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What are some songs with "na na na" moments in them? These four songs are examples of what I'm talking about: "Lovin, Touchin, Squeezin" by Journey; "Centerfold" by the J. Geils Band; "Hey Jude" by The Beatles; and "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" by Steam.

Google tells me that One Direction and My Chemical Romance have songs titled "Na na na" that would appear to fit my criteria as well, maybe.
posted by MoonOrb to Media & Arts (65 answers total) 21 users marked this as a favorite
 
Don't You Forget About Me (though apparently upon googling it might actually be lalala? I swear it's na, though!)
posted by firei at 3:47 PM on September 5, 2013


Bryan Adams - Cuts Like A Knife.
posted by cgg at 3:51 PM on September 5, 2013


Land of 1,000 Dances, no?
posted by Now there are two. There are two _______. at 3:52 PM on September 5, 2013 [3 favorites]


A Long December - Counting Crows
posted by Knappster at 3:53 PM on September 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


The Night Chicago Died (not a ton of nanas but they're good ones).
posted by headnsouth at 3:53 PM on September 5, 2013 [2 favorites]


Selena Gomez's new song, Come and Get it
posted by thank you silence at 3:55 PM on September 5, 2013


Will Smith - Gettin' Jiggy Wit it
My Chemical Romance - Na Na Na

Also I'll just leave this here.
posted by ostranenie at 3:58 PM on September 5, 2013 [3 favorites]


The Primitives - Crash (example at 1:42)
posted by dayintoday at 4:00 PM on September 5, 2013 [1 favorite]




Nine Inch Nails, "'The Day the World went Away'", but also "Down In It" (and I swear there's another one I'm missing...)
posted by cobaltnine at 4:04 PM on September 5, 2013


Paul Westerberg - Dyslexic Heart
posted by jabes at 4:05 PM on September 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


The Band, The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
posted by scody at 4:06 PM on September 5, 2013 [4 favorites]




Ian Moore's got your na na na's right here, baby. How Does It Feel?
posted by MexicanYenta at 4:09 PM on September 5, 2013


George Michael - Look at Your Hands

And from the musical The Last Five Years, The Schmuel Song
posted by sueinnyc at 4:16 PM on September 5, 2013


Bleu - Trust Me
posted by BlerpityBloop at 4:18 PM on September 5, 2013


Master P, Make 'em Say Ugh

(The only reason I know this is because one of my bandmates owned the Master P doll that would say "Na na na na" when you squeezed his belly. The batteries were dying from the first time I squeezed his belly, so I will always think of Master P as being heavily sizurped and saying "naaaa naaaaaa, naaaaa naaaaaaaaa". )
posted by BrunoLatourFanclub at 4:19 PM on September 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


"Here Comes the Hotstepper" by Ini Kamoze. (Sorry in advance, earworm-succeptible types.)
posted by juniperesque at 4:20 PM on September 5, 2013


Macklemore - Can't Hold Us
posted by smoke at 4:20 PM on September 5, 2013


OOH! This is a subject so close to my heart. I once made a (paper, long lost) list like this. From memory, here are some not mentioned yet. The first one is obvious:

Sheryl Crow -- The Na Na Song
Madonna -- Beautiful stranger
Mary Coughlan -- Whiskey didn't kill the pain.
posted by kandinski at 4:21 PM on September 5, 2013


Gogol Bordello- American Wedding

Hurm, a careful parsing reveals B, D and TR? Sorry. Hurm.
posted by vrakatar at 4:21 PM on September 5, 2013


Dreamy Days by Roots Manuva
posted by perhapses at 4:21 PM on September 5, 2013


P.F. Sloan by Jimmy Webb, about his song writing contemporary P.F. Sloan
posted by paulsc at 4:24 PM on September 5, 2013


katamari on the rocks
posted by elizardbits at 4:29 PM on September 5, 2013 [5 favorites]


Kind of a mixture of "na" and "la:" The Smiths, "The Headmaster Ritual"
posted by 4ster at 4:31 PM on September 5, 2013




Little Bit of Everything by Keith Urban
posted by michellenoel at 4:40 PM on September 5, 2013


Violent Femmes, Heartache (only in the intro)
Blink 182, All the Small Things
Robyn Hitchcock, The Devil's Radio
posted by drlith at 4:45 PM on September 5, 2013


Residents - The Third Reich and Roll

(Na na na - ing based on Land of 1,000 Dances at 0:40)

You are welcome.
posted by Kafkaesque at 4:47 PM on September 5, 2013




Kylie Minogue and Simple Minds are both "las", I think.

