The Friday 5×2: Ten More “Ain’t” Songs

Almost three years ago, I did a post that featured ten songs that had the word (or non-word, depending on how you look at it) “ain’t” in the title. I think it’s probably the most popular post I have, and apparently DuckDuckGo thinks so, too…

#1 on DuckDuckGo, baby!

So yesterday, Milo commented on it and suggested another “ain’t” song, and I decided it was time to do another post on the topic. I had several suggestions from you, a couple more that I thought of, and the two from the post that started the whole brouhaha *, and had ten. That’s a playlist for me.

  1. Bon Jovi, “This Ain’t A Love Song” Annalisa suggested this one. It was the lead single from Bon Jovi’s 1995 album These Days, and reached #14 on the Hot 100, #11 on the Mainstream Rock chart, and #6 in the UK.
  2. Weezer, “Say It Ain’t So” This was suggested by Sabina. It’s the final single from their eponymous 1994 album, and it reached #7 on the Mainstream Rock chart and #6 in Canada. Rolling Stone ranks it as #72 on their “The 100 Greatest Guitar Songs” list.
  3. Louis Armstrong, “Ain’t Misbehavin'” A classic jazz tune by Fats Waller from 1929. Satchmo’s 1929 recording reached #7 on the charts that year, and practically everyone who’s anyone has done it. Dan suggested this.
  4. Bachman-Turner Overdrive, “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet” Dan also suggested this BTO classic. It was from their third album, 1974’s Not Fragile. It reached #1 in the US and Canada in November of that year, and #2 in the UK, their first and and only hit there.
  5. “It Ain’t Gonna Rain No More” Jim suggested this one. The song was “written” by “The Red-Headed Music Maker,” Wendell Hall, in 1923, but the song goes back to at least the 1870’s, according to Carl Sandburg. Hall probably took the verses from all the different variations of the song and made it “his.” This “follow the bouncing ball” version is from 1949.
  6. The Winans with Anita Baker, “Ain’t No Need To Worry” This is the one Milo suggested. The “quiet storm” meets gospel music in this 1987 song from The Winans’ Decisions album, and it reached #15 on the R&B chart.
  7. The Walker Brothers, “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine (Anymore)” One of the two new ones I came up with. The Walker Brothers were an American trio that was based in the UK. This topped the charts in the UK in 1966, and it reached #15 in the US.
  8. Dean Martin, “Ain’t That A Kick In The Head” Written by Jimmy Van Heusen with lyrics by Sammy Cahn for the original Ocean’s 11, considered to be “the quintessential Rat Pack film.” Dino recorded this with Nelson Riddle and His Orchestra in 1960. It never had much chart success, but it’s so closely associated with Martin that it’s appeared on many of his “greatest hits” albums.
  9. The Beatles, “Ain’t She Sweet” Written in 1927 by Milton Ager with lyrics by Jack Yellen. From The Fab Four’s Anthology 1 album, it might feature Pete Best on the drums. No doubt it’s one of those songs they picked up to help them fill the eight hours they played nightly in Hamburg.
  10. Fats Domino, “Ain’t That A Shame” Recorded by Fats in 1955, it sold over a million copies and went to #1 on the R&B chart and #10 on the pop chart. It was (in)famously recorded by Pat Boone, who suggested the lyrics be changed to “Isn’t That A Shame.” Fortunately, cooler heads prevailed.

And that’s the Friday 5×2 for June 15, 2018.

* Because I know it’ll come up: “Brouhaha? Ha ha ha ha ha…”

25 thoughts on “The Friday 5×2: Ten More “Ain’t” Songs

  1. Thanks for linking to the original, John! Now I have 20 songs to craft by. I’m working on a couple of projects this weekend so it will really be nice to listen to them. Happy Friday.


  2. Hi John – I remember most of those … they come to mind – excellent you’ve linked back too – enjoy the weekend – cheers Hilary


  3. John,

    WOW, what an interesting idea for a playlist! I would’ve not thought of this but I just BTO “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet”. That brings back some good vibes. It’s a bit interesting I was reading just today about a songwriter mentioning using the word “ain’t” in his lyrics which was the first for him and described as just falling into place. 🙂


    1. I already had the one “ain’t” playlist and people had been suggesting songs for it, and I finally decided I should build another playlist for all the suggestions. It all started with a one-liner post I had written the day before about using “ain’t” and how teachers would have fits whenever you used it (of course, all the teachers in my family had fits when they read the post).

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