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
Best answer: 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

Best answer: 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

Best answer: 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

Best answer: 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

Best answer: 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

Best answer: 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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