Sunday, February 3, 2013

Great Songs That Reference Songs & Singers

"The Road" by Emmylou Harris, wherein she references former friend and bandmate, the late Gram Parsons.

"17 Again" by Eurythmics, wherein they reference themselves and their classic "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)".

"Eulogy" by Frank Turner, wherein he mentions Freddie Mercury.

"Car Wheels on a Gravel Road" by Lucinda Williams, wherein she mentions Loretta Lynn.

"The Ghost of Stephen Foster" by Squirrel Nut Zippers, wherein the mention songwriter Stephen Foster.

"You Could Make a Killing" by Aimee Mann, wherein she (supposedly) references on of the Oasis brothers.

"These Photographs" by Joshua Radin, wherein he mentions Nina Simone.

"Never Found My Emmylou" by The Doc Marshalls, wherein they mention Emmylou Harris.

"Burgundy Shoes" by Patty Griffin, wherein she mentions The Beatles' song "Michelle."

"Life in a Northern Town" by The Dream Academy, wherein is referenced Nick Drake.

"Nick Drake Tape" by Clem Snide, wherein he, Nick Drake.

"Matilda" by alt-j, wherein is mentioned folk singer Johnny Flynn.

"On with the Song" by Mary Chapin Carpenter, wherein she references The Dixie Chicks.

"I Dream a Highway" by Gillian Welch, a gorgeous 14 minute song wherein she mentions both Emmylou Harris and Gram Parsons.

"Under You" by Better Than Ezra, wherein they mention Leonard Cohen.


  1. "Nick Drake Tape" by Clem Snide, wherein he, Nick Drake.


    "Leonard Cohen" by Joe D'urso & Stone Caravan - I bet you can guess... ;)

    "Chelsea Hotel No. 2" by Leonard Cohen is supposedly about Janis Joplin.

    "Cry Cry Cry" by Third Eye Blind with Merle Haggard - it's not the usual version of "Cry Cry Cry". Instead, it's intertwined with a sort of spoken word thing by Haggard about Johnny Cash.

    "Lullaby for the Taken" by Kimya Dawson mentions John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats.

    "Girls Like Status" by the Hold Steady mentions the Mountain Goats, specifically the song "This Year".