Top 10 Music References in Billy Joel's Song We Didn't Start the Fire
Lyrics to this song are very unusual because they mention so many things.
This list is a sequel to my lists: Top 10 Famous People Mentioned in Billy Joel's song We Didn't Start The Fire (he mentioned over 30 famous people) Top 10 Places Mentioned in Billy Joel's song We Didn't Start The Fire
The Top Ten
1Rock Around the Clock - Bill Haley & the Comets
Billy Joel mentions the title of this song in the lyrics - Metal_Treasure
2Elvis PresleyElvis Presley was an American musician and actor. Known as "The King" He was mostly known for his number 1 singles including "Heartbreak Hotel" "Hound Dog" "Jailhouse Rock" "Love me Tender" Elvis debuted in the movie "Love me Tender" and focused less on his music and continued that way. ...read more.
3Rock and RollRock music is a music genre that was created in the 1940s. The genre got popular during the 60s, 70s and 80s. Rock bands generally consists of a guitar player, a drummer, bass player and singer. There are a lot of rock subgenres.
"Rock and Roller Cola wars" - Metal_Treasure
A Russian classical composer - Metal_Treasure
5Heavy MetalHeavy Metal music is a sub-genre of rock music that originated in the late 1960s-70s, featuring more distorted and heavier instrumental work and darker lyrical themes. Heavy Metal broke into mainstream success with bands such as Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden and Metallica. ...read more.
Yep, zxm is right. The full line in question is "heavy metal suicide", which is worth mentioning (after all, these are examples of the moral pandemonium on music that eventually lead to the PMRC and increased musical censorship). - Gg2000
By Judas Priest and Ozzy Osbourne. Got themselves sued. - zxm
6Buddy HollyBuddy Holly, born Charles Hardin Holley (September 7, 1936 – February 3, 1959) was an American musician and singer-songwriter who was a central figure of mid-1950s rock and roll. He was a rising star when a tragic plane crash struck him down at age 22. ...read more.
9Bob DylanBob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, author, and artist who has been an influential figure in popular music and culture for more than five decades.
Woodstock Festival or simply Woodstock, was a music festival in the United States - Metal_Treasure
11Punk RockPunk rock is a subgenre of rock music. It usually has rebellious lyrics and down stroked power chords played on guitars. Bad Religion, Sex Pistols, and Green Day (actually pop-punk, which is still punk in a way) are a few punk rock bands. The subgenre influenced thrash metal because of it's down stroked ...read more.
In that song, they meant the event when the USSR shot down that plane, not the band. - JoeBoi
14Marilyn MonroeMarilyn Monroe, born Norma Jeane Mortenson Baker (June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962) was an American actress, singer and model. Decades after her unexpected death, she has remained one of Hollywood's greatest sex symbols with her eye-catching style, champagne blond hair, and breathless manner of speaking. ...read more.
15The King and I
Musical by composer Richard Rodgers and dramatist Oscar Hammerstein II. - Metal_Treasure
16The BeatlesThe Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. The members consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. They were soon known as the foremost and most influential act of rock era. Rooted in skiffle, beat, and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented ...read more.