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See also SongOfSongTitles.

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* Acid Mothers Temple are fond of titling their albums or songs with punning references to their influences. A few of the more prominent examples:
** ''Absolutely Freak Out (Zap Your Mind!!)'' mashes up the titles of two [[FrankZappa Mothers Of Invention]] albums, ''Absolutely Free'' and ''Freak Out''.
** ''Starless And Bible Black Sabbath'' similarly combines a Music/KingCrimson album title with Music/BlackSabbath. The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Starless_and_Bible_Black_Sabbath#mediaviewer/File:Starlessbibleblacksabbath.jpg cover art]] is also a clear homage to that of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Sabbath_%28album%29#mediaviewer/File:Black_Sabbath_debut_album.jpg Black Sabbath's self-titled album]].
** ''41st Century Splendid Man'' is another King Crimson reference, to "21st Century Schizoid Man".
** ''Son Of A Bitches Brew'' is a play on Music/MilesDavis' ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bitches_Brew#mediaviewer/File:Bitches_brew.jpg Bitches Brew]]'', with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Son_of_a_Bitches_Brew#mediaviewer/File:Son_Of_A_Bitches_Brew_-_Album_Cover.jpg another homage cover]].
** ''Are We Experimental?'' is a pun on The Music/JimiHendrix Experience's ''Are You Experienced?''... As yet another [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Are_We_Experimental%3F#mediaviewer/File:Are_We_Experimental%3F.jpg cover art homage]] (to the better-known [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Are_You_Experienced#mediaviewer/File:Are_You_Experienced_-_US_cover-edit.jpg US edition cover]]) makes obvious.
* Music/{{Aerosmith}}'s "Livin' On The Edge" includes a nod to the refrain of "You're A Better Man Than I" by The Yardbirds:
-->If you can judge a wise man by the color of his skin
-->Then '''mister, you're a better man than I'''
* * The {{Music/Air}} instrumental "Mike Mills" is named after the director responsible for many of their music videos (not to be confused with the Music/{{REM}} bassist of [[NamesTheSame the same name]]).
* The video for Music/{{aha}}'s "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3ir9HC9vYg The Sun Always Shines On TV]]" features an orchestra of mannequins, a nod to Music/{{Kraftwerk}}'s [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXa9tXcMhXQ "The Robots"]], which had robotic likenesses of the band singing and playing the instruments.
* The bridge of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqlsCNCwOEc Put Your Hands Up]] by Alex featuring Marwa references MichaelJackson's "Don't Stop Till You Get Enough", The Supremes' "Stop in the Name of Love", and a melodic hook from the refrain of Dead or Alive's "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)".
* AliciaKeys' "Girl on Fire" has "She's a lonely girl, and it's a lonely world" (Eddie Holman) and "She gonna let it burn, baby, burn" (The Trammps). Earl Shuman, the writer of the former song, is suing Keys for plagiarism.
* ''The Antlers'' have a song titled "Sylvia". Here are a few lines from the chorus; you get three chances to guess [[Creator/SylviaPlath who]] it's a shout out to, but you'll only need one.
-->Sylvia, get your head out of the oven\\
Go back to screaming and cursing\\
Remind me again how everyone betrayed you
* Apoptygma Berzerk - Incompatible: "[[Film/TheMatrix I ate the red pill, no turning back]]".
* The Aquabats love cramming shout-outs into their songs however they can. Examples include:
** "Idiot Box!" includes references to Casper the Friendly Ghost, ScoobyDoo, Mr. Magoo, MickeyMouse, and and an off-hand allusion to Marc Antony's monologue in ''Theatre/JuliusCaesar''.
** "Tarantula!" contains two references to ''Franchise/IndianaJones'': a girl by the name of Marianne (Marion), who is the daughter of one Professor Jones.
** "Radiation Song!" contains several references to ''[[MadMax The Road Warrior]]'', as well as several direct quotes from the film.
** The bridge from "Fashion Zombies!" is a parody of Vincent Price's monologue from the end of Michael Jackson's "Thriller"; the first three lines of both are even the same.
* Arthur Conley's "Sweet Soul Music" (itself a retool of Sam Cooke's "Yeah Man") does several shout outs, where he says "Spotlight on" and names the singer and some part of the lyrics they've used or their style. He mention Lou Rawls, James Brown, Wilson "Wicked" Pickett, and, on Otis Redding's segment, has the horn section play the chorus from Redding's "Sad Song (Fa Fa Fa Fa Fa)" at a faster tempo.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sp3JOzcpBds For your]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhCoDd21QpE listening pleasure]].
** Tower of Power are into this to an obnoxious level, including a ShoutOut to this very song in "Soul With a Capital S". "Diggin' on James Brown" is another example.
* A Skylit Drive's first album ''Wires... and the Concept of Breathing'' contains various {{ShoutOut}}s to the FinalFantasy franchise.
* The [[ClassicCheatCode Konami Code]] was paid homage to by the band The Ataris by the song entitled just what the code was: "Up, Up, Down, Down, etc..."
** It also appears in "Anyone Else But You" by indie darlings The Moldy Peaches -- "Up up down down left right left right B A start/just because we use cheats doesn't mean we're not smart."
** Eventually, it even became the name of a band in its own right.
** The band "The Gothsicles" produced an album, titled [=NESferatu=], that has a song (and several remixes) about the Konami Code and its giving you "thirty guys" in ''{{Contra}}''.
** {{Deftones}} are apparently ''Contra'' fans as they have an original instrumental titled ''U,U,D,D,L,R,L,R,A,B,Select,Start'' in their 2006 album, ''Saturday Night Wrist''.
** Schoolyard Heroes have an entire song about the code. 95% of the lyrics are the code repeated over and over.
** "30 Lives" by The Motion Sick, featured in ''VideoGame/DanceDanceRevolution X''.
* The second verse of A7's "Piece of Heaven" has the line "Now I'm better off alone", a reference to Alice Deejay's hit "Better Off Alone", which uses the same instrumentation.
* BadReligion's 2002 album, ''The Process of Belief'' has a line about "Milo went to college, but you knew about that," a ShoutOut to TheDescendents' album, ''Milo Goes to College''.
* The song "One Week" by Music/BarenakedLadies has several 90's pop culture Shout Outs, including ''Series/TheXFiles'' and ''Anime/SailorMoon''.
* Another band that seems fond of these is Music/BlindGuardian. Naming an album ''A Night at the Opera'' after the Music/{{Queen}} album is a bit obvious for a Shout Out, but the song "Welcome to Dying" ends with "I spread my wings and fly away" repeated four times which, given that they covered Queen's "Spread Your Wings" and are huge Queen fans, is probably a Shout Out.
