"The song was a stab by Joel at the new music genres that were around in the early 1980s (punk, funk, new wave) and ironically uses a new wave sound."
Flash of iron, leather, spikes, and swords Mighty warriors with Metal of their side Enemies of Metal, your death is our reward Triumphant victory when you bring the steel to life
A song that is about whatever genre of music it's in. Note that this doesn't include songs that just include the genre in the title, like "Jingle Bell Rock". It also doesn't include, say, metal songs that are about elements on the left side of the periodic table, blues songs that are about depression, or rock songs that are about stones.
Named partly because these are often metal songs. and partly because the pun was too good to pass up
. Can potentially overlap with Rockstar Song
. See also The Something Song
for song titles with "[topic of song] Song."
In metal, this often overlaps with Mad Lib Metal Lyrics
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- "Heavy Metal" by Judas Priest.
- Metallica got "Metal Militia", "Whiplash" and "Hit The Lights" too. Then they must have decided three songs about metal itself was enough - all of the listed songs were on Kill 'Em All and they never really wrote any more lyrics in that vein after that.
- In an interview they said that the lyrics were an imitation of bands like the aforementioned Judas Priest; early in their career, they didn't know what to write lyrics about, so they just copied their idols.
- "Overkill" by Motorhead.
- Helloween with "Heavy metal (is the law).", "Are You Metal?" and "Metal Invaders". Also, in perhaps one of the strangest examples, "Heavy Metal Hamsters".
- "Goddamn Electric", "Power Metal", "Proud to Be Loud", "Metal Magic", "Heavy Metal Rules", "Onward We Rock" and "D.G.T.T.M." by Pantera.
- Tenacious D's "The Metal" and possibly "Tribute" also.
- Dream Evil's "Fire! Battle! In Metal!" and "The Book of Heavy Metal". The latter borders on deconstruction.
- Dream Evil is in love with this trope. Some more examples are "Heavy Metal in the Night", "H.M.J." (Heavy Metal Jesus), "Made of Metal", "The Sledge", "No Way" ('Rock 'n Roll will never die'), , "Electric". Possibly also "Bang Your Head" and "Let's Make Rock".
- "Rock Is Dead" by Marilyn Manson is a rather less positive viewpoint.
- "Metal Machine" by Sabaton
- And Metal Crüe. And Metal Ripper. And Metalizer. And Masters of the World. Sabaton likes this topic almost as much they like war.
- They do this as sort of tradition at the end of (almost) every album.
- "Bonded By Blood" and "Metal Command" by Exodus.
- "Black Metal" by Venom predates the Black Metal genre, which was probably named after it.
- Almost everything ever done by Manowar fits this trope, with a number of recurring topics: songs about general Heavy Metal (e.g. Metal Daze, Heart of Steel), true and false Metal (e.g. Blow Your Speakers), about Manowar (e.g. All Men Play on Ten), about Manowar fans (e.g. Hail to England, Metal Warriors), about biker/rocker lifestyle (e.g. Wheels of Fire), and many combinations of the above and of the above with fantasy.
"We alone are fighting for metal that is true!" -Warriors of the World United
- "Death Metal" by Possessed, perhaps the basis of the genre's name.
- "The Human Factor" by Metal Church is about how unoriginal a lot of modern metal bands of the time were, and how they relied on producers to slick over their lack of talent.
- Saxon love doing this, with songs like "Denim and Leather", "And the Bands Played On" and, of course, "Heavy Metal Thunder".
- Of course, Spinal Tap had to take a stab at this, with their classic anthem "Heavy Duty". And to a lesser extent, "Rock N' Roll Creation".
- Gamma Ray has "Heavy Metal Universe" and "To The Metal", plus a cover of Holocaust's "Heavy Metal Mania".
- "Kill for Metal" by Iron Fire.
- "Living for Metal" and "Metal is Forever" by Primal Fear.
- "Heavy Metal-Powered Man" by Iron Savior.
