Help me think of songs that quote the melody, lyrics, or (especially) both from other songs.
A few examples I can think of are:
- Jimmy Eat World - A Praise Chorus (the phrase "crimson and clover, over and over" is delivered in a very similar style to Tommy James & The Shondells' original song, as is the line "don't, don't, don't let's start" from They Might Be Giants' song of the same name.)
- Barenaked Ladies - The King Of Bedside Manor (lifts a significant chunk of Styx's "Mr. Roboto".)
- The Beatles - All You Need is Love (musically quotes La Marseillaise, Glenn Miller's "In the Mood", and, self-referentially, "She Loves You".)
- Paul Simon - American Tune (quotes the melody of JS Bach's chorale from the St. Matthew Passion)
- Eddie Money - Take Me Home Tonight (quotes The Ronettes' "Be My Baby", but had Ronnie Spector sing the line "be my little baby", so it's not a pure example...)
- John Fogerty - Centerfield (slightly misquotes Chuck Berry's "Brown Eyed Handsome Man" for the line "A-roundin' third, and headed for home, it's a brown-eyed handsome man".)
I think the fleeting quotes are interesting, too (say, The Beastie Boys - Intergalactic quoting "mmm...drop", from Pharcyde - Drop, which sampled...the Beastie Boys' "The New Style". There are other examples that I've always thought of as possible winking references, but could never really decide on for sure -- say, James Taylor - Money Machine (echoing the phrasing/delivery from Stevie Wonder's "Maybe Your Baby" for the line "maybe my baby"; Stevie Wonder guested on the same album).
If you're well-versed in classical music, I'm also curious about compositions that lift from other pieces; I'm just not knowledgeable enough to name any, although I'm sure it happens (and even moreso in jazz, though embarrassingly enough, I can't think of any better example at the moment than Dave Brubeck working "shave and a haircut" into Unsquare Dance).
By way of clarification, I'm not trying to track down songs that just name-check other songs (e.g.
, Lynyrd Skynyrd telling Neil Young that "a Southern Man don't need him around anyhow") or mash-ups (so, as entertaining as Girl Talk is, that's not what I'm trying to find here).