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12 Songs that mention other songs or artists

This is clearly not a definitive list. I encourage you all to help us build the list by leaving your additions in the comments below.

1. Cheap Trick

Song: “Surrender”
Mention: … got my Kiss records out


2. The Red Hot Chili Peppers

Song: “Californication”
Mention: Cobain can you hear the spheres singing songs off station to station
Also: References David Bowie’s album Station to Station

3. Lynyrd Skynyrd

Song: "Sweet Home Alabama"
Mention: Well I heard mister Young sing about her
Well, I heard ole Neil put her down
Well, I hope Neil Young will remember

4. Johnny Rivers

Song: "Summer Rain"
Mention: Everybody kept on playing Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band

5. Better than Ezra
Song: “Extra Ordinary”
Mentions: (Many in this song, but my favorites):

Though I got more hooks
Than Madonna got looks
And just like that AC/DC song
Come on baby, shake me all night long

6. Billy Joel
Song: “We Didn't Start The Fire”
Mentions: (Again, lots in here): Roy Cohn, Juan Peron, Toscanini, Dacron
Dien Bien Phu Falls, Rock Around the Clock - Einstein, James Dean, Brooklyn's got a winning team
Davy Crockett, Peter Pan, Elvis Presley, Disneyland

7. Regina Spektor
Song: “On the Radio”
Mentions: (Guns N’ Roses song)
On the radio we heard november rain
the solo's real long, but it's a pretty song
we listened to it twice 'cause the dj was asleep

8. Arctic Monkeys
Song: “Bet You Look Good On The Dance Floor”
Mentions: Your name isn't Rio, but I don't care for sand

9. Electric Light Orchestra
Song: “Shangri La”
Mentions: My Shangri-la has gone away,
Faded like the Beatles on Hey Jude

10. Bruce Springsteen
Song: “Thunder Road”
Mentions: Like a vision she dances across the porch as the radio plays
Roy Orbison singing for the lonely

11. The Beatles
Song: “Yer Blues”
Mentions: The eagle picks my eye, the worm he licks my bones
Feel so suicidal, just like Dylan's Mr. Jones

12. Wolfmother
Song: “Dimension"
Mentions: Purple haze is in the sky...

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New AI-Driven Music System Analyzes Tracks for Perfect Playlists
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Whether you're planning a bachelorette party or recovering from a breakup, a well-curated playlist makes all the difference. If you don't have time to pick the perfect songs manually, services that use the AI-driven system Sonic Style may be able to figure out exactly what you have in mind based on your request.

According to Fast Company, Sonic Style is the new music-categorizing service from the media and entertainment data provider Gracenote. There are plenty of music algorithms out there already, but Sonic Style works a little differently. Rather than listing the entire discography of a certain artist under a single genre, the AI analyzes individual tracks. It considers factors like the artist's typical genre and the era the song was recorded in, as well as qualities it can only learn through listening, like tempo and mood. Based on nearly 450 descriptors, it creates a super-accurate "style profile" of the track that makes it easier for listeners to find it when searching for the perfect song to fit an occasion.

Playlists that use data from Sonic Style feel like they were made by a person with a deep knowledge of music rather than a machine. That's thanks to the system's advanced neural network. It also recognizes artists that don't fit neatly into one genre, or that have evolved into a completely different music style over their careers. Any service—including music-streaming platforms and voice-activated assistants—that uses Gracenote's data will be able to take advantage of the new technology.

With AI at your disposal, all you have to do as the listener is decide on a style of music. Here are some ideas to get you started if you want a playlist for productivity.

[h/t Fast Company]

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Stradivarius Violins Get Their Distinctive Sound By Mimicking the Human Voice
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Italian violinist Francesco Geminiani once wrote that a violin's tone should "rival the most perfect human voice." Nearly three centuries later, scientists have confirmed that some of the world's oldest violins do in fact mimic aspects of the human singing voice, a finding which scientists believe proves "the characteristic brilliance of Stradivari violins."

Using speech analysis software, scientists in Taiwan compared the sound produced by 15 antique instruments with recordings of 16 male and female vocalists singing English vowel sounds, The Guardian reports. They discovered that violins made by Andrea Amati and Antonio Stradivari, the pioneers of the instrument, produce similar "formant features" as the singers. The resonance frequencies were similar between Amati violins and bass and baritone singers, while the higher-frequency tones produced by Stradivari instruments were comparable to tenors and contraltos.

Andrea Amati, born in 1505, was the first known violin maker. His design was improved over 100 years later by Antonio Stradivari, whose instruments now sell for several million dollars. "Some Stradivari violins clearly possess female singing qualities, which may contribute to their perceived sweetness and brilliance," Hwan-Ching Tai, an author of the study, told The Guardian.

Their findings were published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. A 2013 study by Dr. Joseph Nagyvary, a professor emeritus at Texas A&M University, also pointed to a link between the sounds produced by 250-year-old violins and those of a female soprano singer.

According to Vox, a blind test revealed that professional violinists couldn't reliably tell the difference between old violins like "Strads" and modern ones, with most even expressing a preference for the newer instruments. However, the value of these antique instruments can be chalked up to their rarity and history, and many violinists still swear by their exceptional quality.

[h/t The Guardian]

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