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Songs containing a character named "Johnny"

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by rvintamin, Oct 12, 2021.

  1. rvintamin

    rvintamin Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Over the years, I have to come to notice the huge amount of songs, especially in rock, that use the name Johnny to describe a character that is youthful, rebellious, or an "everyboy". Rock-and-rolling Johnny characters are also common of course dating back to Johnny B. Goode. I must say the overuse of this name is a slight pet peeve of mine in some cases and I wish they could just use a less cliche name, but there are a lot of great songs containing it.

    What are some songs you can think of that mention a character named Johnny? whether they are good or bad. Bonus points for when "Johnny" is not in the song title itself.

    Chuck Berry - Johnny B. Goode and Bye Bye Johnny
    The Kinks - Johnny Thunder and Situation Vacant
    Black Sabbath - Johnny Blade
    Motorhead - Lost Johnny
    Television - Little Johnny Jewel
    Thin Lizzy - Johnny the Fox
    Blue Oyster Cult - The Marshall Plan
    St. Vincent - Prince Johnny
    Beastie Boys - Johnny Ryall
    Suicide - Johnny
    Riot - Johnny's Back
    Red Hot Chili Peppers - Johnny, Kick a Hole in the Sky
     
  2. nathanpinzon

    nathanpinzon Forum Resident

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    Madness - Johnny The Horse
     
  3. Elliottmarx

    Elliottmarx Always in the mood for Burt Bacharach

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    Warren Zevon opens his classic album, Excitable Boy with Johnny Strikes Up The Band.
     
  4. breakingglass

    breakingglass Forum Resident

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    Slickers - Johnny Too Bad
     
  5. Galaga King

    Galaga King "Drive where the cops ain't"

    Johnny Stew (Lindsey Buckingham)
    Be Good Johnny (Men at Work)
    Johnny (Violent Femmes)
    Johnny One Time (Brenda Lee)
     
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  6. The Panda

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  7. Millstone50

    Millstone50 Well-Known Member

    Tones and I - Johnny Run Away
     
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  8. Cool hand luke

    Cool hand luke You shoulda heard just what I seen

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    Steve Earle and The Dukes - Johnny Come Lately
     
  9. nathanpinzon

    nathanpinzon Forum Resident

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    The Slickers - Johnny Too Bad
     
  10. tralfaz812

    tralfaz812 Well-Known Member

    Johnny Hold Back - Charlie
    Johnny Angel - Shelley Fabares
    Juke Joint Johnny - Red Sovine
    Shooting Star - Bad Company
     
  11. Cryptical17

    Cryptical17 Forum Resident

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    “It’s My Party” and “Judy’s Turn To Cry” by Leslie Gore
     
  12. Cool hand luke

    Cool hand luke You shoulda heard just what I seen

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    Of course there's Johnny who was a schoolboy when he heard his first Beatles song, in Bad Company's "Shooting Star"
     
  13. wwaldmanfan

    wwaldmanfan Born In The 50's

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    Stephen Stills/Manassas, "Johnny's Garden"
     
  14. Cryptical17

    Cryptical17 Forum Resident

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    “Johnnie Comes Back” James Taylor
     
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  15. sons of nothing

    sons of nothing Forum Resident

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    Johnny Angel by Shelly Fabares.
    She was also on the Donna Reed Show
    And Coach.

     
  16. GodBlessTinyTim

    GodBlessTinyTim Forum Resident

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    Andy Anderson - "Johnny Valentine"

     
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  17. Cool hand luke

    Cool hand luke You shoulda heard just what I seen

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    Johnny Get Angry - Joanie Sommers
     
  18. Cryptical17

    Cryptical17 Forum Resident

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    Empty Garden- Elton John
     
  19. jazon

    jazon A fight between the blue you once knew

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    Johnny Hit and Run Paulene - X
    Johnny Guitar - The Runaways
    Handsome Johnny - Richie Havens
     
  20. Helter Skelter

    Helter Skelter Forum Resident



    Johnny Come Home - Fine Young Cannibals.
     
  21. StingRay5

    StingRay5 Important Impresario

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    Liz Phair, "Dance of the Seven Veils"

     
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  22. wwaldmanfan

    wwaldmanfan Born In The 50's

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    Otis Redding, "Johnny's Heartbreak"
     
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  23. BDC

    BDC Forum Resident

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    The Beatles- For you blue
    Eagles- New kid in town
     
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  24. boyjohn

    boyjohn Forum Resident

    The Waterboys - A Girl Called Johnny (1983)

     
  25. John54

    John54 Senior Member

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    The singer describes a voice referring to himself as Johnny -

    John Leyton, Johnny Remember Me:



    Best song of '61!
     

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