I heard this song on the radio today, and I would consider it mistitled... "As" by Stevie Wonder. I could see this song being called "Always" as that word is song during the refrain. "As" is the first word of the song... maybe that's why Stevie picked that title?
"As" also had a strange chart run in late '77 and early '78... 40-40-39-out for 3 weeks-38-36- out. I wonder if it would have done better with a different title.
Speaking of Stevie Wonder, the most obviously mistitled hit song of his has got to be "Sir Duke" (a phrase he sings ONE time). It should be titled "You Can Feel It All Over".
"Love Light in Flight" could have been titled "Make Me Feel Like Paradise."
How about under the R&R titles these Billboard/AT40 charted songs?: "Giving You The Benefit" by Pebbles ("Giving You The Benefit of a Doubt") "Here We Go" by C&C Music Factory ("Here We Go, Let's Rock 'n Roll") "Hazard" by Richard Marx ("Hazard - The River")
In some cases the song titles come from how the song was written. In my mind, the title should encapsulate what the song is about. Sometimes that would mean the title never appears in the lyrics (John Denver’s “Annie’s Song” for instance). Sometimes though it’s not titled the obvious choice (the oft repeated line in the song) because that’s not what the song is about. Sometimes it’s to avoid confusion with a song with the same title. Sheena Easton’s “Morning Train (9 to 5)” makes more sense to be “Morning Train” because that’s what the point of the song is, but it only got that title because of Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5”. Stevie Nicks has a song in her Bella Donna album called “How Still My Love”, but she originally called it “In The Still Of The Night”. She changed it because of the existing song of the same name. She still refers to it by its original title from time to time now.