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“The Playlist” Wonders What’s in a Name?

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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):

BostonAmanda (#1 smash in 1986 and the band’s comeback after being gone for 8 years)

Plain White T’sHey There Delilah (and I say Hey There to Kate Delilah back at my home …. no joke!)

Santana w/ The Product G&BMaria Maria (Carlos liked the name so much he used it twice)

Blessid Union of SoulsHey Leonardo (how many people named Leonardo do you know other than DiCaprio and a Ninja Turtle?)

Fountains of WayneStacy’s Mom (Stacy helped the boys from north Jersey their one Top-20 hit in 2003)

John MellencampJack & Diane (a classic with 2 names that could not be ignored)

John MayerWhy Georgia (yeah why were you named after The Peach State?)

Elvis CostelloVeronica (she helped Elvis to a Top-15 hit in 1989)

TrainMeet Virginia (the only one I know is actress Virginia Madsen)

Suzanne Vega / DNATom’s Diner (chose Tom over Luka)

WeezerBuddy Holly (fame name aside, Holly is a nice girl’s name and Buddy was the name of Elf in 2003)

MikaGrace Kelly (two names here on this Top-5 smash in 17 countries druing 2007)

Goo Goo DollsIris (I guess they did tell them her Name?)

Concrete BlondeJoey (Hey, How You Doin’?)

Michael JacksonBillie Jean (did you know that Jackson was the 2nd most popular male newborn name for 2012?)

Iggy Pop and Kate PiersonCandy (I could go for a Twix bar right now)

Better Than EzraRosalia (So what’s in a name?  Add a T in this song and you have Springsteen’s classic)

Shawn ColvinSunny Came Home (and she went to the Top-5 in 1997)

Breaking BenjaminDiary of Jane (Benjamin was ranked #14 in 2012 for boys baby names)

Sarah McLachlanAdia (this obscure name wraps up The Playlist, and asks the question “What’s in This Name?”)



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