Songs That Don't Mention The Title In Their Lyrics

6 October 2018, 11:00 | Updated: 6 October 2018, 11:01

Freddie Mercury 1977
Freddie Mercury 1977. Picture: Getty

Bohemian Rhapsody? The “Galileo” song? Which other classics don't even have their titles in the chorus... or anywhere else for that matter.

  1. Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody

    If this legendary song was called “Galileo! Galileo!”, would it have been as successful? Instead, the words “Bohemian Rhapsody” are more abstract, evoking the ponderous mood of the song.

  2. Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit

    Teen Spirit, of course, being an American deodorant that Kurt Cobain’s girlfriend wore. Kurt didn’t know this, so when his friend Kathleen Hanna spray painted the words “Kurt Smells Like Teen Spirit” on a wall, he thought it referred to how punk rock he was.

  3. The Beatles - A Day In The Life

    John Lennon wrote the verses to this Fabs classic while reading the daily newspaper. The title sums up the random snippets of experience in the song, and also Paul McCartney’s descriptive contribution in the middle.

  4. New Order - Blue Monday

    The band’s second album was almost called How Does It Feel? after the first line of this song, but they changed it to Power Corruption and Lies. The words were always the last thing to be created for a New Order track: see also Bizarre Love Triangle, True Faith, Thieves Like Us, Temptation, etc etc.

  5. David Bowie - Space Oddity

    Bowie’s 1969 hit was an obvious pun on the recently-released movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, but the tale of Major Tom doesn’t mention the title at all.

  6. Editors - Munich

    Featuring on their 2005 debut album, The Back Room, the single mentions absolutely nothing else about the German city, but we still can't imagine it being called People Are Fragile.

  7. The Smiths - How Soon Is Now?

    Originally a B-side of the 1984 single, William It Was Really Nothing, How Soon Is Now? explores both longing and unrequited love, but actually never asks the question.

  8. Blur - Song 2

    Song 2 - so called because it was the second track on Blur's fifth album- may have been a lazy name, but it certainly didn't hurt the Britpop band, fittingly scoring them a No.2 in the UK charts.

  9. The Cure - Lullaby

    With all the horrific, nightmarish imagery in the song it's no surprise the word lullaby doesn't feature. It wasn't all bad though; The song - taken from The Cure's Disintegration LP - still manages to be their highest selling single in the UK, scoring a No. 5 in the charts. The video, which sees Robert Smith play both himself and the creepy cannibalistic "spiderman", also won a BRIT Award for Best Video in 1990.