Musicians frequently reference each other, consciously or otherwise. Usually the reference is something subtle, like a chord progression or a melodic phrase. For those less subtle moments, here are the six best name-drops in song. Let us know your favorites in the comments, but make sure that your pick is something super-obscure that will make you sound hip by mentioning it.
6. R.E.M. - "It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" Did you know that every name mentioned in this R.E.M. classic contains the initials L.B.? In fact, the No. 6 spot on this list goes specifically to the moment where the music stops and Michael Stipe forcefully sings "Leonard Bernstein!" In other news, the score to West Side Story is better than you remember.
5. The Impossibles - "Hey You Kids"
This mostly forgotten Austin, Texas, band made an unprecedented transition from third-wave ska to post-Weezer emo pop in the early 2000s. The only moment where the group tried too hard to be cool is on the track "Hey You Kids," when singer Rory sings "Rock kids, time to testify/At the Drive-In kicking ass next to Les Savy Fav." Having been the former ska kid who wanted desperately for people to know I like better music now, I can relate. But come on, dudes. Come on.
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