Maroon 5 launches its 2013 trek of North America on Feb. 13. Their outing, which features the Neon Trees and Owl City, kicks off in Columbus, Ohio and concludes in Rosemont, Illinois on April 6. Maroon 5 tickets are being sold to promote their latest studio album, Overexposed—which features an appearance by Wiz Khalifa. The band’s lead singer, Adam Levine, said it should be their “biggest tour yet.”
The Los Angeles-based rock band is best known for their hit “Moves Like Jagger.” The single has sold more than 8 million units. More importantly, it got us thinking about other famous songs named after other famous musicians. Everyone here at Clickitticket rattled our brains and scoured our record collection to find as many examples as possible. We then whittled our findings down to a list of the top 12.
Remember, these aren’t songs about famous musicians nor are they songs that merely mentioned other artists. These are songs that are specifically named after a particular singer or band. One more qualifier, we eliminated songs named after the original artist who originally performed the song. So no Bad Company’s “Bad Company” or Green Day’s “Green Day.”
“Alex Chilton” by The Replacements
Alex Chilton was the lead singer of The Box Tops and Big Star. With the former, teenage Chilton gave us “The Letter”—a number one song in 1967. As frontman of Big Star (early 1970s), adult Chilton practically invented alternative music—the band’s debut, #1 Record, was decades ahead of its time. The Replacements paid tribute to the pioneer with this song found on their 1987 album Pleased to Meet Me.
“Barbra Streisand” by Duck Sauce
“Barbra Streisand” was a number one single for the deejay duo known as Duck Sauce. Granted, it went to number one in a bunch of Podunk European countries but it’s technically still a chart topper. Amazingly, this catchy disco song received a Grammy nomination and was featured on the Fox television show Glee. It doesn’t really page homage to the legendary singer, it just repeats her name.
“David Bowe” by Phish
This is how far Phish’s 1989 debut studio album, Junta, goes back. It was originally released on cassette tape. If you don’t know what that is ask your grandmother. Most of the songs on our list are tributes but in this 11-minute jam the name “David Bowie” comprising half of the song’s lyrics. The other half is “UB40.” You’ve got to love Phish.
“Elvis Presley And America” by U2
U2 has long since reached the pinnacle of rock and roll. However, they didn’t summit those heights with the help of this song. “Elvis Presley And America” is six minutes of the band jerking around on their instruments and Bono spewing a bunch of high affluent but meaningless phrases. The Unforgettable Fire (1984) contains one unforgettable song and it’s partially named after Elvis.
“Song For Bob Dylan” by David Bowie
David Bowie’s “Song For Bob Dylan” appears on his album Hunky Dory (the one with “Changes”). This record is a much lighter affair than his previous offering, The Man Who Sold the World. On this 1971 release you’ll also find “Andy Warhol” and “Queen Bitch,” the latter inspired by the Velvet Underground. “Song For Bob Dylan” is a mid-tempo number definitely inspired by the folk singer.
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