Songs about 'Charlie'
September 12, 2016 9:32 AM   Subscribe

I'm looking for catchy songs which feature the name 'Charlie.'

By coincidence and not design, every member of my little family has a famous song which features their name (e.g. 'Joanna' by Kool and the Gang). Our new arrival is to be named Charles/Charlie. I'd love some suggestions for good Charlie songs. It doesn't have to be in the title, but it should feature in the lyrics.
posted by JoannaC to Media & Arts (43 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
 
The first answer must be Charly by The Prodigy
posted by nevan at 9:35 AM on September 12, 2016 [5 favorites]


The MTA song came to mind.
posted by warriorqueen at 9:36 AM on September 12, 2016 [6 favorites]


Charles in Charge, of our days, and our nights...
(To only mildly infect you with the earworm, I won't link to youtube :) )
posted by jozxyqk at 9:37 AM on September 12, 2016


Charlie on the MTA. The transit cards are now called Charlie Cards. Scrawl has this song Charles which i have always liked.
posted by jessamyn at 9:37 AM on September 12, 2016 [2 favorites]


Charlie Brown - The Coasters
posted by komara at 9:40 AM on September 12, 2016 [2 favorites]


Charlie Brown by Coldplay
posted by jessamyn at 9:42 AM on September 12, 2016


Okay now that I got Charlie Brown out of the way: some of my most favorite lyrics of all time are

Hey Charley, I think about you /
every time I pass a filling station /
on account of all that grease /
you used to wear in your hair


Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis - Tom Waits
posted by komara at 9:42 AM on September 12, 2016 [3 favorites]


The old Good n Plenty jingle featured Choo-Choo Charlie, who loved his Good n Plenty. Catchy as all get-out.
posted by holborne at 9:44 AM on September 12, 2016 [3 favorites]


Mister Charlie by the Grateful Dead.
posted by jessamyn at 9:44 AM on September 12, 2016 [5 favorites]


Charlie Don't Surf by The Clash
posted by homesickness at 9:44 AM on September 12, 2016 [4 favorites]


Sounds like it's going to be a boy-Charlie and not a girl-Charlie? You might still enjoy this, because it's a perfect father-someday daughter Charlie song: Charlie - The Milk Carton Kids
posted by spelunkingplato at 9:48 AM on September 12, 2016 [1 favorite]




Back in the 1970s there was a commercial for the Revlon perfume called "Charlie". You could probably alter the lyrics a bit to change "fragrance" to "baby" and "it" to "he" or "him".
posted by fuse theorem at 9:57 AM on September 12, 2016 [2 favorites]


Charlie by Shirley Collins is a classic.
posted by sleeping bear at 10:00 AM on September 12, 2016


How about Cheer Up, Charlie when Charlie is feeling down?
posted by AloneOssifer at 10:05 AM on September 12, 2016 [5 favorites]


The show "Where's Charley" (Frank Loesser) had a title song with the same name.

Where's Charley,
How's Charley,
When's Charley coming home?
posted by BillMcMurdo at 10:13 AM on September 12, 2016


The Charlie Bit My Finger remix.
posted by the webmistress at 10:20 AM on September 12, 2016


Save Charlie by Rubblebucket!
posted by acridrabbit at 10:24 AM on September 12, 2016


Charlie by The Peppermen
posted by cathycartoon at 10:27 AM on September 12, 2016


Travelling with Charly by the Cardigans.
posted by Too-Ticky at 10:32 AM on September 12, 2016


"Monday," a very old and straight-ahead Wilco song, begins with the following lyric, which I still associate with all Charlies:

Choo-choo Charlie had a plenty good band but he couldn't understand why no
one would go

posted by Polycarp at 10:37 AM on September 12, 2016


Garth Brooks - Wolves
"Charlie Barton and his family Stopped today to say goodbye"
posted by soelo at 10:39 AM on September 12, 2016


Meu Amigo Charlie Brown by Benito Di Paula.
posted by umbĂș at 10:43 AM on September 12, 2016


Lou Reed's "Lisa Says."

