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Postby Neel Mehta » Sat May 24, 2008 5:09 pm

econgator wrote:
rockgolf wrote:Can someone alphabetize Rapper's Delight?


Good catch (and a legit Top-40 to boot)!


I don't know if there was a radio edit back then, but these days the song fades out with a few verses left to go, somewhere around Kaopectate.
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Postby RingoOSU » Sat May 24, 2008 5:48 pm

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econgator wrote:Hey, you skipped my #4. :P

That one was Popcorn.


I was going for 4' 33", but that one works too!


Holy crap. 4' 33" was my first thought but decided Popcorn was funnier.
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Postby econgator » Sat May 24, 2008 6:33 pm

Neel Mehta wrote:
econgator wrote:
rockgolf wrote:Can someone alphabetize Rapper's Delight?


Good catch (and a legit Top-40 to boot)!


I don't know if there was a radio edit back then, but these days the song fades out with a few verses left to go, somewhere around Kaopectate.


Some stations, maybe, but I know for certain that they played it in full most times. I'm old enough to remember listening to it on American Top 40 when it first hit the charts. I still know all the words. :)
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Postby Sequin » Sun May 25, 2008 7:12 am

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239 words, with lots of names - has anybody namechecked more people?
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Postby Neel Mehta » Sun May 25, 2008 7:19 am

Sequin wrote:239 words, with lots of names - has anybody namechecked more people?


No time to look right now, but Madonna's "Vogue" might. Certainly fewer pop culture references, but probably more namechecking.
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Postby Bill » Sun May 25, 2008 7:44 am

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Postby Bill » Sun May 25, 2008 7:47 am

RingoOSU wrote:10. You might think Aqualung, but it's actually Jethro Tull's Crosseyed Mary from the same album.



Nice work, Ringo. I thought I might trip someone up on that one.
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Not Song Lyrics

Postby Bill » Sun May 25, 2008 8:01 am

A.
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B.
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C.
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Re: Not Song Lyrics

Postby TheConfessor » Sun May 25, 2008 9:02 am

Bill wrote:A.
a am and anywhere are be boat box car could dark do eat eggs fox goat good green ham here house i if in let like may me mouse not on or rain sam say see so thank that the them there they train tree try will with would you

The legend about this work is that the author had been challenged to write a book that had no more than 50 words. I had never counted them before, but it appears that he succeeded.
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Postby Sequin » Sun May 25, 2008 9:59 am

Neel Mehta wrote:
Sequin wrote:239 words, with lots of names - has anybody namechecked more people?


No time to look right now, but Madonna's "Vogue" might. Certainly fewer pop culture references, but probably more namechecking.


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Only 153 words and far fewer names
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Postby Ken Jennings » Sun May 25, 2008 10:15 am

Semi-interesting followup question: if you were to alphabetize all songs like this, what song's list would come last alphabetically? Is there a real song (top 40, whatever) that comes later than "Love Me Do"? (That is, starts with something after "always"?)

"Tequila" doesn't count.
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Postby tOdd » Sun May 25, 2008 12:55 pm

Ken Jennings wrote:Semi-interesting followup question: if you were to alphabetize all songs like this, what song's list would come last alphabetically? Is there a real song (top 40, whatever) that comes later than "Love Me Do"? (That is, starts with something after "always"?)

"Tequila" doesn't count.


Well, as best I can tell (and remember), the first word alphabetically in
This Guy's in Love with You
is and.

The song hit #1 on the Hot 100 chart in 1968 and contains over 100 words in the lyrics (counting repeats).

---Todd
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Postby econgator » Sun May 25, 2008 2:46 pm

tOdd wrote:
Ken Jennings wrote:Semi-interesting followup question: if you were to alphabetize all songs like this, what song's list would come last alphabetically? Is there a real song (top 40, whatever) that comes later than "Love Me Do"? (That is, starts with something after "always"?)

"Tequila" doesn't count.


Well, as best I can tell (and remember), the first word alphabetically in
This Guy's in Love with You
is and.

The song hit #1 on the Hot 100 chart in 1968 and contains over 100 words in the lyrics (counting repeats).

---Todd


Man, if it weren't for one single and, Nights in White Satin would have had the lead with at. Still good for the tie, though. :)
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Postby econgator » Sun May 25, 2008 4:17 pm

Ok, I did find this one, but only 42 words:

beam beams but come come direction do don't dreams ev'rytime give go got hit in intention it it's laser live making me my oh one partytime relax right scheme schemes shoot suck the those time to want when with you you're your
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Postby TheConfessor » Sun May 25, 2008 6:44 pm

Oye Como Va doesn't have a lot of words in the lyrics, but the first one would be "bueno."
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Postby econgator » Sun May 25, 2008 7:33 pm

TheConfessor wrote:Oye Como Va doesn't have a lot of words in the lyrics, but the first one would be "bueno."


If you translate it into English, "goes" is the first one.
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Postby Neel Mehta » Sun May 25, 2008 10:24 pm

Ken Jennings wrote:Semi-interesting followup question: if you were to alphabetize all songs like this, what song's list would come last alphabetically? Is there a real song (top 40, whatever) that comes later than "Love Me Do"? (That is, starts with something after "always"?)

"Tequila" doesn't count.


You're right; that is, uh, semi-interesting.

Does this qualify?

around beer bottle bottles buy down eight eighteen eighty eleven fifteen fifty five forty four fourteen go it more nine nineteen ninety no of on one pass seven seventeen seventy six sixteen sixty some store take ten the thirteen thirty three to twelve twenty two wall

I think "Tequila" should count, but if not, here are some other possibilities:

minimum wage

pick pieces the up
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Postby ArtVark » Mon May 26, 2008 12:52 am

Ken Jennings wrote:"Love Me Do" is pretty impressively short.


The Silver Connection's 1976 song "Get up and boogie" is pretty short too.

and boogie get right that's up
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Postby rockgolf » Mon May 26, 2008 3:29 am

Which was a follow-up to their alphabetized hit:

fly robin to the sky up

PS: It was the Silver Convention, The above hit #1 (1975), and "Get Up & Boogie" reached #2 (1976).

One more, a #1 from 1974:

down get it it's let's on time to
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Re: Alphabetical song lyric quiz

Postby Joshua Kreitzer » Tue Nov 21, 2017 10:02 pm

I was reminded of this long-ago thread by a song which I found out has minimal lyrics:

a ago be coast down found holiday I it's Jack kick long nimble on out quick ride road take the way west
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Re: Alphabetical song lyric quiz

Postby rockgolf » Thu Nov 23, 2017 7:18 am

There's one that's even further down the list when all words are sorted:

Pick Pieces The Up

And again, that's the complete set of lyrics. (That only took 9 & 1/2 years to come up with!)
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