How many songs can you think of that have the same word, repeated three times, for the song title? In this series of posts, I’m going to try to come up with a few. Wish me luck. I’ll check in with some of the big rock bands and solo artists to see what I can find.
Money, Money, Money
“Money, Money, Money” is a catchy and iconic song recorded by the Swedish pop group ABBA. It was written by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus and released in November 1976 as a single and later included in their album “Arrival.” The song features the signature ABBA sound with upbeat rhythms, melodic harmonies, and reflective lyrics with Anni-Frid Lyngstad singing lead vocals.
The ABBA track tells the story of a hardworking woman dreaming of a better life, longing for financial success and stability to escape her current struggles.
“Money Money Money” was also a Kevin Ayers single issued to promote his 1980 album. It was written by Kevin and released in February 1980.
Run, Run, Run
“Run, Run, Run” is a captivating song written by the celebrated songwriting team of Holland-Dozier-Holland and released as a single by the renowned Motown singing group, The Supremes, in 1964. The track showcases the distinctive blend of R&B, soul, and pop elements that became synonymous with The Supremes’ sound.
With Diana Ross’s emotive lead vocals and the group’s harmonious backing, “Run, Run, Run” exudes a sense of urgency and longing. The song’s lyrics revolve around themes of heartache and the desire to escape from a troubled relationship. As one of the early hits by The Supremes, “Run, Run, Run” helped solidify their status as one of Motown’s most successful acts and played a pivotal role in shaping the iconic sound of 1960s Motown music.
“Run Run Run” is a song by the Velvet Underground originally released on the band’s 1967 debut album, The Velvet Underground & Nico. The song was written on the back of an envelope by Lou Reed while he and the band were on their way to a gig at the Café Bizarre. The song details a number of characters living in New York City, including Teenage Mary, Margarita Passion, Seasick Sarah, and Beardless Harry, all of whom are detailed using or seeking drugs.
“Run Run Run” by The Third Rail was a minor hit on Epic Records from 1967. The song was sung by Joey Levine who went on to sing “Yummy Yummy Yummy” for The Ohio Express, while the rest of the group was made up of Artie Resnick (co-writer of “Under The Boardwalk”) and his wife Kris Resnick. This tune was also written by Levine, A. Resnick, and K. Resnick.
Fun, Fun, Fun
“Fun, Fun, Fun” is a classic song by the iconic American rock band, the Beach Boys, featured on their 1964 album titled “Shut Down Volume 2.” The song was co-written by two of the band’s members, Brian Wilson and Mike Love. It exudes the signature surf-rock sound that the Beach Boys became known for, with catchy melodies and harmonies that capture the carefree spirit of youth and the California beach culture.
Lyrically, the song tells the story of a girl who borrows her father’s Ford Thunderbird under the pretense of going to the library but instead uses it to have fun at the beach with her friends. The upbeat and vibrant tune, coupled with the band’s exceptional vocal arrangements, made “Fun, Fun, Fun” a commercial success, reaching the top five on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1964 and becoming one of the Beach Boys’ most beloved and enduring hits.
Well, Well, Well
“Well Well Well” is a powerful song by the English musician John Lennon, featured on his highly acclaimed 1970 solo album, “John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band.” The song showcases Lennon’s raw and emotive vocal delivery, reflecting the album’s introspective and cathartic nature.
With its gritty and intense sound, “Well Well Well” delves into themes of self-exploration, primal feelings, and emotional release. The track’s stripped-down instrumentation and aggressive guitar work contribute to its edgy and urgent atmosphere, making it a standout piece on the album that showcases Lennon’s artistic depth and vulnerability.
“Well, Well, Well” is a song by Welsh singer Duffy, from her second studio album, Endlessly (2010). It was released as the lead and only single from the album worldwide, beginning on October 19, 2010, in the UK. As with the rest of the album, the song was both written and produced by Duffy and Albert Hammond, with Stuart Price providing co-production. It is an up-tempo pop song in which Duffy questions her lover’s accusations, with Duffy calling it a song about “desire for freedom” within a relationship.
“Well, Well, Well”, is a song by Bob Dylan and Danny O’Keefe, recorded by several artists, including Ben Harper and The Blind Boys of Alabama of There Will Be a Light.
