Movies, Monkeys, Maria: Counting Crows’ Most Signature Songs, by Theme

Many songwriters have specific lyrical themes that they revisit in song after song. Love, for example. Crying. Dancing. We know the obvious ones. And the Counting Crows are no exception. But the band’s lead singer, Adam Duritz, has distinguished himself from his radio rock peers by fixating on certain niche images and motifs for 30 years—a fixation so committed, so consistent, and, again, so specific, that no other band holds a candle. 

With the Counting Crows’ debut album, 1993’s August and Everything After, Duritz established the topics that mattered to him, and he hasn’t deviated since. Being asleep, yes. Rain, for sure. The color blue, obviously. Women named Maria,

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