The Late Movies: Songs About Guys Named Johnny—Readers Choice

Erica Palan

Last week, I rounded up some songs about guys named Johnny. And then, the awesome members of the Mental Floss community did what they do best: suggested tons more! Here's some of the songs you guys recommended.

Can't Keep Johnny Down

A new-ish release from They Might Be Giants, the Johnny in this song is "a classic, unreliable narrator," according to an interview with TMBG's John Flansburgh. Though both members of the band are named John, this song is not autobiographical.

Johnny Hit and Run Paulene

X's punk song is disturbingly about a man named Johnny who takes an imaginary drug that allows him to have sex once an hour for 24 hours.

Be Good Johnny

Written from the viewpoint of a nine-year-old boy, this Men at Work song explains the feelings of a child more interested in daydreaming than school or sports.

The Devil Went Down to Georgia

The Charlie Daniels Band is, perhaps, best known for this tune. In it, Johnny challenges the devil to a fiddle-playing contest.

Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny)

Elton John dedicated this song to the memory of his good friend, John Lennon. Though he doesn't often include it in live shows, he sometimes play it in Madison Square Garden, which is the "garden" in the song's title.

Johnny B

This Hooters song is about a man named Johnny who is in love with a woman who is not what she seems.