SONGS AND THEIR INFLUENCES
1940’s


1940s ARTIST
SONG
INFLUENCED BY
HAS INFLUENCED
LYRICS
1. The Andrew’s Sisters
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy

Ella Fitzgerald
Bette Midler
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy

2. Glenn Miller
In the Mood

Count Basie
Frank Sinatra
In the Mood

3. Frank Sinatra
Saturday Night (Is The Loneliest Night In The Week)

Bing Crosby
Michael Buble
Saturday Night

4. Bing Crosby
White Christmas

Al Jolson
Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra
White Christmas

5. Mahalia Jackson
“Move on Up a Little Higher”

Gospel
Aretha Franklin
Move on up a little higher

6. Vera Lynn
White Cliffs of Dover

The War
Pink Floyd
White Cliffs of Dover

7. Fats Domino
The Fat Man

Champion Jack Dupree
The Beatles
The Fat Man


1950’s


1950s ARTIST
SONG
INFLUENCED BY
HAS INFLUENCED
LYRICS
1. Bill Haley
Rock Around the Clock

Jackie Brensten
Elvis Presley
Rock Around the Clock

2. Chuck Berry
Johnny B Goode

Muddy Waters
The Beatles/The Rolling Stones
Johnny B Goode

3. Buddy Holly
That’ll Be the Day

Elvis Presley
Elvis Costello
That’ll Be the Day

4. Elvis Presley
That’s Alright Mama

Bill Haley/Chuck Berry
‘Before Elvis there was nothing’ John Lennon
That’s Alright Mama

5. Johnny O’Keefe
Shout

Little Richard
Iggy Pop
Shout

6. Billie Holiday
Strange Fruit

Josephine Baker/Edith Piaf
Janis Joplin
Strange Fruit

7. Eddie Cochran
Summertime Blues

Rockabilly
The Living End
Summertime Blues



1960’s



1960s ARTIST
SONG
INFLUENCED BY
HAS INFLUENCED
LYRICS
1. The Beatles
I Want to Hold Your Hold

The Beach Boys
Everyone!
I Want to Hold Your Hold

2. The Rolling Stones
Satisfaction

Chuck Berry
Billy Thorpe
Satisfaction

3. Aretha Franklin
Respect

Mahalia Jackson
Beyonce
Respect

4. The Beach Boys
Good Vibrations

The Beatles
The Beatles
Good Vibrations

5. Bob Dylan
Blowin’ in the Wind

Woody Guthrie
Tom Waits
Blowin’ in the Wind

6. The Doors
Light My Fire

Jimi Hendrix
INXS
Light My Fire

7. The Who
My Generation

The Kinks
Jet
My Generation



1970's



1970s ARTIST
SONG
INFLUENCED BY
HAS INFLUENCED
LYRICS
1. Elton John
Crocodile Rock

Daddy Cool
Ben Folds Five
Crocodile Rock
2. Joni Mitchell
Big Yellow Taxi
Bob Dylan
Missy Higgins
Big Yellow Taxi
3. Simon and Garfunkal
Bridge Over Troubled Waters
The Everly Brothers
Crowded House
Bridge Over Troubled Waters
4. Queen
Bohemian Rhapsody
Led Zepplin
Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Bohemian Rhapsody
5. Eric Clapton
Layla
BB King
Led Zepplin
Layla
6. Stevie Wonder
Superstition
Ray Charles
Kayne West
Superstition
7. The Bee Gees
Staying Alive
Disco
Justin Timberlake
Staying Alive




1980’s
1980s ARTIST
SONG
INFLUENCED BY
HAS INFLUENCED
LYRICS
1. Crowded House
Don’t Dream It’s Over

The Beatles
Evermore
Don’t Dream It’s Over

2. Men at Work
Down Under

The Police
America (people)
Down Under

3. The Clash
London Calling

The Ramones
Green Day
London Calling

4. Michael Jackson
Billie Jean

Stevie Wonder
Justin Timberlake
Billie Jean

5. U2
With or Without You

The Beatles
Coldplay
With or Without You

6. Madonna
Material Girl

Diana Ross
Kylie Minogue
Material Girl

7. Prince
When Doves Cry (About 2 minutes in)
James Brown
Beck
When Doves Cry





1990’s
1990s ARTIST
SONG
INFLUENCED BY
HAS INFLUENCED
LYRICS
1. Nirvana
Smells Like Teen Spirit
Led Zepplin
The Vines
Smells Like Teen Spirit
2. Jeff Buckley
Last Goodbye
Leonard Cohen
Augie March
Last Goodbye
3. Mariah Carey
Hero
Aretha Franklin
Christina Aguilera
Hero
4. Kylie Minogue
Spinning Around
Madonna
Danni Minogue
Spinning Around
5. Oasis
Wonderwall
The Beatles
Brit Pop (genre)
Wonderwall
6. Spice Girls
Wannabe
The Ronnettes
Destiny’s Child
Wannabe
7. R.E.M.
Losing My Religion
Talking Heads
Radiohead
Losing My Religion



2000’s
2000s ARTIST
SONG
INFLUENCED BY
HAS INFLUENCED
LYRICS
1. Radiohead
Paranoid Android
Pink Floyd
Coldplay
Paranoid Android
2. Black Eyed Peas
Pump It
The Fugees
Hip Hop/Jazz
Pump It
3. Green Day
Holiday
The Clash
Sum 41
Holiday
4. Christina Aguilera
Ain’t No Other Man
Aretha Franklin
Beyonce
Ain’t No Other Man
5. The White Stripes
Seven Nation Army
Led Zepplin
Wolfmother
Seven Nation Army
6. Red Hot Chili Peppers
Dani California
Gang of Four
Franz Ferdinand
Dani California
7. Bob Sinclair
Love Generation
Jamiroquai
Radio stations
Love Generation