The Six Best Songs With Ridiculously Long Titles

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2. Don Caballero - "A Lot Of People Tell Me I Have A Fake British Accent"

Listening back to Don Caballero's 2000 album American Don, I remember why Minus The Bear had such a stigma to overcome. MTB's first albums relied on two of Don Cab's most distinctive devices: clean guitar tapping and ridiculous song titles. "A Lot Of People Tell Me I Have A Fake British Accent" is the band's most well-named song because it's not necessarily funny. The humor is in the fact that the title was chosen, not in the actual words. Sure, Don Caballero did not invent the unrelated wacky-long title, but it seems that modern names like "Our Lawyer Made Us Change the Name of This Song So We Wouldn't Get Sued" by Fall Out Boy can be traced back to these folks. Oh, and this is also a great track, and you can hear hints of the territories guitarist Ian Williams was headed with Battles.


1. R.E.M. - "It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)"

Even without the parenthetical tagline, this R.E.M. classic hits the ten-word mark. Whereas other titles on this list are funny or clever or intentionally overblown, "It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" is the perfect title for a frenetic, paranoid party song. Calling it "The End Of The World" would be lame. "I Feel Fine" is too Beatles, and Michael Stipe and crew aren't into the irony of, say, New End Original naming its album Thriller. The song is so embedded into both music culture - because R.E.M. is a crazy important band - and normal culture - because this was a crazy successful song - that the long title isn't the point. As far as name length in mainstream pop, even "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" is pushing it. "It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" is the best song with a ridiculously long title because the name is absolutely necessary.

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3 comments
mbender1226
mbender1226

Forgetting "Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth with Money in my hand" (Primitive Radio Gods)

Jason Rosenbaum
Jason Rosenbaum

I've been listening to a lot of "The Only Difference Between Martyrdom and Suicide Is Press Coverage" lately. That's a 10-worder.

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