Theories on why "Sue," "Susie," etc. is such a popular name for lyrics

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  1. Terrapin Station

    Terrapin Station Forum Resident Thread Starter

    NYC Man
    And I'm wondering whether it's the most popular female name in lyrics.

    What are the other candidates? "Donna"? "Linda"?

  2. wavethatflag

    wavethatflag Your Ad Here

    Pacifica, CA
    Off the top of my head, I think any word, including a name, with predominantly a vowel sound is easier to rhyme.
  3. micksmuse

    micksmuse Forum Resident

    san diego
    indeed. rhymes with one of the most used words in songs of that era "you"
  4. Witchy Woman

    Witchy Woman Forum Resident

    Third Coast, USA
    How about “Mary” as in Hello, Mary Lou by Rick Nelson (here with the Stone Canyon Band)

  5. Jackson

    Jackson Forum Resident

    MA, USA
  6. nikh33

    nikh33 Forum Resident

    Liverpool, England
    Always 'Sweet'.
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  7. bRETT

    bRETT Forum Resident

    Boston MA
    Susan was the third most popular female name in the 60s, and fewer things rhyme with Mary and Lisa.
  8. HfxBob

    HfxBob Forum Resident

    The 'Sue' sound just has such a nice ring to it.

    How about the Steppenwolf lyric: 'Sookie sookie sookie sookie sookie sookie Sue!'
  9. Chuckee

    Chuckee Forum Resident

    Upstate, NY, USA
    Susan - Buckinghams, Sorry Suzanne - Hollies
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  10. John B Good

    John B Good Forum Hall Of Fame

    NS, Canada
    I started a thread years ago on Something about Mary, which I believe is the most common name.
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  11. driverdrummer

    driverdrummer Forum Resident

    Irmo, SC
  12. lightbulb

    lightbulb Not the Brightest of the Bunch

    Smogville CA USA
    Sue Me, Sue You Blues
    - George Harrison

  13. Dylancat

    Dylancat Forum Resident

    Cincinnati, OH
    That is NOT a Steppenwolf lyric.

    It is a Don Covay, Steve Cropper lyric.
    Steppenwolf was covering the original by Don Covay.
    Check out the original (and superior) song
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  14. Chemguy

    Chemguy Forum Resident

    Diane/Diana has a few.

    Oh yeah...Bob Dylan’s cover of Sally Sue Brown!
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  15. Kevin55

    Kevin55 Forum Resident

    Magdalena. What is it about Magdalena?
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  16. GodShifter

    GodShifter Negative Creep®

    Dallas, TX, USA
    Sue, you, do, who, blue, new
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  17. dartira

    dartira rise and shine like a far out superstar

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  18. GerryO

    GerryO Forum Resident

    Bodega Bay, CA
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  19. John B Good

    John B Good Forum Hall Of Fame

    NS, Canada
    Found my old thread, which I titled The Trouble with Mary. :(

    Anyway looks like Mary and Susie were pretty close back then...

    The Trouble with Mary
  20. Vinyl Socks

    Vinyl Socks Forum Resident

    Niles, Ohio
    It rhymes with "dirty little floozy" ;)
  21. Chemguy

    Chemguy Forum Resident

    Peggy Sue
    Peggy Sue Got Married

    I’m listening to Buddy tonight...
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  22. joepepitone

    joepepitone It's money for dope, money for rope

    Yep, Sue definitely rhymes with a lot of words. Who knew?
  23. gregorya

    gregorya Forum Resident

    What song is that? ;)
  24. MikeP5877

    MikeP5877 Senior Member

    I always thought Sally was the most popular:

    Sneaking through the alley
    Long tall
    Go round the roses
    Kick that little foot

    Watch Out!

  25. goodiesguy

    goodiesguy Boulful Sallad

    New Zealand
    And every boy seems to be a Johnny.
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