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22nd May '18 2:11:09 PM mlsmithca
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* "Sweet Home Alabama" is Music/LynyrdSkynyrd's defense of the South, in response to Music/NeilYoung's criticism of racism in "Southern Man" and "Alabama." Young was supposed to sing the "Southern man don't need me anyhow" line in the former, but had a scheduling conflict.
** Also, Music/WarrenZevon wrote a pretty savage response to "Sweet Home Alabama", "Play It All Night Long".
*** Which was later subverted when Music/KidRock sampled both "Sweet Home Alabama" and Zevon's own "Werewolves of London" on "All Summer Long."

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* "Sweet Home Alabama" is Music/LynyrdSkynyrd's defense of the South, in response to Music/NeilYoung's criticism of racism in "Southern Man" and "Alabama." Young was supposed to sing the "Southern man don't need me anyhow" line in the former, but had a scheduling conflict.
** Also,
conflict. Music/WarrenZevon then wrote a pretty savage response to "Sweet Home Alabama", "Play It All Night Long".
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Long". Which was later subverted when Music/KidRock sampled both "Sweet Home Alabama" and Zevon's own "Werewolves of London" on "All Summer Long."



* Barry [=McGuire=]'s 1965 left-wing protest hit "Eve of Destruction" was answered by the conservative, UsefulNotes/VietnamWar-defending "Dawn of Correction" by The Spokesmen. Both songs were hits. (According to [[http://www.forgottenhits.com/john_madara_remembers_ John Madara]], The Spokesmen received a WhatTheHellHero for that song from Music/TheByrds, and two years later the song had become sort of an OldShame.)
** A couple of little-known garage bands had their own right-wing answer songs to "Eve of Destruction" -- the aptly-named Patriots with "The Prophet", and the Jayhawkers with "Dawn of Instruction". The former had a different melody and shouted lead vocals angrily decrying [=McGuire=] and his message, while the latter was sung to the tune of "Eve...", with the singer affecting a proto-Cookie Monster vocal.

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* Barry [=McGuire=]'s 1965 left-wing protest hit "Eve of Destruction" was answered by the conservative, UsefulNotes/VietnamWar-defending "Dawn of Correction" by The Spokesmen. Both songs were hits. (According to [[http://www.forgottenhits.com/john_madara_remembers_ John Madara]], The Spokesmen received a WhatTheHellHero for that song from Music/TheByrds, and two years later the song had become sort of an OldShame.)
**
) A couple of little-known garage bands had their own right-wing answer songs to "Eve of Destruction" -- the aptly-named Patriots with "The Prophet", and the Jayhawkers with "Dawn of Instruction". The former had a different melody and shouted lead vocals angrily decrying [=McGuire=] and his message, while the latter was sung to the tune of "Eve...", with the singer affecting a proto-Cookie Monster vocal.



* Music/TheBeachBoys' "The Girl from New York City" from ''Music/SummerDaysAndSummerNights'' was a response to The Ad Libs’ "The Boy from New York City."
** Their song "Don't Worry Baby" from ''Music/ShutDownVolume2'' was [[WordOfGod said to be]] an answer to the The Ronettes song "Be My Baby" (written by Music/PhilSpector).

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* Music/TheBeachBoys' "The Girl from New York City" from ''Music/SummerDaysAndSummerNights'' was a response to The Ad Libs’ "The Boy from New York City."
** Their
City", while their song "Don't Worry Baby" from ''Music/ShutDownVolume2'' was [[WordOfGod said to be]] an answer to the The Ronettes song "Be My Baby" (written by Music/PhilSpector).



* Neneh Cherry recorded a song called "Woman" in response to James Brown's "It's a Man's Man's Man's World."
** The band Music/NapalmDeath released the song "It's a M.A.N.S World!"
* "Empire State of Mind (Part II) Broken Down" by Music/AliciaKeys, was an answer to Music/JayZ's "Empire State of Mind", which Keys featured on, singing the chorus. The song uses original verses by Keys but re-uses the chorus and bridge.
** Music/MaryLambert's "She Keeps Me Warm" has similar origins - it's an extension of the chorus she sang on {{Macklemore}}'s "Same Love". Where "Same Love" has [[GayAesop a message of gay acceptance]], "She Keeps Me Warm" is about a woman who falls in love with another woman and grows to accept her ''own'' sexuality.
** Ditto for [[Music/{{Eminem}} "Love The Way You Lie, Part 2"]] by Rihanna. Which is actually a cover of the original song that Eminem sampled by Skylar Grey
** Interestingly enough, Katy Perry has mentioned that one of the inspirations for California Gurls was to do for the west coast what Empire State of Mind did for New York.

