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"(619) 239-KING" ~ Mojo Nixon
mentions two Elvis titles...
"If I Can Dream" ~ Elvis Presley
"Mystery Train" ~ Elvis Presley

Just leather, black and tight.
If I can dream, Mystery Train
Come on Elvis, give me a ring at...

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"1972" ~
Josh Rouse
makes reference to...
"It's Too Late" ~ Carol King
She was feeling nineteen seventy two
Grooving to a Carole King tune
Is it too late baby?
Is it too late?

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"1994" ~
Jason Aldean
refers to EIGHT Joe Diffie songs

"C-O-U-N-T-R-Y" ~ Joe Diffie

"Third Rock From The Sun" ~ Joe Diffie
"John Deere Green"
~ Joe Diffie
"Ships That Don't Come In"
~ Joe Diffie
"Honky Tonk Attitude"
~ Joe Diffie
"Pickup Man"
~ Joe Diffie
"So Help Me Girl"
~ Joe Diffie
"A Night to Remember"
~ Joe Diffie
The song also features a nod to Eminem's "The Real Slim Shady"
when Jason Aldean sings "Will the real Joe Diffie please stand up"

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"A Dash Of Dean Martin" ~ Potentially Yours
feat. Cory Sellers
refers to the song
"Blue Moon" ~ Dean Martin
I think theres must be something wrong with your head
Youre Blue Moon with Dean Martin on instant replay
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"A Simple Desultory Philippic (Or How I Was Robert McNamara'd Into Submission)" ~ Paul Simon / Simon & Garfunkel (2 versions)
"Silver Dagger" a nineteenth-century folk song largely associated with Joan Baez
also makes reference to
"It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)" - Bob Dylan
It's all right Ma.

"Rainy Day Women No. 12 & 35" - Bob Dylan
Everybody must get stoned

"I Shall Be Free No. 10" ~ Bob Dylan
It's just something I learned over in England
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"All Summer Long" ~ Kid Rock
makes references verbally or musically to ...
"Sweet Home Alabama" by Lynard Skynard

"Werewolves Of London" ~ Warren Zevon
"We were trying different things
and we were smoking funny things
making love out by the lake to our favorite song
sipping whisky out the bottle, not thinking bout tomorrow
singing Sweet Home Alabama all summer long..."
The instrumental backing for this song is a mash-up of
Warren Zevon's "Werewolves Of London" and Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama"

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"All those Years Ago" ~ George Harrison
George wrote this as a tribute song to John Lennon, it references to...
"All You Need Is Love" - The Beatles
Im talking all about how to give
They dont act with much honesty
But you point the way to the truth when you say
All you need is love.

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"All You Need Is Love"
~ The Beatle
makes reference to an earlier title when...
at the end of the song they do the refrain
"She loves you yeah, yeah, yeah"..
"She Loves You" ~ The Beatles
Love is all you need (love is all you need).
Oh yeah!
She loves you, yeah yeah yeah.
She loves you, yeah yeah yeah.
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"All The Young Dudes" ~ Mott the Hoople
includes references to T. Rex, The Beatles, and The Rolling Stones.
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"Alligator Come Across" ~ Jets / Arty Duff
"See Ya Later Alligator" ~ Bill Haley & His Comets
I knew some day she would hear him say
See you later alligator, I'll be on my way
Alligator come across, leave that cat alone
'Cause I'll be here when he's gone-gone-gone
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"American Pie" ~ Don McLean

As well as making reference to other pop culture figures.. the song is a tribute to Buddy Holly.
At the end of each chorus, (although he says This'll instead of That'll), Don makes reference to the song...
"That'll Be The Day" ~ Buddy Holly
And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
Singin' this'll be the day that I die
This'll be the day that I die
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"And The Bands Played On" ~ Saxon

mentions one of their own songs
747 (Strangers In the Night) ~ Saxon
Making music and it rolled on through the night
You could hear on the air rock n' roll everywhere
We were strangers in the night
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"Astronaut" ~ Ass Ponys
the song mentions the title...
"Interstellar Overdrive" ~ Pink Floyd
Interstellar overdrive is playing on her phonograph
She believes he’s still alive out there in his hovercraft
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"Baby Bitch" ~ Ween
mentions an earlier song...
Birthday Boy" ~ Ween
Got fat, got angry, started hating myself
Wrote "Birthday Boy" for you babe
Now I'm skinny and sick and paranoid
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"Berry Rides Again" ~ Steppenwolf
This is a tribute song to Chuck Berry, as such, it references several of his songs
(I counted 11)
"Sweet Little Sixteen"
"Little Queenie"
"Johnnie B. Good"
"Back to Memphis"
"Route 66"
"Rock n' Roll Music"
"Roll over Beethoven
"Memphis, Tennessee"

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"Black Velvet" ~ Alannah Myles
mentions 3 songs...
"White Lightning" ~ George Jones
"Mamas Baby" ~ Johnny Cash
"Love Me Tender" ~ Elvis Presley

Up in Memphis the music's like a heat wave
White Lightnin' bound to drive you wild
Mama's baby's in the heart of ev'ry school girl
Love Me Tender leaves 'em cryin' in the aisle

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"Blind Willie McTell" ~ Bob Dylan
has a line that is an allusion to
"St. James Infirmary Blues" ~ Blind Willie McTell (based on an 18th-century English folk song "The Unfortunate Rake")
I'm gazing out the window
Of the St. James Hotel
And I know no one can sing the blues
Like Blind Willie McTell

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"Bon Jovi and Pixie" ~ Francine Mancini
makes reference to eight Bon Jovi songs
"Welcome to Wherever You Are"

"You Give Love a Bad Name"

"Livin' on a Prayer"
"I'll Be There For You"

"Wanted Dead Or Alive"
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"Broadway Melody Of 1974" ~ Genesis
mentions 2 songs...
"In The Mood" ~ Glenn Miller
Klu Klux Klan serve hot soul food
And the band plays 'In the Mood'

and also mentions...
"Blue Suede Shoes" ~ Elvis Presley
There's Howard Hughes in blue suede shoes,
Smiling at the majorettes,
Smoking Winston Cigarettes.