- "Made of Metal" could be seen as an oblique reference to this trope: "I am the Savior / My heart is made / of METAL!" The album was indeed originally to be named after this song, but it was eventually changed to Dark Assault because it was decided it sounded "too much like a Judas Priest album", so it could be an attempt at avoiding this trope that ends up completely exemplifying it anyway.
- Ironically, Rob Halford's (of Judas Priest) most recent solo album is in fact called Made of Metal.
- Although the Halford song "Made of Metal" itself is not about heavy metal at all; it's about NASCAR.
- Also, with The Landing coming out, "Heavy Metal Never Dies" obviously qualifies.
- "Metal Metal Land" by Gwar is a particularly awesome example of this, demonstrating a world built on heavy metal itself. Choice verses include "Here in metal, metal land/Nothing ever dies/Except of course our enemies/And they're attracting metal flies," "Here in metal, metal land/Every day is night/Except of course when night is day/But then there is no light," "Bullet belts and denim jackets/Crystal meth in tiny packets/Witches, warlocks, demon seed/Booze and cooze and weed and speed," "Filthy hair and dirty faces/Flying V's and swords and maces/80's hair bands are still hated/No false metal tolerated" and "Heavy metal is the law/Weakness means a broken jaw/Everything is loud and fast/Metal up your fucking ass." Also, this land can only be reached by stolen car.
- "Cities on Flame With Rock n' Roll" by Blue Oyster Cult.
- Subverted with "Heavy Metal: Black and Silver", Which sounds like it ought to be this, but is actually a song about a black hole being born.
- "Metal" by Manilla Road.
- Also "Out of Control with Rock and Roll" and "Heavy Metal To The World".
- A good 50-60 percent of Municipal Waste's output.
- "Battle Metal" by Turisas, although this does predate the use of it as a term for bands in a similar style.
- "Witching Metal" by Sodom
- "Metal Storm" by Slayer
- "Black Metal Sodomy" by Finnish black metal band, Horna
- "Christraping Black Metal" by Marduk
- "Unholy Black Metal," "Canadian Metal," and I am the Graves of the 80's by Darkthrone
- "Deadly Metal" by TNT
- "Metal on Metal" by Anvil
- "Deadly Sinners" by 3 Inches Of Blood
- "Far Beyond Metal" by Strapping Young Lad
- "Metal Brothers," "Heavy Metal Never Dies," and "Eternal Flames of Metal" by Cryonic Temple
- "Heavy Metal Mania" by NWOBHM band Holocaust.
- "Heavy Metal Breakdown", "Headbanging Man", "Back to the Roots", "We Wanna Rock You", "Get Ready for Power" and "Under My Flag" by Grave Digger.
- "Shake Your Heads" and "Slaves to Metal" by Accept.
- "Chains and Leather" by Running Wild.
- "Heavy Metal Maniac", "Long Live the Loud" and "Pounding Metal" by Exciter
- "Metal Anarchy" by Warfare
- "God Hates Heavy Metal" by Dio.
- "Heavy Metal Heart" by Phantom
- "Raw Energy" by Rage
- "Metalhead" by Savatage
- "Power Thrashing Death" by Whiplash
- "Back In The Day" by Megadeth counts, right?
- Yes, and "Rattlehead" is an excellent example of this trope, in the vein of "Whiplash" by Metallica (the titles of both songs refer to headbanging)
- "Out of Control" by White Wizzard.
- Nanowar Of Steel, parodying metal bands, fulfills this trope with songs like "True Metal Of The World (Ah-Ah)" and "Metal-La-La-La". And uses via Literal-Minded approach, so they got songs about, uh, the True Metal — such as "Outrue" (Cuprum! Yttrium! Plutonium!). Even their website's title is "Nanowar Of Steel Website of Nickel".
- Massacration, another parody of metal bands (and Heavy Meta bands in particular), lives off this trope, even when they're not talking about metal. Song examples include "Metal Is The Law", "Metal Massacre Attack", "Metal Milkshake" and "Metal Dental Destruction". Their Other Wiki entry explains it best.
