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From Weird Al Yankovic to Missy Elliott: 25 Star Wars references in songs
By
Melody Lau

Published

December 15, 2015

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The cultural influence of Star Wars stretches far beyond the film universe. References to the famous movie franchise can be found everywhere, from other movies and TV shows to fashion and music.

Finding nods to Star Wars films in song lyrics can be a fun exercise, if anything to see which artists are secret film buffs. (This is particularly true with rappers, you’d find!)

Below, we dug up 25 songs that reference Star Wars in its lyrics. Consider this the ultimate unofficial Star Wars soundtrack to help countdown to The Force Awakens.


Weird Al Yankovic, 'The Saga Begins'

"My my this here Anakin guy,
May be Vader some day later, now he’s just a small fry.
And he left his home and kissed his mommy goodbye,
Sayin' 'Soon I’m gonna be a Jedi.'"

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Wu-Tang Clan, 'Get Them Out Ya Way Pa'

"Approach or get fired on, permanent chest scar,
Empire Strikes Back,
Check out the Death Star."

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Editor's warning: some songs may contain strong language.

Matthew Good, 'Generation X-Wing'

"Generation X-Wing,
That’s got to be the Death Star."

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Justin Bieber feat. Jaden Smith, 'Never Say Never'

"Like Luke with the Force,
If push comes to shove.
Like Kobe in the fourth,
Ice water in my blood, let’s go."

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A Tribe Called Quest, 'Wild Hot'

"No, 'cause he move like the wind, in flight
Counter-attack like a Jedi Knight."

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Editor's warning: may contain strong language.

Will Smith, 'He’s the DJ, I’m the Rapper'

"That’s when I snap and I’ll attack and go mad like Rambo,
Or maybe like Commando, or like Lando Calrissian,
'Cause you know he was down with the Force."

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The Fugees, 'Recharge'

"Makin' MCs run when it comes to rappin’
I’m the Darth Vader."

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The Hold Steady, 'The Swish'

"Swishing through the City Centre,
I did a couple favours for these guys who looked like Tusken Raiders."

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Robbie Williams, 'Viva Life on Mars'

"Take a ride on your high horse,
If the horse is blind, use the Force.
The Falcon flies in two straight lines,
Red Five standing by, it’s not a moon it’s a space station."

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Childish Gambino, 'The Stand'

"I keep a light saber like I f--k around with Greedo."

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Editor's warning: some songs may contain strong language.

Beastie Boys, 'Do It'

"Like gravy on potatoes, Luke to Darth Vader
I’m a souped-up sucker and I’ll see you all later."

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Editor's warning: some songs may contain strong language.

Kanye West, 'Gone'

"But if they ever flip sides like Anakin
You’ll sell everything including the mannequin."

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Editor's warning: some songs may contain strong language.

Blink-182, 'A New Hope'

"Princess Leia where are you tonight?
And who’s laying there by your side?"

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Notorious B.I.G., 'Hypnotize'

"Hit ‘em with the Force like Obi."

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Editor's warning: some songs may contain strong language.

Red Hot Chili Peppers, 'Californication'

"And Alderaan’s not far away
It’s Californication."

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Playaz Circle feat. Ludacris, 'We Getting’ Rich'

"I wear black every day like I shop with Darth Vader,
Keep the Luke Skywalker force is the chopper,
Furry mink coat straight looking like Chewbacca."

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Editor's warning: some songs may contain strong language.

Gorillaz, 'The Sounder'

"It’s like that when we write raps
We’re not from the Empire but we still strike back!"

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Eminem, 'Rhyme or Reason'

"Puke Skywalker but sound like Chewbacca when I talk."

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Editor's warning: some songs may contain strong language.

Missy Elliott feat. Nicole Wray and Big Boi, 'All N My Grill'

"And people around me is tellin’ me that you’s a stalker,
Like Darth Vader takes a Skywalker,
I told you I was the street talker.”

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Editor's warning: some songs may contain strong language.

Boyz II Men, 'Vibin' (The New Flava)'

"Dope demonstrator, creator of the Force like hey Darth Vader
You imitator, I’m greater than your data."

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Mos Def feat. Talib Kweli, 'Know That'

"High flying like the Millennium Falcon
Piloted by Han Solo."

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Editor's warning: some songs may contain strong language.

Rogue Wave, 'Like I Needed'

"These aren’t the droids you’re looking for."

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Nas, 'Star Wars'

"We call it Star Wars,
What happens when the shots ring out, Star Wars."

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Editor's warning: some songs may contain strong language.

The Wonder Years feat. Rachel Minton, 'Solo & Chewy: Holdin’ It Down'

"Get to the Falcon, it’s 3 a.m. and we’re delirious, cheating on the Atlantic."

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Editor's warning: some songs may contain strong language.

Outkast, 'Happy Valentine’s Day'

"Han Solo 'til I’m hit by the bullet,
So may the Force be with you."

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Editor's warning: some songs may contain strong language.