Record company wanted to appeal to younger listeners, even though the lyrics are still clearly about the fifties.
Desert Song - America
The name was changed to reflect the lyrics of the song.
Emily - Sarah McLachlan
The artist didn't want to draw comparisons to the Simon and Garfunkel song 'For Emily, Wherever I May Find Her'.
Uncle John - Bo Diddley
Diddley's record company told him the original lyrics were 'too dirty'. The lyrics were rewritten and the title changed to reflect them.
You Don't Get Me - The Beatles
The title was changed to reflect a different lyric of the song
Teresa - The Who
The song was originally about the love Pete felt for another mans girlfriend. When the lyrics changed, so did the title.
Thats What I Like - The Big Bopper
Originally released under original title as a B-side. When the B-side started getting more airplay the title was changed to make it more recognizable.
Scrambled Eggs - The Beatles
The original title was used as a placeholder while Paul wrote the melody.
Brown Skinned Girl - Van Morrison
The song was originally about an interracial relationship, but the lyrics were changed to be more palatable for radio stations of the time.
Stupid - Patsy Cline
The author of this song, Willie Nelson, admitted it was originally titled 'Stupid' but changed the lyric to make it easier to sing.
It's There - Gorillaz
The title was changed because Shaun Ryder's broad Mancunian accent made it sound like he was saying a different word than what was written.
March of the Dogs - Green Day
Billie Joe Armstrong changed the title after watching the movie Juno. The new title is part of a quote from that movie.
Original Title - Artist
Song Title - Artist
Reason for Change
Miss Daisy Hawkins - The Beatles
Paul McCartney changed the name 'Miss Daisy Hawkins' to one that, to him, was more natural sounding.
987 - Tool
Tools bassist said 'I wrote a bar of nine, a bar of eight, a bar of seven, and we originally called the song '987'
Mustang Mama - Wilson Pickett
Title and lyrics were changed at the behest of Aretha Franklin.
Ragtime - Aerosmith
Their label loved the song but hated the title and hired a different songwriter to think of a new own.
Saturday Night - The Bee Gees
After The Bee Gees decided that there were too many songs called Saturday Night, they changed .
Best Days of My Life - Bryan Adams
The name was changed to reflect a different lyric of the song.
Wishing Stone - Oasis
Wishing stone was exchanged for another phrase with the same amount of syllables.
Peter Pan Complex - Blink 182
The record company changed it during production because they thought the audience wouldn't understand. The band was not happy with this decision.
Walpurgis - Black Sabbath
Walpurgis is a festival with origins in Paganism and Witchcraft. Ozzy released the original version on his 1997 album The Ozzman Cometh.
The Overture - Led Zeppelin
The name of the song was changed after lyrics were added to an instrumental song. In between 'The Overture' and the final name, this song was called 'The Campaign'
Rock'N'Roll For President - Sonic Youth
'At the time, J Mascis from Dinosaur Jr represented our slacker genius, so in tribute we wrote a song called 'Rock'N'Roll For President' about him being president, which we eventually renamed _________'
Lesson One - a-ha
The band recorded the first version of this song around 1983 and included it on their demo tape. At that time it was called 'Lesson One.' In 1984 they remade the song and renamed it.