Songs that Reference Other Songs or Artists

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  1. not_man_davo

    not_man_davo Synchromatic

    Feb 13, 2015
    Drive by Truckers - Let There be Rock

    there's more than a few in there.
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  2. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    For Cajun music fans, Beausoleil’s Blues a Bebe is about early musician Bebe Carriere, with the music by Bebe and words about him by Michel Doucet. Translation in the comments

    Beausoleil was featured in a video with Mary Chapin Carpenter, and mentioned in the song

    Last edited: Jan 13, 2020
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  3. Tony65x55

    Tony65x55 Gretschified

    Sep 23, 2011
    The 'Shwa, Ontario, Canada
    Black Velvet - Alannah Myles

    Mississippi in the middle of a dry spell
    Jimmy Rodgers on the Victrola up high
    Mama's dancin' with baby on her shoulder
    The sun is settin' like molasses in the sky
    The boy could sing, knew how to move ev'rything
    Always wanting more, he'd leave you longing for

    Black velvet and that little boy smile
    Black velvet with that slow southern style
    A new religion that'll bring you to your knees
    Black velvet if you please

    Up in Memphis the music's like a heat wave
    White Lightnin' bound to drive you wild
    Mama's baby's in the heart of ev'ry school girl
    "Love Me Tender" leaves 'em cryin' in the aisle
    The way he moved, it was a sin, so sweet and true
    Always wanting more, he'd leave you longing for

    Black velvet and that little boy smile
    Black velvet and that slow southern style
    A new religion that'll bring you to your knees
    Black velvet if you please
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  4. GitBox Newbie

    GitBox Newbie Electromatic

    Dec 18, 2014
    so many...

    Barry Manilow's "Bandstand Boogie" is all about American Bandstand and quotes the themes song

    John Lennons's "How Do you Sleep?" says "The only thing you overdid was "Yesterday." An obvious jab at Paul. (If you don't know who Paul is please stop reading this)

    The Beatles "All You Need is Love" has John (see the gent above) singing "She loves you, yeah yeah yeah..." atet eh fade out.

    Simon and Garfunkel's " A Simple Desultory Philippic" says "Whenever you mention Dylan, he thinks you're talking about Dylan Thomas, whoever he is. The man ain't got no culture. Everyone must get stoned."

    Mott the Hoople's "All the Young Dudes" (written by Bowie), mentions Beatles and Stones.

    John Lennon's "God" says I don't believe in Elvis...Zimmerman. I Don't believe in Beatles."

    The Beatles "Dig It". Lyrics include "Like a Rolling Stone, Like a Rolling Stone." Also mentions B.B. King.

    Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Lookin' Out My Back Door" Dinosaur Victrola list'nin' to Buck Owens"

    Dylan's "Early Roman Kings" The music sound a lot like "Mannish Boy".

    My personal favorite Bruce Springsteen song opens with

    "The Screen door slams
    Mary's Dress waves
    Like a vision she dances across the porch as the radio plays
    Roy Orbison singing for the Lonely..."

    The song is Thunder Road

    All the Twist songs really reference each other.
    "The Twist". "Let's Twist Again". "The Peppermint Twist". Twist and Shout"

    Paul Simon's Graceland" references guess wo?

    So many more, but Ill give some others a chance.
  5. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    John Hiatt's "Riding With The King" is all about BB King, so much so that Clapton and King covered it.
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  6. JeffreyLeePierre

    JeffreyLeePierre Country Gent

    Thinking of songs about the good ole 60s days & music, there's an amazing French (again!) song which not only quoted the lyrics but also the music!

    It is named Rockollection and they "sample" bits of songs from Little Eva, the Beatles, the Beach Boys, Them, the Rolling Stones, ...
    It's pretty silly (and then in was very popular back in the days - 1977) but it's worth a quick listen.

    Wow: just discovered the B-side also has samples of Mr Tambourine Man, Massachussets, Mellow Yellow and California Dreaming. Will try to find it. Or not. That's really a silly song.
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  7. GlenP

    GlenP Country Gent

    Jul 23, 2019
    Stevie Wonder’s tribute to Duke Ellington and his generation of musicians

    dang I didn’t see that one above on the next page when I posted .

    don’t forget about Aretha, and James Brown, Rocking in the USA

    And here’s a song Carly Simon wrote about me, I think,
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2020
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  8. Scott Fraser

    Scott Fraser Country Gent

    Jan 14, 2012
    Los Angeles
    Pink Floyd's "Let There Be More Light" on the "Saucerful of Secrets" album references 'Lucy in the Sky'.
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