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11 Times Bands Referenced Their Own Songs In Other Songs

Brii Jamieson
Brii Jamieson 5 July 2018 at 16.25

Just giving themselves a cheeky shout-out.

We love it when bands give a hat-tip to their older work. It feels like a nice little in-joke between us and them. Here's 11 of the best examples of bands referencing their own songs in other songs.

01. 'Not Warriors' - Waterparks

They manage to sneak two references in to one lyric in this banger: "'Because we're 'LUCKY PEOPLE' and you'll never have to 'SLEEP ALONE'"

02. 'Make Room' - My Chemical Romance

In the final chorus of this 'Conventional Weapons' track, they reference the lyrics from 'Na Na Na', repeating "Everybody wants to change the world! Everybody wants to change the world! But no one, no one wants to die!"

03. 'Save Rock And Roll' - Fall Out Boy

This one opens with a little vocal feature of "Until your breathing st-st-stops", which is a throwback to 'Chicago Is So Two Years Ago' where Patrick sings "girl you might hold your breath, until your breathing stops forever".

04. 'Birthday' - All Time Low

In 'Birthday' the lads in All Time Low chuck in a sneaky hat-tip to the 'Lost In Stereo' lyric "snakebite heart with a bubblegum smile", with the lyric "bubblegum smile, taste the cherry on her lips". Clever. A throwback. We love it.

05. 'I Just Want To Sell Out My Funeral' - The Wonder Years

This one truly goes above and beyond, with 'I Just Want To Sell Out My Funeral' referencing every single other song that appears before it on 'The Greatest Generation'. It's absolutely brilliant.

06. 'With You Around' - Yellowcard

Yellowcard throwback to their single 'Only One' in this one, with the lyric "Do you remember when I said you were my 'ONLY ONE'?". Big.

07. 'The Outfield' - Good Charlotte

Good Charlotte give a nod to their album 'The Young And The Hopeless' in 'The Outfield', with the lyric "We were the young and hopeless, we were the broken youth" 

08. 'What A Catch Donnie' - Fall Out Boy

That final verse references lyrics from so many Fall Out Boy songs including 'Dance, Dance', 'Thnks Fr Th Mmrs' and 'This Ain't A Scene'. The whole verse is a lyrical reference to themselves, and it's brilliant.

09. 'Dead' - Real Friends

We've lost count of the amount of times Real Friends lyrically reference "sleepy eyes and bony knees". But it's famous.

10. 'Stupid For You' - Waterparks

There's a throwback to 'I'm A Natural Blue' from their 'Blacklight' EP in this banger with the lyric "you're yellow, I'm natural blue".

11. 'Dearly Departed' - Marianas Trench

Okay so the final verse of this references NINE songs of their previous songs in the lyrics. A gargantuan effort.


Sometimes it pays to be your own biggest fan.

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