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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Your Song Elton John

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American Pie Don McLean

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I Love Rock 'n' Roll Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Joan Jett

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phil-gill added Bennie & The Jets Elton John

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It's Only Rock 'n Roll The Rolling Stones

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Piano Man Elton John, Billy Joel

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Rock & Roll Music Chuck Berry

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Listen to the Music The Doobie Brothers

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Hallelujah Leonard Cohen

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

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Tom Islava added Crocodile Rock Elton John

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Roll Over Beethoven Chuck Berry

The Best Genres of Music

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Drift Away Dobie Gray

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Play That Funky Music Wild Cherry

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Dance to the Music Sly & the Family Stone

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Tom Islava added Radio Ga Ga Queen

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Ziggy Stardust David Bowie

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The Devil Went Down to Georgia The Charlie Daniels Band

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All The Young Dudes Mott the Hoople, Bikers & Blues

The Most Overrated Actors of All Time

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

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Juke Box Music The Kinks

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

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The Absolute Saddest Years in Music History

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God Gave Rock'n'roll to You is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Songs About Music
punksnotdead added God Gave Rock'n'roll to You Kiss

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Tom Islava added I Write the Songs Barry Manilow

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Add Some Music to Your Day is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Songs About Music
NvG Nick added Add Some Music to Your Day The Beach Boys

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I Can Hear Music The Beach Boys

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Music Man REO Speedwagon

The 37 Greatest On-Stage Falls of All Time

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Swamp Music Lynyrd Skynyrd

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American Pie Don McLean

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pork added Gettin' in Tune The Who

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Music is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Songs About Music
punksnotdead added Music John Miles

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Tom Islava added An Old Fashioned Love Song Paul Williams

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Heavy Music Bob Seger

The Most Influential Electronic Music Pioneers

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Magic Pilot is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Songs About Music
itsmypartysings added Magic Pilot

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Overnight Sensation Raspberrie... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Songs About Music
itsmypartysings added Overnight Sensation Raspberries

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Such Great Heights The Postal Service

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Mihaly Galambosi added (you) Can`t Stop the Music Village People

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Sir Duke is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Songs About Music
Sir Duke Stevie Wonder

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Can You Hear the Music The Rolling Stones