calling upon the next one by name to do his verse.
- Frank Zappa did this often too. Not only to himself but also to band members.
- We're Only in It for the Money namedrops both Frank and his drummer Jimmy Carl Black.
"Hello, Frank Zappa!""Hi boys and girls, I'm Jimmy Carl Black and I'm the Indian of the group".
- Roxy & Elsewhere: Various namedrops to Napoleon Murphy Brock and Ruth Underwood throughout the album.
- One Size Fits All:
"On Ruth! On Ruth! That's Ruth", at the end of "Inca Roads", which is a shout-out to his percussionist Ruth Underwood."Chester's gorilla" during "Florentine Pogen" refers to Chester Thompson.
- Zappa in New York: During Titties & Beer and Punky's Whips drummer Terry Bozzio is namedropped.
- "Stevie's Spanking" from "Them Or Us" (1984) refers to his guitarist Steve Vai.
- We're Only in It for the Money namedrops both Frank and his drummer Jimmy Carl Black.
- Captain Beefheart:
- During "The Blimp" from Trout Mask Replica: "This is what is going to make Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band a big hit, it's "The Blimp", it's "The Blimp", Frank." With Frank also referring to the Record Producer Frank Zappa.
- Beefheart does this during "Big Eyed Beans From Venus" from "Clear Spot": "Mr. Zoot Horn Rollo hit that long leaning note and let it float."
- The Chicago Bears "Superbowl Shuffle:"
We are the Bears Shufflin' Crew
Shufflin' on down, doin' it for you
- And each verse's first line is "My name is X" or "They call me Y" or similar as the individual players do their part.
- AC/DC employs a stealthier take on the trope: The chord sequence in "High Voltage" is A, C, D, C.
- Steely Dan's "Show Biz Kids" includes the line "They got the Steely Dan t-shirts".
- Sufjan Stevens name-drops himself in the title of "A Conjunction of Drones Simulating the Way in Which Sufjan Stevens Has an Existential Crisis in the Great Godfrey Maze", from the album Illinois. The song itself is instrumental.
Sufjan, the panic inside, the murdering ghost that you cannot ignore.
- Also happens in "Vesuvius", with its Talking to Themself lyrics:
- David Allan Coe's "You Never Even Called My By My Name:"
I've heard my name a few times in your phone book
And I've seen it on signs where I play
But the only time I know I'll hear "David Allan Coe"
Is when Jesus has his final Judgment Day
- Danni Leigh's "Somebody Oughta Do Something About That Girl"'s final verse ends with,
I hope no one ever pointed and said,
'Danni Leigh's the one wrecking his world,'
Sayin', 'Somebody oughta do something about that girl.'
- MIDI Mafia decided to do a Producer Name Drop when they produced a Justin Bieber song, leading many to wonder why one of his songs started with a creepy voice whispering mafia...
- Producer Namedrops are common in urban music. The above MIDI Mafia example occurs in Fantasia's "When I See U", and producer Zombie shouts "ZOMBIE ON THE TRACK!" on Drake's "Started From the Bottom".
- In a somewhat similar vein, Ark Music Factory does a Studio Name Drop at the beginning of "Friday" by Rebecca Black.
- Almost any song produced by J.R. Rotem and/or his label Beluga Heights Records do this. His productions begin with a voice going "J-J-J-J-JR".
- On the verge of J.R. Rotem, Sean Kingston's "Beautiful Girls" opens with "J.R.!!!! SEAN KINGSTON!!!!"
- Michael Len Williams II turned his Stage Name into something tailor-made for this kind of signature: "MIKE WILL MADE IT!"
- The Cataracs also do this. And sometimes they do this in the middle of the song instead of at the beginning.
- Folk singer Eric Bogle introduces himself (and his bandmates) in song at the start of his concerts.
- One version goes:
My name is Eric, some folk call me Eck,If you're feeling formal, Mr Bogle will do,But to my friends it's Eric, and I hope that means you....My name is John, some folk call me Jock,Call me Johnny and I'll knock off your block,If you're feeling formal, Mr Munro will do,But to my friends it's John, and I hope that means you.......but now when's things get tricky,It's time to spend an evening with Johnny and with Ricky.
- Another version:
I'm surly and I'm Scottish, my shape is small and spheric,The boys all call me Wee Short Arse, but you can call me Eric....I've been known to eat and drink, so I'm somewhat corpulent,The boys all call me Garbage Guts, but you can call me Brent....The boys all call me Old Dog's Balls, but you can call me Andy....We will all be much older before the curtain falls,On Eric, and Brent, and Old Dog's Balls.
