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  • Jamie "Jonny 5" Laurie of FlobotsKnown for "Handlebars," about a guy who goes mad with power and becomes a dictator, Flobots are making music for social change in a time of disillusionment.
  • Dolores O'Riordan of The CranberriesDolores talks about "Linger," "Zombie," "Dreams" and other Cranberries hits.
  • Jonas Bjerre of MewThe frontman for the progressive Danish band explains their backward melody technique.
  • Barry Dean ("Pontoon," "Diamond Rings And Old Barstools")A top country songwriter, Barry talks about writing hits for Little Big Town, Tim McGraw and Jason Aldean.
  • Evolution Of The Prince SymbolThe evolution of the symbol that was Prince's name from 1993-2000.
  • Pete Brown (Cream, Procol Harum)The Cream lyricist on "White Room," "SWLABR," drugs, and his work on the 2017 Procol Harum album, Novum.
  • Goodbye, Hello: Ten Farewell Tour Fake-OutsThe 10 biggest "retirement tours" that didn't take.
  • Chris Barron of Spin DoctorsHow the real Little Miss Can't Be Wrong shaped his career, along with tales from Glastonbury, SNL, Woodstock, and Willie Nelson's (big inhale...) tour bus.
  • Boy BandsFrom NKOTB to 1D, how well do you know your boy bands?
  • Female Singers Of The 90sThe ladies who ruled the '90s in this quiz.
  • ShreddersTales from the shred guitar masters from Greg Prato's book on the subject.
  • Ian Anderson On Jethro Tull The String QuartetsIan talks about reworking some Tull classics with a string quartet, and the time on stage when he thought he'd been shot.
  • Colin HayEstablished as a redoubtable singer-songwriter, the Men At Work frontman explains how religion, sobriety and Jack Nicholson play into his songwriting.
  • The First (And Last) Annual "America's Rock Songs" AwardsRock writer Bruce Pollock lists the 45 songs that have defined a genre.
  • Shredders - An ExcerptA chapter from Shredders, Greg Prato's book on guitar gods who do it with speed.
  • TiffanyThe '80s pop star on songwriting, selfies, her hit Beatles cover, and her dance moves.
  • Jim Adkins of Jimmy Eat WorldJim talks about the impact of "The Middle" and uses a tree metaphor to describe his songwriting philosophy.
  • Rob Landes of Fever TreeTalking clavinets and grand pianos with the keyboard player for Fever Tree, known for their 1968 track "San Francisco Girls (Return of the Native)."
  • Eric HutchinsonThe "OK, It's Alright With Me" singer knew for years he might have Myotonic muscular dystrophy - he finally got the diagnosis.
  • Gavin McDevitt of Tribe SocietyThe Tribe Society frontman on the band's unusual songwriting strategy, their new mixtape, and their Kiesza collaboration.
  • Rickie Lee JonesRickie Lee Jones on songwriting, social media, and how she's handling Trump.
  • Brian OwensSt. Louis-born soul singer Brian Owens on his Motown-inspired single "For You," a duet with Michael McDonald, from his latest album Soul of Ferguson.
  • Glenn Mercer Of The FeeliesThe Feelies founder on four decades of minimalist music.
  • Agnes ObelAgnes tells the stories behind some of her most captivating songs and videos, including "Riverside," which has over 20 million views.
  • What Musicians Are Related to Other Musicians?A big list of musical marriages and family relations ranging from the simple to the truly dysfunctional.
  • Track By Track: Buzz Cason - PassionBuzz Cason breaks down the tracks on his 2017 album Passion.
  • Colin MacDonald of The TrewsThe frontman for these Canadian rockers tells the stories behind their biggest songs.
  • Never Trust A Grown Man With A PonytailA radio pro with backstage stories, including an "interview" with Prince.
  • Def Leppard QuizCan you name Def Leppard's only #1 hit in America? Get rocked with this adrenalized quiz.
  • Simon Kirke (Bad Company, Free)Simon tells the origin stories behind the Bad Company band name, "All Right Now," "Shooting Star," and the one they recorded at a campfire.
  • Sonny LandrethThe blues guitarist and songwriter talks about his collaborations with John Hiatt, Jimmy Buffett and Johnny Winter.
  • Behind the Video: "Amerika" by WintersleepDirector Scott Cudmore discusses the Wintersleep video for "Amerika."
  • Darlene LoveNo longer 20 feet from stardom, Love talks about her Letterman-propelled Christmas hit and her album with Steven Van Zandt.
  • Subversive Songs Used To SellSongs about drugs, revolution and greed that have been used in commercials for sneakers, jeans, fast food, cruises and cars.
  • 90s Music Quiz 1First question: Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson appeared in videos for what artist?
  • Paul Murphy of WintersleepThe Wintersleep frontman on going indie for their 2016 album Welcome to the Night Sky.
  • Rupert Holmes ("Pina Colada Song")Rupert tells the "Pina Colada Song" story, and talks about the hit song he wrote about cannibalism.
  • Smash Mouth Songwriter Greg CampGreg breaks down the outcast anthem "All Star" and explains why he left the group.
  • Top Songfacts of 2016The most-viewed Songfacts entries of 2016.
  • Paula ColePaula breaks down "Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?" and talks about the double-edged sword of success after her star turns at the Grammy Awards and Lilith Fair.
  • ScorpionsDo Smashing Pumpkins have a song in tribute to the band? Did they get tight with Kiss? Find out in this Fact or Fiction.
  • Lois Blaisch ("Could've Been")The flowers he gave her were just about to die, but they gave Lois inspiration for the #1 Tiffany hit "Could've Been."
  • Peter Noone of Herman's HermitsThe British Invasion star on his hit "I'm Henry The VIII, I Am," and how he became the first to record Bowie's "Oh You Pretty Things."
  • Shelley MorningsongThe 2016 Native American Music Awards Artist of the Year winner talks about her songs and heritage.
  • Gilmore Girls Composer Sam PhillipsPhillips explains how she does the music for Gilmore Girls and talks about some of her most personal songs.
  • Justin Sane of Anti-FlagThe singer-guitarist on the group's songwriting process and the story behind "Brandenburg Gate."
  • Peter Carlin On His Book Homeward Bound: The Life Of Paul SimonThe author of Homeward Bound: The Life Of Paul Simon explains how he wrote the book and what he learned about Simon.
  • Chris Corner of Sneaker PimpsChris breaks down "6 Underground" and talks about his IAMX project.
  • Aaron TippinThe blue collar country singer recalls a career that started over 25 years ago with the hit "You've Got To Stand For Something."
  • Ten Takeaways from Robbie Robertson's TestimonyRevelations from the memoir of The Band guitarist and Dylan collaborator Robbie Robertson.
  • Terms Of ServiceSongfacts Terms of Service
  • Track By Track: Funeral Suits Final AlbumA track-by-track for the final Funeral Suits album, Islands Apart.
  • Phil Campbell of MotörheadThe Motörhead guitarist on writing songs with Lemmy and falling asleep during a solo.
  • Mallet Master Mike DillonDillon plays a punk-style vibraphone - even on his Elliott Smith covers.
  • RainbowSpot the real stories in this Fact or Fiction from the author of The Other Side of Rainbow
  • Sam RobertsThe Canadian rocker talks about songs from the Sam Roberts Band album TerraForm, and explains his fire fascination.
  • The Cure Founder Lol TolhurstThe Cure co-founder talks about his time in the band, including the beer-can mountain they built while recording an album.
  • Jonathan Cain of JourneyCain talks about the divine inspirations for "Don't Stop Believin'" and "Faithfully."
  • David LanzA top piano composer, Lanz explains how the likes of Yanni, Kenny G and Enya became wildly popular.
  • Tom JonesAfter 50 years in the business, the "It's Not Unusual" singer is living his songs.
  • Motley CrueWas Dr. Feelgood a dentist? Did the "Crüecifixion" really happen?
  • The Band Lyrics QuizTake a load off in this lyrics quiz devoted to The Band.
  • Caleb Shomo of BeartoothThe Beartooth frontman discusses songs from their album Aggressive.
  • The WhigsThe rockers from Athens, Georgia discuss their songs and influences.
  • Ken Stringfellow of The PosiesKen talks about his work with The Posies, Big Star and R.E.M.
  • Justin RutledgeThe Canadian singer-songwriter delves into tunes from his new album, East, and talks about his 2014 Tragically Hip covers album.
  • Gerry BeckleyThe America founder talks "Sister Golden Hair" and his solo album, Carousel.
  • Mark CollieMark talks about his roles in Nashville and The Punisher, and explains why he played a prison.
  • Timothy B. SchmitThe longtime Eagle talks about soaring back to his solo career, and what he learned about songwriting in the group.
  • Amy Lee of EvanescenceThe Evanescence frontwoman on the songs that have shifted meaning and her foray into kids' music.
  • Carl Palmer of Emerson, Lake & PalmerThe superstar drummer dissects some key ELP tracks and explains why he still practices 90 minutes a day.
  • Dean WeenDean breaks down The Deaner Album and talks about his mom's nightmare-inducing cream puffs.
  • Tom Waits Lyrics QuizPool balls, magpies and thorns without roses - how well do you know your Tom Waits lyrics?
  • John Hall of OrleansAfter George W. Bush used his song "Still The One" on his campaign, John got so mad he ran for congress - and won.
  • Anders SG (Alphabeat, THANKS)The Alphabeat singer talks about making a different kind of dance music with Anders B in THANKS.
  • Grunge Bands QuizIf the name Citizen Dick means anything to you, there's a chance you'll get some of these right.
  • Steve Hogarth of MarillionMarillion's lead singer on their painstaking, SoundCloud-based songwriting, and song meanings from their album FEAR.
  • The Evolution of "Ophelia"How four songs portray Shakespeare's character Ophelia.
  • Jerry Buckner Tells The "Pac-Man Fever" StoryHow two rockers from Akron made the biggest video game song of all time.
  • Richard Christy of Charred Walls of the DamnedRichard talks about balancing his career as a metal drummer and cast member for the Howard Stern Show.
  • Rafael Reyes of PrayersAn enlightening chat about theology and music with the frontman of this Luciferian kill wave band.
  • The Truth Is Out There: A History of Alien SongsThe trail runs from flying saucer songs in the '50s, through Bowie, blink-182 and Katy Perry.
  • Dan ManganThe Canadian singer-songwriter discusses his EP, Unmake, and explains how a Tragically Hip show changed his take on "Robots."
  • Tomas Haake of MeshuggahThe drummer/lyricist for these Swedish extreme metallists explains their songwriting process and breaks down some key tracks.
  • Devlin McCluskey of The Dead ShipsDevlin talks about their popular "Ophelia" cover, and the songs inspired by his best friend's suicide.
  • 80s Music Quiz 1MTV, a popular TV theme song and Madonna all show up in this '80s music quiz.
  • Strangers You KnowThe eclectic electro duo explain the song that was inspired by going to jail.
  • Dean DillonThe songwriting legend known for his longtime collaboration with George Strait discusses country classics like "Marina Del Rey."
  • DonovanA chat with the man who helped invent psychedelic pop and was "all over" The White Album.
  • Meghan PatrickThe Canadian country singer breaks down the songs on her debut record, Grace & Grit, which have a lot to do with beer and ex-boyfriends.
  • Eric Bloom of Blue Oyster CultBlue Oyster Cult's singer/guitarist talks band houses, alien abductions, and more cowbell.
  • Lisa HellerLisa explains how she turned her "Hope" project into a song that quickly got over a million views on YouTube.
  • Matthew NelsonOne of the chart-topping twin sons of Ricky Nelson, Matthew talks about keeping his father's music alive with Ricky Nelson Remembered.
  • Steven Gustafson of 10,000 ManiacsThe 10,000 Maniacs founder talks about the band's creative process and explains how they survived the loss of Natalie Merchant.
