Name-dropping is one of pop music's latest trends
EW rates the hit songs about Leo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and other celebs
Remember when singers used to croon about love and loss? No more. The favorite topic in these entertainment-glutted times: movie stars. Yes, musicians are dropping more names than Liz Smith — and sometimes just as cattily. Herewith, a peek.
* Song ”That Don’t Impress Me Much” by Shania Twain Name-Dropping Lyric ”Okay, so you’re Brad Pitt/That don’t impress me much” Harsh-O-Meter Vicious. Was Gwyneth a ghostwriter?
* Song ”If I Had a $1,000,000” by Barenaked Ladies Name-Dropping Lyric ”If I had a $1,000,000/I’d buy you John Davidson’s remains” Harsh-O-Meter Deadly. The TV career of the ”That’s Incredible!” host may be dead, but he’s still hanging on in real life.
* Song ”Hey Leonardo” by Blessid Union of Souls Name-Dropping Lyric ”She likes me for me/Not because I hang with Leonardo” Harsh-O-Meter Medium. Leo reportedly doesn’t like the song for the song.
* Song ”Summer Girls” by LFO Name-Dropping Lyric ”Fell deep in love but now we ain’t speakin’/Michael J. Fox was Alex P. Keaton” Harsh-O-Meter Neutral. These non-sequitur-loving rappers could use a new rhyming dictionary.
* Song ”Lullaby” by Shawn Mullins Name-Dropping Lyric ”Her parents threw big parties/Everyone was there/They hung out with folks like Dennis Hopper.” Harsh-O-Meter So-so. The ”Easy Rider” rebel is now just some old guy with a cocktail napkin.