Spiritual Successor: Music

  • Having Fun With Elvis On Stage is considered one of the worst albums ever made. It is just Elvis' stage banter, stripped of any context, without music. Of course, in the 21st century, Bile Fascination has evolved into a form of comedy, where something is funny for not being funny. Because of that, there is now 45 Minutes of Paul Stanley Stage Banter, which is exactly what it sounds like. 45 Minutes of Paul Stanley's stage banter.
  • Adele is considered the spiritual successor to Amy Winehouse by many music critics.
  • Alicia Keys is this to Nina Simone
  • Atmosphere's song The Waitress could be seen as a sequel to Her Music Box, with the little girl in the latter having grown up.
  • Guitarist Jerry Cantrell's second solo album, "Degradation Trip", has been described as a spiritual successor to Alice in Chains' Dirt album.
  • Chickenfoot is this for Van Halen, considering half of Chickenfoot is comprised of two former Van Halen members. They musically resemble the David Lee Roth years, which is ironic, because they feature Roth's replacement Sammy Haggar on vocals.
  • Some fans consider Gamma Ray to be the Spiritual Successor of Helloween. It was founded by one of Helloween's guitarists, Kai Hansen, and Helloween absolutely did not put out a couple of really bad albums after he left.
  • So many of Frank Zappa's albums were this to each other:
  • Tom Waits' Swordfishtrombones was the precursor for Rain Dogs and Franks Wild Years. Collectively, they are known as the Frank O'Brien Trilogy.
  • Pink Floyd's The Final Cut is seen by many to be a successor to their earlier album The Wall. Both are concept albums dealing with pain, loss, and detachment.
    • Also a rock musician who appears in some of the album's songs may be Pink.
      • The Wall and The Pros And Cons Of Hitchhiking were written as part of the same set of 1978 demos, and both would have been considered to be the successor to Animals. The Wall won. The Final Cut began as new tracks written in 1982 for The Wall movie, along with rejected songs from the album's 1979 sessions, but only "When The Tigers Broke Free" was used. It was to be released as an album called Spare Bricks. It was later completed with new tracks about and a new concept about the schoolteacher from The Wall being angry about The Falklands War and warmongering in general and called The Final Cut. TPACOHH was renewed as Roger Waters' first solo album. As a result, the albums have similar sounds and similar subject matter.
    • Roger Waters' solo album Amused To Death has been described by some fans as on par with Pink Floyd's classic albums. Executives at Roger's label apparently admitted as much to him, saying that it would have sold many more copies if it was a Pink Floyd album.
      • Amused To Death was actually written at first as, literally, a sequel to Waters' Radio KAOS album. Roger's objections to the first Iraq War (and its depiction by the news media as it unfurled) changed all of that.
  • Lady Gaga has been called the spiritual successor to Cyndi Lauper.
    • And Madonna. And Missing Persons' Dale Bozzio (whose hair style she admitted to copying). There are many who believe Gaga is just playing the system and is writing the sort of music that is popular whilst not taking it too seriously.
  • Heaven and Hell was the Ronnie James Dio line up of Black Sabbath when Black Sabbath returned to its original Ozzy-led lineup.
  • When 16 Horsepower started drifting apart, the frontman and primary songwriter started recording and performing under the moniker Woven Hand, basically picking up exactly where his first band left off.
  • Johannes Brahms' first symphony was described as "Beethoven's tenth" after the premičre.
  • Both Post-Grunge and Metalcore have been called the Spiritual Successor to Hair Metal for different reasons. The former for its lyrical content, near total dominance of mainstream Hard Rock, "poppy" hard rock nature, and abundance of same-sounding Follow the Leader acts. As for the latter, well, just look at this.
  • Britney Spears is considered to be the 00's successor to Madonna. Noted on her Wikipedia page, by the clear majority.
  • Porcupine Tree is, according to critics and lots of fans, the spiritual successor to King Crimson. Hell, even frontmen from both bands (Steven Wilson and Robert Fripp respectively) agree on this!
