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The Best Songs About Music 

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Updated March 7, 2020 4.2k votes 511 voters 21.2k views 143 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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phil-gill added Elton John
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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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Tom Islava added Queen
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Chuck Berry
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Leonard Cohen
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Dobie Gray
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Wild Cherry
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The Charlie Daniels Band
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Tom Islava added Elton John
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Sly & the Family Stone
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Sultans of Swing is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Songs About Music
Dire Straits
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The Beach Boys
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David Bowie
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