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Just wondering how many songs people know about which reference other musicians or mention other bands and musicians in their lyrics.


I ask cause I'm listening to Pavement's song Stereo, which has a reference to Geddy Lee in it.

There's also Mika's Grace Kelly, which makes reference to Freddie Mercury.

Any others?
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Mike Hale has a song called Leatherface fan. that mentions leatherface (shocking I know) and Jawbreaker.
Dennis jones has song called Passion for the Blues that mentions about every great blues guitarist.
The Replacements have a song called Alex Chilton about alex Chilton.
#5
Any crappy rap song about fake "fighting." :P
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Stevie Wonder's Sir Duke references a bunch of jazz artists. I can't remember any of them off the top of my head now though.

Edit: Silly me, the title alone pays homage to Duke Ellington.
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#7
Eminem has a lot.
The only other I can think of off hand is Slash, Axl, and Eddie Vedder are mentioned in Shiny Diamonds by Violent J.
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Weezer - Heart Songs

Bad song, but all the lyrics are about Rivers' childhood listening to Slayer, Kiss, Marvin Gaye and other musicians
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There's also Mika's career, which makes reference to Freddie Mercury.

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#10
Bon Jovi - It's My Life

"Like Frankie said, I did it my way"

Referencing Frank Sinatra, of course.

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#11
The lyrics to part 3 of Octavarium by Dream Theater is nothing more than a load of song titles and musicians' names mixed together.

Time Flies - Porcupine Tree references the albums Sgt. Pepper and Are You Experienced?.

Dio - Tenacious D.
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#12
Hootie and the Blowfish - 'Only Wanna Be With You' mentions Bob Dylan.
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a bunch of songs by Anal **** refer to other musicians
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"Hit Em Up" by Tupac calls out so many people.
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Smoke On The Water might be the only song I know of which name-drops Frank Zappa.

On the other hand, Frank Zappa has targeted quite a few artists in his time, including Toto (or "Toad O" as the lyrics for Joe's Garage indicate), Alice Cooper (Live At Filmore East 1971), Michael Jackson ("Why Don't You Like Me?"), The Grateful Dead ("Teenage Wind"), and while he was a member of Frank's band at the time and not an established solo artist yet, his song "Stevie's Spanking" is all about Steve Vai's sexual deviancy.
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#18
Sunshine State - Frank Turner

References Morrissey, Robert Smith, Joni Mitchell and Neil Young.

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Weezer - Heart Songs

Bad song, but all the lyrics are about Rivers' childhood listening to Slayer, Kiss, Marvin Gaye and other musicians

One of my favorite songs.

Also mentions Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and Nirvana.
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Bob Dylan - "Blind Willie McTell"
Obvious reference.

Courtney Love - "Sunset Strip"
There's a small reference to the Velvet Underground.

David Bowie - "Queen Bitch" and "Song for Bob Dylan"
Odes to Lou Reed and Dylan respectively.

Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Tearjerker" and "Californication"
Pays tribute to and references Kurt Cobain respectively.

EDIT:
Counting Crows - "Mr. Jones"
References Bob Dylan.

The Beatles - "Yer Blues"
References Bob Dylan's "Mr. Jones" character.
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Possibly Civil War- Guns n roses referenced to John Lennon, don't know exactly who they reference when they mention the "man who said 'peace will last forever'"
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Mott the Hoople-All the Young Dudes, T Rex.
Proclaimers, I'm on my Way, Al Jolson
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#27
"The Seeker" The Who.

"I asked Bobby Dylan, I asked the Beatles. I asked Timothy Leary, but he couldn't help me either."

One of my favorite lyrics ever.
#28
Prairie Town - Randy Bachman, references Neil Young. and, well, this version is with Neil Young, it comes full circle. heh, and Sweet Home Alabama, too. it's Neil Young day.
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Mirror Door by the Who is practically made of these.
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#33
Eddie Vedder by Local H references the one and only.
Bring Back That Leroy Brown by Queen, the song references Jim Croce.
Otis Redding by Everclear, the reference is in the title.
AM Radio again by Everclear references Jimmy Page.

That's about all that come to mind, but I'm sure I know more.
#35
The Gaslight Anthem reference Miles Davis a lot, most noticeably in their song Miles Davis and the Cool.
#36
Kraftwerk's "Trans-Europe Express":
"Station to station back to Dusseldorf city, meet Iggy Pop and David Bowie."

The Pixies' "I've Been Tired":
"I said I wanna be a singer like Lou Reed."

David Bowie's '"Heroes"' is a nod to Neu!'s song "Hero".

The Minutemen's "History Lesson, Part II":
"Mr. Narrator, this is Bob Dylan to me..." &
"I was E. Bloom, Richard Hell, Joe Strummer, and John Doe"

The Minutemen's "Bob Dylan Wrote Propaganda Songs" mentions Bob Dylan.

The Minutemen's "Political Song for Michael Jackson to Sing" doesn't mention Michael Jackson, but he's in the title.

fIREHOSE's "Song for the Lead Singer of R.E.M." doesn't mention Michael Stipe; it's basically an R.E.M. parody, though.
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Bad Religion - You Don't Belong mentions a few
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Smoke On The Water might be the only song I know of which name-drops Frank Zappa.

On the other hand, Frank Zappa has targeted quite a few artists in his time, including Toto (or "Toad O" as the lyrics for Joe's Garage indicate), Alice Cooper (Live At Filmore East 1971), Michael Jackson ("Why Don't You Like Me?"), The Grateful Dead ("Teenage Wind"), and while he was a member of Frank's band at the time and not an established solo artist yet, his song "Stevie's Spanking" is all about Steve Vai's sexual deviancy.


Flakes from Sheik Yerbouti has a parody of Bob Dylan on it, it's quite funny.
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californication mentions kurt cobain
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