Tune That Name: A

But till you get there yourself you never really know …

“Lonely Adam,” Jacob Altemus
Adia,” Sarah McLachlan
Adrian,” Jewel
You Can Call Me Al,” Paul Simon
“Dr. Albert Provaloni,” The Frogs

Brandy Alexander,” Feist
Alfie,” Lily Allen
Alison,” Elvis Costello
Alison’s Starting to Happen,” The Lemonheads
Lovely Allen,” Holy Fuck
“Allison,” Randy Stonehill
Amelia,” Joni Mitchell
Anabella’s Song,” Everclear
Andy, You’re a Star,” The Killers
Angeline,” James McMurtry
Angeline the Baker,” Crooked Still
“The Last Testament of Angus Shane,” Lost Dogs
Note to Anna,” Daniel Amos
“Annabelle Lee,” T-Bone Burnett
Anne,” Santogold
Ariel,” Diane Birch
Audrey,” Michael Roe
Ava Adore,” Smashing Pumpkins

There are some fun live versions of “Lovely Allen” here and here and here. The link in the list above goes to the studio version, which I like best because of the crescendo-y bit that starts somewhere around the 2:40 mark and is one of my favorite things.

Mike Roe’s “Audrey” is from an old benefit album my former partner-in-crime Dwight Ozard put together for our magazine. It features demo-versions, alternate takes and unreleased B-sides from an oddball assortment of musicians including Steve Taylor, Ashley Cleveland, Brian Healy, Dave Perkins, Randy Stonehill and Ramona Silver. It’s out of print, but if you’re looking for a copy, there may be a box or two of these in my attic.

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  • Noyatin

    Adam and Eve -Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicolson
    Adeline-Kasey Chambers
    Althea -Grateful Dead
    Anna Lee -Levon Helm
    Annabelle Lee -Sarah Jarosz

  • Ali in the Jungle – The Hours

  • SororAyin

    “Aces High” Iron Maiden
    “After All” Black Sabbath
    “After Forever” Black Sabbath
    “Ahead of the Pack” Accept
    “Aiming Hgh” Helloween
    “Aint It All Amusing” Elf
    “Aint No Fun (Waiting around to Be a Millionaire)” AC/DC
    “The Alchemist” Iron Maiden
    “Aleister” Reverend Bizarre
    “All Guns Blazing” Judas Priest
    “All over the Nations” Helloween
    “All the Fools Sailed Away” Dio
    “The Almighty Dollar” Ozzy Osbourne
    “Alone” Judas Priest
    “Along Came a Spider” Dio
    “Annica” Dio
    “Annie New Orleans” Elf
    “Another Lie” Dio
    “Another Rainy Night” Queensryche
    “Anybody Listening?” Queensryche
    “Anything Goes” AC/DC
    “Assassin of the Light” Candelmass
    “Atom and Evil” Heaven & Hell
    “At the Gallows End” Candlemass
    “Awakening” Judas Priest

  • Oooh, this one seems like fun.  I’ve got “Ava Adore,” “Allison’s Starting to Happen,” “Adia,” “Andy, You’re a Star,” and “You Can Call Me Al.”

    “Alouette & Me,” Letters to Cleo (EVERYONE MUST LISTEN TO LETTERS TO CLEO!)
    “Abe Lincoln,” American Aquarium
    “Adam’s Song,” Blink 182
    “Addams Groove,” MC Hammer
    “Albi,” Flight of the Conchords
    “Allison Road,” Gin Blossoms
    “Amber,” Mickey & the Motorcars
    “Amie,” Counting Crows
    “Anna Begins,” Counting Crows
    “Andrew Lammie,” Kate Rusby
    “Anna Marie,” Whiskey Myers
    “Annie,” Our Lady Peace
    “Annie-Dog,” Smashing Pumpkins
    “Awkward Annie,” Kate Rusby
    “Crazy Amanda Bunkface,” Sum 41
    “JAR (Jason Andrew Relva),” Green Day
    “Jimmy and Annie,” Cross Canadian Ragweed
    “Little Anna Mae,” Muddy Waters
    “Queen Anne’s Revenge,” Flogging Molly
    “Santa Ana Winds,” Sons of Bill
    “Song of Wandering Aengus,” Waterboys
    “Al Genina (Leave the Light On),” Our Lady Peace
    “State of the Art,” Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers

  • urbicande

    Names with A?  I’m surprised you left off Cornershop’s Brimful of Asha

  • Magic_Cracker

    A.A. Cameron’s Strathspey/Mrs. Martha Knowles/The Pitnacree Ferryman“, Silly Wizard
    Aberdeen Mississippi Blues“, Bukka White”Africa“, John Coltrane”African Queen”, Horace Silver Quintet”African Village“, McCoy Tyner”Ag Taisteal Na Blárnan“, The Chieftains”All My Life“, Ornette Coleman”Anna Leigh“, The Sadies

  • No Alice’s Restaurant?  I don’t have it either because I own almost no music, but I’d think that someone would have it.  I mean without that we never get to ask the question, “How many things in the world are 18 minutes and 20 seconds long?” and have it be funny.  And what would we listen to on Thanksgiving?