- One version goes:
- In GOOD Music (Kanye West's crew and record label)'s "The Morning", featured artist Raekwon does a particularly clever one where he namechecks 4 of the crew's members (all of whom rap on the song); Kanye West, 2 Chainz, Common, and Pusha T, by saying:
I say �Ye with 2 Chainz on, we Common, let�s Push
- Escape Club's Wild Wild West has a line in which they say their name.
- Beastie Boys, "Fight For Your Right":
Your mom busted in and said, "What's that noise?"
Aw, mom you're just jealous, it's the Beastie Boys
- And the members will drop either their stage names or real names in songs fairly often - for instance in "No Sleep Til Brooklyn", Adam Yauch has the line "They call me Adam Yauch, but I'm MCA".
- A bit of a punny self-reference, also made by Adam Yauch, appears in "3 Minute Rule": "'Cause you know why / A-U-C-H".
- And the members will drop either their stage names or real names in songs fairly often - for instance in "No Sleep Til Brooklyn", Adam Yauch has the line "They call me Adam Yauch, but I'm MCA".
- Naughty By Nature, "Hip Hop Hooray":
I did your partner cause she's hot as a baker
Cause I'm Naughty By Nature, not cause I hate cha
- Bob Dylan's "Gotta Serve Somebody" from Slow Train Coming: "You may call me Bobby, you may call me Zimmy"
- Big & Rich did this several times on their first two albums:
- "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)" features the line "havin' ourselves a big and rich time."
- "Filthy Rich" changes from a normal Title Drop to "everybody's trying to get big and rich..." for the final lines. Also notable for containing the line "Me and my friends were talking that, old Freddie, Bill, and Sonny" (Big & Rich wrote the song with Bill McDavid, Freddy Powers, and Sonny Throckmorton).
- "Rollin' (The Ballad of Big & Rich)" has an interlude by Cowboy Troy that ends by declaring that he's "rolling with the brothers Big & Rich!" Also, this:
- To quote the New Edition song "Cool It Now":
Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky and Mike
If I love the girl, who cares who you like?
- "I am Nicki Minaj, I mack them dudes up..."
My name is Onika / you can call me Nicki.
- Nicki has a little fun with Roman. She refers to herself as Roman in Madonna's "Gimme All Your Luvin'" and "Pound the Alarm", and talks to Roman as Martha in both "Roman's Revenge" and "Roman Holiday".
- She mentions her real name in "Starships":
- Nicki takes from political ads in "I Endorse These Strippers", proclaiming, "I'm Nicki Minaj, and I endorse these strippers!"
- Drake does this pretty often, but he usually calls himself "Drizzy". One example is in "Successful" with the line 'Drizzy, oh yeah Trey I fucking feel you"
- Sort of done in Julia Nunes' "Fair Weather" (with an Album Title Drop in the same line): "Julia, just settle down". In context, the lyric is supposed to be someone else addressing her though.
- "Feels Good" starts with a voice saying "Julia" over the music - it seems her cue to start singing was left in as Studio Chatter.
- Tag Team's "Whoomp! There It Is" has some instances. The intro names the group and lists their members, and then there's "Tag Team, back again". The bowdlerized version adds one more by changing "make this motherfucking party hype" to "make this Tag Team party hype".
- Barenaked Ladies slip the word "barenaked" into "Be My Yoko Ono".
- Al Dexter's 1943 novelty hit "Pistol Packin' Mama" ends with the title character murdering a fella named Al Dexter.
- Diana Ross mentions fellow Supremes Mary (Wilson) and Flo (Ballard) in "Back in My Arms Again".
- T. Rex's "Main Man" has Marc Bolan suddenly turn into a Third-Person Person in order to inform us that "Bolan likes to rock now, yes he does, yes he does".
- The Ramones' "The Return Of Jackie And Judy" mentions the duo of the title going to the Mud Club to see The Ramones themselves.
- And of course, when they covered Motörhead's Ramones tribute song "R.A.M.O.N.E.S.", it basically became a whole song full of this.
- Jason Derülo in about every song to date. Parodied by Mayday Parade in their cover of "In My Head" for Pop Goes Punk.
- For other "Pop Goes" parody examples, Say Anything's cover of Old Dirty Bastard's "Got Your Money" on Pop Goes Crunk has Max Bemis switching out ODB's name drops for his own. Straight non-parody examples of this include Forever the Sickest Kids' cover of "Men In Black" on Pop Goes Crunk, Mod Sun name dropping himself and The Ready Set on their cover of Wiz Khalifa's "Roll Up" on Pop Goes Punk 4, and Cody Carson namedropping Set It Off in their cover of Ariana Grande's "Problem".
- If you are Set It Off, you may do this more than once and in more than 1 way on original tracks and covers.