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"Calling Elvis" ~ Dire Straits.
This song makes reference to 5 Elvis classics

"Heartbreak Hotel"
"Love Me Tender"
"Don''t Be Cruel"
"Return To Sender"
"Treat Me Like A Fool"

"...well tell him I was calling just to wish him well
let me leave my number - heartbreak hotel
oh love me tender - baby dob't be cruel
return to sender - treat me like a fool"

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"Cleaning Windows " ~ Van Morrison
This song mentions a few musicians and the song title...

"Rollin' Stone" ~ Muddy Waters
Cleaning windows (number thirty-six).
I heard Leadbelly and Blind Lemon
On the street where I was born
Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee,
Muddy Waters sing "I'm a Rolling Stone"

NOTE: the song also mentions Jimmie Rogers

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"Coming Home" ~
Diddy and Dirty Money
"Tears Of A Clown" ~ Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

I hear "The Tears of a Clown"
I hate that song
I always feel like they talking to me when it comes on
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"Crackerjack Box" ~ Joseph Arthur
mentions ...
See Ya Later Alligator ~ Bill Haley & His Comets
Or even
Maybe turn into a crocodile
See ya later alligator
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"Deadbeat Club" ~
refers to...
"96 Tears" ~ Question Mark and the Mysterians
Going down to Allen's for a twenty-five cent beer
And the jukebox playing real loud, "96 Tears"
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"Destroyer" ~ The Kinks
makes reference to two of their other songs ..
"Lola" - The Kinks
"All Day and All of the Night" - The Kinks

Met a girl called Lola and I took her back to my place...
Girl, I want you here with me...
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"Dimension" ~ Wolfmother
refers to the Hendrix hit...
"Purple Haze" ~ Jimi Hendrix
"Angel" ~ Jimi Hendrix
Purple haze is in the sky,
See the angels wicked eye
all these things we must try
'Till we see the reasons why, oh yeah
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"Do You Miss Me (Killians) Gutierrez" ~
Lucky Boys Confusion
refers to one of their own songs...
"Arizona Stand"
~ Lucky Boys Confusion
Now I hear you cry every time we play Arizona Stand
Now I'm standing here with 50 of my friends and a keg of Killians
And you're at home with your Ani Difranco tapes again

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"Drivin' Sister" ~ Mott the Hoople
mentions the song...
"Half Moon Bay" ~ Mott the Hoople
Eight-track machine playing 'Half Moon Bay'
Drivin' in my Volks down on Hamstead Way

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"El Scorcho" ~ Weezer

mentions one of their own songs
"Falling For You" ~ Weezer
I like you way too much
My baby, I'm afraid I'm falling for you

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"Elevator Rock" ~ Tommy Steele with the Steelmen
"See You Later, Alligator" ~ Bill Haley and His Comets
Floors to the left and floors to the right
You can keep "see you later alligator"
I got my elevator

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"Everything I Do, I Do It For You" ~ Bryan Adams

"Take Me As I Am" ~ the Duprees

Take me as I am,
Take my life

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"Extra Ordinary" ~ Better Than Ezra
mentions or
makes reference to...
"Soap on a Rope" - Chickenfoot
I got a little bit of hope
Like a soap on a rope

"You Shook Me All Night Long" ~ A/C-D/C
And just like that AC/DC song
Come on baby, shake me all night long

"Mona Lisa" ~ Nat King Cole
Cumba lada vista!
Got a Mona Lisa

"One Week" ~ Bare Naked Ladies
But just like that Barenaked Ladies' song
I'm hot like wasabi when I'm next to your body
(Hot like wasabe... are lyrics from "One Week")

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"First Love" ~ Emmy The Great
Refers to
"Hallelujah" ~ Leonard Cohen

On my body from the first time you did rewind that line from Hallelujah.
The original Leonard Cohen version.

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"Follow My Lead" ~ 50 Cent
refers to
"Miss You Much" by Janet Jackson.
Like Janet Jackson say, "I miss you much"
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"From Rock, to Roll to Rocket" ~ The Minstrel
refers to
"Peggy Sue" ~ Buddy Holly
Buddy Holly sang Peggy Sue
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"Garden Party" ~ Rick Nelson and the Stone Canyon Band
refers to...
"Hello Mary Lou"
~ Ricky Nelson
"She Belongs To Me" ~ Bob Dylan
"Country Honk" ~ The Rolling Stones
I said hello to "Mary Lou", she belongs to me
When I sang a song about a honky-tonk, it was time to leave
"All Right Now" - Free
But it's all right now, I learned my lesson well.

Johnny B. Goode ~ Chuck Berry
Someone opened up a closet door and out stepped Johnny B. Goode
Playing guitar like a-ringin' a bell and lookin' like he should
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"Glass Onion" ~ The Beatles

They refer back to 5 of their own songs...
"Strawberry Fields"
I told you about strawberry fields
"I Am the Walrus"
I told you about the walrus and me, man
"Lady Madonna"
Lady Madonna trying to make ends meet, yeah
"The Fool On The Hill"
I told you about the fool on the hill
"Fixing a Hole"
Listen to me
Fixing a hole in the ocean
Trying to make a dove-tail joint, yeah
Looking through a glass onion

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"Growing Up with GNR" ~ Aqueduct
makes reference to...
"Sweet Child O' Mine"
~ Guns N' Roses
I was only twelve, damning all to hell, I was feeling fine
Hearing Axl Rose, on the radio
singing sweet child of mine

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"God" ~ John Lennon
Refers back to 2 Beatle hits
"I Am the Walrus"

I was the Dreamweaver
But now I'm reborn
I was the Walrus
But now I'm John

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"God Rap" ~ Eminem
makes reference to...

