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First Songs For the First Month

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Whether To Buffett or the Buffet, It Is Good To Be First


First usually indicates a great distinction, especially in athletics or school or entertainment. Occasionally, though, being first can be most unpleasant, such as being the first to try a controversial new drug or an untested new roller coaster at an amusement park.

When it comes to song titles, the adjective first almost always guarantees a hit. So, take a second and check out these twenty songs featuring the word First in their names.

1. First Caress by Spoon

Brit Daniel, along with veteran songwriter Jonathan Wilson, recalls his earliest tender moment on this track from They Want My Soul.

2. First Time We Fall in Love by the Kinks

Schoolboys In Disgrace features a number of nostalgia tunes, none so poignant as this ode to the 1950s.

3. First Thing Wrong by Squeeze

The first side of their first album features this “first” song, where Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook look back on an early romantic mishap.

4. The First Cut Is the Deepest by Rod Stewart

This cut was first recorded by Cat Stevens, while Sheryl Crow cut it a few decades later and broke into the Top Ten.

5. The First Day of My Life by Bright Eyes

“I'm glad I didn't die before I met you” says Conor Oberst on this tender single, the first from the album I'm Wide Awake It's Morning.

6. Feels Like the First Time by Foreigner

First track, first album, and first single are all distinctions for this timeless rock classic, which introduced a hit-making band that dominated the late Seventies and early Eighties.

7. Head First by the Babys

John Waite got his start leading this pop-rock unit, whose commercial breakthrough was this title track and the rest of the album.

8. Get It Right the First Time by Billy Joel

That advice is the main thing, says the Piano Man on the hit-studded album The Stranger.

9. Practicing First Aid by Horizontal Brian

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Vertical was the band's first and only record, a shame since we could have enjoyed more tunes and others such as “Playing with the Babies” and “Everybody Wants To Be American.”

10. First Impression by Duran Duran

Most fans got their first impression of the Taylors from the early days of MTV constants like “Hungry like the Wolf” and the title track of Rio, but it was not until almost ten years later when this cut would appear on Liberty.

11. First World Problems by Weird Al Yankovic

Parodying the Pixies with his characteristic charm, Weird Al put this with “Word Crimes”, “Tacky” and the rest of Mandatory Fun.

12. First We Take Manhattan by Leonard Cohen

The influential songwriter, famous for “Suzanne”, “So Long Marianne” and “Hey That's No Way To Say Goodbye,” referenced New York in this minor hit.

13. First Born by Kate and Anna Mcgarrigle

Wife of Loudon Wainwright as well as mother of (first born) Rufus and Martha, the folk songstress is joined by her musical daughter.

14. First Thing in the Morning by Kiki Dee

Having hit number one with Elton John on “Don't Go Breaking My Heart, Kiki found success on her own with hits like “I Got the Music in Me” and this classic.

15. In the First Place by George Harrison

A cover version was a bigger hit, but Harrison himself finally put his own on a compilation album called The Apple Years.

16. The First in Line by the Everly Brothers

Elvis Presley, among many other artists, have covered this tune best performed by Phil and Don.

17. First Night by Survivor

Five years had passed since they topped the charts with “Eye of the Tiger” from Rocky, but this single from Vital Signs proved they were indeed survivors.

18. Her First Mistake by Lyle Lovett

In the song from The Road To Ensenada he makes three mistakes, but her one mistake ends up being him.

19. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face by Roberta Flack

This originally was a British political folk song before Flack took it to number one, after which she paid homage to folk artist Don McLean in “Killing Me Softly With His Song.”

20. First Look by Jimmy Buffett

Floridays was a word coined by the son of a son of a sailor for his 1986 album, which offered this first single.

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