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Shout Out: Music
See also Song Of Song Titles.


  • Acid Mothers Temple are fond of titling their albums or songs with punning references to their influences. A few of the more prominent examples:
  • 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 Air instrumental "Mike Mills" is named after the director responsible for many of their music videos (not to be confused with the REM bassist of the same name).
  • The video for aha's "The Sun Always Shines On TV" features an orchestra of mannequins, a nod to Kraftwerk's "The Robots", which had robotic likenesses of the band singing and playing the instruments.
  • The bridge of Put Your Hands Up by Alex featuring Marwa references Michael Jackson'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)".
  • Alicia Keys' "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 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: "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, Scooby-Doo, Mr. Magoo, Mickey Mouse, and and an off-hand allusion to Marc Antony's monologue in Julius Caesar.
    • "Tarantula!" contains two references to Indiana Jones: a girl by the name of Marianne (Marion), who is the daughter of one Professor Jones.
    • "Radiation Song!" contains several references to 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.
    • For your listening pleasure.
    • Tower of Power are into this to an obnoxious level, including a Shout-Out 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 ShoutOuts to the Final Fantasy franchise.
  • The 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 Dance Dance Revolution 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.
  • Bad Religion's 2002 album, The Process of Belief has a line about "Milo went to college, but you knew about that," a Shout-Out to The Descendents' album, Milo Goes to College.
  • The song "One Week" by Barenaked Ladies has several 90's pop culture Shout Outs, including The X-Files and Sailor Moon.
  • Another band that seems fond of these is Blind Guardian. Naming an album A Night at the Opera after the 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 Metallica's "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)":
    "Welcome to where time stands still
    No one leaves and no one ever will"
    • Another probable Shout-Out 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 Blind Guardian's page.
  • The Blue Öyster Cult 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 co-writer of "Vera Gemini" sings co-vocals on this track...
  • Bon Jovi, "It's My Life": "My heart is like an open highway, like 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", Britney Spears 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 David Bowie
    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 The Velvet Underground, while the title is a reference to a fictional song mentioned in Philip K. Dick's novel Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said.
    • "You Were Right" is a variation on the Song Of Song Titles, as every line of the verses quotes a lyric from a famous rock song (e.g. "You were right when you said 'you can't always get what you want' / You were right when you said '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 Bill Hicks 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 Cage originally went by the name Alex, as a nod to A Clockwork Orange. His single "Agent Orange" sampled Wendy Carlos' score from that film. They Live! is referenced in the artwork for his album Movies for the Blind. Jello Biafra, doing an imitation of The Dubya, says "I'll Fuck Anything That Moves!", quoting Dennis Hopper's character from Blue Velvet.
  • The Cardigans' "Heartbreaker" has an intro that sounds a lot like "Black Sabbath" by Black Sabbath, 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 Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness, the band are all fans of Ozzy-era Black Sabbath, and have also done covers of "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" and "Iron Man".
  • In Catherine Wheel'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 Bob Dylan.
    • 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 Pink Floyd. (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 "Fripp".
  • The works of Charles Ives are full of Shout Outs - particularly to marches, hymns, folk songs, and school fight songs.
  • The Clash'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 The Ramones. 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 bootleg recordings, reunited and started releasing official studio albums. The Rocket From The Crypt album Scream, Dracula, Scream! was named after a Wesley Willis catchphrase, although Wesley probably got it from the title of blaxploitation horror parody film Scream Blacula Scream to begin with.
  • The video for Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" ends with a recreation of the stateroom scene from the Marx Brothers' movie A Night at the Opera.
  • The lyrics to Daft Punk'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 Brian Wilson, Dr. Dre, and George Clinton.
  • Hip Hop 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 Cabin Boy.
    • 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 Dr. Octagon's "halfsharkalligatorhalfman", he included some dialogue about Chockie as Spoken Word In Music.
  • The first verse of David Bowie'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 Outs to George Orwell's 1984. 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, 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, "Space Oddity".
  • "Stuart" by The Dead Milkmen 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 Superchunk.
    • In a much more overt shout out, they have an album called The King in Yellow.
    • "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 Butthole Surfers is how we make our living".
