AXS TV’s sensational new original countdown series “The Top Ten Revealed” returned on Feb. 18 with an all-new episode. Charismatic series host and executive producer Katie Daryl led viewers through a social media-ranked list of “Songs Named After Women.” Music artists and experts Lita Ford, Matt Pinfield, Steven Adler, Vinnie Paul and more weighed in on this week’s picks for the Top 10 lyrical ladies.
SPOILER ALERT: The list ranking is revealed in the recap below.
Rock fans across the globe will be hard-pressed to ever forget Sting’s sultry vocal stylings as he croons this famous song lady’s name, “Roxanne” as the first word (and title) of The Police’s UK Top 20 hit. The pulsating, reggae-rock hit was the band’s first U.S. single and opened this week’s list at No. 10. “Roxanne” was eventually inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame and remains one of The Police’s signature hits.
Dexy’s Midnight Runners may have arguably released one of the most infectious, female-named songs of all time with their 1982 chart-topping hit “Come On Eileen,” which made No. 9 on the list. It ranked at No. 18 on VH1’s list of the 100 Greatest Songs of the ‘80s. The “too-rye-ay” hook in the track inspired the title of the album from which it hails. TV and SiriusXM Radio host Matt Pinfield nailed the video’s dynamic vibe best by branding it a “rag-a-muffin gypsy vibe.”
Yahoo Music Editor-In-Chief Lyndsey Parker revealed the No. 8 pick “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” was originally going to be called "Indiana Girl.” She wasn’t fond of that discarded potential choice and KROQ Radio Host Ted Stryker agreed saying, “This song would not be a hit if it was named something other than Mary Jane.” The award-winning video for the Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers song is rather morbid, as Petty plays a morgue assistant who tries to revive a corpse played by actress Kim Basinger.
Hopeless romantics everywhere can’t help but swoon a little over Journey frontman Steve Perry’s declaration of love for his real-life girlfriend in “Oh Sherrie.” The track appeared on Perry’s 1984 debut solo album Street Talk and claimed the lucky No. 7 spot on the list. Rod Stewart’s indelible 1971 hit “Maggie May” and Fleetwood Mac’s song “Rhiannon,” snagged the midpoints on the ranking, coming in at No. 6 and No. 5, respectively. Renowned Fleetwood Mac frontwoman Stevie Nicks frequently introduced the latter tune as a song “about an old Welsh witch” at live performances.
Diehard Rolling Stones fans may argue Mick Jagger’s bluesy breakup ballad “Angie” might have ranked higher on this list than No. 4. There was heavy speculation as to who the song was about. David Bowie’s wife Angela and actress Angie Dickinson were two popular guesses. But, in Keith Richards’ 2009 memoir “Life,” he said the song was not about any particular person – and the name was chosen before his baby girl was ever named Angela. “Angie” topped the charts in multiple countries, including the Billboard Hot 100.
It’s pretty fascinating to learn The Beatles wrote 19 songs named after women. “Eleanor Rigby,” which is ultimately a song about loneliness, made the top third of this week’s “Top Ten Revealed” ranking, coming in at No. 3. The UK Singles chart-topper is a John Lennon-Paul McCartney penned track which hailed from the group’s 1966 album Revolver and uses very strong, storytelling imagery in the lyrics.
The Bonus Tracks section of the countdown gives Honorable Mentions to tracks that didn’t make the list due to its 10-track space constraints. “Jolene” by Dolly Parton and “Peggy Sue” by Buddy Holly are two huge hits that fell in this category.
“Melissa” by the Allman Brothers Band earned the No. 2 position just behind Neil Diamond’s enduring 1969 signature sing-along song “Sweet Caroline” at No. 1. Live concertgoers still love to shout the catchy musical refrain “Bap, Bap, Bah” after Diamond sings the iconic title “Sweet Caroline” in the chorus and the chain of three “so good, so good, so goods” after “good times never seemed so good.” The feel-good song has been played at Fenway Stadium for Boston Red Sox games since 1997.
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