Song of Song Titles
A song whose lyrics contain Shout Outs
to multiple other song titles.
- The verses of the George Gershwin song "Bidin' My Time" list the titles of 1920s popular songs. "Singin' in the Rain" (yes, that song) is referenced in George Gershwin's music as well as in Ira Gershwin's lyrics.
- "Let's Have Another Cup of Coffee" has allusions to many other song titles, including "Look for the Silver Lining" and (again) "Singin' in the Rain."
- Cole Porter's "From This Moment On" references the titles of "Begin the Beguine," "Tea for Two," "Hoop-Dee-Doo," and "Ridin' High."
- Jimmy Eat World's song "A Praise Chorus" has a final, pre-chorus verse composed of nothing but lines (almost all of them titles) from other songs. They are: "Crimson and Clover" by Tommy James and The Shondells, "Our House" by Madness, "Why Did We Ever Meet?" by The Promise Ring (Davey van Bohlen of The Promise Ring actually appears on the song), "Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy" by Bad Company, "Don't Let's Start" by They Might Be Giants, "All of My Everything" by The Promise Ring (again), and "Kickstart My Heart" by Mötley Crüe.
- Spoon's "The Way We Get By" mentions "Some Weird Sin" by Iggy Pop, as well as "Down on the Street" and "Shake Appeal" by his band The Stooges (without mentioning either artist by name).
- Okkervil River's song "Plus Ones" from their album The Stage Names references at least nine other song titles, all of which contain numbers. In the lyrics, one is added to the number in each referenced song title (for example, "the 100th Luftballoon" and "eight Chinese brothers")
- As well as at least two non-numerical song titles: "And what's new pussycat/Is you were once a lioness".
- The Beatles' "Glass Onion" references five other Beatles song titles: "Strawberry Fields Forever", "I Am the Walrus", "Lady Madonna", "The Fool on the Hill" and "Fixing A Hole".
- "All You Need Is Love" also has John suddenly burst into "She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah!" during its closing.
- Blue Öyster Cult's The Revenge of Vera Gemini namechecks Patti Smith's Horses.
- Way too many Oasis songs to list here have featured obvious references to a Beatles song.
- "Thank You (Falettin Me Be Mice Elf Again)" by Sly And The Family Stone has many references to their past songs.
- Barclay James Harvest references The Beatles in the aptly-named "Titles":
Lady Madonna, let it be
Something in the way you moved me yesterday
All you need is love to succeed
- Barenaked Ladies' album Gordon contains several songs referential to the music industry and specific artists and songs.
- "Metal Machine" by Sabaton.
- "Metal Ripper" quotes famous lines from other metal songs and "Metal Crüe" is made out of bandnames.
- "Man of War" consists almost entirely of Manowar song titles. A great tribute from one warrior band to another.
- "Victory" by Megadeth is a song almost entirely consisting of references to their own song titles.
- The verses of Built To Spill's "You Were Right" are based around famous classic rock lyrics, the general thread being that they're all pretty pessimistic sentiments (or at least sound pessimistic taken out of context):
You were right when you said
You were right when you said
You were right when you said
- Large parts of the discography of the rap group Non Phixion, and the solo careers of its members includes allusions to various heavy metal songs and albums, but also references to each other. Closely affiliated act Jedi Mind Tricks also uses them.
- They Might Be Giants:
- "Hey Mr. DJ, I Thought You Said We Had A Deal" references some of their earlier songs: "The World's Address", "Rabid Child", and "Chess Piece Face".
- "Why Must I Be Sad?" has Alice Cooper song titles.
- "Songs About Rain" by Gary Allan and "The Hits" by Perfect Stranger both name-drop several country songs. Both songs have a similar theme about a man being saddened by the sad songs playing on the radio.
- "My Kind of Music" by Ray Scott also gives several title-drops. The song tells a story of a man and woman who can't get along because she doesn't like his (country) music.
- Amy Grant's "Simple Things" refers to "Unchained Melody."
