Scene songs have a huge effect on alternative music fans. Tracks with the same name appear across genres, whether those are found on pop, rap, R&B, hip hop, country, etc. records.
Emotions can be communicated through a variety of sounds and through different experiences from a myriad of performers. Here are 10 scene songs that share the same title with other, at times, more mainstream songs, but showcase similar narratives.
1. “Hot Mess”
Cobra Starship made “Hot Mess” a hit in our world from their album of the same name, but did you know Disney star and actress Ashley Tisdale has a song with the same title? The pop song came from her 2009 record Guilty Pleasure from Warner Records, and Cobra frontman Gabe Saporta was quick to notice the similarities. The record cover shows Tisdale dressed in a ripped shirt with chunky necklaces and a dramatic side bang. She could absolutely fit in the scene with that fit.
2. “I’m Not Okay”
Undoubtedly, we will always consider this song as one of the crown jewels of My Chemical Romance’s discography. This song title also graces Grammy award-winning artist H.E.R.’s 2019 album, I Used To Know Her. You can check out her soulful and heartfelt song here.
Paramore crank out scene songs that will go down in history. In the same light, Billy Joel creates tunes that will go down in the annals of music history, ranging from rock to soul with his piano melodies. Both award-winning artists share a song titled “Pressure.” Joel’s tune can be found here.
4. “High Hopes”
Panic! At The Disco’s “High Hopes” was so groundbreaking, it set a record for holding the most week at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Rock Songs chart. Brendon Urie’s own hero Frank Sinatra originally popularized a song with the same name after he performed it in the 1959 film A Hole In The Head. The song won an Oscar for Best Original Song in 1960.
5. “I Miss You”
Years later, and this blink-182 track is still the voice inside our heads, marking a staple for the scene (and beyond). However, the sentiment behind “I Miss You” is universal, and the song title was also popularized by Beyoncé, Adele and even Elvis Presley.
6. “Shake It”
Metro Station made this song a hit on Myspace in 2009, and it’s still a popular song requested at Emo Nights across the country. Charli XCX also created a song called “Shake It” featuring her talented friends Big Freedia, CupcakKe, Brooke Candy and Pabllo Vittar, with the two tracks carrying the same feel-good vibe.
Stephen Jerzak’s “Cute” is a tune that’s just about as scene as it gets. The rapper DRAM who brought you “Broccoli” featuring Lil Yachty is the same musician who also has a song called “Cute,” with a music video full of puppets. Yes, that’s right, puppets. It is pretty “cute,” though.
8. “Missing You”
All Time Low shared “Missing You” on their 2015 album, Future Hearts, touching on the sensitive topic of suicide. Warped Tour alum and pop hitmakers the Black Eyed Peas also shared a sad, though upbeat “Missing You” on their 2009 album, The E.N.D.
Fall Out Boy released their radio hit “Irresistible” from their 2015 record American Beauty/American Psycho. One Direction also had a song called “Irresistible” that caused their young fans to swoon, although FOB’s version takes a decidedly darker turn with Pete Wentz saying that the track is inspired by Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen.
One of Simple Plan’s biggest hits is “Addicted” from their 2002 debut, No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls, where frontman Pierre Bouvier shares his devastation over a lost love. Of course, many artists have shared their feelings and stories regarding this word and the feelings that come with it, including Gucci Mane, Kelly Clarkson and Saving Abel.