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15 Famous Songs With Lists In The Lyrics

The most popular songs with lists in the lyrics

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Ever wondered how many popular songs there are with lists in the lyrics? Once you start looking for them, you’ll find them everywhere. We’ve assembled 15 of the most famous “list” songs here. They range in style and age, but all have one thing in common: the list. And if you find yourself hungry for more, see below for our list of “Songs with lists in the lyrics, from A to Z”.

Popular songs with lists of things, lists of names and list of places

Some artists provide lengthy lists of places and names, while others make only a short reference to a list in their songs. Give a listen to each of these popular tunes and see how each artist uses the listing technique to give a unique twist to their hit songs.

1. I’ve Been Everywhere by Hank Snow

Both Hank Snow and Johnny Cash made I’ve Been Everywhere a country music hit. Originally of Australian origin, the American version of the song lists over 90 locations the singer has visited. Versions of the song have been adapted for audiences in Great Britain, New Zealand and Ireland.

Key lyrics:

I’ve been everywhere, man.
I’ve been everywhere, man.
Crossed the desert’s bare, man.
I’ve breathed the mountain air, man.
Of travel I’ve a-had my share, man.
I’ve been everywhere.

I’ve been to
Reno, Chicago, Fargo, Minnesota,
Buffalo, Toronto, Winslow, Sarasota,
Wichita, Tulsa, Ottawa, Oklahoma,
Tampa, Panama, Mattawa, La Paloma,
Bangor, Baltimore, Salvador, Amarillo,
Tocopilla, Barranquilla, and Padilla, I’m a killer.

2. California Girls by The Beach Boys

It is said the iconic Beach Boys song California Girls was conceived when Brian Wilson first tried LSD. The song’s lyrics ponder the different qualities of girls around the world from a California teenager’s perspective. The 1965 recording helped define the California Sound. 

Key lyrics:

Well East coast girls are hip

I really dig those styles they wear
And the Southern girls with the way they talk
They knock me out when I’m down there

The Mid-West farmer’s daughters really make you feel alright
And the Northern girls with the way they kiss
They keep their boyfriends warm at night
I wish they all could be California girls
I wish they all could be California
I wish they all could be California girls

3. 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover by Paul Simon

This famous “list song” is Paul Simon’s only number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 as a solo artist. Simon recorded the cheeky tune after divorcing his first wife.

Key lyrics:

You just slip out the back, Jack
Make a new plan, Stan
You don’t need to be coy, Roy
Just get yourself free
Hop on the bus, Gus
You don’t need to discuss much
Just drop off the key, Lee
And get yourself free

4. Vogue by Madonna

Madonna released the dance hit Vogue on her 1990 album I’m Breathless. In the song, she lists various celebrities from the golden era of Hollywood. The song introduced “Vogueing” to the dance scene and became the world’s best selling single that year.

Key lyrics:

Vogue, (Vogue)
Beauty’s where you find it (move to the music)
Vogue, (Vogue)
Beauty’s where you find it (go with the flow)

Greta Garbo, and Monroe
Dietrich and DiMaggio
Marlon Brando, Jimmy Dean
On the cover of a magazine
Grace Kelly; Harlow, Jean
Picture of a beauty queen
Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire
Ginger Rogers, dance on air
They had style, they had grace
Rita Hayworth gave good face
Lauren, Katherine, Lana too
Bette Davis, we love you
Ladies with an attitude
Fellows that were in the mood
Don’t just stand there, let’s get to it
Strike a pose, there’s nothing to it

5. Subterranean Homesick Blues by Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan created an innovative “music video”—before there was such a thing—for Subterranean Homesick Blues in D. A. Pennebaker’s documentary film Dont Look Back. While the song plays, Dylan holds up cards that match the quick pace of the lyrics. Some of the cards show intentional spelling errors and puns, as Dylan presents them with deadpan expression. The breakthrough video was inspiration for many future MTV musicians.

Key lyrics:

Oh, get sick, get well
Hang around a ink well
Hang bail, hard to tell
If anything is goin’ to sell
Try hard, get barred
Get back, write braille
Get jailed, jump bail
Join the army, if you fail
Look out kid
You’re gonna get hit
But losers, cheaters
Six-time users
Hang around the theaters
Girl by the whirlpool
Lookin’ for a new fool
Don’t follow leaders, watch the parkin’ meters

6. It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine) by R.E.M.

The popular R.E.M. tune follows very closely in the tradition of Bob Dylan’s Subterranean Homesick Blues. The rapid-fire stream-of-consciousness lyrics list a wide range of references. “The words come from everywhere,” explained the band’s frontman Michael Stipe.