** "Blood Tears" includes the following lines of Music/{{Metallica}}'s "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)":
-->"Welcome to where time stands still
-->No one leaves and no one ever will"
** Another probable ShoutOut include the chorus of "The Script for My Requiem", which mentions "jester's tears" ({{Marillion}}'s first album is called ''Script for a Jester's Tear'').
** These lines in "And Then There Was Silence" references Dream Theater's first album, which is called ''When Dream and Day Unite'':
-->"The vision's so clear
-->''When day and dream unite'', the end is near"
** And, of course, there're all the references to literature and mythology. There's a list on Music/BlindGuardian's page.
* The BlueOysterCult song "Revenge of Vera Gemini" contains the line "No More Horses, Horses, (We're going to swim like a fish)". This is a double reference to Patti Smith's album ''Horses'' and to the BOC's own song "Subhuman". Of course, the [[PattiSmith co-writer of "Vera Gemini" sings co-vocals on this track...]]
* BonJovi, "It's My Life": "My heart is like an open highway, like [[FrankSinatra Frankie]] said, 'I did it my way!'". When Paul Anka, lyricist of "My Way", covered the song, it was changed to "He did it My Way".
* In "Stronger", Music/BritneySpears calls back to "Baby One More Time": "My loneliness ain't killing me no more!"
** Also in "Inside Out" she has "You're the only one who drives me crazy" and "Hit me one more time it's so amazing" mentioned of cause her privous hit singles (You Drive Me) Crazy! and "Baby One More Time".
* Built To Spill's "Distopian Dream Girl" includes the lyrics:
-->My stepfather looks just like DavidBowie
-->But he hates David Bowie
-->I think Bowie's cool
-->I think ''Lodger'' rules
-->My stepdad's a fool
** "Nowhere Nothin' Fuckup" borrows most of it's verse lyrics from "Oh! Sweet Nuthin'" by TheVelvetUnderground, while the title is a reference to a fictional song mentioned in Creator/PhilipKDick's novel ''Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said''.
** "You Were Right" is a variation on the SongOfSongTitles, as every line of the verses quotes a lyric from a famous rock song (e.g. "You were right when you said [[Music/TheRollingStones 'you can't always get what you want']] / You were right when you said [[Music/BobDylan 'it's a hard rain's gonna fall']]"). Though they're not necessarily citing songs they're influenced by here, just ones that fit the pattern of being classic rock radio staples with pessimistic lyrics (or at least ones that have individual lines that sound pessimistic out of context).
** "Planting Seeds" has the lines "I've heard that they'll sell anything / And I think they might / I think Creator/BillHicks was right / about what they should do". This alludes to an oft-referenced Hicks quote: "If you work in advertising or marketing... kill yourself".
* Rapper Music/{{Cage}} originally went by the name '''Alex''', as a nod to ''Film/AClockworkOrange''. His single "Agent Orange" sampled Wendy Carlos' score from that film. ''TheyLive'' is referenced in the artwork for his album ''Movies for the Blind''. [[Music/DeadKennedys Jello Biafra]], doing an imitation of [[GeorgeWBush The Dubya]], says "I'll Fuck Anything That Moves!", quoting Dennis Hopper's character from ''BlueVelvet''.
* The Cardigans' "Heartbreaker" has an intro that sounds a lot like "Black Sabbath" by Music/BlackSabbath, and at the end of the song that same part is reprised, with Nina Persson saying "Oh no, please God help me" in the same way Ozzy did in that song. As unlikely as it might seem, given how low they generally are on the MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness, the band are all fans of Ozzy-era Music/BlackSabbath, and have also done covers of "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" and "Iron Man".
* In CatherineWheel's 1995 song "Hole", the first lyrics of the chorus are "Always the pretty songs for us to sing along and get fucked up", which bears a similarity to the chorus of "In Bloom" by {{Nirvana}}. (Probably the most common interpretation of this song is that it's about the death of Kurt Cobain.)
** From the same album, "Receive" includes the lyrics "Grow my hair long and strange / I'll be a walking mountain range", which is similar to lyrics from "I Shall Be Free No. 10" by BobDylan.
** Then, from their next album, "Phantom of the American Mother" includes the lyrics "Now there's a sinking look in your eyes / Like black holes in the sky", which references "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" by Music/PinkFloyd. (Catherine Wheel also recorded a cover of the title track of the album that song was from, ''Wish You Were Here''.)
** Also, one of the songs on their second album is titled "[[KingCrimson Fripp]]".
* The works of Creator/CharlesIves are full of {{Shout Out}}s - particularly to marches, hymns, folk songs, and school fight songs.
* TheClash's version of "Police And Thieves" starts with Joe Strummer ad-libbing "Going through a tight wind!", which is a lyric from "Blitzkrieg Bop" by TheRamones. It's possibly the earliest musical shout out the Ramones ever got, as the Clash song only came out a year after the first Ramones album.
* Rocket From The Crypt named themselves after another band, Rocket From The Tombs - this became slightly more confusing when Rocket From The Tombs, who had broken up in 1975 without releasing an album and were mainly heard via [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes bootleg recordings]], reunited and started releasing official studio albums. The Rocket From The Crypt album ''Scream, Dracula, Scream!'' was named after a WesleyWillis catchphrase, although Wesley probably got it from the title of {{blaxploitation}} horror parody film ''Scream Blacula Scream'' to begin with.
* The video for CyndiLauper's "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" ends with a recreation of the stateroom scene from the Marx Brothers' movie ''ANightAtTheOpera''.
* The lyrics to Music/DaftPunk's "Teachers" are essentially a long list of artists who have influenced them: the majority are [=DJs=] and producers involved in techno or house music, but a few less expected names being checked are Music/BrianWilson, Dr. Dre, and GeorgeClinton.
* HipHop producer Dan "The Automator" Nakamura is apparently a big fan of comedian/actor/writer Chris Elliott:
** His duo with fellow hip hop producer Prince Paul, Handsome Boy Modeling School, named themselves after a fictional modeling school from an episode of the Elliott-starring sitcom ''Get a Life'', and their album ''So... How's Your Girl?'' frequently used samples from the same episode. The pseudonym Nakamura used for the Handsome Boy Modeling School project was Nathaniel Merriweather, which was probably meant to sound similar to Nathaniel Mayweather, Chris Elliott's character in ''Film/CabinBoy''.
** Another ''Cabin Boy'' reference he made was titling a mix album ''Wanna Buy A Monkey?'', after dialogue from the film. His publishing company is Sharkman Music, referencing the ''Cabin Boy'' character Chockie, who is "half man, half shark"... Similarly, when he produced [[Music/KoolKeith Dr. Octagon]]'s "halfsharkalligatorhalfman", he included some dialogue about Chockie as SpokenWordInMusic.
* The first verse of DavidBowie's "The Man Who Sold The World" seems to be from the perspective of the ''other'' man in "Antigonish" (the one who wasn't there).