  • Vermic

    “Ally McBeal”, Da Vinci’s Notebook
    “Amphetamine”, Everclear (it’s a nickname of a girl in the song)
    “Colonel Enrique Adolfo Bermudez”, Camper Van Beethoven
    “Guess God Thinks I’m Abel”, Oasis

  • kadh2000

     Annie’s Other Song – John Denver (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqqmBwJYMkE)

  • christopher_y

    Good lord, 10 comments in and no Angie (Rolling Stones or, quite separately, Davy Graham)?

    Also, Amphetamine Annie – Canned Heat.

  • Dogfacedboy

    Abraham, Martin and John – Dion

    Alfie – Dionne Warwick

    Angie Baby – Helen Reddy

    Archie’s Party – Archies

    Ariel – Dean Friedman

    Aubrey – Bread

    Arthur’s Theme – Christopher Cross

    Aase’s Death – Grieg

    Uncle Albert – Paul and Linda McCartney

  • The_Great_Indoors

    Fun fact : Lily Allen’s song “Alfie” is about her brother Alfie Allen who is currently starring as Theon Greyjoy in “Game of Thrones” on HBO.

  • Carstonio

     The Stones song was my first thought as well. Perhaps others had the same mondegreen that I had as a kid, when I heard the opening line as “I lay in jail.”

  • Guest

     Captain Albert Alexander – Steam Powered Giraffe

  • wanderingoutlaw

    “Temporary Like Achilles” – Bob Dylan
    “Alice’s Restaurant” – Arlo Guthrie
    “Frankie & Albert” – Bob Dylan
    “Jaweh & Allah Battle” – Allen Ginsberg (poem)
    “Miss Amanda Jones” – The March Violets
    “Andrew Lammie” – Kate Rusby
    “Angelina”- Bob Dylan
    “Angie” – Stereophonics
    “Annabelle Lee” – Bob Neuwirth
    “Awkward Annie” – Kate Rusby
    “Farewell, Angelina” – Bob Dylan
    “Iggy & Angus” – Sloan
    “Aqualung” – Jethro Tull
    “Arthur” – The Kinks
    “Arthur’s Theme (The Best That You Can Do)” – Christopher Cross
    “Arthur Fhardy’s Yodeling Party” – Swirling Eddies
    “Arthur McBride” – Bob Dylan
    “I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine” – Bob Dylan
    “Aunt Avis” – Vic Chesnutt

  • LeRoc

    “A baba do Ali Babá” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pthNkXeuLGA) – Zé Geraldo

    The song’s title translates as “The nanny of Ali Baba”, but I guess it was chosen more because of the allitteration.

  • AnonymousSam

    Hopefully Disqus doesn’t royally EAT this.

    Caution: Upbeat songs intermixed with melancholy songs. Also not so often in English. Vulgarity at a minimum, but content sometimes not the best to be overheard by others.

    Sandy Lam – Ai Shang Yi Ge Bu Hui Jia De Ren
    Chinese lyrics
    English lyrics

    Blümchen – Achterbahn

    Fiona Apple – Across the Universe

    Johnny Cash – Ain’t No Grave

    The Nightwatchman – Alone Without You

    Pat Benatar – All Fired Up

    S.E.S. – A Song For You
    Korean lyrics
    Japanese lyrics

    t.A.T.u – All About Us

    t.A.T.u – All the Things She Said
    English lyrics
    Russian lyrics

    Within Temptation – All I Need

    Within Temptation – Angels

    YUI – Again

  • Justin

    “Ace Frehley” – Millencolin
    “Achilles’ Last Stand” – Led Zeppelin
    “Aja” – The Ergs
    “Al’s War” – Less Than Jake
    “Alex Chilton” – The Replacements
    “Alice” – Two Tongues
    “Alison” – Elvis Costello
    “Allison” – The Pixies
    “Amy” – River City High
    “Ana” – The Pixies
    “Angela” – No Use For A Name
    “Anji” – Simon & Garfunkel
    “Ann” – The Stooges
    “Ann Disaster” – Ben Kweller
    “Annabelle” – Heavens
    “Antonia” – Motion City Soundtrack
    “Antonio Baka Guy” – Shonen Knife
    “Ariel” – Braid
    “Asa Phelps Is Dead” – The Lawrence Arms

    That’s just the songs that START with A. I mean, bounds of reason. I am at work, you know.