Key lyrics:

The other night I drifted nice continental drift divide
Mountains sit in a line, Leonard Bernstein
Leonid Brezhnev, Lenny Bruce and Lester Bangs
Birthday party, cheesecake, jellybean, boom
You symbiotic, patriotic, slam but neck, right, right

7. The Twelve Days of Christmas

The traditional English Christmas carol lists the gifts received by “my true love” on each of the twelve days of Christmas. The song is believed to have origins in France, while the first published account of the song dates to 1780.

Key lyrics:

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me,
A partridge in a pear tree.
On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me,
Two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree.
On the fourth day of Christ
On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me, five golden rings
Four calling birds, three french hens,
Two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree

8. Dancing in the Streets by Martha and the Vandellas

The signature Motown song by Martha and the Vandellas burst on to the scene in 1964 and rose to No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Since then, musical artists like the Momas & the Papas, Van Halen, David Bowie/Mick Jagger, and others have recorded covers of the song to the delight of many generations of fans. 

Key lyrics:

It’s an invitation across the nation,
A chance for folks to meet.
There’ll be laughing, singing, and music swinging,
Dancing in the street.
Philadelphia, P.A.
Baltimore and D.C. now.
Can’t forget the Motor City.

9. One Piece at a Time by Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash’s hit single about sneaking parts out of a General Motors assembly line hit number one on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in 1976. The novelty song ends with Johnny describing his misfit Cadillac by listing the years of all the parts that made up the car.

Key lyrics:

Well, It’s a ’49, ’50, ’51, ’52, ’53, ’54, ’55, ’56
’57, ’58’ 59′ automobile
It’s a ’60, ’61, ’62, ’63, ’64, ’65, ’66, ’67
’68, ’69, ’70 automobile.

10. We Didn’t Start the Fire by Billy Joel

Billy Joel lists over 100 headline events and names in the lyrics of his 1989 hit song, We Didn’t Start the Fire. The avowed “history nut” lists the important world events—ranging from the date of his birth in 1949 to the time of the song’s writing—in rapid-fire fashion.

Key lyrics:

We didn’t start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world’s been turning
We didn’t start the fire
No we didn’t light it
But we tried to fight it

Joseph Stalin, Malenkov, Nasser and Prokofiev
Rockefeller, Campanella, Communist Bloc

Roy Cohn, Juan Peron, Toscanini, Dacron
Dien Bien Phu falls, “Rock Around the Clock”

Einstein, James Dean, Brooklyn’s got a winning team
Davy Crockett, Peter Pan, Elvis Presley, Disneyland

Bardot, Budapest, Alabama, Krushchev
Princess Grace, “Peyton Place”, trouble in the Suez

11. Travelin’ Man by Ricky Nelson

In the song Travelin’ Man, television star and 1950s teen idol Ricky Nelson lists the women he loves around the world. The 1961 hit single soared to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 while its b-side, Hello Mary Lou, reached No. 9.

Key lyrics:

I’ve a pretty Señorita waiting for me
Down in old Mexico
If you’re ever in Alaska stop and see
My cute little Eskimo
Oh, my sweet Fraulein down in Berlin town
Makes my heart start to yearn
And my China doll down in old Hong Kong
Waits for my return
Pretty Polynesian baby over the sea
I remember the night
When we walked in the sands of the Waikiki
And I held you, oh so tight

12. My Favorite Things by Julie Andrews

The classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The Sound of Music features Julie Andrews singing the show tune My Favorite Things. Playing the role of Maria, she sings about the things she loves and thinks about when times are bad. 

Key lyrics:

Raindrops on roses
And whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things

13. (Get Your Kicks on) Route 66 by Chuck Berry

The lyrics to (Get Your Kicks on) Route 66 list many of the major stops along the famous highway. In Chuck Berry’s version of the song, he famously mispronounces “Barstow” but musically holds true to the song’s R&B roots.

