Songs that respond to other songs



Although I am not sure if the DK’s version is a response or just a re-write?


Well, the original was actually by The Crickets (subsequent to Buddy Holly’s death, when the song’s writer Sonny Curtis joined the band). But that was a b-side. The first hit version was the Bobby Fuller Four. Though I’m also rather fond of the girl band version by The She Trinity, titled He Fought the Law (which isn’t a response to I Fought the Law because all they did was change the pronoun). The mid-1970s version by the Hoodoo Rhythm Devils isn’t bad either.


Who Wrote Holden Caulfield? - Green Day
I Wrote Holden Caulfield - Screeching Weasel


Southern Man by Neil Young
Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd


Universal Soldier - Buffy Sainte-Marie (although Donovan’s version was a bigger hit)
The Universal Coward - Jan & Dean


They’re Coming to Take Me Away Ha Ha - Napoleon XIV

They Took You Away (I’m Glad, I’m Glad) - Josephene XV (though I have a soft spot for the version by Teddy & Darrell, a gay couple who had one album and a single in 1966)


New arrangement and new lyrics - so, some of the same bits, but still different songs


Eve of Destruction - Barry McGuire
Dawn of Correction - The Spokesmen


Club Foot- Kasabian
Club Foot by Kasabian- Blacklisters


Ooh ooh ooooh!