Word(s) that only ever appeared in one (hit) song, ever.

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"Miniature Golf" - All Summer Long - the Beach Boys

"Vestibule" - My ding-a-ling, Chuck Berry

Mark G, Monday, 21 January 2008 11:54 (sixteen years ago) link

"Fancy" (Money, Money, Money - ABBA)

Alba, Monday, 21 January 2008 11:56 (sixteen years ago) link

Ah but you forgot "Fancy Pants" the 1975 smash hit by Kenny.

"Parallelogram" ("Motorhead" by Motorhead)
"Mesmerised" ("Leaving Me Now" by Level 42)

Dingbod Kesterson, Monday, 21 January 2008 11:58 (sixteen years ago) link

"Pompatous" ("The Joker" by the Steve Miller Band)

Dingbod Kesterson, Monday, 21 January 2008 11:59 (sixteen years ago) link

I never knew about Fancy Pants.

Alba, Monday, 21 January 2008 11:59 (sixteen years ago) link

"Zebedee" ("Magic Roundabout" by Jasper Carrott)

Dingbod Kesterson, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:01 (sixteen years ago) link

someone must've said "fancy that" in a hit song once. maybe jay-z.

blueski, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:01 (sixteen years ago) link

I want hard facts.

I did start The dearth of lyrics talking about "fancying" people but nothing on there is a hit single.

Alba, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:02 (sixteen years ago) link

"I fancy this, I fancy that" ("Cool For Cats" by Squeeze)

Dingbod Kesterson, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:04 (sixteen years ago) link

"fancy" is also in Fit But You Know It by The Streets

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ailsa, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:04 (sixteen years ago) link

wondering if any other UK hit other than Kraftwerk's mentions 'Autobahn'.

blueski, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:05 (sixteen years ago) link

"Chip Shop" - Jilted John

Mark G, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:05 (sixteen years ago) link

^^^There's a guy works down the....

Dom Passantino, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:08 (sixteen years ago) link

"Checkers" ("MacArthur Park")

Dingbod Kesterson, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:08 (sixteen years ago) link

"Filibuster" - Birdhouse in Your Soul

ledge, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:09 (sixteen years ago) link

"Looptid", from Digital Underground's "Humpty Dance":

I get stoopid, I shoot an arrow like Cupid
I use a word that don't mean nothin', like 'looptid'.

Tuomas, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:09 (sixteen years ago) link

"Underpass" (There Is A Light That Never Goes Out)

Alba, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:09 (sixteen years ago) link

"Checkers" ("MacArthur Park")

-- Dingbod Kesterson, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:08 (30 seconds ago) Bookmark Link

REM - Man On The Moon

Dom Passantino, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:09 (sixteen years ago) link

Ah yes.

Alba xpost - you forgot "Underpass" by John Foxx.

Dingbod Kesterson, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:10 (sixteen years ago) link

"Alabaster" (Shoplifters Of The World Unite)

Alba, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:10 (sixteen years ago) link

Bruce Springsteen - The Ghost of Tom Joad, also.xp

Dom Passantino, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:10 (sixteen years ago) link

I never knew about Underpass. I am bad at this game.

Alba, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:11 (sixteen years ago) link

Is "Mmmm Mmmm Mmmm Mmmmm" the only hit single to use the word "birthmarks"?

Dom Passantino, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:12 (sixteen years ago) link

"Buck-toothed" (Ask)

Alba, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:12 (sixteen years ago) link

Underpass also known as Underpants! cause that's what it sounds like he's shouting, ho ho.

"Alabaster" also in "Wrapped Around Your Finger"

ledge, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:12 (sixteen years ago) link

"anaesthetised" (Placebo 'Bitter End' - tho i know Girls Aloud use it in the present tense on 'No Good Advice')

blueski, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:13 (sixteen years ago) link

not a hit per se but 'underpass' also in well known 'Warm Leatherette'

blueski, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:14 (sixteen years ago) link

"Peckham" ("'Ullo John Gotta New Motor?")