  • Ben Kowalewicz of Billy TalentThe frontman for one of Canada's most well-known punk rock bands talks about his Eddie Vedder encounter, Billy Talent's new album, and the importance of rock and roll.
  • Roger McGuinn of The ByrdsRoger reveals the songwriting formula Clive Davis told him, and if "Eight Miles High" is really about drugs.
  • Rating the Campaign Music - 2008Our piece from 2008 where we look at the music candidates Clinton, Obama, McCain, Romney, Huckabee, Paul, Edwards and Giuliani were using.
  • Candidates vs MusiciansTrump vs Brian May is one of many cases when politicians have clashed with musicians over campaign songs.
  • Rickey Medlocke (Blackfoot, Lynyrd Skynyrd)The Blackfoot/Skynyrd guitarist on the real inspiration for Curtis Loew and where the "Train, Train" is headed.
  • Shayna LeighThe New York singer-songwriter turned her private journal entries into lyrics for songs on her debut album.
  • Lost FrequenciesThe Belgian DJ talks about his remix of "Are You with Me," a #1 smash all over Europe.
  • Wil Nance ("She's Everything")The Nashville songwriting stalwart on his huge Brad Paisley hit and a few of the tracks he wrote for George Strait.
  • Claude Coleman, Jr. On The Resurrection Of WeenWeen's drummer talks about the band's return and why you don't play for the money.
  • Colin Hay of Men at WorkThe Men at Work leader explains what it means to be riding in a "fried-out Kombie" with a "head full of Zombie."
  • Steady HolidayAfter doing time as a touring musician, Dre Babinski emerges as a solo artist with an intriguing, otherworldly sound.
  • Chuck Mosley (ex-Faith No More)Faith No More's original frontman talks about their early tracks and recalls when Courtney Love was with the band.
  • David Bowie Lyrics QuizHow well do you know your David Bowie lyrics? Take this quiz to find out.
  • 90s MetalTest your metal - Priest, Maiden, and Beavis and Butt-head show up in this one.
  • Victoria WilliamsDespite appearances on Carson, Leno and a Pennebaker film, Williams remains a hidden treasure.
  • "Stairway To Heaven" Lawsuit: A TimelineUntangling the events that led to the "Stairway To Heaven" lawsuit.
  • Devin Oliver of I See StarsDevin talks about the group's "EHM thing" and the song where he addresses his former bandmates.
  • Luke BellTalking Jimmie Rodgers and Freightliners with the country music upstart.
  • Peter and Bjorn of Peter Bjorn and JohnSwedish indie popsters explain how Mad Men inspired one of their latest songs, and list their favorite songwriters.
  • Tod Howarth and John Regan of Four By FateTod and John discuss their latest collaboration, and talk about their time with Frehley's Comet and Cheap Trick.
  • British InvasionGo beyond The Beatles to see what you know about the British Invasion.
  • G Tom MacThe "Cry Little Sister" singer/songwriter talks about his Lost Boys experience.
  • Mo PitneyA fresh voice in country, Pitney breaks down his single "Boy & a Girl Thing," and explains how his faith informs his songwriting.
  • Graduation SongsHave you got the smarts to know which of these graduation song stories are real?
  • MakanaThe Hawaiian slack-key guitarist discusses writing politically soaked music such as his newest anthem inspired by Bernie Sanders, "Fire Is Ours."
  • Shooter JenningsShooter Jennings may be the son of a country music legend but what he has in his musical palette may surprise you.
  • Justin HaywardThe Moody Blues mainstay on "Nights In White Satin" and the craft of songwriting.
  • Ed Robertson of Barenaked LadiesThe Barenaked Ladies frontman on the science of writing The Big Bang Theory theme.
  • Jonathan JacksonThe actor and musician discusses his alternative rock band Enation's new EP, Blame-shifter, as well as the ending of the television show, Nashville.
  • Michael Poulsen of VolbeatVolbeat's frontman breaks down his lyrics, which deal with religion, war and eternal bliss.
  • Candice NightRitchie Blackmore's wife and musical partner thinks traditional children's songs are horrifying, so she created her own with help from her husband.
  • Fire On The StageWhen you have a song called "Fire," it's tempting to set one - these guys did.
  • Kevin Griffin Of Better Than EzraThe Better Than Ezra frontman is also a top writer for other artists, including Sugarland, James Blunt and Barenaked Ladies.
  • Mik McKeogh Of Funeral SuitsFuneral Suits' Mik McKeogh talks about songwriting and the Irish band's track "Tree of Life."
  • Doug Haynes of HIGHSThe singer and guitarist for the Toronto alt-pop band, HIGHS, dissects songs from their debut album, Dazzle Camouflage.
  • Lyrics Quiz: 2016 Rock Hall InducteesHow well you know the songs of the Rock Hall class of 2016?
  • Filk Star S.J. TuckerPixies and pirates and Pagan festivals: S.J. explains the filk genre and talks about life off the stage.
  • He Hit Me (And It Felt Like A Kiss): A History Of Abuse PopSongs that seem to glorify violence against women are often misinterpreted - but not always.
  • Willie SugarcappsThe Alabama–based Americana act explain the Gulf Coast influence on their album Paradise Right Here.
  • Dessy Di LauroThe throwback singer explains how she puts a modern take on the Cab Calloway sound.
  • Otep ShamayaA one-question interview with Otep's outspoken singer.
  • Phil Collen of Def LeppardThe Def Leppard guitarist breaks down some of their biggest hits and gives his take on solos.
  • Top American Idol Moments: Songs And ScandalsSurprise exits, a catfight and some very memorable performances make our list of the most memorable Idol moments.
  • Ace FrehleyKiss' original guitarist on tackling covers and collaboration.
  • Duncan SheikThe "Barely Breathing" singer has a new sound and a new passion: stage musicals.
  • Holly DunnThe "Daddy's Hands" singer recalls her country hits, including the controversial single "Maybe I Mean Yes."
  • Paul Robb of Information SocietyPaul explains the message behind InSoc's hits "What's on Your Mind (Pure Energy)," "Think" and "Walking Away."
  • JD Wilkes of Legendary Shack ShakersHe's backed off the nihilism, but JD still dreams songs and stalks the stage like a lunatic.
  • Found WanderingThe husband-and-wife leaders of Found Wandering talk about their creative process for reinterpreting pop, blue grass, and gospel classics.
  • John ParrJohn tells the "St. Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion)" story and explains why he disappeared for so long.
  • Liberty DeVittoThe longtime drummer for Billy Joel takes us inside a recording session and reveals the hidden gem in Joel's extensive catalog.
  • Loretta LynnThe esteemed songwriter and country music legend talks about "The Pill," her famous gowns, and releasing an album at 83.
  • Barney Hoskyns Explores The Forgotten History Of Woodstock, New YorkOur chat with Barney Hoskyns, who covers the wild years of Woodstock - the town, not the festival - in his book Small Town Talk.
  • Donovan WoodsThe Canadian singer-songwriter talks writing tunes for Tim McGraw and Charles Kelley from Lady Antebellum, as well as his newest album, Hard Settle, Ain't Troubled.
  • Scott Weiland: Memories of a Rock StarAn excerpt from Greg Prato's book about the late/great Stone Temple Pilots/Velvet Revolver singer.
  • Johan Hegg of Amon AmarthIf Thor collided with Iron Maiden, these Viking rockers would form from the ashes.
  • Ruth BThe Canadian Vine sensation chats about her viral hit "Lost Boy" and other songs from her debut EP, The Intro.
  • Adam Dutkiewicz of Killswitch EngageDoes humor belong in heavy metal? KE's guitarist/producer thinks so.
  • Dee Snider of Twisted SisterSnider wasn't the original frontman for Twisted Sister, but he took control of the band, starting with the songwriting.
  • JT Woodruff of Hawthorne HeightsThe Hawthorne Heights frontman takes us through their first concept album, and explains their songwriting process.
  • Lydia Criss Tells The "Beth" StoryPeter Criss' ex-wife shares rare photos of Kiss and explains how "Beth" happened.
  • Johnny Hickman of CrackerJohnny takes us through some of Cracker's '90s hits and explains how they navigate between punk and country.
  • Matt CorbyThe Australian singer-songwriter has won two ARIAs for Song of the Year. So why does he keep changing his lyrics?
  • Paul Sayer of The Temperance MovementTTM's guitarist on how they handle songwriting and what they learned from touring with The Stones.
  • Ozzy and the AbattoirStories from Ozzy Osbourne's days working in a slaughterhouse.
  • Steven Wilson of Porcupine TreeTalking concept albums, XTC and Bret Easton Ellis with the Porcupine Tree frontman.
  • Mike + RuthyThe husband-and-wife duo on how Pete Seeger inspired their homegrown Hoots, and how they finished a Woody Guthrie song.
  • August RigoThe songwriter for Justin Bieber, One Direction and Chris Brown takes us through the process of making a hit.
  • Eagles Lyrics QuizLots of life lessons in these Eagles lyrics - can you match them to the correct song?
  • Charlie Starr of Blackberry SmokeThe frontman for the new kings of southern rock talks about some of the band's most popular songs.
  • Tony HazzardTony wrote hits for Manfred Mann ("Fox On The Run"), The Yardbirds ("Ha Ha Said The Clown," and Lulu ("Me, The Peaceful Heart").
  • Dan Beck: "Michael Jackson manufactured 'King of Pop,' and believe me, we were trying to talk him out of it."The former marketing head at Epic talks about marketing Michael Jackson and explains how they picked singles.
  • Top Songfacts of 2015The most-viewed Songfacts entries of 2015.
  • Lyrics Quiz: Hits of 2015How well do you know your lyrics from the songs of 2015?
  • Nils Lofgren of the E Street BandThe guitar great breaks down some of his most memorable recordings for Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young.
  • Dave Johnston of Yonder Mountain String BandYMSB's banjo plucker reveals some song stories and explains why acoustic is appealing.
  • Bully Problems? Call Ozzy!How Ozzy Osbourne dealt with his bully.
  • Trans Soul Rebels: Songs About TransgenderismA history of songs dealing with transgender issues, featuring Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Morrissey and Green Day.
  • Carol Decker of T'PauKnown in America for "Heart and Soul," T'Pau was huge in the UK, where "China In Your Hand" was one of the biggest hits of the '80s.
  • Dave Ellefson (Megadeth, Metal Allegiance)The man who holds down Megadeth's low end discusses their song that was years in the making, and the one MTV News used for theme music.
  • 10 Takeaways from John Fogerty's MemoirThe story of a Creedence classic that is about gun control, and nine other interesting bits we found.
  • Macy Gray"I Try" was a huge hit and won a Grammy for Gray, but it took her a while to get why people like it.
  • Country Song TitlesCountry songs with titles so bizarre they can't possibly be real... or can they?
  • Ramaa MosleyRamma talks about her groundbreaking videos for Creed, Five For Fighting and Tonic, and how they informed her feature films.
  • Rod Argent of The ZombiesUsing the mellotron John Lennon left behind, The Zombies created a groundbreaking album at Abbey Road.
  • The Dirty Mac: The Greatest Supergroup You've Never Heard OfWhen John Lennon, Keith Richards and Eric Clapton got together to jam, something strange happened.
  • Stephan Moccio - "Wrecking Ball"How a toxic relationship and an emotionally charged songwriting session led to a song that demolished the charts.
  • Digital Underground Founder Chopmaster JThe Digital Underground founder tells the story of the group, including how Tupac became his roadie.
  • Eric ClaptonDid Eric Clapton really write "Cocaine" while on cocaine? This question and more in the Clapton edition of Fact or Fiction.
  • "Get On Your Feet" writer John DeFariaJohn talks about writing the Gloria Estefan hit "Get On Your Feet" and explains how he became a musician/composer.
  • James Bond Theme SongsHow well do you know the 007 theme songs?
  • Bettye LaVetteFrom Muscle Shoals to Motown to a kiss from Dylan, Bettye LaVette shares her remarkable story.
