Mike’s Music Lists: Songs That End With Their Titles

Every true music geek likes to know the title of each new song he hears.  Guessing is required when you hear it live in concert for the first time. Sometimes, the title is an obvious refrain, often heard in the chorus. Other times, however, titles are obscure and have no direct mention in the lyrics. Here are some titles that don’t appear until…wait for it…the very last words of the song.

Artist Song Album Year
Bob Dylan Boots of Spanish Leather The Times They Are a-Changin’ 1964
The Beatles Here, There and Everywhere Revolver 1966
The Byrds Wasn’t Born to Follow The Notorious Byrd Brothers 1968
Chicago Questions 67 and 68 The Chicago Transit Authority 1969
Roxy Music Virginia Plain Roxy Music 1972
Jackson Browne Late For The Sky Late For The Sky 1974
Amanda McBroom The Rose 1977
Squeeze Up The Junction Cool for Cats 1979
The Cure Let’s Go To Bed Japanese Whispers 1982
Frank Zappa The Jazz Discharge Party Hats The Man from Utopia 1983
The Replacements Left of the Dial Tim 1985
The Cure Just Like Heaven Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me 1987
U2 Running to Stand Still The Joshua Tree 1987
George Michael One More Try Faith 1988
Depeche Mode Enjoy the Silence Violator 1990
Billy Bragg Tank Park Salute Don’t Try This at Home 1991
Pearl Jam Last Exit Vitalogy 1994
Pearl Jam Tremor Christ Vitalogy 1994
Quasi Our Happiness is Guaranteed Featuring “Birds” 1998
Loudon Wainwright III Much Better Bets So Damn Happy 2003
Josh Rouse Middle School Frown Nashville 2005
Coldplay Square One X&Y 2005
Darrell Scott Hank William’s Ghost Hank William’s Ghost 2006
David Mead Sicily Almost and Always 2008
Steve Earle God is God I’ll Never Get Out of this World Alive 2011
Bob Dylan Long and Wasted Years Tempest 2012
Jason Isbell Yvette Southeastern 2013

Have I missed any?  Add to the list in the comment section below.


  1. Pearl Jam, Last Exit, Vitology, 2004

    1. Thanks Joe and conrgats on making the first add to the list!

  2. Ted Goldthorpe · · Reply

    How about songs whose titles are sung once in the 2nd Verse?
    “Time (Is A Clock Of The Heart)” Culture Club……slightly imperfect example granted
    “The Spy Who Loved Me” Carly Simon

    1. Interesting–that could be another list!

  3. “let’s go to bed” by the Cure. Japanese whispers. 1982

  4. Tremor Christ by Pearl Jam. Vitalogy. 1994

  5. Wow–Joe strikes with two more!

  6. Enjoy the silence. Depeche Mode. Violator. 1989

  7. I hope you can sleep tonight Joe!

  8. “Here There and Everywhere” by the Beatles
    “One More Try” by George Michael
    “Running to Stand Still” by U2
    “Square One” by Coldplay
    “Virginia Plain” by Roxy Music
    “Wasn’t Born to Follow” by the Byrds

    1. Great work time–these have all been added to the list. Thanks for your input.

  9. Hey Mike,

    Best song of all time that ends with the first appearance of its title : undoubtedly The Rose, by Amanda McBroom (1977), as recorded by Bette Midler and Conway Twitty.

    – Ron.

    1. Fantastic – thanks for thae add!

  10. Colin Bell · · Reply

    Queen of Denmark by John Grant

    1. Thanks Colin – good one!

  11. “Here’s Looking At You, Kid” by The Gaslight Anthem
    and “Greek Tragedy” by The Wombats

  12. “Bastardo” by Charlotte Hatherley

  13. Jerry Lang · · Reply

    My Way – Sinatra/Syd Vicious

    1. Thanks but it appears several times early in the song.

  14. Nate Stein · · Reply

    Bruno Mars – When I Was Your Man

    1. Awesome Nate – thanks for the add to the list.

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