If it is indeed true that opposites attract in real life, the same could certainly be said when it comes to song titles. These fifteen songs, each with antonyms in its title, offer auditory proof that opposites certainly make for delightful music.
“Black and White” by Three Dog Night: This appeal for racial harmony was as catchy as the group’s other hits “Joy to the World,” “Mama Told Me Not to Come,” and “One.”
“Ebony and Ivory” by Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney: The ex-Beatle paired up with the soul legend to preach the same message as the Three Dog Night a decade earlier, and the duo scored even more success.
“Good Days Bad Days” by the Kaiser Chiefs: The British quartet was one of the best indie rock acts of this century’s first decade, amassing fans of electric guitar rock tracks like “Everyday I Love You Less and Less,” “I Predict a Riot,” and this one from their third album Off with Their Heads.
“Should I Stay or Should I Go?” by the Clash: These Brit punks, after years of underground success, finally hit the charts with Combat Rock, featuring this tune as well as “Rock the Casbah.”
“Us and Them” by Pink Floyd: One of the many widely recognized tracks from Dark Side of the Moon , this synth-tinged ballad has become a favorite because of its contagious echo effect.
“Fire and Water” by Free: Paul Rodgers fronted this 60s band before forming Bad Company, and this track trails only “All Right Now” as its biggest hit.
“Hunting High and Low” by A-ha: This track may not be as well-known as “Take On Me,” but minus the latter’s comic-book video this would be a more radio-friendly song.
“Hot Love, Cold World” by Bob Welch: The ex-Fleetwood Mac front man had his most solo success with French Kiss, primarily because of strong pop tracks like “Ebony Eyes” and this catchy tune.
“Hard to Be Soft” by Paula Cole: The singer-songwriter has become one of the most respected female pop artists of the past two decades, painting lyrical illustrations from “Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?” to this lesser-known hit.
“Cruel to Be Kind” by Nick Lowe: The classic chord sequence on this highlight from Labour of Lust is one of the reasons this tune has become the biggest hit for Lowe, who is known primarily for producing Elvis Costello and Squeeze.
“Stand or Fall” by the Fixx: This politically-charged musical message sat on the charts back in the 80s, propelled by a fascinating video.
“Always and Never” by Coheed and Cambria: “If beauty sits the child’s kiss of laughter I amend” opens this enigmatic tune from the indie duo’s Good Apollo I’m Burning album.
“Too Old to Rock and Roll, Too Young to Die” by Jethro Tull: This title track is the semi-autobiographical highlight of Ian Anderson’s follow-up to Minstrel in the Gallery.
“Hard Day’s Night” by The Beatles: The movie, the soundtrack, and the song have all become classics, much like everything else from the Fab Four.
“Win or Lose” by Foo Fighters: Former Nirvana drummer Dave Groh fronts this rock band, who have become even more popular than Kurt Cobain’s group because of strong singles like this one from There Is Nothing Left to Lose.