“Well, Well, Well”, a song by The Hives from Barely Legal, written by Randy Fitzsimmons. It was included on their 1997 Barely Legal album.
“Well Well Well”, is a song recorded by The Seekers and written in 1966 by Bob Gibson and Bob Camp. The Seekers, an Australian folk-influenced pop group, included the song on their album “Come the Day,” which was released in 1966. “Well Well Well” showcases The Seekers’ signature harmonies and folk-pop sound, and it is known for its catchy and uplifting melody. As with many of The Seekers’ songs, “Well Well Well” exhibits their timeless and infectious musical style that has captivated audiences for decades.
Boys, Boys, Boys
“Boys Boys Boys” is a song written by Lady Gaga and RedOne in 2007, produced by RedOne. The song was supposed to be released as the next single after “Paparazzi” but was canceled due to the earlier release of “The Fame Monster” and “Bad Romance” as the new single.
Lady Gaga has stated that she wanted to create her version of Mötley Crüe’s “Girls Girls Girls” and described the song as “a metal song trapped in a pop star’s body.” The song features the lyrics “We like boys in cars,” “Buy us drinks in bars,” and “We love them, we love them.”
Bye, Bye, Bye
“Bye Bye Bye” is a hit song by the American boy band *NSYNC, released in 2000 as the lead single from their album “No Strings Attached.” Co-written and produced by Kristian Lundin and Jake Schulze, the song became an anthem of the late ’90s and early 2000s pop era. It features catchy pop beats, impressive harmonies, and a memorable chorus, making it a standout track in *NSYNC’s discography.
Lyrically, “Bye Bye Bye” addresses themes of breaking free from a suffocating relationship and taking control of one’s life. The accompanying music video, featuring intricate dance routines and futuristic visuals, further boosted the song’s popularity and solidified *NSYNC’s status as one of the era’s biggest boy bands.
“Bye Bye Bye” is a song by the power pop band Jellyfish, written by Roger Manning and Andy Sturmer, from their second and final album, “Spilt Milk,” released in 1993. Jellyfish was known for their unique blend of power pop and psychedelic rock, and “Bye Bye Bye” exemplifies their signature sound. The song showcases intricate vocal harmonies, catchy melodies, and a dynamic arrangement, highlighting the band’s exceptional musicianship and songwriting skills. Lyrically, “Bye Bye Bye” explores themes of disillusionment and letting go of a toxic relationship, delivered with a touch of whimsy and wit.
Girls, Girls, Girls
“Girls, Girls, Girls” is a single by American heavy metal band Mötley Crüe. It is the first single from the album of the same name, written by Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars, and Tommy Lee, and was released on May 11, 1987. The song references several strip clubs, including The Tropicana, The Body Shop, Seventh Veil (all located on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles, California), the Marble Arch (Vancouver, BC, Canada),
The Dollhouse (Fort Lauderdale, Florida), the famous Crazy Horse in Paris, France, and Tattletales in Atlanta, Georgia.
“Girls Girls Girls” is a lively and infectious song performed by the legendary rock ‘n’ roll icon Elvis Presley. Released in 1962 as the title track of the film of the same name, the song captures the exuberant spirit of the era with its upbeat rhythm and catchy melody. Written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, the song celebrates the irresistible allure of women from different parts of the world, with Elvis playfully crooning about the joys of encountering various girls during his travels. With its vibrant energy and Presley’s charismatic vocals, “Girls Girls Girls” remains a classic example of his signature rock ‘n’ roll style and continues to delight fans with its timeless appeal.
“Girls Girls Girls” is a song by the American singer-songwriter Fletcher, released in 2019. As an anthem of empowerment and self-confidence, the song delivers a message of breaking free from societal expectations and embracing one’s true identity and desires. With a catchy pop melody and bold, unapologetic lyrics, Fletcher celebrates the diversity and strength of women while encouraging them to embrace their individuality and live life on their terms. The song contains an interpolation of “I Kissed a Girl” as performed by Katy Perry. The song was written by Cathy Dennis, Cari Fletcher, Lukasz Gottwald, Jonas W. Karlsson, Maaike Lebbing, Madison Love, Max Martin, Katy Perry, and Mary Weitz.
