The AMBQ playlist—50+ “question” songs

(compiled via Spotify by Warren Berger)

When I was writing A More Beautiful Question, or, more accurately when I was procrastinating from writing the book, I began compiling this list of songs that have to do with questions (often in the title) AND that I like (for the most part).

Has turned out to be a great playlist for keeping me going during the promotion time for the book.

The songs aren’t in any particular order, except that sometimes one song title makes sense following the one before. Below the Spotify player is my annotated list, with the full list of 50 or so titles (Spotify didn’t have some of them).

Enjoy, and I invite you to add to this list in the comments. (Related: My Reading List)

{Use the scroll bar to see all the songs ↓}

My annotated list

  • “What’s so funny ’bout Peace, Love & Understanding?” (Elvis Costello – personal favorite)
  • “Does anybody really know what time it is?”  (Chicago)
  • “Where have all the flowers gone?” (in honor of the man, Pete Seeger)
  • Moody Blues – these guys were big-time questioners – “Are you sitting comfortably?” & “Isn’t life strange?” (and the all-time great question song, “Question”—though technically, it doesn’t have a question title).
  • Creedence Clearwater – believe it or not, they did 2 question songs BOTH about rain!  “Who’ll stop the rain?” & “Have you ever seen the rain?”
  • “Should I stay or should I go?” (Clash)
  • “What’s the frequency Kenneth?” (REM)
  • “What’s your name?” – (Skynyrd)
  •  “Are you experienced?” (Jimi Hendrix)
  • “Who will save your soul?”  (Jewell)
  • “How can you mend a broken heart?” & “How deep is your love?” (Bee Gees)
  • “Have you seen your mother baby?” & “Doncha wanna live with me?” (Stones)
  • “Tell me why?”  (Neil Young)
  • “When will I be loved?”  (Linda Ronstadt)
  • “What is life?” & “Isn’t it a pity?” (George Harrison)
  • “Where is the love?” (two different songs – Roberta Flack; Black Eyed Peas)
  • “Where did our love go?” & “Do you know where you’re going to?” (Diana Ross)
  • “Who let the dogs out?” (by who knows who, and who cares)
  • “Have you ever loved a woman?”  (Clapton)
  • “Why does it hurt when I pee?” (Zappa)
  • “Why do fools fall in love?” (Frankie Lymon)
  •  “Do you love me?” (two different songs – Dave Clark Five; Guster)
  • “Will you still love me tomorrow?” (Shirelles)
  • “Do you feel like we do?” (Frampton)
  • “Do you know what I mean?” (Lee Michaels)
  • “What’s goin on?” (Marvin Gaye)
  • “How long has this been going on?” (Ace)
  • “War – (what is it good for?)”
  • “Is she really going out with him?”  (Joe Jackson)
  • “Where to now, St. Peter?” (Elton John)
  • “Where’s the orchestra?” (Billy Joel)
  • “Do you want to know a secret?” & “Why don’t we do it in the road?” (Beatles) those versions not available on the Spotify playlist
  • “Why don’t you love me like you used to do?” (Hank Williams)
  • “Doesn’t anybody stay together anymore?” (Phil Collins)
  •  “Doesn’t anybody stay in one place anymore?” (from “So Far Away” by Carole King)
  • “Isn’t she lovely?” (Stevie Wonder)
  • “Wouldn’t it be nice?” (Beach Boys)
  • “How will I know?” (Whitney Houston)
  • “How can I be sure?” (Young Rascals)
  • “Who wrote the book of love?” (The Monotones)
  • Special question-songwriting honors to Hal David – “What’s It All About Alfie?” & “Do You Know the Way to San Jose?” & “What’s New Pussycat?”

