Love yourself! Self-referential songs which slap

You don't have to be an egomaniac to make it, but it helps.

There are plenty of songs where you can hear the artists reference other artists, but songs with the band referencing themselves? Well, they’re a little rarer. We’ve compiled some of the best instances below, featuring tracks that mention the act’s name in proper lyrics rather than DJ Khaled-esque namedrops.

Chic – ‘Le Freak’

Lyric:Le freak, c’est chic/Freak out!

Beastie Boys – ‘(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)’


Lyric:Your mum busted in and said, what’s that noise?/Aw, mum, you’re just jealous it’s the Beastie Boys!

Iggy Pop – ‘Turn Blue’

Lyric:Jesus, this is Iggy/You, you might as well come with me.

The Clash – ‘We Are The Clash’

Lyric:We ain’t gonna be treated like trash/We got one thing/We are the Clash.


Ramones – ‘The Return Of Jackie & Judy’

Lyric:Jackie is a bookie/Judy’s taking loans/They both came up to New York/Just to see the Ramones.

Public Image Ltd. – ‘Public Image’

Lyric:Public image/What you wanted was never made clear/Behind the image was ignorance and fear.

Devo – ‘Jocko Homo’

Lyric:Are we not men?/We are Devo/Are we not men?/D-E-V-O.

Big Star – ‘O My Soul’

Lyric:I can’t get a licence/To drive my car/But I don’t really need it/If I’m a big star.

Nirvana – ‘Paper Cuts’

Lyric:I said so, I said so, I said so/Nirvana, nirvana, nirvana.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono – ‘Give Peace A Chance’

Lyric:Everybody’s talking ’bout/John and Yoko, Timmy Leary, Rosemary, Tommy Smothers, Bobby Dylan, Tommy Cooper/Derek Taylor, Norman Mailer, Alan Ginsberg, Hare Krishna, Hare, Hare Krishna.”


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