- Trisha Yearwood's "When a Love Song Sings the Blues" refers to the songs "Faded Love" and "Born to Lose."
- Pavement's "Unseen Power Of The Picket Fence" is an ode to R.E.M.'s first few albums and several of their songs are mentioned in the lyrics:
Flashback to 1983
Chronic Town was their first EP
Later on came Reckoning
Finster's art... Titles to match "So. Central Rain"
"(Don't Go Back To) Rockville", "Harborcoat", "Pretty Persuasion", You're born to be a "Camera".
"Time After Time"'s my least favorite song.
"Time After Time" was my least favorite song!!
- The Hold Steady references their own song titles in most of their discography, since their music seems to feature the same set of people and locales.
- "American Pie" by Don McLean has many: "This'll be the day that I die" ("That'll be the Day", by one of the killed artists who inspired the song, Buddy Holly), "Did you write 'the Book of Love'", "I was a lonely teenage broncin' buck with a pink carnation and a pickup truck,", "Helter skelter in a summer swelter" and "Eight miles high and falling fast".
- Italian dance group Eiffel 65 (you know, the guys who did "I'm Blue") made a song, "Voglia di Dance all Night", whose refrain is made of popular disco song titles:
Last night a DJ saved my life,
Singing "Ah-ah-ah-ah, Stayin' Alive",
'cause You make me feel,
like That's the way (uh-huh, uh-huh) I like it
Voglia di dance all night.
- The lyrics to Datarock's "True Stories" are entirely made up of Talking Heads song names. Also the song name itself is a reference to one of their albums.
- Queen's "More of that Jazz" references most, if not all of the songs on the album which the song was on (Jazz), and includes samples of each song.
- "Soul Brother", the B-Side to "Under Pressure", has a majority of its lyrics being many different Queen songs, including the one that it's a B-Side to!
- A section of Octavarium, from Dream Theater's album of the same name, consists of numerous references to other songs and bands.
- Steve Miller's "The Joker" references "Space Cowboy", "Gangster of Love" and "Enter Maurice" in the first verse, while the second verse quotes several lines from the first verse of the Clovers' 1954 single "Lovey Dovey".
- Regina Spektor's "On The Radio" mentions Guns N' Roses' "November Rain" playing. And complains the solo is enormous.
- Beatallica title drops various Metallica songs in their Beatles/Metallica mash-ups ("Hey, dude-it'z true not sad (...) Hey, dude, begin, don't wait for the Eye of the Beholder, you'll never know when bellz toll for you...")
- Harry Nilsson's version of "You Can't Do That" has backup vocals singing the titles of various other Beatles songs during the verses.
- Johnny Foreigner's album Grace and the Bigger Picture is practically an album of song titles. Pretty much every song title on the album gets a mention in another song - plus several b-sides, EPs and even songs from before they were signed ("Amateur! Historian!").
- "Stronger" by Britney Spears includes the line "The loneliness ain't killing me no more," a clever reference to her debut "Baby One More Time."
- "We Belong Together" by Mariah Carey mentions songs by Bobby Womack and Babyface.
- Weezer's "Heart Songs" is little more than a list of songs and artists important to Rivers Cuomo. Nice tune though.
- KMFDM's songs "Inane" and "Kunst" feature the titles of a lot of their songs as the lyrics.
- KMFDM do this a lot. "Virus" references "More & Faster," "Light" references "Godlike," "Moron" references "Son of a Gun," etc.
- If songs full of lyrical references count, "Don't Blow Your Top" is almost entirely quotes from Frank Zappa songs.
- The choruses of Zebrahead's "We're not a Cover Band, We're a Tribute Band" are just random sentences that cram as many Guitar Hero III song titles in as possible.
- Suede's "These Are The Sad Songs".
- Jorn's "Song for Ronnie James" off of the album "Dio" is composed largely of the titles (and sometimes lyrics snippets) of songs that Ronnie James Dio wrote at various points in his career. To someone not familiar with the works in question, parts of the song may begin to sound like Word Salad Lyrics.
