The band Airborne Toxic Event took their name from the novel.
In the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "What's My Line, Part 1" (season 2, episode 9), Principal Snyder (Armin Shimerman) tells Xander Harris (Nicholas Brendon), "Whatever comes out of your mouth is a meaningless waste of breath, an airborne toxic event."
San Diego string band Shady Side Players recorded an instrumental called Dylar Breakdown, composed by Evan Moring.
The band Clare Quilty included a song entitled "Dylarama", in reference to part three of White Noise, on its 2000 album Strong.
The band Electric Six references the novel in the song "Jimmy Carter" of their 2005 sophomore album Señor Smoke with the lines: "And there's a toxic cloud hanging over; there's white noise on the screen."
The song "The Heinrich Maneuver" by the band Interpol is an allusion to the novel.