Here’s a music thread topic I’ve been thinking about for a while: songs that reference other songs. It seems extremely common in hip-hop, less common in other popular music. I wonder if it used to be more common in non hip-hop popular music, I always think of the Stones naming an album Let It Bleed not long after the Beatles’ Let It Be.
What are your favorite references to songs within other songs? I always like the “if you hear any noise…” in Ladies’ Night, the bit from Prince’s “Ballad of Dorothy Parker” that’s the title for this post, and all the stuff in Shoop (“wicked, wicked” etc.).
I suppose the “I hope Neil Young will remember” in Sweet Home Alabama is the most famous.
Also, why do you think it is so much more common to do this in hip-hop?