  • Five Rockers Who Rolled With The DevilJust how much did these monsters of rock dabble in the occult?
  • John Ondrasik of Five for FightingThe "Superman (It's Not Easy)" and "100 Years" singer-songwriter talks about those tracks and explains his anonymity.
  • Jaz Coleman of Killing JokeThe post-punk trailblazer talks about the Killing Joke song Nirvana appropriated, and their Samurai-inspired classic.
  • David Bowie Leads the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Long-Haired MenBowie's "activist" days of 1964 led to Ziggy Stardust.
  • David J (Bauhaus, Love and Rockets)David became a godfather of goth when he wrote the lyric to "Bela Lugosi's Dead."
  • Whitfield Crane of Ugly Kid JoeUgly Kid Joe's mainman talks "Everything About You" and their cover of "Cat's In The Cradle."
  • Rik Carey of Baha MenThe Baha Men frontman talks about the Bahamas sound, island hopping, and of course, "Who Let The Dogs Out."
  • Who Did It First? Part 2Do you know who recorded the original versions of ten more hit songs?
  • Morgan Lander of KittieThe leader of the all-female metal band looks back on their remarkable career.
  • Bob Dylan Lyric Quiz 2You did so well on the last one, we came up with another 10 Dylan lyrics for you to identify.
  • Thom OliphantThom came up with the "magic camera" for Amy Grant and helped the Dixie Chicks break big with videos for "Wide Open Spaces" and "Without You."
  • Andrew Stockdale of WolfmotherWolfmother's leader explains how the band writes, and reveals the inspiration for the song "Woman."
  • Ray Benson of Asleep at the WheelPlaying C&W with swing and humor, the Asleep At The Wheel singer honors Bob Wills and JJ Cale in his music.
  • Michael Grubbs of Wakey WakeyWakey Wakey discusses his new EP, the struggles musicians face today, and how being on One Tree Hill changed his songwriting process.
  • Is That Song Public Domain?Are classic songs like "Over The Rainbow" and "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" in the public domain?
  • Behind the Video: "Morrigan" by Children of BodomAn MMA fighter and an international model star in this video about a man who falls in love with a goddess of the underworld.
  • Colin Blunstone of The ZombiesThe incomparable voice of The Zombies talks about their classic songs and their remarkable resurgence.
  • Behind the Video: "Midnight Blue" by Lou GrammDirector Jim Hershleder tells the story behind "Midnight Blue," Lou Gramm's first video as a solo artist.
  • Alexi Laiho of Children of BodomThe Finnish metal group's screamer/six-stringer talks about their album I Worship Chaos and explains their affinity for incongruous covers.
  • Phil ThornalleyPhil talks about producing The Cure's Pornography album and co-writing the Natalie Imbruglia hit "Torn."
  • American Hits With Foreign TitlesWhat are the biggest US hits with French, Spanish (not "Rico Suave"), Italian, Scottish, Greek, and Japanese titles?
  • Mark Tremonti (Creed, Alter Bridge)As guitarist in Creed and Alter Bridge, Mark co-wrote all the songs. Now with his band Tremonti, he's also the lead singer.
  • Joan ArmatradingThe revered singer-songwriter talks inspiration and explains why she put a mahout in "Drop the Pilot."
  • Let's Go to Hell: Scattered Memories of the Butthole SurfersAn excerpt from the definitive book on the Butthole Surfers.
  • Yacht Rock!A scholarly analysis of yacht rock favorites ("Steal Away," "Baker Street"...) with a member of the leading YR cover band.
  • Francesco YatesIf Pharrell is right, Francesco will be the next "huge pop star." He breaks down his debut EP and talks about working with the "Happy" hit-maker.
  • John Lydon (PiL, Sex Pistols)The outspoken Pistol/PiL frontman on song inspirations and why you should call a plumber.
  • Behind the Video: "Planet A" by The Devil Wears PradaDirector Casey Pierce explains the concept and execution of the celestial TDWP video for "Planet A."
  • Brad Whitford of AerosmithThe Aerosmith guitarist on the band's most under-rated song, and what he thought when Steven Tyler rhymed Tallahassee with sassafrassee.
  • Leigh Kakaty of Pop EvilThe group's frontman talks about their approach to videos and the song that helped him deal with the loss of his dad.
  • Mike Hranica of The Devil Wears PradaThe group's singer talks about their Space EP, and breaks down the DWP song about "falling away from faith."
  • K-osThe Toronto MC breaks down "Crabbuckit" and talks about crucifying the verse on his new album.
  • Gerry Beckley of AmericaTalking "Sister Golden Hair," "Ventura Highway," "Tin Man" and other hits with the America man.
  • George Lynch (Lynch Mob, ex-Dokken)George Lynch talks about writing for Lynch Mob and Dokken, and what began his "rocky relationship" with Don Dokken.
  • Noah GundersenGundersen reveals the stories behind songs from his new album, Carry the Ghost, and talks about writing "Day is Gone" for the television show, Sons of Anarchy.
  • Robbie NevilThe "C'est La Vie" singer also wrote the Jordin Sparks hit "One Step at a Time" and songs for High School Musical.
  • Buzz CasonBuzz has written songs recorded by The Beatles, Pearl Jam, Brenda Lee, U2 and Gloria Estefan.
  • Lou GrammThe voice and co-writer of Foreigner's classic hits talks about some of their most enduring songs and videos.
  • Eric Wilson of SublimeSublime's bassist discusses the late Brad Nowell and tells the stories behind classics like "Pool Shark" and "What I Got."
  • Bobby Whitlock and Coco CarmelBobby was the keyboard player and a primary songwriter (with Eric Clapton) in Derek and the Dominos. Now he's revisiting the Layla album with his musical wife, Coco.
  • Andy Summers of The PoliceAndy talks about his songwriting contributions to The Police and explains how he gets that distinctive guitar sound.
  • Who Did It First?Do you know who recorded the original versions of these ten hit songs?
  • Steve VaiThe visionary guitarist talks about his guitar duel with Ralph Macchio, and plans for his enormous backlog of song snippets.
  • The 10 Bands Most Like Spinal TapBased on criteria like girlfriend tension, stage mishaps and drummer turnover, these are the 10 bands most like Spinal Tap.
  • Tony Banks of GenesisGenesis' key-man re-examines his solo career and the early days of music video.
  • Music Video Director David HoganDavid talks about videos he made for Prince, Alabama, Big & Rich, Sheryl Crow, DMB, Melissa Etheridge and Sisters of Mercy.
  • Marky RamoneThe Ramones' longtime drummer talks punk rock and Phil Spector's intimidation tactics.
  • Randy Blythe of Lamb of GodLamb of God's singer discusses the songs he wrote about his unexpected "vacation" to a Czech prison.
  • Gin WigmoreThe Kiwi spitfire explains how it feels to write a cathartic song, and talks about the tracks on her 2015 album Blood To Bone.
  • Hank & CupcakesThe colorful, kinetic duo explain how they cook up songs, including the one named for a boorish TV host.
  • Survival of the Fittest: Heavy Metal in the 1990'sAn excerpt from Greg Prato's killer tome about heavy metal's darkest decade.
  • KinskiThe Seattle band talks tunings, songwriting, and the importance of volume.
  • Story of the Video: "Broken Wings"A desert drive, a tango, a hawk in church: Oley Sassone breaks down the "Broken Wings" video he directed for Mr. Mister.
  • Phil Anselmo (Pantera, Down, Superjoint Ritual, The Illegals)Pantera's tattooed screamer talks about his two loves: horror flicks and heavy metal.
  • Melissa EtheridgeMelissa talks about her songwriting and guitar influences, and explains how she approaches visceral songs like "Bring Me Some Water" in concert.
  • Claude Coleman, Jr. of WeenThe longtime drummer for Ween talks about his time in the group, and why it takes several bands to replace them.
  • A/J Jackson of Saint Motel"You're just my type - you've got a pulse and you are breathing." The Saint Motel frontman tells the story behind the song and video.
  • Nick Hexum of 311311's singer tells the stories behind "Amber," "Come Original" and "Down."
  • Damon C. Scott - "Look Right Through"When Damon recorded vocals in 2010 for "Look Right Through," he had no idea it would become a #1 UK hit three years later - or that he would still be singing in the subway.
  • Dave EdmundsA renowned guitarist and rock revivalist, Dave took "I Hear You Knocking" to the top of the UK charts and was the first to record Elvis Costello's "Girls Talk."
  • Frank TurnerThe British songwriting sensation wonders why musicians are considered sages: "We're obviously idiots."
  • Joe SatrianiThe guitar great gets conceptual on his 15th studio album... without any lyrics!
  • Director Nick Morris ("The Final Countdown")Nick made some of the biggest videos on MTV, including "The Final Countdown," "Heaven" and "Don't Know What You Got (Till It's Gone)."
  • Martin Gordon: "I think pop has stopped being art"The former Sparks, Jet and Radio Stars bassist reveals why he's recording an entire album's worth of Gilbert and Sullivan tunes, and what he really thinks of the supergroup FFS.
  • Sara Watkins of Nickel CreekThe Nickel Creek fiddle player talks about touring with Jackson Browne and coming into her own as a songwriter.
  • Vaporland: The PrequelVaporland's members talk about the old days, when they were in Sub Pop bands TAD, Love Battery, and the Fluid.
  • Stephan Jenkins of Third Eye BlindThird Eye Blind's frontman talks about their 2015 album Dopamine and explains why "Jumper" has a completely different meaning now.
  • Andy LaRocque of King DiamondKing Diamond's longtime guitarist admits that writing for concept albums can be pretty darn tricky.
  • Jack Tempchin - "Peaceful Easy Feeling"When a waitress wouldn't take him home, Jack wrote what would become one of the Eagles most enduring hits.
  • Psychedelic LyricsWhoa man! Do you know which band came up with these cosmic lyrics?
  • Thomas Youngblood of KamelotSongwriting is a long-distance collaboration for Kamelot, an international band with a dark side. Their guitarist explains how they do it.
  • Mike Pecci on Making Music VideosAs part of the McFarland & Pecci production team, Mike has done innovative videos for Killswitch Engage, Fear Factory and As I Lay Dying.
  • Brendan Bayliss of Umphrey's McGeeUmphrey's McGee's guitarist and singer, Brendan Bayliss, talks about recording their latest album in just 12 hours in the renowned, Abbey Road Studios.
  • Vaporland: a Sub Pop SupergroupMembers of Sub Pop acts Love Battery, TAD, and the Fluid talk about their new band and look back on the Seattle scene.
  • Christopher Thorn of Blind Melon and Sonny Boy ThornBlind Melon's guitarist talks about his new band, and what it was like to write songs with Shannon Hoon.
  • ?The mystery man behind "96 Tears" tells the story of the song (sort of).
  • Rissi PalmerPalmer got railroaded into covering "No Air" back in 2008, but now she's making music on her terms.
  • Gunnar NelsonGunnar talks about his famous father and what's behind the Nelson hits "After the Rain" and "Love and Affection."
  • Song Titles That Inspired MoviesFamous songs that lent their titles - and in some cases storylines - to movies.
  • Stand By Me: The Perfect Song-Movie CombinationIn 1986, a Stephen King novella was made into a movie, with a classic song serving as title, soundtrack and tone.
  • David NichternThe teacher of Shambhala Buddhism and author of "Midnight at the Oasis" explains how a Taylor Swift song could lead to enlightenment.
  • Nuno Bettencourt of ExtremeExtreme's guitarist talks about touring with Rihanna, "More Than Words," and the two kinds of fans.
  • Jason Michael Carroll on "Livin' Our Love Song" and his Kickstarter albumJMC goes label-less on his 2015 album What Color Is Your Sky, and that's OK.
  • David Clayton-Thomas of Blood, Sweat & TearsThe longtime BS&T frontman tells the "Spinning Wheel" story, including the line he got from Joni Mitchell.
