John Cougar Mellencamp - John's Classic Music Anything

John Cougar Mellencamp - John's Classic Music

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John Cougar Mellencamp has had an interesting career. Encouraged by his management team to call himself John Cougar, reluctant and unable to completely commit to this plan, John worked hard and his musical talent and songwriting ability earned him some early success! As his management team continued to use him ineffectively and inappropriately, rebellion, especially in his song lyrics: YOUR NAME, IT MEANS NOTHING! AND THE DREAMS THAT WE LIVE?/ GONNA MAKE ME A BIG STAR, OR HAVEN'T YOU HEARD? AND IF IT'S JUST MY NAME, WELL, HELL, I CAN CHANGE IT! AND IF IT'S FOR THE FAME, I GUESS I BETTER GRAB IT FAST!/ and friction led to an early completed album not even being released!
His record company did believe in Cougar as a songwriter, and he did allow Pat Benetar to record "I NEED A LOVER" but John wanted to keep his songs for himself! John believed in himself as an entertainer even more than his company did. He continued to work hard and as his performing experience increased, his great songwriting talent continued to blossom!
With the release of AMERICAN FOOL a new American super-star was born! John Cougar had, and continued to develop a unique sound. Adding a country sound to his rock-and-roll success, his music was soon to be classified as Heartland Rock! John's lyrics and music did the talking as he dealt with the corruption of the American Dream, the heartlessness of Big Business, racism, and the plight of the common man! And sometimes with sex, love, rock-and-roll and having fun! John Mellencamp now classifies himself as a folk singer.
Cougar co-founded FARM AID in 1985 in order to bring help to, and focus on, the plight of the great American farmer and working man. A cause he is still involved with to this day! A cause which is unfortunately needed now more than ever!
John Cougar Mellencamp's commercial success kept him at the top of the charts for twenty years He has had twenty-two TOP 40 hits including ten in the TOP TEN! Suprisingly, only one, JACK AND DIANE reached #1!

List Criteria: All songs with lyrics written or co/written by John Cougar Mellencamp

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  1. 1

    I NEED A LOVER

    Meaningful, descriptive lyrics: i need a lover that won't drive me crazy. Some girl that knows ... more
  2. 2

    PINK HOUSES

    Meaningful, descriptive lyrics: There's a black man with a black cat, livin in a black ...
  3. 3

    GOLDEN GATES

    Meaningful, descriptive lyrics: AINT NO GOLDEN GATES GONNA SWING OPEN. AINT NO STREET PAVED IN ... more
  4. 4

    RAIN ON THE SCARECROW

    Real, meaningful lyrics: Scarecrow on a wooden cross, blackbird in the barn. 400 empty acres ... more
  5. 5

    CRUMBLIN DOWN

    Meaningful lyrics: SOME PEOPLE AINT NO DAMN GOOD. YOU CAN'T TRUST EM, YOU CAN'T LOVE EM, NO ... more
  6. 6

    AINT EVEN DONE WITH THE NIGHT

    Romantic lyrics: OUR HEARTS BEAT LIKE THUNDER, I DON'T KNOW WHY THEY DON'T EXPLODE. YOU GOT ... more
  7. 7

    GREAT MID-WEST

    Descriptive, meaningful lyrics: Everything is slower here. Everybody's got a union card. They ... more
  8. 8

    RUMBLESEAT

    Descriptive lyrics: All the leaves are green. ALL MY FRIENDS ARE GONE! I'M LIVIN IN MY ...
  9. 9

    DANGER LIST

    Meaningful, descriptive lyrics: OFFICE GIRLS THEY PASS ME BY, THEY DON'T KNOW MY NAME. PUT ME ... more
  10. 10

    MINUTES TO MEMORIES

    Meaningful lyrics: On a Greyhound thirty miles beyond Jamestown, he saw the sun set on the ... more
  11. 11

    LONELY OL NIGHT

    Descriptive lyrics: She calls me up and says Baby, it's a lonely ol night. I don't know I'm ... more
  12. 12

    WEAKEST MOMENTS

    Descriptive, meaningful lyrics: Well, I hear you downstairs. You're foolin around with your ... more
  13. 13

    PEACEFUL WORLD

    Meaningful, realistic, descriptive lyrics: Come on bay take a ride with me. I'm up from ...
  14. 14

    TAKE WHAT YOU WANT

    Meaningful lyrics: PUT YOUR LIFE ON THE TABLE. STICK YOUR MONEY ON THE LINE! CREATE THE ...
  15. 15

    CHERRY BOMB

    Descriptive, meaningful lyrics: Well, I LIVED ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF TOWN in an eight room ...
  16. 16

    JACK AND DIANE

    Descriptive, meaningful lyrics: Little ditty about Jack and Diane. TWO AMERICAN KIDS GROWIN UP ... more
  17. 17
    Descriptive, meaningful lyrics: WHEN I WAS A YOUNG BOY, said, put away those young boy ways. more
  18. 18

    Paper in Fire

    Descriptive, meaningful lyrics: She had a dream and boy it was a good one! So she chased after ... more
  19. 19

    Sidewalks and Streetlights

    Descriptive, meaningful lyrics: Homicide on the edge of town and NO ONE SAID IT'S BE EASY.
  20. 20

    LOVE AND HAPPINESS

    Meaningful, realistic lyrics: Well, we're droppin our bombs in the Southern hemisphere. AND ... more
  21. 21

    Play Guitar

    Descriptive, meaningful lyrics: You may drive around your town in a brand new shiny car. Your ... more
  22. 22

    WILD NIGHTS

    featuring MeShell Ndegechello. Written by VAN MORRISON
  23. 23

    Young Genocides

    Meaningful , descriptive lyrics: Destiny shares the eyes of the young genocides. SUICIDES THAT ... more
  24. 24

    CHECK IT OUT

    Meaningful lyrics: A million young poets screamin out their words to a world full of people. more
  25. 25

    AUTHORITY SONG

    Descriptive, meaningful lyrics: Oh, they like to get you in a compromising position. THEY LIKE ... more

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