"I'm Back" ~ Eminem [a line from this song]
Seven kids from Columbine; Put 'em all in a line, add an AK-47, a revolver, and a nine....
"Supersonic" ~ J. J. Fad
"Lookin Boy" ~ Hotstylz

Hotstylz were suing Eminem and Shady Records, for the amount of $8 million, for using the 25 second sample
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"Good Times" ~ The Easybeats also Jimmy Barnes & INXS
makes reference to...
''Bony Maronie'' ~ Larry Williams
''Long Tall Sally'' ~ Little Richard
''Short Fat Fannie'' ~ Larry Williams

Boney Maroney's gonna be with Jim
I said long tall Sally gonna be with Slim
Short fat Fanny's gonna be there too
And this is what I'm gonna do

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"Halloween Parade" ~ Lou Reed
makes refereence to
"Proud Mary" ~ Creedence Clearwater Revival
There's a down town fairy singing out "Proud Mary"
as she cruises Christopher Street
And some Southern Queen is acting loud and mean
where the docks and the Badlands meet

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"Heart Songs" ~ Weezer
makes reference to
"The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald" ~
Gordon Lightfoot
Gordon Lightfoot sang a song about a boat that sank in the lake at the break of the morn' ...
"I love A Rainy Night" ~ Eddie Rabbit

Eddie Rabbit sang about how much he loved a rainy night ...
"Hungry Heart" ~ Bruce Springsteen
Mr Springsteen said he had a hungry heart ...
mentions many musical artists, throughout the song.

see songs that reference bands and artists
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"Harlem Roulette" ~ Mountain Goats
"Seabreeze" ~ Frankie Lymon
Unknown engines underneath the city
Steam pushing up in billows through the grates
Frankie Lymon's tracking Seabreeze in a studio in Harlem
It's 1968..."

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"Hello...I'm Johnny Cash" ~
Alabama 3
mentions 5 Johnny Cash hits...
"Walk The Line "
"Folsom Prison Blues"
"A Boy Named Sue"

we gonna fall into that ring of fire
I said oh Delia, my sweet Delia
I don't want this for some prison blue
I won't take my guns to town tonite
if you don't call me a boy named sue

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"Hot Soft Light" ~
The Hold Steady
mentions 2 titles...
"Screaming for Vengeance" ~ Judas Priest
it tightened up its tentacles.
the band played screaming for vengance
and we agreed. this world is mostly manacled.

and ...
"Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" - Black Sabbath
it tightened up its tentacles

and the band played sabbath bloody sabbath"
you thought it was stoney and adorable.
it started in the vestibule, it ended in the hospital.'

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"Highway Patrolman" ~ Bruce Springsteen
mentions ...
"Night at the Johnstown Flood" ~ Pygmy Lush
Me and Franky laughin' and drinkin'
Nothin' feels better than blood on blood
Takin' turns dancin' with Maria as the band played
"Night of the Johnstown Flood"

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"I Feel Like Buddy Holly" ~ Alvin Stardust
Makes reference to ...
"Raining In My Heart" - Buddy Holly
"Yesterday" - The Beatles
"Solitaire" - Neil Sedaka
"It's Over" - Roy Orbison
"Living Without You" - Randy Newman
"Only The Lonely" - Roy Orbison

Titles are throughout the song
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"I Am the Walrus" ~ The Beatles
Makes reference to
"Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" - The Beatles
Mister City Policeman sitting, pretty little policemen in a row
See how they fly like Lucy in the sky, see how they run

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"I'm Too Sexy" - Right Said Fred

The song quotes the guitar riff from
"Third Stone From the Sun"
- Jimi Hendrix
I know it is a sample, but just thought I would add it to the page.
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"In The Days Before Rock 'n' Roll" ~ Van Morrison
"Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" ~ Jerry Lee Lewis
"Great Balls Of Fire" ~ Jerry Lee Lewis

The killer, Jerry Lee Lewis
A whole lotta shakin' goin' on,
Great balls of fire
Little Richard

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"Jackie Wilson Said (I'm In Heaven When You Smile)" - Van Morrison
mentions the title...

~ Jackie Wilson

Da, da, da, da, da,
Jackie Wilson said
It was "Reet-Petite"
Kinda love you got

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"King Rides By" ~ Cat Power

has reference to ...
You Don't Miss Your Water ~
Otis Redding
Needing Love More Than Your'll Ever Know
You Don't Miss Your Water
You Don't Miss Your Water

Till your Well is Gone

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"Land Of A 1,000 Dances" ~ Chris Kenner

has references to ...
Bony Maronie ~ Larry Williams
You gotta know how to pony like Bony Maronie

Long Tall Sally ~ Little Richard
Dance with me honey, like Long Tall Sally

ALSO the original Chris Kenner recording mentions 16 dances: the Pony, the Chicken, the Mashed Potato, the Alligator, the Watusi,
the Twist, the Fly, the Jerk, the Tango, the Yo-Yo, the Sweet Pea, the Hand Jive, the Slop, the Bop, the Fish, and the Popeye.
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"Let's Rock"
~ Chrisette Michele
mentions ...
Here We Go ~ Run-D.M.C

Here we go [3+]

Let's Rock, Let's Rock, Let's Rock
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"Life is a Rock (But the Radio Rolled Me) ~ Reunion

has reference to
"Going Steady" ~ Faron Young
"Take It Easy" ~ Eagles
"I Want to Take You Higher" ~ Sly and the Family Stone,
"Liar, Liar" ~ The Castaways
"The Loco-Motion" ~ Little Eva
"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" ~ The Rolling Stones
"Fujiyama" ~ Wanda Jackson
"Rama Lama Ding Dong" ~ The Edsels
"Shimmy, Shimmy, Ko Ko Bop" ~ Little Anthony and the Imperials
"Finger Poppin' Time" ~ Hank Ballard
"Mary, Mary" ~ The Butterfield Blues Band
"Jack the Ripper" ~ Link Wray
"Gimme Shelter" ~ The Rolling Stones
"Dede Dinah" ~ Frankie Avalon
"CC Rider" ~ Gertrude "Ma" Rainey
"Camptown Races" ~ Dave Brubeck Quartet
"Good Vibrations" ~ Beach Boys
"Help Me Rhonda" ~ Beach Boys
"Surfer Girl" ~ Beach Boys
"Little Honda" ~ Beach Boys
"Tighter, Tighter" ~ Alive N Kickin’
"Honey, Honey" ~ Abba
"Sugar, Sugar" ~ The Archies
"Yummy Yummy Yummy" ~ Ohio Express
"Remember (Walking in the Sand)" ~ The Shangri-Las
"The Boston Monkey" ~ Les Cooper

