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“Jack of All Parades,” Elvis Costello
Jack’s Valentine,” Over the Rhine
Jackeyed,” Micah P. Hinson

Jacksie,” Over the Rhine
Jackson,” Lucinda Williams
Jacksons, Monk & Rowe,” Elvis Costello
Jaded,” Green Day
Jail Guitar Doors,” The Clash
Jailer,” Asa
Jailhouse Rock,” Elvis Presley
Jam,” Michael Jackson
James,” Huffamoose
The James Bond Theme,” Leroy Holmes
“Jamey’s Got the Blues,” Randy Stonehill
Jamie All Over,” Mayday Parade
Jane Says,” Jane’s Addiction
Jangling Jack,” Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Somehow I don’t seem to have a copy of Johnny and June singing “Jackson.” Have to fix that at some point.

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  • All Nick, all the time on this, apparently…

    Jack the Ripper – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
    Jack’s Shadow – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
    Jangling Jack – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

  • friendly reader

    “Jade” by Yoko Kanno (from Macross Plus)
    “Jai Ho” by A.R. Rahman (from Slumdog Millionaire)
    If you’d bumped the cutoff point just a letter or to further along the alphabet, I’d have more. As it is, it doesn’t surprise me at all that they’re both from soundtracks.

  • MikeJ

    Jack Killed Mom – Jenny Lewis
    Jack on Fire – The Gun Club
    Jack Ruby – Camper Van Beethoven
    Jack Talking – Dave Stewart & the Spiritual Cowboys
    Jackie – New Pornographers
    Jackie Onassis – Human Sexual Response
    Jackie, Dressed in Cobras – New Pornographers
    Jacking the Ball – The Sea and Cake
    Jackpot – The Beat
    Jackpot –  Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet
    Jackrabbits – Joanna Newsom
    Jackson – Johnny Cash
    Jackson Cage – Bruuuuuce
    Jackson Cannery – Ben Folds Five

    There’s 36 more songs before I get to the Jan’s, and I don’t feel like typing any more. 

  • rm

    When you are a folkie, you end up with multiple versions of the same song, and lots of songs are in this range.

    Jack-A-Roe — Bob Dylan
    Jack-A-Roe — Grateful Dead
    Jack O’Diamonds — John Jacob Niles
    Jack O’Diamonds — Holly Tannen & Pete Cooper
    Jack O’Diamonds/The Lost Child — Leftwich & Higginbotham
    Jack the Sailor — Don Messer and His Islanders
    Jackson — Johnny Cash & June Carter
    Jackson Schottische — Ervin Rouse
    Jackson Stomp — Mississippi Mud Stompers
    Jacob’s Ladder — Bruce Springsteen
    Jailhouse Rock — Elvis Presley
    Jake Gilly — Sam McNeill
    Jamaica Jerk-Off — Elton John
    Jambalaya (On the Bayou) — Hank Williams
    Jambalaya (On the Bayou) — Lucinda Williams
    James Alley Blues — Alice Stuart
    James Alley Blues — Bob Dylan
    James Alley Blues — Fox and Branch
    James Alley Blues — Hazel Dickens & Alice Stuart
    James Alley Blues — Jeff Tweedy
    James Alley Blues — Jolly Jumper featuring Big Moe
    James Alley Blues — Richard “Rabbit” Brown (I think this is the original)
    James Alley Blues — Sweet Ginger Heat
    James River Blues — Old Crow Medicine Show
    Jamie’s Cryin’ — Van Halen

  • Vermic

    “Jackass”, Green Day
    “Jackie Wilson Said (I’m In Heaven When You Smile)”, Dexys Midnight Runners
    “James Connolly”, Black 47
    “Jamming”, Bob Marley & the Wailers

  • Jackie’s Strength” – Tori Amos

  • Jenora Feuer

    What, nobody else has the Kingston Trio version of Jackson yet?  A lot of people did that song over the years…

  • picklefactory

    “Jack U Off” — Robyn (ahh, Swedish pop stars…)
    “Jack the Stripper / Fairies Wear Boots” — Black Sabbath
    “Jack-Ass” — Beck
    “Jacknuggeted” — Caribou
    “Jackson” — Johnny Cash
    “Jacksonville” — Sufjan Steevens
    “Jacqueline” — Franz Ferdinand
    “Jaded” — Green Day
    “Jagabadai” — Candace Pacheco
    “Jah Didn’t Kill Johnny” — Sage Francis
    “Jah See & Know” — Burning Spear
    “Jah War” — The Bug
    “Jah a Guh Raid” — Burning Spear
    “Jahya” — Skinny Puppy
    “Jailbait” — Motörhead
    “Jakso” — Pan Sonic
    The James Bond Theme” — John Zorn, always good for fun ear-blasting jazz noise

  • Magic_Cracker

    “Jack Orion,” Martin Carthy
    “Jack-A-Lynn,” Jethro Tull
    “Jack-A-Roe,” Bob Dylan
    “Jackie,” Sinead O’Connor
    “Jack-In-The-Green,” Jethro Tull
    “Jaga Ode,” Alpendub
    “Jailbait,” Motorhead
    Jalousie,” Michael Sahl; Stan Kurtis; William Schimmel
    “James Alley Blues,” Jay Bennett; Jeff Tweedy; Roger McGuinn

  • Robert

    No “Jailbreak” by Thin Lizzy? You people disgust me.

