Music Mama: “Name” that playlist for the boys!

By Jackie Helton, the Music Mama

Last month, we did this cool playlist built from songs with a girl’s name in the title. If you missed it, you can check it out by clicking here. So… in fairness to the boys… this month we’re doing one that’s all about the guys.

Interesting little side note: The songs that have girl’s names in them are mostly love songs, where the singer pours out his heart for the woman he loves. But I noticed that, in the majority of songs with a guy’s name in the title, the singer is describing the guy as a loser, quitter, rat or general scumbag. Hmmm…. not sure exactly what this might mean, but it is an interesting difference. Maybe we girls are more inspired to write about boys when we’re mad.

To listen to the songs, go to your favorite online music store like iTunes and search for each title. Enjoy the list!

Abraham, Martin and John, by Dion

Alfie, by Dionne Warwick

Ben, by Michael Jackson

Bad, Bad Leroy Brown, by Jim Croce

Big, Bad John, by Jimmy Dean

Billy, Don’t Be A Hero, by Bo Donaldson

Captain Jack, by Billy Joel

Charlie Brown, by The Coasters

Daniel, by Elton John

Danny’s Song, by Loggins and Messina

Fernando, by ABBA

Hey Jude, by The Beatles

Walkaway Joe, by Trisha Yearwood

Hey, Stephen, by Taylor Swift

Hit The Road, Jack, by Ray Charles

Jack and Diane, by John Mellencamp

You Don’t Mess Around with Jim, by Jim Croce

Jessie’s Girl, by Rick Springfield

Johnny Angel, by Shelley Fabares

Johnny B. Goode, by Chuck Berry

Levon, by Elton John

Louie, Louie, by The Kingsmen

Luka, by Suzanne Vega

Mack the Knife, by Bobby Darin

Mickey, by Tony Basil

Ode To Billie Joe, by Bobbie Gentry

Simon, by Lifehouse

Sweet Baby James, by James Taylor

Vincent, by Don McLean

Jackie Helton, the Music Mama, is back on the first of each month with a brand new playlist for your listening pleasure. Got an idea for a great list? Send us an e-mail at