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At My Most Beautiful telephones
Cuyahoga rivers


sleep and insomnia

Everybody Hurts the obvious

Exhuming McCarthy


Fall on Me


Half a World Away tiredness

It's the End of the World as We Know It (and I Feel Fine)

list songs

Little America


Losing My Religion fear
Man on the Moon men's names



The One I Love ambiguous songs
The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonight misheard, nonsense or inaudible lyrics
Untitled hidden tracks
The Wrong Child games

Radcliffe, Jimmy

Long After Tonight Is All Over

devoted love

Long After Tonight is All Over falling in love

Radio 4

Dance to the Underground




unrequited love

The Daily Mail newspapers
Electioneering elections
Everything in Its Right Place genre switch

Fitter Happier


Just bad decisions

No Surprises


Palo Alto the future
Planet Telex vibrato, tremolo or oscillations

Sail to the Moon


Talk Show Host wanting to be someone else


Heaven and Hell

heaven and hell

Ice Cream


Sneakers shoes
Rafferty, Gerry Whatever's Written in Your Heart heated arguments
Rafi, Mohammed Jinhe Naaz Hai Hind Par Woh Kahan Hai disappointment

Rage Against the Machine

Bullet in the Head


Killing in the Name

sweary songs

RAH Band

Clouds Across the Moon

missing someone

Rahman, A.R. Jai Ho winners
(ft Hariharan + Kavita Krishnamurty) Telephone Dhun Man telephones
Rainbow Kill the King royalty
Long Live Rock 'n' Roll mood-changing music
Since You've Been Gone limbo
Stargazer fantasy
Rainbow Chorus The March of the Women (music by Dame Ethel Smyth, lyrics by Cicely Hamilton) feminism
Raincoats The Void discordant songs
Rainy Day (ft Susanna Hoffs) I'll Keep It With Mine gifts and giving
Raitt, Bonnie Angel From Montgomery disappointment
I Gave Love a Candle melancholy songs
Nick of Time passage of time
Rajasthani Folk Songs Podino (Mint) flavour



places in Europe

Work, Work, Work (Pub, Club, Sleep)




multilingual songs


Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment healing
I Don't Wanna Go Down to the Basement rooms
I Got a Lot to Say ten words or fewer
I Wanna Be Sedated aviation
I Wanted Everything greed

Merry Christmas (I Don't Want to Fight Tonight)


My Brain is Hanging Upside Down (Bonzo Goes to Bitburg) long titles
Never Should Have Opened That Door bad decisions

Rockaway Beach

New York

Sheena is a Punk Rocker girl's names
Teenage Lobotomy teenagers
Ramsey Lewis Trio The In Crowd asafaraes
Rancid Black Derby Jacket philosophers
Randall, Jon Whiskey Lullaby whisky

Randy and the Rainbows


named after women

Ranks, Shabba (with Home T & Cocoa Tea) Pirates Anthem pirates
Rascal, Dizzee I Luv U dialogue
I Luv U heated arguments
Rascals Good Lovin' healing
Raspberries Overnight Sensation false endings
Rattles The Witch running
Ravel, Maurice Pavane Pour Une Infante Defunte (performed by Shura Cherkassky) remembrance
Piano Concerto in G Minor best piano songs
Raveonettes Bowels of the Beast monsters
Raw Spitt Songs to Sing songwriting
Rawlings, David (with Gillian Welch) Elvis Presley Blues Elvis
I Hear Them All ears and hearing
Rea, Chris Stainsby Girls Yorkshire
Read, Al You're Seeing Too Much of the Telly television
Reader, Eddi Ae Fond Kiss leaving
Green Grow the Rashes O green
Readers Wifes Nostalgia movie and TV stars
Real Tuesday Weld Last Words words
Me and Mr. Wolf innuendo
Reality Acapulco Gold gold
Record, Eugene Overdose of Joy euphoria
Records Paint Her Face painters & painting
Red Eye Little England flags
Red Guitars Good Technology making things
Red Hot Chili Peppers Give It Away funk
Under the Bridge bridges
Red House Painters Dragonflies insects
Rollercoaster coming of age
Wop-a-Din-Din cats
Red Jumpsuit Apparatus Your Guardian Angel survival
Red Menace Kia Ora (Lab Rat Dub) hello
Red Sovine Teddy Bear tragedy & comedy

