Songs that began life with a different title

Many songs before they get recorded start with a different title, sometimes known as a working title. Here’s 25 examples.

 

Artist Song Original title
America A Horse With No Name The Desert Song
Karl Denver A Little Love, A Little Kiss Un Peu d’amour
Queen Bohemian Rhapsody The Cowboy Song
Big Bopper Chantilly Lace That’s What I Like
Abba Chiquitita In The Arms Of Rozellita
Aerosmith Dude (Looks Like A Lady) Cruisin’ for a Lady
Pipkins Gimme Dat Ding Gimme Dat Click
Eagles Hotel California Mexican Reggae
Smiths How Soon Is Now Swamp
Genesis I Can’t Dance Blue Jeans
Doobie Brothers Long Train Runnin’ Rosie Pig Moseley
Jackson 5 Mama’s Pearl Guess Who’s Making Whoopie (With Your Girlfriend).
Simon & Garfunkel Mrs Robinson Mrs Roosevelt
Frankie Valli My Eyes Adores You Blue Eyes In Georgia
Frank Sinatra Strangers In The Night Beddy Bye
Focus Sylvia I Thought I Could Do Everything on My Own, I Was Always Stripping The Town Alone
A-Ha Take On Me Lesson One
Freddy Cannon Tallahassee Lassie You’re My Rock n Roll Baby
Johnny Horton The Battle Of New Orleans The Eight Of January
Red Hot Chili Peppers The Zephyr Song Coltraine
Ferrante And Teicher Theme From ‘The Apartment’ Jealous Lover
Linkin Park What I’ve Done Bang Three
Nilsson Without You If It’s Love
Beatles Yesterday Scrambled Eggs
Tulisa Young We Are Young

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