- R.E.M. references several of their song titles in "Sing for the Submarine".
- Dawn of Winter's song "Titus Vanis" is composed almost entirely of Saint Vitus song titles.
- "Twenty-First Century Digital Boy" by Bad Religion mentions other Bad Religion songs "No Control" and "Suffer".
- The chorus of Travis' "Slideshow" includes references to songs by Oasis, the Manic Street Preachers and Beck, of all people.
- Fall Out Boy's song "What A Catch, Donnie" references lyrics to several of their previous hits, including "Grand Theft Autumn," "Sugar, We're Going Down," "Dance, Dance," "This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arms Race," "Thanks Fr Th Mmrs," and "Growing Up." Other lyrics (and the song title) refer to the songwriter/singer duo Donnie Hathaway and Roberta Flack.
- And, of course, a song title made out of two titles: Fall Out Boy's "A Little Less Sixteen Candles, A Little More Touch Me," referencing Sixteen Candles and "Touch Me" by Samantha Fox.
- The unreleased Electric Light Orchestra track "Beatles Forever" rhapsodizes about the Fab Four, listing off their songs as they occur to the narrator.
- Sublime has at least two. "Greatest Hits' mentions their "sister band" The Ziggens, "KRS-One" is about KRS-One.
- Finger Eleven's "Paralyzer" includes the lyric "So far has not been fun // I should just stay home // If One Thing really means one", referencing their earlier Black Sheep Hit.
- Green Day's "21st Century Breakdown" has one with two songs the band covered: "My Generation is zero / I never made it as a Working Class Hero".
- Bon Jovi's "It's My Life" has two, to the band's own "Livin' On A Prayer" ("Like Tommy and Gina, who never backed down") and "My Way" ("Like Frankie said, 'I did it my way" - once Paul Anka, lyricist for "My Way", covered the song, changed to "He did it my way").
- The Bowling for Soup song "Punk Rock 101" also includes the line "Like Tommy and Gina, they're living on a prayer."
- Def Leppard's "Rocket" is full of this.
- The Eurobeat song "Cantare Ballare" ("Happy Eurobeat") drops the titles of various Eurobeat hits:
Suck A Bazooka, No One Sleeps in Tokyo
Din Don Dan, Money Go
Night of Fire, Bandolero Comanchero
Boom Boom Girl, Virtual Love
Go Go Dance, Technotronic Flight
Shadows in the Night, Telephone
Try Me, Ike Ike
Dancing in the Jungle, Dancing in Maharaja Night
- Brad Paisley's "This Is Country Music" name-checks a laundry list of country classics, including "He Stopped Loving Her Today," "Amarillo by Mornin'," "Stand By Your Man" and "I Walk The Line."
- NOFX are fond of these. "13 Stitches" manages to reference Descendents, The Alley Cats, DOA, Millions Of Dead Cops, Ill Repute and Suicidal Tendencies in about 4 minutes.
- Likewise, "Jaw, Knee, Music" references Dead Kennedys, Reagan Youth, X, The Replacements, Black Flag, Anti-Flag, The Adolescents, and Rancid.
- In a variation, the lyrics to "In My Backyard" by Dead Celebrity Status consists nearly entirely of the names of other bands and musicians, with multiple song and album titles thrown in for good measure.
- Pillar's song Turn It Up was written to promote Christian rock music, and lists song titles from thirty or so bands and a variety of musical styles.
- The very title of Metric's "Gimme Sympathy", as well as its lyrics, invoke "Gimme Shelter" and "Sympathy for the Devil" by The Rolling Stones, and the lyrics reference "Here Comes the Sun" by The Beatles.
- The song 'Musigg I Dä Schwiiz' (Music in Switzerland) by Bligg is one gigantic list of well-known Swiss musicians and songs. And there's yodeling in it.
- Emily Osment's "1-800 Clap Your Hands (The Water Is Rising)" has "It's gonna take more than your seven-nation army, I'll fight 'cause I know I'm right."
