Thursday Thirteen: Short and Sweet. 13 Cool Songs about Woman.


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Not feeling very original today, lol, when I found this post sitting in my draft folder from April.  It was mostly complete, only missing the last three songs, which at that time seemed impossible… That was until SongPop came along. 

I love SongPop.

Too much.  I’m good at it.  REALLY good at it.  Every, every genre, I can hold my own and some I kick ass in and some make me laugh but I feel bad for new challengers because with the tournament format of this game I’ve only been owned by 2 or 3 people.  And by owner I mean losing all 10-15 games we play.  In most cases, it’s me winning all the games, and certainly winning the tournaments. 

Not that I’m keeping count, but in the 200 tournaments I have played, I would suspect that I have lost maybe 20 of them. 

But let’s move past SongPop (challenge me if you would like to lose) and onto the this week’s Thursday Thirteen.  So sit back, grab a box of kleenex, turn on iTunes and get ready to find your inner female.

Here are 13 cool songs about women.

13. “Beth” -Kiss. This 1976 tearjerker was a big hit for the rock group Kiss and although the name “Beth” was fictional, the song –  about band members missing their ladies while they were out on tour – was all true.

12. “Rosanna” – Toto – The song was written by David Paich, who has said that the song is about several girls he had known.  As a joke, the band members initially played along with the common assumption that the song was about Rosanna Arquette, who was dating Toto keyboard player Steve Porcaro at the time and coincidentally had the same name.  Hmmmm.  Had me fooled too.

11. “Sweet Caroline”- Neil Diamond. Although the identity of the “Caroline” in this 1969 song wasn’t discovered until 2007- when Neil Diamond revealed that the song was about Caroline Kennedy, who was 11-years-old at the time the song was recorded.  

10. “Angie” – The Rolling Stones. The “Angie” in this 1973 Rolling Stones hit song has always been speculated upon, with the most common story being that it’s about Mick Jagger’s rumored affair with David Bowie’s ex-wife, Angela.  Jagger never gave the story any credibility, though.  And since Stones guitarist Keith Richards had a daughter named Angela born in 1972 (she was also immortalized in the song “Dandilion”) it’s possible they just used the name “Angie” because they liked it.

9. “Diana” – Bryan Adams – The song, written in March 1984, was intended as a light, comedic song about the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer.  The song was not included on Adams’ Reckless album because Adams was worried about offending the royal couple so it was later released as a b-side on the single, “Heaven” which happens to be our wedding song.  Though the song is assumed to be about Diana and Prince Charles, the song never explicitly identifies the characters as such. Furthermore, is it never mentioned what Diana does (other than being a well-known celebrity), nor is Charles mentioned by name or title.  A royal connection is made, though, in that Diana is identified by the narrator as “the queen of all my dreams”.  Adams often performed the song during his live concerts up until the day of Diana’s death after which he retired the song permanently.

8. “Amanda” – Boston – This was the first single Boston released after a 7-year layoff and was their first and only #1 hit.  The song is actually very romantic, with Brad Delp singing about telling his girl “I Love You” for the first time.  “Amanda” was most likely chosen as a name because it scans so well, the perfect word to follow lines like “I’m gonna tell you right away, I can’t wait another day…”

7. “Billie Jean” – Michael Jackson – There are contradictory claims to what the song’s lyrics refer to. One suggests that they are derived from a real-life experience, in which a female fan claimed that MJ had fathered one of her twins.  Jackson himself, however, stated that “Billie Jean” was based on groupies he had encountered.

6. “Cecilia” – Simon and Garfunkel – Paul Simon who this song and suggested that it’s about St. Cecilia, the patron saint of music in the Catholic tradition, and thus the song might refer to the frustration of fleeting inspiration in songwriting, the vagaries of musical fame or in a wider sense the absurdity of pop culture.  The song is generally interpreted as a lament over a capricious lover who causes both anguish and jubilation to the singer.

5. “Nikita” – Elton John.  This song was about the Cold War from John’s 1985 album.

4. “Oh Sherrie” – Steve Perry.  The song was Perry’s biggest hit as a solo artist and written for his then-girlfriend Sherrie Swafford, who also appeared in the music video.

3. “Dirty Diana”- Michael Jackson. This song is quite different from most of MJ’s other songs as it’s darker and more seductive.  This song is about a groupie.

2. “Jenny/ 867-5309”- Tommy Tutone.  Snopes confirmed that the phone number mentioned in the song- 867-5309- has been a thorn in the phone company’s side for years.  But it has made for a very memorable song. For a good time, call.

1. “Venus” – Shocking Blue. A song about Venus which became the most popular when covered by Bananarama, however in their version they sing, “Venus was his name”.  Silly Bananarama…

Honourable Mentions:

“Maria” – Rage Against the Machine

“Judith” – A Perfect Circle

“Pamela” – Toto

“My Michelle” – Guns “n” Roses 

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