This morning were the preliminaries for the 2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee, with the semifinals and finals tomorrow. In honor of this occasion, we’re presenting a mixtape featuring songs that spell out the song title (or other words) in the lyrics. When I suggested this idea to my fellow Popdose compadres, I found out two things. Firstly, there are a lot more songs that work for this than I thought, and secondly, some of these songs are pretty filthy. (I’m looking at you, Wu Tang Clan!) I was originally going for spelled out song titles, but too many artists cheated on this. (Hall and Oates refusing to spell the word “modern,” the Ames Brothers spelling “Rag Mop” with two g’s and two p’s, even though Rag Mop isn’t that difficult to spell.) Note: this mixtape should be mostly safe for work, except for XTC’s “Your Dictionary,” which does have a couple of bad words. However, they get a free ride because, in the spirit of the mixtape, the bad words are spelled. Enjoy, and best of luck to all the spellers!

Aaron Neville – Mickey Mouse March
Aretha Franklin – Respect
Carla Thomas – B-A-B-Y
Connie Francis – Vacation
Connie Francis – Vacation (in Japanese)
Faith No More – Be Aggressive
Garth Brooks and George Jones – Beer Run
Hall and Oates – Method of Modern Love
Leslie Sarony – Constantinople
Men Without Hats – Safety Dance (remix)
Milton Delugg and the Little Eskimos – Hooray for Santa Claus
Morningwood – The Nth Degree
Old 97’s – W-I-F-E
Pulp – Feeling Called Love
Television – Friction
The Ames Brothers – Rag Mop
The Bay City Rollers – Saturday Night
The Beach Boys – H.E.L.P. Is on the Way
The Cure – Fire in Cairo
The Kinks – Lola
The LeeVees – How Do You Spell Channukkahh
The Rutles – Cheese and Onions
The Sandpipers – Oklahoma
Wu-Tang Clan – Method Man (Radio Edit)
They Might Be Giants – S-E-X-X-Y
XTC – Your Dictionary

And here’s a couple of videos that fit the bill as well!

DISCLAIMER: This mixtape has not been endorsed by Scripps, the Spelling Bee, or Rebecca Sealfon.