10 Greatest Sequel Songs In Rock Music History

Don't Call it a Comeback.

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If we're following the logic of the movie business, you're always tempting fate whenever you make a sequel. As much as fans might be aching to watch some more from their favorite characters, you always risk having to make something that's not as good as the first one you made. Then again, there are exceptions in the world of cinema, and also in the world of music if you know what to look out for.

Although you might not see them as sequels at the moment, each of these songs actually originated from another song that the band wrote long before it made it onto the album. Whether it was because of the power behind the hook or just unravelling the story that much more, these never saw the light of day until it was time for the band to revisit the topic again.

Even though most of these could have come off as cheesy or just a way to get by off of nostalgia, these songs actually have some genuine stories to tell, with lyrics that hit just as hard as their first iteration did. Because a story doesn't necessarily have to end at the moment that the last note rings out. People still have to live their lives, and this is our opportunity to check back up on them every now and again.

10. The Globalist - Muse

Given that Muse always had a prog rock side to them, it makes sense that they would make a sequel to their classics sooner or later. Ever since the 2nd Law though, it looked like they were about to leave most of the aggro side of their sound behind, being replaced with some more digitized elements. Drones was very much a back to basics record though, and things got way more ambitious towards the album's finish.

Being centered around the idea of drone strikes wiping out humanity, The Globalist feels like the moment where everything starts to crumble, as the era of technology takes over and lays siege onto the civilians below. While it certainly goes along with the themes of the record that Muse set out with, this song's origins actually go back over a decade earlier in the days of Origin of Symmetry.

When the band were putting together the track, they started to look at it as an extension of their first space rock epic Citizen Erased, using the same kind of foreboding sound and eventually bringing in a similar apocalyptic edge to the rest of the instruments. Though it might not directly carry on the story that we heard back in the day, this one works as a spiritual successor to what had come before. We had already been told what it would be like to be erased by the forces of space, and now it's over a decade later and we're finally seeing that plan actually get put into effect. In Muse's world, Citizen Erased was the call to action...but now we're in the endgame.

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