S.R.O. ~ Alpert and the Tijuana Brass (album)
Performed as medley or spoken over the fade-out:
"Baby I Need Your Loving" ~ The Four Tops
"Uptight (Everything's Alright)" ~ Stevie Wonder
"Celebrate" ~ Three Dog Night
"I Want to Take You Higher" ~ Sly & the Family Stone

The whole song is made up of names and songs
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"Living In Danger"
~ Ace Of Base
"Eyes of a Stranger" ~ The Payolas
I see lies
In the eyes of a stranger
You'll be living in danger
In the eyes of a stranger

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"Listening to Otis Redding at Home During Christmas" ~ Okkervil River
references to ...
"I've Got Dreams to Remember" ~ Otis Redding
Your dad says you're living in Georgia since last September
Yeah well I've got dreams, dreams to remember, I've got dreams, dreams to remember
I've got dreams, dreams to remember, I've got dreams, dreams to remember...
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"Lloyd, I'm Ready To Be Heartbroken" ~
Camera Obscura
makes reference to or rather a response to...
"Are You Ready to Be Heartbroken" ~ Lloyd Cole
Hey Lloyd I'm ready to be heartbroken
I can't see further than my own nose at the moment

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"Man Down" by Rihanna
makes reference to
"Peggy Sue" ~ Buddy Holly
It's a 22
I Call her Peggy Sue
When she fits right down in my shoes
What you expect me to do

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Mellowship Slinky In B Major - Red Hot Chili Peppers

mentions ...
"Purple Haze" ~ Jimi Hendrix
Good God, take me away now
Good God, purple haze now

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"Monkey On My Back" ~
the song mentions...
'The Devil Made Me Do It' ~ Golden Earring
unless you get that monkey off your back
well, I made believe the devil made me do it
I was the evil leader of the pack
you best believe I had it all and then I blew it

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"Motel Matches" ~
Elvis Costello
mentions the song title...
"Who Shot Sam"
~ George Jones
Somewhere in the distance I can hear "Who Shot Sam?"
This is my conviction, that I am an innocent man

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"Name Of The Game" - Cheap Trick (from their album "The Doctor")
the lyrics mention the song...
"Surrender" ~ The Guess Who
If things get bad then things can get worse
Remember "Surrender" remember the verse
It's all very strange it's the name of the game

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"Narrow Way" ~ Bob Dylan (from his album "Tempest")
borrows a chorus from
"You'll Work Down to Me Someday" ~ Mississippi Sheiks
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"Naughty Girls (Need Love Too)" ~ Samantha Fox
Refers to
"Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" by The Animals
Baby, don't let me be misunderstood
Temporary love's so bad but it feels so good

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"Night Shift" ~ The Commodores
refers to two song titles...
"What's Going On" ~ Marvin Gaye
Marvin sang of the joy and pain
He opened up our minds
And I still can hear him say
Aw talk to me so you can see
What's going on

and also...
"Higher And Higher" ~ Jackie Wilson
Jackie (Jackie, oh) you set
The world on fire
You came and gifted us
Your love it lifted us
Higher and higher

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"Old" ~ Paul Simon
refers to
"Pegg Sue" ~ Buddy Holly
First time I heard Peggy Sue
I was 12 years old.
Russians up in rocket ships
and the war was Cold.

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"On The Radio" ~
Regina Spektor
makes reference to the GNR's great ...
"November Rain" ~ Guns N' Roses
On the radio
We heard, 'November Rain'
That solo's really long
But it's a pretty song

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"Play It All Night Long" ~ Warren Zevon
the chorus makes reference to
"Sweet Home Alabama" ~ Lynyrd Skynyrd
"Sweet home Alabama"
Play that dead band's song
Turn those speakers up full blast
Play it all night long

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"Post World War II Blues" ~ Al Stewart
refers to
"American Pie" ~ Don Maclean
The day that Buddy Holly died
I never met him, so it may seem strange

and mentions
"Sergeant Pepper" ~ The Beatles
Sergeant Pepper was real to me
Songs and poems were all you needed

"To Ramona" ~ Bob Dylan
"Desolation Row" ~ Bob Dylan

Which way did the sixties go?
Now Ramona's in Desolation Row

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"Put That Record On" ~ Hinder
"Stoned Out Of My Mind" ~ Jam
By the time that the songs came on we were stoned out of our minds ...
"It's Only Rock 'N' Roll (But I Like It)" ~ The Rolling Stones
I know it's only rock and roll but it's the soundtrack of our lives ...
"Crazy Life" ~ Slash
"Home Sweet Home"
~ Motley Crue
And no matter how crazy life gets I can feel right at home sweet home
"Whole Lotta Love" ~ Led Zeppelin
The first time I got a whole lotta love I wanted a whole lot more
"Backseat" ~ Peer Günt
"Knocking on Heavens Door" - Guns N' Roses,

In the back seat baby made me feel like maybe we were knocking on heavens door
"Walk this Way" ~ Aerosmith
"All Night Long" ~ Rainbow

Walk this way still to this day makes me wanna drink all night long
"Turn, Turn, Turn" ~ The Byrds
Turn, turn, turn it up loud light you one up and pass it around

"The Song Remains The Same" ~ Led Zeppelin
"Life Goes On" ~ Poison
"On and On and On" ~ Abba

The song remains the same as life goes on and on and on yeah

"Turn The Page" ~ Bob Seger
"First Time" ~ Styx
Turn, turn, turn the page were back to that first time and place

"Crazy Train" ~ Ozzy Osbourne
Life's been a crazy train, barely kept it on the tracks
Back in Black" ~ AC/DC
If you think it's the shame that I act this way blame it on 'Back in Black'
"Let it Play" ~ Poison
"Take Me Back" ~ Story of the Year
"Yesterday" ~ Beatles
"Come On" ~ Rolling Stones /Chuck Berry/ The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Let it play
Take me back
To yesterday
Come on baby sing

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"Put Your Records On" ~
Corinne Bailey Rae
"Three Little Birds" ~
Bob Marley
Three little birds, sat on my window.
And they told me I don't need to worry.

