The Late Movies: Songs About Guys Named Johnny

No matter which style of music you prefer, there's always a guy named Johnny. Whether he's a a runaway teen, a country singer or a convict, Johnny pops up in songs all the time. Here's six notable musical Johnnys.

Johnny 99

Written and recorded by Bruce Springsteen, the Johnny in this song is about an auto worker who gets laid off in Mahwah, New Jersey, and shoots and kills a night clerk. He is apprehended and is sentenced to 99 years in prison

Johnny B Goode

This Johnny is a poor, but very talented country boy who plays a guitar "just like ringing a bell," and who might one day have his "name in lights."

Johnny Come Home

The Fine Young Cannibals released this song as part of their debut album and chronicles the story of a runaway teen named Johnny.

When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again

The lyrics to this American Civil War tune were written by Irish-American bandleader Patrick Gilmore and published under the pseudonym "Louis Lambert." The namesake of this song is Gilmore's future brother in-law, a Union Light Artillery Captain named John O'Rourke.

Jackknife Johnny

Alice Cooper's 1978 song is about a troubled man who was "a floor moppin' flunkie."

Johnny, Are You Queer?

Featured in films and written by Josie Cotton, "Johnny, Are You Queer?" was most notably covered by the Go-Go's and relays the story of a boy being questioned about his sexuality.

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Netflix's Most-Binged Shows of 2017, Ranked

Netflix might know your TV habits better than you do. Recently, the entertainment company's normally tight-lipped number-crunchers looked at user data collected between November 1, 2016 and November 1, 2017 to see which series people were powering through and which ones they were digesting more slowly. By analyzing members’ average daily viewing habits, they were able to determine which programs were more likely to be “binged” (or watched for more than two hours per day) and which were more often “savored” (or watched for less than two hours per day) by viewers.

They found that the highest number of Netflix bingers glutted themselves on the true crime parody American Vandal, followed by the Brazilian sci-fi series 3%, and the drama-mystery 13 Reasons Why. Other shows that had viewers glued to the couch in 2017 included Anne with an E, the Canadian series based on L. M. Montgomery's 1908 novel Anne of Green Gables, and the live-action Archie comics-inspired Riverdale.

In contrast, TV shows that viewers enjoyed more slowly included the Emmy-winning drama The Crown, followed by Big Mouth, Neo Yokio, A Series of Unfortunate Events, GLOW, Friends from College, and Ozark.

There's a dark side to this data, though: While the company isn't around to judge your sweatpants and the chip crumbs stuck to your couch, Netflix is privy to even your most embarrassing viewing habits. The company recently used this info to publicly call out a small group of users who turned their binges into full-fledged benders:

Oh, and if you're the one person in Antarctica binging Shameless, the streaming giant just outed you, too.

Netflix broke down their full findings in the infographic below and, Big Brother vibes aside, the data is pretty fascinating. It even includes survey data on which shows prompted viewers to “Netflix cheat” on their significant others and which shows were enjoyed by the entire family.

Netflix infographic "The Year in Bingeing"


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