Top 10 Songs with Music-Related Lines

In this list I tried to include very diverse songs, mentioning and even discussing different music genres, trends, musicians from different decades. Songs are also from different genres. And the songs cover the entire spectrum from love to hate and everything in between.

The Top Ten

1 We Didn't Start the Fire - Billy Joel

He mentioned Rock and Roll, Heavy Metal, Punk rock, Elvis Presley, British Beatlemania,

Bob Dylan, Buddy Holly, Sergei Prokofiev, and more. - Metal_Treasure

2 Old Time Rock & Roll - Bob Seger

"Today's music ain't got the same soul

I like that old time rock 'n' roll
Don't try to take me to a disco" - Metal_Treasure

3 I Love Rock 'N Roll - Joan Jett & The Blackhearts

Me too!
"I love rock and roll

So put another dime in the jukebox, baby
I love rock and roll yeah

'Cause it soothes my soul yeah" - Metal_Treasure

4 Kids Wanna Rock - Bryan Adams

He mentioned Rock and Roll, disco, new wave:

"Turned on the radio
Sounded like a disco
Must've turned the dial for a couple of miles
But I couldn't find no rock 'n roll

This computerized crap ain't gettin' me off
Everywhere I go the kids wanna rock

London to L.A.,
Talking' 'bout the new wave
For a couple of bucks you get a weird haircut
And waste your life away

Around the world or around the block
Everywhere I go the kids wanna rock" - Metal_Treasure

It's a song of 1984 and I was surprised he said "computerized crap" - I thought that similar reactions to computerized music emerged later. - Metal_Treasure

'Computerized crap' wow, someone with this opinion in '84... interesting. Fortunately, after '85 most of the hit songs weren't computerized and in the '90s acoustic works were more popular than computerized ones.

5 Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple

There are lines mentioning music, record, Frank Zappa.
"We all came out to Montreux
On the Lake Geneva shoreline
To make records with a mobile
We didn't have much time
Frank Zappa and the Mothers
Were at the best place around" - Metal_Treasure

6 Phantom of the Opera - Iron Maiden

"You're the Phantom of the Opera, you're the devil, you're just out to scare." - Metal_Treasure

7 Let There Be Rock - AC/DC

Wow, I just discovered this one's missing
It's all about '50 music

How did I forget it? Thanks for adding it. - Metal_Treasure

8 Rock Me Amadeus - Falco

This song is originally in German but has at least 2 English versions and the lines below are a compilation of both:
He mentioned rock, punk, rock and roll, piano, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

"He was a Punker
He had debts, for he drank
But all the women loved him
(And they shouted):
Come and rock me Amadeus

He was the first punk ever to set foot on this earth.

He was a genius from the day of his birth.

He could play the piano like a ring and a bell

His mind was on rock and roll and having fun" - Metal_Treasure

9 Roll Over Beethoven - Chuck Berry

He mentioned Beethoven, rhythm and blues, DJ, the blues, Tchaikovsky, rocking' rhythm record, and jukebox. But my favorite line is:
"Roll over Beethoven
And tell Tchaikovsky the news" - Metal_Treasure

10 Heavy Metal Maniac - Exciter

"Heavy metal maniac
I'm a heavy metal maniac" - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 The Everlasting Muse - Belle & Sebastian

The song discusses Modern rock VS Pop:
"And on the napkin silk
She weaves a manuscript with skill
An intro, outro, middle 8
A tapestry of words
A subtle gift to modern rock
She says "be popular, play pop"
And you will win my love" - Metal_Treasure

12 Hip Hop is Dead - Nas
13 The Metal - Tenacious D

You can't kill the metal
The metal will live on
Punk-Rock tried to kill the metal
But they failed, as they were smite to the ground
New-wave tried to kill the metal
But they failed, as they were stricken down to the ground
Grunge tried to kill the metal Ha,hahaaha
They failed, as they were thrown to the ground
Aargh! yeah!

No-one can destroy the metal
The metal will strike you down with a vicious blow
We are the vanquished foes of the metal
We tried to win for why we do not know

New-wave tried to destroy the metal, but the metal had its way
Grunge then tried to dethrone the metal, but metal was in the way
Punk-rock tried to destroy the metal, but metal was much too strong
Techno tried to defile the metal, but techno was proven wrong

It comes from hell! - Metal_Treasure

14 Thank You for the Music - Abba
15 Frank Sinatra - Cake

They mentioned old skipping record, Frank Sinatra, radio station.
"A faintly glimmering radio station.
While Frank Sinatra sings Stormy Weather,
The flies and spiders get along together,
Cobwebs fall on an old skipping record." - Metal_Treasure

16 My Baby's in Love with Eddie Vedder - Weird Al Yankovic

There are lines mentioning record store, Eddie Vedder, Alanis Morissette, rock star, grunge, music video channel.
"Spokesman for the disaffected grunge generation" - Metal_Treasure

