April Fool’s Day is unlike most significant calendar events. It’s celebrated on 1 April in most countries around the world, yet it’s not actually a public holiday – except in the Ukrainian city of Odessa, where everyone officially gets the day off. Nonetheless, we’re well aware of April Fool’s Day, as it gives us permission to play practical jokes on other people – or for them to prank us. Here, then, are the ten best songs with “fool” in the title, to soundtrack your next acts of mischief – or those moments when you feel you’ve been had.
10: The Doobie Brothers: What A Fool Believes
Michael McDonald brought a love of soul music to The Doobie Brothers’ mainstream rock sound when he replaced founder member Tom Johnston in 1977. He also co-wrote their enduring 1979 hit, What A Fool Believes, with Kenny Loggins. The song’s regretful lyric concerned a man reuniting with an old love interest only to discover their romance existed purely in his head (“She musters a smile for his nostalgic tale/Never coming near what he wanted to say/Only to realise it never really was”), but its universal theme struck a chord and the song rose to No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100, even though its smooth pop veneer went against the grain in a year when disco dominated the US airwaves.