    • Hardly surprising, then, that Fripp actually invited Wilson to supervise the remastering of King Crimson's albums.
  • The Foo Fighters are without a doubt the spiritual successor to Nirvana. Dave Grohl was a member of both bands, and the Foo Fighters' first album was widely stated to sound almost exactly like Nirvana.
    • The reason for this is most of that album was recorded in 1992 when Grohl was a member of Nirvana and so was influenced by what they were doing at the time. In fact some of those songs were written for Nirvana (This Is A Call being the most obvious one). Kurt Cobain liked Grohl's songs and wanted to use more of them (just Marigold got recorded as a B Side) but never got round to it.
  • Green Day's concept album Twenty First Century Breakdown is almost a direct sequel to their previous rock opera "American Idiot." One could go as far as to argue that this could go beyond spiritual successor, as they both take place around the same time, deal with the same basic themes, and have very similar characters.
  • David Bowie's Aladdin Sane is this to his previous album The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars. He wrote some of the songs for it while on the U.S. tour supporting Ziggy Stardust, and keen to wean himself from the Secret Identity Identity issues surrounding the Ziggy persona, he came up with a Ziggy expy who was suffering a mental/emotional decline as he journeyed across America.
  • Arch Enemy's early albums (Black Earth, Stigmata, and Burning Bridges) have all been described as a continuation of sorts to Carcass's sound from the time of their fourth album, Heartwork (which Arch Enemy's lead guitarist, Michael Amott, played on).
  • Arcade Fire is one of these for Neutral Milk Hotel for some. It doesn't help that Arcade Fire signed to Merge Records because Neutral Milk Hotel was part of the label.
  • Sun Kil Moon is the Spiritual Successor to Red House Painters. When Mark Kozelek attempted to get RHP back together in 2002, their music had changed to drastically that he considered the project a separate one and renamed it to Sun Kil Moon.
  • Tribute might very well be this to The Devil Went Down to Georgia.
  • Mike Oldfield's 1990 album Amarok is this to his 1975 album Ommadawn.
  • Both Tori Amos and Björk have been considered the spiritual successors to Kate Bush.
  • Lamb Of God's 2012 album Resolution is considered by some to be one to Pantera's 1997 album The Great Southern Trendkill in terms of both the dark, depressing and frightening tone and style of both albums. Hell, just compare Lamb Of God's "King Me" with either Pantera's "Floods" or "10's", both styles are alike!
  • Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow could be this to Gillan-era Deep Purple, especially during its days with Ronnie James Dio.
  • Math Rock and Post-Rock are the spritual successors to Progressive Rock.
  • Queensr˙che's album Promised Land was this this to their previous album Operation Mindcrime, until a direct sequel to the latter was released.
  • A lot of solo musicians' careers become spiritual successors to their bands after they break up.
  • A number of critics have cited the Stevie Nicks/Lindsey Buckingham-led Fleetwood Mac as a spiritual successor to The Mamas and The Papas, since they were both Californian pop-rock bands with tight male-female vocal blends.
  • Dir en grey is a very famous and loved Japanese Visual Kei band; their sound is so strange and unclassifiable some consider them the Spiritual Successors to Faith No More, Converge and The Dillinger Escape Plan. They're also regarded as the "Japanese Marilyn Manson" due to their chosen style.
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic could be seen as the spiritual successor of Spike Jones.
  • "Major Tom (Coming Home)" is a spiritual successor to David Bowie's "Space Oddity"
  • YouTube comments denigrating Justin Bieber have become the "DISCO SUCKS!" of the 21st century.
  • Tom G. Warrior's band Triptykon is the spiritual successor to his previous band Celtic Frost, which in turn was the spiritual successor to Warrior and Martin Eric Ain's earlier band Hellhammer.
  • Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe was in many ways a Spiritual Successor to the '70s era Yes, including having four of the five members of that lineup (only bassist Chris Squire was missing)
  • Bryan Ferry's solo career has been more or less a continuation of his work with Roxy Music, to the point where many compilations include both solo and Roxy Music tracks.