Redding, Otis

Cigarettes and Coffee


(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay


Hard to Handle seduction
I've Been Loving You Too Long dynamic volume changes
Love Man narcissism

(with Carla Thomas) Tramp


Try a Little Tenderness kindness

White Christmas


Reddy, Helen I Am Woman being a man or a woman


How to Roll a Blunt


Redpath, Jean Dancing at Whitsun remembrance

Reed, Blind Alfred

How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live?


Why Do You Bob Your Hair Girls? hair

Reed, Jerry

Guitar Man


Reed, Jimmy

Bright Lights, Big City


Reed, John (composed by Gilbert & Sullivan) My Name is John Wellington Wells prophets & prophecy

Reed, Lou

The Bed beds

Dirty Blvd

New York

Egg Cream chocolate
(with John Cale) Hello It's Me remembrance
I Wanna Be Black wanting to be someone else
(with John Cale) Images works of art
Keep Away refusal
The Kids unsettling songs

The Last Shot


Metal Machine Music Part 1 forgotten follow-ups
Perfect Day relaxation & leisure
Street Hassle special guests

(with John Cale) Trouble With Classicists


Vicious cruel songs
Walk on the Wild Side movie and TV stars

What's Good?


Reef Consideration asafaraes

Reeves, Martha and the Vandellas

(Love Is Like A) Heat Wave


Reflection Eternal

The Human Element


Regents 7-Teen teenagers

Regina, Elis

(with Antonio Carlos Jobim) Aguas de Marco (Waters of March)

list songs

Reich, Steve

Clapping Music handclaps

(with Kronos Quartet & Pat Metheny)
Different Trains: Europe During the War


Reid, Terry The River water
Reinhardt, Django Nuages songs in French


Ice Skating Girl (Linus Loves Remix)


Reno, Ginette Un Peu Plus Haut, Un Peu Plus Loin Canada
REO Speedwagon Tough Guys surprising intros


Beer for Breakfast


Birthday Gal birthdays
Election Day elections

Left of the Dial


Merry Go Round fairgrounds
Shiftless When Idle laziness
Sixteen Blue boredom
Skyway "High" Songs
Restarts No Escape climate change
Square One games
Reuben Let's Stop Hanging Out upbeat breakup # 2

Rev. DC Rice and his Sanctified Congregation

He's Got His Eyes on You

eyes and sight

Revkin, Andrew Liberated Carbon climate change
Rey, Alvino The Ferris Wheel fairgrounds


(My Baby Does) Good Sculptures


Top of the Pops music industry
Rhymes, Busta (with Twista) Break Ya Neck indecipherable songs

Rhys, Gruff

The Last Conquistador confusion and delusion



Slashed Wrists This Christmas anti-Christmas
Rhythim is Rhythim Strings of Life minimalist songs
Rice, Boyd and Friends Disneyland misanthropic songs
Rich, Charlie Who Will the Next Fool Be uncertainty
Richardson, Neil Approaching Menace TV themes
Richie, Lionel All Night Long (All Night) hedonism

Richman, Jonathan (sometimes listed as Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers)

Chewing Gum Wrapper trash
Corner Store shopping
Corner Store modernity
Double Chocolate Malted chocolate
I'm a Little Airplane children's songs
I'm Just Beginning to Live fresh starts
Just About Seventeen ages
Neon Sign bright and beautiful
New England New England
No One Was Like Vermeer painters & painting

Velvet Underground

other musicians

You're Crazy for Taking the Bus buses

Richmond Fontaine

Five Degrees Below Zero


The Kid from Belmont Street coming of age
Ride Leave Them All Behind dynamic volume changes
Rieu, André (with Amira Willighagen) O Mio Babbino Caro (Puccini) melancholy songs

Rigby, Amy

Cynically Yours anti-love

We're Stronger Than That


Righteous Brothers You've Lost That Loving Feeling songs that build
Rihanna American Oxygen gases

Riley, Jeannie C.