"That you could not perceive this freak, gonna Set It Off"
- In the song Duality of the album of the same name is the most subtle way of using this trope.
"Oh me? Cody died and it�s no more nice guy season"
- In the track Hypnotized off of their album Upside Down, verse 2 has a line referencing the lead singer of the band, Cody Carson.
- The intro for Sleeping With Siren's "Fly" features Kellin Quinn saying the band's initials, similar to a rap song intro.
- From David Bowie's "Teenage Wildlife": "And you'll take me aside and say/David, what shall I do?"
- R.E.M. added one to their cover of Wire's "Strange". Michael Stipe sings "Michael's nervous and the lights are bright". In the original version, it was "Joey's nervous", which didn't refer to anyone in Wire.
- Superdrag's "N.A. Kicker": "It would be a Superdrag if you should pass me by"
- M.C. Sar & The Real McCoy namedrop first part of their name in the song "It's On You"... and the second part in its 1999 remake.
- Death Grips Frontman Stefan Burnett (better known as MC Ride or simply Ride) name drops the band in one song and his own birth name in another.
I might shoot a glance at the desperate, like,Then I forget shit like Death Grips like,eh
- In the song Eh from the album Bottomless Pit Ride drops the bars
He turns aroundHands me his weaponHe slurs "use at your discretion, it's been a pleasure, Stefan"
- In the song On GP from the second disk of their double album The Powers That B Stefan says his own name in the first verse
- The next (and final) track of Jenny Death is an instrumental track titled Death Grips 2.0
- Masterboy spell their own name in "Shake It Up and Dance", and in "Anybody (Movin' On)" there is:
Hip, hip, make a trip
Masterboy will make you flip
- Basic Element, "The Promise Man":
Attention! This is Basic Element. So get up!
Attention, this is Basic Element and we are back!
- And a similar line in "Rock The World".
- Digital Base Project in their song "Close To You".
- In "Break Your Heart" by Taio Cruz ft. Ludacris, they manage to put both artists in the lyrics.
So you can take this chance, in the end
Everybody's gonna be wondering how you deal
You might say this is Ludacris
But Taio Cruz tell her how you feel
- The Pixies' "Cactus" has a bridge where the band members yell "P! I! X! I! E! S!". When David Bowie covered it, he changed the bridge chant to "D! A! V! I! D!".
- BrokeNCYDE had "BrokeNCYDE will never die!" on not one but two songs from The Broken!: "Schizophrenia!!!" and the title track.
- The album version of Kenny Chesney and Uncle Kracker's "When the Sun Goes Down" has them ad-libbing the lines "Uncle Kenny's hotter when the sun goes down" and "She thinks Kracker's sexy when the sun goes down" (doubling as a reference to Chesney's "She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy").
- Country Music Bomshel obviously name-drop themselves in "Bomshel Stomp".
- Hank Williams Jr. references his nickname "Bocephus" in a lot of his songs.
- Jerry Lee Lewis mentions his name, his nickname "Killer", or both in many songs. Even songs that didn't have them in the original lyrics often get them worked in during his live performances.
- Not the singer, but the guitarist, in Aerosmith's "F.I.N.E.*": "Even Joe Perry thinks I'm (ALRIGHT!)"
- Similarly, in live performances of "Hangman Jury", Steven Tyler replaces the original lyric of "I'd stand on the rock that Moses done stood" with "I'd stand on the rock Joe Perry done stood".
- Another guitarist namedrop, this time from Iggy Pop on The Stooges' "No Fun." As guitarist Ron Asheton gets ready for the two-minute guitar solo that ends the song, Pop shouts "C'mon, Ronnie, tell 'em how I feel!"
- KISS... well, how are they not gonna mention the word in song? But it does receive special emphasis in the second verse of "Calling Dr. Love".
- Nirvana, in "Paper Cuts" from Bleach.
- Tsukiuta has a ton of these. It's months as idols - both boys and girls - and all of their names are inspired by Kigo motifs for their seasons (e.g. the January idols are Hajime ("beginning") and Yuki ("snow"), the February idols are twins Koi and Ai, which both mean "love", etc.) As mentioned under "anime", their anime adaptation ends with a song that revolves around this for all 12 boys, but their other singles have plenty as well. Notable is Hajime and Haru's duet "Hajimari no Haru", and Fluna's song "Fushigi ni kanjite mo kisetsu wa".
- Also from Tsukipro, SolidS has a habit - no, a tradition - of spelling out "S, O, L, I, D, S," in their songs (e.g. Dark Moon Angel, Doubutsu no Saga, Dope -> Rock)
- "Clarence Carter, Clarence Carter, Clarence Carter, wooooo SHIT Clarence Carter!" in "Strokin'".
