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The Commodores' "Nightshift"
When I read that, I immediately thought of the Righteous Brothers' Rock and Roll Heaven, which mentions at least half a dozen songs.

I've always liked the concept of that song, a Valhalla for singers.
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Joan Baez's tribute to Bob Dylan "Winds of the Old Days" has the line "Your blue eyed son," an obvious reference to his "A Hard Rain's A Gonna Fall" My blue eyed son.
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Lyle Lovett's "An Acceptable Level of Ecstacy" mentions "Moon River."

Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Californicatiob" namechecks the Bowie album Station to Station.
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Extreme's Rest In Peace has the line:

Someone said give peace a chance
And that's all that we're saying
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Old 02-01-2020, 05:26 PM
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Joni Mitchell's 'California': "They won't give peace a chance: That was just a dream some of us had".
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I'd forgotten this one, heard it on the radio this morning: Bowie's Young Americans references the Beatles A Day in the Life, with the backup singers piping, "I heard the news today oh boy" in the final verse (it's "read the news" in the original, but IMO it's clearly a reference).
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The Housemartins - Five Get Over Excited

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(Five poisoned over dinner)
Singing Abba's, 'Mamma Mia'
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”I hope Neil Young will remember, a Southern man don't need him around," presumably a reference to Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's Southern Man.
Southern Man is on Young’s 1970 solo album After the Gold Rush
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Southern Man is on Young’s 1970 solo album After the Gold Rush
That was the original version, but granted, it was also on CSN&Y's live album "4 Way Street" from around the same time.
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"Well I heard Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young sing about her"
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Bon Jovi recalls the couple from Livin' on a Prayer in his later recording It's My Life:
This is for the ones who stood their ground
For Tommy and Gina, who never backed down
In the same song, Bon Jovi also reference Frank Sinatra's "My Way":

My heart is like an open highway
Like Frankie said I did it my way
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I guess you could argue that God Save The Queen by the Sex Pistols was referencing another song.

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I Saw It On TV, a song on the Centerfield album by John Fogerty, had "four guys from England took us all by the hand". This was referring to I Want to Hold Your Hand by the Beatles.
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That's so strange, because that song happens to be titled "I Saw It On T.V."
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Elliot Smith - Waltz 2

First the mic, then a half cigarette
Singing "Cathy's Clown"...
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Fatty Boom Boom by Die Antwoord: the song is having a go at what Ninja believes to be the homogenous and boring state Rap music has fallen into, wraps up the thought with a backhand at Vanilla Ice: Now I do not want to stop, collaborate or listen
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Hey Sexy by Die Antwoord (they're just heavy on the old playlist today):
"Hip-hop's fucked! It's gone from, "Move bitch! Get out the way!" (Ludacris)
All the way to: "When I was thirteen... I took my first drugs"
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Radar Love by Golden Earring includes the lines:

The radio is playing some forgotten song
Brenda Lee's Comin' On Strong

Last edited by whitetho; 02-05-2020 at 04:43 PM. Reason: In Please Mr Please, Olivia Newton John sings "Don't Play B17", but she never gets around to telling us the song's title...
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Harry Chapin, "Danceband on the Titanic".
Long before that there was Jaime Brockett's Legend of the USS Titanic (and adaptation of a Leadbelly song):
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It was midnight on the sea,
the band was playin' "Nearer My God To Thee"
Fare thee well Titanic,
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What about referencing a couple albums, with one of the albums also being a song?

If that counts, The National "Don't Swallow The Cap' -

And if you want (dead seriously)
To see me cry (don't swallow the cap)
Play "Let It Be" (pat yourself on the back)
Or "Nevermind" (dead seriously)
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Mott the Hoople's "Drivin' Sister" starts out with a reference to the own earlier song:." Eight track machine playing 'Half Moon Bay.'"
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This is stretching it...
At the end of The Twelve Days of Christmas by Doug and Bob McKenzie they talk about the song.
Boy, that song was a beauty. It moved me.
Yeah, I think it ranks up there with Stairway to Heaven.
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I just heard Communication by Spandau Ballet on the radio:

Dictate or relay, I could send it to your home,
"Return to Sender" - I could sing it down the phone!
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The first six words of Walking in Memphis by Marc Cohn are "Put on my Blue Suede Shoes." I think that might maybe be a reference to some song.
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Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving With a Pict by Pink Floyd ends with the line "And the wind cried Mary"
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And people came from miles around, everyone was there
Yoko brought her walrus, there was magic in the air
An' over in the corner, much to my surprise
Mr. Hughes hid in Dylan's shoes wearing his disguise

I said hello to Mary Lou, she belongs to me
When I sang a song about a honky-tonk, it was time to leave

Someone opened up a closet door and out stepped Johnny B. Goode
Playing guitar like a-ringin' a bell and lookin' like he should

Rick Nelson "Garden Party"
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In the song Killing me Softly with His Song, first recorded by Lori Lieberman but more famously covered by Roberta Flack, the he is Don McLean and his song is "Empty Chairs." I'm not sure that should count, since it's not obvious from the lyrics which song "Killing me" is referring to.
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Simon & Garfunkel's A Simple Desultory Philippic (Or How I Was Robert McNamara’d into Submission) is basically a list of names, but it includes the line "Andy Warhol, won't you please come home?" In the same notes as Bill Bailey.
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In the same song, Bon Jovi also reference Frank Sinatra's "My Way":

My heart is like an open highway
Like Frankie said I did it my way
"I Don't Want To Die In This Town" by Old 97s:

There was a highway
Frank singing "My Way"
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In the song Killing me Softly with His Song, first recorded by Lori Lieberman but more famously covered by Roberta Flack, the he is Don McLean and his song is "Empty Chairs." I'm not sure that should count, since it's not obvious from the lyrics which song "Killing me" is referring to.
I'm not sure how strong the evidence is for this. Supposedly there's evidence that the composers of the song confirmed it in the past; however, in later years they denied that there's any truth to it.

Below is a snippet of an interview with Charles Fox, the lyricist.

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Songfacts: Now, another song that you're famous for is "Killing Me Softly."

Charles: Uh-huh.

Songfacts: Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but was that inspired by Don McLean?

Charles: The answer is no. I think that story is called an urban legend or something.

Songfacts: Oh, is it? Okay.

Charles: Yeah, it really didn't happen that way. Norman Gimbel and I wrote that song for a young artist whose name was Lori Lieberman. It was the tenth song we were writing for her A Thousand Dreams album - it was going to be released on Capitol Records. And Norman had a book where he would write titles of songs - song ideas and lyrics or something that struck him at different times. He pulled out the book and he was looking through it, and he says, "Hey, what about a song title, 'Killing Me Softly with His Blues'?" Well, the "killing me softly" part sounded very interesting, "with his blues" sounded old fashioned in 1972 when we wrote it. So he thought for a while and he said, "What about 'killing me softly with his song'? That has a unique twist to it." So we discussed what it could be, and obviously it's about a song - listening to the song and being moved by the words. It's like the words are speaking to what that person's life is.

Anyway, Norman went home and wrote an extraordinary lyric and called me later in the afternoon. I jotted it down over the phone. I sat down and the music just flowed right along with the words. We got together the next morning and made a couple of adjustments with it and we played it for Lori. She loved it; she said it reminded her of being at a Don McLean concert. So in her act, when she would appear, she would say that. And somehow the words got changed around so that we wrote it based on Don McLean, and even Don McLean I think has it on his Web site. But he doesn't know. You know, he only knows what the legend is.
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