  • Anthony Crawford of Sugarcane JaneAnthony talks about his finest collaborations: with Steve Winwood, Neil Young, and most importantly, his wife.
  • Roger Miret of Agnostic FrontAgnostic Front's frontman pinpoints the merger of metal and hardcore.
  • Jeff TrottSheryl Crow's longtime songwriting partner/guitarist Jeff Trott reveals the stories behind many of the singer's hits, and what its like to be a producer for Leighton Meester and Max Gomez.
  • Danny Clinch: The Art of Rock PhotographyOne of rock's top photographers talks about artistry in photography, raising funds for a documentary, and enjoying a County Fair with Tom Waits.
  • Benmont TenchThe backbone of Tom Petty's Heartbreakers, Benmont talks about finally releasing his first solo album, his songwriting over the years, and the Gainesville sound.
  • Joey Tempest of EuropeEurope's singer chats about the story behind "The Final Countdown," and if there was a real "Carrie."
  • Everclear Reanimated: An Interview With Art AlexakisArt talks about the brutal attack he suffered as a child, and how it plays out in the 2015 Everclear album Black Is The New Black.
  • Creedence Clearwater RevivalIs "Have You Ever Seen the Rain" about Vietnam? Was John Fogerty really born on a Bayou? It's the CCR edition of Fact or Fiction.
  • Jacoby Shaddix of Papa RoachPapa Roach's lead singer discusses the intensely personal lyrics he wrote for songs like "Scars," "Last Resort" and "Gravity."
  • Name the Character in the SongWith a few clues (Works at a diner, dreams of running away), can you name the character in the song?
  • DoroOne of heavy metal's leading ladies talks about her dedication to the genre, and a song she has performed at weddings.
  • Todd RundgrenTodd explains why he avoids "Hello It's Me," and what it was like producing Meat Loaf's Bat Out of Hell album.
  • Corey Glover of Living ColourLiving Colour's frontman explains the message behind the "Cult of Personality" video and talks about touring with the Stones.
  • Ido ZmishlanyThe songwriter/producer behind hits for Shawn Mendes, Ryan Star and Connell Cruise talks about the inspiration and motivation behind the music.
  • Lindsay EllMeet the Berklee-trained country upstart who is making a name for herself with her guitar chops.
  • Iron Maiden: '80 '81Take a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the tour in support of Iron Maiden's classic debut disc - including dates with the likes of Judas Priest and Kiss.
  • Krishna DasThe top chant artist in the Western world, Krishna Das talks about how these Hindu mantras compare to Christian worship songs.
  • Midge UreThe "Do They Know It's Christmas?" co-writer/producer talks about the song's biggest challenges and most surprising vocal performances.
  • Grateful Dead CharactersMany unusual folks appear in Grateful Dead songs. Can you identify them?
  • Eric Rachmany of RebelutionThe frontman for the California reggae act talks about song influences and collaborations.
  • Catt GravittAn inside look at the Nashville music machine from the co-writer of "Alone With You" (Jake Owen), "Where You Are" (Rascal Flatts) and "Why Ya Wanna" (Jana Kramer).
  • David Paich of TotoToto's keyboard player explains the true meaning of "Africa" and talks about working on the Thriller album.
  • Michael Des Barres - "Obsession"In addition to his 100+ film and TV roles, Michael co-wrote the '80s hit "Obsession." He remains obsessive, but it's no longer over heroin.
  • Chris O'Connor of Primitive Radio GodsThe enigmatic songwriter of the '90s classic "Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth With Money in My Hand" talks about his twisted turns through the music industry.
  • Carlene CarterCarlene Carter talks about her Carter Family roots and her tour with John Mellencamp.
  • Jackie Mohr of The MohrsThe Mohrs frontwoman Jackie Mohr talks about the challenges of being a woman in rock, and how unstable relationships provided inspiration for their debut album.
  • Frank BlackBeloved by David Bowie and Kurt Cobain, the Pixies leader breaks down some songs and names his favorite artists.
  • Liz LongleyRecently signed to Sugar Hill Records, Longley talks about what she learned at Berklee and recording her first album for the label.
  • Anders Friden of In FlamesDoes melody belong in death metal? In Flames' singer/screamer weighs in.
  • Chad Gray of Hellyeah and MudvayneThe frontman of Hellyeah and Mudvayne breaks down "Dig" and talks about the importance of heavy metal in his life.
  • Amy Ray of Indigo GirlsAmy talks about Indigo Girls breakthrough tour with R.E.M., their collaboration with Pink, and her country-flavored album.
  • Elton JohnDoes he have beef with Gaga? Is he Sean Lennon's godfather? See if you can tell fact from fiction in the Elton John edition.
  • Lips of AnvilAnvil's screamer/shredder discusses '80s metal, and explains how their song "March of the Crabs" got its title.
  • Director Wes Edwards ("Drunk on a Plane")Wes Edwards takes us behind the scenes of videos he shot for Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley and Chase Bryant. The train was real - the airplane was not.
  • Daryl Hall: "There's another way of looking at the world"Daryl tells the "Say It Isn't So" story, explains why "Kiss On My List" is an unfinished piece, and talks about what it was like writing songs with his girlfriend.
  • "Private Eyes" - The Story Behind the SongHow a goofy detective movie, a disenchanted director and an unlikely songwriter led to one of the biggest hits in pop history.
  • Eric Martin of Mr. BigThe Mr. Big frontman talks about the girl who inspired "To Be With You," and how he feels about the song today.
  • Kristen May of FlyleafThe new singer of Flyleaf talks about the challenges in taking over for Lacey Strum, and the songs those challenges inspired.
  • Laura MvulaMeet the singer/songwriter who has been described as "Billie Holiday meets the Beach Boys."
  • 16 Songs With a HeartbeatWe've heard of artists putting their hearts into their music, but some take it literally.
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  • Kyle Hollingsworth of String Cheese IncidentThe band's keyboardist discusses songs, songwriting, and the "jam band" tag.
  • Jesse James Dupree of JackylJackyl's main man (reluctantly) talks about the song he wrote for O-Town, and explains how a missed opportunity for Kansas became his band's breakthrough.
  • Colt FordThe country rapper talks about some of his biggest hits, including "Drivin' Around Song" and "Dirt Road Anthem."
  • Oh What A Night: How the '70s song set in the '60s became a hit in the '90sA generation after it hit #1 in the '70s, a masterful remix brought "December 1963" back to the charts in the '90s. Here's the story of this venerable and versatile hit.
  • Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth of OverkillThe singer of one of the longest-running thrash metal bands gives a guided tour of several headbanging classics.
  • Jeff Keith of TeslaThe Tesla lead singer tells the stories behind their hits "Signs" and "Love Song."
  • Devon AllmanThe Royal Southern Brotherhood singer/guitarist talks about taking his music in new directions while holding onto the rock and blues that are in his DNA.
  • Our God Reigns: A Worship Song StoryLenny Smith explains how his spiritual journey (and seven years in seminary) culminated in the worship song favorite "Our God Reigns."
  • Sam Totman and Herman Li of DragonForceThe DragonForce shredders put their guitar solos in perspective, explaining how songwriting sets the foundation.
  • Bob Gaudio of The Four SeasonsAn original member of The Four Seasons, this Jersey Boy co-wrote some of their biggest hits, including "Sherry," "Walk Like A Man" and "Big Girls Don't Cry."
  • Felix Buxton of Basement JaxxFelix talks about his unorthodox approach to songwriting, and tells the stories behind some of Basement Jaxx' biggest hits.
  • Paul Stanley of KissThe Kiss founder says the band is "a way of life" and "a way of viewing challenges." The latest challenge: owning a football team.
  • Sub Pop Founder Bruce Pavitt On How To Create A Music SceneWith $50 and a glue stick, Bruce Pavitt created Sub Pop, a fanzine-turned-label that gave the world Nirvana and grunge. He explains how motivated individuals can shift culture.
  • Jim Kerr of Simple MindsThe Simple Minds singer explains his conflicted relationship with "Don't You (Forget About Me)," their massive American hit he initially rejected.
  • Rex Brown of PanteraThe bassist for Pantera - the band that kept metal afloat in the '90s - recounts the stories behind several headbanging classics.
  • Top Songfacts Of 2014Here are the most-viewed Songfacts of 2014. Some surprises on this one, as it wasn't just the popular songs that got a look.
  • Actors With Hit SongsMany actors have attempted music, but only a few have managed a hit. Do you know which of these thespians charted?
  • Randy BachmanBachman wrote and recorded a litany of hits with both Bachman-Turner Overdrive and The Guess Who, including "American Woman," which many folks didn't know was a protest song.
  • When Bowie Met Bing - The Story Of Their Bizarre Holiday DuetWhen David Bowie and Bing Crosby got together in 1977, the space-age rock icon met the aging crooner halfway in a holiday duet that became an unlikely perennial.
  • Andy GrammerThis fast-rising singer/songwriter talks about the tunes from his sophomore effort, including the one where he tells an admirer, "I'm Good."
  • 80s Video Director Jay DubinBilly Joel and Hall & Oates hated making videos, so they chose a director with similar contempt for the medium. That was Jay Dubin, and he has a lot to say on the subject.
  • Christmas Songs That Aren't About ChristmasMany of the most popular Christmas songs have nothing to do with Christmas. Here are some of the biggest Santa-free favorites.
  • Joe Perry of AerosmithThe Aerosmith guitarist talks songwriting and explains why a lesser-known cut is a key component to their live show.
  • Church LyricsHere is the church, here is the steeple - see if you can identify these lyrics that reference church.
  • Right Said FredThe Fairbrass brothers discuss the "I'm Too Sexy" song and video, and explain how they feel about the "one-hit wonder" label.
  • Scrooge Writes a Christmas Song: The "Christmas Wrapping" StoryBah, Humbug. Christmas alone in New York gave Chris Butler of The Waitresses the idea for "Christmas Wrapping," a most unusual festive favorite.
  • Anatomy of an Arrangement: "The Letter" by The ArborsJoe Scott, who worked up the arrangement for The Arbors version of "The Letter," explains how he did it.
  • Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear: Teddy Bears and Teddy Boys in SongsElvis, Little Richard and Cheryl Cole have all sung about Teddy Bears, but there is also a terrifying Teddy song from 1932 and a touching trucker Teddy tune from 1976.
  • Satchel of Steel PantherThe Steel Panther guitarist breaks down songs like "The Burden of Being Wonderful" and "Community Property." As he explains, there is a fine line between goofy and cool.
  • Status Quo Frontman Francis RossiWomen are the topic of many of the hits Francis Rossi wrote for Status Quo, including "Pictures of Matchstick Men." He answers the question: Who are these girls?
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  • Sharon den Adel of Within TemptationWithin Temptation's singer explains how a different songwriting approach led to the band scoring their US commercial breakthrough.
  • Paul Di'Anno (ex-Iron Maiden)The singer that appeared on Iron Maiden's early albums talks about overcoming "Steve's rules" to co-pen some of the band's early classic anthems.
  • Verdine White of Earth, Wind & FireThe longtime bassist of Earth, Wind & Fire discusses how his band came to do a holiday album, and offers insight into some of the greatest dance/soul tunes of all-time.
  • Chris Butler of The WaitressesChris was part of the vibrant '70s music scene in Akron, where he started The Waitresses, best known for their hits "I Know What Boys Like" and "Christmas Wrapping."
  • Dan Lilker (Brutal Truth, Nuclear Assault, SOD, ex-Anthrax)Lilker was the bassist with the heaviest bands of all time, Anthrax, Nuclear Assault, SOD and Brutal Truth among them.
  • The Songs of SinatraFrank Sinatra added a lot more to his songs than just his voice. The Sinatra family archivist explains how he helped craft his songs and develop some of the first concept albums.
  • Larry John McNallyA top-tier songwriter, the Eagles, Bonnie Raitt, Rod Stewart and Chaka Khan have all recorded the songs of Larry John McNally. As he explains, it's all about translating the human experience.
