In music, a medley is a piece composed from parts of existing pieces, played one after another, sometimes overlapping. They are common in popular music, and most medleys are songs rather than instrumental. A medley which is a remixed series is called a megamix, often done with tracks for a single artist, or for popular songs from a given year or genre. "Medley" is also used colloquially to mean any song.
List of medleys
Some examples of medleys:
- "Sum 41 did a medley with Rob Halford of Judas Priest and Tommy Lee of Motley Crue.
- "Stars on 45 Medley" (1981) single by Stars on 45. Several other medleys by Stars on 45 were also released.
- "Whole Lotta Love" was often made into a medley lasting up to 45 minutes in live shows by the band Led Zeppelin.
- "Beatles Movie Medley" (1982) single by The Beatles.
- "My Generation" by The Who from their Album Live at Leeds (1970).
- "Beach Boys Medley" (1981) single by The Beach Boys.
- "Ageless Medley (EP)" (1983) by Amy Grant.
- "The Grease Megamix" (1991) by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.
- "Baby, I Love Your Way/Freebird Medley (Free Baby)" (1988) by Will to Power.
- "Purple Medley" (1995) by Prince.
- "Never Too Far/Hero Medley" (2001) by Mariah Carey.
- "Instrumedley" (2002) by Dream Theater from their live album Live at Budokan.
- "Medley" (2003) by Five Iron Frenzy from their live album The End Is Here.
- "HELL-O Medley" (2006) by GWAR from their From the Bloodbath and Beyond.
- "Weird Al" Yankovic has had a medley played as a polka on every album except his debut, Even Worse and Alapalooza. Most often, Yankovic's polka medleys feature snippets of hit songs that are popular at the time he records an album, though he sometimes chooses songs of a similar genre (and in one case, different songs recorded by a single group) for a themed medley.
- "The Queen Is Dead" by The Smiths
- Dream Theater frequently performs medleys of other bands live. In various medleys, Dream Theater has covered works by Pink Floyd, Yes, Genesis, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Led Zeppelin, Journey, Elton John, Queen, Kansas, and Dixie Dregs, occasionally using some of their own work to smooth the transition between bands.
- In 2003, Sum 41 did a medley of Metallica songs at MTV Icon Metallica.
- Metallica did a medley of Mercyful Fate songs on their album Garage Inc.
- Metallica did a medley of "A National Acrobat" and "Sabbra Cadabra" of Black Sabbath on their 1998 covers album Garage Inc.
- The Japanese website Nico Nico Douga does a medley of anime songs.
- Metallica did a medley of "Orion", "To Live Is to Die", and "The Call of Ktulu" (all composed primarily by late bassist Cliff Burton) at a 1993 concert. These were all songs that were rarely or never played live.
- The famous side-two medley on Abbey Road (1969) by The Beatles.
- Black Sabbath performed a medley on their album Past Lives, consisting of "Wicked World", "Supernaut", "Sometimes I'm Happy", and "Into the Void", along with a guitar and drum solo.
- Black Sabbath performed a medley of Heaven And Hell, Sign Of The Southern Cross and Paranoid live during the recording of the Live Evil album, featuring guitar solo and additional lyrics.
- Rage & Prague Symphonic Orchestra - Medley - Don`t Fear The Winter (instrumental), Black In Mind, Firestorm (instrumental), Send By The Devil, Lost In The Ice (instrumental)
- Die Ärzte does often medleys on concerts. One medley is also released as a single.
- Emerson, Lake and Palmer - Tarkus Medley