Dingbod Kesterson, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:15 (sixteen years ago) link

http://www.vinyltap.co.uk/gallery/ha/haleas5000934812935510.jpg

blueski, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:16 (sixteen years ago) link

"Apropos" - Sheryl Crow 'All I Wanna Do'

Billy Dods, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:16 (sixteen years ago) link

"Buck-toothed" (Ask)

-- Alba, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:12 (1 minute ago) Bookmark Link

^^^"bucktooth" is used on "La Pastie De La Bourgiese", which was the lead track on B&S's top 40 "3, 6, 9 Seconds Of Light" EP.

Dom Passantino, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:16 (sixteen years ago) link

"Peckham" ("'Ullo John Gotta New Motor?")

-- Dingbod Kesterson, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:15 (1 minute ago) Bookmark Link

^^^Goldie Lookin' Chain - You Knows I Love You

Dom Passantino, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:16 (sixteen years ago) link

rebuffed
cordon bleu
parsons (green)

all from 'you will always find me in the kitchen at parties'

blueski, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:17 (sixteen years ago) link

argh palmers green i mean

blueski, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:18 (sixteen years ago) link

"Underpass" is surely represented in John Foxx' "Underpass" as well.

Geir Hongro, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:18 (sixteen years ago) link

"The Clapping Song" has "materialize" and "rowboat". Any joy there?

Dom Passantino, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:19 (sixteen years ago) link

Not a hit song as such, but there's an early Elton John song entitled "Grimsby" which includes the line "No Cordon Bleu can match the beauty of your pies and peas."

Dingbod Kesterson, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:20 (sixteen years ago) link

D12 - My Band "acapellas"

Dom Passantino, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:21 (sixteen years ago) link

missy doesn't pluralise that in 'lose control'

blueski, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:22 (sixteen years ago) link

Caramba's "Hubba Hubba Zoot Zoot" is crowded with words that have only ever appeared in that particular song:

Hubba hubba zoot zoot
Num
Deba uba zat zat
Num
A-hoorepa hoorepa a-huh-hoorepa a-num num
A-num
Hubba hubba zoot zoot
Num
Deba uba zat zat
Num
A-hoorepa hoorepa a-huh-hoorepa a-num num
A-num
Hubba hubba zoot zoot
Deba uba zat zat a-num num
Hubba hubba zoot zoot
Deba uba zat zat a-num num
A-hoorepa hoorepa a-huh-hoorepa a-num num
A-hoorepa hoorepa
HAH
A-huh-hoorepa a-num num
A-num
Hubba hubba zoot zoot
Deba uba zat zat a-num num
Hubba hubba zoot zoot
Deba uba zat zat a-num num
A-hoorepa hoorepa a-huh-hoorepa a-num num
A-hoorepa hoorepa a-huh-hoorepa
HAH
A-num num
A-num
Hubba hubba zoot zoot
A-huh zoot a-huh
Deba uba zat zat a-num num
Hubba hubba zoot zoot
Deba uba zat zat a-num num
A-hoorepa hoorepa a-huh-hoorepa a-num num
Num
A-hoorepa hoorepa a-huh-hoorepa a-num num
Deba uba zat zat
A-hoorepa hoorepa a-huh-hoorepa a-num num
a-num
Hubba hubba zoot zoot
deba uba zat zat
HAH
A-hoorepa hoorepa a-huh-hoorepa a-num num
A-num
Hubba hubba zoot zoot
Deba uba zat zat a-num num
Hubba hubba zoot zoot
Duuh
Deba uba zat zat a-num num
A-hoorepa hoorepa a-huh-hoorepa a-num num
A-hoorepa hoorepa a-huh-hoorepa a-num num
HAH
A-num
Hubba hubba zoot zoot
Deba uba zat zat a-num num
Hubba hubba zoot zoot
Deba uba zat zat a-num num
A-hoorepa hoorepa a-huh-hoorepa a-num num
A-hoorepa hoorepa a-huh-hoorepa a-num num
HAH
Hubba hubba zoot zoot
Deba uba zat zat a-num num
HOH
Hubba hubba zoot zoot
Hubba hubba mo-re mo-re
Deba uba zat zat a-num num
A-hoorepa hoorepa a-huh-hoorepa a-num num A-hoorepa hoorepa a-huh-hoorepa a-num num A-num

Geir Hongro, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:22 (sixteen years ago) link

Did Orinoco ever appear in another song but "Orinoco Flow"?