  • Teddy Gentry of AlabamaAlabama founding member Teddy Gentry breaks down the band's philosophy on writing and recording songs, and talks about the most personal one's he's written.
  • Jason Bieler of Saigon KickWith their hit "Love is on the Way," Saigon Kick got caught in the purgatory between metal and grunge. Their guitarist and songwriter Jason Bieler tells the story.
  • Bob Dylan Lyric QuizThink you know your Bob Dylan lyrics? Take this quiz to find out.
  • A Horror Rock Talk With Dean MadoniaA Nashville songwriter with a taste for horror, Dean talks about the spooky side of music and explains his latest project: A Frankenstein rock opera.
  • Peter Hook (Joy Division, ex-New Order)The founding bassist of Joy Division and New Order tells the stories behind some of alt-rock's most groundbreaking and enduring tunes.
  • WeezerDid Rivers Cuomo grow up on a commune? Why did they name their albums after colors? See how well you know your Weezer in this Fact or Fiction.
  • Marc Roberge of O.A.R. (2014)The O.A.R. frontman talks about how Jeff Buckley and Pearl Jam influence his life and lyrics. He also explains why sometimes you have to throw out your notes and sing at the wall.
  • Scott WeilandScott Weiland was not just the frontman for Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, but also the lyricist in those bands. We talk songwriting and find out what he's up to now.
  • Jon Haber of DEC3After taking a break for 25 years, Jon Haber decided it was time to start creating music again. The DEC3 mastermind and guitarist breaks down the songwriting process for tracks on their recently released debut self-titled album.
  • Jim Peterik of SurvivorJim talks "Eye of the Tiger" - why he let Weird Al do a parody, what he thinks of Katy Perry's appropriation, and the reason he skipped the Grammy ceremony when it won an award.
  • James Pankow of ChicagoChicago's trombone player has also penned some of the band's biggest hits... just don't get him started about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
  • CJ Snare of FireHouse and Rubicon CrossCJ tells the story behind the FireHouse hit "Love of a Lifetime," which Jon Bon Jovi told him would "ruin your career."
  • Jeff Waters of Annihilator Jeff Waters explains how Canada's Annihilator weathered their North American metal drought by expanding their territory.
  • Lyric Quiz: 1987Can you identify these lyrics from the songs of 1987?
  • Chris Goss of Masters of RealityThe Masters of Reality frontman is also an accomplished producer. He's made music with Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age, Scott Weiland and The Cult.
  • Daryl HallDaryl Hall's TV show is a hit, and he's been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Only one of these developments excites him.
  • Ed Bernard of DruckfarbenDruckfarben is known as one of Canada's most adventurous progressive rock bands. Guitarist, Ed Bernard, breaks down the songwriting process for songs on their latest effort, Second Sound.
  • John Wetton of Asia (ex-King Crimson)John co-penned some of the biggest mainstream rock hits of the early '80s (Asia's "Heat of the Moment") and some of the rockingest prog ever (King Crimson's "One More Red Nightmare").
  • The Girl in That SongBillie Jean, Delilah, Sara, Laura and Sharona - do you know who the girls in the songs really are?
  • P.F. SloanP.F. was a teenager writing hits and playing on tracks for Jan & Dean when he wrote a #1 hit that got him blackballed.
  • Blaze Bayley (ex-Iron Maiden)Blaze was Iron Maiden's lead singer from 1994-1999, co-writing "Man on the Edge," "The Aftermath" and "Futureal."
  • Renaissance Returns: An Interview with Annie HaslamAnnie talks about the new Renaissance album, and how she's dealing with the death of their guitarist, Michael Dunford.
  • J-Mann of MushroomheadMushroomhead's vocalist explains their song "Qwerty" and talks about the Danny Elfman influence on the band.
  • Jason MrazJason reveals his songwriting inspirations and talks about the hit that came so quickly, he didn't remember writing it.
  • Josh Todd of BuckcherryJosh talks about the band's Icona Pop cover, divulges the meaning of "Lit Up," and shares his thoughts on Chuck Klosterman's Buckcherry analysis.
  • Tommy Victor of ProngA Headbangers Ball mainstay, Prong delivered metal anthems like "Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck." Frontman Tommy Victor talks about the songs and the band's inspirations.
  • Jesus Thinks You're a Jerk: Rock vs. TelevangelistsWhen televangelists like Jimmy Swaggart took on rockers like Ozzy Osbourne and Metallica, the rockers retaliated. Bono could even be seen mocking the preachers.
  • Rock Revenge SongsJohn Lennon, Paul Simon and Lynyrd Skynyrd are some of the artists who have written revenge songs. Do you know who they wrote them about?
  • Steve Morse of Deep PurpleDeep Purple's guitarist since 1994, Steve talks about writing songs with the band and how he puts his own spin on "Smoke On The Water."
  • Gonzoid Trash Punk: The Meatmen StoryTrashing decency and contorting sensibilities since 1981, The Meatmen have built a legend in the hardcore community.
  • Anthony Green of Circa SurviveAnthony takes us through the Circa Survive creative process, and explains why the band came together in the first place.
  • Hawksley WorkmanOne of Canada's most popular and eclectic performers, Hawksley tells stories about his oldest songs, his plentiful side projects, and the ways that he keeps his songwriting fresh.
  • Tom Bailey of Thompson TwinsTom stopped performing Thompson Twins songs in 1987, in part because of their personal nature: "Hold Me Now" came after an argument with his bandmate/girlfriend Alannah Currie.
  • Michael Sadler of SagaSaga's US hits - "On The Loose" and "Wind Him Up" - were driven by MTV. Their frontman talks about those songs explains how he pulled off a paternity leave.
  • Chris Frantz - "Genius of Love"Chris and his wife Tina were the rhythm section for Talking Heads when they formed The Tom Tom Club. "Genius of Love" was their blockbuster, but David Byrne only mentioned it once.
  • Who Wrote That Song?Do you know who wrote Patti Smith's biggest hit? How about the Grease theme song? See if you can match the song to the writer.
  • Max Kerman of ArkellsArkells frontman Max Kerman breaks down tracks from their album High Noon and explains the difference between a song about love and an actual love song.
  • Gene Simmons of KissThe Kiss rocker covers a lot of ground in this interview, including why there are no Kiss collaborations, and why the Rock Hall has "become a sham."
  • David Yow of The Jesus LizardDavid talks about being on a bill with Nirvana and writing songs for his bands Scratch Acid and The Jesus Lizard.
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  • John Garcia (ex-Kyuss)The former Kyuss frontman explains how songwriting worked in that band, which included Josh Homme and Brant Bjork. Also, details about his first solo album.
  • Kyle Nicolaides of Beware of DarknessThe Beware of Darkness frontman tells the story behind their song "Howl," and explains how journaling plays into his songwriting.
  • Kip WingerThe Winger frontman reveals the Led Zeppelin song he cribbed for "Seventeen," and explains how his passion for orchestra music informs his songwriting.
  • Meet The 14-Year-Old Eddie Kramer Is ProducingWhy is the man who engineered classic albums by Jimi Hendrix, Kiss and Led Zeppelin producing a 14-year-old? He thinks Ray Goren is something special.
  • Greg Puciato of Killer Be Killed and Dillinger Escape PlanBranching out from Dillinger Escape Plan, Puciato had to adopt a new writing style in Killer Be Killed, where he joined Troy Sanders and Max Cavalera.
  • Weird Al YankovicDid Al play on a Beach Boys record? Did he have beef with George Lucas and Coolio? See if you can spot weird but true stories.
  • Frankie ValliAn interview with Frankie Valli, who talks about why his songs - both solo and with The Four Seasons - have endured, and reflects on his time as Rusty Millio on The Sopranos.
  • Judas PriestRob Halford, Richie Faulkner and Glenn Tipton talk twin guitar harmonies and explain how they create songs in Judas Priest.
  • Kenneth Nixon of Framing HanleyWhen they covered Lil Wayne's "Lollipop" on a lark, Framing Hanley had a sudden hit on their hands - one that delayed their second album for two years.
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  • Part of Their World: The Stories and Songs of 13 Disney PrincessesFrom "Some Day My Prince Will Come" to "Let It Go" - how Disney princess songs (and the women who sing them) have evolved.
  • Michael W. SmithSmith breaks down some of his worship tracks as well as his mainstream hits, including "I Will Be Here For You" and "A Place In This World."
  • Bill Medley of The Righteous BrothersMedley looks back on "Unchained Melody" and "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" - his huge hits from the '60s that were later revived in movies.
  • Phone Booth SongsPhone booths are nearly extinct, but they provided storylines for some of the most profound songs of the pre-cell phone era.
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  • Steve "Zetro" Souza of Exodus and HatriotZetro talks about the mechanics behind his famous scream and breaks down the Exodus track "Toxic Waltz."
  • Ben Watt of Everything But The GirlBen talks about EBTG's American hit "Missing," and explains how the duo divided songwriting duties during its 18-year run.
  • Wayne Swinny of SalivaIntroducing a new lead singer meant shifting songwriting strategy for Saliva. Wayne explains how they made the adjustment and when their best songs appear.
  • Ryan HoblerAfter Ryan wrote a song for his wife on their wedding day, she made him share it with the world.
  • Songs in Famous Movie Scenes: Tarantino EditionWhether he's splitting ears or burning Nazis, Quentin Tarantino uses memorable music in his films. See if you can match the song to the scene.
  • Martin GordonAn erstwhile member of Sparks, Jet and Radio Stars, Martin shares some fascinating stories from across his 40 years in music, including what he got up to in Paris with The Rolling Stones in '79.
  • Les ClaypoolGiant beavers and cop wannabes are among the inspirations for Claypool's Primus songs.
  • Emmylou HarrisShe thinks of herself as a "song interpreter," but back in the '80s another country star convinced Emmylou to take a crack at songwriting.
  • Johnny WinterThe blues luminary talks about... well, not much. But we did get a decent Muddy Waters story out of him.
  • Did They Really Sing In That Movie?Michael J. Fox, Colin Farrell, Reese Witherspoon, Gwyneth Paltrow and George Clooney: Which actors really sang in their movies?
  • Meshell NdegeocelloMeshell talks about recording "Wild Night" with John Mellencamp, and explains why she shied away from the spotlight.
  • Anthony Raneri of BaysideThe Bayside frontman cites some surprising songwriting influences: the same guys who write for Britney Spears and Kesha.
  • Tom Gray - "Money Changes Everything"Produced by Steve Lillywhite, "Money Changes Everything" was supposed to be the breakout hit for Tom's band The Brains. Then money changed everything.
  • Michael FrantiFranti tells the story behind his hit "Say Hey (I Love You)" and explains why yoga is an integral part of his lifestyle and his Soulshine tour.
  • Jamie O'NealJamie talks about her country #1s ("There is No Arizona" and "When I Think About Angels") and her Stephen King encounter.
  • Loudon Wainwright III"Dead Skunk" became a stinker for Loudon when he felt pressure to make another hit. His latest songs deal with mortality, his son Rufus, and picking up poop.
  • GrungeDid the term "Riot Grrrl" come from an actual riot? Was Alice in Chains a hair metal band? See if you got the dirt on the grunge era in this Fact or Fiction.
  • Dave MasonDave reveals the inspiration for "Feelin' Alright" and explains how the first song he ever wrote became the biggest hit for his band Traffic.
  • On The Road To Exile With The Rolling StonesRobert Greenfield, author of Ain't It Time We Said Goodbye: The Rolling Stones on the Road to Exile, talks about covering the band for Rolling Stone in the early '70s.
  • Sebu Simonian of Capital CitiesThe "Safe and Sound" duo started out writing jingles. Sebu takes us through some tracks on their debut album and explains the upside to working on music for commercials.
