How Many Artists Say Their Names in Songs?

We’ve realized that a lot of artists and bands always say their own names in their songs. Whether it’s a signature move, a way to grab attention, or simply a cool and unique branding strategy, these musicians have left a lasting impression by incorporating their names into their music. Here’s a list of some artists that say their own names. At the bottom, take a listen to a list that Reader and I made!

1. The Beastie Boys: This iconic hip-hop group, known for their energetic and rebellious style, frequently dropped their names into their songs. From “No Sleep Till Brooklyn” to “Intergalactic,” the Beastie Boys made sure you never forgot who you were listening to!

2. Jay-Z: A true pioneer in the rap industry, Jay-Z has a knack for incorporating his name into his lyrics. He often cleverly weaves “Jay” or “Hova” (short for J-Hova, a play on Jehovah) into his songs, leaving no doubt about his identity.

2. Beyoncé: Queen Bey herself is no stranger to self-referential lyrics. From her earlier days in Destiny’s Child to her solo career, Beyoncé has made a habit of confidently proclaiming her name in her tracks. Who run the world? Beyoncé, of course.

4. Missy Elliott: Known for her groundbreaking style and innovative music videos, Missy Elliott also likes to remind us who’s in charge by sprinkling her name throughout her songs. Just listen to “Work It” or “Get Ur Freak On” and you’ll find her signature self-references!

5. Sean Paul: The Jamaican dancehall superstar, Sean Paul, often incorporates his name or initials into his songs in a catchy and rhythmic manner. His unique vocal style and charismatic presence have made him a household name in the music industry.

6. Pitbull: Mr. Worldwide himself, Pitbull, is known for his energetic and party-ready tracks. With his signature catchphrase “Mr. Worldwide, Mr. 305” and his name-dropping tendencies, Pitbull has become a global sensation, leaving his mark on the music scene.

7. The Black Eyed Peas: This dynamic group, led by, consistently adds their name to their songs. From “Let’s Get It Started” to “Boom Boom Pow,” the Black Eyed Peas are not afraid to shout out their name and get the party started!

8. Lil Wayne: A true rap icon, Lil Wayne has a knack for incorporating his name, aliases, and even his label, Young Money, into his lyrics. His unique flow and unforgettable wordplay often feature clever self-references that have made him a legend in the hip-hop community.

9. Taylor Swift: Our list wouldn’t be complete without the queen of self-expression herself, Taylor Swift! Known for her deeply personal songwriting, Taylor often includes her name or references to her past albums in her music. She has certainly mastered the art of storytelling through her self-referential lyrics.

This is just a scratch of artists and bands who have made their names a part of their musical identity. They understand the power of self-branding and have successfully made their mark on the industry by incorporating their names into their music. It’s a clever way to leave a lasting impression and ensure their legacy lives on. Take a listen to the compilation that we made of artists and bands who say their name!

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