“The Playlist” Wonders What’s in a Name?
With the most popular newborn names of 2012 released, this week’s version of “The Playlist” asks What ‘s in a Name?
There are hundreds if not thousands of popular songs that mention a person’s name, so to get this week’s Playlist down to 20 I am using only songs that have a name in the title. No I’m not talking “Name” by the Goo Goo Dolls.
Each song has a name in the title, and we run the gambit from Tom and Joey to Sunny and Georgia.
The Playlist tries to be as modern as possible, but a couple of classic songs needed to make the cut.
New Jersey also gets represented here, but not in the obvious way (sorry Bruce).
I know I will be leaving off many songs you would have thought of, but I hope enjoy this version of The Playlist (and quite possibly your next child’s name):
Boston — Amanda (#1 smash in 1986 and the band’s comeback after being gone for 8 years)
Plain White T’s — Hey There Delilah (and I say Hey There to Kate Delilah back at my home …. no joke!)
Santana w/ The Product G&B — Maria Maria (Carlos liked the name so much he used it twice)
Blessid Union of Souls — Hey Leonardo (how many people named Leonardo do you know other than DiCaprio and a Ninja Turtle?)
Fountains of Wayne — Stacy’s Mom (Stacy helped the boys from north Jersey their one Top-20 hit in 2003)
John Mellencamp — Jack & Diane (a classic with 2 names that could not be ignored)
John Mayer — Why Georgia (yeah why were you named after The Peach State?)
Elvis Costello — Veronica (she helped Elvis to a Top-15 hit in 1989)
Train — Meet Virginia (the only one I know is actress Virginia Madsen)
Suzanne Vega / DNA — Tom’s Diner (chose Tom over Luka)
Weezer — Buddy Holly (fame name aside, Holly is a nice girl’s name and Buddy was the name of Elf in 2003)
Mika — Grace Kelly (two names here on this Top-5 smash in 17 countries druing 2007)
Goo Goo Dolls — Iris (I guess they did tell them her Name?)
Concrete Blonde — Joey (Hey, How You Doin’?)
Michael Jackson — Billie Jean (did you know that Jackson was the 2nd most popular male newborn name for 2012?)
Iggy Pop and Kate Pierson — Candy (I could go for a Twix bar right now)
Better Than Ezra — Rosalia (So what’s in a name? Add a T in this song and you have Springsteen’s classic)
Shawn Colvin — Sunny Came Home (and she went to the Top-5 in 1997)
Breaking Benjamin — Diary of Jane (Benjamin was ranked #14 in 2012 for boys baby names)
Sarah McLachlan — Adia (this obscure name wraps up The Playlist, and asks the question “What’s in This Name?”)