Help me find actual songs in the style of these parodies
May 29, 2017 8:00 AM   Subscribe

I'm really curious if there are examples of actual songs in the styles of these parodies. For example: are there power ballads like this? Sort of the triumphant riffs, the upbeat melody, even the chorus? Another song is this one, I'm wondering if there are songs in this style, but with...someone who can actually play their instrument!
posted by wooh to Media & Arts (10 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
These are most likely style parodies, not direct parodies of existing songs. It would help if there were particular musical attributes you were looking for in songs, rather than just phrasing the question as "something that sounds like this." For example, you might say, "I'm looking for examples of a Truck Driver's Gear Change."
posted by WCityMike at 9:32 AM on May 29, 2017

The Sax Man reminded me of The Devil Went Down To Georgia (Charlie Daniels). The genre is different, but the idea is similar. There are car racing songs that are similar but I can't recall them accurately enough to find them.

For top-of-the-worldness, maybe I Am Woman (Helen Reddy). It's not pompous, though.
posted by SemiSalt at 9:52 AM on May 29, 2017

The first one sounds like pretty much every 80s power ballad ever to me, so I'm not sure exactly what you're looking for, but Warrant's Heaven might be close?
posted by lazuli at 9:56 AM on May 29, 2017 [1 favorite]

Or Sister Christian.
posted by lazuli at 10:04 AM on May 29, 2017 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: To clarify, I know they are style parodies, not parodies of individual songs. I'm looking for unironic songs that exemplify the styles being parodied.
posted by wooh at 12:57 PM on May 29, 2017

Speaking of Stonehenge, I always took Uriah Heep to be the inspiration for Spinal Tap. I just googled them (U.H.) for the first time and yeah, the videos are just as cheesy as the songs. But those boys are stone-wall serious.
posted by Rich Smorgasbord at 2:15 PM on May 29, 2017

The Ylvis song seems to me like it's taking off from Jim Steinman, like Total Eclipse of the Heart or I'd Lie for You (And That's the Truth).
posted by Wolfdog at 2:20 PM on May 29, 2017 [1 favorite]

Wouldn't be surprised if you could sing those Stonehenge lyrics straight over Heart's Alone, either.
posted by Wolfdog at 2:27 PM on May 29, 2017

Stonehenge —> Queen — The Show Must Go On

Sax Man —> Earth, Wind & Fire — Kalimba Story
posted by John Cohen at 6:52 PM on May 29, 2017 [1 favorite]

I mean, honestly, check this out, the timing of the first chorus is almost a little eerie.
posted by Wolfdog at 7:34 PM on May 29, 2017 [1 favorite]

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