Harper Valley PTA


Riley, Terry A Rainbow in Curved Air sky
Rillera, Ric & the Rhythm Rockers El Loco Cha Cha Cha sampling and recycling
Rilo Kiley A Better Son/Daughter recovery

Riperton, Minnie

Inside My Love

sexy songs

Les Fleurs

trees, grass and flowers

Lovin' You songs that go la
Rise Against Hero of War army
Risto Pupu Tupina rabbits
Ritter, Josh Another New World treachery & betrayal
The Bone of Song songwriting
The Curse monsters
Ritter, Tex Blood in the Saddle blood
Rix, Brian The Brilliant Corners laughter
Roach, Archie Into the Bloodstream Australia
Keep Your Handouts, Give Us Back Our Land rejection
Roach, Max Triptych: Prayer/Protest/Peace screams, howls, grunts & shrieks
Rob & Goldie The Shadow (Process Mix) shadows
Robert Glasper Experiment (with Mos Def) Black Radio collaborations and side projects
Roberts, Alasdair (with Robin Robertson) Leaving St. Kilda islands
Roberts, Kathryn (with Kate Rusby) Hunting the Hare a capella
Robertson, B.A. To Be or Not to Be Shakespeare
Robertson, Robbie It is a Good Day to Die treachery & betrayal
Robertson, Robin (with Alasdair Roberts) Leaving St. Kilda islands

Robeson, Paul

Going Home roots

Joshua Fit de Battle of Jericho

biblical songs

The Minstrel Boy bravery
No More Auction Block for Me fresh starts
Shenandoah American west

Robinson, Smokey and the Miracles

Going to a Go-Go

parties & going out

The Love I Saw in You Was Just a Mirage disappointment
My Baby Changes Like the Weather impermanence
Shop Around lessons in life

Tears of a Clown

smiling and laughing

Tracks of My Tears stiff upper lip
Robinson, Tom Atmospherics: Listen to the Radio ears and hearing
Hard being a man or a woman
Robots in Disguise Turn It Up mood-changing music
Robyn With Every Heartbeat Nordic Countries
Roches We brothers and sisters

Rock, Pete

(with CL Smooth) The Good Life social class
(with CL Smooth) Tell Me fate & destiny

(with CL Smooth) They Reminisce Over You (TROY)


(featuring Dead Prez) War Zone


Rockpile (also as Dave Edmunds) Heart of the City Welsh songs
Rodgers, Jimmie A Little Dog Cried crosses
Blue Yodel No. 1 American west
Blue Yodel No. 8 (Muleskinner Blues) manual labour
Frankie and Johnny cheating
Rodrigo, Joaquin Palacio Real de Aranjuez (1st Movement) played by John Williams relaxation & leisure
Rodrigo y Gabriela Stairway to Heaven ascension
Rodrigues, Amália Lágrima melancholy songs
Rodriguez, Mala (with Estrella Morente) Patito Feo misanthropic songs
Rodriguez, Sixto Like Janis narcissism
Roger, Aldus Lafayette Two Step two - part 2
Rogers, CeCe Someday freedom
Rogers, Ginger (with Fred Astaire) Let's Call the Whole Thing Off vegetables

Rogers, Kenny

Coward of the County violence
Love Lifted Me spiritual songs

Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town


Rogers, Kenny and the First Edition

Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)

redefined by films

Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In) hangovers
Rogers, Nile (with Pharrell Williams and Daft Punk) Get Lucky innuendo
Rogers, Stan Barrett's Privateers ships and boats
Free in the Harbour Canada
The Wreck of the Athens Queen discovery
Rogers, Tim & the Twin Set Hi, We're the Support Band music industry
Paragon Café remembrance

Rolling Stones

2120 South Michigan Avenue addresses


named after women

Back Street Girl secrets
Can't You Hear Me Knocking great middle eights
Con le Mie Lacrime (As Tears Go By) foreign language versions

Factory Girl


Gimme Shelter impressive intros
Jumpin' Jack Flash riffs
Let's Spend the Night Together flirting
Midnight Rambler anger
Mother's Little Helper boredom
No Expectations departures
Out of Time schadenfreude