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"Radar Love" ~ Golden Earring

"Comin' On Strong" ~ Brenda Lee
We've got a wave in the air, Radar Love
The radio is playing some forgotten song
Brenda Lee's comin' on strong
The road has got me hypnotized

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"Radial Highway" ~ Devin Townsend Project
makes reference to...
"Radar Love" ~ Golden Earing
Driving all night my hands wet on the wheel
There's a voice in my head that drives my heel
My baby she calls and says she needs me here
And it's a half past four and I'm shifting gear

The lyrics of the Devin Townsend song "Radial Highway" cite a passage of the first verse of "Radar Love"
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"Raised On Radio" ~
This song mentions many songs and artists throughout the song
Stagger Lee, can you Do The Locomotion
Lucille I hear you knocking but you can't come in
Rockin' Robin, C.C Rider
A Rama Lama Ding Dong
Let the Good Times Roll
My Sweet Sixteen
I'm Maybelline
The Great Pretender
Returned To Sender
I wonder Why Fools Fall in Love
Yeah, Louie, Louie, loves drive-in movies.
Johnny Angel Rocks Around the Clock
Mister D.J. make a dedication
Cause I'm All Shook Up over Peggy Sue
I'm Mister Blue,
The hits keep rockin' station to station
In the Midnight Hour in the Sea of Love
My Turtle Dove.
When I Found my Thrill, On Blue Berry Hill,
We wrote Love Letters in the Sand.
Be Bop a Lu La,
She Loved Me Tender.
Jungle Lion Sleeps Tonight

Radio, radio
We're all raised on radio, radio
I love my radio

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"Remember Diana" ~ Paul Anka
mentions his debut single...
"Diana" ~ Paul Anka
Everybody remembers Diana
And just how much I loved her
I wrote a song about her
How wrong could I be

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"Reminiscing" - Little River Band
Night and Day" ~ Glenn Miller Band
Glenn Miller's Band was better than before
We yelled and screamed for more
And the Porter tunes (Night and Day)
Made us dance across the room

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"Rip It Up" ~ Orange Juice
makes reference to the title...
"Boredom" ~ Buzzcocks
You know me I'm acting dumb-dumb
You know this scene is very humdrum
And my favourite song's entitled 'boredom'

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"Rock and Roll Heaven" ~ The Righteous Brothers
has reference to numerous music stars who died too young and their songs...
"Rainbow Bridge" ~ Jimi Hendrix,
"Piece of My Heart" ~ Janis Joplin..
"(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" ~ Otis Redding
"Light My Fire" ~ The Doors (Jim Morrison)
"Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" ~ Jim Croce

"Mack the Knife" ~ Bobby Darin.
Jimmy gave us rainbows
And Janis took a piece of our hearts
And Otis brought us all to the dock of a bay
Sing a song to light my fire
Remember Jim that way ......................."
"................... Remember bad bad Leroy Brown
Hey Jimmy touched us with that song
Time won't change a friend we came to know
And Bobby gave us Mack the Knife

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"Rocket" ~ Def Leppard
the song makes reference to many classic rock
songs or albums
( and artists ) throughout the lyrics ... see artists mentioned in songs
"Jumpin' Jack Flash" ~ Rolling Stones
"Rocket Man" ~ Elton John
"Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band ~ Beatles [album]
"Bennie and the Jets" ~ Elton John,
"Satellite of Love" ~ Lou Reed
"Laser Love" ~
"Jet" ~ Paul McCartney & Wings
"Black Betty" ~ Ram Jam
"Johnny B. Goode" by Chuck Berry
"Jean Genie" ~ David Bowie
"Killer Queen" ~ Queen
"Dizzy Miss Lizzy" ~ Beatles
"Space Oddity" ~ David Bowie
"Block Buster!" ~ The Sweet

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"Roll On John" ~ Bob Dylan
the song mentions...
"A Day in the Life" ~ The Beatles
Playing to the cheap seats
Another day in your life on your way to your journey’s end
"Come Together" ~ The Beatles
Slow down you’re moving way too fast
Come together right now over me

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"Ronnie & Neil" ~ Drive-By Truckers
the song mentions...
"Southern Man" ~ Neil Young
"Alabama" ~ Neil Young Album
And out in California, a rock star from Canada writes a couple of great songs about the
Bad shit that went down
"Southern Man" and "Alabama" certainly told some truth

and later in the song...
"Powderfinger" ~ Neil Young
"Sweet Home Alabama" ~ Lynyrd Skynyrd
Skynyrd was a bunch of Neil Young fans and Neil he loved that song
So He wrote "Powderfinger" for Skynyrd to record
But Ronnie ended up singing "Sweet Home Alabama" to the lord

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"Run To You" ~ Bryan Adams
mentions the song...

"Heart Of Gold" ~ Neil Young

She's got a heart of gold she'd never let me down
But you're the one that always turns me on
You keep me comin' 'round

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"Runnin' Down A Dream" ~ Tom Petty

mentions in the first verse...
"Runaway" ~ Del Shannon
I had the radio on, I was drivin'
Trees flew by, me and Del were singin' little Runaway
I was flyin'

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"Sara" ~ Bob Dylan
This song mentions his song...
"Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands" ~ Bob Dylan
I can still hear the sounds of those Methodist bells
I'd taken the cure and had just gotten through
Staying up for day in the Chelsea Hotel
Writing "Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands" for you.