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* Neneh Cherry recorded a song called "Woman" in response to James Brown's "It's a Man's Man's Man's World."
**
" The band Music/NapalmDeath released the song "It's a M.A.N.S World!"
* "Empire State of Mind (Part II) Broken Down" by Music/AliciaKeys, was an answer to Music/JayZ's "Empire State of Mind", which Keys featured on, singing the chorus. The song uses original verses by Keys but re-uses the chorus and bridge.
**
bridge. Interestingly enough, Katy Perry has mentioned that one of the inspirations for "California Gurls" was to do for the west coast what "Empire State of Mind" did for New York.
*
Music/MaryLambert's "She Keeps Me Warm" has similar origins - it's is an extension of the chorus she sang on {{Macklemore}}'s "Same Love". Where "Same Love" has [[GayAesop a message of gay acceptance]], "She Keeps Me Warm" is about a woman who falls in love with another woman and grows to accept her ''own'' sexuality.
** Ditto for * [[Music/{{Eminem}} "Love The Way You Lie, Part 2"]] by Rihanna. Which is actually a cover of the original song that Eminem sampled by Skylar Grey
** Interestingly enough, Katy Perry has mentioned that one of the inspirations for California Gurls was to do for the west coast what Empire State of Mind did for New York.
Grey.



* {{Music/Madness}} lead singer Suggs has claimed that the band's hit song "Baggy Trousers" from ''Music/{{Absolutely}}'' (which is about fond memories of school) was a response to "Another Brick In the Wall" from ''Music/TheWall'' by Music/PinkFloyd.
** Especially sarcastic, since the Pink Floyd song is about kids being indoctrinated as conformist drones, while the Madness song's "fond memories" of school are all about pranking, fighting and vandalism. According to Suggs, all he heard in "Wall" was that Pink Floyd went to [[BoardingSchoolOfHorrors a posh school]].

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* {{Music/Madness}} lead singer Suggs has claimed that the band's hit song "Baggy Trousers" from ''Music/{{Absolutely}}'' (which is about fond memories of school) was a response to "Another Brick In the Wall" from ''Music/TheWall'' by Music/PinkFloyd.
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Music/PinkFloyd. Especially sarcastic, since the Pink Floyd song is about kids being indoctrinated as conformist drones, while the Madness song's "fond memories" of school are all about pranking, fighting and vandalism. According to Suggs, all he heard in "Wall" was that Pink Floyd went to [[BoardingSchoolOfHorrors a posh school]].



* Music/TaylorSwift 's "Better Than Revenge" is an answer to Music/TheJonasBrothers 's "Much Better" which may have been an answer Swift's "Forever and Always".
** The Jonas Brothers song "Turn Right" references "the never ending racetrack you call life", which may have been a reference to Music/MileyCyrus' song, "Full Circle" (Miley and Nick split as a couple around that time).

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* Music/TaylorSwift 's Music/TaylorSwift's "Better Than Revenge" is an answer to Music/TheJonasBrothers 's "Much Better" which may have been an answer Swift's "Forever and Always".
** * The Jonas Brothers song "Turn Right" references "the never ending racetrack you call life", which may have been a reference to Music/MileyCyrus' song, song "Full Circle" (Miley and Nick split as a couple around that time).



* Music/BobDylan's "Clothes Line Saga", a parody of Bobbie Gentry's "Ode To Billie Joe" was originally titled "[[LampshadeHanging Answer]] to 'Ode'".
** Also, "Fourth Time Around" is an answer to "[[Music/TheBeatles Norwegian Wood]]".

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* Music/BobDylan's Music/BobDylan:
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"Clothes Line Saga", a parody of Bobbie Gentry's "Ode To Billie Joe" was originally titled "[[LampshadeHanging Answer]] to 'Ode'".
** Also, "Fourth Time Around" is an answer to "[[Music/TheBeatles Norwegian Wood]]".



