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)

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?” – (Skinnard) not available on the Spotify playlist
  •  “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?” (Dave Clark Five)     not available on the Spotify playlist
  • “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) 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?”

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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.

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  1. 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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