- This is so prevalent in some genres of danceable Latin music (mostly Dominican merengue, technomerengue, reggaeton, and salsa) that it would be easier to name artists on those genres that don't do it. Technomerengue artists from the 1990s were the worst of the bunch: seriously, we should be reminded that we're listening to Ilegales, Sandy & Papo, or Proyecto Uno four times in a three-minute song?
- Wisin of Wisin y Yandel usually refers to himself as simply "W" ("doble u"note The duo as a whole sometimes refer to themselves as "W con Yandel".
- "¡¡LUNY TUNES!!"note
- Salsa singers and salsa orchestras are maybe worse, because they don't only namedrop the singer and/or the orchestra, many times they also drop a Catchphrase along with it. An example: "¡Otra vezTranslation , Maelo Ruiz!" Yes, Maelo Ruiz, we know it's you again.
- Some regional Mexican acts do this sometimes, but "¡¡K-PAZ!!...de la Sierra"note does this very often in their music.
- With the song "Dirty Love", Kesha and Iggy Pop introduce each other during the hook.
- A subtle (and possibly unintentional) example in "Miss Murder" by AFI
Hey, Miss Murder can IMake beauty stay if ITake my life
- On Under Construction, Missy Elliott opened damn near every song on there with some variation of the phrase "This is... a Missy Elliott... exclusive".
- Eisbrecher does this on the song "Eisbrecher". And as an added bonus, this song is on their self-titled album.
- Rammstein does this during the song "Wollt Ihr Das Bett in Flammen Sehen?" And also, obviously, on tracks titled "Rammstein" and "Rammlied".
- The And One song "And One" is nothing but this with no other lyrics. But they slip their name into a few other songs as well, with more subtlety.
- In both Sir Mix-A-Lot and Jonathan Coulton's versions of Baby Got Back, they name themselves ("Mix-A-Lot's in Trouble" and "Johnny C's in trouble"). Amusingly averted in Glee, who stole Coulton's version wholesale, including his "Johnny C's in trouble", despite no one named Jonathan (or a derivation) being involved with the number.
- "Are You Satisfied?" by Marina Diamandis:
Oh, everybody saidMarina is a dreamerPeople like to tell you what you're gonna beIt's not my problem if you don't see what I see
"Oh my god, you look just like Shakira,No, no, you're Catherine Zeta."Actually, my name's Marina.
- She also namedrops in "Hollywood":
- Big Star's "O My Soul":
I can't get a licenseTo drive in my carWell, I don't really need itIf I'm a big star
- Laura Cantrell's "Old Downtown" features the line "The city lights read L and C".
- Though that may also be a reference to the Life and Casualty Tower in Nashville, Cantrell's old downtown.
- In "I Believe To My Soul", Ray Charles says "Last night I was dreaming and I heard you say/"Oh Johnny"/when you know my name is Ray". The song has been covered quite a few times; some artists left the line out, while others, including Albert King and Hunters and Collectors (whose singer's name was Mark), kept it.
- Faith No More's "Cuckoo for Caca":
Take it from our drummer "Puff": being good, it gets you stuff.
- The Bloodhound Gang's singer asks in "Why is Everybody Always Picking on Me":
Why is everybody always picking on me, always picking apart, ripping apart poor Jimmy Pop Ali?
Hello my name is Jimmy Pop and I'm a dumb white guy
- Previously, a Self-Deprecation version on "Fire Water Burn".
I'm not old or new but middle school fifth grade like junior high
- Janis Joplin's "Turtle Blues" from Cheap Thrills:
Yeah, but I'm gonna take good care of Janis, yeah, honey, ain't no one gonna dog me down.
- This example is Harsher in Hindsight as she clearly didn't "take good care of Janis."
- In "Freak Momma" by Sir Mix-A-Lot and Mudhoney, Mix-a-lot makes a punny reference to the band he's collaborating with - "I wanna get you in the mud, honey".
- Mudhoney's Cover Version of "Hate The Police" by the Dicks has the lines "Down in them desert sands / Mudhoney won't catch" and "Mudhoney hate policemen, yes it's true". Both are cases of substituting their own name in place of The Dicks' self-references; the original version was even titled "Dicks Hate The Police".
- LMFAO's "Rock the Beat" opens with: "We are LMFAO / Rock the beat and rock the show"
- The Monkees, in "(Theme from) The Monkees", on their album The Monkees, sing "Hey, hey, we're the Monkees!"
"Hey, hey we are The Monkees / You know we like to please / A manufactured image / With no philosophies..."
- The Monkees reference The Beatles as "the kings of EMI" in "Randy Scouse Git."
