Songs The Best Songs About Music  

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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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Elton John

2
67 20
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Don McLean

3
36 11
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Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Joan Jett

4
43 22
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28 10
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The Rolling Stones

6
30 14
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29 10
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Elton John, Billy Joel

8
21 13
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25 11
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Leonard Cohen

10
24 10
Mr. Tambourine Man is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Songs About Music
Bob Dylan

11
20 10
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Chuck Berry

12
21 11
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The Doobie Brothers

13
19 13
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Tom Islava added Elton John

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27 14
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Chuck Berry

15
23 11
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Tom Islava added Queen

16
22 19
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Wild Cherry

17
16 6
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Sly & the Family Stone

18
19 14
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David Bowie

19
16 11
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Dobie Gray

20
26 23
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12 8
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The Charlie Daniels Band

22
11 7
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Mott the Hoople, Bikers & Blues

23
11 9
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24
18 12
Sultans of Swing is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Songs About Music
Dire Straits

25
14 15
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26
8 8
Add Some Music to Your Day is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Songs About Music
NvG Nick added The Beach Boys

27
23 19
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28
10 5
Magic Power Triumph is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Songs About Music
itsmypartysings added

29
8 9
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The Kinks

30
7 3
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Don McLean

31
12 9
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The Beach Boys

32
7 13
God Gave Rock'n'roll to You is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Songs About Music
punksnotdead added Kiss

33
5 11
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Tom Islava added Barry Manilow

34
7 10
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35
10 14
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36
6 9
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37
9 13
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REO Speedwagon

38
9 13
Music is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Songs About Music
punksnotdead added John Miles

39
7 11
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Lynyrd Skynyrd

40
3 1
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pork added The Who

41
5 10
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Tom Islava added Paul Williams

42
5 10
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The Postal Service

43
4 10
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Bob Seger

44
10 12
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Pixies

45
5 6
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46
9 11
Sir Duke is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Songs About Music
Stevie Wonder

47
5 6
Sad Song is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Songs About Music
egghead added Lou Reed

48
8 10
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The Rolling Stones

49
7 9
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50
3 4
Overnight Sensation Raspberrie... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Songs About Music
itsmypartysings added