As my daughter was scanning through a list of episodes of Grey’s Anatomy, I noticed something unusual about their titles. Nearly every one of them was named after a well-known rock song, including “Let It Be” and “A Hard Day’s Night” by The Beatles.
Several episodes took their title from REM songs, such as “Losing My Religion” and “Begin the Begin.” Actually one REM song served as the title for different episodes of Grey’s Anatomy, which had one called “It’s the End of the World” and its sequel called “As We Know It.”
The show used plenty of more songs by other artists as titles for episodes, including Bob Dylan’s “Tangled Up In Blue” served as another title, as did “Break On Through” by the Doors and “Owner of a Lonely Heart” by Yes. “First Cut Is The Deepest” and “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head” were also used, as well as “If Tomorrow Never Comes” and “Shake Your Groove Thing.”
Here are ten other television shows which have taken titles of songs for their episodes.
It’s Alright Ma, I’m Only Bleeding from One Tree Hill
Neither Lucas nor Haley nor Nathan nor Peyton nor Brook mention Bob Dylan in this episode, even though it is named for one of his most poignant songs from Bringing It All Back Home.
The Way We Weren’t from The Simpsons
Homer and Marge recall their early courtship in this plot that shares a title with a song from the John Wesley Harding album, The Sound Of His Own Voice.
Girls Just Want To Have Fun from Married With Children
The females looking to frolic are Peg, Marcie and Kelly, seeking to follow the advice by Cyndi Lauper in her biggest hit single.
Jungle Love from Family Guy
Both Steve Miller and Morris Day had these hits decades before the show about Peter Griffin had its first airing.
Maybe Baby from King of Queens
Doug and Carrie consider parenthood in this episode named after a hit by Buddy Holly.
Won’t Get Fooled Again from Criminal Minds
Pete Townshend and the Who made this song as skeptics of all governments, but the series ironically focuses on a unit of the Federal Bureau of Investigators.
Tangled Up In Blue from The Originals
Since the song comes from Bob Dylan’s Blood On The Tracks, it makes an appropriate name for a spinoff of The Vampire Diaries.
Bad Moon Rising from The Vampire Diaries
This Credence Clearwater Revival hit might be better suited for a show named for werewolves.
Sunday, Bloody Sunday from That 70s Show
Bono and U2 were not around in the decade in which this show is set, yet they still managed to get honored with the title of this episode.
Steady As She Goes from The Wonder Years
Best friend Paul begins dating as Kevin begins to miss Winnie even more than he already does, providing a different meaning for the adjective in this hit for the White Stripes.