Top 10 Songs that Originally Had Different Titles

The Top Ten
1 Echoes - Pink Floyd

It was originally referred to as "Nothing, Parts 1-24," then "The Son of Nothing," and then "The Return of the Son of Nothing." The latter title was used to introduce the as-yet-unreleased work during its first live performances in early 1971. It developed into "Echoes" about six months later.

The band said "The Return of the Son of Nothing" was a joke about comic books and Godzilla-type movie sequels. The song was a homage to the minimalist composer Terry Riley.

2 Dude (Looks Like a Lady) - Aerosmith

Originally, it was called "Cruisin' for a Lady" (according to wiki). Desmond Child, who co-wrote the song with Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, said in an interview its title was "Cruisin' for the Ladies." Only a slight difference, but I don't know who is right.

I made a list about this song so I don't need to explain much here: Top 10 Interesting Facts About Aerosmith's Dude (Looks Like a Lady).

3 Bleed - Meshuggah
4 Speed King - Deep Purple

I think the name "Speed King" fits better anyway, because of how this song sounds. It's a speed metal song.

Ian Gillan wrote in his autobiography that "Speed King" was called "Kneel and Pray" for some time.

5 Yesterday - The Beatles

Absolute truth- the original name was "Scrambled Eggs." Paul McCartney woke in the middle of the night, with the complete melody running through his head. He quickly grabbed a piece of paper and wrote down the first two lines:
"Scrambled eggs,
Oh my darling how I love your legs."

6 Dogs - Pink Floyd

Originally, it was "You've Got to Be Crazy." The lyrics are slightly different (different words, same concept), but the actual song is the same.

7 Take on Me - A-Ha

A-ha wrote and recorded the first version of this song in 1982 with the title "Lesson One" - it had the basic keyboard riff but had different lyrics. In 1983, the song got the attention of Terry Slater, who became their manager and helped them get a contract with Warner Bros. Records. In early 1984, they re-wrote the song as "Take On Me" and recorded it with producer Tony Mansfield.

8 Pull Me Under - Dream Theater

The song's working title was "Oliver's Twist," in tribute to Derek Oliver. And of course, the title played on the title of Charles Dickens's novel, "Oliver Twist."

9 With a Little Help from My Friends - The Beatles

The original title was "Badfinger Boogie." The Beatles changed it but used the name for something else: when they were signed to their label, Apple Records, they named them Badfinger.

They also changed another thing: the first lines of the song that were originally, "What would you do if I sang out of tune? Would you stand up and throw tomatoes at me?" Ringo didn't want to sing it, fearing that if they ever performed it live, he would be pelted with tomatoes.

The working title was originally "Bad Finger Boogie," a reference to the fact that John Lennon had a hurt finger when they recorded the song. This is important because it became the inspiration for the name of the band Badfinger. John Lennon suggested they change their names from The Iveys to Badfinger, and they agreed.

10 Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves - Cher

The song was originally titled "Gypsies and White Trash," but the authors were asked to revise it and make the title less offensive.

The Contenders
11 Hangar 18 - Megadeth

Originally, it was called 'N2RHQ'.
Dave Mustaine explained: "I wrote the song and called it 'N2RHQ' - it was like the numbers on the side of a plane. It was a future-tech thing. It was kind of sci-fi where I would go someplace in the future into space."

That's an interesting alternative title for this song.

12 Against All Odds - Phil Collins

The title was "How Can You Sit There." This song just didn't make it onto his previous album. So, when director Taylor Hackford asked Collins to write a song for the film Against All Odds, Collins changed the title and adapted it to fit the movie.

13 What's My Age Again? - Blink-182

It was originally titled "Peter Pan Complex," but their record company, MCA, changed it during production. The record company thought the audience wouldn't understand the title - a "Peter Pan Complex" describes someone who doesn't want to grow up.
Blink-182 weren't happy with this decision.

14 Working for the Weekend - Loverboy
15 Sheep - Pink Floyd
16 A Day in the Life - The Beatles

Originally called: In the Life of...

17 Dreamin’ - Weezer
18 Morning Glory - Oasis

It was originally called "Blue," even though it's never said in the actual lyrics.

19 I Saw Her Standing There - The Beatles
20 Voulez-Vous - ABBA
21 Chiquitita - ABBA
22 Back Round - Wolfmother

When the band started working on this song, the title was "Back Home."

23 Fernando - ABBA
24 Fly - Blind Guardian

A version of this song was recorded as "Dead Sound of Misery," which became a bonus track. "Dead Sound of Misery" is a darker version of "Fly," in a different key and with alternate lyrics.

25 Together Forever (The Cyber Pet Song) - Daze

The original single release was called "Tamagotchi." Under that title, the song was physically released, and a music video was shot and aired. Then suddenly, on the album, it appears under the title "Together Forever (The Cyber Pet Song)," and was reissued as an identical physical single but with the new name instead. I couldn't find any source, but I am pretty sure there were copyright issues with the title. Funnily, it wouldn't be the first case of a toy company suing a Danish bubblegum dance band over a song title - Mattel sued Aqua over "Barbie Girl."

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