  • Songs in Famous Movie Scenes: '80s EditionYou know the scenes - Tom Cruise in his own pants off dance off, Molly Ringwald celebrating her birthday - but do you remember what song is playing?
  • Bob DaisleyBob was the bass player and lyricist for the first two Ozzy Osbourne albums. Here's how he wrote songs like "Crazy Train" and "Mr. Crowley" with Ozzy and Randy Rhoads.
  • Vince GillA candid songwriting discussion with the country star, who explains how his technique has changed over the years, and what his wife - Amy Grant - contributes to his writing.
  • Biff Byford of SaxonWe talk riffs, Rush and Spinal Tap with the frontman for the British metal Goliaths Saxon.
  • Early Days of MTVIf you can recall the days when MTV played videos, you know that there are lots of stories to tell. See if you can spot the real ones.
  • Joe Elliott of Def LeppardThe Def Leppard frontman talks about their "lamentable" hit he never thought of as a single, and why he's juiced by his Mott The Hoople cover band.
  • Bible LyricsRockers, rappers and pop stars have been known to quote the Bible in their songs. See if you match the artist to the biblical lyric.
  • Rachele LynaeCombine an Alaska upbringing with a church-going, rebel attitude, throw in a little line dancing for fun, and you have the makings Rachele's first album.
  • Answering Machine SongsRemember answering machines? Those messages affected our lives in a way voicemail never will, and there were lots of songs that used the device.
  • Michael SchenkerThe Scorpions and UFO guitarist is also a very prolific songwriter. He explains how he writes with his various groups, and why he was so keen to get out of Germany and into England.
  • Ruthann Friedman - "Windy"The #1 hit for The Association was written by a young singer/songwriter living at David Crosby's house. She only recently ascertained what the song is really about.
  • Stuart Braithwaite of MogwaiInstrumentals are the rule for Mogwai, not the exception. Their frontman explains how they decide when to add lyrics and how their songwriting works.
  • Kim Thayil of SoundgardenTheir frontman (Chris Cornell) started out as their drummer, so Soundgarden takes a linear approach when it comes to songwriting. Kim explains how they do it.
  • Aaron Beam of Red FangRed Fang ignored their director when he told them to spit out the beer between takes. Aaron tells that story and explains his scientific method of songwriting.
  • Flies on YouMeet the Leeds-based duo who are doing a new kind of punk rock.
  • Music of The Walking DeadWhat's a zombie apocalypse without music? See what you know about the tunes you hear on The Walking Dead.
  • Chris Squire of YesOne of the most dynamic bass player/songwriters of his time, Chris is the only member of Yes who has been with the band since they formed in 1968.
  • PrincePrince is shrouded in mystery, making him an excellent candidate for Fact or Fiction. Is he really a Scientologist? Does he own an exotic animal?
  • Martin PageWith Bernie Taupin, Martin co-wrote the #1 hits "We Built This City" and "These Dreams." After writing the Pretty Woman song for Go West, he had his own hit with "In the House of Stone and Light."
  • Blind MelonWas Shannon Hoon a hippie? Did they appear naked in Rolling Stone? Take this quiz from the man who wrote the book on Blind Melon.
  • Matt SorumWhen he joined Guns N' Roses in 1990, Matt helped them craft an orchestral sound. His mezzo fortes and pianissimos are all over "November Rain."
  • Who's Johnny, And Why Does He Show Up In So Many SongsFor songwriters, Johnny represents the American man. He has been angry, cool, magic, a rebel and, of course, marching home.
  • Buzz Osborne of the MelvinsThe Melvins frontman offers sage words on "inherently lazy" musicians, how drugs and alcohol affect the craft, and why his band has survived for 19 albums.
  • Vinny May of KodalineWith songs like "High Hopes" and "All I Want" finding an audience outside of their native Ireland, Kodaline is on the precipice of stardom, and they have a plan to deal with it.
  • Lyric Quiz: 1997Girl Power, Swedish Pop and the last days of Grunge. Match the lyric to the song from 1997.
  • Rhonda VincentWhen stars like Keith Urban, Dolly Parton and Alan Jackson need Bluegrass, they call Rhonda, who has racked up enough accolades to earn the "Queen of Bluegrass" title.
  • Lee RanaldoThe Sonic Youth axeman explains the band's songwriting strategy and talks guitars: why he used old ones and how he comes up with those distinctive tunings.
  • Terry Jacks ("Seasons in the Sun")Inspired by his dear friend, "Seasons in the Sun" paid for Terry's boat, which led him away from music and into a battle with Canadian paper mills.
  • Joe GrusheckyWhat was Bruce Springsteen up to in the mid-'90s? Touring and co-writing with Joe, and producing the Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers album American Babylon.
  • John Sponarski of Portage and MainJohn fronts this Vancouver group named after a famous intersection in Winnipeg.
  • Ann Hampton CallawayA mainstay on the jazz and cabaret circuit, Ann can write songs on demand, which is part of her show. The song she wrote for Barbra Streisand took a little more effort though.
  • MetallicaBeef with Bon Jovi? An unfortunate Spandex period? See if you can spot the true stories in this Metallica version of Fact or Fiction.
  • Max Cavalera of Soulfly (ex-Sepultura)The Brazilian rocker sees pictures in his riffs. When he came up with one of his gnarliest songs, there was a riot going on.
  • Rosanne CashRosanne talks about the journey that inspired her songs on her album The River & the Thread, including a stop at the Tallahatchie Bridge.
  • Beyond Llewyn DavisA look at the musicology behind the movie Inside Llewyn Davis, with appearances by Tim Buckley, Phil Ochs and Mississippi John Hurt.
  • Data RomanceThe Vancouver duo explain how they create their dreamy electro sound, and how people-watching and nature specials play into their lyrics.
  • Rock Stars of HorrorRock Stars - especially those in the metal realm - are often enlisted for horror movies. See if you know can match the rocker to the role.
  • Jamey Jasta of HatebreedHatebreed's lead singer/lyricist talks about the band's most important songs, including the "career-changer" he wrote on acoustic guitar.
  • Julian LennonJulian tells the stories behind his hits "Valotte" and "Too Late for Goodbyes," and fills us in on his many non-musical pursuits. Also: what MTV meant to his career.
  • Nina Persson of The CardigansNina is the lead singer/lyricist for The Cardigans, whose hits include "Lovefool," and "Erase/Rewind." She sees no reason to write about happiness, which is why we hear the heartbreak.
  • Dexys (Kevin Rowland and Jim Paterson)"Come On Eileen" was a colossal '80s hit, but the band - far more appreciated in their native UK than stateside - released just three albums before their split. Now, Dexys is back.
  • KissKiss is the subject of many outlandish rumors - some of which happen to be true. See if you can spot the fakes.
  • Allen Toussaint - "Southern Nights"A song he wrote and recorded from "sheer spiritual inspiration," Allen's didn't think "Southern Nights" had hit potential until Glen Campbell took it to #1 two years later.
  • Dave ClarkPart of the British Invasion, The Dave Clark Five were an Ed Sullivan favorite - the host even bought out a UK show to keep them in America.
  • Facebook, Bromance and Email - The First Songs To Use New WordsDo you remember the first time you heard "email" in a song? How about "hater" or "Facebook"? Here are the songs where they first showed up.
  • Shawn Smith of BradOne of the great side projects in rock, the band Brad features Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard. Their frontman explains how they operate.
  • Soul Train Stories with Stephen McMillianA Soul Train dancer takes us through a day on the show, and explains what you had to do to get camera time.
  • Joey Burns of CalexicoCalexico's songs have been on two Space Shuttle missions and an episode of Breaking Bad.
  • Real or Spinal TapThey sang about pink torpedoes and rocking you tonight tonight, but some real lyrics are just as ridiculous. See if you can tell which lyrics are real and which are Spinal Tap in this lyrics quiz.
  • Mitts of MadballTales from the hardcore scene, including a new trend in crowd surfing.
  • Brian Kehew: The Man Behind The RemastersBrian has unearthed outtakes by Fleetwood Mac, Aretha Franklin, Elvis Costello and hundreds of other artists for reissues. Here's how he does it.
  • The Untold Story Of Fiona Apple's Extraordinary MachineFiona's highly-anticipated third album almost didn't make it. Here's how it finally came together after two years and a leak.
  • Dez Fafara of DevilDriver and Coal ChamberThe revered metal frontman talks about how entomology and ADD inform his lyrics.
  • Dan Daley - "Still in Saigon"Charlie Daniels called it "The first song of support for the Vietnam veterans."
  • Glen Phillips of Toad the Wet SprocketThe "All I Want" singer went through a long depression, playing some shows when he didn't want to be alive.
  • Janet JacksonWas Janet secretly married at 18? Did she gain 60 pounds for a movie role that went to Mariah Carey? See what you know about Ms. Jackson.
  • Zakk WyldeWhen he was playing Ozzfest with Black Label Society, a kid told Zakk he was the best Ozzy guitarist - Zakk had to correct him.
  • Dan Haseltine of Jars of ClayDan explains how Adrian Belew made "Flood" sound like a deluge, and why he can't relate to most Christian music.
  • Top Songfacts of 2013Our computers have added them up: the 10 most viewed Songfacts of 2013.
  • New Year's Songs Auld and NewChristmas songs get all the love, but there are plenty of New Year's songs that deserve a listen.
  • Joe King CarrascoNow living in Mexico, Joe was MTV royalty in the early '80s as their designated party man.
  • Jason Newsted (ex-Metallica)The former Metallica bassist talks about his first time writing a song with James Hetfield, and how a hand-me-down iPad has changed his songwriting.
  • Jeff Walker of CarcassHe won't take credit for "melodic death metal," but Jeff cops to pioneering downtuning and some of the gnarliest lyrics in rock.
  • Sad RobotThis Los Angeles trio is best known for their song "Hold On," which was used in a promo for Bones.
  • A Very Dysfunctional Christmas: The Saddest Songs of the SeasonSometimes the sad songs are just what we need to feel better at Christmastime.
  • Christmas SongsRudolf, Bob Dylan and the Singing Dogs all show up in this Fact or Fiction for seasonal favorites.
  • Chris Robinson of The Black Crowes"Great songwriters don't necessarily have hit songs," says Chris. He's written a bunch, but his fans are more interested in the intricate jams.
  • Hayes CarllThis singer/songwriter from Texas made inroads with his song "KMAG YOYO," which he tells us is a military term.
  • Boz ScaggsThe "Lowdown" and "Lido Shuffle" singer makes a habit of playing with the best in the business.
  • Dave Pirner of Soul AsylumDave explains how the video appropriated the meaning of "Runaway Train," and what he thought of getting parodied by Weird Al.
  • Which Songs are About Drugs?"25 or 6 to 4" to "Semi-Charmed Life" - see if you can spot the songs that are really about drugs.
  • Kasim Sulton (Utopia, Meat Loaf)Kasim tells the tales of playing in Utopia with Todd Rundgren and recording the Bat Out Of Hell album.
  • Pete AndersonPete produced Dwight Yoakam, Michelle Shocked, Meat Puppets, and a very memorable track for Roy Orbison.
  • Eric Kretz of Stone Temple PilotsThe STP drummer talks about how they write their songs, and how the process is different now that Chester Bennington has replaced Scott Weiland.
  • Play On, Roger ClyneThe Peacemakers' front man talks to us about... well, everything under the hot desert sun. And we wonder, as we always have, why this Southwest remedy to Bruce Springsteen isn't a household word. Yet.
  • Wes Borland of Limp Bizkit and Black Light BurnsWes tells the "Nookie" story, and explains how songwriting compares between Bizkit and Burns.
  • Lita FordLita talks about how they wrote songs in The Runaways, and how she feels about her biggest hit being written by somebody else.
  • Modern A Cappella with Peder Karlsson of The Real GroupThe leader of the Modern A Cappella movement talks about the genre.
  • Adam Duritz of Counting Crows"Mr. Jones" took on new meaning when the song about a misguided view of fame made Adam famous.
