Songs with Titles That are Not Part of the Lyrics

atkins-bookshelf-musicWhen Roger Daltrey sang “Don’t cry, don’t raise your eye, it’s only teenage wasteland” he was describing the infamous Woodstock Festival that took place in 1969, where more than 400,000 fun-loving (and drug-induced) concert-goers listened to 32 musical acts over three days. Indeed, the Who’s song, “Teenage Wasteland” became not only the anthem of Woodstock, but of an entire generation. The song is consistently ranked as one of the greatest songs of all time. However, the song’s official name — as any dedicated Who fan will tell you — is actually “Baba O’Riley.” The song was inspired and takes it’s name from Meher Baba, an Indian mystic, and Terry Riley, a minimalist composer. The words Baba O’Riley are only a title and never appear in the lyrics.

In the world of music, Baba O’Riley is not really an oddity. The editors of, a treasure-house of music trivia, 156 well-known songs with titles that are not part of the lyrics. Below is a list of some of the most famous songs and the bands that wrote them:

A Day In The Life by The Beatles
Amsterdam by Coldplay
Baba O’Riley by The Who
Black Dog by Led Zeppelin
Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen
Corduroy by Pearl Jam
Drowning Man by U2
Everybody’s Everything by Santana
Legend of a Mind by The Moody Blues
Let It Rock by Chuck Berry
Life During Wartime by Talking Heads
Liverpool 08 by Ringo Starr
Love Song by The Cure
Maggie May by Rod Stewart
Motion Picture Soundtrack by Radiohead
My Back Pages by The Byrds
Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana
Space Oddity by David Bowie
Subterranean Homesick Blues by Bob Dylan
Taboo by Santana
The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy) by Simon & Garfunkel
The Ballad of John and Yoko by The Beatles
The Promise by Tracy Chapman
The Scientist by Coldplay
The Spirit Of Radio by Rush
The Wrestler by Bruce Springsteen
Tomorrow Never Knows by The Beatles
Unchained Melody by The Righteous Brothers
Viva La Vida by Coldplay
Young Turks by Rod Stewart

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