Words Spent Singing the Title

Of Monsters and Men: “Little Talks” — 2/313 (0.6%)
Avril Lavigne: “Complicated” — 4/457 (0.9%)
Maroon 5: “Payphone” — 6/556 (1.1%)
System of a Down: “Highway Song” — 2/155 (1.3%)
Billy Joel: “Piano Man” — 6/380 (1.6%)
Nicki Minaj: “Anaconda” — 13/595 (2.2%)
Nightwish: “Nemo” — 5/225 (2.2%)
Taylor Swift: “Fifteen” — 9/389 (2.3%)
Ke$ha: “Tik Tok” — 12/474 (2.5%)
Rihanna: “Umbrella” — 15/526 (2.9%)
fun.: “Some Nights” — 14/479 (2.9%)
P!nk: “So What” — 14/478 (2.9%)
One Direction: “What Makes You Beautiful” — 12/404 (3.0%)
Miley Cyrus: “Wrecking Ball” — 10/335 (3.0%)
Imagine Dragons: “Warriors” — 6/187 (3.2%)
Taylor Swift: “Sparks Fly” — 12/333 (3.6%)
Of Monsters and Men: “Dirty Paws” — 6/163 (3.7%)
Bob Dylan: “Like a Rolling Stone” — 16/400 (4.0%)
OneRepublic: “Apologize” — 8/195 (4.1%)
Taylor Swift: “22” — 17/393 (4.3%)
Amaranthe: “The Nexus” — 12/271 (4.4%)
DragonForce: “Fury of the Storm” — 16/356 (4.5%)
Katy Perry: “California Gurls” — 20/403 (5.0%)
fun.: “We Are Young” — 18/353 (5.1%)
Lady Gaga: “Applause” — 24/403 (6.0%)
Rebecca Black: “Friday” — 27/439 (6.2%)
The Beatles: “Help!” — 17/269 (6.3%)
Cascada: “Everytime We Touch” — 18/273 (6.6%)
Flo Rida: “Right Round” — 40/579 (6.9%)
Ke$ha: “Die Young” — 30/391 (7.7%)
Rick Astley: “Never Gonna Give You Up” — 30/369 (8.1%)
Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell: “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” — 20/246 (8.1%)
Carly Rae Jepsen: “Call Me Maybe” — 36/409 (8.8%)
Lady Gaga: “Bad Romance” — 56/603 (9.3%)
Karmin: “Hello” — 48/513 (9.4%)
Ylvis: “The Fox” — 22/235 (9.4%)
Coldplay: “Paradise” — 18/182 (9.9%)
Gotye: “Somebody That I Used To Know” — 36/363 (9.9%)
Mark Ronson: “Uptown Funk” — 58/558 (10.4%)
Nightwish: “I Want My Tears Back” — 35/306 (11.4%)
Bob Dylan: “Blowin’ in the Wind” — 24/187 (12.8%)
Elton John: “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?” — 24/181 (13.3%)
Walk the Moon: “Shut Up and Dance” — 48/349 (13.8%)
Simon and Garfunkel: “Bridge Over Troubled Water” — 24/160 (15.0%)
Billy Joel: “We Didn’t Start The Fire” — 80/509 (15.7%)
Lady Gaga: “Born This Way” — 93/580 (16.0%)
Bo Burnham: “Repeat Stuff” — 116/689 (16.8%)
Jay Sean: “Down” — 62/368 (16.8%)
The Beatles: “Can’t Buy Me Love” — 40/218 (18.3%)
The Beatles: “Yellow Submarine” — 50/229 (21.8%)
Wiz Khalifa: “Black and Yellow” — 144/653 (22.1%)
Rihanna: “We Found Love” — 48/206 (23.3%)
Imagine Dragons: “I Bet My Life” — 80/343 (23.3%)
a-ha: “Take On Me” — 54/205 (26.3%)
Reel 2 Real: “I Like To Move It” — 150/559 (26.8%)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Theme Song — 32/115 (27.8%)
Europe: “The Final Countdown” — 48/160 (30.0%)
The Black Eyed Peas: “Imma Be” — 208/665 (31.3%)

Darude: “Sandstorm” — 0/0 (??.?%)

Note that, for instance, just adding “Anthem” to the end of your song title may make it appear zero times in the lyrics, while maintaining the same annoying effect on people who have to listen to it. Or adding an article in the middle on every lyrics occurrence.

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One thought on “Words Spent Singing the Title

  1. I had an unacceptable amount of fun making my own complementary list. I might as well share it. I don’t know how much our methodologies in keeping or discarding things-that-are-not-really-words compare, but the percentages should still be comparable.

    Coldplay: “Viva la Vida” — 0/285 (0.0%)
    Queen: “Bohemian Rhapsody” — 0/377 (0.0%)
    Weird Al Yankovic: “Albuquerque” — 30/1803 (1.7%)
    Ed Sheeran: “The A Team” — 9?/350 (2.6%)
    Pharrell Williams: “Happy” — 29/472 (6.1%)
    Ylvis: “Yoghurt” — 25/310 (8.1%)
    Flo Rida ft. T-Pain: “Low” — 65/677 (9.6%)
    Adele: “Rolling in the Deep” — 64/550 (11.6%)
    Ellie Goulding: — “Burn” 58/481 (12.1%)
    Usher: — “Yeah!” 75/615 (12.2%)
    Justin Bieber: “Baby” — 56/390 (14.4%)
    Ed Sheeran: “You Need Me, I Don’t Need You” — 160?/788 (20.3%)
    Queen: “We are the Champions” — 48/208 (23.1%)
    Taylor Swift: “Out of the Woods” — 152/650 (23.4%)
    Selena Gomez & The Scene: “Love You Like a Love Song” — 108/335 (32.2%)
    Hank Green: “I Know (A Song in Ten Words)” — 104/232 (44.8%)
    Duck Sauce: “Barbara Streisand” — 16/16? (100%)

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