  • Scott StappThe Creed lead singer reveals the "ego and self-fulfillment" he now sees in one of the band's biggest hits.
  • Justin TimberlakeWas Justin the first to be Punk'd by Ashton Kutcher? Did Britney really blame him for her meltdown? Did his bandmates think he was gay?
  • Devin TownsendFirst appearing as the lead singer of Steve Vai's 1993 band, Townsend has become one of the most creative songwriters in metal.
  • Robert EllisLike his idol George Jones, Robert writes songs "about impermanence and death and leaving and things like that."
  • Dave Alvin - "4th Of July"When Dave recorded the first version of the song with his group the Blasters, producer Nick Lowe gave him some life-changing advice.
  • Experience Nirvana with Sub Pop Founder Bruce PavittThe man who ran Nirvana's first label gets beyond the sensationalism (drugs, Courtney) to discuss their musical and cultural triumphs in the years before Nevermind.
  • Tony Joe WhiteThe writer of "Rainy Night in Georgia" and "Polk Salad Annie" explains how he cooks up his Louisiana swamp rock.
  • Dick Wagner (Alice Cooper/Lou Reed)The co-writer/guitarist on many Alice Cooper hits, Dick was also Lou Reed's axeman on the Rock n' Roll Animal album.
  • Phil Hurtt ("I'll Be Around")Phil was a songwriter, producer and voice behind many Philadelphia soul classics. When disco hit, he got an interesting project: The Village People.
  • Becca StevensThe songwriter/vocalist The New York Times called a "best-kept secret" explains how pressure can be a great motivator.
  • Marshall CrenshawThe "Someday, Someway" singer also played Buddy Holly in La Bamba and toured with a reunited MC5.
  • Christopher CrossThe man who created Yacht Rock with "Sailing" wrote one of his biggest hits while on acid.
  • RamonesA band so baffling, even their names were contrived. Check your score in the Ramones version of Fact or Fiction.
  • John Gallagher of RavenThese British metalmen had Metallica as their opening act in the early '80s. It all went wrong when they glammed-out for MTV.
  • Alex Kerns of LemuriaThe songwriting drummer of this Buffalo band explains his approach to writing songs for a female lead singer.
  • Jimmie Dale Gilmore - "Tonight I Think I'm Gonna Go Downtown"Jimmie's song is the underpinning of a much bigger tale: the story of The Flatlanders.
  • Gilby ClarkeThe Guns N' Roses rhythm guitarist in the early '90s, Gilby talks about the band's implosion and the side projects it spawned.
  • The FratellisJon Fratelli talks about the band's third album, and the five-year break leading up to it.
  • Hidden Gem of Grunge: The Story of TrulyCaught in the post-Cobain creativity clampdown, Truly remains one of the best undiscovered bands of the '90s.
  • Angelo Moore of FishboneFishbone has always enjoyed much more acclaim than popularity. Angelo might know why.
  • Sam PhillipsCollaborating with T Bone Burnett, Leslie Phillips changed her name and left her Christian label behind. Robert Plant, who recorded one of her songs on Raising Sand, is a fan.
  • Mat KearneyA revealing talk about songwriting with the "Nothing Left to Lose" singer.
  • Lip-Synch RebelsWhat happens when Kurt Cobain, Iron Maiden and Johnny Lydon are told to lip-synch? Some hilarious "performances."
  • Tim Butler of The Psychedelic FursTim and his brother Richard are the Furs' foundation. Tim explains how they write and tells the story of "Pretty In Pink."
  • TV Theme SongsWas a Beatles song a TV theme? And who came up with those Fresh Prince and Sopranos songs?
  • Graham Bonnet (Alcatrazz, Rainbow)Yngwie Malmsteen and Steve Vai were two of Graham's co-writers for some '80s rock classics.
  • La La Brooks of The CrystalsThe lead singer on "Da Doo Ron Ron" and "Then He Kissed Me," La La explains how and why Phil Spector replaced The Crystals with Darlene Love on "He's A Rebel."
  • Chris Wilson of The Flamin' GrooviesChris talks about writing the Groovies' song "Shake Some Action," and recording it with producer Dave Edmunds.
  • Rick Wartell of TroubleOnce billed as the "white metal" complement to their labelmates Slayer, Trouble remains one of the most influential hard rock bands of the era.
  • Wayne Hussey of The MissionWayne picks the standout tracks he wrote for The Mission and for his former band, The Sisters of Mercy.
  • The LimousinesFrontman Eric Victorino breaks down tracks on their second album Hush, and also "Very Busy People," which asks if technology is disconnecting us.
  • Jon Oliva of Trans-Siberian OrchestraWriting great prog metal isn't easy, especially when it's for 60 musicians.
  • Ville Valo of HIMThe lead singer for HIM shares some surprising insights about their songs, which he says can take years to complete.
  • Adam Turla of Murder By DeathThey have a cello and some songs about the underworld, but Murder By Death isn't a metal band.
  • Muhammad Ali: His Musical Legacy and the Songs he InspiredBefore he was the champ, Ali released an album called I Am The Greatest!, but his musical influence is best heard in the songs he inspired.
  • The HongsDo you love the game Risk? Then listen to The Hongs. A band setting up shop in multiple countries means domination.
  • Danny KortchmarDanny played guitar on Sweet Baby James, Tapestry, and Running On Empty. He also co-wrote many hit songs, including "Dirty Laundry," "Sunset Grill" and "Tender Is The Night."
  • John Waite"Missing You" was a spontaneous outpouring of emotion triggered by a phone call. John tells that story and explains what MTV meant to his career.
  • Lindi OrtegaThis Canadian singer moved to Nashville, where she has refined her distinctive blend of Cash-flavoured outlaw country.
  • U2How did The Edge get his name? Did they name a song after a Tolkien book? And who is "Angel of Harlem" about?
  • Chuck Billy of TestamentBilly explains how his Native American heritage plays into his songs with these thrash metalers.
  • Jesus Christ Superstar: Ted Neeley Tells the Inside StoryExpect to see protests even in today's society, as Jesus Christ Superstar, the film, marks its 40th anniversary with a worldwide theater tour. Here, we take a walk down film location lane with Ted Neeley, or "Christ," if you prefer.
  • Craig Goldy of DioIs there a formula for writing a hit? The Dio guitarist says he's found one.
  • Buddha Gets Jazzier (with a touch of folk)The Brooklyn quintet Avidya and the Kleshas fuse ancient philosophy and modern sound, proving that our imperfections are downright divine.
  • Martyn Ware of Heaven 17Martyn talks about producing Tina Turner, some Heaven 17 hits, and his work with the British Electric Foundation.
  • Julie Gold - "From A Distance"Julie was a secretary at HBO when she thawed out her childhood piano (literally) and wrote the hit that changed her life.
  • Yoko OnoAt 80 years old, Yoko has 10 #1 Dance hits. She discusses some of her songs and explains what inspired John Lennon's return to music in 1980.
  • 90210 to Buffy to Glee: How Songs Transformed TVShows like Dawson's Creek, Grey's Anatomy and Buffy the Vampire Slayer changed the way songs were heard on TV, and produced some hits in the process.
  • Francis Rossi of Status QuoDoubt led to drive for Francis, who still isn't sure why one of Status Quo's biggest hits is so beloved.
  • Does Jimmy Page Worship The Devil? A Look at Satanism in RockWe ring the Hell's Bells to see what songs and rockers are sincere in their Satanism, and how much of it is an act.
  • Tina ShaferTina was vocal coach to Avril Lavigne and Lana Del Rey, and also wrote the Celine Dion song "Love is on The Way."
  • Bobby Liebling of PentagramThe subject of the documentary Last Days Here, Bobby talks about where his songs fit in to his journey through hell.
  • Bob Lind - "Elusive Butterfly"On the wings of his hit, Bob found success, madness, and a career doing what he most loves.
  • Richard Patrick of Filter"Hey Man, Nice Shot" was nearly a Nine Inch Nails song, as Richard was working with Trent Reznor when he came up with it.
  • Concert DisastersOzzy biting a dove? Alice Cooper causing mayhem with a chicken? Creed so bad they were sued? See if you can spot the real concert mishaps.
  • James Williamson of Iggy & the StoogesThe Stooges guitarist (and producer of the Kill City album) talks about those early recordings and what really happened with David Bowie.
  • Reverend Horton HeatThe Reverend rants on psychobilly and the egghead academics he bashes in one of his more popular songs.
  • Wednesday 13The Murderdolls frontman on how growing up with horror movies led to a life of shock rock.
  • Lajon Witherspoon of SevendustThe Sevendust frontman talks about the group's songwriting process, and how trips to the Murder Bar helped forge their latest album.
  • Matt Pike of High On FireMatt wrote one song about 9/11 being a conspiracy, and another that uses growing weed as a metaphor for sacrifice.
  • Steely DanDid they really trade their guitarist to The Doobie Brothers? Are they named after something naughty? And what's up with the band name?
  • Jonathan Edwards - "Sunshine""How much does it cost? I'll buy it?" Another songwriter told Jonathan to change these lyrics. Good thing he ignored this advice.
  • Jeff BerlinMeet the man Geddy Lee called "the greatest bass player on the planet," which no doubt explains why Rush, Yes and Frank Zappa have all collaborated with him.
  • Gretchen ParlatoThe acclaimed jazz singer explains how dancing expands her range as a vocalist.
  • Petula ClarkPetula talks about her hits "Downtown" and "Don't Sleep In The Subway," and explains her Michael Jackson connection.
  • Danko JonesDanko breaks down some of his group's best-known songs, and explains how Elijah Wood, Selma Blair and Lemmy ended up in their video for "Full of Regret."
  • Jay, Peaches, Spinderella and other Darrining VictimsJust like Darrin was replaced on Bewitched, groups have swapped out original members, hoping we wouldn't notice.
  • Artis the SpoonmanEven before Soundgarden wrote a song about him, Artis was the most famous spoon player of all time. So why has he always been broke?
  • Trent Wagler of The Steel WheelsFloods, Tom Waits and Eckhart Tolle are just some of the influences on the songs Trent writes for this bluegrass-country group.
  • Jay NashThe emerging singer/songwriter tells tales from the road and explains how the Golden Rule frames his musical philosophy.
  • Miles Doughty of Slightly StoopidMiles explains what's behind the surface of Slightly Stupid's songs, and how Brad Nowell influenced the band.
  • Tom Keifer of CinderellaTom talks about the evolution of Cinderella's songs through their first three albums, and how he writes as a solo artist.
  • Badi AssadWhen she had to perform after releasing her first album, Badi became her own band on stage.
  • Ritchie Blackmore Goes MedievalBest known as guitarist for Deep Purple and Rainbow, Blackmore also makes some of the finest Renaissance music in the kingdom.
  • Richard HellThe Voidoids frontman was also an original member of Television and the Heartbreakers.
  • Georgia Middleman of Blue Sky RidersGeorgia wrote the hits "While He Still Knows Who I Am" and "I'm In." Now she's part of a trio with Kenny Loggins and Gary Burr.
  • Dave HauseThe Loved Ones frontman talks about his transition from punk to something along the lines of folk-rock.
  • Butch VigThe Garbage drummer/songwriter produced the Nirvana album Nevermind, and Smashing Pumpkins' Gish and Siamese Dream.
  • Sarah BrightmanOne of the most popular classical vocalists in the land is lining up a trip to space, which is the inspiration for many of her songs.
  • What Made Big Star ShineThe last living original member of Big Star - drummer Jody Stephens, looks back on the band and their legacy, including the theme for That '70s Show.
  • Brian "Head" Welch of Korn, Love and DeathBack with Korn, Brian talks guitar pedals and Bungle chords as he takes us through the genesis of their sound and the stories behind the songs.
  • Antigone RisingThis all-female group of country rockers were on their way to stardom in the '00s, with a Starbucks deal and major label backing.