  • Deep Purple'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 Mind Control 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 Dire Straits is a shout out to... well, take a wild guess.
  • A live atmosphere example: Disturbed like to reference Silence of the Lambs, 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 Doctor Steel's body of work. His song "The Dr. Steel Show" mentions and contains the tune of "Bali Ha'i", referencing his secret island base. It also contains part of the tune of HR Pufn Stuf (which also takes place on a mystical island). Spaceboy samples Also Sprach Zarathustra. 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 "Land of the Lost", 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 The Electric Company.
  • "American Pie" has many. Speculation, 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 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 Iggy Pop song "Dum Dum Boys" and the Vaselines song and album Dum Dum. It's been speculated that vocalist Dee Dee Penny's Stage Name was inspired by Dee Dee Ramone, but she's denied this.
  • In the 1995 John Taylor album track "Anon" (from his solo album Feelings Are Good and Other Lies), he sings, "As for Little Buddha/I like Keanu Reeves." Keanu dated John's ex-wife Amanda de Cadenet shortly after the two divorced.
  • Duran Duran 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 Mad Scientist 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 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 Shout-Out 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 2001: A Space Odyssey 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 Ego Likeness is named after the holographic portraits from 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.
  • Eric Church's 2013 single "Like Jesus Does" is book-ended by the line "I'm a long-gone Waylon song on vinyl". The second verse also contains the line "I'm a good ol' boy drinkin' whiskey and rye on the levee".
  • The video for Feist's "1234" might be a shout-out to the "Bonjour!" song from Beauty and the Beast: 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 sparkle).
  • The band Fightstar did an entire concept album about Neon Genesis Evangelion, 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"!
  • Five Iron Frenzy's cover of "Sweet Talkin' Woman" ends with Reese Roper shouting "E.L.O., I have all your albums! Yes!"
  • Flaming Lips "The Sun" features the line "It'd be so kind to see your face in my door", a slight variation on a lyric from Carole King'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 The Beatles: "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 book-ended with Beatles samples - opening track "Everything's Explodin'" starts with a Spoken Word In Music 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 Foo Fighters 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)..."
  • Frank Turner 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 The Beatles ("If love is really all that we need...").
  • Plenty in The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway by 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" (The Rolling Stones), etc., etc.
  • George Strait's "Blue Clear Sky" got its seemingly-backwards title as a shout-out to Forrest Gump.
  • Gilby Clarke's solo debut album Pawnshop Guitars has a few.
    • "Cure Me...Or Kill Me" mentions "the Addams Family blood"
    • "Johanna's Chopper" mentions "Superman's magic train"
  • God Lives Underwater titled their album Life In The So-Called Space Age as a Depeche Mode shout out - that phrase appears in quotes on the back cover of the Depeche Mode album Black Celebration.
  • On the booklet for Guns N' Roses' Use Your Illusion I, "You Could Be Mine" has thanks for Elton John 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!").
  • "Taxi Driver" by Gym Class Heroes namedrops several bands within only two minutes. The list that's linked probably isn't even complete.
  • 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 Joe Strummer I think he might have been our only decent teacher!"
  • The Horrors thrive on this trope. Notable examples include:
    • “Sheena Is A Parasite”, which is a Shout-Out to The Ramones 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 Shout-Out to Sixties Psychedelic Rock.
    • The band recently repainted their studio floor orange and blue stripes in homage to Syd Barret.
  • The iconic Ian Dury and the Blockheads single "Reasons to be Cheerful, Part 3" is a veritable list of shout outs to the things Ian found delightful, from Elvis Presley and Smokey Robinson to Steven Biko, Woody Allen, Italian crooner Adriano Celentano, and the Marx Brothers.
  • Jason Aldean'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 Johannes Brahms' Symphony No. 1 in C minor contains a very obvious shout out to Ludwig van Beethoven's Ode to Joy — written into the Symphony when Robert Schumann 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."
  • John Williams' theme to Close Encounters of the Third Kind plays "When You Wish Upon a Star" from Disney's 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 Michael Jackson. 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").
