Breaking The Fourth Wall: Music

  • Lou Bega pulled this off in his CD A Little Bit Of Mambo. With the prelude of him improvising a song from a non-song conversation he has on the 12th track, he explains on the song he's "improvising" that DJs can play this {the song) since it's on their play list.
  • Many folk songs directly address the audience in the last verse. "The Creggan White Hare", for example, is a tale about a crafty hare largely told in third person, but the narrator takes charge at the end:
    And now to conclude and to finish my rhyme

    I hope you'll excuse me for wasting your time
    If there's any amongst you in Carrickmore Fair
    Drink a jolly good health to the Creggan white hare
  • Britpop/Shoegaze band Lush uses this in their song Hypocrite. "... and maybe you're right, but this is my song"
  • On Jimmy Buffett's album Banana Wind, after the last credited song, "False Echoes (Havana 1921)" ends, there's a silent beat, after which you can hear Buffet asking "Ramos, where's the hidden track?" followed by the sounds of an intense search and a lot more comments about not being able to find the "hidden track". After which the song "Tree Top Flyer", the hidden track in question, begins.
  • "I'm a cartoon, mate. You'll have a hard time getting anything to stick on me. I don't even have fingerprints."
  • The "Too Drunk to Fish" by Ray Stevens ends with Ray catching a piece of the boat that sank halfway through the song and turning abound to look directly at the camera.
  • Thenardier seems to do this in Les MisÚrables when he justifies his scavenging of the dead, singing, "Well, someone's gotta clean 'em up my friends" in "Dog Eats Dog".
  • Shadow Gallery does this in their concept album Room V. The main character helps a US Special Forces agent develop the vaccine to a weaponized virus that the New World Order intends to release upon the world, and then forms a six man group to inform the world that an attack is imminent.
    Here we are, we are the band, we've got your marching orders
    It's in the music and the words that we sing
    Sing along, sing out loud, and you'll join the answer
    We will rock with the thunder of a thousand mighty horses
  • Karmin duo Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan actively use this trope in their performances, and will do so on IN:DEMAND with Alex James on Bauer, and David Heane on Real Radio
  • Pink Floyd's The Wall is a rock opera that combines a mostly regular narrative with fourth-wall-breaking songs addressing the audience directly. In particular, the songs "In the Flesh?" and "In the Flesh" double as parts of the story (Pink's birth and "dark rebirth", respectively) and as comments on following act (ITF? is the first song, ITF introduces the final act). Note that in the original tour, both songs were performed by a backing band wearing Pink Floyd masks. ITF? goes: "So ya thought ya/might like to go to the show [...] tell me is something eluding you sunshine/is this not what you expected to see [...]." ITF again reminds the audience that they are watching a "surrogate band" and that "Pink isn't well, he stayed back at the hotel".

    On a lighter note, there is also a backwards message (very popular in those days) embedded in the song "Empty Spaces" stating "[...] Congratulations. You have just discovered the secret message. Please send your answer to Old Pink, care of the Funny Farm, Chalfont... [...]."