- "Leather & Metal" by Cast Iron.
- "Stronger Than All" by HammerFall.
- "Metallitotuus", "Vaadimme Metallia" and so much more from Terasbetoni.
- "Heavy Metal Pirates" by Alestorm.
- "Heavy Metal Fire" by Stormwarrior.
- "Black Metal Ist Krieg" and "Possessed By Black Fucking Metal" by Nargaroth
- Lee Aaron, "Metal Queen"
- "Heavy Metal Breakdown" by Bitch
- "Heavy Metal Is Forever" by Metal Law
- "Heavy Metal Rock 'n' Roll" by Rock Goddess
- "Heavy Metal Soldiers" by Iron Angel
- "Metallic Fury" by Brocas Helm
- "American Metal" by Lizzy Borden
- "Heart of Metal" by Ultimatum
- "Coup de Metal" by H-Bomb
- French speed metal band Killers have a number, including "Heavy Metal Kids", "Maitre du Metal" and "Longue Vie au Metal"
- "Total Metal" and "Pour the Metal In" by Atomkraft
- "Devil's Metal" by Death Angel
- "Thrasher" by Evile
- "Made In Hell" from Rob Halford's first solo album.
- Almost anything by Debauchery (the Death'n'Roll band) that isn't about Warhammer 40K and/or pure Gorn. For example "Hard Rockin'" or " New Rock".
- So many New Wave of Thrash Metal bands make songs about this it's not funny. One example is Gama Bomb's "Bullet Belt".
- "Metal Blessing" by Mortification
- John (then Cougar) Mellencamp's "Cheap Shot" deconstructs the trope with the following lined
- The DJ's really hate the song
But they're in love with the hook, so...
Na na na, na na, na na, na na!
I bet you've heard this song before.
- The list of Country Music songs about country music is off the charts. It's pretty much a prerequisite for most male country singers to sing about country music. Bonus points if Hank Williams, George Jones and/or Merle Haggard are name-dropped. In turn, songs with a "tropical country" feel (and subject matter) regularly namecheck Jimmy Buffett.
- "Country Music is Here To Stay" by Ferlin Husky (as his alter ego Simon Crum)
- "How To Be a Country Star" by The Statler Brothers.
- "Country Is" by Tom T. Hall.
- "Young Country" and "Come On Over To The Country" by Hank Williams Jr.
- "Mountain Music" by Alabama.
- "Sweet Country Music" by Atlanta.
- David Allan Coe's "You Never Even Call Me By My Name" (with a demonstration of "the perfect country-and-western song" in the final verse). Ironically, "You Never Even Call Me By My Name" was actually written by Steve Goodman and John Prine (both folksingers) as a parody of country music.
- "Three Minute Positive Not Too Country Uptempo Love Song" by Alan Jackson.
- "Murder on Music Row" by Larry Cordle (covered by Jackson and George Strait)
- "Songs About Rain" by Gary Allan, which name-drops several, well, songs about rain.
- "This Is Country Music" by Brad Paisley, is especially blatant.
- Trace Adkins' "Songs About Me".
- "Twang" by George Strait.
- Robbie Fulks' "Countrier than Thou" blasts those who think they're 'country' but they're not.
- "You're Lookin' at Country" by Loretta Lynn.
- "I Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool" by Barbara Mandrell and George Jones.
- "Don't Rock The Jukebox" (as in, play some country 'cause I'm not in the mood for rock) by Alan Jackson.
- "Country Must Be Country Wide" by Brantley Gilbert basically says that country is popular in places other than the South.
- "Best Song Ever" by Katie Armiger is about how the singer has heard a song that she considers the "best song ever" because it parallels the crumbling relationship she's been in, and tells her that everything will be patched up ("You're gonna love me forever / According to this song, according to the best song ever").
- "Baby that is Rock and Roll", by the Coasters.
