Top 10 Songs that Originally Had Different Titles

The Top Ten

Echoes - Pink Floyd Echoes - Pink Floyd Cover Art

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 6 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. - Metal_Treasure

Dude (Looks Like a Lady) - Aerosmith Dude (Looks Like a Lady) - Aerosmith Cover Art

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) - Metal_Treasure

Bleed - Meshuggah Bleed - Meshuggah Cover Art

Originally, the song was called "Aneurysm." - Metal_Treasure

Speed King - Deep Purple Speed King - Deep Purple Cover Art

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

I think the name “Speed King” fits better anyway, because of how this song sounds. It’s a speed metal song. - Userguy44

Yesterday - The Beatles Yesterday - The Beatles Cover Art

I heard about this before! - Misfire

Absolute truth- 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"

LOL, and the original lines were very poetic. Loved the rhyming ideas, very creative, haha - Metal_Treasure

Dogs - Pink Floyd Dogs - Pink Floyd Cover Art

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

Take on Me - A-Ha Take on Me - A-Ha Cover Art

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. - Metal_Treasure

Pull Me Under - Dream Theater Pull Me Under - Dream Theater Cover Art

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". - Metal_Treasure

With a Little Help from My Friends - The Beatles With a Little Help from My Friends - The Beatles Cover Art

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. - Gg2000

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 did it live, he would be pelted with tomatoes. - Metal_Treasure

Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves - Cher Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves - Cher Cover Art

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

The Contenders

Hangar 18 - Megadeth Hangar 18 - Megadeth Cover Art

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." - Metal_Treasure

Against All Odds - Phil Collins Against All Odds - Phil Collins Cover Art

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. - Metal_Treasure

Working for the Weekend - Loverboy Working for the Weekend - Loverboy Cover Art

Love this song

The band said "That one was originally, 'Everybody's Waiting for the Weekend.' - Metal_Treasure

Sheep - Pink Floyd Sheep - Pink Floyd Cover Art

Originally "Raving and Drooling". Same case as Dogs/You've Got to Be Crazy. - IronSabbathPriest

Voulez-Vous - Abba Voulez-Vous - Abba Cover Art

The working title for this song was "Amerika." - Metal_Treasure

What's My Age Again? - Blink-182 What's My Age Again? - Blink-182 Cover Art

It was originally titled "Peter Pan Complex" but their record company (MCA) changed it during the 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. - Metal_Treasure

Chiquitita - Abba Chiquitita - Abba Cover Art

First it was called "In The Arms Of Rozellita." Bjorn Ulvaeus wrote the music to the song, liked the title but couldn't find a matching story, so it became "Chiquitita." - Metal_Treasure

Back Round - Wolfmother Back Round - Wolfmother Cover Art

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

Fernando - Abba Fernando - Abba Cover Art

The working title was "Tango." - Metal_Treasure

Fly - Blind Guardian Fly - Blind Guardian Cover Art

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

Together Forever (The Cyber Pet Song) - Daze Together Forever (The Cyber Pet Song) - Daze Cover Art

The original single release was called "Tamagotchi". Under that title the song was physically released and had a music video 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 - Matell sued Aqua over "Barbie Girl". - Martin_Canine

2000 Light Years from Home - The Rolling Stones 2000 Light Years from Home - The Rolling Stones Cover Art

Originally called "Toffee Apple". Most of the songs on Their Satanic Majesties Request had unusual working titles that didn't relate to the final product, including "Acid in the Grass" (In Another Land), "Flowers in Your Bonnet" (She's a Rainbow), "I Want People To Know" (2000 Man), "Fly My Kite" (The Lantern), and "Surprise Me" (On With the Show). - Gg2000

Crazy - Patsy Cline Crazy - Patsy Cline Cover Art

Willie Nelson (who originally wrote the song) said the original title was supposed to be "Stupid". That totally changes the meaning when you look at it. "Stupid. I'm stupid for feeling so lonely..." - Gg2000

The Song Remains the Same - Led Zeppelin The Song Remains the Same - Led Zeppelin Cover Art

The original title for the song was "The Overture". According to Jimmy Page, " It was originally going to be an instrumental " an overture that led into " The Rain Song ". But I guess Robert had different ideas. You know, "This is pretty good, Better get some lyrics " quick! " [laughs]...". - Gg2000

Chop Suey! - System of a Down Chop Suey! - System of a Down Cover Art

Original: Suicide - Doomed_God

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