Jump to FM.tv

Playlist

10 Perfect Songs for National Punctuation Day!

Celebrate commas, praise parentheses and embrace exclamation points with the likes of the Beatles, Shania Twain, Radiohead, the Foo Fighters and more

1 / 10

"What Do You Mean?" (Justin Bieber)

Ah, September 24. Birthday of F. Scott Fitzgerald, the debut of CBS' 60 Minutes, the magical day on which Styx premiered "Come Sail Away" and—hey, what's this?—National Punctuation Day!

Yes, that's right: Today marks National Punctuation Day in the United States, giving exclamation points, question marks, colons and all the rest their exceedingly necessary due (except this writer's not recognizing the Oxford comma and you can't make him). Now, aside from commas and apostrophes, which are often commonplace in writing in general, punctuation does not often seep into music when it comes to the names of bands or songs. Does that mean there aren't exceptions? Hell no! Here are a few of our favorite songs that toss in some extra punctuation in their titles, needed or otherwise.

Here's an easy one. Justin Bieber gets into the spirit by releasing this one just in time for National Punctuation Day. Good on him to include the question mark, though. Really makes the question seem more urgent, right? Right?? Right?!

2 / 10

The Rolling Stones' "Paint It, Black"

Let's celebrate National Punctuation Day with a punctuation error! "Paint It, Black" was supposed to come sans the comma, but was added via an error by Decca Records. Hug your copy editors, folks.

3 / 10

The Band Perry's "DONE."

The Band Perry didn't just turn on the caps lock for this kiss-off. The country trio added a period to the end to drive the finality home. This is drastic, y'all.

4 / 10

Sufjan Stevens' "Oh God, Where Are You Now? (In Pickerel Lake? Pigeon? Marquette? Mackinaw?)"

Ever wish this song could just be Sufjan Stevens naming examples of places in Michigan as as a 45-minute album closer that sort of fades away at the end even though he's still going? Just me again? Got it.

5 / 10

Shania Twain's "Man! I Feel Like a Woman!"

Leave it to Shania Twain, queen of exclamation, to just one-up everyone.

6 / 10

Bon Iver's "Beth/Rest"

Oftentimes a slash in song titles is meant to break apart two separate mini-songs or movements within the overarching track. Then there's "Beth/Rest." Whatever. Soft rock for days.

7 / 10

Foo Fighters' "Hey, Johnny Park!"

Hey, it's a two-for-one!

8 / 10

Radiohead's "Bullet Proof..I Wish I Was"

Weird one here: Spotify will have you believe it's an ellipsis between "Bullet Proof" and "I Wish I Was," but it's actually just two dots, as evidenced by the tracklist on the back of the album. Where's the third dot? #justiceforthethirddot

9 / 10

Arcade Fire's "(Antichrist Television Blues)"

(OK, ARCADE FIRE. OK.)

10 / 10

The Beatles' "Help!"

Hard to have a list without this classic Beatles tune. Also a little tough to imagine a song called "Help!" without an exclamation point, yeah? "Help" is like, I dunno, sort of a nonchalant plea for assistance, or perhaps a song about help rather than asking for it. Either way, not nearly as interesting.

User Comments

Advertisement

Photo of the day

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 06:  Singer Mariah Carey flips the switch at the Empire State Building's Symbolic Lighting Ceremony t

Dec. 7: Mariah Lights Up NYC

The holiday season is upon us and no one else is more excited than the Queen of Christmas herself, Mariah Carey. After kicking of her annual "All I Want For Christmas Is You" concert series at the Beacon Theatre the night before, Mimi continued spreading her holiday cheer and lit up the Empire State Building in celebration of their new holiday light show.

Advertisement