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Songs With The Number Three in the Title

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by Steven G (subscribe)
Too much tertiary education... Former performer/wrestler, teacher, scientist; Published author & Father... Want to be a writer if I grow up...
Published November 3rd 2020
Not three songs, songs about 3
And we come to the next entry in my numbers columns. One, then two and that means… three! Yes, songs with the number 3 in the title!
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Again, the same rules as the last few times with regards the use of the numbers – no times or dates, if another number is in the title as well, it does not count, one song per artist, and I have to… I mean, the songs are ones that I…

Nope. That last one does not cut it this time. I had exactly ten songs with the number 3 in the title in my collection, but two of them are ones I am very "meh" on. So, I went searching online. I found a few more… and did not like any of them. I was stuck, and so I decided this would be a list with eight entries. Simple. I told one of my regular readers about this decision, and she asked me what the two songs were. I did tell her eventually – one by the Commodores, one by Tony Orlando & Dawn – and she said she loved them both. So, for her, I have re-included them and we have a list of ten again.


Look, I shouldn't complain. The songs are popular and the Tony Orlando one I did like when I was younger. Now that I've had to listen to everything as I write this list, they really aren't that bad, maybe just not the sort of music I'm getting into lately. Therefore, no, I really have no issues including the two songs. This is a fine list and offers probably a little more for everyone.

Songs with three in the title!

'Three Steps To Heaven' by Eddie Cochran (1960)

One of Eddie's best known hits, and with good reason – it's one of those pre-Beatles songs that has lasted the test of time. I even remember it being used in a TV commercial in the 1990s and it not seeming silly. He actually released another song with three in the title as well! It is not the sort of song that modern audiences would probably "get" but I really like it. Stray Cats even has a song about Eddie because without him, there would not be a Stray Cats.

'Knock Three Times' by Tony Orlando And Dawn (1970)

A strange song about knocking all over a flat/apartment in order to show affection and various forms of said affection. Like I said in the introduction, I liked this as a kid, but not a huge fan now. Still, I can see the sense of fun through it, so I'll give it a pass.

'The Three Fates' by Emerson, Lake & Palmer (1970)

An instrumental, almost classical in nature, by those prog-rock stalwarts ELP. This is a magnificent piece from their debut album, which is a strange album but one I can't help but like. It is divided into three sections, named after the Greek Fates, but is really a showcase of Keith Emerson at his keyboard finest. What a great piece of music.

'Gimme Three Steps' by Lynyrd Skynyrd (1973)

Ah, southern rock at its finest. Lynyrd Skynyrd are one of those bands who people talk about, but seem to think only had two or three songs. This, one of their lesser-known tracks, from their debut album, shows that musical ability with some fine guitar playing, and some strange lyrics about being stalked by a guy and wanting to get away. I think. Who cares when the playing is this great?

'Three Little Birds' by Bob Marley (1977)

I have mentioned in the past that I am not the biggest fan of reggae, but that I do like Bob Marley. And this song of hope – "Every little thing is gonna be all right" – and not letting the world get to you is probably needed more at this point in the world's history than it has been for a long time. (Yes, I know it was released as a single in 1980, but it comes from the 1977 album Exodus and I feel like such a music nerd right about now.)

'Three Times A Lady' by Commodores (1978)

This song is just too sappy for my tastes. However, it is saved almost completely by the smoothness of Lionel Richie's voice. The man has a set of pipes on him. This is the sort of love song that people who really are in love with their partner would play. I can see that. I just find it a little slow with no personal pay-off. My reader says it makes the woman being addressed feel incredibly special. So, there you go.

'Three Card Trick' by The Clash (1985)

Off the Clash album that nobody talks about (Cut The Crap) and some don't even acknowledge as a Clash album, this is not a bad little song. The album, I will say, is, in general, trash, but I can appreciate a few songs on it, and this is one of them. The lyrics about how life is no more than a card trick are decent, and it does not sound that bad. I like it.

'Rule Of Threes' by Mondo Rock (1986)

Mondo Rock were an Australian band that seemed to be able to produce regular songs that struck a chord with the public. And this song (with its 80s sound) is one of those ear-worms Mondo Rock were known for, even if I'm not a hundred percent sure what it's actually about. Still, Ross Wilson is an under-rated part of the Australian musical landscape.

'Three Lions' by Baddiel & Skinner & The Lightning Seeds (1996)

Yes! A sporting chant! Quite literally, as well – this was written for the English soccer (football) team. But it has the great thing about all good chant songs – it makes you want to sing along. I don't know what event it was written/recorded for, but they keep on using it, so it has made quite the cultural impact on the UK sporting scene. Yes, Baddiel and Skinner are both comedians, but this is done from a point of affection. And it is a fun song.

'3 Warning Shots' by Rick Springfield (2008)

Rick Springfield is known to the world for one song, but in Australia, he is a part of Zoot, has released some great songs throughout his career and can actually act. This song is a departure in musical terms, but is still a great track – a song about Mark Chapman, the murderer of John Lennon – this is a dark song that is really forceful and well-sung.

Ten songs with the number 3 in the title. This is a strange mix of musical styles, across many decades, and I must say, rather eclectic. Unlike numbers one and two, the number three is not really set in meaning for anything in particular. Three as a lucky number does not even come up here. So, these are just songs featuring the number three.

I hope you're enjoying these number lists as something a little different for your listening pleasure. And if you have any ideas for list columns like this, please feel free to leave a message below.
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