If you're looking for a good-time Charlie
Well, that's not really what I am...
posted by 8603 at 10:49 AM on September 12, 2016


Probably not appropriate for a newborn, but this list would be incomplete without "Goodbye, Charlie" from the movie of the same name. Lyrics by Dory Previn, music by AndrĂ© Previn — no wonder they divorced!
posted by ubiquity at 11:00 AM on September 12, 2016


Cosmic Charlie, Grateful Dead
posted by Banky_Edwards at 11:20 AM on September 12, 2016 [1 favorite]


Charlie is My Darling is a traditional folk song with many versions; oddest one may be in the Star Trek episode "Charlie X." (It's also the title of the Stones tour film.) Congratulations to you!
posted by Iris Gambol at 11:29 AM on September 12, 2016


I also just thought of Champagne Charlie.
posted by holborne at 11:31 AM on September 12, 2016


"Charlie" by Milla Jovovich, from her 1993 album The Divine Comedy. One catch: The lyrics sound like the Charlie in question is dead.
posted by ejs at 12:22 PM on September 12, 2016


Charlie No. 2 and Charlie No. 3 by the Whitlams.
posted by punchtothehead at 12:22 PM on September 12, 2016 [2 favorites]


Jorge Ben - Take it easy my brother Charles .
posted by stinker at 12:30 PM on September 12, 2016


Lou Reed - "Charley's Girl"
posted by porn in the woods at 1:19 PM on September 12, 2016


"Charlie Says" by Jude. Perhaps not appropriate for small children.
posted by ejbenjamin at 1:27 PM on September 12, 2016




Charlie Ain't Home
posted by meinvt at 2:13 PM on September 12, 2016


This might be of assistance:

http://search.azlyrics.com/search.php?q=charlie&p=0&w=songs
posted by signal at 2:36 PM on September 12, 2016


Me and Charlie by Lee Hazelwood.

My mother was NOT AMUSED when we got wind of this song. Her little boys sure found it memorable, and you will, too.
posted by Rash at 2:42 PM on September 12, 2016 [1 favorite]


Since that one's probably gonna be disqualified by most parents, I'll try again.

Down The Road Apiece by The Rolling Stones,
from back when they were really something. Very catchy, and a Charlie is mentioned in the lyrics. Don't miss Keith's one-note lead guitaring.
posted by Rash at 2:53 PM on September 12, 2016


Clap Hands! Here Comes Charley! by Ella Fitzgerald
posted by great_radio at 4:20 PM on September 12, 2016


Charlie - Red Hot Chili Peppers

Oliver's Army - Elvis Costello has a Checkpoint Charlie.

Yeah, neither of these are great for kids. But the RHCP one does have a lot of random scat noises, which could be fun.
posted by chainsofreedom at 5:15 PM on September 12, 2016


I second Charlie by the Milk Carton Kids. It's about a girl, but my son Charlie just adores it.
posted by Valancy Rachel at 7:11 PM on September 12, 2016


Take It Easy My Brother Charlie by Astrud Gilberto (original by Jorge Ben)
Kick Me, Charlie by Tommy Roe
His Name Is Charlie by Laser
Sweet Charlie Babe by Jackie Moore
Charlie Boy (instrumental) by Charlie Ventura
Charlie by TEEN
Waiting For Charlie To Come Home by Etta James
posted by stachemaster at 7:06 AM on September 13, 2016


Kahimi Karie does a nice cover of "Take It Easy My Brother Charles" with a gentler arrangement than the original.

Jorge Ben's Charles character (which he pronounces like "Sharlie") is a heroic street hustler who longs for peace and justice. "Take It Easy" is optimistic that things will get better, while the first-person "Charles Junior" is more longing. "Charles, Anjo 45" implores Charles to keep his spirits up while in prison, because everyone will celebrate when he is released.
posted by hydrophonic at 7:12 AM on September 13, 2016


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