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.
Turn!, Turn!, Turn!
“Turn! Turn! Turn!” is a song by The Byrds, released in 1965 as a single and featured on their album of the same name. Written by Pete Seeger, the song’s lyrics draw from the Book of Ecclesiastes, emphasizing life’s cyclical nature and the existence of contrasting moments for every aspect of human experience. With its folk-rock sound characterized by enchanting 12-string guitar work and rich vocal harmonies, the song resonated with the 1960s countercultural movement, becoming an anthem for peace and hope.
The Byrds’ rendition achieved commercial success, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Today, “Turn! Turn! Turn!” remains a timeless classic, embodying the spirit of an era and its enduring message of unity and optimism.
Dance, Dance, Dance
“Dance Dance Dance” is a track from the Steve Miller Band’s iconic album “Fly Like an Eagle,” released in 1976. The song showcases the band’s signature blend of rock, blues, and pop, featuring catchy guitar riffs and Miller’s smooth vocals. “Dance Dance Dance” exudes a lively, upbeat energy that compels listeners to move to the rhythm, making it a favorite on dance floors during the ’70s.
Written by Miller, Brenda and Jason Cooper, the lyrics convey a sense of joy and liberation, encouraging people to let loose and enjoy life through dancing. Steve Miller’s masterful guitar work adds to the song’s infectious charm, leaving a lasting impact on the rock music landscape.
“Dance Dance Dance” is a song by The Beach Boys, released in 1964 as part of their album “The Beach Boys Today!” The track captures the band’s classic surf rock sound, incorporating harmonious vocals and an energetic arrangement that encourages listeners to move and groove. Penned by Brian Wilson, Mike Love, and Carl Wilson, the song’s lyrics express a carefree and lighthearted attitude, inviting everyone to join in the fun of dancing and letting go of their worries.
“Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)” is a disco-funk classic by the American R&B band Chic, released in 1977 as their debut single and written and produced by Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers. The song features Chic’s trademark groovy bassline, infectious guitar riffs, and captivating vocal performances by Norma Jean Wright. “Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah” was one of the first commercially successful disco songs and played a pivotal role in popularizing the genre. Its upbeat and danceable rhythm, combined with the band’s impeccable musicianship, made it a club favorite and contributed to the disco craze of the late 1970s.
“Dance, Dance, Dance” is indeed a song written by Neil Young and first appeared on Crazy Horse’s self-titled debut album, released in 1971. The song showcases Young’s signature folk rock style and features the backing band Crazy Horse, which has been a frequent collaborator with Neil Young over the years. “Dance, Dance, Dance” exhibits Young’s characteristic songwriting and guitar work, making it a notable track in his discography and a fan favorite.
“Dance Dance Dance”, a 2013 song by James Cottriall
“Dance Dance Dance” (E-girls song), released 2015
“Dance Dance Dance”, a song by Beth Anderson from the soundtrack of the 1983 film Scarface
“Dance, Dance, Dance”, a 1957 B-side by The Dells on “Why Do You Have to Go/Dance, Dance, Dance”
“Dance, Dance, Dance”, a 2011 song by Red Hot Chili Peppers from I’m with You
Why, Why, Why
“Why? Why? Why? (Is It So Hard)” is on the album “Spirit of ’67” by Paul Revere & The Raiders, released in 1966. The album was a significant release for the band, showcasing their blend of garage rock and pop sensibilities. The song, penned by band member Phil “Fang” Volk, contributes to the overall spirit of the album and remains a noteworthy part of Paul Revere & The Raiders’ discography.
“Why, Why, Why” is a song co-written and recorded by American country music artist Billy Currington. It was released in February 2006 as the second single from his 2005 album Doin’ Somethin’ Right. The song peaked at number 13 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and at number 99 on the Billboard Hot 100. Currington co-wrote this song with Mark Nesler and Tony Martin.
Da, Da, Da
“Da Da Da I Don’t Love You You Don’t Love Me Aha Aha Aha” (usually shortened to “Da Da Da”) is a song by the German band Trio. Trio was formed in 1980 by Stephan Remmler, Gert “Kralle” Krawinkel, and Peter Behrens. Released as a single in 1982 and featured on their 1981 self-titled debut album, “Da Da Da” became a hit in Germany and about 30 other countries, selling 13 million copies worldwide.
The lyrics were written by Remmler, the music by Krawinkel. “Da Da Da” remains the band’s biggest German hit and their only hit outside Germany.
Stop, Stop, Stop
“Stop Stop Stop” is a song by British pop group the Hollies that was written by group members Allan Clarke, Tony Hicks, and Graham Nash. The song was the band’s first to credit Clarke, Nash and Hicks as songwriters, as all their previous original songs had been published under the collective pseudonym “L. Ransford” (or simply “Ransford”).
It later appeared on the album For Certain Because in the United Kingdom. The song was released as a single by the Parlophone label in October 1966 and was released around the same time in the United States by Imperial Records. It was the last single that The Hollies released that year (see 1966 in music) and became a worldwide hit reaching the top 10 of the singles charts in 8 countries, including at #1 in Canada.
Cry!, Cry!, Cry
“Cry! Cry! Cry!” is the debut single by the legendary American singer-songwriter Johnny Cash. It was released in 1955 as his first single for the Sun Records label. The song showcases Cash’s distinctive baritone voice and country music style, combining elements of rockabilly and traditional country.
“Cry! Cry! Cry!” did not achieve significant commercial success upon its initial release, but it established Johnny Cash as a promising new talent in the music scene. It was one of the earliest recordings in Cash’s illustrious career, setting the stage for his subsequent rise to fame as one of the most iconic figures in country and rock music history.
“Cry Cry Cry” by Coldplay musically quotes the soul singer Garnet Mimms’ 1963 hit “Cry Baby,” which was later famously covered by Janis Joplin in 1970. In the case of Coldplay’s song, they sought permission to borrow from the melody of “Cry Baby,” and as a result, there are eight credited writers on “Cry Cry Cry.” The track was released as part of Coldplay’s eighth studio album, “Everyday Life,” in 2019. By incorporating the musical elements from Garnet Mimms’ classic, Coldplay pays homage to the soul and R&B influences that have shaped their music throughout their career, adding a touch of nostalgia to their contemporary sound.
“Cry Cry Cry” is a song by Bobby “Blue” Bland, a prominent American blues and soul singer. Released in 1960, the song showcases Bland’s emotive and powerful vocals, with a mix of blues and soul influences. It was written by Deadric Malone, who is also known by the pseudonym “Don Robey.” Don Robey was a prominent American record label executive, producer, and songwriter, known for his work in the R&B and blues genres. “Cry Cry Cry” is a heartfelt and soulful ballad that expresses themes of heartbreak and longing. The song’s poignant lyrics and Bland’s soul-stirring delivery made it a memorable and enduring addition to his discography. As one of the leading figures in the blues and soul music genres, Bobby “Blue” Bland’s rendition of “Cry Cry Cry” remains a classic and continues to resonate with audiences to this day.
“Cry, Cry, Cry” is a country song recorded by the American country music band Highway 101 and was written by Paul Kennerley. He is a British songwriter, musician, and producer who has contributed to various country music projects and worked with several notable artists in the genre.. Released in 1989, the track served as the lead single from their album “Paint the Town.” With a dynamic blend of traditional country and contemporary elements, “Cry, Cry, Cry” showcases the powerful vocals of lead singer Paulette Carlson. The song’s lyrics center around heartbreak and emotional turmoil, exploring the pain of lost love and the desire to move on despite the hurt.
More entries coming in Part Three!
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- “Da Da Da” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Da_Da_Da
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