Shearer’s Spotlight: Top 10 Musicians Who Namechecked Their Music Idols In 2011


Drake and Marvin Gaye

Each week here on VH1 Tuner, our VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown host Jim Shearer (@jimshearer on Twitter) will be sharing his Shearer’s Spotlight with us. Be sure to tune into the Top 20 Countdown tomorrow morning when it airs on VH1 at 9 a.m. ET/PT.

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Besides whistling, shouting-out famous musicians in song titles seems to be all the rage this year.

Here’s how they rank:

10.) “Marvin’s Room,” Drake
This dizzying, chilled-out tune seemingly has nothing to do with Marvin Gaye, except when you discover that the song was apparently recorded in a studio used by the late-great singer, aptly named “Marvin’s Room.”

9.) “Marvin & Chardonnay,” Big Sean (feat. Kanye West & Roscoe Dash)
Another ode to Marvin Gaye, this one, however, mentions him by name in the song’s lyrics.

8.) “The Lisa Lisa/Full Force Routine,” Beastie Boys
Not so much a song as it as an outro for the Beastie’s latest album, Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 2. Regardless, both musical acts from the 1980’s (Full Force and Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam) are curiously shouted out.

7.) “I Need A Doctor,” Dr. Dre (feat. Eminem & Skylar Grey)
Don’t call Dr. Dre conceited for name-dropping himself in his own song title; he appears in less than a minute of the actual track.

6.) “Beatles and Stones,” Beady Eye
Liam Gallagher’s love for his brother Noel may wane, but never his love for the Beatles and Stones.

5.) “Otis,” Jay-Z & Kanye West
An appropriately titled song since Otis Redding is sampled throughout.

4.) “I Wanna Meet Dave Grohl,” Wavves
Can’t blame them for trying (and writing a song about it).

3.) “Ray Charles,” Chiddy Bang
A fun and bouncy number where Philly-rap-duo, Chiddy Bang not only shouts out Ray Charles but claims to be him.

2.) “Michael Jackson,” Das Racist (feat. Travis Rosenberg)

The accompanying music video alludes to Michael Jackson’s “Black Or White” (although done on a much, much, much lower budget).

1.) “Moves Like Jagger,” Maroon 5 (feat. Christina Aguilera)
Admit it, at some point in the last couple of months, you’ve caught yourself singing the hook of this song.

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