** Also, the Bowie album ''Diamond Dogs'' is riddled with {{Shout Out}}s to George Orwell's ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour''. Examples include the tracks "We Are The Dead", "1984" (of course), "Big Brother," and possibly "Rebel Rebel," which is sometimes thought to refer to the character Julia in the novel. Why all the shout outs? Well, [[WhatCouldHaveBeen Bowie originally wanted to make a musical based on]] ''Nineteen Eighty Four'' but couldn't get the rights from Mrs. Orwell, so he incorporated what he had written so far into a concept album.
** Bowie loves shout outs -- there's one right in the ''title'' of his first hit, [[Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey "Space Oddity"]].
* "Stuart" by Music/TheDeadMilkmen mentions "That Johnny Wurster kid that delivers papers in the neighborhood". The character in the song is named after Jon Wurster, a friend of the band best known for drumming for Music/{{Superchunk}}.
** In a much more overt shout out, they have an album called ''TheKingInYellow''.
** "Punk Rock Girl" mentions Mojo Nixon ("We asked for Mojo Nixon, they said 'he don't work here' / we said if you don't got Mojo Nixon, then your store could use some fixin'!").
** In "Fez", they make the self-effacing claim that "ripping off the Music/ButtholeSurfers is how we make our living".
* DeepPurple's song "The Mule" includes these lyrics:
-->''No one sees the things you do\\
Because I stand in front of you\\
But you drive me all the time\\
Put the evil in my mind\\
[...]\\
Just another slave for the mule''
:: The short story series ''{{Foundation}}'' includes an antagonist called "The Mule", who has MindControl powers, and operates in secrecy so that no one knows his real name or his appearance.
* The verses in Def Leppard's "Rocket" contain references to the Rolling Stones, David Bowie (twice), Elton John (also twice), the Beatles, Thin Lizzy, Queen and others.
* "Calling Elvis" by Music/DireStraits is a shout out to... well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin take a wild guess]].
* A live atmosphere example: Music/{{Disturbed}} like to reference ''Film/SilenceOfTheLambs'', playing clips from it before certain songs. The most prominent example of this is the show entrance, which has the lead singer strapped down to a hand truck in a straight jacket, wheeled out on-stage by one of the road crew, dressed in a white coat.
* Numerous shout outs in DoctorSteel's body of work. His song "The Dr. Steel Show" mentions and contains the tune of "[[SouthPacific Bali Ha'i]]", referencing his secret island base. It also contains part of the tune of ''HRPufnStuf'' (which also takes place on a mystical island). ''Spaceboy'' samples ''Music/AlsoSprachZarathustra''. The end of his song, ''Lullabye-bye'', contains the beginning of the Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This". The opening lines of his song, ''Ode to Revenge'', are a very twisted version of Nat King Cole's "Nature Boy". The song "Series/LandOfTheLost", itself an {{Homage}} to the Sid and Marty Krofft show, has a literal shout out, with a sample of Rita Moreno's "HEY YOU GUYS!" from ''TheElectricCompany''.
* "[[DonMcLean American Pie]]" has many. [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory Speculation]], [[EpilepticTrees sometimes really wrong]], on ''what'' is referenced is common.
* On the subject of Dream Theater, the third movement of the song "Octavarium" is nothing but a gigantic list of well-placed shoutouts. The Other Wiki has a nice list right [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Octavarium_(song)#III._Full_Circle here]].
* Dr. Hook's "On the Cover of ''Rolling Stone''" is a dream about what this rock group will do if they end up being pictured there.
* Dum Dum Girls have said their name was inspired both by the IggyPop song "Dum Dum Boys" and the Vaselines song and album ''Dum Dum''. It's been speculated that vocalist Dee Dee Penny's StageName was inspired by [[{{Music/Ramones}} Dee Dee Ramone]], but she's denied this.
* In the 1995 [[DuranDuran John Taylor]] album track "Anon" (from his solo album ''Feelings Are Good and Other Lies''), he sings, "As for Little Buddha/I like KeanuReeves." Keanu dated John's ex-wife Amanda de Cadenet shortly after the two divorced.
* Music/DuranDuran shoutouts:
** Their debut album included an instrumental called "Tel Aviv". When lead singer Simon Le Bon was working on an Israeli kibbutz before joining the band, he used to hang out in Tel Aviv.
** ''Rio'' includes a song called "Last Chance on the Stairway", which in and of itself is a reference to the phrase "l'esprit d'escalier", or not being able to think of something good to say in response to someone else until it's too late. It also contains the lyric, "Just like a scene out of Voltaire, twisting out of sight," referring to how in many of Voltaire's works (''Candide'' in particular), the storyline twists and turns so fast the protagonists never seem to know what hit them.
** On their 1988 album ''Big Thing'', there's a song called "Lake Shore Driving", which is a shoutout to Chicago's Lake Shore Drive. Chicago is one of keyboardist Nick Rhodes's favorite cities.
** The band's name is derived from the MadScientist Durand Durand in ''{{Barbarella}}''. Although they produced a song titled "Electric Barbarella" containing sound samples from the film, the lyrics have little to do with it, instead being about a {{Sexbot}}.
* According to [[WordOfGod the band themselves]], the line, "They stab it with their steely knives, but they just can't kill the beast" from The Eagles' "Hotel California" is a ShoutOut to Steely Dan. This line was actually a response to "Everything You Did" by Steely Dan, which includes the line "Turn up the Eagles, the neighbors are listening".
* The refrain of Edge of Dawn's "Beyond The Gate" echoes the ending of ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'' notably Bowman's descent into the sun and transformation into the Starchild: "I'm a suicidal planet and I'm aiming for the sun, all the gravity inside me will give way to a beautiful calm..." The title may reference the Star Gate. The band itself is named after a song from {{Covenant}}'s first album.
* The electronic band Music/EgoLikeness is named after the holographic portraits from ''Literature/{{Dune}}''.
* Eric B. and Rakim's "Microphone Fiend" is one of the most quoted songs in hip-hop. A lot of subsequent tracks have included the line "kick a hole in the speaker/pull the plug/and then jet" as a shout-out.
* Music/EricChurch's 2013 single "Like Jesus Does" is book-ended by the line "I'm a long-gone [[Music/WaylonJennings Waylon]] song on vinyl". The second verse also contains the line "[[Music/DonMcLean I'm a good ol' boy drinkin' whiskey and rye on the levee]]".
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABYnqp-bxvg The video]] for Feist's "1234" ''might'' be a shout-out to the "Bonjour!" song from ''Film/BeautyAndTheBeast'': The singer wears a spangly blue outfit while everyone else wears plain clothes in yellows, reds, greens, and purples (some wear blue jeans, but they don't [[EverythingsBetterWithSparkles sparkle]]).
* The band Fightstar did an entire concept album about ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', and it's actually not bad.