Geir Hongro, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:24 (sixteen years ago) link

Not in the Womble song.

"clarify" and "classify" - 99 red balloons

ledge, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:25 (sixteen years ago) link

Abacab
Paranoimia (mentioned in the song iirc)
Paninaro

blueski, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:25 (sixteen years ago) link

"Classify" is in "Pop" by N'Sync

Dom Passantino, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:26 (sixteen years ago) link

(That Caramba song may not have been a worldwide hit, but it was huge in Scandinavia)

Geir Hongro, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:26 (sixteen years ago) link

Interactive (Bis, 'Kandy Pop')
CD-Rom (Will Smith, 'Just The Two Of Us')
Will Oldham (Biffy Clyro, 'Saturday Superhouse')

William Bloody Swygart, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:26 (sixteen years ago) link

someone gonna write a song with all these words in so we can launch it top 40 (must beat that shitty Lloyds song)

blueski, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:27 (sixteen years ago) link

CD-Rom (Will Smith, 'Just The Two Of Us')

^^^Busta Rhymes - Fire It Up

Dom Passantino, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:28 (sixteen years ago) link

Busta sez 'CD-Rom' in 'Fire It Up'

blueski, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:28 (sixteen years ago) link

"Firestarter" ?

blueski, Monday, 21 January 2008 12:28 (sixteen years ago) link

Nope, from Lou Christie's #1 hit "Lightning Strikes":

Listen to me, baby, you gotta understand
You're old enough to know the makings of a man

Halfway there but for you, Thursday, 19 January 2023 16:58 (one year ago) link

Damn!

got it in the blood, the kid's a pelican (Doctor Casino), Thursday, 19 January 2023 17:59 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

Fish in a barrel here, but "hermeneutic" in Scritti Politti "Lover to Fall".

New York Review of Wooks (swim), Saturday, 4 February 2023 15:50 (one year ago) link

Hit single?

Maggot Bairn (Tom D.), Saturday, 4 February 2023 15:56 (one year ago) link

Fair point, though it seems like that ship has sailed several times upthread.

New York Review of Wooks (swim), Saturday, 4 February 2023 18:41 (one year ago) link

sideboard - Chas & Dave

fetter, Saturday, 4 February 2023 20:37 (one year ago) link

I think Chas & Dave have quite a few of these.

Maggot Bairn (Tom D.), Saturday, 4 February 2023 20:40 (one year ago) link

“Sideboard” in “Come Together” also

Josefa, Saturday, 4 February 2023 20:43 (one year ago) link

But did that reach the dizzy heights of No. 55* in the charts like "The Sideboard Song" did?

(It only reached 55? What the hell?!?!)

Maggot Bairn (Tom D.), Saturday, 4 February 2023 20:47 (one year ago) link

Chas & Dave's "Snooker Loopy" (No. 6 in the charts) has:

snooker
baize
boggles
Taff
gaff
barnet
sod

Maggot Bairn (Tom D.), Saturday, 4 February 2023 20:53 (one year ago) link

The lyrics for Snooker Loopy are so precise and expressive. I love them.

Eyeball Kicks, Tuesday, 7 February 2023 17:00 (one year ago) link

'boggles' is in Starshaped by Blur (not a single, though)

Nasty, Brutish & Short, Tuesday, 7 February 2023 22:34 (one year ago) link

"well-thumbed" in Bowie's "John I'm Only Dancing"?