17 I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues - Elton John
18 Kings of Metal - Manowar

When we're in town speakers explode
We don't attract wimps 'cause we're too loud
Just true metal people that's Manowar's crowd - Metal_Treasure

19 Pandemic - Accept

"It's a pandemic
It's a metal disease" - Metal_Treasure

20 Modern Times Rock 'N' Roll - Queen

There are lines mentioning rock and roll, juke box, musical life, guitar.
"Let me tell you what it's all about
Modern times rock and roll" - Metal_Treasure

21 Too Old to Rock 'N' Roll: Too Young to Die - Jethro Tull
22 All that Jazz - Chicago

I know a whoopee spot
Where the gin is cold
But the piano's hot
It's just a noisy hall
Where there's a nightly brawl
And all that jazz
Slick your hair
And wear your buckle shoes
And all that jazz
I hear that Father Dipp
Is gonna blow the blues
And all that jazz - Metal_Treasure

23 Metal Militia - Metallica

"Metal militia for your sacrifice" - Metal_Treasure

24 Dirty Punk - The Clash

"I shout out I am a dirty punk
Gonna rock your neighborhood" - Metal_Treasure

25 Heavy Metal - Judas Priest

Too bad the song itself hardly metal lol

There are lines mentioning power chords, headbanging, guitars, heavy metal.
"What do you want?
Heavy metal, heavy metal! " - Metal_Treasure

26 Black Metal - Venom

Lines mentioning metal, black metal, power amps, rock 'n roll.
It's a quite weird song which doesn't mean bad though - a song titled Black Metal that isn't a black metal song with lyrics about rock 'n roll:
"Lay down your souls to the gods rock 'n roll! " - Metal_Treasure

27 Rock is Dead - Marilyn Manson
28 Disco Inferno - The Trammps

When the boogie started to explode
I heard somebody say

(Burn baby burn) disco Inferno
Up above my head
I hear music in the air - Metal_Treasure

29 Money for Nothing - Dire Straits

"You play the guitar on the MTV" - Metal_Treasure

30 Kill Rock 'N Roll
31 Genius of Love - Tom Tom Club

Lines in the song mention Bob Marley, Curtis Blow, James Brown, Bootsy Collins, Smokey Robinson, Reggae Music and Funk. - THC13

32 Rockaway Beach - The Ramones

' Bus ride is too slow
They blast out the disco on the radio'

33 1985 - Bowling for Soup

"Bruce Springsteen, Madonna
Way before Nirvana
There was U2 and Blondie
And music still on M-T-V"

"She rocked out to Wham!
Not a big Limp Bizkit fan"

"And who's the other guy singing in Van Halen"

"When did Motley Crue become classic rock?
And when did Ozzy become an actor? "

There's also a reference to Whitesnake but I didn't put it here because of the language. - Gg2000

34 Three Stars - Eddie Cochran

The song was written and recorded in 1959 as a memorial tribute to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper, who infamously died in a plane crash together. Each verse name-checks one of the singers. Eddie himself would die in a car accident a year later. - Gg2000

35 Speed King - Deep Purple

Many references to songs, and rock and roll:
"Good Golly, said little Miss Molly
When she was rocking' in the house of blue light
Tutti Frutti was oh so rooty
When she was rocking' to the east and west
Lucille was oh so real
Some people gonna rock, some people gonna roll
Gonna rock and roll down to New Orleans" - Metal_Treasure

I forgot about this one- it's one of my favorites! Thanks for adding it! - Gg2000

36 Long Live Rock 'N Roll - Rainbow
37 Are You Metal? - Helloween

"I love it loud, let's push it higher
Until the gain shows just red light
I love it true and played with fire
I enjoy a battle without fight
What I hear I adhere
Have no fear, say sincere
Are you metal? ” - Metal_Treasure

38 Heavy Metal Universe - Gamma Ray

"Like a supersonic blast
We have come to show the world
That we have come to last
There ain't no way to stop us
And you'll never kill our pride
'Cause it's not only music
It's a chosen way of life
And our world has got no borders
And in union we all stand
'Cause Heavy Metal is our promised land
'Cause it's a Heavy Metal universe
With a Heavy Metal sound" - Metal_Treasure

39 Monterey - Eric Burdon and the Animals

Written about the famous Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, it refers to some of the people who appeared there, including Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Ravi Shankar, The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, The Byrds, Hugh Maskela, and Brian Jones (who attended the event as an emcee). At the end, he sings the line "I think that maybe I'm dreaming", which comes from the Byrds song "Renaissance Fair"; appropriately enough, Renaissance Fair was the first song the Byrds played in their set at Monterey. - Gg2000

40 New Wave Sucks - D.O.A.
41 Bret Michaels Looks Like an Old Lesbian - Is**trobots
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