  • This PopMatters article makes a convincing case that modern Country Music, with its radio-friendliness and penchant for power ballads, is the spiritual successor to Arena Rock.
  • Decoded Feedback's "Night Terror" (2012) is this to "Bio Vital" (1998), using the same key, tempo, and instrumentation.
  • Rammstein's song "Ohne Dich" (Without You) is this to Franz Schubert's song "Wandrers Nachtlied II", which is itself a setting of a poem by Johann Wolfgangvon Goethe, probably the most famous poem in the German language. In the original poem/song, the wanderer looks out peacefully across the calm forest, where even the birds are silent ("Die Vögelein schweigen im Walde".) In the Rammstein song, the forest isn't so much calm but dark, empty and lifeless, and the birds aren't so much silent as no longer singing ("Und die Vögel singen nicht mehr.") In the first song, the narrator is alone but at peace; in the second one, he's alone because he's without "you" and can't bear it.
  • In a way, Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda" could be considered a spiritual sequel to Sir Mix-A-Lot's "Baby Got Back", due to the former heavily sampling the latter, as well as both songs having similar subject matter.
  • Idina Menzel's "Let It Go", from Frozen, is a spiritual successor to her song "Defying Gravity" from Wicked.
  • Groove Coverage's "Little June" was this to Mike Oldfield's "Moonlight Shadow", which they previously covered. Both are about the murder of a loved one, and have similar melodies.
  • Holy Ghost! sound like the spiritual successors of New Order, and were the opening band for the latter's 2013 US tour.
    • New Order is also the spiritual successor to Joy Division, the former being comprised of all the remaining members of said band except for Joy Division's lead singer, Ian Curtis, who commited suicide in 1980.
  • Frank Sinatra's album Songs For Young Lovers got a follow-up under the similar title Songs For Swingin Lovers.
  • Juniel was coined the "Next IU" at her Korean debut - both are Korean Pop Music female soloists, have similar voices and play guitar (though IU doesn't officially promote with it). Their music however isn't particularly similar, with Juniel focusing on acoustic and pop rock music and IU experimenting a larger variety from pop to swing music.
  • When CN Blue debuted in Korea, they were immediately noted for sharing similar success and appeal as labelmates FT Island, who had debuted about 2.5 years beforehand, as both are popular idol rock bands there. Both promote alongside each other and have moulded their own distinct sounds and success since then.
  • The Break-Up are the spiritual successor to the now-defunct fellow Seattle synthpunk band The Fitness.
  • Avril Lavigne is said to be a spiritual successor to Alanis Morissette: Both are young Canadian singer-songwriters who play rock music but market themselves more to pop audiences.
    • Although before Lavigne broke out people were touting Michelle Branch as the heir to Morissette's throne; although she was successful, Branch did not achieve a fraction of the success or popularity that Morissette and Lavigne had.
  • Girls Aloud are generally considered the spiritual successors to the Spice Girls, as not only did Girls Aloud have a long-running career like the Spice Girls, but Geri Halliwell was a judge on the talent show that formed them.
    • In turn, Little Mix are generally thought to be Girls Aloud's successors as well as to Sugababes, since Little Mix were also formed on a talent show and straddle the lines between pop and R&B.
  • Taiji Sawada could be seen as this to Sid Vicious: a delinquent dropout bassist that ascended to the top of his new music scene (for Sid Vicious it was punk, for Sawada it was Visual Kei), with an aggressive style and bad-boy image that, even when he was kicked from bands, left him an iconic figure of "not selling out." In the same way, alcoholism and hard drugs would eventually ruin their lives and play large roles in both's eventual deaths, with Vicious dying of an overdose and Sawada dying post-arrest for acting out on an airplane, most likely either due to drugs or due to epilepsy subsequent to a past drug-induced stroke). The major difference between the two was that where Vicious was stereotypically "what gets stuck on bass," Sawada was actually a skilled bassist, guitarist, and composer.