Music Monday: Songs About Songwriters

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! In the world of superstardom, there really aren't that many people. It's possible to meet every voice of your generation without even trying! Maybe that's why so many songwriters write so many songs about their contemporaries and idols. Today Scott's taking a look at Songs About Songwriters, those hits that range from love to hate. He'll start with a biggie:

Fleetwood Mac - Go Your Own Way

 

It's not the first, and it's not the last, but it's possibly the greatest. Everyone knows that Fleetwood Mac's Rumors came to life out of the soap opera that is 70s rock, but that doesn't get in the way of appreciating the music. And even in that mess, "Go Your Own Way" stands high, the ultimate break-up song being sung by the two people who were breaking up as it happened and then every night, over and over again, for the rest of their career. Anyone who's ever had a terrible break-up can appreciate the mad genius behind this song.

After the jump, four more songs about songwriters! See you there...

Before we head inside, remember our Spotify playlist will be featuring a great selection from last week's Music Monday comments. The theme of the mix this time is Songs About The Future and boy, is it great. But before you start reminiscing, check out our current Music Monday. See you after the jump?

The Wombats - Let's Dance To Joy Division

 

These Liverpudlians straddle the line between irony and adoration very well, capturing the mood of that first time you hear a "grown-up" band. It's not even close to the classic Joy Division sound but that doesn't make it any less of a tribute! If you want the feeling of playing the music, try New Order. If you want the feeling of listening to the music, try here.

MGMT - Brian Eno

 

MGMT's recent work upset some of their fans, but it's hard to argue with "Brian Eno", a clear love letter to the sonic hero of many. And, to be fair, this tune might not be as sweeping as MGMT's biggest hit, but it sure does capture Eno's rock period well. And it's clear the fellas really do love the man.

CSS - Let's Make Love And Listen To Death From Above

 

This happy, dance-friendly song calls out to Death From Above 1979, a band that's slightly harder than this song. But how much screaming can one take in one's life, after all?

Ray LaMontagne - Meg White

 

It's hard not to appreciate a song that begins with "Meg White/I think you're all right." It's equally hard not to imagine the White Stripes covering this simple-yet-catchy song on some future reunion tour. Just maybe try to ignore the bass player. So disrespectful to even have one, right?

Now it's your turn to pay tribute. Find your own songwriter song and throw it in the comments below. After that run on over to our Turntable.fm room for the regular Music Monday enjoyment. Also, let us just remind you: some images come from the corresponding Wikipedia page and are here under fair use.