Coffee Break : Romeo and Juliet Songs

Thank you Google for “randomly” serving me up this cool bit of content!  I wasn’t even googling, this was just in my recommended links today.

“The Current”, which I guess is a Minnesota public radio station, decided to do Romeo and Juliet songs yesterday. While the “article” itself is short and only lists the 8 songs they played, it’s in the comments where the gold lies.

No special constraints were given, so there are some songs that tell the story, some that just reference the characters, and some who knows what the connection is.

This could well be the definitive list.  Surely many in this one that I hadn’t known for their Romeo and Juliet references. I’ve got to put together a new playlist!

I haven’t been able to vet all of these for accuracy, just the ones that made me scratch my head and say, “Wait, really? I thought I knew that song.”  Make corrections or add more in the comments!

Romeo and Juliet Songs

Dire Straits – Romeo and Juliet

Indigo Girls – Romeo and Juliet

The Reflections – (Just Like) Romeo and Juliet

Madonna – Cherish   (* really? I never noticed)

Bruce Springsteen – Fire

Michael and The Messengers – Romeo and Juliet

Basement Jaxx – Romeo

Blue Oyster Cult – (Don’t Fear) The Reaper   (now with more cowbell)

Arctic Monkeys – I Bet You Look Good On The Dance Floor

Radiohead – Exit Music (For a Film)

Garbage – #1 Crush

Lou Reed – Romeo Had Juliette

Pointer Sisters – Fire  (had to look that one up, but it’s there)

Michael Penn – No Myth

Ratt – Round and Round

Peggy Lee – Fever

Semisonic – Singing in my Sleep

Butthole Surfers – Whatever

Tom Waits – Romeo is Bleeding

Taylor Swift – Love Story

Van Morrison – Domino

Emmylou Harris – Boy from Tupelo

Neil Sedaka – Calendar Girl

What Romeo and Juliet songs did I / they miss?


3 thoughts on “Coffee Break : Romeo and Juliet Songs

  1. I’m not that familiar with the Madonna song, but Google comes up with this in the lyrics: “Romeo and Juliet, they never felt this way I bet / So don’t underestimate my point of view.” Oh really, Madonna?

  2. “The Fairy Feller’s Master-Stroke” by Queen references Romeo and Juliet as well as some other Shakespeare works.

    Here are the lyrics:

    “Oberon and Titania watched by a harridan
    Mab is the queen and there’s a good apothecary-man
    Come to say hello”

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