Key lyrics:

Well it goes from St Louis, down to Missouri
Oklahoma city looks oh so pretty
You’ll see Amarillo and Gallup, New Mexico
Flagstaff, Arizona don’t forget Winona
Kingsman, Barstow, San Bernadino
Would you get hip to this kindly trip
And take that California trip
Get your kick on Route 66

14. Come Together by The Beatles

John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote Come Together as the opening track for the album Abbey Road, ranked by some fans and critics as the best Beatles album ever made. Lennon described the nonsensical lyrics of the song as “gobbledygook”.

Key lyrics:

He wear no shoeshine
He got toe jam football
He got monkey finger
He shoot Coca-Cola
He say I know you, you know me
One thing I can tell you is
You got to be free
Come together, right now
Over me

15. Under the Sea from Disney’s The Little Mermaid

The popular Disney film The Little Mermaid features the hit song Under the Sea. The crab Sebastian, sung by Samuel E. Wright, tries to convince Ariel to stay underwater with a long list of all the animals and friends she has down there.

Key lyrics:

The newt play the flute
The carp play the harp
The plaice play the bass
And they soundin’ sharp
The bass play the brass
The chub play the tub
The fluke is the duke of soul
(Yeah)
The ray he can play
The lings on the strings
The trout rockin’ out
The blackfish she sings
The smelt and the sprat
They know where it’s at
An’ oh that blowfish blow


Songs with lists in the lyrics, from A to Z:

songs with lists in the lyrics A to Z

A

A Boy Without a Girl by Anthony Newley

A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall by Bob Dylan

A Little Priest by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler

A Little Something Refreshing by No Doubt

A Simple Desultory Philippic by Simon and Garfunkel

A Well-Dressed Hobbit by Rie Sheridan Rose, Marc Gunn

A–You’re Adorable (The Alphabet Song) by Perry Como

Ah, Paris! by Stephen Sondheim

Ain’t Got No from the musical Hair

All I Really Want to Do by Bob Dylan

All My Ex’s Live in Texas by George Strait

All the Words in the English Language by Animaniacs

American Bad-ass by Kid Rock

Anything You Can Do from Annie Get Your Gun

Area Codes by Ludacris

Around the World by Red Hot Chili Peppers

Art Eats Art by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD)

As Some Day It May Happen from The Mikado by Gilbert & Sullivan

Atlantis by Donovan

At Long Last Love by Cole Porter

At the Hop by Danny and the Juniors

At the Zoo by Simon and Garfunkel

B

Babe I’m On Fire by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

The Bad Touch by Bloodhound Gang

The Bare Necessities from The Jungle Book

Bahay Kubo (Philippine children’s song)

The Begat from Finian’s Rainbow

Better Than Anything by David “Buck” Wheat

The Big Bamboo

Bike by Pink Floyd

Black Boys from the musical Hair

Blue from the musical Heathers: The Musical

The Booklovers by The Divine Comedy

Brothers and Sisters by Blur

Brush Up Your Shakespeare by Cole Porter

C

Calendar Girl by Neil Sedaka

Can U Dig It by Pop Will Eat Itself

Carol Brown by Flight of the Conchords

Cherry Pies Ought to Be You from the musical Out of This World

Chop Suey by Rodgers & Hammerstein

Coded Language by Krust/Saul Williams

Come Back To Me from the musical On a Clear Day You Can See Forever

Come Together by The Beatles

Come To the Supermarket In Old Peking by Cole Porter

Comedy Tonight from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Conga! from Wonderful Town

Could I Leave You? from the musical Follies

Count It Up by Field Music

More songs with lists in the lyrics:

D

Datura by Tori Amos

Delaware by Perry Como

Destroy Rock & Roll by Mylo

DJ Bombay by Michael V.

Do I Love You? from DuBarry Was a Lady

Done Too Soon by Neil Diamond

Don’t Let’s Be Beastly to the Germans by Noël Coward

Don’t Put Your Daughter on the Stage, Mrs Worthington by Noël Coward

Do You Remember These by the Statler Brothers

DuBarry Was a Lady from DuBarry Was a Lady

E

88 Lines About 44 Women by The Nails

Eclipse by Pink Floyd

Eight Easy Steps by Alanis Morissette

The Elements by Tom Lehrer

Elephant Talk by King Crimson

Endless Art by A House

Every Tube Station Song by Jay Foreman

Everybody Knows by Leonard Cohen

F

52 Girls by B-52s

Fairbanks, Alaska by Joe Walsh

Farming from Let’s Face It!

