(compiled via Spotify by Warren Berger)

When I was writing A More Beautiful Question, or, more accurately when I was procrastinating from writing the book, I began compiling the below list of songs that have to do with questions (often in the title) AND that I like (for the most part).

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Then four years later, I once again turned to this playlist while researching and writing my follow-up book, The Book of Beautiful Questions. That book features powerful questions you can ask of yourself or others to get better results in these 4 key areas: decision-making, leadership, creativity, and interpersonal connections. The fun thing is, judging by my Google analytics, more than 200,000 folks around the world have also enjoyed this playlist over the last four years—in fact, it’s long been one of the top three visited pages on this website.

The songs in the Spotify player below aren’t in any particular order, except that sometimes one song title makes sense following the one before. Below the Spotify player is my original annotated list, with the full list of 50 or so titles (Spotify didn’t have some of them), and all the many additions I and readers have made over the years.

Thanks to all who’ve added on to the list by leaving more great question song titles in the comments.

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My annotated list“What’s so funny ’bout Peace, Love & Understanding?” (Elvis Costello – personal favorite)“Does anybody really know what time it is?” (Chicago)“Where have all the flowers gone?” (in honor of the man, Pete Seeger)Moody Blues – these guys were big-time questioners – “Are you sitting comfortably?” & “Isn’t life strange?” (and the all-time great question song, “Question”—though technically, it doesn’t have a question title).Creedence Clearwater – believe it or not, they did 2 question songs BOTH about rain! “Who’ll stop the rain?” & “Have you ever seen the rain?”“Should I stay or should I go?” (Clash)“What’s the frequency Kenneth?” (REM)“What’s your name?” – (Skynyrd) “Are you experienced?” (Jimi Hendrix)“Who will save your soul?” (Jewell)“How can you mend a broken heart?” & “How deep is your love?” (Bee Gees)“Have you seen your mother baby?” & “Doncha wanna live with me?” (Stones)“Tell me why?” (Neil Young)“When will I be loved?” (Linda Ronstadt)“What is life?” & “Isn’t it a pity?” (George Harrison)“Where is the love?” (two different songs – Roberta Flack; Black Eyed Peas)“Where did our love go?” & “Do you know where you’re going to?” (Diana Ross)“Who let the dogs out?” (by who knows who, and who cares)“Have you ever loved a woman?” (Clapton)“Why does it hurt when I pee?” (Zappa)“Why do fools fall in love?” (Frankie Lymon) “Do you love me?” (two different songs – Dave Clark Five; Guster)“Will you still love me tomorrow?” (Shirelles)“Do you feel like we do?” (Frampton)“Do you know what I mean?” (Lee Michaels)“What’s goin on?” (Marvin Gaye)“How long has this been going on?” (Ace)“War – (what is it good for?)”“Is she really going out with him?” (Joe Jackson)“Where to now, St. Peter?” (Elton John)“Where’s the orchestra?” (Billy Joel)“Do you want to know a secret?” & “Why don’t we do it in the road?” (Beatles) those versions not available on the Spotify playlist“Why don’t you love me like you used to do?” (Hank Williams)“Doesn’t anybody stay together anymore?” (Phil Collins) “Doesn’t anybody stay in one place anymore?” (from “So Far Away” by Carole King)“Isn’t she lovely?” (Stevie Wonder)“Wouldn’t it be nice?” (Beach Boys)“How will I know?” (Whitney Houston)“How can I be sure?” (Young Rascals)“Who wrote the book of love?” (The Monotones)Special question-songwriting honors to Hal David – “What’s It All About Alfie?” & “Do You Know the Way to San Jose?” & “What’s New Pussycat?”

Latest additions to the list (from readers & me):

“When can I see you again?” (Owl City)“When will I see you again?” (The Three Degrees)“Is this it?” (The Strokes)“Why?” (Annie Lennox)“How soon is now?” (The Smiths)“Are you gonna go my way?” (Lenny Kravitz)“Is that all there is?” (Peggy Lee)“What becomes of the broken hearted?” (Jimmy Ruffin)“Wouldn’t it be good?” (Nik Kershaw)“Are you lonesome tonight?” (Elvis Prestley)“Now that we’ve found love (what are we going to do with it?)” (Heavy D & The Boyzz)“Who knows where the time goes?” (Fairport Convention)“Do you believe in magic?” (The Lovin’ Spoonful)“Who’s zoomin’ who?” (Aretha Franklin)“Could you be loved?” (Bob Marley)“Am I wrong?” (Nico & Vinz)“Why does love got to be so sad?” (Derek & The Dominos)“Is you is or is you ain’t my baby?” (Louis Jordan)“Why can’t we be friends?” (War)“Do you wanna dance?” (Bobby Freeman/Beach Boys)“Do you really want to hurt me?” (Culture Club)“Where do the children play?” (Cat Stevens)“What’s love got to do with it?” (Tina Turner)“Who wants to live forever?” (Queen)“(Can anybody find me) someone to love?” (Queen)“Did you ever have to make up your mind?” (The Lovin’ Spoonful)

About the Author

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Innovation expert and questionologist Warren Berger has studied hundreds of the world’s foremost innovators, entrepreneurs, and creative thinkers to learn how they ask questions, generate original ideas, and solve problems. He is the author or co-author of 12 books, including his three books about the power of questioning: BEAUTIFUL QUESTIONS IN THE CLASSROOM: Transforming Classrooms Into Cultures of Curiosity and Inquiry, THE BOOK OF BEAUTIFUL QUESTIONS: The Powerful Questions That Will Help You Decide, Create, Connect, and Lead, and A MORE BEAUTIFUL QUESTION: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas. Warren’s writing appears regularly in Psychology Today, Fast CompanyHarvard Business Review, and The New York Times. He lives in New York. Follow him on Twitter at