Mike’s Music Lists: Songs Whose Titles Are No More Than a Year

prince-1999Song lyrics sometimes relate to or tell a story about a certain time period. This time can be historic, literary, nostalgic or perhaps even personal to the songwriter. On occasion, songwriters have made this time reference the title of their song.

So here’s the drill: a list of songs whose title is nothing more than the numbers of a year. No stretching it—only ones where the complete song title is limited to just four numbers. (Unless of course you are in an odd century that dictates more or less.) Any added words or punctuation marks disqualify it from my rules. Here’s what I have come up with so far.

Can you think of anymore? Please note them in the comment section below, and I will add them to the list.


1492 Counting Crows
1882 Paul McCartney & Wings
1901 Phoenix
1904 The Tallest Man on Earth
1914 Randy Newman
1916 Motorhead
1917 David Olney
1918 De Novo Dahl
1921 The Who
1941 Harry Nilsson
1945 Joe Grushecky & the Houserockers
1958 Clock DVA
1959 Patti Smith
1960 America
1963 New Order
1968 Dave Alvin
1969 The Stooges
1970 The Stooges
1972 Josh Rouse
1974 Robyn Hitchcock Ryan Adams Amy Grant
1975 Chris Difford
1976 RJD2
1977 The Clash
1979 Smashing Pumpkins
1981 Public Image Ltd.
1982 Randy Travis
1983 Jimi Hendrix Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby
1984 Spirit David Bowie Van Halen
1985 Bowling for Soup Manic Street Preachers Haken
1988 Pete Ham
1989 Clem Snide
1990 The Temptations
1992 Blur
1998 Rancid
1994 Loudon Wainwright III Jason Aldean
1995 Luna
1999 Prince Limp Bizkit
2002 Bob Schneider
2012 The Word Alive The Ghost of a Sabre Tooth Tiger
2082 They Might Be Giants
2084 Ayreon


  1. 1995 Luna

  2. Dave Hyland · · Reply

    2012 – The Ghost Of A Sabre Tooth Tiger

    Y2K – The Apples In Stereo

  3. 1882 – Wings
    1914 – Randy Newman
    1988 – Pete Ham
    1990 – The Temptations
    1992 – Blur
    2082 – They Might Be Giants

  4. 1994 – Jason Aldean

  5. 1984 – Van Halen (short instrumental that leads off the album of the same name)

  6. Haken-1985

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