- "Put You In a Song" by Keith Urban, about how he wants to write a song about his girl. Probably given a Continuity Nod in the followup, "Without You", which contains the line "And up until you came a long / No one ever heard my song / Now it's climbing with a bullet."
- "It Goes Like This" by Thomas Rhett is similarly about a melody inspired by a woman whom the singer has met.
- Seemingly half of hip-hop/rap songs are about the rap scene, how hard it is to be a rapper, etc.
- Korn came out with "Y'All Want A Single', whose lyrics and video lampshade the structure of pop singles The song also fits the structure to a T.
- "So you Want to Write a Fugue?" by Glenn Gould is a fugue about writing a fugue.
- 3rd Base's hit "Pop Goes The Weasel" was a slam against Vanilla Ice. One of the subjects of criticism was him choosing a well-known pop song (Under Pressure) as a sample and saying it was a cheesy thing to do. The song itself is contains several well-known pop song samples.
- The concept of P-Funk.
- A lot of blues songs are about "the blues," and not in the sense of depression. "The Birth of the Blues" is one famous example.
- "The Break-Up Song" by the Greg Kihn Band is a break-up song that's about break-up songs.
- Sugarhill Gang - "Rapper's Delight", the song that kickstarted Hip Hop.
- Bad Religion has "Punk Rock Song", I'm not sure what it's about, lyrically.
- Bad Religion also have "The Forbidden Beat", which is about Hardcore Punk...Or heroin addiction.
- You Don't Belong Here is all about the punk scene at the time BR joined it, it name checks quite a few of their fellow performers.
- *NSYNC's "Pop" is a pop song about pop songs as well as a Take That to their critics.
- Bowling for Soup's "Punk Rock 101."
- "A Really Cool Dance Song" is about how they are going to sell out by making a Dance Song.
- "The Song That Goes Like This" from Spamalot.
- Pop parody/Grindcore band Excrementory Grindfuckers have many songs with "Grind" or "Grindcore" in the title and their songs contain jokes on grindcore, a particularly hilarious example being "How II Make A Grind".
- Above The Law - Murder Rap.
- "This Is The Song That Never Ends" and "I Know A Song That Gets On Everybody's Nerves" by countless schoolchildren everywhere.
- Is "Christmas Glurge" a genre? If so, Another Christmas Song, which is so self-referential it's a Klein bottle.
- "Weird Al" Yankovic does this with his polkas. As well as in "(This Song's Just) Six Words Long"
- "Caress me Down" by Sublime mentions Reggae.
- It does it twice, actually: "Me gusta me regga, me gusta punk rock..."
- "Rap Superstar" by Cypress Hill. A sort of example is also their remix "Rock Superstar."
- "Hook" by Blues Traveler, about the hook in pop music. And the HOOOOOOK brings you BAAAAAAACK!
- "Baby Pop" and "La guerre des chansons" by French yé-yé artist France Gall.
- "Title of the Song" by Da Vinci's Notebook. Also a shining example of [Trope Name].
- A rare mixed-genre example: Bob Marley's "Punky Reggae Party."
- Another Bob Marley example: "Roots Rock Reggae".
- The Limelighter's "Generic Uptempo Folksong" is, in fact, about how to construct one of the titular songs.
- "Silly Love Songs" by Paul McCartney is a Silly Love Song that justifies the existence of silly love songs.
Some people want to fill the world with silly love songs
What's wrong with that?
I'd like to know
'Cause here I go
- "Song 2" by blur is a pisstake of grunge, which ironically became the band's greatest hit in America.
- It also happens to be the second track on their Self-Titled Album, and happens to be two minutes and two seconds in length.
- "All Over The World" by Pet Shop Boys is a pop song about pop songs.
This is a song
About boys and girls
You hear it
Playing all over the world
- Cornershop's "Brimful Of Asha", all about the history of Indian music and it's usage in films.