- Infinity Ink's "Infinity."
Oh, you know we are the Infinity.Oh, you know we are the Infinity.Oh, you know we are the Infinity.Oh, you know we are the Infinity. (Ink, ink, ink, ink...)
- Joni Mitchell's "Blue Hotel Room" has the lines "Tell those girls that you've got Joni/She's coming back home."
- Prince's "My Name Is Prince" - ironically, released shortly before he changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol.
- Eminem has this usually with either Slim Shady\Shady (his Ax-Crazy persona) and Marshall (his real name). "Lose Yourself" does this to his character in 8 Mile, Rabbit. Him dropping the Eminem name in his tracks is rare, but "'Till I Collapse" has this example:
'Cause when I am not then I'm a stop pinning themAnd I am not hip-hop and I'm just not Eminem.
- Morning Musume do this near the end of their song "Love Machine".
- Mini Moni do this in their songs sometimes. They even did as the "Minihamuzu" in their appearances in the first three Hamtaro movies.
- Fishbone's "Party at Ground Zero"note
"Please do not fear
Cause Fishbone is here to say"
- At the end of the rap verse on Tony! Toni! Toné!'s "Feels Good":
Tony! Toni! Toné! has done it again!note
- In Bobby Brown's "Every Little Step", Brown begins a rap verse with the line:
Everybody wants to know what's goin' downNot the James, not the Jim, but the Bobby Brown
- A few songs by the Spice Girls either have the name of the group or the individual members in them: "Wannabe", "Love Thing", "The Lady is a Vamp", "Holler", "Tell Me Why", and "Get Down With Me".
- AKB48's "River" opens with a huge shout of "AKBEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE... FOR-TY-EIGHT!" They also have a song named after themselves.
- "Float On" by The Floaters has each singer precede their verse by saying their sign and their name.
"Cancer... and my name is Paul."
- The title itself is kinda an example, too.
- Parodied by Sesame Street, where the "Lovers of Five" (David, Bob, Gordon, and Luis) identify themselves by name and explain why the like the number 5.
- T-ara's Catchphrase: "T-ara come to get down!"
- The Title Track on The Prodigy's Invaders Must Die has a synthesized voice that says, "We are... The Prodigy."
- Mary Chapin Carpenter's "Down at the Twist and Shout" namedrops the Cajun group BeauSoleil, who provides instrumentation and backing vocals on the song.
- Leonard Cohen ends the song "Famous Blue Raincoat"—which takes the form of a letter to an unknown person—with "Sincerely, L. Cohen".
- An occasional variant that pops up every now and again in rap songs (and even a few R&B songs) is the Record Label Namedrop, where the artist will say the name of the label they're signed to. Akon's "I Wanna Love You" has him say "Konvict... Music..." in the intro, and TechN9ne frequently mentions his label, Strange Music, in his songs.
- Montgomery Gentry did this twice: Eddie Montgomery sings "A few close friends, Charlie, Troy, and me" in "All Night Long", a duet with Charlie Daniels, and in "My Town", he sings "Maybe later on, me and ol' T-Roy will show you 'round our town". "Troy" or "T-Roy" obviously refers to Troy Gentry, the other half of the duo.
- James Brown also loved this! If the MC at the start of all his albums didn't do it for him, like on Live at the Apollo, he would namedrop his own name during the song itself.
- Bob Marley is introduced with his band at the start of his Live Album Live!.
- Brand New does this a lot on their debut record, Your Favorite Weapon.
- The most famous example is on the track "Mixtape." "And I'm sick of your tattoos, and the way you don't appreciate Brand New. Or me."
- Lead vocalist Jesse Lacey name-drops himself twice: Once on Jude Law and a Semester Abroad (Jess, I still taste you, thus reserve my right to hate you) and on Seventy Times 7 (I wrote a message on my pillow that said "Jesse, stay asleep in bed."
- During the breakdown in Chuckii Booker's "Games", the song inserts a sample of someone calling the singer's name and plays it repeatedly.
- LFO does this on their (pretty much) only hit Summer Girls:
"When I met you, I said 'My name is Rich. You look like a girl from Abercrombie and Fitch.'"note .
- Kate Bush had a hilarious and subtle one in her song "The Dreaming". The song is about the Australian Aborigines, and "bush" is also an Australian slang term for the countryside.
- That is not even the first time she wrote a song that snuck her name in, with Wuthering Heights in 1978 in the chorus "It's Me, I'm Cathy". A common nickname for Catherine is Cathy, and Kate Bush's real name is Catherine Bush, and during her childhood she went by Cathy, a nickname she changed to Kate before she recorded her debut album and what first drew her to writing a song about Wuthering Heights in the first place.
