20 Songs Named After Other Musicians: The Wanted's 'Walks Like Rihanna' & More

The Wanted, Rihanna

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So far this week, the Wanted has returned with a new single that tips its cap to the body language of a certain Barbadian pop princess ("She can't sing, she can't dance/But who cares, she walks like Rihanna!" goes the chorus), and Lil Kim has jumped on a Tiffany Foxx track titled "Jay-Z," which reuses a line from Hov's 2003 anthem "Public Service Announcement." In both cases, the artist at hand has deemed it necessary to title their new song after a long-running musical superstar, as both a tribute to their enduring power and a hip way to connect to the young folks consuming popular music. Want to make the masses understand how gorgeously a woman walks? Just compare her to Rihanna!

But these two songs are not the first to nod to their elder musical artists within their titles -- check out this list of 20 other songs that are named after other musicians, Maroon 5's "Jagger" swagger to Taylor Swift's "Tim" tribute to Rick Ross' pounding "MC Hammer." Take a listen to any or all of the songs, and tell us which one you think most effectively evokes the artist referenced in its title.

Maroon 5 feat. Christina Aguilera, "Moves Like Jagger"

In one of 2011's earwormiest songs, Adam Levine teamed up with "The Voice" colleague Christina Aguilera to show the ladies he could dance like the then 66-year-old Rolling Stones frontman.

Weezer, "Buddy Holly"

Rivers Cuomo paired his love for Holly's trademark horn-rimmed glasses with some '90s hip-hop slang in this "Blue Album" essential, which appropriately parodied "Happy Days" in its famous video.

The Replacements, "Alex Chilton"

Often known for his drunken badassery, the Replacements' Paul Westerberg got earnest on this 1987 song which paid tribute to his musical hero, Big Star jangle-rock forefather Alex Chilton.

Katy B feat. Jessie Ware & Geeneus, "Aaliyah"

Following her 2011 breakout LP "On a Mission," British dancefloor siren Katy B (along with guest star Jessie Ware) teased fans with a new EP highlighted by this lyrical bow to the legendary Aaliyah.

Drake feat. James Fauntleroy, "Girls Love Beyonce"

Earlier this month, Drake took inspiration from Destiny's Child's "Say My Name" and its most famous member for this self-released lament to his loneliness: "I've been avoiding commitment/That's why I'm in this position."

Taylor Swift, "Tim McGraw"

Taken out of context, the line  "When you think Tim McGraw/I hope you think of me" is a little odd coming from a 16-year-old girl. But the first song on Taylor Swift's debut album uses the country legend as a signifier of her soon-to-be-ended relationship. Years later, Swift became just as big of a star as McGraw.

Rick Ross feat. Gucci Mane, "MC Hammer"

Ricky Rozay bangs another street anthem over the head of his listeners while spitting over Lex Luger's operatic production, which samples "Too Legit To Quit" and proves equally as boisterous.

Jason Aldean, "Johnny Cash"

This road trip anthem only makes a quick reference to the Man in Black -- "Blastin' out the Johnny Cash," Aldean croons -- but the rising country star deemed it effective enough to name the lead track from his 2007 album "Relentless" after the musical icon.

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