Paint It Black


Rip This Joint US Presidents
Salt of the Earth social class
Stupid Girl cruel songs
Sweet Black Angel teachers

Sympathy For the Devil

God and the devil

Tumbling Dice gambling
Undercover of the Night the police
We Love You scandal



Rollins Band Liar propaganda

Romeo, Max & the Upsetters

Chase the Devil

God and the devil

Chase the Devil space
Stealing in the Name of the Lord smuggling and stealing
Ron Wray Light Show Speed speed
Ronalde, Ronnie In a Monastery Garden gardens


I Can Hear Music ears and hearing
So Young teenagers

Walking in the Rain

bad weather

Ronstadt, Linda (with Rex Smith) Ah, Leave Me Not to Pine extraordinary vocals


Adventures in Wonderland secret vices

Lazy Afternoon


Mellow My Man alliteration
Silent Treatment heated arguments
Web minimalist songs
Rosana Sin Miedo hope and resilience
Rose, Tim Long Time Man regrets
Rose of Avalanche Mistakes bad decisions
Rose Royce Car Wash funk
Rosenholm, Eleanora Maailmanloppu end of the world
Rosie and the Originals Angel Baby out of tune

Ross, Annie


mental illness

Ross, Diana (See The Supremes for Diana Ross and the Supremes)

Ain't No Mountain High Enough obstacles

I'm Coming Out


Love Hangover hangovers

Remember Me

upbeat break-up

Rosselson, Leon Active Ageing passage of time
The Neighbour's Cat cats
Pills whimsical songs
Rossini, Gioachino Largo al Factotum (from The Barber of Seville) songs that go la

Rotary Connection

I Am The Black Gold of the Sun

the sun

Roth, David Lee Just Like Paradise excess
Rother, Michael Karussell fairgrounds
Rough Silk Lucifer's Hotel hotels
Rowe, Sean Soldier's Song covers by the opposite sex
Roxette The Look songs that go la

Roxy Music

2HB glamour & style
Amazona South America
Avalon myths & legends

Do the Strand


Do the Strand fads and crazes

In Every Dream Home a Heartache


Love is a Drug love is...
Manifesto comeback songs

Oh Yeah


Song for Europe

multilingual songs


the sun

Roy C Shotgun Wedding weddings
Roy, I. (with Lee Perry) Space Flight adventure
Roy Ayers Ubiquity Running Away running
Royal Crown Revue Walkin' Like Brando wanting to be someone else
Royal Trux Stevie movie and TV stars
Royksopp Remind Me forgetting
Rubinos, Xenia Mexican Chef meals
Ruby Suns Tane Mahuta myths & legends
Rucker, Darius Wagon Wheel genre switch
Rucker, Ursula (with 4hero) Loveless end of the world
Rudd, Xavier Lioness Eye cats
Rudder, David Rally Round the West Indies cricket
Rudimentary Peni Bequest doom
Ruffins, Kermit When I Die, You Better Second Line music for funerals


My Adidas


It's Tricky effects of fame
King of Rock royalty
King of Rock showing off
(with Aerosmith) Walk This Way collaborations and side projects


Queens Of Noise


Rundgren, Todd Dust in the Wind music for funerals
Hello It's Me visitors
I Saw the Light change of mind
The Night the Carousel Burnt Down fairgrounds
Onomatopeia odd sounds and instruments
Runrig Loch Lomond (live version) Scotland
Rusby, Kate Game of All Fours games
(with Kathryn Roberts) Hunting the Hare a capella
My Young Man Yorkshire


Freewill star signs

The Spirit of Radio




The Weapon being scared
Working man outstanding percussion
Xanadu fictional places
YYZ Canada
Rush, Tom Joshua Gone Barbados broken promises
Russell, Arthur In the Light of the Miracle miracles
This is How We Walk on the Moon moon
Russell, Calvin Crossroads crosses
Russell, Tom Mississippi River Runnin' Backwards reversing
Rustavi Choir Tsintskaro a capella
Rutles Cheese and Onions vegetables
Let's Be Natural nature


Babylon's Burning


Ryles, John Wesley Kay intriguing narratives
RZA Grits vegetables
Grits austerity

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