50 Awesome Song Titles To Use As Writing Prompts

Writing prompts are an excellent way to exercise the writing muscle. We post a daily writing prompt on our Facebook page. They are also available on our Creative Blog

We thought lyric titles might be an interesting way to choose writing prompts. If you have a writing group, you could print these titles, cut them into one-liners, and get everybody to pick one from a box. Or you could just ask people to choose a number from 1-50.

50 Lyric Titles That Ask Questions

Exercise: Answer the question by free writing for five minutes.

  1. Am I Going Crazy? - Korn
  2. Are You The Hypnotist? - Flaming Lips 
  3. Baby Can I Hold You Tonight? - Tracy Chapman
  4. Can’t You Hear Me Knockin’? - Rolling Stones
  5. Do You Believe In Life After Love? - Cher
  6. Do You Believe In Rapture? - Sonic Youth
  7. Do You Know The Way To San Jose? – Dionne Warwick
  8. Do You Love Me? - The Contours
  9. Do You Really Want To Hurt Me? – Culture Club
  10. Do You Remember Rock & Roll Radio? - Ramones
  11. Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman? - Bryan Adams 
  12. Have You Ever Seen The Rain? - Creedence Clearwater Revival 
  13. Have You Seen Her? - Chi-Lites
  14. Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby? - Rolling Stones
  15. How Can You Mend A Broken Heart? - BeeGees
  16. How Could You Believe Me When I Said I Love You When You Know I’ve Been A Liar All My Life - Fred Astaire
  17. How Long Has This Been Going On? - Van Morrison 
  18. How Much Is That Doggie In The Window? - Patti Page
  19. Life On Mars? - David Bowie 
  20. Should I Stay Or Should I Go Now? - The Clash
  21. What Becomes Of The Broken-Hearted? Jimmy Ruffin 
  22. What Does TS Eliot Know About You? - East River Pipe
  23. What Happened To You? - The Offspring
  24. What If God Was One Of Us? - Joan Osborne
  25. What Time Is It? - Spin Doctors 
  26. What You Waiting For? - Gwen Stefani 
  27. What’s The Frequency Kenneth? - Rem
  28. What’s My Age Again? - Blink 182 
  29. What’s So Funny ‘Bout Peace, Love, And Understanding? - Elvis Costello 
  30. Where Does The Ocean Go? - Katie Mellua
  31. Where Have All The Cowboys Gone? - Paula Cole
  32. Which One Of Us Is The Fool? - Robert Palmer 
  33. Who Are You? - The Who
  34. Who Do You Think You Are? - Spice Girls 
  35. Who Makes You Feel? - Dido
  36. Who Wants To Live Forever? – Queen
  37. Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses? - U2
  38. Who’s Your Daddy? - Toby Keith 
  39. Who’s Crying Now? - Journey 
  40. Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under? - Shania Twain
  41. Why Can’t This Be Love? - Vanhalen 
  42. Why Can’t We Be Friends? - War 
  43. Why Do Fools Fall In Love? - Diana Ross 
  44. Why Do I Keep Counting? - The Killers
  45. Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad? - Moby
  46. Why Don’t We Do It In The Road? - The Beatles
  47. Will You Marry Me? - Paula Abdul 
  48. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? - The Shirelles 
  49. Would I Lie To You? - The Eurythmics 
  50. Wouldn’t It Be Nice? - The Beach Boys

Writing every day is good for you. As we say at Writers Write: A page a day keeps insanity at bay. If you have any interesting lyric titles, please share them with us in the comments section below.