New additions to the list:

  • “Do you believe in magic?” (The Lovin’ Spoonful)
  • “Who’s zoomin who?” (Aretha Franklin)
  • “Could you be loved?” (Bob Marley)
  • “Am I wrong?” (Nico & Vinz)
  • “Why does love got to be so sad?” (Derek & The Dominos)
  • “Is you is or is you ain’t my baby?” (Louis Jordan)
  • “Why can’t we be friends?” (War)
  • “Do you wanna dance?” (Bobby Freeman/Beach Boys)
  • “Do you really want to hurt me?” (Culture Club)

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Journalist and speaker Warren Berger realized that the majority of successful creatives and entrepreneurs he was interviewing over the years were great questioners. His wondering about "How can we all learn to do what they do?” led to this website and the writing of his latest book, A MORE BEAUTIFUL QUESTION. Follow him on Twitter at @GlimmerGuy and subscribe to his blog posts here.

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  1. Mike Zlotnick says:

    How about :. “Where are you, little star?” by The Elegants (1958)


  2. D Sandon says:

    Who Are You? – The Who


  3. Warren Berger
    Twitter: GlimmerGuy

    Someone just mentioned the great song “Why?” by Annie Lennox – that definitely should make the list


  4. Bill Zima says:

    Love this idea. Any time I can mix music with my job, I love it. What about “Imagine” by John Lennon. While the title is not a question, the song is all about “what if’s”


    • Warren Berger
      Twitter: GlimmerGuy

      Great add on with “Imagine”—so full of beautiful questions and ideas. It reminds me of that other Beatles’ tune “A Little Help from My Friends,” which is also filled with questions.


  5. Jimmy says:

    Two quick additions, one which will fit in well with the list, and another that might clash: “Do You Believe in Magic?” – The Lovin’ Spoonful (I had to check several times to make sure this was not already on the list; it feels like it should!), and “The Questions” – Common (an excellent song composed entirely of questions thinking outside the box).



  6. lorraine doo says:

    hello warren. still taking additions for your music roster? this one includes the word “school!” How about Bob Marley’s song (1979) “Could You Be Loved?” – impossible not to like once you hear the beat and non stop guitar beat, and the famous opener… “Don’t let them fool ya! Or even try to school ya!”

    lots of meaning here too… internal and external questions about fit, that are applying to cities everywhere today.


  7. Daisy Azer says:

    In addition to “Who’s Zoomin’ Who” above, ” Am I wrong”? by Nico & Vinz.

    Why? Because I like the idea of always be willing to not only question the status quo but to question yourself. I think it requires confidence balanced by humility. I do think that questioning leads us to what we cannot see (as in the song). I also like the commentary on “feeling” because I do think that while we can bamboozle ourselves, there is also often wisdom in those faint signals that we receive intuitively but, unfortunately, often ignore.

    A few lyrics from “Am I wrong” by Nico & Vinz
    Am I wrong for thinking out the box from where I stay?
    Am I wrong for saying that I choose another way?

    I ain’t tryin’ do what everybody else doing
    Just cause everybody doing what they all do
    If one thing I know, I’ll fall but I’ll grow
    I’m walking down this road of mine, this road that I call home

    So am I wrong
    For thinking that we could be something for real?
    Now am I wrong
    For trying to reach the things that I can’t see?

    But that’s just how I feel,
    That’s just how I feel
    That’s just how I feel
    Trying to reach the things that I can’t see

    Happy Questioning & balancing of tensions …


  8. Barbara says:

    Let’s not forget “How Much Is That Doggie in the Window?” (popularized by Patti Page) and “Who do you think you are?” (a question that appears in a lot of songs, but I was thinking of the unforgettable refrain in “Mr. Big Stuff” by Jean Knight)


  9. Warren Berger
    Twitter: GlimmerGuy

    In honor of Joe Cocker, who passed away on Dec. 22, 2014, reader Gil Kelly suggested that these 2 famous melodic questions —“What would you think if I sang out of tune?” and “Would you believe in a love at first sight?,” unforgettable in Joe’s unique voice—deserve a mention. Agreed.


  10. Daisy says:

    “Who’s Zoomin Who?” by Aretha Franklin. 1. You gotta love an Aretha Franklin song. Well, you don’t but I do. 2. I think it is a good question. 3. It is a fun song. Think about it the next time you feel you are being bamboozled or you may be trying to bamboozle someone! Enjoy!


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