I’ve Been Obsessed With: Music with Odd References To Other Art

You guys know Breakfast at Tiffany’s? The song about a couple that’s falling apart, without anything in common, but that desperately try to find something to relate to. That thing being that they both kinda’ liked Breakfast at Tiffany’s, the movie. Not to be confused with the book Breakfast at Tiffany’s, or the song, also called Breakfast at Tiffany’s, which they are singing. This is a song written in the 90s based around a 1960s film adaptation of a 1950s book, and that got me thinking, what other allusions to other media are found in pop songs?

Now, of course there’s She’s So High by Tal Bachman, which has a reference to Aphrodite, but that’s boring, and way too common place, goddess of love, and all. Why focus on the boring when you have All Summer Long by Kid Rock? All Summer Long has been described as a mixture of Werewolves of London and Sweet Home Alabama, using some Frankenstein instrumental ripped off from both, and even mentioning Sweet Home Alabama by name as a song they sing all summer long. Coincidentally, these ties to great songs do not make this, in my opinion, sub par song great, it just makes me crave those great songs, instead, therefore, not wishing to listen to All Summer Long.

And finally, of course, I couldn’t write a post like this without mentioning the least creative, and least affectionate love song I’ve heard, Love You Like A Love Song by real life witch, herself, Selena Gomez. I do not like this song, it’s essentially saying, “Hey, I love you. How? Listen to a love song, I love you like that. Which love song? Why any, you picky bastard. :)” I may be a little cynical, but this is how the song acts, I’ve never liked the song, but it has to be on here, because, not only does it fit the criteria, but it’s so lazy about it. Breakfast at Tiffany’s has a thematic reason, She’s So High and All Summer Long do, too, and I could even forgive this song if it said something like, “I love you like If You Like Piña Coladas.” Or, “I love you like Rico… Suave…” because then, at least, there’d be a reason in song for these, to give the song context. And yet, I still have this song stuck in my head, and it’s kinda catchy, so obviously it does something right.

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