- The intro to Against the Current and Set It Off's collab cover of "Uptown Funk" namedrops both bands.
- "Let's Talk In Bed" by Hitomi "Penny" Tohyama, which is entirely in English, features the singer doing a couple of hard-to-understand Teena Marie-esque raps at the start and end of the song. Near the end, one of the lyrics goes, "I am Penny."
- Natalie La Rose drops her name at the very beginning of her debut single "Somebody". It seems a little odd, since her native Dutch accent is very noticeable compared to the rest of the song, which is sung in an American accent.
- In the beginning of "Twenty First Century Boy" by Sigue Sigue Sputnik, a robotic voice introduces the band members:
"In the Twenty First Century, we present, the 5th generation of rock 'n roll,starring Martin, Tony, Ray, Chris, Neal, Yana Ya-Ya..."
"Sigue Sigue Sputnik, affordable firepower!"
- Later on in the song, a man's voice yells:
- "Be My Lover" by Alice Cooper:
"She asked me why the singer's name was Alice / I said listen baby you really wouldn't understand"
- Razzy Bailey in "Midnight Hauler": "That sweet gentle woman don't love nobody but ol' R.B."
- Nitty Gritty Dirt Band name-drops all five people who were in the band at the time in "Partners, Brothers, and Friends":
Just, as long as Johnny'snote got his fiddle And Jimmienote got his drums along
Then Jeffrey and me and Bobbynote will be
Singin' all our favorite songs
- TWICE's debut single "Like Ooh-Ahh" has the line "better think about it twice". Lampshaded by GFRIEND when they performed their cover of the song, and changed it to "better think about it GFRIEND".
- In The Vision Bleak's "The Lone Night Rider":
Here come's the lone night rider,
This is his melody...
He takes away your pleasure,
This is your vision bleak!
- British New Wave band House of Love's song "Shine On" starts out with the lyric "in the garden in the house of love".
- Poets of the Fall's "Drama for Life" has the singer explaining the ethos behind the band name, comparing struggling with one's rampant Ghost in the Machine to Flight, and how full embrace of the creative impulse turns a Leap of Faith into a fulfilling Casual High Drop.
Higher and higher as we fly
We're Poets of the Fall
Perfect near-fatal headlong dive
A blueprint for life
- Done twice in "The Monster Mash" by Bobby "Boris" Pickett: One verse has him mention the "The Crypt-Kicker Five", alluding to his band The Crypt Kickers. Then, in the final verse, he says "For you the living, this dance is meant too, when you get to my door, tell them Boris sent you."
- Miley Cyrus, "See You Again".
My best friend Lesley said, "Oh, she's just bein' Miley."
- Jason Falkner, "Miracle Medicine".
It's like the doctors used to say/"All work and no play/Makes Jason run away".
- "Creeque Alley" by The Mamas & the Papas is basically an autobiography of the band's early days, so it namechecks all of them, as well as many other people on the US folk scene at the time.
- Brazilian band Skank, led by Samuel Rosa, has a song named "Sam". The country's rock scene has a few other bands who name drop themselves:
- In a variant, Shane Minor shouts "Come on, Paul!" before session steel guitarist Paul Franklin's solo on "Slave to the Habit".
- Similarly, Ray Scott says "Dan the man!" before session player Dan Dugmore's steel guitar solo on "My Kind of Music".
- Trace Adkins name-drops session musicians Jonathan Yudkin and Gordon Mote before their respective fiddle and piano solos on "Rough & Ready".
- The KLF:
- Shiny Toy Guns drop their name in the chorus of "When They Came for Us":
And I miss everyone, but most of all the little ones, and their shiny toy guns.
- Many KMFDM songs drop either the band name, or Sascha Konietzko's nickname "Kaptain K".
- The Jonas Brothers' Rewritten Pop Version of "Poor Unfortunate Souls" from The Little Mermaid (1989) drops Nick and Kevin's names in place of Flotsam and Jetsam.
- Joe's band DNCE and their song "DNCE".
- Christina Grimmie gets an uncharacteristic one at the start of "Shrug". Ironically, the rapper who gives the "C-C-na Grimmie!" is unknown.
- "The Ballad Of Marshall Ledbetter" by Lard mentions lead vocalist Jello Biafra in the context of a list of demands: "I wish to speak with Timothy Leary / Lemmy, Jello, and Ice Cube too". The song is based on a true story: Marshall Ledbetter was a college student who broke into the Florida State Capitol Building and phoned in the unusual list of demands described in the song, including wanting to speak on the phone with Jello Biafra and the other people mentioned.