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39 responses
'Don't Fence Me In." An old cowboy song from the 40s and 50s, don't remember the writer or who sang it. Perfect title for a writer, though.
"How Soon is Now?" - The Smiths
Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? -- Chicago
"Why Won't They Talk to Me?"/"Why Won't You Make Up Your Mind?" both by Tame Impala
I like 'Climb Every Mountain' song from 'The Sound of Music'
How can I help you to say Goodbye? Patty Loveless
Burning Love by Elvis
"Who Can It Be Now?"
Why do you always call me when you're high? Arctic Monkeys
Greetings from Croatia! "Does the day for us?" Tose Proeski (Macedonia - Croatia)
Kill Your TV- Photoside Cafe
Hello from Mexico City. "How did we get from saying I love you" (Great Big Sea, Canada)
"One of us cannot be wrong" Leonard Cohen
Don't Fence Me In was by Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters. It's been almost a motto for me for 70 years.
Me and my monkey by Robbie Williams
"Don't Fence Me In" was written by Cole Porter and originally recorded by Will Rogers. It is also not a question, which makes it ineligible for this exercise.
Viva Las Vegas -Elvis ..... Keep My Heart Alive -Tenth Avenue North ..... Getcha' Head in The Game -Hsm 1 ..... I could name a ton.....
Hello My Name Is -Matthew West Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go -Wham! A Few of My Favourite Things -from The Sound of Music I'm Unashamed of You -Chris August
Oh my so many titles, so little space! "Knock", Imelda May, "Give That Old Fashioned Morphine" Jolie Holland, "You're Heart is as Black as Night" Melody Gardot.
If not now, Tracy Chapman. The whole line goes, "if not now, then when". I often find that I use lines from my favorite songs as writing cues, not necessarily the titles.
Why Me Lord? by Kris Kristofferson, recorded by Johnny Cash
Defying Gravity -Wicked, Don't Put Dirt On My Grave Just Yet- Hayden Panettiere
I've Got Tears in My Ears from Lying on My Back in My Bed While I Cry Over You ~ Homer and Jethro
The Crystal Method - "Smile?" I'd also add "Sunset Neon" by Blue Stahli although it's not a question, because of the mood. :)
Isn't it ironic?
Fifty of my own make 100. :-) A Room Full of Roses - Eddy Howard and his Orchestra Annie Don’t Live Here Anymore - Eartha Kitt Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy - The Andrew Sisters Brown Shoes Don’t Make It - Frank Zappa By the Fields of Babylon - Boney M Dancing in the Dark - Bruce Springsteen Do You Think I’m Sexy - Rod Stewart Don’t Take Your Guns to Town - Johnny Cash Eight Mies High - The Byrds Go Your Own Way - Fleetwood Mac Great Balls of Fire - Jerry Lee Lewis Happy Together - The Turtles Hello, I Love You - The Doors How Deep is Your Love - The Bee Gees (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones I Had Too Much to Dream Last NIght - The Electric Prunes I Ran (So Far Away) - Flock of Seagulls I’d Rather Go Blind - Etta James I know You’re Out There Somewhere - Moody Blues I Wish It Woud Rain - The Temptations I Wonder What She’s Doing Tonight - Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart I’m a Fool to Want you - Billie Holiday I’m Your Man - Leonard Cohen It’s Only Make Believe - Conway Twitty In the Year 2525 - Zagger and Evans Knick Knack Man - Cartoone Lonely Girl - The Chi-lites Look Through Any Window - The Hollies Lovely Rita, Meter Maid - The Beatles Mary, Did You Know? - multiple artists One Way Or Another - Blondie She’s Not There - The Zombies Sir Geoffrey Saved the World - The Bee Gees Sittin’ On the Dock of the Bay - Otis Redding Somebody’s Watching Me - Rockwell Snakes Crawl at NIght - Charlie Pride Take Time To Know Her - Percy Sledge The Air That I Breathe - The Hollies The Butcher Boy - The Andrew Sisters The House of the Rising Sun - Eric Burdon and the Animals The Sound of Silence - Simon and Garfunkel Those Were the Days - Mary Hopkins Two Lovers - Mary Wells Turning Japanese - The Vapors Under the Bridges of Paris - Eartha Kitt Valley of the Dolls - Dionne Warrick We Gotta Get Outta This Place - Eric Burdon and the Animals Where Did Our Love Go - The Supremes Who Are the Brain Police? - Frank Zappa Who Can It Be Now? - Men at Work You Should Hear How She Talks About You - Melissa Manchester.
Um, shouldn't there should be some modern songs here, too? Like...uh...maybe from the 2010's? Not everyone is ancient.
Please add whichever ones you want in the comments section. Please remember they should be lyric titles that ask a question.
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