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
63 19
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Don McLean

3
34 10
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Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Joan Jett

4
42 20
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phil-gill added Elton John

5
26 10
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The Rolling Stones

6
27 13
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25 9
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Elton John, Billy Joel

8
19 12
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22 11
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Leonard Cohen

10
19 9
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Chuck Berry

11
20 10
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The Doobie Brothers

12
22 9
Mr. Tambourine Man is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Songs About Music
Bob Dylan

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17 12
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Tom Islava added Elton John

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26 14
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Chuck Berry

15
21 18
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Wild Cherry

16
16 10
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Dobie Gray

17
15 6
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Sly & the Family Stone

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19 10
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Tom Islava added Queen

19
17 14
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David Bowie

20
11 7
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The Charlie Daniels Band

21
10 6
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Mott the Hoople, Bikers & Blues

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24 22
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11 8
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14 14
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25
10 4
Magic Power Triumph is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Songs About Music
itsmypartysings added

26
17 12
Sultans of Swing is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Songs About Music
Dire Straits

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8 8
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The Kinks

28
7 8
Add Some Music to Your Day is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Songs About Music
NvG Nick added The Beach Boys

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22 19
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7 12
God Gave Rock'n'roll to You is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Songs About Music
punksnotdead added Kiss

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5 10
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Tom Islava added Barry Manilow

32
7 9
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10 13
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34
5 2
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Don McLean

35
9 12
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REO Speedwagon

36
7 10
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Lynyrd Skynyrd

37
9 12
Music is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Songs About Music
punksnotdead added John Miles

38
11 9
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The Beach Boys

39
3 0
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pork added The Who

40
5 9
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Tom Islava added Paul Williams

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5 9
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4 9
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Bob Seger

43
7 8
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4 10
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The Postal Service

45
3 3
Overnight Sensation Raspberrie... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Songs About Music
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46
3 3
Magic Pilot is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Songs About Music
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5 6
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8 10
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The Rolling Stones

49
3 4
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Tim Allison added Justin Wells - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afBY2gPqgos

50
4 11
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Mihaly Galambosi added Village People