- Happy Mondays on "Hallelujah":
Hallelujah, hallelujahWhen Shaun William RyderWill lie down beside ya, fill you full of junk
- Brand New on "Same Logic/Teeth":
And you've got your kind of brand new face on
- Taylor Swift:
- Tsukiuta's theme song, "Tsuki no Uta", has all of the singers hide their names in the song, coming one after the other either blatantly or using the rough equivalent word as a substitute. There's 12 of them, so everyone gets to sing their own part.
- "This is The Outhere Brothers. Back in the room, ready to rock the world with the boom.", from "Boom Boom Boom".
- The early house single "Welcome" by Gino Latino has both this and a Title Drop in the intro lyric.
- The single version of Mike Mareen's "Love Spy" opens with "Hi, this is Mike Mareen".
- Craig David did this with his first three songs. Whilst "Fill Me In" and "Seven Days" were just namedrops, "Re-Rewind The Crowd Say Bo Selecta" features the following lyrics, which also namedrops collaborators the Artful Dodger:
You know, you know, the Artful Dodger do it like thatWith Craig David all over your (boink sound effect)
- S Club 7 almost invoked this with both "S Club Party" and "Don't Stop Movin'": the former also has a verse where they name each member of the group, and the latter features the line "Don't stop movin' to the S Club beat".
- Country Music parodist Cledus T. Judd usually has a variant, in that many of his parodies name-drop the performer of the original song.
- The Dance Gavin Dance song "Thug City" opens with "Ha-haa! Dance Gavin Dance, baby! Downtown Battle Mountain TWOOOOOOOO!!!!"
- The chorus of "Pussy Vultures" has the line "My best friend said 'Hey Jon, screw you!'", screamed by Jon Mess.
- Another one from Jon: the last verse of "Buffalo!" opens with the line "HELLO, MY NAME IS JON FUCKING MESS!"
- In a guitarist version, the Santana and Maná collaboration "Corazon Espinado" has right before a guitar solo singer Fher Olvera going "echale, mi Carlitos!" ("Send it, my Carlitos").
- The first line in Olly Murs's "Dance With Me Tonight" is "My name is Olly, nice to meet you, can I tell you, baby?"
- Pink Floyd: played with in "Have a Cigar" with the line "by the way, which one's Pink?"; there is no band member named "Pink" but the hypothetical fast-talking record company exec the song was about was supposedly oblivious of this.
- Gorillaz's "19-2000" contains an interesting example in the line "Stop dancing to the music of Gorillaz in a happy mood", which isn't quite as in-your-face as most instances of the trope, and also alludes to the Lyrical Dissonance present in several of the band's songs.
- Shawn Mendes's "Hold On" from Illuminate: "And my dad says, Shawn, stay with me"
- From Electric Light Orchestra's "Shangri-La":
My Shangri-La has gone away,
Faded like the Beatles on "Hey Jude"
- DYCE have "I know the dice will make it happen" in "World of Mystery", and "Don't be afraid to roll the dice" in "Hourglass".
- The Frozen Autumn's "Again" has "This frozen autumn".
- Session musician variant: Glen Campbell name-drops guitarists Reggie Young and Pat Flynn before their respective solos on "She's Gone, Gone, Gone".
- Zombie Nation's "Kernkraft 400", as its only lyric, has a chant of "Zombie, Zombie, Zombie, Zombie Nation".
- UK breakbeat group 2 Bad Mice drop their name in their self-titled song as well as "Bombscare '94".
- In INXS and Jimmy Barnes' cover of The Easybeats' "Good Times", "Jim" becomes "Jimmy" in the final verse.
- A subtle - and possibly inadvertent - one is featured in Slade's Christmas classic Merry Xmas Everybody:
When you land upon your head, then you been slayed
- Robert Cray does this in some of his songs, referring to himself as "Bob", e.g. "Right Next Door (Because of Me)":
'''It's because of me/Young Bob!"
- "At the Sound of the Tone" by John Schneider:
She said, "I'm sorry, I can't take your call, cause I'm packing up to go away
And John, if that's you, you're just canceling lunch anyway..."
- GFRIEND: "Sunny Summer" played with this trope to joke during the song, including all the members names, respectively: Yuju, Yerin, Umji (means thumbs up), Eunha (means galaxy), Sinb (means mysterious) and Sowon (means wish).
"Would you be mine?"."Its c-c-c-cold and Yerin is lonely"."Th-th-th-thumbs up going across the galaxy"."Into a mysterious place"."Will you listen to my wish".
- Eurotrance act Missing Heart have this in the chorus of "Fly Away", namely the line "Baby you can never lose a missing heart".
- Salt-N-Pepa's "Push It" begins its first verse with "Salt and Pepa's here". The cover version by Solid Base accordingly changes it to their name.