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"Savoy Truffle" ~ The Beatles
This song makes reference to
"Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" - Marmarlade / The Beatles
But what is sweet now, turns so sour
We all know Ob-La-Di-Bla-Da
But can you show me, where you are?

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"Scarlet Town" ~ Bob Dylan
draws on verses
from the 17th-century ballad...
"Barbara Allen"
In Scarlet Town, where I was born
There's ivy leaf and silver thorn .....
.....Scarlet Town in the month of May
Sweet William Holme on his deathbed lay .....

references throughout the song
"Walking The Floor" - Ernest Tubb
Set 'em Joe, play "Walkin' the Floor"
Play it for my flat-chested junkie whore

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"Shangri La" ~ Electric Light Orchestra

"Hey Jude" ~ The Beatles
My Shangri-la has gone away,
Faded like the Beatles on Hey Jude
She seemed to drift out on the rain
That came in somewhere softly from the blue

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"Short Fat Fanny" ~ Larry Williams
mentions song titles throughout the lyrics...
"Slippin' and Slidin'" ~ Little Richard
"Long Tall Sally" ~ Little Richard
"I Love To Dance With Annie" ~ Ernest Ashworth
"Rip It Up" ~ Little Richard
"Miss Ann" ~ Little Richard
"Heart Break Hotel" ~ Elvis Presley
"Fever" ~ Little Willie John
"Tutti Frutti" ~ Little Richard
"Blue Suede Shoes" ~ Carl Perkins
"Hound Dog" ~ Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton
"Mary Lou" ~ Young Jessie
"Jim Dandy" ~ LaVern Baker
"Blueberry Hill" ~ Fats Domino

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"Singing In My Sleep" ~ Semisonic
"Heart of Glass" by Blondie.
All alone on the overpass
Wired and phoned to a heart of glass
Now I'm falling in love too fast
With you or the songs you chose

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"Sounds Better In The Song" ~ Drive-By Truckers
mentions, in inverted commas, the line :
"Lord Knows, I Can't Change" taken from Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Free Bird."
Well the drifter, He holds on to his youth just like it was money in the bank.
And “Lord knows, I can’t change” sounds better in the song
than it does with hell to pay.

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"Spending My Time" ~
"Tears Of A Clown" ~ Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

Watching the sun go down
I fall asleep to the sound
Of "tears of a clown"
A prayer gone blind

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"Summer Rain" ~ Johnny Rivers
"Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" ~ The Beatles
All summer long we spent dancin' in the sand
And the jukebox kept on playin'
Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

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"Sweet Gene Vincent" ~
Ian Dury
refers to the title...
'Blue Jean'
~ Gene Vincent (EP)
blue gene baby
skinny white sailor, the chances were slender
the beauties were breif

and also mentions the title...
"Who Slapped John'
~ Gene Vincent
sweet gene vincent
young and old and gone
sweet gene vincent
who, who, who slapped john?
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"Sweet Home Alabama" ~ Lynyrd Skynyrd
makes extensive reference to...
"Southern Man" ~ Neil Young
Well, I heard Mister Young sing about her.
Well, I heard ole Neil put her down.
Well, I hope Neil Young will remember
a southern man don't need him around anyhow.
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"Sweet Soul Music" ~ Arthur Conley
mentions ...
"Going to a Go-Go" by The Miracles
2nd verse
"Love Is a Hurtin' Thing" by Lou Rawls
3rd verse
"Hold On, I'm Comin' " by Sam & Dave
4th verse
"Mustang Sally" by Wilson Pickett
5th verse
"Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa" by Otis Redding
6th verse
(James Brown is mentioned in the 7th verse, by name only, not a song)
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"The Tears of a Clown" ~ Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
makes reference to
"Pagliacci" ~ Ruggero Leoncavallo
Just like Pagliacci did
I try to keep my surface hid
Smiling in the crowd I try
But in a lonely room I cry
Although this is an opera, I thought it worth mentioning
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"Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)" ~ Sly & The Family Stone
The third verse contains references to the group's previous hit songs,
"Dance To The Music"
"Everyday People"
"Sing a Simple Song"
"You Can Make It If You Try"

Dance to the music
All nite long
Everyday people
Sing a simple song
Mama's so happy
Mama start to cry
Papa still singin'
You can make it if you try
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The Authority Song ~ Jimmy Eat World
makes reference to ...

"Authority Song" ~ John Mellencamp
It's how the hustle goes
See what the jukebox knows
put my last quarter on
I play Authority Song..."

"Automatic" ~ The Jesus and Mary Chain (album)
"What Goes On" ~ The Velvet Underground
The DJ never has it
JMC automatic
If those were Roy's headphones
you bet he'd play What Goes On..."

Roy refers to ????????
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The Band Played Waltzing Matilda ~
makes reference many times to ...
Waltzing Matilda ~ old Australian Bush Ballad
And they sent me away to the war
And the band played Waltzing Matilda
As we sailed away from the quay ..........

and in many other parts of the song
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"The Last Gig of Johnny B. Goode" ~ Leo Sayer
the song mentions Chuck Berry's 1958 hit throughout the song
Johnny B. Goode"
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"The Night Hank Williams Came To Town" ~ Johnny Cash
the song mentions 3 Hank William songs...
"Your Cheatin' Heart"
"I Saw The Light"

On and on he sang into the night
'Jambalaya', 'Cheatin' heart', 'I saw the light'
How'd they get Miss Audrey in that gown
On the night Hank Williams came to town.