- The anthem of Carolina Beach Music, is the Embers' "I Love Beach Music". The Lyrics consist heavily of popular beach music titles.
- The White Stripes' "Rag and Bone" is about taking and reusing old stuff no one else wants, a transparent metaphor for Jack White's approach to making music.
- A borderline case is the cover of Dylan's Like A Rolling Stone by... the Rolling Stones.
- A straight-forward example by the Rolling Stones, "It's Only Rock and Roll" ("But I like it, like it, yes I do!")
- Heart Songs by Weezer, consists of the band members' favorite song titles, lyrics, and bands, as well as several lines dedicated to Nirvana's Nevermind album.
- "Number 3" by They Might Be Giants.
- "70's Rock Must Die" by Lard. Their normal style is a mix of industrial rock and punk, but this particular song is an arena rock spoof, which of course adds deliberate irony to the lyrical content.
- "Chickenshit Conformist" by Dead Kennedys is about the state of punk rock.
- Speaking of which, Wire's debut album Pink Flag is pretty much made of meta, with "It's So Obvious" (about the failure of punk's revolution before it even ended) and "Brazil" (a subtly hilarious satire of The Ramones) being the shining examples.
- Or any early punk or post-punk band of a certain inclination. Case in point: Subway Sect's entire recorded output prior to Vic Goddard's Creator Breakdown (induced by Executive Meddling) is either directly or indirectly about (post-)punk rock and its pitfalls.
- "Show Business", the song and the musical.
- "Authentic Klezmer Wedding Band" by Geoff Berner is a song poking fun at Klezmer bands who whore themselves out to Hipster Gentiles who don't understand klezmer and just treat it like the fad of the week.
- The "C-A-M-P-F-I-R-E S-O-N-G Song" by SpongeBobSquarePants must be about campfire songs, right?
- "Pop Muzik" by M
- Every reggaeton song ever.
- "We Found A Place" by Justin Sane of Anti-Flag
- "You don't belong" Bad Religion
- "Thurston Hearts The Who" by Bikini Kill, where they umm, read a review of one of their own performances.
- "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)" By Duke Ellington.
- "Litmus" by Five Iron Frenzy, a Christian Rock song criticizing Christian Rock.
- Five Iron was known for this. Other good examples are Blue Mix from Five Iron Frenzy 2:Electric Boogaloo and Four-Fifty-One from All the Hype That Money Can Buy! This probably had something to do with why such a popular Christian band never made it onto a major Christian Label. Good example of Sticking It To The Man as well.
- The Who, Pete Townshend in particular, loves this trope; he often overlaps it with Rockstar Song and extends it over entire albums. The single "Long Live Rock" is probably the best example.
- "Play That Funky Music" by Wild Cherry is actually the band's retelling of a gig they once played where someone actually stood up and shouted "Play that funky music, white boy!" They weren't necessarily a funk-rock band at that time, but then they wrote the song and became a One-Hit Wonder.
- "Memphis Soul Stew" by King Curtis. Similarly, "What Is Funk?" by FunkFood.
- "Song For Whoever" by The Beautiful South is a parody on generic, commercial love songs aimed at no-one specifically. The singer claims he wrote the song for that one particular listener, but he actually neither knows nor really cares what her name is, so long as she buys his record.
- Arthur Conley's "Sweet Soul Music" - the one that spotlights on Sam & Dave, Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, and James Brown.
- Plenty of metal songs treat Heavy Metal and Rock 'n' Roll as one and same, like Rock Goddess' "Heavy Metal Rock 'n' Roll".
- "F.U.N.K." by Betty Davis. Nearly all of the lyrics are name-checks of her peers (Sly Stone, Funkadelic, etc.) or lifted from their songs.
- My House by Rhythm Controll is a mythological/religious take on the creation and power of house music.
- TZDF by Faderhead is about the Industrial music scene: "This is a song about the German clubs", "This is a song for all the Rivetheads"
- "This is the Hook" by B.S.O.D (Also known as Deadmau5), satirically gives instructions on how to make cliche House music. Ironically, it was also his first House hit.