Yummy, Yummy, Yummy
“Yummy Yummy Yummy” is a catchy bubblegum pop song released in 1968 by the Ohio Express, a studio-based pop band. Written by Joey Levine and Arthur Resnick, the song became a massive hit with its playful lyrics and infectious melody. It captures the spirit of the bubblegum pop genre, known for its light-hearted and upbeat nature.
With its repetitive chorus and joyful theme of young love, “Yummy Yummy Yummy” climbed to No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, solidifying its commercial success. The song’s enduring popularity has made it a nostalgic favorite and a staple in retro playlists.
More entries coming in Part Two!
- Café Bizarre was a historic and influential coffeehouse and music venue located in New York City’s Greenwich Village. Operating from 1957 to 1968, it played a pivotal role in the burgeoning folk and countercultural movements of the 1960s. The café was known for its bohemian and avant-garde atmosphere, where aspiring musicians and artists gathered to perform and showcase their talents. It became a breeding ground for folk music, beat poetry, and experimental performances, hosting notable artists such as Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, and Jimi Hendrix early in their careers. Café Bizarre’s eclectic and inclusive programming contributed to its cultural significance, leaving a lasting impact on the artistic landscape of the era. [Back]
- Albert Hammond is a British singer, songwriter, and record producer who has made significant contributions to the music industry since the late 1960s. Born on May 18, 1944, in London, England, Hammond gained fame for his heartfelt ballads and melodic pop songs. He has written and performed hits like “It Never Rains in Southern California,” “The Air That I Breathe,” and “When I Need You.” Throughout his career, Hammond has worked with various prominent artists and earned international recognition for his songwriting skills. His music continues to resonate with audiences around the world, solidifying his status as a respected and influential figure in popular music. [Back]
- ABBA | The Official Site. (n.d.). ABBA. https://www.abbasite.com/
- “Run, Run, Run” – Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Run,_Run,_Run_(The_Supremes_song)
- The Supremes – Official Website: https://www.motownrecords.com/artists/the-supremes/
- “Fun, Fun, Fun” – Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fun,_Fun,_Fun
- “Shut Down Volume 2” – Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shut_Down_Volume_2
- The Beach Boys Official Website: https://www.thebeachboys.com/
- “Well Well Well” – Songfacts: https://www.songfacts.com/facts/john-lennon/well-well-well
- “John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band” – Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Lennon/Plastic_Ono_Band
- “*NSYNC – Bye Bye Bye” – Songfacts: https://www.songfacts.com/facts/nsync/bye-bye-bye
- *NSYNC – Official Website: https://www.nsync.com/
- “Bye Bye Bye” – Songfacts: https://www.songfacts.com/facts/jellyfish/bye-bye-bye
- “Spilt Milk” – AllMusic Review: https://www.allmusic.com/album/spilt-milk-mw0000099722
- “Come the Day” Album – Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/The-Seekers-Come-The-Day/release/4248683
- The Seekers Official Website: https://www.theseekers.com.au/
- “Girls, Girls, Girls (Mötley Crüe song)” (updated June 9, 2023) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Girls,_Girls,_Girls_(M%C3%B6tley_Cr%C3%BCe_song)
- “421: GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS BY ELVIS PRESLEY” https://vancouversignaturesounds.com/hits/girls-girls-girls-by-elvis-presley/
- Billboard Hot 100 chart history: https://www.billboard.com/music/ohio-express/chart-history/
- Information on the Ohio Express as a studio-based band: https://www.allmusic.com/artist/the-ohio-express-mn0000481682/biography
- “Café Bizarre: The Hip Hangout Where Jimi Hendrix Was Discovered” by The Vintage News. https://www.thevintagenews.com/2018/03/13/cafe-bizarre/
- “Greenwich Village’s Café Bizarre” by Village Preservation. https://www.villagepreservation.org/2017/03/01/greenwich-villages-cafe-bizarre/
- “Albert Hammond” – AllMusic. https://www.allmusic.com/artist/albert-hammond-mn0000602006/biography
- “Albert Hammond” – Official Website. https://www.alberthammond.com/
- “FLETCHER’s “Girls Girls Girls” Is an Anthem for Women Everywhere” – E! Online. https://www.eonline.com/news/1026223/fletcher-s-girls-girls-girls-is-an-anthem-for-women-everywhere