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John Lennon's father[edit]

I thought "That's My Life (My Love And My Home)" (1965) by Alfred Lennon, John Lennon's father, to his son's song "In My Life" (1965). Anyone have anything on this? Artaxerxes (talk) 16:55, 26 July 2011 (UTC)

Amy Winehouse[edit]

"Me and Mr. Jones" by Amy Winehouse would seem to be an answer song (of sorts) to Me and Mrs. Jones (1972) made famous by Billy Paul. Anyone have anything on this? Artaxerxes (talk) 16:44, 26 July 2011 (UTC)


This is a good one to use I think, since it is two well known songs. Lynrd Skynrd's Sweet Home Alabama is, as mentioned in the lyrics, an "answer song" to Neil Young's "Southern Man"... "Well I heard mister Young sing about her. Well, I heard ole Neil put her down. Well, I hope Neil Young will remember. A Southern man don't need him around anyhow" —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:24, 15 September 2010 (UTC)

Let It...[edit]

Should we add Let it Bleed as a notorious response to Let it Be? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 05:03, 26 October 2007 (UTC)

+1.-- (talk) 01:46, 29 June 2008 (UTC)
Huh? (talk) 09:16, 26 July 2008 (UTC)

Is McCartney's "Let Me Roll It" actually an answer song? It sounds like the song is something of a response to, or a parody of, Lennon's new band, not a response to any particular song98.235.34.95 (talk) 02:50, 2 April 2010 (UTC)

Page move[edit]

This article has been renamed as the result of a move request. Answer recordAnswer song

Answer song previously contained a redirect to List of answer songs. Now someone has created an article on answer songs at answer record and. I have changed answer song to redirect at answer record but I'm fairly certain that the more widely used term is 'answer song', not 'answer record' and can't move it because of the existing redirect article. --Moochocoogle 18:53, 28 Feb 2005 (UTC)

  • Neutral What a stupid term in the first place. But how original can those people get when their vocabulary is limited to "benjamins," "whore," "crackwhore," "kill," and "pimp." —ExplorerCDT 01:16, 1 Mar 2005 (UTC)
    • Not even a vote? You just had to vent some negative energy and racism and thought this would be a good place? Hyacinth 17:16, 5 Mar 2005 (UTC)
      • Please note that this was originally on WP:RM and so ExplorerCDT probably doesn't have this page on his watchlist. violet/riga (t) 17:37, 5 Mar 2005 (UTC)
  • Moved. violet/riga (t) 23:12, 4 Mar 2005 (UTC)

I have not heard what are in actuality answer songs called that, only "answer record". Hyacinth 01:36, 1 Mar 2005 (UTC)

Wrong Title?[edit]

This article mentions that answer songs have been around since the 1930's, but after that, the entire article is about Answer Songs in Hip-Hop Music. That would be a better title.Jennifer Brooks 05:19, 9 June 2006 (UTC)

List of Answer Songs page deletion[edit]

Speaking as a radio DJ, the deletion of the List of answer songs is quite annoying as I found the list to be of great value. I aim to bring it back. gigantibyte 19:28, 18 September 2007 (UTC)

Stairway to Heaven[edit]

  • What about AC/DC's song Highway to Hell. Is it an answer song? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:47, 29 June 2008 (UTC)

Bot report : Found duplicate references ![edit]

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DumZiBoT (talk) 20:46, 9 August 2008 (UTC)

Song Suggestion[edit]

I would like to suggest adding "A Pretty Girl Is Like..." from the album 69 Love Songs by The Magnetic Fields. Songwriter Stephin Merritt has called it an answer song to Irving Berlin's "A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody." Reference can be found here. Maybe too obscure for some though...?

Unbesorgt (talk) 22:48, 14 April 2009 (UTC)

Hm, how about Mariah Carey's "Obsessed". That's an answer song to Eminem in general and to his unreleased track song "Bagpipes From Baghdad" off his 2009 album "Relapse". —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:03, 29 June 2010 (UTC)

Strongly agree with previous comment on Lynyrd Skynyrd and Neil Young; "Sweet Home Alabama" is one of the most famous answer songs out there. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:55, 17 September 2010 (UTC)

Unsupported examples[edit]

The following songs lack sufficient notoriety or support to be included as answer song examples--and one includes a rather in-your-face obscenity in it's title.

Remaining examples in the article could use substantiation in many cases. Artaxerxes (talk) 17:24, 14 December 2011 (UTC)

Yet you yourself have added at least two without any such substantiation, apparently based on no more than that you think "they seem to be" answer songs. I have no problem with allowing only properly cited examples, but don't dictate what is and isn't allowed when you aren't observing policy yourself. (talk) 19:55, 23 December 2011 (UTC)
This list of less-notable and less-supported songs was placed here for discussion: can/should they be included in the article? can they be better supported? There has been no dictating of 'what is and isn't allowed' (not by me, at least). (The first title on the list above was re-included in the article, as could be all the rest--with the enhanced support.) A lack of a reference is not enough, for example, to say that a song is not well-supported. If it has a page/article dedicated to it, and that article clearly states how the song qualifies, the link to that article should show sufficient support for that song. But I don't recommend a laundry list of songs; this is not a list page. Best to include a few examples that best exemplify the 'answer song', that help readers to understand what the genre is exactly, the history of it. Listing every single song that anyone has ever thought might be some sort of a response to another is not helpful in establishing a clear definition (or history). Artaxerxes (talk) 20:32, 23 December 2011 (UTC)
Setting the criteria is tricky. Ideally I'd like to do away with a list format and have everything written in paragraphs. Having to write a paragraph explaining why the song was important to the concept would deter people for just adding any old song. --Salix (talk): 16:33, 24 December 2011 (UTC)
Fleshing out each entry would help, as in text added to each bulleted item. Making the whole section paragraphs of flowing text might be a little harder to do concisely (and more difficult to get for a reader). Artaxerxes (talk) 16:59, 24 December 2011 (UTC)
  • As much as I love the idea of this, I can't find any evidence that Drake's "The Motto" is a response to Nickelback's "If Today Was Your Last Day." The citation that is currently provided goes to a Lecrae track that does not mention the issue at all. ClaireJV (talk) 21:47, 8 February 2014 (UTC)

Additional citations[edit]

Why and where does this article need additional citations for verification? What references does it need and how should they be added? Hyacinth (talk) 04:21, 10 March 2012 (UTC)

Physical and Pride[edit]

This article is lacking Robert Palmer's 'Pride', which is a response to Olivia Newton-John's 'Physical'. RPFan 06:34, 31 March 2012 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk)

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