** Not to mention a song entitled "Shinji Ikari"!
** And the song ''Lost Like Tears In Rain'' which is sung from Shinji's POV. It even ends with the line "It's Neon Genesis"!
* FiveIronFrenzy's cover of "Sweet Talkin' Woman" ends with Reese Roper shouting "[[ElectricLightOrchestra E.L.O.]], I have all your albums! Yes!"
* Music/FlamingLips "The Sun" features the line "It'd be so kind to see your face in my door", a slight variation on a lyric from CaroleKing's "So Far Away" ("it'd be so ''fine'' to see your face in my door").
** Early in their career, they made a habit of referencing Music/TheBeatles: "The Spontaneous Combustion Of John" quotes "The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill" ("Like the first time Captain Marvel zapped him right between the eyes"). ''Oh My Gawd!!!'' is [[BookEnds book-ended]] with Beatles samples - opening track "Everything's Explodin'" starts with a SpokenWordInMusic clip from "Revolution #9" ("Take this, brother, may it serve you well") and closer "Love Yer Brain" ends with a loop taken from "Tomorrow Never Knows". And "Out for a Walk" includes a clip of "La Marseillaise" that seems to be taken straight from the intro of "All You Need Is Love".
* "Wind Up" by Music/FooFighters namedrops "Manimal" by hardcore punk band The Germs in the chorus ("Want a song that's indelible, like 'Manimal'"). Somewhat interestingly former Germs member Pat Smear was playing with the Foo Fighters at the time.
** "Times Like These" has "I'm a ''new day rising''" (an album by Husker Du).
* Franca Morgano - "Firewalker" has multiple shout-outs: "I can Walk on (the) Water (Catch) and I'm Walking in the Sky (DJ Encore), you just tumble in my footsteps when I'm walking Through the Fire (Chaka Khan)..."
* FrankTurner loves employing this trope in many of his songs, but most obvious of all is in "Substitute". The first chorus references Shakespeare ("If music was the food of love...") and in the second references Music/TheBeatles ("If love is really all that we need...").
* Plenty in ''TheLambLiesDownOnBroadway'' by Music/{{Genesis}}. "Needles And Pins" (The Searchers); "My run-run-Runaway" (Del Shannon); "Raindrops-a Keep Falling On My Head, they keep falling on my..." (Burt Bacharach); "I wandered lonely as a cloud" (Robert Burns); "It's only knock and know-all, but I like it" (Music/TheRollingStones), etc., etc.
* GeorgeStrait's "Blue Clear Sky" got its seemingly-backwards title as a shout-out to ''ForrestGump''.
* Gilby Clarke's solo debut album ''Music/PawnshopGuitars'' has a few.
** "Cure Me...Or Kill Me" mentions "the [[Series/TheAddamsFamily Addams Family]] blood"
** "Johanna's Chopper" mentions "Franchise/{{Superman}}'s magic train"
* God Lives Underwater titled their album ''Life In The So-Called Space Age'' as a DepecheMode shout out - that phrase appears in quotes on the back cover of the Depeche Mode album ''Black Celebration''.
* On the booklet for Music/GunsNRoses' ''Use Your Illusion I'', "You Could Be Mine" has thanks for Music/EltonJohn and his lyricist Bernie Taupin, as a title of one of their songs is on the lyrics ("'Cause I think ''we've seen that movie too!''").
* "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taxi_Driver_%28song%29 Taxi Driver]]" by Gym Class Heroes namedrops several bands within only two minutes. The list that's linked probably isn't even complete.
** Their cover of [[RedHotChiliPeppers "Under The Bridge"]] replaces the song's TitleDrop with the chorus of KRS-One's "The Bridge Is Over".
* The Hold Steady have a lovely shout out to Bruce Springsteen's famous line, "Tramps like us, baby, we were born to run" in their song "Charlemagne in Sweatpants" with the line "Tramps like us, and we like tramps."
** The Hold Steady have numerous shout outs to the likes of Dillinger Four, Jack Kerouac, Youth of Today, Seven Seconds, John Cassavetes, John Berryman and more.
** The Hold Steady have shout outs to their own songs: "Stay Positive" alone references "Hornets! Hornets!", "Positive Jam", "Massive Nights", "Sweet Payne", and "Most People are [=DJs=]". And that's just one song.
** The Hold Steady are a band composed of Shout Outs - poets, bands both obscure and well-known, previous events in the ongoing story of Holly, the Bible and earlier song lines and titles. There's now have a whole wiki devoted to explaining references.
** "Raise a toast to Saint [[TheClash Joe Strummer]] I think he might have been our only decent teacher!"
* TheHorrors thrive on this trope. Notable examples include:
** “Sheena Is A Parasite”, which is a ShoutOut to TheRamones and their song “Sheena Is A Punk Rocker”. This makes more sense when you realize that the song is actually a short, brutally told history of punk rock.
** Faris openly lifted lines from the Jay and the Americans song “She Cried” for the bridge of “Who Can Say”.
** Their song “Monica Gems” is a general ShoutOut to Sixties PsychedelicRock.
** The band recently repainted their studio floor [[OrangeBlueContrast orange and blue stripes]] in homage to [[Music/PinkFloyd Syd Barret]].
* The iconic Ian Dury and the Blockheads single "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reasons_to_be_Cheerful,_Part_3#Composition Reasons to be Cheerful, Part 3]]" is a veritable list of shout outs to the things Ian found delightful, from Music/ElvisPresley and [[Creator/{{Motown}} Smokey Robinson]] to Steven Biko, Creator/WoodyAllen, Italian crooner Adriano Celentano, and the MarxBrothers.
* Music/JasonAldean's 2013 single "1994" repeatedly name-drops 1990s country hitmaker Joe Diffie and several of his song titles.
* Jimmy Eat World's song "A Praise Chorus" contains a shout out to "Crimson and Clover" by Tommy James and the Shondells, "Our House" by Madness, "Why Did We Ever Meet" and "All of My Everything" by Promise Ring, "Don't Let's Start" by They Might Be Giants, and "Kickstart my Heart" by Motley Crue - all in one verse:
-->Crimson and clover, over and over\
Our house in the middle of the street - why did we ever meet?\\
Started my rock n' roll fantasy\\
Don't, don't, don't let's start\\
Why did we ever part?\\
Kickstart my rock n' rolling heart
::This is the last verse and seems to be the "praise chorus" that the title refers to.
* The fourth movement from Creator/JohannesBrahms' Symphony No. 1 in C minor contains a very obvious shout out to Creator/LudwigVanBeethoven's ''Ode to Joy'' -- written into the Symphony when RobertSchumann named Brahms "the second Beethoven". After the Symphony was finished (it only took Brahms 14 years to write it) Hans von Bulow dubbed it "Beethoven's Tenth". When told the two symphonies bore a certain similarity, Brahms replied, "Any ass can see that."
