Movie references in music, part 2

A few months ago, I wrote a piece about classic movie references in music and it turned out to be very popular, and so, since there are so many references in so many songs, I thought I’d do a part II. So without further ado, here are some more of my favorite movie references:

Bette Davis Eyes by Kim Carnes – One of the greatest songs of the 80s. Story goes, when Bette Davis’ granddaughter played her the song, she sent Kim Carnes a letter thanking her for making her ‘part of modern times’.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Deep Blue Something – A childhood favorite and a great tribute to a great film.

Norman Bates by Landscape – Awesome song and an absolutely stunning video. A direct homage to Psycho.

Quicksand by David Bowie – ‘I’m the twisted name on Garbo’s eyes’

That’ll be the day by Buddy Holly – The song’s title was taken from John Wayne’s famous line in the The Searchers (1956).

Bad Romance by Lady Gaga – ‘I want your psycho, your vertigo shtick, want you in my rear window…’

Dear Rita Hayworth by New Vaudeville Band – I first heard this song years ago when I was watching a Rita Hayworth tribute video on YouTube and loved it instantly.

Just Like Lauren Bacall by Kevin Roth – I discovered this song the same way as the Rita Hayworth one. Hey, I watch a lot of tribute videos, ok?

Grace Kelly by Mika – Such a FUN song!

Bela Lugosi’s Dead by Bauhaus – As dark as it sounds.

White Heat by Madonna – Jimmy Cagney kicks off this awesome song with his ‘How do ya like that, boys? A copper!’ speech from the film. After that, it’s pop perfection.

If your favorite isn’t on the list, check out part one here

Have a great weekend, folks!


12 thoughts on “Movie references in music, part 2

  1. Wow I had never noticed for Bad Romance! So cool!
    White Heat is my favourite Madonna’s song! 🙂 It’s precisely a tribute to James Cagney who died in 1987 when the song was released (well released after his death of course).

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