  • Sam Kabo Ashwell

    Aisha, Death in Vegas
    Alberto Balsalm, Aphex Twin
    Alice, Tom Waits
    Alice in the Bacon Box, Lucy Ward
    Annabelle, Gillian Welch
    Annah’s Theme, Mark Morgan / Planescape: Torment (yeah, soundtracks are kind of cheating, but this is a freakin’ spectacular soundtrack)
    Apache Rose Peacock, Red Hot Chili Peppers
    Archie, Plume
    Archie Wah Wah – Desmond Dekker

  •  In four-part harmony.  With feelin’.

  • At Last – Etta James

  • Pat Greene

    “Adelaide’s Lament,” Guys and Dolls
    “Airline Amy,” Weird Al
    “Alberta,” Eric Clapton 

  • I’m gonna cheat and say “Alia” by Donnie Iris. Which is to say “Ah, Leah”, but I misheard it every time until I saw it in writing. Doesn’t make much difference to the tune, though.

    “We ain’t learned our lesson yet–“

  • Hth

    “Anna Molly,” Incubus

  • Noyatin

    Two I forgot

    Work with me Annie and Annie had a Baby by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters. Both were banned by the FCC in1954. Terrific single-entendre songs.

  • MaybeKay

    I have 258 songs that start with A. 

  • Amaryllis

    All of the old faces ask you why you’re back…

    Adam Raised a Cain – Bruce Springsteen
    Adam Buckham – The Whisky Priests
    Father Adam – Jean Redpath
    You Can Call Me Al – Paul Simon
    On Aleksander’s Exile – The Homespun Ceilidh Band
    Alexander’s Ragtime Band – Bing Crosby and Al Jolson
    Alice in Wonderland – The Whisky Priests
    Alan McLean – Andy Irvine
    Alan Tyne of Harrow – Dolores Keane and John Faulkner
    Angie – The Rolling Stones
    Anna Ingram’s Sister – The Kipper Family
    Anna Mae – Jim Page (this song should have been included in the last go-round, in fact, as Anna Mae Aquash was a real person who should not be forgotten)
    Annabelle – Gillian Welch
    Annachie Gordon – The Unthanks
    Anneliese – The Helmut Hogl Band
    Ragtime Annie – Kenny Baker
    My Antonia – Emmylou Harris
    Aoibhinn Cronan – Peadar O Riada
    Archibald MacDonald of Keppoch – John Cunningham
    Arthur McBride – Planxty


  • spinetingler

     But how many of them have a person’s name in the title?

  • Abraham, Martin & John – Bob Dylan
    Achilles’ Last Stand – Led Zeppelin
    Temporary Like Achilles – Bob Dylan
    Adam Catched Eve – the Merry Wives of Windsor
    Adam Raised a Cain – Bruce Springsteen
    Adam’s Atoms – Bad Religion
    Adina – Rancid
    Adolfs klagan – Freddie Wadling
    You Can Call Me Al – Paul Simon
    Frankie & Albert – Bob Dylan
    Alberta – Bob Dylan
    Aclutti Busch Boosch Bumpa Albertina – Povel Ramel
    Alex Chilton – the Replacements
    Alfredsvisan – Freddie Wadling
    Here Comes Alice – the Jesus & Mary Chain
    Allison – the Pixies
    Alma – Tom Lehrer
    Go Amanda – Steve Earle
    Miss Amanda Jones – the Rolling Stones
    Ett barn är fött / Ekorr Anders Marsch – Jul i Folkton live
    Mördar-Anders – Cornelis Vreeswijk
    Skutten Anders Nidvisa – Carin Kjellman & Ulf Gruvberg
    Polska Efter Fredrik Andersson, Raukasjö – Triakel
    Till Herr Andersson – Cornelis Vreeswijk
    Andy’s Chest – the Velvet Underground
    Angel – Iggy Pop
    Angelina – Bob Dylan
    Farewell, Angelina – Bob Dylan
    Adjö, Angelina (Farewell, Angelina) – Totta & Wiehe
    Angelina – the Neurotic Outsiders
    Angie – the Rolling Stones
    Ann – the Stooge
    Go Home Ann – the Ramones
    Ann-Katarin – Cornelis Vreeswijk
    Anna (Go to Him) – the Beatles
    Anna-Greta Leijons Ögon – Besökarna
    Annachie Gordon – John Wesley Harding
    Annagreta – Euskefeurat
    Annalisa – Public Image Ltd
    Sister Anne – the MC5
    Apanssons Yrke – Trazan & Banarne
    Arthur McBride – Andy Irvine & Paul Brady
    Arthur McBride – Bob Dylan
    Athena – the Who
    I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine – Bob Dylan

