Asked And Answered (Answer Songs)

“Major Tom” is an example of an answer song – in this case, to David Bowie’s “Space Oddity”
Asked And Answered (Answer Songs) On Music 101

Sometimes a song asks a question or posits an idea another artist feels must be answered. When that happens, those songs are known as “answer songs.” This edition of Music 101 highlights the notable and surprising answer songs, featuring some of the most famous songs in rock music.

Below, the full episode is available for streaming. 

Songs featured on this week’s episode:

Hank Thompson | “The Wild Side Of Life”
Kitty Wells | “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels”
Hank Ballard | “Work With Me Annie”
Etta James | “Roll With Me Henry”
Muddy Waters | “I’m Your Hoochie Coochie Man”
Bo Diddley | “I’m A Man
Muddy Waters | “Mannish Boy”
Joni Mitchell | “Big Yellow Taxi”
Talking Heads | “(Nothing But) Flowers”
David Bowie | “Space Oddity”
Peter Schilling | “Major Tom”
Lloyd Cole & The Commotions | “Are You Ready To Be Heartbroken”
Camera Obscura | “Lloyd, I’m Ready To Be Heartbroken”
Neil Young | “Alabama”
Lynyrd Skynyrd | “Sweet Home Alabama”