- Australian Progressive Black Metal band Ne Obliviscaris, on the song "Forget Not" (off Portal of I), drop their own name in the lyrics near the end of the song (incidentally, the song's name, which also appears late in the song, is the group's official translation of their Gratuitous Latin name).
- DJ Khaled's "All I Do Is Win" starts with him shouting his own name.
- The chorus of "Doin' the Do" by Betty Boo.
Betty Boo, just doin' the do.
- In Nomad's "(I Wanna Give You) Devotion", rapper MC Mikee Freedom has "Takin'it down now, Mikee. M-I-K-double-E".
- Guitarist variant in The Doors's "Roadhouse Blues": Right before the solo Jim says "Do it, Robby, do it!" to Robby Krieger.
- In "The Look of Love" by ABC Martin Fry sings:
And though my friends just might ask me,They say "Martin, maybe one day you'll find true love."
- Taco's "After Eight" has "And tacos too!"
- Bruce Springsteen's cover of "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" doesn't drop his own name, but begins with some banter with the band, where he says "Clarence, you been rehearsing real hard now so Santa will bring you a new saxophone?" to Clarence Clemons.
- "Independent Women Part 1" by Destiny's Child, from the Charlie's Angels (2000) soundtrack:
Destiny's Child, what's up?
You in the house? Sure 'nuff,
We'll break these people off Angel style.
Child of destiny,
No one else can scare me,
- "No More 'I Love You's", a song by an obscure band named The Lover Speaks and later covered by Annie Lennox, contains the line "And the lover speaks about the monsters".
- "Mary's Got a Baby" by Maxi Priest feat. Beenie Man has name-drops of both singers during Beenie's first toasting verse.
- In every❤ing's "Yumeiro Gakuin Kouka" Erii Yamazaki and Ibuki Kido namedrop themselves, first in the first verse using homonyms ("Eri wo tadashite obenkyou yeah yeah / Manabiya no ibuki wo abite") then in the second verse as part of other words ("Kaerimichi mo sessatakuma shite yeah / Makenai buki wa maemuki haato") before kind of getting the band name in during the final chorus ("Hikari kagayaku every day" and a bit later "I N G de shinkoukei")
- Kane Brown's "Homesick":
Well it says Kane Brown on a sign with a line out the door
- Redgum's "I've Been to Bali Too" mentions "Redgum bootlegs".
- From All Saints' debut single "I Know Where It's At":
"No need to worry cos All Saints will be around"
- Todd in the Shadows was particularly enraged that Lukas Graham's frontman Lukas Forchhammer, who already had two straight Self Titled Albums and some self-indulgent lyrics in "7 Years", had the guts to add an announcer shouting "Lukas Graham!"
- Finnish heavy metal band Nightwish subverts this by being named for it's first demo, "Nightwish". Since then, they have dropped the band name in "Astral Romance" and "Slaying the Dreamer", and more stealthily in "Dead Boy's Poem" and "Sleeping Sun".
- In live performances of "Hot Rod Lincoln," Asleep At The Wheel adds an interlude (between "...cops was after my hot rod Lincoln" and "they arrested me...") where the driver is pulled over and claims to have been "asleep at the wheel."
- Dschinghis Khan exhibit this in their eponymous song as well as "Rockin' Son of Dschinghis Khan".
- The rap that ends the first series of Mitch Benn's Crimes Against Music:
This is my posse and these are my bitches,This is my audience, this show is Mitch's,This is my beat and these are my rhymes,This is my programme, these are my crimes.
- The BEMANI unit VENUS has a song called "Wow Wow VENUS". The title, as well as just "VENUS", is frequently dropped throughout the song.
Wow Wow VENUS, bokutachi VENUS
Wow Wow VENUS, kimitachi VENUS
Wow Wow VENUS, hitori ja JESUS
Wow Wow VENUS, futari de VENUS
- Parodied in Homestar Runner with the song Rap Song.
Tenerence Love: My name is Tenerence Love, plus my name is Tenerence Love, divided by my name is Tenerence Love, equals my name is Tene-ee-yeeeh-rence Looove, remainder threeee!
- On The Simpsons when Bart joins a Boy Band named Party Posse, their first song goes:
We're Party Posse, we rule the earth
The Greatest band since music's birth
- "And now, because the children are our future, here are the children of Springfield Elementary with a song they call 'The Children Are Our Future'". It's this trope in spirit, as it's sung by children, references children in the title, and has little lyrical content besides "children" and "future".
- Arthur, "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll." After Francine starts a rock band called U Stink, Arthur, George, and Buster start a band called "We Stink". The only verse of their only song that we hear is:
Our name's We Stink
We like to play Rock and Roll