* JohnWilliams' theme to ''Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind'' plays "When You Wish Upon a Star" from Disney's ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'' quite clearly at one point. The tune is played as a message to the aliens at the end of the film.
* Though he's never mentioned by name, "D.A.N.C.E." by Justice is a tribute to MichaelJackson. The biggest hints at this are blatant lyrical nods to his hits "P.Y.T." ("You were such a P.Y.T.") and "Black Or White" ("Neither black or white / it doesn't matter"), as well as The Jackson 5's "ABC" ("Just easy as ABC").
* KidRock also referenced "Amazing Grace" in "Cowboy": "I once was lost, but now I'm just blind", combining that line and the next, "Was blind but now I see".
** "All Summer Long"'s refrain ends with "singing Sweet Home Alabama all summer long" followed by the well-known guitar scores from the famous Lynyrd Skynyrd song.
* "Sphinxes" from LeonardBernstein's "Divertimento for Orchestra" is an unadorned representation of the principal theme which recurs throughout the work, much like the movement of the same name (intended not to be played) from Schumann's "Carnaval".
* The artwork to Liars' "There's Always Room On The Broom" single is an AffectionateParody of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Einst%C3%BCrzende_Neubauten_logo the logo]] of EinsturzendeNeubauten - a crudely drawn broomstick and witch-hat are added to the stick figure-like symbol, and "Einstürzende Neubauten" is crossed out and replaced with "Liars".
* In Canadian electropop singer {{Lights}}'s song "Ice" she pays a brief lyrical homage to Music/VanillaIce ("...I'll let a little light melt the '''Ice Ice Baby!'''").
* LimpBizkit's "Take a Look Around" has "[[http://www.lyricstime.com/eric-b-rakim-follow-the-leader-lyrics.html Follow me into a solo]], remember that, kid? So what you gonna do?"
* [[TheLonelyIsland This is]] [[EarWorm the tale of]] [[PiratesoftheCaribbean Captain Jack Sparrow!]]
* The Finnish metal band {{Lordi}} has the song "Bringing Back The Balls To Rock", which contains numerous references to Eighties rock, and one single's cover art is {{KISS}}'s ''Creatures of the Night'' cover, but with them instead.
* The third movement of Luciano Berio's Sinfonia is a veritable potpourri of shout outs and quotations.
** The form of the movement is based on the third movement of Gustav Mahler's Second Symphony.
** The orchestra plays snatches of Claude Debussy's La Mer, Maurice Ravel's La Valse, Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, as well as quotations from Arnold Schoenberg, Anton Webern, Johannes Brahms, Henri Pousseur, Paul Hindemith and others.
** An octet of singers and narrators intone (there's no other description) texts from Beckett, Joyce and others.
* MarilynManson has Omega, his persona throughout the ''Mechanical Animals'' ConceptAlbum + Part 2 of his triptych. Omega is an [[DavidBowie androgynous space alien turned rock star]].
* Max Tundra's "Gondry" is all about how cool director Michel Gondry's music videos are (and how much he'd like Gondry to direct a video for him, despite the fact that it'd probably be too expensive). There's yet to be a Michel Gondry directed Max Tundra video, but Gondry did in fact hear the song - The booklet included with ''Director's Series, Vol. 3 - The Work of Director Michel Gondry'' includes a letter he sent to Max Tundra about it, complete with an outline of what kinds of videos he could shoot for different listed budgets.
* The British band Music/{{McFly}} is named after Marty [=McFly=] in the ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' trilogy.
* MercuryRev's "Delta Sun Bottleneck Stomp" ends with the repeated line "Waving goodbye, I'm not saying hello", which seems to echo a line in The Music/FlamingLips "Felt Good To Burn" ("I wasn't waving goodbye, I was saying hello"). It's probably an intentional nod, because Mercury Rev's Jonathan Donahue was in The Music/FlamingLips when they had written "Felt Good To Burn" itself.
* MichaelKamen's score for ''Film/DieHard2'' quotes Mrs. Gulch's theme from ''TheWizardOfOz'' for the moment when [=McClane=] uses a bicycle to take out a bad guy!
** JohnWilliams' score for ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' has one for the Wicked Witch of the West's theme as Dooku is on a "flying scooter" - perhaps noting a parallel betwen that vehicle and a FlyingBroomstick.
* Mike Watt's ''Contemplating The Engine Room'' is a ConceptAlbum about working in a ship's engine room, which is meant as a metaphor for his experiences in TheMinutemen (among other things). Accordingly, when his AuthorAvatar narrator gives a long list of fellow crew members in "Topsiders", he actually uses the names of various people who had some connection to SST Records, the record label the band were on: Members of BlackFlag, Hüsker Dü and The Meat Puppets are named, as are people like frequent SST RecordProducer Spot, Black Flag roadie Mugger, and Black Flag and Minutemen cover artist Raymond Pettibon. The album also has a couple of references to "Fireman Hurley", who is clearly meant to be former Minutemen drummer George Hurley.
* "I Love 64" by mind.in.a.box: "[[Music/TheBeatles Will you still love me when I'm sixty-four (bits)?]]"
* The EP ''Supernaut'' by [[{{Music/Ministry}} 1,000 Homo DJs]] has a cover that homages that of Music/BlackSabbath's ''Master Of Reality'' - fittingly enough, the title track is a Black Sabbath cover.
* Monuments - the song "Horcrux" is a ShoutOut to HarryPotter, as in the part of The Amanuensis's storyline the song tells the main character has to hand over a piece of himself to the gatekeepers of the Garden of Sankhara (the basic principle of a horcrux in the Harry Potter franchise).
* The Mooney Suzuki named themselves as a shout out to two former {{Music/Can}} vocalists: Malcolm '''Mooney''' and Damo '''Suzuki'''.
* The parade theme adopted by MyChemicalRomance during their performances of ''TheBlackParade'' was an allusion to Music/TheBeatles' ''Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band''.
* The video for ''Ghost'' by Music/MysterySkulls is a shout-out of TheExorcist, right down to the girl levitating off the bed.
* "99 Red Balloons" by Nena references ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'':
-->"Everyone's a superhero, everyone's a Captain Kirk"
** If you look at the German lyrics, it means that everyone ''thinks'' they are Captain Kirk - that they live in deluded states, really. Which is why they think 99 balloons are a nuclear threat.
--> Hielten sich fuer Captain Kirk
* "Jaw Knee Music" by NOFX is just a big collection of {Shout Out}}s to classic punk bands, including the DeadKennedys, BlackFlag, Stiff Little Fingers and many others.
