7 Self-Referential Songs

Self-titled album? Rookie move. Self-titled song? Ballsy maneuver my friend. It’s not often a band names a song after their own band name (although I have to admit many of these were easy to find). In some cases, it isn’t clear if the song name or the band name came first (Okkervil River, Big Country), and in others, the band’s name is thrown in as a bit of an in-joke (Arctic Monkeys, Wilco). In even rarer cases, and I honestly believe every band should do this, a band will write their own sitcom-esque theme song (The Thermals).

So here are seven great songs with the artist’s name in them (and some honorable mentions). Any ones I missed?

The Thermals – Everything Thermals

Titus Andronicus – Titus Andronicus

Wilco – Wilco (The Song)

Okkervil River – Okkervil River Song

Arctic Monkeys – Who The Fuck Are Arctic Monkeys?

Los Campesinos! – Death to Los Campesinos!

Big Country – In a Big Country

Honorable Mention:
The Pains of Being Pure At Heart – The Pains of Being Pure At Heart
Belle & Sebastian – Belle & Sebastian
Built to Spill – Built to Spill


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4 Comments on “7 Self-Referential Songs”

  1. 11.29.11 at 11:38 PM #

    I’m really glad you included titus andronicus

  2. Colin Holmes
    11.29.11 at 11:44 PM #

    Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nothing To Fuck With

  3. Colin Holmes
    11.29.11 at 11:46 PM #

    In The Court of the Crimson King

  4. 11.29.11 at 11:47 PM #

    The Clashhh. “Clash City Rockers” and “This Is Radio Clash.” Clash-ics. … See what I did there?

    Also, kind of a stretch, but… “Salute MY Shorts!” by Rilo Kiley? That’s a fun one.

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