F.E.A.R. by Ian Brown

Female by Keith Urban

Forever Young by Bob Dylan

Foxtrot Uniform Charlie Kilo by The Bloodhound Gang

Friendship from DuBarry Was a Lady

G

Gee, Officer Krupke from West Side Story

Girl of 100 Lists by Go-Go’s

Gin Soaked Boy by The Divine Comedy

God by John Lennon

Going Nowhere Slow by The Bloodhound Gang

Good Doctor by Robbie Williams

The Green Grass Grows All Around

Green Grow the Rushes, O

H

Hair from the musical Hair

Hank Williams Said it Best by Guy Clark

Hardware Store by ”Weird Al” Yankovic

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Hashish from the musical Hair

Heart of Rock and Roll by Huey Lewis and the News

Hello by The Beloved

High Tech Redneck by George Jones

Hillbilly Heaven by Tex Ritter

Hot Topic by Le Tigre

How About You? by Burton Lane/Ralph Freed

More songs with lists in the lyrics:

I

I Dig Rock ‘N Roll Music by Peter, Paul and Mary

I Dreamed Of A Hillbilly Heaven by Tex Ritter

I Can’t Get Started (With You) by Ira Gershwin and Vernon Duke

I Get a Kick Out of You from the musical Anything Goes

I Got Life from the musical Hair

I Hate These Songs by Dale Watson

I Love by Tom T. Hall

I’m Black/Ain’t Got No from the musical Hair

I’m Still Here by Elaine Stritch/Eartha Kitt

I’m Trying” from the musical Ordinary Days

I Started a Blog Nobody Read by Sprites

Imperfect List by Big Hard Excellent Fish

The Intro and the Outro by Bonzo Dog Band

It Ain’t Necessarily So from the opera Porgy and Bess

It’s an Elk from the musical Bubble Boy

It’s Grim Up North by The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu

Isang Linggong Pag-Ibig by Imelda Papin

It Was a Very Good Year by Frank Sinatra

I’ve a Shooting Box in Scotland from See America First

J

Jung Talent Time by TISM

K

Kiss Off by Violent Femmes

Know Your Rights by The Clash

Kokomo by The Beach Boys

L

The Ladies Who Lunch by Elaine Stritch

La Vie Bohème by Jonathan Larson

The Lady Is a Tramp” from the musical Babes in Arms

Land of 1,000 Dances by Chris Kenner/Wilson Pickett

Let ’em In by Wings

Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin)

Let’s Do It, Let’s Fall in Love by Cole Porter

Let’s Not Talk About Love from Let’s Face It!

Liaisons from A Little Night Music

Life Is a Rock (But the Radio Rolled Me) by Reunion

Lime Jello Marshmallow Cottage Cheese Surprise by Joan Morris

Losing My Edge by LCD Soundsystem

Lost Property by The Divine Comedy

L-O-V-E by Nat King Cole

Love is a Stranger by Eurythmics

Love Your Love the Most by Eric Church

Lower 48 by The Gourds

More songs with lists in the lyrics:

M

Madamina, il catalogo è questo from Don Giovanni

Mambo No. 5 by Lou Bega 

Man on the Moon by R.E.M.

Manhattan by Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart

Matangi by M.I.A.

MfG by Die Fantastischen Vier

Miracles by Insane Clown Posse

Mr. Goldstone by Jule Styne

Moments to Remember by Robert Allen and Al Stillman

Mope by The Bloodhound Gang

More Bad Times by the Presidents of the United States of America

My Favorite Things by Rodgers and Hammerstein

My Kind of Town (Chicago Is) by Frank Sinatra

My Funny Valentine by Richard Rodgers

My Ship by Kurt Weill

N

Name Game by Shirley Ellis

The Na-Na Song by Sheryl Crow

Napoleon from Jamaica

New Direction by Sugar Ray

New Rules by Dua Lipa

No Hay Nadie Como Tú by Calle 13

Nunal by Vincent Daffalong

O

One Hundred Easy Ways (To Lose a Man) from the musical Wonderful Town

One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer by John Lee Hooker/George Thorogood

