I’m so excited, because the finalists are both great choices – as songs and as names.
They’re also very 2020. Both are short and complete, names that might be called traditional, even vintage. But they’re also perfectly on-trend and at-home in the twenty-first century.
We started with sixteen names. In some cases, they appear in multiple songs. Mary could’ve been The Association, Creedence Clearwater Revival, or Run DMC … but I went with Jimi Hendrix. Other names are clearly tied to a single song. There’s only one “Jolene.”
Votes were encouraged because you loved a name, a song, or some mystical combination of both. Because these contests? Some rounds were tough!
Here’s the complete list, along with the songs that inspired them.
- Lucy, from The Beatles’ Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, 1967
- Mary, from Jimi Hendrix’s And the Wind Cries Mary, 1967
- Ruby, from The Rolling Stones’ Ruby Tuesday, 1967
- Caroline, from Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline, 1969
- Cecilia, from Simon and Garfunkel’s Cecilia, 1970
- Layla, from Eric Clapton’s Layla, 1971
- Jolene, from Dolly Parton’s Jolene, 1974
- Rhiannon, from Fleetwood Mac’s Rhiannon, 1975
- Beth, from KISS’s Beth, 1976
- Gloria, from U2’s Gloria, 1981
- Maggie, from Rod Stewart’s Maggie May, 1981
- Roxanne, from UTFO’s Roxanne, Roxanne, 1984
- Ava, from Smashing Pumpkin’s Ava Adore, 1998
- Iris, from the Goo Goo Dolls’ Iris, 1998
- Delilah, from the Plain White T’s Hey There Delilah, 2006
- Valerie, from Amy Winehouse’s cover of the Zutons’ Valerie, 2006
Your votes narrowed it from 16 to eight to just four … and now you’ve done it again, and we’re down to the last two!
- In the first contest, Lucy of Beatles fame faced Neil Diamond’s Caroline. With almost 57% of the vote, Lucy advances.
- And in the second contest, Iris of the Goo Goo Dolls pushed past Jimi Hendrix’s Mary with close to 60% of the vote.
It’s always satisfying when the names win do so by a comfortable margin!
Now it’s time to vote for the last time in this contest. The psychedelic 60s Lucy, or the aching 90s ballad Iris? You can vote by the name you prefer, or the song … or some combination of both!
Voting stays open ONLY until Monday, April 27th.
Check back on Tuesday, April 28th to hear how the contest shakes out, and to congratulate the winning name!