Meta-music, please.
July 19, 2010 2:31 PM   Subscribe

MetaSong: What are some pop or dance songs about songs, music, dancing, DJs or some combination of these things?

Examples include: Music by Madonna, Pop by N'Sync, Let's Dance by David Bowie, and Hey Mr. DJ by the Backstreet Boys.
posted by matkline to Media & Arts (43 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Instant Club Hit (You'll Dance to Anything) by Dead Milkmen.
and of course, Dancin' Fool by Frank Zappa.
posted by usonian at 2:35 PM on July 19, 2010

Any rock n' roll about rockin' and a rollin'? Any dance music about dancing? Any hip-hop about the MC's prowess?

There is probably as much, if not more, music with lyrics about music than music without.
posted by Beardman at 2:36 PM on July 19, 2010

DJ by David Bowie
posted by kimdog at 2:36 PM on July 19, 2010

(But I did come in to recommend many songs off every LCD Soundsystem and Destroyer album, which are perhaps more deeply meta than the examples I gave.)
posted by Beardman at 2:37 PM on July 19, 2010

KMFDM - Sucks
posted by sacrifix at 2:41 PM on July 19, 2010

Dancing on the Ceiling- Lionel Richie
posted by kimdog at 2:41 PM on July 19, 2010

Last Night a DJ Saved My Life
posted by goblinbox at 2:50 PM on July 19, 2010

Panic by the Smiths,
(Burn down the disco
Hang the blessed DJ
Because the music that they constantly play
It says nothing to me about my life...)
posted by *s at 3:01 PM on July 19, 2010

Rock DJ by Robbie Williams
Pon de Replay by Rihanna
posted by Admiral Haddock at 3:02 PM on July 19, 2010

I love Rock and Roll - Britney (Originally by Joan Jett)
posted by MechEng at 3:08 PM on July 19, 2010

Hey Mr. DJ by Zhane
posted by ramix at 3:15 PM on July 19, 2010

The Safety Dance - Men Without Hats
posted by lunachic at 3:16 PM on July 19, 2010

the politics of dancing
posted by lester at 3:17 PM on July 19, 2010

Last Night a DJ Saved My Life - Indeep
posted by lunachic at 3:18 PM on July 19, 2010

Hey DJ (Play That Song) - World Famous Supreme Team
posted by lunachic at 3:20 PM on July 19, 2010

Rhythm is a Dancer - Snap
posted by lunachic at 3:27 PM on July 19, 2010

Boogie Shoes - KC and the Sunshine Band
I Got You Dancing - Lady Sovereign
Ready for the Floor - Hot Chip
Dance in the Dark - Lady Gaga
Dancehall Queen - Robyn
posted by kables at 3:28 PM on July 19, 2010

Pop Muzic by M
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 3:57 PM on July 19, 2010

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - The Last DJ

Pink - God is a DJ

Jet - Rollover DJ
posted by MexicanYenta at 4:12 PM on July 19, 2010

3 Songs about discos.
Last night changed it all- Esther Williams
Loving is really my game- Brainstorm
That's where the happy people go- Trammps

3 Songs about dancing
Dance across the floor- Jimmy Bo Horn
Out On The Floor- Dobie Gray
Dance A Little Bit Closer- Charo

3 Songs about music.
music- one way
I love music- Ojays
All day music-War
posted by jade east at 4:22 PM on July 19, 2010


Abba - Dancing Queen

KC and the Sunshine Band - Shake Your Booty

Leo Sayer - You Make Me Feel Like Dancing

Van McCoy - Do the Hustle

Van Halen - Dance the Night Away

Fallout Boy - Dance Dance

Whitney Houston - I Wanna Dance With Somebody

Bruce Springsteen - Dancing in the Dark

King Harvest - Dancing in the Moonlight

Don Henley - All She Wants to Do is Dance

Peaches and Herb - Shake Your Groove Thing

Stopping now because otherwise I'll be at this all night.
posted by MexicanYenta at 4:30 PM on July 19, 2010

Okay, I lied:

Ramones (and many others, but this is my favorite version) - Do You Wanna Dance?