* Music/JoeJackson wrote a slightly self-pitying song called ''Is She Really Going Out With Him?'' from ''Music/LookSharp'', about how dull but worthy guys not blessed with good looks get outclassed by "gorillas" in the dating game - every time. It contains the lines
-->Look over there! (Where?)There goes a lady that I used to know...
:: The Stranglers' ''Peaches'' can be viewed as an answer song written from the point of view of unscrupulous gorillas with a less romantic view of women; note the line
--> ''Look over there! (Where?)There! Is she trying to get out of that bikini/get out her clitoris? (depending on whether you're listening to the radio-friendly version)''

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* Music/JoeJackson wrote a slightly self-pitying song called ''Is "Is She Really Going Out With Him?'' Him?" from ''Music/LookSharp'', about how dull but worthy guys not blessed with good looks get outclassed by "gorillas" in the dating game - every time. It contains the lines
-->Look
lines "Look over there! (Where?)There (Where?) There goes a lady that I used to know...
::
know..." The Stranglers' ''Peaches'' "Peaches" can be viewed as an answer song written from the point of view of unscrupulous gorillas with a less romantic view of women; note the line
--> ''Look
line :Look over there! (Where?)There! (Where?) There! Is she trying to get out of that bikini/get out her clitoris? clitoris?" (depending on whether you're listening to the radio-friendly version)''version).



* Music/{{Vocaloid}}: "Sayonara, Arigatou" ("Goodbye, Thank You") is an answer to "Kokoro" ("Heart"). The latter was written from the perspective of RobotGirl Rin, [[SwitchingPOV while the former]] is from the perspective of the FatherlyScientist who created her.

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* Music/{{Vocaloid}}: Music/{{Vocaloid}}:
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"Sayonara, Arigatou" ("Goodbye, Thank You") is an answer to "Kokoro" ("Heart"). The latter was written from the perspective of RobotGirl Rin, [[SwitchingPOV while the former]] is from the perspective of the FatherlyScientist who created her.



* Music/{{Evanescence}} produced "Call Me When You're Sober" as a commentary on lead singer Amy Lee's recently-ended relationship with Music/{{Seether}} lead Shaun Morgan. Seether responded with "Breakdown" telling Shaun's side of the story - the title itself an obvious reference to the song "Broken" which both sang in while they were together.

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* Music/{{Evanescence}} produced Music/{{Evanescence}}:
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"Call Me When You're Sober" as is a commentary on lead singer Amy Lee's recently-ended relationship with Music/{{Seether}} lead Shaun Morgan. Seether responded with "Breakdown" telling Shaun's side of the story - the title itself an obvious reference to the song "Broken" which both sang in while they were together.



* "There's No 'I' In Team" from [[Music/TakingBackSunday Taking Back Sunday's]] album ''Tell All Your Friends'' is a response to [[Music/BrandNew Brand New's]] songs "Seventy Times 7" and "Mixtape". Those two songs were brutal {{Take That}}s by Jesse Lacey of Brand New to John Nolan of Taking Back Sunday - the later had allegedly stole the former's girlfriend. "There's No 'I' In Team" was a response to those songs, showing Nolan's side of the story, and serving as a TakeThat. The song quotes a line from "Mixtape" ("I've got a twenty-dollar bill...") and a few lines from "Seventy Times 7":
-->"Is that what you call tact?
-->I swear, you're as subtle as a brick in the small of my back
-->So let's end this call and end this conversation"

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* Music/TakingBackSunday:
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"There's No 'I' In Team" from [[Music/TakingBackSunday Taking Back Sunday's]] the album ''Tell All Your Friends'' is a response to [[Music/BrandNew Brand New's]] songs "Seventy Times 7" and "Mixtape". Those two songs were brutal {{Take That}}s by Jesse Lacey of Brand New to John Nolan of Taking Back Sunday - the later had allegedly stole the former's girlfriend. "There's No 'I' In Team" was a response to those songs, showing Nolan's side of the story, and serving as a TakeThat. The song quotes a line from "Mixtape" ("I've got a twenty-dollar bill...") and a few lines from "Seventy Times 7":
-->"Is --->"Is that what you call tact?
-->I --->I swear, you're as subtle as a brick in the small of my back
-->So --->So let's end this call and end this conversation"



* Comedian and singer Minnie Pearl had a {{black sheep hit}} with one of these to Red Sovine's "Giddyup Go". The Pearl song, simply titled "Giddyup Go - Answer", was a PerspectiveFlip on the original's story.

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* Comedian and singer Minnie Pearl had a {{black sheep hit}} BlackSheepHit with one of these to Red Sovine's "Giddyup Go". The Pearl song, simply titled "Giddyup Go - Answer", was a PerspectiveFlip on the original's story.



* Nicki Minaj's song "Anaconda" appears to be one of these for {{Music/SirMixALot}}'s "Baby Got Back." It samples generously from both the song and its music video, and while Mix-A-Lot's original is about a man who unapologetically enjoys female anatomy, the answer song is a female who just as unapologetically enjoys certain male assets.