Overdrive by Eraserheads

P

Pencil Full of Lead by Paolo Nutini

Pennsylvania by The Bloodhound Gang

People Who Died by Jim Carroll

Pepper by Butthole Surfers

The Physician from the musical Nymph Errant

Plane Too by Loudon Wainwright III

Play with Me by Extreme

Pokerap by Pokémon

Polkamon by ”Weird Al” Yankovic

Poor Young Millionaire by Cole Porter

Popsicles and Icicles by The Murmaids

Porn Star Dancing by My Darkest Days

Portobello Road from Walt Disney’s Bedknobs and Broomsticks

The Pride by Five Finger Death Punch

Q

Questions and Answers (The Three B’s) from the musical On Your Toes

R

Raise Up by Petey Pablo

Ramblin’ Man by Lemon Jelly

The Rattlin’ Bog

Reasons to be Cheerful, Part 3 by Ian Dury & the Blockheads

Rickets by Deftones

Rhode Island Is Famous For You from Inside U.S.A.

Rock & Roll Heaven from The Righteous Brothers

Royals by Lorde

More songs with lists in the lyrics:

S

7 Things by Miley Cyrus

The Saga of Jenny from the Broadway musical Lady in the Dark

Said the Hobbit to the Horse by Marc Gunn

Sample Song by Dorothy Shay

Short Memory by Midnight Oil

Show Me What You Got by Limp Bizkit

Seven Curses by Bob Dylan

Seven Deadly Sins by The Travelling Wilburys

Shake Hands with Uncle Max by Allan Sherman

Sinaktan mo ang puso ko by Michael V.

Sixteen Reasons by Bill and Doree Post/Connie Stevens

Slow Train by Flanders and Swann

Sodomy from the musical Hair

Song for Whoever by The Beautiful South

Stars on 45 by Stars on 45

Step By Step by the Crests

The Stately Homes of England by Noël Coward

Super Supper March by Nigel Pilkington

Surfing USA by The Beach Boys

Sweet and Tender Hooligan by The Smiths

Sweet Little Sixteen by Chuck Berry

Sweet Soul Music by Arthur Conley

T

21 Things I Want in a Lover by Alanis Morissette

Teachers by Daft Punk

Technologic by Daft Punk

Telefonbuchpolka by Georg Kreisler

Ten Commandments of Love by The Moonglows

Ten Crack Commandments by The Notorious B.I.G.

That Is the End of the News from Sigh No More

There Is Nothing Like a Dame by Richard Rodgers

These Foolish Things by Eric Maschwitz and Jack Strachey

They All Fall In Love by Cole Porter

They All Laughed by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin

Things to Do (I’ve Tried) by David Byrne

The Things You Left Behind by The Nails

Third Uncle by Brian Eno

Thou Shalt Always Kill bu Dan le sac Vs Scroobius Pip

Thou Shalt Not from Bar Mitzvah Boy

Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport by Rolf Harris

Till the End of Time by Buddy Kaye and Ted Mossman

To Keep My Love Alive from the musical A Connecticut Yankee

To Kokoraki by the Cockerel

Transmetropolitan by The Pogues

Tschaikowsky (and Other Russians) by Ira Gershwin

Turn a Blind Eye by Half Man Half Biscuit

Turn! Turn! Turn! by Pete Seeger

The Twelve Beers of Christmas by Bob & Doug McKenzie

More songs with lists in the lyrics:

V

Van Lingle Mungo by Dave Frishberg

W

Wakko’s America from Animaniacs

Waters of March by Antonio Carlos Jobim

The Way We Make a Broken Heart by John Hiatt

We Care a Lot by Faith No More

We Got Love by Bobby Rydell

We Got More Soul by Dyke & the Blazers

What a Wonderful World by Thiele and Weiss

What Do You Want From Life by The Tubes

Whatever Happened to Randolph Scott by the Statler Brothers

What Shall We Do Now? by Pink Floyd

When I Had a Uniform On by Cole Porter

Wishing the Days Away by Billy Bragg

Who’s Next by Tom Lehrer

The Whole World Lost its Head by Go-Go’s

White Boys from the musical Hair

Why Do the Wrong People Travel by Noël Coward

Wish (Komm Zu Mir) from the film Run Lola Run

Wishlist by Pearl Jam

Women’s Love Rights by Laura Lee

X – Z

Yakko’s World from Animaniacs

You Can’t Get a Man with a Gun from Annie Get Your Gun

You’re the Top by Cole Porter

You’ve Seen Harlem at Its Best by Ethel Waters

Zip by Rodgers and Hart

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