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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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Don McLean

2
61 20
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Elton John

3
41 11
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Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Joan Jett

4
44 23
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phil-gill added Elton John

5
29 10
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The Rolling Stones

6
31 10
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Elton John, Billy Joel

7
31 14
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8
22 13
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9
23 11
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The Doobie Brothers

10
25 13
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Leonard Cohen

11
25 10
Mr. Tambourine Man is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Songs About Music
Bob Dylan

12
24 11
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Tom Islava added Queen

13
20 11
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Chuck Berry

14
19 14
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Tom Islava added Elton John

15
27 16
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Chuck Berry

16
23 20
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Wild Cherry

17
16 6
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Sly & the Family Stone

18
17 12
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Dobie Gray

19
19 15
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David Bowie

20
29 23
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21
12 8
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The Charlie Daniels Band

22
11 7
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Mott the Hoople, Bikers & Blues

23
20 12
Sultans of Swing is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Songs About Music
Dire Straits

24
11 9
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25
9 3
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Don McLean