She's Not a Little Girl Anymore – Green

American Pie – Don McLean

Wrong: “When I read about his little bride”

Right: “When I read about his widowed bride”

Chuck E.'s in Love – Rickie Lee Jones

Wrong: “Shaq-ille's in love”

Right: “Chuck E.'s in love”

Can't Stop – After 7

Wrong: “I'm diggin on you, you diggin on me, we diggin ennui”

Right: “I'm diggin on you, you diggin on me, we diggin on we”


L. A. Woman – Doors

What are the lyrics at the very beginning? “Well, [I] de-gad-in-da town about an hour ago” (“did get into”; “just got into”?)

Singers who sound like the other sex (on at least one song)

Funny – Jimmy Elledge

A why-is-the-title-trimmed? version of

“Funny How Time Slips Away” (could this be a category?) – The version of Angel of the Morning by Shaggy (?) is actually called just “Angel”

Rock and Roll – Heart

Wonderful cover of Led Zeppelin. I thought Ann Wilson sounded exactly like Robert Plant the last time I heard it, in 1981, or whenever

Chet Baker

Jimmy Scott

Songs whose sound is somehow unique; no other song sounds like them

Rock On – David Essex

Bennie and the Jets – Elton John

Do It Again – Steely Dan

Songs with simulated (we hope) sex sounds


Sex (I'm a . . .) – Berlin

Pillow Talk – Sylvia

Me So Horny – 2 Live Crew

Lovin' You – Minnie Riperton

Love Hangover – Diana Ross

Jungle Fever – Chakachas

Wild Thing – Fancy

Cover of the Troggs

Erotica – Man

From the Revelation album

I Wanna Do Something Freaky to You – Leon Haywood

More Human Than Human – White Zombie


Whole Lotta Love – Led Zeppelin

Sexy Mama – Moments

Orgasm Addict – Buzzcocks

I guess it would be better if this song didn't have sex sounds


Love Chant – Eli's Second Coming

Also has an orgasmic-sounding electric guitar

Various (take your pick) songs by

Donna Summer



Marvin Gaye

Teddy Pendergrass (?)

Bow Wow Wow

Not full-scale sex sounds, but with a "yearning," "flirty," or a little, yelping catch-in-the-throat singing style, respectively

The Way I Want to Touch You – Captain and Tennille

Midnight at the Oasis – Maria Muldaur

Poor, Poor Pitiful Me – Linda Ronstadt

Speech impediments, real or feigned

Nite Klub – The Specials (Jerry Dammers)

Under the Bridge – Red Hot Chili Peppers (Anthony Kiedis)

Baby It's You – Shirelles

Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee – Stick McGee

various – Sarah Vaughan

She often sounds like she has a really bad cold when she sings

Growling female singing

The Hardest Part – Blondie

Poor, Poor Pitiful Me – Linda Ronstadt

(Potentially) annoying mispronunciations of the long "i" sound by art punkers

The word “migraine,” pronounced “mee-graine” in Natural's Not in It, Gang of Four

“Venus de Milo,” pronounced “de Mee-lo” in Venus de Milo, Television

(It's not just me who noticed) the weird pronunciation in a big Elton ballad

Christgau: “Yes, I hate the way he says 'don't dizgard me' too” [in Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me]

Good ad-libs, Mick

Overlaps also with Covers and Songs with talking parts in them: In Mick Jagger and Peter Tosh's cover of Temptations' “Don't Look Back,” Peter Tosh asks Mick how long he's been walking. Mick says “bout a hundred miles” and “I'm walkin barefoot”

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