- Max Martin's "The Lady Is A Vamp" (sung by The Spice Girls) references many iconic songs this way.
- Chris de Burgh's first album Far beyond these castle walls contains a filler song, "Goodnight", that references every other song on the album.
- Not exactly the same, but Clint Black's "Tuckered Out" is jam-packed with the names of country singers.
- The chorus of Plushgun's song "Just Impolite" references "A Day in the Life", "Walk the Line", "Stuck On You" and many others.
- Tori Amos song "Wednesday" mentions Prince's "When Doves Cry."
- The Garth Brooks song "The Old Stuff" references his earlier hit "The Thunder Rolls", and even includes its distinctive riff.
- The lyrics of Norther's eponymous song from "Till Death Unites Us" are almost entirely composed of the titles of previous Norther songs.
- "Cherry Cherry Christmas" by Neil Diamond drops the names of a few of his biggest hits.
- The Gaslight Anthem does this a lot, often to Bruce Springsteen (a major influence of theirs). For instance, "Meet Me By the River's Edge" references "No Surrender" ("no surrender my Bobby Jean") among others; "Wherefore Art Thou, Elvis?" has a shout out to Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" ("it's a broken hallelujah and a pain in my fist").
- The bridge of Saint Etienne's "Popular" is a list of UK Number One singles (the song itself is about a blog which reviews every Number One single in order).
- Bobby Darin's "Splish Splash" references "Lollipop", "Peggy Sue" and "Good Golly Miss Molly", between others.
- "Turn It Up" by Robots In Disguise references pretty much everything from Teaches of Peaches to Strange Fruit to Hatful of Hollow.
- Twilightning did this with "Into Treason" on Plague-House Puppet Show; the song's lyrics contain titles of songs from this album and the band's previous release, Delirium Veil.
- The Deep Purple song "Speed King" from Deep Purple in Rock references several songs from the rock 'n' roll era: "Good Golly Miss Molly", "Lucille", "Rip It Up", "Tutti Frutti", "Rock Island Line", to name a few.
- Larry Williams' "Short Fat Fannie" included references to "Heartbreak Hotel," "Blueberry Hill" and "Long Tall Sally," among others.
- Christian rap group dc Talk drops a lot of their older song titles in the final verse of "Word 2 the Father".
- Thrice's "Anthology" is largely made up of lyrics borrowed from their other songs. Fittingly, it was the final song played on their farewell tour, and it provided the title for the live album from that tour, which also serves as a sort of Greatest Hits collection.
- The second verse of the "Rockstar" parody "I Wanna Be A Folk Star" references "Been On This Road So Long" by Alex Campbell, "Dirty Old Town" by Ewan MacColl, "Scarborough Fair" (trad, best known by the Simon & Garfunkel version), "Loch Lomond" (also trad, best known version maybe Runrig), "And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda" by Eric Bogle, "No Telling" by Linda Thompson and "Caledonia" by Dougie Maclean.
- Limp Bizkit has a negative one of Nine Inch Nails titles in "Hot Dog" - primarily because Fred Durst was a fan of the band, but Trent Reznor criticized his.
- "Jackin' for Beats" by Ice Cube is actually a Song of Song Beats - he raps about looking for beats to rap over, all while the music switches between different samples of famous rap songs (and the songs they sampled from, in turn.)
- "Annie 3" from Howard Crabtree's When Pigs Fly references various optimistic songs of Broadway fame, usually with one key word changed:
- Jason Aldean's "1994" namechecks 8 different songs by fellow country singer Joe Diffie, including his #1 hits "Third Rock From The Sun" and "Pickup Man" from the titular year.
