I love newspapers.
I especially love THIS newspaper, but I love them all. And much like as a child I used to perk up whenever a character on a network television show would say the word "Buffalo" - Hey! That guy just said Buffalo! We're famous! - I now perk up at any pop culture reference to newspapers.
(Watch "Seinfeld." It's amazing how often Jerry or George have a newspaper or talk about something related to them.)
This is a long way of explaining why I compiled my list of songs that reference either a particular paper or the act of reading one.
Here they are, in descending order, with the pertinent lyrics and video links.
10. Paperback Writer, The Beatles: "... his son is working for The Daily Mail."
9. Escape (The Pina Colada Song), Rupert Holmes: "... so while she lay there sleeping, I read the paper in bed."
8. Stayin' Alive, The Bee Gees: "We can try to understand the New York Times effect on man."
7. Alley Oop, The Hollywood Argyles: "There's a man in the funny papers we all know. (Alley-oop, oop. Oop, oop.)"
6. Get a Job, The Silhouettes: "... then I get the paper, I read it through and through."
5. American Pie, Don McLean: "But February made me shiver, with every paper I'd deliver. Bad news on the doorstep ..."
4. Want Ads, The Honey Cone: "Gonna put it in the want ads, I need somebody new."
3. Rock 'n' Roll Never Forgets, Bob Seger: "Check the local newspapers, chances are you won't have to go too far."
2. New York State of Mind, Billy Joel: "But now I need a little give and take, The New York Times, The Daily News."
1. A Day in the Life, The Beatles: "I read the news today, oh boy, about a lucky man who made the grade."
Disagree with my choices? Tell me about it. I'm on Twitter @BAndriatch. But I might not respond right away; we've got a paper to put out.
--- Bruce Andriatch