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The Best Songs About Music 

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Updated March 7, 2020 4.7k votes 527 voters 22.4k views 142 items

It may seem meta, but boy are there a lot of amazing songs about music, the music industry, and other artists. Here is Ranker's list of the best songs about music, ranked in the order of your votes. Some songs about music that you will find on this list reference specific musicians, while others are about different genres of music. A few of these songs are even about music that makes you want to dance.

Don McLean coined the phrase “The Day the Music Died” with his musical tribute to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper, entitled “American Pie.” Chuck Berry had a hit with his track, “Roll Over Beethoven,” and James Murphy mentions every cool musician on the LCD Soundsystem song, “Losing My Edge.”

The Violent Femmes love “American Music” and Parliament Funkadelic often sing about the funk genre on tunes like “P-Funk (Wants To Get Funked Up).” Jay-Z took on modern hip-hop on his 2009 hit, “D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)."

Do you have a favorite song about music? Vote the best tracks to the top of this list and add any we may have missed.
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American Pie Don McLean
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Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Joan Jett
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Elton John
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The Rolling Stones
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Elton John, Billy Joel
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The Doobie Brothers
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Chuck Berry
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Mr. Tambourine Man is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Songs About Music
Bob Dylan
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Leonard Cohen
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Dobie Gray
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Chuck Berry
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The Charlie Daniels Band
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Wild Cherry
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Sly & the Family Stone
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Tom Islava added Elton John
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Mott the Hoople, Bikers & Blues
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David Bowie
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Tom Islava added Barry Manilow
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Tom Islava added Paul Williams
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The Kinks