* * * * * * *
"The Punk And The Godfather" ~ The Who
reference to their own hit song...
"My Generation" ~ The Who
Don't you know? don't it show?
I'm the punk with the stutter.
My my my my my mmmm my my my.
GGGGG-g-g-g-g generation.
* * * * * * *
"The Seeker" ~ The Who
references to asking Bobby Dylan, The Beatles and Timothy Leary
for answers to life's questions
* * * * * * *

"The Story of Bo Diddley" ~ The Animals
they mention several...
"Take Good Care of My Baby" ~ Bobby Vee
"Hard Days Night" ~ Beatles
"I Wanna Be Your Man" ~ Beatles

The rock n roll scene died after two years of solid rock
And you got discs like, ah...
Take good care of my baby
Please don't ever make her blue and so forth
About, ah, one year later in a place called Liverpool in England
Four young lads with mop haircuts began to sing stuff like, ah...
It's been a hard days night and I've been working like a dog and so on ............"
".......................They got guys with long hair down their back singing
I wanna be your lover baby I wanna be your man yeah and all that jazz
* * * * * * *
"The Story Of A Rock And Roll Band" ~ Randy Newman
Quotes 3 ELO titles...
"Mr. Blue Sky" ~ E.L.O.
"Turn to Stone"
~ E.L.O.
"Telephone Line" ~ E.L.O.

I love their 'Mr. Blue Sky',
almost my favourite is 'Turn to Stone',
and how 'bout 'Telephone Line'?
I love that ELO.

* * * * * * *
"The Unseen Power of the Picket Fence" ~
"Chronic Town" ~ R.E.M. their first EP
"Reckoning" ~ R.E.M. 1984 album
"South Central Rain"
~ R.E.M.
"(Don't Go Back To) Rockville"
~ R.E.M.
~ R.E.M.
"Pretty Persuasion"
~ R.E.M.
"Time After Time"
~ R.E.M.
~ R.E.M.
all above mentioned in the first verse
also mentions...
"Marching Through Georgia" ~ Henry Clay Work
the last six lines of the song
* * * * * * *
"Thirteen" ~ Big Star
"Get Off My Back" ~ Spirit
"Paint It Black" ~ The Rolling Stone
Won't you tell your dad, "Get off my back"?
Tell him what we said about "Paint it, Black".
Rock 'n Roll is here to stay

* * * * * * *
"This Flight Tonight" ~ Nazareth
makes reference to...
"Baby Goodbye (Baby Goodbye)" ~ Van Morrison

I'm drinkin' sweet champagne got the headphones up high
Can't numb you, can't drum you out of my mind

They're singin'-"Goodbye baby,
Baby bye-bye,
Ooh! love is blind"
* * * * * * *
"This Is Hell" ~ Elvis Costello
"My Favourite Things" ~ Julie Andrews
"My Favourite Things" ~ John Coltrane

This is hell, this is hell, this is hell.
"My Favourite Things" are playing
Again and again
But it's by Julie Andrews
And not by John Coltrane

* * * * * * *
"This Song Is Over" ~ The Who
the end of the song mentions...
"Pure and Easy" ~ The Who
The song is over
The song is over
Searchin' for a note, pure and easy
Playing so free, like a breath rippling by
note: the opening organ riff to "Pure and Easy" is very, too very, similar
to the organ riff in The James Gang's "Take a Look Around"

* * * * * * *
"Three MCs And One DJ" ~ The Beastie Boys
"The Gambler" ~ Kenny Rogers
Sweet and sour like a tangerine
Fresh like a box of Krispy Kremes
Kenny Rogers' "Gambler" is my gambling theme
Mix Master Mike with the scratch routine

* * * * * * *
"Thunder Road" ~ Bruce Springsteen
makes reference to...
"Only The Lonely" ~ Roy Orbison
Like a vision she dances across the porch
As the radio plays
Roy Orbison singing for the lonely
Hey that's me and I want you only

* * * * * * *
"Titles" ~ Barclay James Harvest
interweaves the titles of a dozen's of Beatles songs into the lyrics...
The long and winding road that leads to your door
Here comes the sun it's alright people shout for more
But were you trying to deceive telling me
All you need is love to succeed
Across the universe one after nine 'o' nine
I got a feeling for you blue and I feel fine
I tried so hard to make believe that I'd see
All you need is love to succeed

Lady Madonna let it be
Something in the way you moved me yesterday
All you need is love so they say

* * * * * * *
"Train in Vain" aka "Train in Vain (Stand by Me)" ~ The Clash
references to:
"Stand by Your Man" by Tammy Wynette
"You say you stand by your man
tell me something, I don't understand
you said you loved me, and that's a fact

"Stand by Me" by Ben E. King
Did you stand by me
No, not at all
Did you stand by me
No way

The bracketed (Stand By Me) in the actual song title is only on the USA copies

* * * * * * *
"Tribute (Right On)" ~ The Pasadenas
Its All Right ~ Sam Cooke
Tutti Fruti
- Little Richard
All Shook Up - Elvis Presley
Tiger Man ~ Elvis Presley (repeated "Way Back, Way back......")
Right On ~ Marvin Gaye
The Happening ~ The Supremes
What's Going On - Marvin Gaye
For Once In My Life - Little Stevie Wonder
Tears Of A Clown - Smokey Robinson
Baby Love - The Supreme
The song refers to artists and these titles in all the verses

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"Trouble" ~ Cage the Elephant
makes reference to one of their earlier hits
"Ain't No Rest for the Wicked" ~ Cage the Elephant
I can't hold back though you know I wish I could
No there ain't no rest for the wicked
Until we close our eyes for good

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"Trying To Get To Heaven" ~ Bob Dylan
Makes references to several US traditional songs:
"I Will Turn Your Money Green" ~ Furry Lewis
"Lonesome Valley" ~ The Carter Family
'Goin' Down that Road Feelin' Bad' ~ Doc Watson
"I've Been All Around This World" ~ The Grateful Dead
(Bob Dylan Song)