But NyanCat is "na."


I'm sorry.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 4:59 PM on September 5, 2013


Time to Change!
posted by Max Power at 5:02 PM on September 5, 2013


Selena Gomez: Who Says
posted by The Gooch at 5:06 PM on September 5, 2013


Bruce Springsteen's "The Rising". I really don't think it deserves a link though, the song kind of annoys me :P
posted by readygo at 5:08 PM on September 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


The Squalls' song "Na nanana" is downloadable to the left here.
posted by bubukaba at 5:08 PM on September 5, 2013


Sha na na na, "Get A Job"!
posted by MonkeyToes at 5:10 PM on September 5, 2013 [2 favorites]


I'm not quite sure if Nyan Waits counts, for various reasons, but it's awesome.
posted by moonmilk at 5:10 PM on September 5, 2013


Taylor Dayne - Shelter

Deep Purple - Hush
posted by O9scar at 5:24 PM on September 5, 2013


Theresa Andersson, who is absolutely amazing live.
posted by cnc at 5:30 PM on September 5, 2013




Gavin deGraw's awesome song Radiation starts off with Na Na Nas.
posted by yawper at 6:06 PM on September 5, 2013


Kaiser Chiefs' aptly named Na Na Na Na Naa

Also:
M.I.A. - Boyz
Marina & the Diamonds - Girls Girls Girls
Katie Herzig - Hey Na Na
posted by eponym at 6:11 PM on September 5, 2013


Live is life by Opus, the big hit from 1985!
posted by meijusa at 6:16 PM on September 5, 2013


Come and Get it.
posted by Obscure Reference at 6:54 PM on September 5, 2013


Welcome to the Jungle, GNR.
posted by priested at 7:11 PM on September 5, 2013


Nine Inch Nails, "'The Day the World went Away'", but also "Down In It" (and I swear there's another one I'm missing...)

Even Deeper.
posted by cashman at 7:16 PM on September 5, 2013






Marianne Faithful lays down some creepy na la da vocals on Metallica's The Memory Remains
posted by Sauce Trough at 9:50 PM on September 5, 2013


A good recent one: Chance the Rapper's "NaNa," from his instant classic Acid Rap released at the end of April.
posted by koeselitz at 11:18 PM on September 5, 2013


The southern hemisphere proudly submits for your "na na na" listening pleasure:

Dave Dobbyn - Slice of Heaven

(I'll admit it's a mix of "da da da" 's and "na na na" 's... but if you ask a Kiwi or an Aussie this question it's the first they'll think of if they were alive in the 80s and 90s)
posted by trialex at 12:42 AM on September 6, 2013


Sly Fox-Let's Go All The Way
These are great. Will mark more best answers tomorrow. You guys are awesome!
posted by MoonOrb at 12:58 AM on September 6, 2013


Oasis - "Keep The Dream Alive and "All Around the World" (although they could be "lahs" not "nahs")
posted by mrmarley at 1:24 AM on September 6, 2013


Vaya Con Dios - a Belgian band that is essentially one woman.
posted by pracowity at 3:17 AM on September 6, 2013




The theme from the animated Batman series uses it briefly.
posted by MonkeyToes at 4:44 AM on September 6, 2013


We’re Gonna Have a Real Good Time Together—The Velvet Underground / Lou Reed.
posted by misteraitch at 4:45 AM on September 6, 2013


How has nobody mentioned Land Of 1000 Dances by Wilson Pickett yet?
posted by Elizabeth the Thirteenth at 4:54 AM on September 6, 2013


Halestorm - Daughters of Darkness
posted by ashirys at 6:30 AM on September 6, 2013


Rihanna - S&M
posted by DRoll at 8:44 AM on September 6, 2013


The last minute of Sly and the Family Stone's Stand! is full of 'em
posted by STFUDonnie at 7:49 PM on September 6, 2013


For...various reasons, I have just remembered that 2.B.A. Master is an example.
posted by capricorn at 9:29 PM on September 6, 2013


Was listening to Rancid's "The Way I Feel" and realized it qualified for this thread.
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing at 12:38 AM on September 9, 2013


The Drones - Shark Fin Blues
posted by namewithoutwords at 8:21 AM on September 9, 2013


Mike Doughty likes na-nas:

I Wrote a Song About Your Car
Put It Down
Na Na Nothing
posted by dlugoczaj at 9:16 AM on September 9, 2013


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