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It's All About "_____ Me"!

In addition to being fascinated by the weekly U.S. Box Office charts, I also spend an inordinate amount of time perusing the Hot-100 Billboard music charts (actually, I usually peruse the latest version of this book rather than Billboard's website).

Anyway, I recently wondered how many songs I could find whose titles were of the form "____ Me" where the blank was an imperative verb form. For example: "Satisfy Me" by Billy Satellite in 1984 peaked at #64 on the Hot-100. What would not qualify are songs with more than two words in the title ("Think About Me") or ones in which the second word is "Me" but the first is not an imperative verb ("Why Me", "Sentimental Me", "Jammin' Me", etc).

Here's a quiz I concocted from my research. Each entry lists a musical artist and the year in which they had a single peak at that position (i.e. the #1 entry was a #1-peaking single from Blondie in 1980). How many of these can you name? (Hint: each entry uses a different word.)

  1. Blondie, 1980
  2. Sixpence None The Richer, 1999
  3. Silento, 2015
  4. Fleetwood Mac, 1982
  5. Uncle Kracker, 2001
  6. King Floyd, 1971
  7. Bruce Springsteen, 1984
  8. Esther Phillips, 1962
  9. Madonna, 1991
  10. Steppenwolf, 1969
  11. Pointer Sisters, 1985
  12. Elvis Presley, 1964
  13. Kid Ink with Chris Brown, 2014
  14. Yvonne Elliman, 1976
  15. Barenaked Ladies, 2000
  16. Diana Ross, 1971
I stopped at #16 because the only eligible song for #17 would have repeated an already used verb from the list above. In all I found over sixty distinct verbs including "Marry Me", "Forgive Me", "Rape Me", and "Reconsider Me" (none of these are used above). See the comments below for that complete list alphabetized.

-- Eric

[27 August 2017]
   
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Comments about this article:
I'll leave it to you to look up all of the artists who sang these songs:

ASK ME
BEG ME
BELIEVE ME
BUZZ ME
CALL ME
CARRY ME
CATCH ME
CHANGE ME
CONSUME ME
COVER ME
DARE ME
DESIRE ME
DO ME!
ERASE ME
EXCUSE ME
FOLLOW ME
FOOL ME
FORGIVE ME
FREAK ME
FREE ME
GIVE ME
GROOVE ME
HATE ME
HELP ME
HOLD ME
KISS ME
LEAD ME
LET ME
LIKE ME
LOVE ME
MARRY ME
MISS ME
NOTICE ME
PARDON ME
PINCH ME
PLAY ME
POUR ME
PROMISE ME
RAPE ME
RECONSIDER ME
RELEASE ME
REMEMBER ME
RESCUE ME
ROCK ME
SATISFY ME
SAVE ME
SCHOOL ME
SEX ME
SHELTER ME
SHOW ME
SOOTHE ME
SPRINKLE ME
STRIP ME
SWING ME
TAKE ME
TEASE ME
TELL ME
TIRE ME
TOUCH ME
TROUBLE ME
TRUST ME
TRY ME
UNTIE ME
USE ME
WATCH ME

Posted by: Eric Harshbarger


 
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