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For bands whose names are examples of the trope, see the "Bands" supbage.

  • "10538 Overture" by The Electric Light Orchestra ("Did you see the man, was it 10538?")
  • Bob Seger angrily rails against this in "Feel Like a Number".
  • Alice Cooper's Clones. ("6 is having problems adjusting to his clone status...")
  • The Hollies released an album called Five Three One Seven Seven Zero Four. Try it on a calculator and turn it upside down.
  • They Might Be Giants' song "Albany/The Egg", gently making fun of the titular venue's futuristic design, includes the line "I am a number, not a man."
  • The Powerman 5000 song "Son of X-51" is about a robot who wants a name, not just an identification number. Its designation is the song's title.
  • The girls in the video for The Birthday Massacre's "Looking Glass" all wear masks with numbers on them. No names are ever given. The protagonist of the video is Number Six, however.
  • The Who's song "905".
  • The eponymous "Thirteen", first recorded by Danzig, then covered by Johnny Cash.
  • "You Are Number Six" by the mathcore/technical-metal band Behold...The Arctopus.
  • Similarly, Iron Maiden's "The Prisoner", which even has the first quote on this page as the intro.
  • And the predecessor to the show "The Prisoner," Danger Man, had the theme song, "Secret Agent Man," which contains the lyrics, "They're giving you a number/And taking away your name."
  • In Genesis's The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, the song, "The Grand Parade of Lifeless Packaging" quotes:
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Everyone's a sales representative
Wearing slogans in their shrine
Dishing out failsafe superlative
Brother John is number nine

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  • The members of the band Slipknot chose the single-digit numbers zero through eight as their stage names.
  • At least three albums are named after their catalog numbers:
  • The band Chicago tend to number their albums rather than name them, for example: Chicago X, Chicago XIV, Twenty 1.
  • Two of the best-known songs by reggae band Toots & The Maytals are "54-46 (That's My Number)" and its sequel "54-46 Was My Number". Both are autobiographical songs based on singer Fred "Toots" Hibbert's imprisonment for marijuana possession.

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