  • Kid Rock 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 Leonard Bernstein'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 Affectionate Parody of the logo of Einstürzende Neubauten - 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 Vanilla Ice ("...I'll let a little light melt the Ice Ice Baby!").
  • Limp Bizkit's "Take a Look Around" has "Follow me into a solo, remember that, kid? So what you gonna do?"
  • This is the tale of 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.
  • Marilyn Manson has Omega, his persona throughout the Mechanical Animals Concept Album + Part 2 of his triptych. Omega is an 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 McFly is named after Marty McFly in the Back to the Future trilogy.
  • Mercury Rev'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 Flaming Lips "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 Flaming Lips when they had written "Felt Good To Burn" itself.
  • Michael Kamen's score for Die Hard 2 quotes Mrs. Gulch's theme from The Wizard of Oz for the moment when McClane uses a bicycle to take out a bad guy!
  • Mike Watt's Contemplating The Engine Room is a Concept Album about working in a ship's engine room, which is meant as a metaphor for his experiences in The Minutemen (among other things). Accordingly, when his Author Avatar 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 Black Flag, Hüsker Dü and The Meat Puppets are named, as are people like frequent SST Record Producer 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: "Will you still love me when I'm sixty-four (bits)?"
  • The EP Supernaut by 1,000 Homo DJs has a cover that homages that of Black Sabbath's Master Of Reality - fittingly enough, the title track is a Black Sabbath cover.
  • Monuments - the song "Horcrux" is a Shout-Out to Harry Potter, 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 Can vocalists: Malcolm Mooney and Damo Suzuki.
  • The parade theme adopted by My Chemical Romance during their performances of The Black Parade was an allusion to The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
  • The video for Ghost by Mystery Skulls is a shout-out of The Exorcist, right down to the girl levitating off the bed.
  • "99 Red Balloons" by Nena references Star Trek: The Original Series:
    "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 Dead Kennedys, Black Flag, Stiff Little Fingers and many others.
  • Ogre You Asshole are named after dialogue from Revenge of the Nerds, sort of: The story goes that drummer Arata Nishi ran into Eric Judy of Modest Mouse, 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 Song Of Song Titles, 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 third release 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 The Beatles 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 shrieking "I MISS YOU!"
  • 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": "Gustav Mahler 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 Neon Genesis Evangelion, the entirety of A Thousand Angels by Rachel Macwhirter is basically a shout out to it.
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Good Time Boys" includes several prominent references to other bands: Fishbone ("Funk it up, Fishbone"), X ("If you don't believe me just ask John Doe", along with a brief sample of "White Girl"), The Minutemen, 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, purple haze now / Good god, the baddest of brains now".
    • One of their B Sides is an instrumental titled "Fela's Cock" - fans who don't catch the reference to Nigerian musician and political activist Fela Kuti tend to assume it's a typo for "Flea's Cock".
    • "Deep Kick" has the line "...but the Butthole Surfers always said 'it's better to regret something you did than something you didn't do'", referencing the intro to Butthole Surfers' "Sweat Loaf".
  • Reece Mastin has a few in "Rock Star" the music video and song, one to his audition on The X Factor, one to Emma Stone and P!nk and Patrone and some other moments in his history.
  • Reel Big Fish have references to their other songs in the song "Alternative, Baby".
  • "On the Radio" by Regina Spektor: "On the radio/We heard 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 Song Of Song Titles, drops tons of references from 50s, 60s and 70s pop culture. (Although the reference to Jack The Ripper isn't a Shout-Out. Hopefully.) If you're interested, see the list at the end of this article at The Other Wiki or, perhaps better still, watch 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 Bruce Springsteen 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 Power Pop 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 Simon & Garfunkel's "The Sound Of Silence".
  • Almost Once An Album, Sabaton has a song made entirely of references to other metal songs, bands or lyrics.
  • Scott Walker's "The Seventh Seal" is a lyrical homage to the Ingmar Bergman film of the same name.
  • Sixto Sounds & zircon's Flash Man remix "Nuclear Flash" includes a short riff from the old Ruby-Spears Mega Man cartoon. Hear it here (section in question is at ~1:56).
