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John Mellencamp was a rock music writer and performer. To get his major label contract, he was required to create a catchy stage name. He became John Cougar. The 1980 album track Cheap Shot contained gripes about the name change.
In 1982, he hit number one pop and had his second number one rock song with Jack & Diane, which became his greatest hit.
He now had the power to reach a compromise and became John Cougar Mellencamp. Later, he finally took his real name, just John Mellencamp.


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  1 Do You Think That's Fair   Nov 1979  
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  2 I Need A Lover 18 28   Dec 1979  
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  3 Small Paradise   Feb 1980  
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  4 A Little Night Dancin'   Apr 1980  
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  5 This Time 28   Dec 1980  
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  6 Ain't Even Done With The Night 13   Apr 1981  
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  7 Hurts So Good 1 19   Jul 1982  
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  8 Jack & Diane 1 1   Sep 1982  
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  9 Thundering Hearts   Sep 1982  
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  10 Hand To Hold On To 18 12   Jan 1983  
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  11 Crumblin' Down 1 5   Nov 1983  
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  12 Serious Business   Jan 1984  
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  13 Pink Houses 2 6   Feb 1984  
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  14 Play Guitar 14     Feb 1984  
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  15 Authority Song 7 11   Apr 1984  
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  16 Lonely Ol' Night 1 5   Oct 1985  
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  17 Small Town 1 5   Dec 1985  
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  18 Justice And Independence '85 18     Jan 1986  
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  19 Minutes To Memories 15     Feb 1986  
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  20 Under The Boardwalk 12     Feb 1986  
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  21 R.O.C.K. In The U.S.A. (A Salute To 60's Rock) 5 2   Mar 1986  
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  22 Rain On The Scarecrow 7 20   May 1986  
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  23 Rumbleseat 3     Aug 1986  
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  24 Hard Times For An Honest Man 16     Sep 1987  
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  25 Paper In Fire 1 8   Sep 1987  
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  26 I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus 12     Dec 1987  
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  27 Cherry Bomb 1 8   Jan 1988  
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  28 The Real Life 1     Jan 1988  
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  29 Check It Out 2 10   Apr 1988  
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  30 Rooty Toot Toot 4     Jun 1988  
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  31 Rave On 16     Sep 1988  
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  32 Martha Say 9     May 1989  
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  33 Pop Singer 1 14   Jun 1989  
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  34 Let It All Hang Out   Jul 1989  
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  35 Jackie Brown 17     Aug 1989  
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  36 Get A Leg Up 1 23   Nov 1991  
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  37 Love & Happiness 6     Dec 1991  
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  38 Again Tonight 1     Mar 1992  
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  39 Now More Than Ever 6     May 1992  
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  40 Last Chance 11     Jul 1992  
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  41 What If I Came Knocking 1     Aug 1993  
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  42 Human Wheels 3 24   Oct 1993  
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  43 When Jesus Left Birmingham 29     Dec 1993  
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  44 Junior 29     Feb 1994  
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  45 Wild Night 14 1   Jul 1994  
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  46 Dance Naked 26 23   Dec 1994  
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  47 Key West Intermezzo (I Saw You First) 21 4   Oct 1996  
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  48 Just Another Day 25 17   Feb 1997  
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  49 Without Expression   Jan 1998  
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  50 Your Life Is Now 29     Oct 1998  
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  51 I'm Not Running Anymore   Feb 1999  
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  52 Peaceful World   Oct 2001  
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  53 Teardrops Will Fall   Jul 2003  
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  54 Walk Tall   Sep 2004  
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  55 What Say You   Dec 2004  
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  56 Our Country   Dec 2006  
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  57 Someday   Mar 2007  
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  58 The Americans   Apr 2007  
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  59 Jena   Nov 2007  
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  60 My Sweet Love   Aug 2008  
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  61 Troubled Land   Dec 2008  
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  62 No Better Than This   Aug 2010  
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  63 Save Some Time To Dream   Jan 2011  
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Top Pop Songs by John Mellencamp and John Cougar

1Jack & Diane
2Wild Night
3R.O.C.K. In The U.S.A. (A Salute To 60's Rock)
4Key West Intermezzo (I Saw You First)
5Pink Houses
6Small Town
7Just Another Day
8Crumblin' Down
9Lonely Ol' Night
10Paper In Fire
11Ain't Even Done With The Night
12Cherry Bomb
13Authority Song
14Hurts So Good
15Dance Naked
16Human Wheels
17I Need A Lover
18Hand To Hold On To
19Get A Leg Up
20Check It Out

Top Rock Songs by John Mellencamp and John Cougar

1Hurts So Good
2Lonely Ol' Night
3Paper In Fire
4Crumblin' Down
5Check It Out
6Get A Leg Up
7Pink Houses
8Small Town
9Jack & Diane
10Again Tonight
11What If I Came Knocking
12Cherry Bomb
13Pop Singer
14Human Wheels
15The Real Life
16R.O.C.K. In The U.S.A. (A Salute To 60's Rock)
17Rumbleseat
18Rooty Toot Toot
19Authority Song
20Love & Happiness