Songs about music

Considering the great number of popular songs that have been written, there are surprisingly few about music or musicians. I’ve compiled a list below, omitting those in which the song is really about something else or music is not the main point of the song (an example would be Led Zeppellin’s “Rock and Roll”). Undoubtedly, I’ve left something off, so I’ll update the list periodically.

Songs about music

Advance Cassette – Spoon
American Pie – Don McLean
Crocodile Rock – Elton John
Do-Re-Mi – Rodgers and Hammerstein
FM – Steely Dan
I Write the Songs – Barry Manilow
It Don’t Mean a Thing – Duke Ellington
Music and Me – Michael Jackson
Music – Madonna
Play That Funk Music – Wild Cherry
Pop Muzik – M
Rock and Roll Music – Chuck Berry
Seventy-Six Trombones – Meredith Willson
Sing Your Life – Morrissey
Sir Duke – Stevie Wonder
Sound of Music, The – Rodgers & Hammerstein
Spin the Black Circle – Pearl Jam
Turn the Beat Around – Vicki Sue Robinson
Words and Guitar – Sleater-Kinney

Songs about musicians (real or fictional)

Alex Chilton – The Replacements
Deacon Blues – Steely Dan
For Free – Joni Mitchell
Furry Sings the Blues – Joni Mitchell
Leader of the Band, The – Dan Fogelberg
Piano Man – Billy Joel
Whistler, The – Jethro Tull

Songs about the music industry

Hotel California – The Eagles (commonly believed to be a metaphor about the industry)
Lola vs. Powerman (album) – The Kinks (several songs from the album listed below)
—Denmark Street
—Get Back in Line
—Moneygoround, The
—This Time Tomorrow
—Top of the Pops

For additional posts that offer interesting lists, see About Music and This Site.

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  1. Music Must Change by the Who (Who else?)

    It’s only Rock n Roll (but I like it) by the Rolling Stones.
    Many more,

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