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A song that contains references to various songs from the album/by the artist

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Proposed By:
Pichu-kun on Sep 13th 2017 at 8:57:12 AM
Last Edited By:
Pichu-kun on Dec 7th 2017 at 8:50:39 AM
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A compilation song occurs when song references various other songs by an artist. This can either be the rhythm of previous songs or lyrics lifted from previous songs. Usually, they're songs from the same album.


Examples:

  • "Imaginaerum" by Nightwish contains orchestra versions of various songs from the album "Imaginaerum".
  • "Masterpiece Theatre III" by Marianas Trench features various lines from their previous songs.
  • The second verse of Alestorm's Drink.
    "We sailed Over The Seas for Wenches and Mead
    and told great tales of The Huntmaster's deeds/Our quest for a drop of That Famous Old Spiced/Showed us the wrath of Leviathans bite/We went Back Through Time to get more Rum/Though we ended up Shipwrecked having no fun/ but Heavy Metal Pirates'' we must be/So give all your beer and your rum to me!"

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Sep 15th 2017 at 4:00:47 AM

The second verse of Alestorm's Drink. "We sailed Over The Seas for Wenches and Mead/ and told great tales of The Huntmaster's deeds/Our quest for a drop of That Famous Old Spiced/Showed us the wrath of Leviathans bite/We went Back Through Time to get more Rum/Though we ended up Shipwrecked having no fun/ but Heavy Metal Pirates we must be/So give all your beer and your rum to me!"

Dec 6th 2017 at 10:18:12 AM

  • The "Intervals" segment of Dream Theater's song Octavarium consists of references to the album's other songs:
    • "Our deadly sins feel his mortal wrath, remove all obstacles from our path" -> The Root of All Evil
    • "Asking questions, search for clues, the answer's been right in front of you" -> The Answer Lies Within
    • "Try to break through, long to connect, fall on deaf ears and failed muted breath" -> These Walls
    • "Loyalty, trust, faith and desire carries love through each darkest fire" -> I Walk Beside You
    • "Tortured insanity, a smothering hell, try to escape but to no avail" -> Panic Attack
    • "The calls of admirers, who claim they adore, drain all your lifeblood while begging for more" -> Never Enough
    • "Innocent victims of merciless crimes fall prey to some madman's impulsive designs -> Sacrificed Sons
    • "Step after step, we try controlling our fate, when we finally start living it's become too late" -> Octavarium

Dec 6th 2017 at 4:49:12 PM

  • "Bring It In, Guys!" plays during the end credits/Where Are They Now Epilogue of Undertale's Golden Ending, and contains the leitmotifs of most of the game's main characters (Undyne, Sans, Papyrus, Asgore, Toriel, and Mettaton), in addition to part of the song played during random encounters and the song that plays in the game's intro.

Dec 6th 2017 at 8:27:57 PM

Music

  • The Beatles' "Glass Onion" is a song that mocks fans who try to assign meanings to their previous songs that aren't actually there, and thus references "I Am The Walrus", "Fool On the Hill", and "Strawberry Fields".

Dec 7th 2017 at 9:07:07 AM

So, would any medley count—assuming it's a musician playing a medley of their own songs?

  • Five Iron Frenzy wrote "That's How the Story Ends" for (what was meant to be) their final album. So the lyrics reference most of their prior joke songs—"Where's Micah", "The Untimely Death of Brad", "Blue Comb '78", "These Are Not My Pants", "Combat Chuck", "Never Ask Us to Play This", "Kitty Doggy", and "Kingdom of the Dinosaurs"—mostly by taking their dangling plot threads and resolving them all in the most abrupt way possible.

Dec 7th 2017 at 8:50:39 AM

Would megamixes count if they're made by the actual artist?

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