- Selena Gomez's Love You Like A Love Song, a silly catchy love song which gets stuck in your head because it's lyrics are about a person who's just like a catchy love song which gets stuck in your head.
- "It's Too Loud" by Songs To Wear Pants To is a hard rock song...that criticizes the hard rock genre.
4/4 time is boring
And I'm so sick of
the guitar licks you all play
- Feven's "Dom tio budorden" ("The Ten Commandments") is a hiphop song like this, parodied as "Svensktoppens tio budord" ("The Ten Commandments of Svensktoppen"; Svensktoppen being the main radio chart in Sweden) as a dansband song, which is the type of music most featured there.
- The Axis of Awesome's "Four Chords" is all about how you can write a pop song using only four chords. Their evidence is pretty convincing
- "I Love Acid" by Luke Vibert is an acid techno song about acid techno.
- Another techno example; "Techno Vocals" by Marc Houle is about the style of vocals used on techno tracks: "Why are the vocals pitched down so low, low, low, low?/This is the way we make techno!"
- "Who Put The Mush (In The Mush-A-Ring-A-Do-Da)?" by The MacCalmans is a Scottish folk music parody of "Who Put The Bomp?", in which the singer's girlfriend leaves him because she prefers rock music.
- "Do You Sing Any Dylan?" by Eric Bogle, about the request a singer-songwriter doesn't want to hear.
- Similarly, Billy Connolly's "Nine And A Half Guitars": "Hey, Jimmy! Gonnae gie us 'Ten Guitars'?"
- Freezepop's "Pop Music is not a Crime."
- Any of the numerous songs commissioned by Zumba Fitness LLC to have their trademark in the lyrics.
- The Elton John song "Sad Songs (Say So Much)" is about...well, sad songs
- Propagandhi's "Ska Sucks" is a ska song about what a stupid movement ska is.
- The Suburban Legends have a song called I Want More, which contains the line "It's not cool to play ska music", among others.
- Jason Mraz's "Wordplay" is about the singer being pressured to make a new song and writing a refrain full of nonsensical syllables.
- "Underground" by Ben Folds Five pokes fun at the post-grunge scene of the moment (mid-nineties). "And we'll be decked in all black / Slammin' the pit fantastic / Officer Friendly's little boy's got a mohawk..."
- Ben's solo single "Rockin' The Suburbs" is a slickly produced pop-rock song that pokes fun at slickly produced pop-rock songs.
- The lyrics are more of a slam against white boy metal/rap bands like Korn (they had recently slammed him in the press about his style of music). The music is meant to be a Take That of sorts at the nu-metal sound, in the stylings of Ben Folds. Still qualifies as meta tho.
- "One Down" is about being forced to churn out songs for soundtracks and the like.
- Good Moov's "Eurodance Era" is an eurodance song about eurodance.
- "Ap-ray" by Derwood Bowen is a rap song in pig Latin about rapping in pig Latin.
- "Antmusic" by Adam and the Ants is about how they have a whole new beat, you should "unplug the jukebox" and listen only to Antmusic.
- The Dead Milkmen's "Instant Club Hit (You'll Dance to Anything)", uses a very formulaic dance beat and this very trope to serve a big take that to dance music in general.
- Less obviously They Might Be Giants does a similar, if more obscure thing with "Man, It's So Loud In Here."
- Rancid has many songs about punk rock itself.
- Eazy E's "Imma Break It Down", about writing raps, performing and getting famous.
- Anal Cunt lived this trope. "Grindcore is Very Terrifying," "I'm Not Allowed to Like A.C. Any More Since They Signed to Earache," "Extreme Noise Terror Are Afraid of Us," "Chris Barnes Is A Pussy," etc.
- Comedian Patton Oswalt has several stand up bits about stand up.
- Paul Williams' "Sad Song"
- Acapella group The Nylons' "Bop 'Til You Drop"