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Is a song on a music album considered to be the titular song if it doesn't share the title of the album, but incorporates it into the lyrics? If not, is there another appropriate term for this lyrical gimmick?

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According to TV Tropes, this is known as an "album title drop".

Although I'm surprised there's not a single word for it. Maybe you can make something up like "non-eponymous".

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From your link, it seems the album title is dropped into the song lyrics, hence the term. –  Andrew Leach Jan 19 '13 at 11:12
    
Thanks, I think that's as close to what I'm looking for as I'll get! –  Bitrex Jan 19 '13 at 12:24
    
I'd imagine that the album title is usually pulled from the song lyrics, and not dropped into them (unlike title drops in movies or TV episodes). –  Peter Shor Jan 19 '13 at 15:06
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Adjective

1.Holding or constituting a purely formal position or title without any real authority:

The queen is titular head of the Church of England

2.Nominally appointed to serve a diocese, abbey, or other foundation no longer in existence, and typically in fact having...

Synonyms:

nominal - titulary

Origin:

Date: 1500-1600 Language: Latin Origin: titulus

If you are worried for being inappropriate, use nominal for instance.

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This answer does not make clear what is a quote from a dictionary and what is original material, nor does it cite the dictionary quoted (which is always good practice, and necessary for protection from copyright/plagiarism claims). –  Andrew Leach Jan 19 '13 at 10:49
    
The first two definitions are taken from the Oxford dictionaries online (although possibly by way of another website), and amazingly, the answer leaves out the pertinent definition: relating to or denoted by a title: the work's titular song. Nominal is not, in fact, a synonym for this definition. –  Peter Shor Jan 19 '13 at 15:00
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