Songs that respond to other songs

Mrs PB is looking for examples of songs that respond to other songs for one of her English lessons. Any ideas?

I never knew until today that Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart is in response to Captain & Tennille - Love Will Keep Us Together. How did I miss this?

Frankee - F U Right Back

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Taking Back Sunday - There’s No I In Team (response to Seventy Times 7 by Brand New)

Sweet home alabama responds to southern man

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And I’m sure Neil wrote one in response to sweet home Alabama but I’m fucked if I can remember which one

Helter Skelter was written in response to a The Who song that McCartney never actually heard

There’s quite a few back in the 1950s and '60s particularly in the rhythmn’n’blues genre.

Alley-Oop – The Hollywood Argyles
Alley-Oop (Was A Two Dab Man) – Gary Paxton

Duke Of Earl – Gene Chandler
Duchess Of Earl – The Pearlettes
I Stopped The Duke Of Earl – The Upfronts

Get A Job - Silhouettes
Got A Job - The Miracles

Hi-Heel Sneakers – Tommy Tucker
Slip-In Mules – Sugar Pie DeSanto

The In Crowd – Dobie Gray
I’m In With The Out Crowd – Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs

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Oh Carol - Neil Sedaka
Oh! Neil - Carole King

Poetry In Motion – Johnny Tillotson
Enormity In Motion – Simon Crum (Ferlin Husky)

Save The Last Dance For Me - Drifters
I’ll Save The Last Dance For You - Damita Jo

Who Put The Bomp (In The Bomp, Bomp, Bomp) – Barry Mann
I Put The Bomp (In The Bomp Bomp Bomp) – Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers

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Hound Dog – Big Mama Thornton
Bear Cat – Rufus Thomas

Dumb Head - The Sharades
Donut - Man Like Me

drive by truckers did a song responding to the story of the lynyrd skynyrd response song to neil young too

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Alabama from Harvest?

But can’t be that as that was before LS wrote SHA

Hit The Road, Jack - Ray Charles
Come on Back, Jack - Nina Simone

A couple of songs on Black Sheep Boy (and one on the appendix) were written as sequels to the Tim Hardin song the album opens with and was named after. They’ve mostly been retitled (except for #4 on the Appendix) but I’m sure Will Sheff talked about them in interviews etc

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