    Also I have “Jack and Diane” by John “Cougar” Mellencamp.

  • Jack of Speed“, by Steely Dan
    Jack Palance“, by Van Dyke Parks
    Jack the Bear“, performed by Duke Ellington
    Jaj de jó“, by Takáts Tamás Dirty Blues Band
    Jamming“, by Bob Marley
    Janet Jangle“, by the High Llamas
    Janie Runaway“,  by Steely Dan

  • I only have two:

  • “Jack of Spades”, KRS-One
    “Jai Jung”, China MC Brothers

  • delta-orion

    Jack Hinks – Great Big Sea
    Jack in the Box – Elysian Fields
    Jackie, Dressed in Cobras – The New Pornographers
    Jacob’s Ladder – Huey Lewis and the News
    Jaded – Melissa McClelland
    Jakey’s Gin – Great Big Sea
    James Bonde – Bonde do Role
    Jane – Barenaked Ladies

    Meh… not my best list.  But the Melissa McClelland tune is a good one.

  • Amaryllis

     When you are a folkie, you end up with multiple versions of the same song, and lots of songs are in this range.

    This is true. Exhibit B:

    Jack Frost – Mike Waterson
    Jack Frost – Waterson:Carthy
    Jack Frost and the Hooded Crow – Jethro Tull
    Jack Haggerty – Touchstone
    Jack Keane’s Reel – Patrick Street
    Jack of All Parades – Elvis Costello
    Jack of All Trades – The Chieftains
    Jack Onion – Sid Kipper
    Jack Orion – A. L. Lloyd
    Jack Pudding – The Broadside Band
    Jack the Ripper – The White Stripes
    Jackson – Lucinda Williams
    Jackson’s Jig – Matt Molloy
    Jacob’s Ladder – Bruce Springsteen
    Jacobstowe Wassail – Waterson:Carthy
    Jade – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
    Jailhouse Tears – Lucinda Williams
    James Connolly – Andy Irvine
    James Connolly – Black 47 (not the same song, in fact)
    Jammin’ the Blues – Ray Charles
    Janglin – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

    and, out of range, but if you have jangling you can have jingling–
    The Jinglin’ Geordie – The Whisky Priests

  • Amaryllis

    And no list of “Jack” songs would be compete without a Jack with a difference:

    Gentleman Jack –  O’Hooley & Tidow

  • What, no Leo Kottke?  Jack Gets Up is a classic:
    “Everyday in the morning when you get up and you crawl out of bed”

  • Theo

    Jack Dandy – the Men They Couldn’t Hang
    Jack the Ripper – Motörhead
    Jack the Ripper – Nationalteatern
    Jack Uppskäraren – Cornelis Vreeswijk
    Jack-a-Roe – Bob Dylan
    Jackass – Green Day
    Jacko Under Pressure – Go Home Productions
    Jaded – Operation Ivy
    Jaded – Green Day
    Jag Brinner – Strebers
    Jag Har En Spricka i Läppen – Cornelis Vreeswijk
    Jag Hatar Söndagar – Ebba Grön
    Jag Kan Inte Leva Utan Dig – Imperiet
    Jag Kommer – Veronica Maggio
    Jag Måste Vara Galen Om Regeringen Är Klok – Euskefeurat
    Jag och Bosse Lidén – Cornelis Vreeswijk (Swedish-language cover of ‘Me and Bobby McGee’
    Jag Ska Aldrig Dö – Dr. Zeke
    Jag Skiter – Magnus Uggla
    Jag Skiter i det Sexuella – Euskefeurat
    Jag Vill Byta – KSMB
    Jag Vill Inte Gå Hit – Magnus Uggla
    Jag Vill Inte Tillbaka – Magnus Uggla
    Jag Vill Städa i Europa – Euskefeurat
    Jag Är En Idiot – Imperiet
    Jag Är Fri, Jag Har Sonat – Cornelis Vreeswijk
    Jaguar – the Who
    Jah Live – Bob Marley & the Wailers
    Jail Guitar Doors – the Clash
    Jailbait – Motörhead
    Jailbreak – AC/DC
    Jailbreak – Thin Lizzy
    Jailhouse Rock – Elvis Presley
    Jamming – Bob Marley & the Wailers
    Jane Allen – Billy Bragg

  • imathers

    Jack Names the Planets – Ash
    Jack-Ass – Beck
    Jackie, Dressed in Cobras – The New Pornographers
    Jackson – Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash
    Jacktales – Basteroid
    Jah Bust the Case – Gregory Isaacs
    Jail Guitar Doors – The Clash
    Jail La La – Dum Dum Girls
    Jake Summers – Fight Like Apes
    The Jam That Ate Itself – Lupine Howl
    Jamelia – Caribou
    Jane Doe – Nik Kershaw
    Jane Fakes a Hug – The Wrens
    Jane the Queen of Love – Frank Black