* Ogre You Asshole are named after dialogue from ''RevengeOfTheNerds'', sort of: The story goes that drummer Arata Nishi ran into Eric Judy of ModestMouse, who were touring Japan at the time, and being a fan, he asked Judy to name their band - he replied "I can't" at first, but then he wrote "Ogre You Asshole" on Nishi's arm. It was only later that the band learned it was a reference to the movie, which none of them had seen. After the band did take the time to watch the film, they made a further shout out by calling an album ''[=AlphaBeta=] vs. Lambda'', after the dueling fraternities at the center of the plot.
* Okkervil River's song "Plus Ones" from their album ''The Stage Names'' is a SongOfSongTitles, and the same album's closer, "John Allyn Smith Sails", fuses a story about the suicide of poet John Berryman with a cover of the song "Sloop John B".
* Orange Goblin included a pretty major shout out to Black Sabbath in their song "Nuclear Guru". They borrowed the final verse of Sabbath's "Into the Void" for their song's final verse.
-->Mama said she's come to take us home\\
Leave this broken planet all alone\\
Find a world where love is there to stay\\
Peace and happiness in every day\\
It's gonna be okay
* One verse of "Rip It Up" by Orange Juice ends in the line "...and my favorite song is entitled boredom", which is a shout out to the {{Buzzcocks}} song "Boredom". The lyric is immediately followed by a musical quote of that song's distinctive two note guitar solo.
* Ozma's ''Rock And Roll Part Three''. It wasn't their [[ChronologicalAlbumTitle third release]] [[note]] It was actually their debut, not counting a self-released demo[[/note]] or a sequel to anything else called "Rock And Roll"; the title was meant as a nod to Gary Glitter's "Rock And Roll, Part One" and "Rock And Roll, Part Two".
* Panic! At The Disco's first album, ''A Fever You Can't Sweat Out'', has several Chuck Palahniuk references, most obvious in the song "Time to Dance".
* Peter, Paul and Mary's "I Dig Rock-And-Roll Music" directly references by name, The Mamas and the Papas and "California Dreaming" and indirectly references their drug habits (John Phillips would, years later, admit he gave drugs to his daughter [=McKenzie=]), by mentioning how he could really get on the scene that the Mamas and the Papas were into, but he couldn't flat out admit what it was because "if I really say it, the radio won't play it." Donovan and TheBeatles are also name-dropped in the same song.
* Pinback's "AFK" includes the line "I miss you, but not in a {{Slint}} way". This is most likely a reference to the {{Slint}} song "Good Morning, Captain", which ends on a very creepy note with Brian [=McMahan=] [[CarefulWithThatAxe shrieking "I MISS YOU!"]]
** "Hurley" is named as a shout out to former [[TheMinutemen Minutemen]] drummer George Hurley: [[NonAppearingTitle He's not actually mentioned anywhere in the lyrics]], but the song samples the drum beat from "It's Expected I'm Gone".
* The first lyrics from "Movin' On Up" by Primal Scream are "I was blind, now I can see / You made a believer out of me", which are very similar to the lyrics in the bridge of "Yoo Doo Right" by Can, a band that Primal Scream have mentioned in interviews as an influence on them.
* {{Prince}} shout-outs:
** "Get Your Groove On": "Bring the player, I'll bring the [=CDs=] / But don't U put nothing slow on / That new D'Angelo, some N.P.G. / And we'll make a bet 2 see who keep their clothes on."
** "Good Love": "GustavMahler No. 3 jammin' on the box."
** "Undisputed": "My level is now what you must learn to rise above / Talk to D'Angelo or better yet ?uestlove."
* Speaking of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', the entirety of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0j5XWnb8aE A Thousand Angels]] by Rachel Macwhirter is basically a shout out to it.
** She's also done a ''HannaIsNotABoysName'' fan song, which can be found [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPzeZp7-JuY here]].
* RedHotChiliPeppers' "Good Time Boys" includes several prominent references to other bands: Music/{{Fishbone}} ("Funk it up, Fishbone"), {{Music/X}} ("If you don't believe me just ask John Doe", along with a brief sample of "White Girl"), TheMinutemen, and [=fIREHOSE=] ("He'll tell you in a '''minute''' about the '''men''' he knows / he'll tell you 'bout a band called [=fIREHOSE=]"). A line mentioning "the Watt towers" might also be an oblique reference to Mike Watt (who was in both The Minutemen and [=fIREHOSE=]).
** "Melowship Slinky In B-Major" has "Good god, [[JimiHendrix purple haze]] now / Good god, [[BadBrains the baddest of brains]] now".
** One of their {{B Side}}s is an instrumental titled "Fela's Cock" - fans who don't catch the reference to Nigerian musician and political activist Music/FelaKuti tend to assume it's a typo for "''Flea'''s Cock".
** "Deep Kick" has the line "...but the Music/ButtholeSurfers always said 'it's better to regret something you did than something you didn't do'", referencing the intro to Music/ButtholeSurfers' "Sweat Loaf".
* Music/ReeceMastin has a few in "Rock Star" the music video and song, one to his audition on TheXFactor, one to EmmaStone and {{Pink}} and Patrone and some other moments in his history.
* ReelBigFish have references to their other songs in the song "Alternative, Baby".
* "On the Radio" by Regina Spektor: "On the radio/We heard [[Music/GunsNRoses November Rain]]/The solo's real long/But it's a pretty song" and "And on the radio/You hear November Rain/That solo's awful long/But it's a good refrain"
* "Life Is a Rock (But the Radio Rolled Me)" by Reunion, in addition to being a SongOfSongTitles, drops ''tons'' of references from 50s, 60s and 70s pop culture. (Although the reference to Jack The Ripper ''isn't'' a ShoutOut. Hopefully.) If you're interested, see the list at the end of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life_is_a_rock this article]] at TheOtherWiki or, perhaps better still, watch [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16kh-AP4OCU this video]].
** Incidentally, [=McDonald's=] used the music from "Life Is a Rock" for their "Menu Song" in the late 80s. (Mmm, [=McDLT=].)
* "Road Trip" by Scottish folk-rock band Runrig includes a paraphrase of Music/BruceSpringsteen with the line "'Cause, baby, tramps like us were born with the ''cianalas''" (Gaelic for homesickness).
* One section of Richard Strauss's symphonic poem "Ein Heldenleben" quotes themes from most of his earlier major works, including his obscure first opera ''Guntram''.
* The name of PowerPop band Ridel High is a pun combining Rydell High, the fictional high school setting of ''{{Grease}}'', with the name of their vocalist, Kevin Ridel.
* The end of {{Rush}}'s "The Spirit Of Radio" has a spoof of the last line of SimonAndGarfunkel's "The Sound Of Silence".
* Almost [[OnceAnEpisode Once An Album]], {{Sabaton}} has a song made entirely of references to other metal songs, bands or lyrics.
* Scott Walker's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMUk1R_fKEA "The Seventh Seal"]] is a lyrical homage to the Ingmar Bergman film [[TheSeventhSeal of the same name]].
