Hey! I’ve been thinking recently about songs with sequels. I’m not counting song cycles, concept albums, or reprises within musicals, though I’d still be happy to hear about those. The following examples are all hits with follow-up hits, because that’s what came to mind.
Where available, song titles are linked to YouTube videos — on the off chance we don’t all know the exact same songs.
The clearest example might be:
Both songs take place on the same night. Judy’s Turn to Cry makes me think Lesley, Judy, AND Johnny need to step back and seek youth counseling. Nobody comes out looking good here, but it IS a clear Sequel Situation.
These songs feel like two sides of the same coin, and the dovetailing music videos establish them as a matched set. But since they don’t tell a precise, cut-and-dried story with proper nouns, should the the follow-up count as a sequel?
In the above link, Mellencamp specifies that he wrote this song because so many people asked him whatever happened to Jack and Diane. Even so, Eden is Burning might be an allusion, not a sequel, since only the first verse references Jack and Diane. Unless Mellencamp is singing as Jack after the first two lines…
Any other suggestions for songs with sequels, old or new? Lay ’em on us in the comments.