If you’re keeping up to date with any chart action you’ll know that Charlie Puth’s new groovy jam ‘Marvin Gaye‘ is currently reigning on the iTunes chart. That’s just within its week of being released! The ‘See You Again‘ star is joined by doo-wop pop pioneer Meghan Trainor, paying tribute to the late Prince of Motown, and most notably, his track ‘Let’s Get It On‘, the unofficial source of the term baby-making.
However, Charlie isn’t the only singer to dedicate a track title to another musician. Get your thinking caps on and check out some of our favourite tributes.
Duck Sauce – Barbra Streisand
Now it’s no surprise to think that Barbra Streisand would have a song named after her. A musical and theatrical icon, she has had a career spanning six decades with an endless amount of sales to reinforce this. The song to commemmorate her however? Duck Sauce certainly gave it a try, and they succeeded…kind of! Rather than celebrating her legacy with heartwarming lyrics, the duo created an earworm of a melody. Did it please Ms. Streisand? Rumour has it that Barbra did take a liking to the track so well done boys!
Fifth Harmony – Like Mariah
From one diva to another! Mariah Carey has sure had a tailwind of hit after hit and Fifth Harmony are here to tell you so. It’s easy to hear the RnB flavour of an early naughties Mariah in the group’s debut album Reflection and one song in particular pays obvious homage, ‘Like Mariah‘. The quintet truly harmonise over an exciting new romance that has “got [them] singing like Mariah” to a rhythmic melody sampling Mariah’s 1995 hit ‘Always Be My Baby‘. It also earned the seal of approval from the superstar herself when she tweeted: “#nowplaying #LikeMariah by @FifthHarmony love it!! I appreciate and enjoy ya! Congratulations on your album!!”.
Scouting For Girls – ‘Elvis Ain’t Dead’
Here’s a blast from the not so distant past. Back in 2007, British band Scouting for Girls released ‘Elvis Ain’t Dead‘, using the King of Rock n Roll in a way you wouldn’t expect. Lead singer Roy sings: “Cause Elvis ain’t dead/And you’re coming back“, comparing his ex’s return to the thought of Elvis being alive – sadly impossible. The music video however, brings Elvis back to life in chance encounters – these strangers don’t seem to have quite the charm though.
The Wanted – ‘Walks Like Rihanna’
Let’s get one thing straight, Rihanna can sing, she can dance and she can pull one heck of a performance out the bag. The Wanted however, seem to be enchanted by something else – her strut. So the boys have their eyes on this girl, she’s a bit of a klutz basically, “She can’t sing, she can’t dance/But who cares – she walks like Rihanna“. If you have a thing for boyband members, looks like we’ve found the key to their heart. Later after the track’s release, the boys came across Rihanna’s manager. Apparently, she sang praises over the boys’ little ode. Nice one lads.
Drake – ‘Madonna’
We can’t help but laugh a little with this one. Oh Drake and Madonna, there’s certainly a bit of a history between these two. But first, how does Madge come into a Drake song you ask? Well, the rapper is on a mission to get the girl and his pulling line just so happens to be: “You could be big as Madonna/Just get in the car and then let’s touch the road“. If that doesn’t have you swooning at the knees, we don’t know what will. Then came the famous liplock at this year’s Coachella. Maybe that kiss was Madonna’s way of saying thank you?