Maggot Bairn (Tom D.), Tuesday, 7 February 2023 23:20 (one year ago) link

Surely surely ba-burly this has already been mentioned, but in case not:

virtually every single word in "The Name Game" by Shirley Ellis (U.S #6)

henry s, Tuesday, 7 February 2023 23:30 (one year ago) link

'jugulate' in Lisztomania

The field divisions are fastened with felicitations. (Deflatormouse), Tuesday, 7 February 2023 23:40 (one year ago) link

also, 'Lisztomania'

The field divisions are fastened with felicitations. (Deflatormouse), Tuesday, 7 February 2023 23:40 (one year ago) link

but was it a hit? yeah, sort of

It peaked at #11 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart in the US[1] and as well as #15 in Belgium.[2] ... The song came in at #4 in the Triple J Hottest 100, 2009,[3] making Phoenix the first French band to finish in the top 5 of the Hottest 100.

The field divisions are fastened with felicitations. (Deflatormouse), Tuesday, 7 February 2023 23:45 (one year ago) link

Also not a single but Gilbert has a 'The Mind Boggles' from his self-titled 2018 album - making this maybe the third or fourth time he's been mentioned here by me or houdinisaid.

you can see me from westbury white horse, Tuesday, 7 February 2023 23:54 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

Women of Country thread made me think of "Easy from Now On" and the word "fandangle"

Indexed, Friday, 10 March 2023 16:35 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

Heard "Don't Sleep in the Subway" on the radio today: "wherefore."

Also has "deflated".

Maggot Bairn (Tom D.), Thursday, 20 April 2023 12:00 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

"allegorically" in Edwyn Collins' 'A Girl Like You'.

― PaulTMA, Thursday, December 3, 2009 7:04 AM (thirteen years ago)

Also, how about "metaphorically"?

Day 1 fan (morrisp), Monday, 22 May 2023 22:30 (eleven months ago) link

one month passes...

Has any song besides White Town's "Your Woman" used the word Marxist, let alone "highbrow Marxist ways?"

― mike a, Thursday, January 24, 2008 1:43 PM

Just saw the video, wondered the same thing, and was compelled to check this thread… (late by 15.5 yrs)

Bittern Storm Over My Hammy (morrisp), Wednesday, 19 July 2023 05:18 (nine months ago) link

Not the same but Bros' When Will I Be Famous has 'Karl Marx' (I'm guessing Marx is more common than Marxist).

you can see me from westbury white horse, Wednesday, 19 July 2023 06:00 (nine months ago) link

'Dostoevsky' in Belle & Sebastian's 'This is Just A Modern Rock Song'.

(picnic, lightning) very very frightening (Chinaski), Wednesday, 19 July 2023 16:22 (nine months ago) link

Thankfully not a hit song.

John Donne In Concert (Tom D.), Wednesday, 19 July 2023 17:53 (nine months ago) link

xxp (to myself) Worth noting that personal (and ILM EOY poll!) fave "High School in Jakarta" went to #2 in Indonesia and #9 in Malaysia – and its lyrics, of course, include the phrase "Marxist girl with marijuana"

Bittern Storm Over My Hammy (morrisp), Wednesday, 19 July 2023 17:54 (nine months ago) link

three weeks pass...

'time' by david bowie contains the word WANKING

ava (paolo), Wednesday, 9 August 2023 07:45 (eight months ago) link

not really a hit song tbf but it was on a hit album and off the top of my head i can't think of any other songs that feature that vile term

ava (paolo), Wednesday, 9 August 2023 07:46 (eight months ago) link

'I'm a wanker' (as in wanking, not the insult) is the chorus of Ivor Biggun and the Red Nosed Burglars' 1978 No. 22 chart smash "The Winker's Song (Misprint)"

you can see me from westbury white horse, Wednesday, 9 August 2023 08:18 (eight months ago) link

Er, what is "wanking" if not a term to describe masturbating?

henry s, Wednesday, 9 August 2023 12:32 (eight months ago) link

Wanker not wanking

Monthly Python (Tom D.), Wednesday, 9 August 2023 12:33 (eight months ago) link

I doubt that.