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* Nicki Minaj's song "Anaconda" appears to be one of these for {{Music/SirMixALot}}'s Music/SirMixALot's "Baby Got Back." It samples generously from both the song and its music video, and while Mix-A-Lot's original is about a man who unapologetically enjoys female anatomy, the answer song is a female who just as unapologetically enjoys certain male assets.
2nd Mar '18 1:42:09 AM LondonKdS
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* In an example which also has elements of SequelSong, Music/DrJohn's version of "Stagger Lee" uses the same musical arrangement as the famous Lloyd Price version, and tells the second half of the traditional narrative that Price didn't have time to record.
25th Feb '18 5:42:21 PM nombretomado
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* Johnny Thunders' "London Boys" is a response to The SexPistols' "New York".

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* Johnny Thunders' "London Boys" is a response to The SexPistols' the Music/SexPistols' "New York".
14th Feb '18 2:42:41 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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* Music/ThirdEyeBlind's "Semi-Charmed Life" was made as response to Music/LouReed's "Walk on the Wild Side" but from a San Francisco perspective.
8th Oct '17 10:31:05 PM BackgroundGuy
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* "Live Forever" by ''{{Music/Oasis}}'' was written in response to both ''{{Music/Nirvana}}'s'' "I Hate Myself And Want To Die", and negative grunge music in general. Though it should be noted that Nirvana were being sarcastic with that song title anyway - the lyrics were more full of [[WordSaladLyrics word salad]] than self-loathing.

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* "Live Forever" by ''{{Music/Oasis}}'' {{Music/Oasis}} was written in response to both ''{{Music/Nirvana}}'s'' {{Music/Nirvana}}'s "I Hate Myself And Want To Die", and negative grunge music in general. Though it should be noted that Nirvana were being sarcastic with that song title anyway - the lyrics were more full of [[WordSaladLyrics word salad]] than self-loathing. Nirvana also weren't keen on releasing it in the first place because it had less meaning than the [[Music/InUtero rest of what they were writing at the time]].
12th Sep '17 6:09:05 PM nombretomado
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* Mario Winans' plaintive R&B ballad "I Don't Wanna Know" - the 2004 single which, due to copyright law dealing with sampling of other tracks, hilariously co-credits both P. Diddy and {{Enya}} - is sung by a man who suspects his girlfriend is cheating and just prays that she keep it secret because if he discovered it for sure it would break his heart. Shola Ama came back with a devastating response from the woman's perspective called "You Should Really Know," the gist of which was that if the guy was so in tune with the woman and so invested in the relationship he should know her damn well enough to know that she's not cheating. Oh, snap.

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* Mario Winans' plaintive R&B ballad "I Don't Wanna Know" - the 2004 single which, due to copyright law dealing with sampling of other tracks, hilariously co-credits both P. Diddy and {{Enya}} Music/{{Enya}} - is sung by a man who suspects his girlfriend is cheating and just prays that she keep it secret because if he discovered it for sure it would break his heart. Shola Ama came back with a devastating response from the woman's perspective called "You Should Really Know," the gist of which was that if the guy was so in tune with the woman and so invested in the relationship he should know her damn well enough to know that she's not cheating. Oh, snap.
19th Jul '17 9:02:23 PM wolftickets1969
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* The CharityMotivationSong "We Are The World" by USA for Africa was the American answer to Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas?", both being recorded to raise funds for famine relief in Ethiopia.
19th Jul '17 8:52:16 PM wolftickets1969
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* Nearly four decades after Music/DonMcLean's nostalgic hit [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIFgZD4errQ "American Pie"]], Five for Fighting recorded the tribute [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIFgZD4errQ "Slice"]].
* Music/MikePosner's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=foE1mO2yM04 "I Took a Pill in Ibiza"]], whose refrain was "All I know are sad songs", was answered by Music/LittleMix with [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHCC4ndeJyE "No More Sad Songs"]].
22nd May '17 1:29:24 PM Rik-B
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** An even more obvious case is Seether's song "Fallen" on that same album, given the fact that it shares its name with Evanescence's most popular album and has lyrics quite obviously alluding to Amy Lee.
13th May '17 2:00:34 PM shokoshu
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* Original research, needs citation: "Loadsamoney" by Harry Enfield contains the line "Manchester United nil - Loadsamoney United loads." Manchester United quickly countered that.
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