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Database of all pop music song titles -- does it exist?
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Funny Paper
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30 March 2013 - 7.46am

Since there are so many knowledgeable members on this forum, I thought I'd ask here.  I've always wanted one place, one source, where I could type in a title and see if anyone (band or individual) has ever used it.

Like I'm writing a song now I want to call "Cherry Pie", and I was just wondering if anyone has used that (I'm sure they have, and I can just see someone responding, "Oh yeah, 'Cherry Pie', didn't you know so-and-so already recorded that back in the 90s").

Does such a database exist? If so, where is it?

Another use for such a database would be just to browse among the titles (either alphabetically, or by musicians(s)).

The database of course should be ongoing, updated constantly (as musicians are continually writing new songs).

Also, the database should include all pop genres (from lounge singers to show tunes to folk songs, country songs, rock songs, soul, jazz, blues -- but not opera).

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30 March 2013 - 8.34am

Sorry, Funny Paper, I'm going to be that someone. I don't know anything about such an extensive database, but find if you type something into whatever search you're using, there's a good chance of something emerging. For instance, you type "cherry pie song" into Google and you discover it was the title track of Warrant's 1990 album, and the single reached the Billboard Top 10.

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30 March 2013 - 9.16am

No idea but an internet search, and to a lesser extent youtube, should bring up some result. If you wanted a little project Funny Paper you could make one yourself, shouldnt take that long. 

Im guessing Warrant didnt cover Marvin and Johnny.

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SatanHimself
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30 March 2013 - 2.16pm

Over the last, say, hundred years of popular music there have been loads of songs with the same generic title (think "Lightning Strikes", "Love", "I Want You", "Stay", "Rock And Roll", "Hold On", "I Need You", etc. etc. etc...).

If you were to write something with a specific title like "Stairway To Heaven", "Detroit Rock City", "Band On The Run" or "Theme From 'The Monkees'", then I'd think you'd have something to worry about.  Otherwise, write what you like and call your songs whatever you like, as long as you don't copy specific lyrics,  riffs and chord structures.

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Funny Paper
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30 March 2013 - 9.18pm

Thanks all.

To Satan Himself, I'm not so much worried about copyright issues (I think there are none for song titles anyway) -- I just would rather come up with my very own unique title.  It kind of disappoints me to know someone else already came up with "Cherry Pie" (but at least it's not famous).

 

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30 March 2013 - 9.20pm

Also, I realize Google could suffice, but of course it's rather a cumbersome and inefficient way to search, since one is searching for song titles in a giant mountain of millions of other categories (and even adding "song" to the search may not always guarantee a quick result).

 

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30 March 2013 - 10.14pm

Funny Paper said
Thanks all.

To Satan Himself, I'm not so much worried about copyright issues (I think there are none for song titles anyway) -- I just would rather come up with my very own unique title.  It kind of disappoints me to know someone else already came up with "Cherry Pie" (but at least it's not famous).

 

You're making me feel very old.  "Cherry Pie" by the hair-metal group Warrant was a pretty big hit when I was in high school.  The album was also named Cherry Pie.  The album was in the top 10 for some time.

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Funny Paper
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31 March 2013 - 4.57am

Satan, it's just my ignorance -- I'm woefully under-educated about pop music.  I have a few favorites, but otherwise, I'm very out of the loop.  I'm like Catherine Deneuve in "Repulsion" walking blithely by a road accident without even seeing it (where the road accident is most of pop music). 

 

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