Mark G, Wednesday, 9 August 2023 14:55 (eight months ago) link

Has anyone other than the mighty Train ever had a hit song containing the words “soy latte”?

Nonhuman biologics enthusiast (morrisp), Wednesday, 9 August 2023 15:05 (eight months ago) link

I don’t know but there is a lyric on the verve’s “comeback album” that goes:

“New York, I was Judas
She said 'A latte, double shot for Judas'”

brimstead, Wednesday, 9 August 2023 15:16 (eight months ago) link

Madonna's American Life hit number 37 on the Top 100. Does that count?

I'm drinking a soy latte
I get a double shotte

peace, man, Wednesday, 9 August 2023 15:21 (eight months ago) link

Also "mocha chocolate latte" in #1 "Lady Marmalade"

j/k

Josefa, Wednesday, 9 August 2023 15:24 (eight months ago) link

regret to inform you that the word "latte" appears in train's "drops of jupiter"

ludicrously capacious bag (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 9 August 2023 15:30 (eight months ago) link

I think that's where the conversation started.

Monthly Python (Tom D.), Wednesday, 9 August 2023 15:31 (eight months ago) link

It also has Tae Bo in it, though I've heard of Tae Bo or, indeed, this song.

Monthly Python (Tom D.), Wednesday, 9 August 2023 15:33 (eight months ago) link

xp ah yes, my bad

ludicrously capacious bag (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 9 August 2023 15:43 (eight months ago) link

is "aenima" by tool a hit?

ludicrously capacious bag (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 9 August 2023 15:45 (eight months ago) link

(xxp) never heard of, that is

Monthly Python (Tom D.), Wednesday, 9 August 2023 15:47 (eight months ago) link

Good question. Do we define "hit" in terms of chart performance and/or radio play? Or familiarity with the general populace?

I am an adult American urban human who is reasonably well-versed in popular rock and roll music. I have never willingly heard a song by Tool (or Primus or Dream Theater or a thousand other bands with fervent followings).

Bonobo Vox (Ye Mad Puffin), Wednesday, 9 August 2023 15:52 (eight months ago) link

By now, I think "Familiarity" has taken hold. But, bonus points for an actual chart hit...

Mark G, Wednesday, 9 August 2023 16:08 (eight months ago) link

"Tae Bo" is actually an even better pull from that same song (although I could see a rule where "proper nouns" don't count)

Nonhuman biologics enthusiast (morrisp), Wednesday, 9 August 2023 16:14 (eight months ago) link

Jay-Z bragged about doing Tae-Bo on Girls, Girls, Girls (US #17) and Nas dissed him for it on Ether.

peace, man, Wednesday, 9 August 2023 17:07 (eight months ago) link

"Proofread" in Zebra Katz's "Ima Read"?

clemenza, Sunday, 20 August 2023 19:08 (eight months ago) link

Forgot--"hit song." Well, it was a big hit in my house.

clemenza, Sunday, 20 August 2023 19:52 (eight months ago) link

five months pass...

From "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes":

Thrill me to the marrow

Kim Kimberly, Sunday, 11 February 2024 04:51 (two months ago) link

"Pitchfork" appears in one hit song.

"Combine Harvester" by The Wurzels.

I thank you.

― Mark G, Monday, 6 June 2011 09:27 (twelve years ago) bookmarkflaglink

Which also has "gaiters", "wurzels" and "gallivanting".

The Wurzels' "I Am a Cider Drinker" has "britches", "tadpoles" and "newts"

("scrumpy" appears in both songs so is disqualified.)

Meanwhile their minor (#32 hit) "Farmer Bill’s Cowman" has "smock", "broody", "faggots" (the foodstuff), "squelching", "drake", "muck", "shovel", "milking", "ploughman" and "Somerset".

The British Boy of Film Classification (Tom D.), Sunday, 11 February 2024 10:54 (two months ago) link


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