Results for - Name Dropping, Musically Speaking

2,081 voters participated in this survey

1. Musicians, just like anyone, have their inspirations and their idols. Some talk about it, and some like to sing about it. While some are clear cut and easily identified, some are more subtle. How many of these songs did you know were written about these people?

Stevie Wonder, "Sir Duke" - Written for his 1976 record Songs in the Key of Life as a tribute to jazz legend Duke Ellington, who had passed away two years earlier.
20%
399 votes
John Cale, "Mr. Wilson" -- On his fifth solo album Slow Dazzle, John Cale reveals his love for Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys.
5%
109 votes
Bob Dylan, "Song to Woody" -- One of Bob Dylan's earliest compositions is "Song to Woody," a tribute to the folk singer Woody Guthrie.
19%
370 votes
Sonic Youth, "Tunic (Song for Karen)" -- Sonic Youth truly sings about the eating disorder that killed her in this song written for Karen Carpenter.
5%
108 votes
U2' "Angel of Harlem" -- Written about blues singer Billie Holiday
11%
221 votes
Florence + The Machine "Patricia" -- Written about punk rock legend Patti Smith (just had to included this song here from my favorite)
3%
66 votes
None
64%
1,278 votes

2. Of course, the most obvious tributes are easily recognized. Are any of these songs on this list favorites of yours?

Gillian Welch, "Elvis Presley Blues"
5%
103 votes
Flaming Lips, "Thank You Jack White (For the Fiber-Optic Jesus That You Gave Me)"
4%
87 votes
Nerf Herder, "Van Halen"
6%
118 votes
MGMT, "Brian Eno"
3%
63 votes
Kim Carnes "Betty Davis Eyes"
36%
722 votes
None
54%
1,078 votes

3. Sometimes the song isn't really about a specific person, but a famous celebrity is just "name dropped" into the song for whatever reason. How many of these famous name dropping songs are you familiar with?

Cheap Tric "Surrender" Mentions … got my Kiss records out
12%
237 votes
The Red Hot Chili Peppers "Californication" Mentions...Cobain can you hear the spheres singing songs off station to station (references David Bowie's album Station to Station)
18%
367 votes
Lynyrd Skynyrd "Sweet Home Alabama" Mention...Well I heard mister Young sing about her Well, I heard ole Neil put her down Well, I hope Neil Young will remember
38%
766 votes
Electric Light Orchestra "Shangri La" Mentions...My Shangri-la has gone away, Faded like the Beatles on Hey Jude
12%
233 votes
Bruce Springsteen "Thunder Road" Mention... Like a vision she dances across the porch as the radio plays Roy Orbison singing for the lonely
21%
413 votes
None
49%
988 votes

4. And some songs just like to list celebrities (and some famous events too) like a laundry list, which makes for some surprisingly good songs. Which ones of these do you know?

The Righteous Brothers "Rock And Roll Heaven"
23%
461 votes
Billy Joel "We Didn't Start The Fire"
44%
884 votes
Edguy "England"
3%
69 votes
Better than Ezra "Extra Ordinary"
4%
74 votes
None
46%
921 votes
06/03/2019 Music 2081 20 By: Harriet56

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