  • “A Letter from Anne Marie” – Grant Hart
    “A Day in the Life of Andre Benjamin (Incomplete)” – OutKast
    “Abel” – The National
    “Abigail” – King Diamond
    “Abigail, Belle of Kilronan” – The Magnetic Fields
    “Achilles’ Last Stand” – Led Zeppelin 
    “Adam Raised a Cain” – Bruce Springsteen
    “Adam’s Song” – Rodney Crowell
    “Al Bowlly’s in Heaven” – Richard Thompson
    “Aladdin Sane (1913-1938-197?)” – David Bowie
    “Alan Enters the Digitizing Stream”; “Alan Kidnapped – Stop What You’re Doing!”; “Alan’s Desktop PC” – Nathan Grigg, Guy Whitmore, Brian Pamintuan
    “Alan Is a Cowboy Killer” – Mclusky
    “Alan’s Psychedelic Breakfast [(a) Rise and Shine (b) Sunny Side Up (c) Morning Glory]” – Pink Floyd
    “Albert Goes West” – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
    “Albert of India” – Split Enz
    “Alberto Balsalm” – Aphex Twin
    “Albert’s Shuffle” – Bloomfield, Mike; Al Kooper; Steve Stills
    “Alec Eiffel”; “Anne Arbour” – The Get Up Kids
    “Alejandro” – Lady GaGa
    “Alex Chilton” – The Replacements (that goodness I was not the first here)
    “Alex Descends Into Hell For a Bottle Of Milk Korova 1” – U2
    “Alexander the Great” – Iron Maiden
    “Alice” – Tom Waits
    “Alice” – Can
    “Alice and Interiors” – Manchester Orchestra
    “Alice in Wonderland” – Bill Evans
    “Alice’s House” – The Psychedelic Furs
    “Alison” – Elvis Costello
    “All the Girls Love Alice” – Elton John
    “Allen’s Wrench” – Kyuss
    “Aloha Ahab” – Baja
    “Aloysius Version Opposite B” – Black Moth Super Rainbow
    “Alsatia’s Lullaby” – Hans Zimmer; Julia Migenes
    “Amélie”; “Amélie m’a dit” – Alizée
    “AMY” – Ryan Adams
    “Amy” – Elton John
    “Amy (Darling) – Split Enz
    “Amy aka Spent Gladiator 1” – The Mountain Goats
    “Ana Lucia” – Sloan
    “Ana Ng” – They Might Be Giants
    “Anastasia” – Voltaire
    “Andrea” – Tommy Keene
    “Andrea” – Rabies Caste
    “Andrei” – Squarepusher
    “Andy” – The Mothers of Invention
    “Andy Warhol” – David Bowie
    “Andy Wolff” – Minus the Bear
    “Andy’s Chest” – Lou Reed 
    “Angela” – Godfathers
    “Angelica” – John Coltrane/Duke Ellington
    “Angelica” – Steel Train
    “Angelica”; “Anna Miranda” – The Church
    “Angeline Is Coming Home” – The Badlees
    “Angelyne” – The Jayhawks
    “Angie and Johnny” – David Knopfler
    “Ann” – The Meters
    “Ann” – The Stooges
    “Ann Buchanan Theme” – Dean & Britta
    “Ann Jane” – The Jayhawks
    “Anna (Go to Him)” – The Beatles
    “Anna Freud” – The National
    “Anna Lise Please” – Kevin Welch
    “Annabela’s Song” – Everclear
    “Annabelle” – The Mighty Lemon Drops
    “Annalisa” – Public Image Ltd.
    “Annie Christian” – Prince
    “Annie-Dog” – The Smashing Pumpkins
    “Antoine and Birdskull” – Jaguar Love
    “Aphrodite”; “Ariel Sings” – Steve Kilbey
    “Apollo I: the Writing Writer” – Coheed and Cambria
    “April After All” – Ron Sexsmith
    “Arid Al’s Dream” – The Fall
    “Ariel” – Braid
    “Aurora” – Foo Fighters
    “Arnie” – Primus
    “Arnold Layne” – Pink Floyd
    “Arnold Palmer” – TRS-80
    “Arthur” – The Kinks
    “Arthur Lee’s Lullaby” – Walter Schriefel
    “Ashtar Speaks” – INXS
    “Astraea’s Dream” – The Sword
    “Atlas” – Sparta
    “Atreyu and the Swamps of Sadness” – Cecil Otter
    “Atticus, In The Desert” – Kishi Bashi
    “Ava Adore” – Smashing Pumpkins
    “Avery” – Communist Daughter

    Anddddd…I’m going to not even get into songs where the *title* doesn’t start with “A”.This is what happens when you own stupid amounts of music.

  • Ennid

    “Angelia”–Richard Marx
    “Arthur McBride”–Paul Brady (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBGkhPx529g)

  • Amaryllis

    I see that when I was typing much too late last night, I went straight from Anneliese to Ragtime Annie, skipping entirely over
    Annie Laurie – Jean Redpath

  • stardreamer42

    All these comments and nobody mentions “Alison Gross” by Steeleye Span (among others)?