  • In The Smashing Pumpkins' song "If There Is a God", the singer ponders that if there were a God, He'd like "his loud guitars and his spiders from Mars".
  • Solarstone's "The Last Defeat, Part 2", in addition to being stylistically reminiscent of Sarah McLachlan, includes the lyric "A Sweet Surrender".
  • In the middle of Soul Coughing's "Casiotone Nation", Mike Doughty throws in quotes from the title theme from Yor: The Hunter from the Future ("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 Space song which doesn't have some kind of Shout-Out in it, usually to fictional characters or celebrities. 'Charlie M' and 'A Liddle Biddy Help From Elvis' are two particular examples which spring to mind.
  • Stevie Wonder'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 Non-Appearing Title 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 Superchic[k] has a reference to Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
  • Swashbuckle, a pirate-themed Thrash Metal band, begins their song "Cruise Ship Terror" with some dialogue that ends with "Take no prisoners, take no shit!" They also have a song, "We Are the Storm," is shouts out to Music/Alestorm and other Folk Metal bands.
  • Teenage Fanclub named their album Thirteen after the Big Star 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".
  • Titus Andronicus 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''."
  • Tori Amos has given shout outs to Neil Gaiman 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 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 Nine Inch Nails 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 Mr Mister on the radio, stereo", referring to the group that performed "Broken Wings".
  • UFO's "Doctor, Doctor" has an incredibly obvious shout out to Led Zeppelin in its "Livin', Lovin'" chorus, although they make it sound original by taking it in a different direction. They also reference a band playing "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 Flaming Lips ("What is the light / that you have / Shining all around you? / Is it chemically derived?").
    • "Ready To Die" mentions 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 Vincent Price's spoken word section of "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 The Beach Boys - 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/Hardcore Punk band Venomous Concept have a name that plays on the name of Hardcore Punk band Poison Idea - According to the band themselves, their name is meant to sound like "Poison Idea" rendered in Intentional Engrish for Funny, so it's both a tribute to Poison Idea and an Affectionate Parody of Japanese hardcore bands with Gratuitous English names.
  • Aside from being named after a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory character, Veruca Salt have made a lot of shout outs to other bands:
    • The album American Thighs is named for a line in AC/DC's "You Shook Me All Night Long".
    • Eight Arms To Hold You was also a Working Title for a 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
    • The bridge of "Born Entertainer" is a nod to Cheap Trick'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 The Pixies' Single Stanza Song "Stormy Weather".
  • Vision Divine 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 Dungeons & Dragons, while "El Scorcho" mentions Green Day, Cio Cio San from the opera Madame Butterfly, and professional wrestlers Johnny Grunge and New Jack.
    • "Heart Songs" is essentially an earnest Narm filled List Song of Rivers Cuomo's musical influences (the fact that one of these is '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 Thats to the mainstream (Timbaland is even mentioned by name), the video is filled with Shout Outs to 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".
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic directly quotes a verse of the Gilligan's Island 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, "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 Michael Jackson's Bad.
  • "I've Seen All Good People" by Yes has the background vocals "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 teenaged female nerds? They might end up with something like "Yuri the Only One", a pop song whose lyrics are entirely composed of video game and anime references. A sample of the lyrics:
  • The vocaloid song Full Moon Laboratory by mothy is a shout out to Fullmetal Alchemist.
  • The album Prayer for the Weekend is filled with Shout Outs: "The Worrying Kind" has the line "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 Shout-Out 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 Flash Gordon 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 Southern Rock bands have songs containing a bunch of Shoutouts to other Southern Rock bands or artists:
  • Eurobeat songs frequently contain shout-outs, for example "Go Rocky Joe" by Maximum Power, in addition to being 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 Lil Wayne, Drake, The Game and Kanye West.
  • The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal was chock-full of bands named after songs by Thin Lizzy, UFO, and Judas Priest. Chinatown, Black Rose, Heavy Pettin', Obsession, and Dissident Aggressor, just as the tip of the iceberg. Later speed metal bands borrowed Exciter (Judas Priest song, band initially an Iron Maiden clone), Overkill (Motörhead song), and Machine Head (Deep Purple album).
  • Two Covered Up 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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