- "Who Put the Mush" by The McCalmans, a folk music parody of "Who Put the Bomp", references "Whiskey in the Jar", "The Rambling Rover", "Doon in the Wee Room", "Leezie Lindsay", "Don't Get Married Girls", "Domeama", "The Mingulay Boat Song", "Santianna", "Skip to My Lou", "Bonnie Charlie", "The Irish Rover", "Maids, When You're Young" and "Roll Me Over". As well as naming Eric Bogle, Tom Paxton, Dolores Keane, Dick Gaughan, The Pogues and The Chieftains. And on the rock side, references to Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson and "Tell Me More".
- Gym Class Heroes' song "Taxi Driver" is a Song of Band Names, referencing Death Cab for Cutie, Fall Out Boy, and Jimmy Eat World among many others.
- From pro wrestler Disco Inferno's WCW entrance theme:
- Every verse of Aste's song Sekopää is a string of references to earlier Finnish pieces ranging from Schlager to classic Suomirokki to recent pop songs. May of these references are also names for the relevant songs.
- Ashley Tisdale has "Suddenly," a song referring to most of the prior tracks on the Headstrong album.
- Van Halen's "You And Your Blues" describes - while calling out - a Wangsty woman through song titles.
- Kenny Chesney's song "American Kids" directly references "Blue Jean Baby" by Scotty McCreery, "Born in the USA" by Bruce Springsteen, and "Little Pink Houses" by John Cougar Mellencamp.
- Foozogz' "Make it Special" is a collage of lyrical snippets from various My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic songs.
- "The second bridge of "Your Move" (the first part of the "I've Seen All Good People" medley) by Yes has the backing vocals doing the chorus of John Lennon's "Give Peace A Chance."
- "Lieder" from Adel Tawil paraphrases many English and German song titles in German, with occasional mentions of the artists the songs are from.
- The recent "Girl in a Country Song" by Maddie and Tae pokes fun at the female stereotypes in modern country music. They reference "Redneck Crazy" by Tyler Farr, "Get Me Some of That" by by Thomas Rhett, and "My Kind of Party" by Jason Aldean by specific lyrics, and generally criticizes the themes of the "bro-country" genre of songs by mentioning most of the elements in almost every recent country song done by male artists.
- "Hector's Hymn" by HammerFall definitely counts, its lyrics containing not just references from the band's previous singles, but also their albums. Exemplified beyond straight with the music video which features even the old album covers as well.
- One of Cat Stevens' last hit songs released before he became Yusuf Islam was "(I Never Wanted) To Be a Star" from 1977. In it he mentions four songs from his early years: the title track and "I'm Gonna Get Me a Gun" from Matthew and Son, "A Bad Night" from New Masters, and "I Think I See the Light" from Mona Bone Jakon.
- Crush 40's "Sonic Youth'' has its verses composed primarily of the names of their past songs.
- The second verse of "S.O.S." by Rihanna (which samples the song "Tainted Love"]]) includes the lyrics "So hold me close, boy, 'cause I'm your tiny dancer", "Take on me, I could just die up in your arms tonight", "You got me head over heels", and "You keep me hanging on, "the way you make me feel".
- Dire Straits' "Walk of Life" employs this to discuss a street musician:
- The second verse of "Hearthammer" by Runrig, about listening to Radio Caroline in the late sixties, early seventies:
- Country Singer, Jake Owen strings multiple pop and country songs titles almost every line of his song "After The Music's Stopped" in a comical way. The song is about what he wants do after the music's stopped. He combined "American Pie", "Sitting on the Dock of the Bay", "Be My Baby", "Walk the Line", "Ring of Fire", "I Still Haven't Found What I am looking for", "Ain't No Sunshine", "Dancing in the Streets", "Thunder Road", "Fire and Rain". "Yesterday", "Dancing in the Streets", "Heartbreak Hotel", "Hounddog" and other song titles into his song's lyrics.
- "Song for Another Time" by Old Dominion:
Let's be brown eyed girl sweet Caroline
Free fall small town Saturday night
Before you lose that loving feeling
Let's go dancing on the ceiling
Keep on living that teenage dream
Paradise city where the grass is green
Pretty soon I'll be so lonesome I could cry
But that's a song for another time