New Seekers - I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing

The Carpenters - Sing

Steve Miller Band - Dance, Dance, Dance

Chubby Checker - The Twist

Harry Belafonte - Jump in the Line
posted by MexicanYenta at 4:42 PM on July 19, 2010

Can't believe I forgot Kenny Loggins - Footloose
posted by MexicanYenta at 4:45 PM on July 19, 2010

I'm trying to stop thinking about this, but my brain keeps 'em coming:

Kiki Dee - I Got the Music in Me (And wow, I forgot how really, really good she is!)
posted by MexicanYenta at 4:58 PM on July 19, 2010

Let's Dance to Joy Division by The Wombats.

Last Dance by The Mekons.
posted by somergames at 5:00 PM on July 19, 2010

starry eyed suprise
posted by lakersfan1222 at 5:16 PM on July 19, 2010

one more time
posted by lakersfan1222 at 5:18 PM on July 19, 2010

Turn It Up by Robots In Disguise.

Sample lyrics:

In "Pretty Vacant" I'm jumping jumping
In "Pretty Vacant" I'm moving moving
In "Teaches Of Peaches" I'm speeding speeding
In "Teaches Of Peaches" I'm moving moving
posted by Mountain Goatse at 5:34 PM on July 19, 2010

Ah, this was just on TV -

Twisted Sister - I Wanna Rock
posted by MexicanYenta at 5:42 PM on July 19, 2010

Hey Mr. DJ - Madonna
posted by bluesky43 at 6:44 PM on July 19, 2010

Chenelle - I Fell In Love With The DJ
posted by knile at 8:11 PM on July 19, 2010

Polite Dance Song by the Bird and the Bee.
posted by amethysts at 8:18 PM on July 19, 2010

Great DJ (The Ting Tings)
posted by The Deej at 8:58 PM on July 19, 2010

Junior Senior - Move Your Feet
posted by hydrophonic at 9:21 PM on July 19, 2010

Dance Forever - Allstar Weekend
Dance Dance Dance - Lykke Li
Dance Floor Anthem - Good Charlotte
Family Affair - Mary J. Blige
Get into the Groove - Madonna
Vogue - Madonna
Dancing on my Own - Robyn
Dancing with Myself - Billy Idol
Pump up the Jam - Technotronic
Around the Dial - The Kinks
Radio Radio - Elvis Costello
Left of the Dial - The Replacements
Rock and Roll DJ by Clarence Clemons
I Love the Nightlife - Alicia Bridges
Disco Lady - Johnnie Taylor
You Should be Dancing - Bee Gees
Boogie Wonderland - Earth, Wind and Fire
Last Dance - Donna Summer
Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) - C & C Music Factory
Get Down Tonight - KC and the Sunshine Band
Disco Inferno - The Trammps
Let the Music Play - Shannon
Turn the Beat Around - Vicki Sue Robinson
Boogie Oogie Oogie - Taste of Honey
Macarena - Los Del Rio
Save the Last Dance for Me - The Drifters
The Locomotion - Little Eva
Twist and Shout - The Beatles
The Twist - Chubby Checker
La Bamba - Ritchie Valens

I saved the best for last:

Got to Give It Up - Marvin Gaye
posted by Majorita at 9:48 PM on July 19, 2010 [1 favorite]

Sam Cooke - Twistin' The Night Away
posted by knile at 5:45 AM on July 20, 2010

i'd rather dance with you - kings of convenience.

really cute video too.
posted by soi-disant at 7:38 AM on July 20, 2010

Adam Green - Dance With Me
The Sounds - Dance With Me
Wyclef Jean - Dance Like This
Shaggy - Dance and Shout
posted by knile at 9:13 AM on July 20, 2010

Betty Boo and The Beatmasters - Hey DJ/I Can't Dance (To That Music You're Playing)

Kate Bush - The Red Shoes

DEVO - Disco Dancer

Falco - The Sound of Musik

Heaven 17 - (We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang

Chris Isaak - Dancin'

Howard Jones - New Song

Carlos Peron - A Dirty Song

Pet Shop Boys - Dj culture.

Pop Will Eat Itself - Dance of the Mad Bastards

Prince - Batdance

Sigue Sigue Sputnik - Dancerama

Sparks - Music That You Can Dance To; The No.1 Song In Heaven; When I Kiss You (I Hear Charlie Parker Playing)

Ultravox - Dancing With Tears In My Eyes

Wang Chung - Dance Hall Days
posted by Lazlo at 1:19 AM on July 21, 2010

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