* [[OCRemix Sixto Sounds & zircon's]] [[VideoGame/MegaMan3 Flash Man]] remix "Nuclear Flash" includes a short riff from the old Ruby-Spears ''WesternAnimation/MegaMan'' cartoon. [[http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR01702/ Hear it here]] (section in question is at ~1:56).
* In Music/TheSmashingPumpkins' song "If There Is a God", the singer ponders that if there were a God, He'd like "his loud guitars and his [[DavidBowie spiders from Mars]]".
* Solarstone's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1E8DUibDUSo "The Last Defeat, Part 2"]], in addition to being stylistically reminiscent of SarahMcLachlan, includes the lyric "A Sweet Surrender".
* In the middle of Music/SoulCoughing's "Casiotone Nation", Mike Doughty throws in quotes from the title theme from ''YorTheHunterFromTheFuture'' ("Yor, Yor, he's the man, he's the man") and Fugazi's "Waiting Room" ("everybody's movin', everybody's movin', everybody's movinmovinmovinmovin'!").
* It's easier to name a Music/{{Space}} song which ''doesn't'' have some kind of ShoutOut in it, usually to fictional characters or celebrities. 'Charlie M' and 'A Liddle Biddy Help From [[ElvisPresley Elvis]]' are two particular examples which spring to mind.
* StevieWonder's "Sir Duke" has a lot of references to 1940s musicians (names not appearing in the lyrics in square brackets):
-->Music knows it is and always will \\
Be one of the things that life just won't quit\\
But here are some of music's pioneers\\
That time will not allow us to forget\\
For there's [Count] Basie, [Glenn] Miller, [Louis] "Satchmo" [Armstrong]\\
And the king of all Sir Duke [Ellington]\\
And with a voice like Ella [Fitzgerald]'s ringing out\\
There's no way the band can lose
* Sugar Ray's "Fly" has the line "Twenty-five years old, my mother, God rest her soul." This is a direct reference to a line from Gilbert O'Sullivan's "Alone Again, Naturally", in which the mother's age was 65.
** "Rivers" was written to sound like a {{Weezer}} song, and its NonAppearingTitle refers to Weezer's Rivers Cuomo. The shout out was apparently appreciated; about ten years later, Rivers Cuomo wrote "Love Is The Answer" for Sugar Ray to perform, and appeared on their version of the song.
* "Alive" by Music/{{Superchick}} has a reference to Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
* Swashbuckle, a pirate-themed ThrashMetal band, begins their song "Cruise Ship Terror" with some dialogue that ends with "[[Music/{{Megadeth}} Take no prisoners, take no shit!]]" They also have a song, "We Are the Storm," is shouts out to Music/Alestorm and other FolkMetal bands.
* Teenage Fanclub named their album ''Thirteen'' after the Music/BigStar song of that name. Another nod to a Big Star song title was in the liner notes to ''Bandwagonesque'' - the "thank you" list had the heading "Thank You Friends".
* Music/TitusAndronicus use quite a few shout outs in their music, perhaps the most badass being the ones in reference to Bruce Springsteen. See: "Tramps like us, baby we were born to '''DIE'''!"
* Tone-Loc's ''Funky Cold Medina" tells how "Just like Mick Jagger, ''I can't get no satisfaction''."
* Music/ToriAmos has given shout outs to NeilGaiman in many of her songs:
** "If you need me, me and neil'll be hangin' out with the DREAM KING / Neil says hi by the way," in "Tear in Your Hand".
** "Get me Neil on the line. No, I can't hold. Have him read 'Snow Glass Apples' where nothing is what it seems," in "Carbon" refers to Gaiman's short story, "Snow, Glass, Apples".
** "Seems I keep getting this story twisted so where's Neil when you need him," in "Space Dog".
** "and if there is a way to find you, I will find you. but will you find me if Neil makes me a tree," in "Horses" refers to [[http://www.hereinmyhead.com/neil/plug.html a deal between Tori and Gaiman]] during his writing of ''Stardust''.
** "Got a sister named Desire...Teach me about them old worlds big brother," in "A Sister Named Desire".
** "Where are the Velvets?" in "Hotel" refer to characters from ''Neverwhere''.
** "Wednesday...so we go from year to year with secrets we've been keeping..." in "Wednesday," referring to the character in ''American Gods''.
** "Neil is thrilled he can claim he's mammalian/'But the bad news,' he said, 'Girl, you're a dandelion.'" in "Not Dying Today".
** She also includes him in the album credits of ''From the Choirgirl Hotel'', ''Scarlet's Walk'', ''Strange Little Girls'', ''Under the Pink'', and ''To Venus and Back''.
** Also, a shoutout to NineInchNails in "Precious Things": "With their nine inch nails and little fascist panties..."
* {{Train}}'s "Soul Sister" has the line "Hey soul sister, ain't that MrMister on the radio, stereo", referring to the group that performed "Broken Wings".
* [=UFO=]'s "Doctor, Doctor" has an incredibly obvious shout out to Music/LedZeppelin in its "Livin', Lovin'" chorus, although they make it sound original by taking it in a different direction. They also reference a band playing "[[JimiHendrix Little Wing]]", and have an album with the incredibly Springsteen-ish title ''The Wild, the Willing, and the Innocent''.
* A few shout outs crop up on the album ''Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone?'' by The Unicorns:
** "Les Os" has the lines "Is this love of ours alive? / Is it chemically derived?", which paraphrase "What Is The Light" by Music/FlamingLips ("What is the light / that you have / Shining all around you? / Is it chemically derived?").
** "Ready To Die" mentions [[Music/TheNotoriousBIG Biggie Smalls]] in it's lyrics, so it's probably not a coincidence that the song shares it's name with his first album.
** "(I Was Born) A Unicorn" includes a spoken breakdown that parodies VincentPrice's spoken word section of [[MichaelJackson "Thriller"]].
* {{U2}}'s "Staring At The Sun" included the line "Stuck together with God's glue", which is a reference to an album of the same name by Something Happens.
* Vampire Weekend's song "Holiday" has a first line ("Holiday, oh, holiday, and the best one of the year") that closely echoes the first line of Fairport Convention's "Matty Groves."
* The title of Velvet Crush's ''Teenage Symphonies To God'' is a shout out to TheBeachBoys - Brian Wilson was frequently quoted as describing the never released ''Smile'' as "A teenage symphony to God". They also called a compilation ''A Single Odessey'' as a shout out to The Zombies' ''Odessey And Oracle'' (note that both titles spell "odyssey" the same way).
* {{Grindcore}}[=/=]HardcorePunk band Venomous Concept have a name that plays on the name of HardcorePunk band Poison Idea - According to the band themselves, their name is meant to sound like "Poison Idea" rendered in IntentionalEngrishForFunny, so it's both a tribute to Poison Idea and an AffectionateParody of Japanese hardcore bands with GratuitousEnglish names.