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"Victory" ~ Megadeth
This song refers to many of the band's previous songs
and Dave Mustaine's past... throughout its lyrics... 23 in all
"Killing Is My Business"
"Looking Down The Cross"
"Skull Beneath The Skin"
"Last Rites/Loved To Deth"
"Bad Omens"
"Good Mourning/Black Friday"
"Wake Up Dead"?
"Ain't Superstitious"
"The Conjuring"
"Set The World Afire"
"Hook In Mouth"
"In My Darkest Hour"
"Peace Sells... But Noone's Buying"
"Holy Wars"
"Skin O' My Teeth"
"This Was My Life"
"Foreclosure Of A Dream"
"Rust In Peace"
"Hangar 18"
"Countdown To Extinction"
These titles make up most of the song lyrics
* * * * * * *
"Waltz #2 (xo)" ~ Elliot Smith
"Cathy's Clown" ~ Everley Brothers

First the mic, then a half cigarette
Singing Cathy's Clown
That's the man she's married to now

* * * * * * *
"We Built This City" ~ Jefferson Starship
referenced the song...
"Looking For America" ~ Simon & Garfunkel
Who rides the wrecking ball in two rock guitars
Don't tell us you need us, 'cos we're the ship of fools
Looking for America coming through your schools

NOTE: the line "Marconi plays the mamba, listen to the radio"
refers to Guglielmo Marconi known as the father of long distance radio transmission, often credited as the inventor of radio.
So maybe the mamba reference to Rock n Roll (devil's music, poisoning minds!)
* * * * * * *
"We Didn't Start The Fire" ~ Billy Joel
among dozens of references Billy mentions...
"Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley and His Comets
Roy Cohn, Juan Peron, Toscanini, Dancron
Dien Bien Phu Falls, Rock Around the Clock

"Stranger in a Strange Land" ~ Iron Maiden
Hemingway, Eichmann, "Stranger in a Strange Land"
Dylan, Berlin, Bay of Pigs invasion

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"We're the Pet Shop Boys" ~ My Robot Friend
This song mentions 14 different Pet Shop Boys'songs
"It's a Sin"
"Being Boring"
"It's Alright"
"I'm Not Scared"
"In Denial"
"I Want a Dog"
"I Want a Lover"
"Can You Forgive Her"
"Do I Have To"
"What Have I Done to Deserve This"

both the Pet Shop Boys and Robbie Williams, covered this song
* * * * * * *
"Weed With Willie" ~ Toby Keith
mentions a Willie classic...
"Whiskey River" ~ Willie Nelson
I'll never smoke weed with Willie again
My party's all over before it begins
You can pour me some Old Whiskey River my friend.
But I'll never smoke weed with Willie again

note: but he did!!
* * * * * * *
"When I Was Cruel No.2" ~ Elvis Costello
makes reference to...
"Dancing Queen" ~ Abba

Spilling family secrets out to flunkeys and castrato walkers
See that girl
Watch that scene
Digging the "Dancing Queen"

* * * * * * *
"When Mexico Gave Up The Rhumba (To Do The Rock N Roll)" ~ Mitchell Torok
mentions ...
"Blue Suede Shoes" ~ Carl Perkins

They're up and clappin'
To the tune of the blue suede shoes

* * * * * * *
"When the Band Was Singin' 'Shakin all Over'" ~ Guess Who
the song mentions...
"Shakin' all Over" ~ Guess Who
their first single, back in the mid sixties

* * * * * * *
"Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes?" - George Jones
mentions quite a few songs...
"Red Headed Stranger" ~ Willie Nelson
"Man In Black"
~ Johnny Cash
"Folsom Prison Blues" ~ Johnny Cash
"Okie From Muskogee" ~ Merle Haggard
"Hello Darlin'" ~ Conway Twitty

No, there will never be another
Red-headed stranger
A Man in Black and Folsom Prison Blues
The Okie from Muskogee
Or Hello Darling
Lord I wonder, who's gonna fill their shoes
also mentions...
"The Wabash Cannonball" = Roy Acuff
Who's gonna play the Opry
And the Wabash Cannonball
"Blue Suede Shoes" - Elvis Presley
"Go Cat Go" ~ Carl Perkins
Blue Suede Shoes and Elvis
Much too soon he left this world in tears
They tore up the Fifties
Old Jerry Lee and Charlie
And old Go Cat Go still echoes through the years

and later mentions
"I Saw the Light" - Hank Williams Sr. (aka Luke the Drifter)
"Silver Eagle" ~ George Jones
Still beats in Luke the Drifer
You can tell when he sings I Saw the Light
Old Marty, Hank and Lefty
Why I can feel them right here with me
On this Silver Eagle rolling through the night

note: The line "Like the outlaw that walks through Jesse's dream"... refers to
Waylon Jennings (one of the "Outlaws" along with Willie Nelson), Waylon was married to Jessie Colter.

* * * * * * *
"Williamsburg Will Oldham Horror" ~ Jeffrey & Jack Lewis

References to
"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" - The Rolling Stones

'Cause The Stones in '65 want total satisfaction, kid
But The Stones in '69 see grace in just getting what you need

References throughout to Will Oldham / Billie "Prince" Bonnie and his songs
* * * * * * *
"Willie Deadwilder" ~ Cat Power
"Ramona" ~ Bob Dylan
When Dylan sang Ramona in the taxi that night
I knew it right away would either be hard or be right
'Cause I'm not Ramona, and you didn't write that song
'Cause you're not Dylan, and I know we really do get along

* * * * * * *
"Yer Blues" ~ The Beatles
has reference to
"Ballad of a Thin Man" ~ Bob Dylan
The eagle picks my eye, the worm he licks my bones
Feel so suicidal, just like Dylan's Mr. Jones

* * * * * * *
"You're My Song" - A Rocket to the Moon
"Sweet Home Alabama" ~ Lynyrd Skynyrd
"All Night Long" ~ Joe Walsh
"Red Red Wine" ~ Neil Diamond
"Learning To Fly" ~ Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

My sweet home Alabama
I can sing you all night long
You're my red red wine
Learning to fly
ood Vibrations" ~ Beach Boys
"Penny Lane" ~ The Beatles
"Mary Jane" ~ Janis Joplin

I'll be your good vibration
You'll be my Penny Lane
Don't need a radio station
To dance with Mary Jane
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