Costume Ideas for a Themed Favorite Song Party

Updated April 17, 2017

Favourite song-themed parties are a great way for fans of music to show off their favourite songs and their talent for turning something abstract like a song title into something tangible. Everybody has their favourite songs and some translate better into costumes than others. Bob Dylan's "Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again," might be hard to pull off, but a favourite song that brings to mind a distinct visual image can make a great costume.

Elton John "Rocketman"

Released in 1972 as a single off the album Honky Chateau, "Rocket Man (I Think It's Going to Be a Long, Long Time) is one of Elton John's signature songs. Its lyrics, written by Elton John's songwriting partner Bernie Taupin, tells the story of a man leading a normal "9 to 5" lifestyle, but as astronaut. Dress up like an astronaut. Put on a white or silver jumpsuit and any kind of helmet, like a football or bike helmet and write NASA or European Space Agency on it. You could also literally dress up as a rocket by building a rocket ship out of cardboard that will hold your entire body. You could also make it more obvious that you're referencing the Elton John song by donning a wild pair of sunglasses at the same time.

Aerosmith "Dude Looks Like A Lady"

Aerosmith released their hit single "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)" off their album Permanent Vacation in 1987. It was featured quite appropriately in the Robin Williams' comedy Mrs. Doubtfire. If you're a dude, this song title is quite easy to pull off, just look like a lady. Put on some make-up, a dress and high heels. If you're a lady, don't fret. You can just dress up like a dude and you'll be a dude that looks like a lady as well. Put on some jeans and a T-shirt, maybe a backwards baseball hat and a fake moustache. Either way, you could accentuate the Aerosmith-ness of your costume by having scarfs hang off you, much like Steven Tyler does in dress and to his microphone stand.

Weezer "Buddy Holly"

Weezer's ode to the late-great rock & roll pioneer Buddy Holly came out in 1994 off its self-titled debut album. "Buddy Holly" doesn't have much to do with the actual Buddy Holly other than a reference to Rivers Cuomo looking "just like Buddy Holly," but it does have a 1950s vibe to it and its video took place on the Happy Days set. Wear a pair of horn-rimmed glasses, a black wavy wig, white dress shirt and 1950s era suit. Carry a guitar around with you. Bring a date with you as well and make sure she looks like Mary Tyler Moore, as the song goes "...and you're Mary Tyler Moore."

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James Gilmore has written professionally since 2005. Since then, he has written and proofread obituaries for "The Press & Sun-Bulletin" in Binghamton, N.Y., press releases for "Goals, Seminars and Consultants" and articles for Made Man and various other websites. He writes a good deal of music-related content and holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Ithaca College.