* Aside from being named after a ''CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' character, Veruca Salt have made a lot of shout outs to other bands:
** The album ''American Thighs'' is named for a line in Music/{{ACDC}}'s "You Shook Me All Night Long".
** ''Eight Arms To Hold You'' was also a WorkingTitle for a [[Music/TheBeatles Beatles]] album (which became ''Help!'' instead).
** In another Beatles reference, the bridge to "Volcano Girls" parodies "Glass Onion":
-->Told you 'bout the Seether before
-->You know the one who's neither or nor
-->Well here's another clue if you please
-->[[TheWalrusWasPaul The seether's Louise]]
** The bridge of "Born Entertainer" is a nod to CheapTrick's "I Want You To Want Me":
-->I want you to want me
-->I need you to need me
-->I dare you to ditch me
-->I beg you to miss me
** "Number One Blind" includes a short bridge with the repeated lyric "It is time", a confirmed reference to ThePixies' SingleStanzaSong "Stormy Weather".
* Music/VisionDivine to Survivor's "Eye Of The Tiger" on their instrumental Nemesis.
* {{Weezer}} have a few songs full of these:
** "I look just like Buddy Holly, oh, oh, and you're Mary Tyler Moore..."
** "In The Garage" references the X-Men, Kiss, and ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons,'' while "El Scorcho" mentions GreenDay, Cio Cio San from the opera ''Madame Butterfly'', and professional wrestlers Johnny Grunge and New Jack.
** "Heart Songs" is essentially an earnest {{Narm}} filled ListSong of Rivers Cuomo's musical influences (the fact that one of these is [[MemeticMutation 'Never Gonna Give You Up']] doesn't help).
** "Jamie", "Susanne", and "Mykel And Carli" are tributes to the band's lawyer, an A & R assistant at their record label, and the former leaders of their fan club, respectively.
** And, of course, "Pork and Beans" -- while the song itself is mostly {{Take That}}s to the mainstream (Timbaland is even mentioned by name), the video is ''filled'' with {{Shout Out}}s to [[MemeticMutation Youtube memes]], with a lot of Internet celebrities personally appearing in original footage.
** "Devotion" includes a somewhat obscure {{Kiss}} reference: Rivers Cuomo mentions being "no six hot foot all American man" in that song, whereas in "All American Man", Paul Stanley refers to himself as "a six hot foot all American man".
* Music/WeirdAlYankovic directly quotes a verse of the ''GilligansIsland'' theme in "Amish Paradise": "No phone, no lights, no motorcars, not a single luxury. Like Robinson Crusoe, it's as primitive as can be". Also, "[[Music/{{Prince}} Tonight we're gonna party like it's 1699"]].
** The name and cover of Al's fifth album, ''Even Worse'', are an obvious reference to Music/MichaelJackson's ''Bad''.
* "I've Seen All Good People" by {{Yes}} has the background vocals "[[Music/JohnLennon All we are saying/is give peace a chance]]". Along with another Lennon shoutout in the lead vocals, "send an instant karma to me/initial it with loving care."
* What would happen if some radio executive somewhere decided that it would be a good idea to form a bubblegum pop band aimed solely at [[FanGirl teenaged female nerds]]? They might end up with something like [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=189QSTKC5no "Yuri the Only One",]] a pop song whose lyrics are ''entirely composed of video game and anime references.'' A sample of the lyrics:
-->[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion You're my angel out of Tokyo-3]],\\
[[CelShading Cel-shaded face]] [[FanVid in an AMV]],\\
Just like [[RanmaOneHalf Ranma, you're the better half of me.]]
** Hell, the opening riff of the song is the main theme of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''.
* The {{vocaloid}} song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2eYAKofgVIM Full Moon Laboratory]] by {{mothy}} is a shout out to ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''.
* The album ''Prayer for the Weekend'' is filled with {{Shout Out}}s: "The Worrying Kind" has the line "[[DavidBowie just a mortal with potential of a superman]]," "New Pollution" actually shifts into a lyrical and musical parody of "Amazing Journey" from ''Tommy'' at the start of the chorus, and the title track is one long ShoutOut to Alice Cooper. Beyond that, a line from "Little Dysfunk You" is "always quoting Morrisey, but did you ever do it with a boy?"
* A trance tune called "14 Hours To Save The Earth" references a line from the ''Film/FlashGordon'' movie: "But we only have 14 hours to save the earth!" One of the mixes is called the Rocket Ajax mix, after War Rocket Ajax from the same movie.
* A couple SouthernRock bands have songs containing a bunch of {{Shoutout}}s to other SouthernRock bands or artists:
** MollyHatchet's "Gator Country" [[ShoutOut shouted out]] to LynyrdSkynyrd, CharlieDaniels, [[Music/TheAllmanBrothersBand Richard Betts]], ElvinBishop, the MarshallTuckerBand, and TheOutlaws.
** And TheCharlieDanielsBand song "The South's Gonna Do It Again" [[ShoutOut shouted out]] to the MarshallTuckerBand ("them Tucker boys"), LynyrdSkynyrd, [[Music/TheAllmanBrothersBand Richard Betts]], ElvinBishop, ZZTop, BarefootJerry, and "C.D.B." (themselves).
* Eurobeat songs frequently contain shout-outs, for example "Go Rocky Joe" by Maximum Power, in addition to being [[SuspiciouslySimilarSong very similar to]] "Spiderman" by Mark Foster, has the line "Rocky Joe, now somebody's watching you", shouting out to "Somebody's Watching Me" by Rockwell.
* EVERY SINGLE RAP SONG. Especially obvious in ones by LilWayne, {{Drake}}, The Game and KanyeWest.
* The NewWaveOfBritishHeavyMetal was chock-full of bands named after songs by Music/ThinLizzy, [=UFO=], and Music/JudasPriest. Chinatown, Black Rose, Heavy Pettin', Obsession, and Dissident Aggressor, just as the tip of the iceberg. Later speed metal bands borrowed Exciter (Music/JudasPriest song, band initially an Iron Maiden clone), Music/{{Overkill}} (Music/{{Motorhead}} song), and Machine Head (Music/DeepPurple album).
* Two CoveredUp versions with Shout Outs to the performer of the cover: Seal's "Fly Like an Eagle" goes into the chorus of his song "Crazy", and Lenny Kravitz's "American Woman" goes "I gotta go! I gotta get away! Baby I gotta go! I wanna ''fly away!''".
* "Down At The Twist And Shout" by Mary Chapin Carpenter (a song about her love of cajun music) mentions the band [=BeauSoleil=]. [=BeauSoleil=] provided background vocals for the song.
* Interface's ''Mirror, Mirror'' references a line from Assemblage 23's ''The Noise Inside My Head'': "A prisoner to the noise inside your head".
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