  • John Rzeznik of Goo Goo DollsJohn talks about the lyrical theme of the Goos 2013 album Magnetic, and explains what inspired the song "Iris."
  • AdeleDespite her reticent personality, Adele's life and music are filled with intrigue. See if you can spot the true tales.
  • Travis Stever of Coheed and CambriaTravis talks Rock Band, their Amory Wars storyline, and the CC song that some fair-weather fans show up for.
  • Danny O'Keefe - "Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues"Gloom led to inspiration for Danny's hit song. He got a record deal and an Elvis cover out of it, but success was fleeting.
  • Janis Ian: Married in London, but not in New YorkCan you be married in one country but not another? Only if you're part of a gay couple. One of the first famous singers to come out as a lesbian, Janis wrote a song about it.
  • Jello BiafraThe former Dead Kennedys frontman on the past, present and future of the band, what music makes us "pliant and stupid," and what he learned from Alice Cooper.
  • Richie McDonald of LonestarRichie talks about the impact of "Amazed," and how his 4-year-old son inspired another Lonestar hit.
  • Scott Gorham of Thin Lizzy and Black Star RidersWriting with Phil Lynott, Scott saw their ill-fated frontman move to a darker place in his life and lyrics.
  • Toby LightmanNow on her own label, Toby talks about her bevy of television and movie placements, and what it was like opening for Train, Marc Cohn and, on one very special evening, Prince.
  • Jenny Owen YoungsJenny's most profane song became her most famous when it was featured on the show Weeds. She explains what the f--k she was thinking.
  • Richie Wise (Kiss producer, Dust)Richie talks about producing the first two Kiss albums, recording "Brother Louie," and the newfound appreciation of his rock band, Dust.
  • Kristian Bush of SugarlandKristian talks songwriting technique, like how the chorus should redefine the story, and how to write a song backwards.
  • Tonio KThis mysterious and wildly eclectic singer/songwriter talks about some of his most memorable songs and collaborations.
  • dUg Pinnick of King's XdUg dIgs into his King's X metal classics and his many side projects, including the one with Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam.
  • Bruce RobisonBruce wrote the Dixie Chicks song "Traveling Soldier," and after 16 years of marriage, finally did a duets album with his wife, Kelly Willis.
  • Jon Anderson of YesFrom the lake in "Roundabout" to Sister Bluebird in "Starship Trooper," Jon talks about how nature and spirituality play into his lyrics for Yes.
  • Michael Gilbert of Flotsam and JetsamMichael talks about returning to Flotsam and the impact of their original bass player Jason Newsted, who left for Metallica.
  • N.W.A vs. the WorldHow the American gangsta rappers made history by getting banned in the UK.
  • Amy GrantThe top Contemporary Christian artist of all time on song inspirations and what she learned from Johnny Carson.
  • Lou Gramm - "Waiting For A Girl Like You"Gramm co-wrote this gorgeous ballad and delivered an inspired vocal, but the song was the beginning of the end of his time with Foreigner.
  • Udo Dirkschneider (UDO, ex-Accept)The German Metalmeister with the stories behind classics "London Leatherboys," "Fast as a Shark" and "Balls to the Wall."
  • Joel CrouseJoel moved to Nashville at 18, got a record deal at 19, and released his first single, "If You Want Some," before he could order a beer.
  • Maria NeckamA rising star on the New York City jazz scene, Maria talks about her vocal technique and her songwriting.
  • The Real Nick DrakeThe head of Drake's estate shares his insights on the late folk singer's life and music.
  • Shaun Morgan of SeetherShaun breaks down the Seether songs, including the one about his brother, the one about Ozzy, and the one that may or may not be about his ex-girlfriend Amy Lee.
  • Songs Discussed in MoviesBridesmaids, Reservoir Dogs, Willy Wonka. Just a few of the flicks where characters discuss specific songs, sometimes as a prelude to murder.
  • Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake & PalmerGreg talks about writing songs of "universal truth" for King Crimson and ELP, and tells us about his most memorable stage moment (it involves fireworks).
  • Dino Cazares of Fear FactoryThe guitarist/songwriter explains how he came up with his signature sound, and deconstructs some classic Fear Factory songs.
  • JJ Burnel of The StranglersJJ talks about The Stranglers' signature sound - keyboard and bass - which isn't your typical strain of punk rock.
  • Martin Smith of Delirous?Smith talks about his days with the UK Christian group Delirious?, and discusses his solo effort, God's Great Dance Floor.
  • Kerry Livgren of KansasIn this talk from the '80s, the Kansas frontman talks turning to God and writing "Dust In The Wind."
  • Randy HouserThe "How Country Feels" singer talks Skynyrd and songwriting.
  • Dr. JohnThe good doctor shares some candid insights on recording with Phil Spector and The Black Keys.
  • Brad Smith of Blind MelonThe Blind Melon bassist/songwriter tells the story of "No Rain," which he wrote before the band was formed.
  • Sunny SweeneySunny explains how a used car dealership gave her the idea for what became one of her favorite songs.
  • Stevie Wonder talks God and Country at the ACMsBackstage at the ACMs, we also spoke with Miranda Lambert about songwriting inspirations and got Luke Bryan's thoughts on being both a host and performer.
  • Jon Patrick WalkerWith roles on Law & Order, Sex and the City and Blue Bloods, JPW is best known as an actor, but his career has taken a musical turn.
  • Ian Anderson: "The delight in making music is that you don't have a formula"Ian talks about his 3 or 4 blatant attempts to write a pop song, and also the ones he most connected with, including "Locomotive Breath."
  • Josh ThompsonAuthor of the Brad Paisley song "A Man Don't Have to Die," Thompson explains his litmus test for rooting out good songs, and tells us what he thinks about loud preachers.
  • Neil Fallon of ClutchThe lead singer of the metal mainstays Clutch talks about their classic songs and the sage advice he got from Lemmy.
  • Brandi CarlileAs a 5-year-old, Brandi was writing lyrics to instrumental versions lullabies. She still puts her heart into her songs, including the one Elton John sings on.
  • Bass Player Scott EdwardsScott was Stevie Wonder's bass player before becoming a top session player. Hits he played on include "I Will Survive," "Being With You" and "Sara Smile."
  • Mark Arm of MudhoneyWhen he was asked to write a song for the Singles soundtrack, Mark thought the Seattle grunge scene was already overblown, so that's what he wrote about.
  • George HarrisonDid Eric Clapton really steal George's wife? What's the George Harrison-Monty Python connection? Set the record straight with our Fact or Fiction quiz.
  • Songs About MoviesIron Maiden, Adele, Toto, Eminem and Earth, Wind & Fire are just some of the artists with songs directly inspired by movies - and not always good ones.
  • Jimbeau HinsonA successful Country songwriter, Jimbeau is HIV positive. He talks openly about his illness and recounts the vision when it nearly took his life.
  • Justin Hayward of The Moody BluesJustin wrote the classic "Nights In White Satin," but his fondest musical memories are from a different decade.
  • Jules Shear - "All Through The Night"Shears does very little promotion, which has kept him secluded from the spotlight. What changed when Cyndi Lauper had a hit with his song? Not much, really.
  • Randy NewmanNewman makes it look easy these days, but in this 1974 interview, he reveals the paranoia and pressures that made him yearn for his old 9-5 job.
  • Phil Elverum of Mount EerieIf Radiohead is too mainstream for your tastes, Mount Eerie might be right for you.
  • Chad Channing (Nirvana, Before Cars)Chad tells tales from his time as drummer for Nirvana, and talks about his group Before Cars.
  • Holly WilliamsWhen it comes to songwriting, Holly says it's genetic. She explains what she inherited from her dad (Hank Jr.) and grandfather (Hank Sr.).
  • John Cunningham of The Twintones - "Jo-Ann"With his twin brother, John performed on Bandstand with Dick Clark, but saw their hit song go to another group.
  • Andy Powell of Wishbone AshThe Wishbone Ash guitarist on how touring with The Who inspired one of their most enduring songs, and why they moved to America at the peak of their powers.
  • Dave Innis of Restless Heart30 years on, Restless Heart has 6 #1 Country hits plus the ubiquitous "When She Cries."
  • Macabre Mother Goose: The Dark Side of Children's Songs"London Bridge," "Ring Around the Rosie" and "It's Raining, It's Pouring" are just a few examples of shockingly morbid children's songs.
  • Charlie Benante of AnthraxThe drummer for Anthrax is also a key songwriter. He explains how the group puts their songs together and tells the stories behind some of their classics.
  • Serena RyderThe Canadian songstress talks about the elemental songwriting on her album Harmony.
  • Michael BoltonInto the vaults for this talk with Bolton from the '80s when he was a focused on writing songs for other artists.
  • Kristine WOnly Madonna, Beyoncé, Janet Jackson and Rihanna have more #1 Dance hits than Kristine.
  • Have Mercy! It's Wolfman JackThe story of the legendary lupine DJ through the songs he inspired.
  • Curt Kirkwood of Meat PuppetsThe (Meat)puppetmaster takes us through songs like "Lake Of Fire" and "Backwater," and talks about performing with Kurt Cobain on MTV Unplugged.
  • Canadian Prankster Punks The JohnstonesCombining elements of ska, punk and Jackass, The Johnstones are bringing stupid back.
  • Johnette Napolitano of Concrete BlondeThe singer/bassist for Concrete Blonde talks about how her songs come from clairvoyance, and takes us through the making of their hit "Joey."
  • Marvin Etzioni of Lone JusticeThe main songwriter in the fleetingly famous country-punk band Lone Justice, Marvin talks about their "innocent fire," and tells the tale of recording with Bob Dylan.
  • Don FelderDon breaks down "Hotel California" and other songs he wrote as a member of the Eagles. Now we know where the "warm smell of colitas" came from.
  • Bronze Radio ReturnChris Henderson of BRR loves words. He doesn't mince them, or dice them; he lovingly crafts them and makes them into a perfect musical canvas. And you already know it.
  • Chris AugustThe Contemporary Christian star talks about his songs "Starry Night" and "Center of It," and how he handles questions he can't answer.
  • Classic MetalOzzy, Guns N' Roses, Judas Priest and even Michael Bolton show up in this Classic Metal quiz.
  • Best Band LogosQueen, Phish and The Stones are among our picks for the best band logos. Here are their histories and a design analysis from an expert.
  • Divided Souls: Musical Alter EgosLong before Eminem, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj created alternate personas, David Bowie, Bono, Joni Mitchell and even Hank Williams took on characters.
  • Daniel Moore ("Shambala," "My Maria")Daniel toured with Joe Cocker, produced Kim Carnes and wrote songs for Kenny Rogers, The Everly Brothers, and Bobby "Blue" Bland.
  • Tracy Nelson of Mother Earth - "Down So Low"In one of the most heartbreaking songs of all time, Tracy tells us that the heartbreaker was Steve Miller.
  • Shane Volk of One Bad SonThe frontman for these Canadian rockers explains how felt manipulated by a beautiful girlfriend. Shane's solution: break up, get back together, make her life hell and write a song about it.
  • Joe Rickard of RedThe drummer for the Christian Rock band talks about their hit "Lie To Me" and explains the meaning of "Release the Panic," the title of their 2013 album.
  • John Wheeler of Hayseed DixieHayseed Dixie's front man, John Wheeler, hangs up his dungarees to tackle politics on his debut solo album, Un-American Gothic. Wheeler talks Barack Obama, Bob Dylan and not being the next Billy Bragg.
  • Mike Love of The Beach BoysThe lead singer/lyricist of The Beach Boys talks about coming up with the words for "Good Vibrations," "Fun, Fun, Fun," "Kokomo" and other classic songs.
  • Ian Thornley of Big WreckThe frontman for these Canadian rockers talks about their 2012 album Albatross, and explains why he's "umbilically connected" to his songs.
  • It's All You: Musicians Go DIYProfiles of 3 musicians who navigate the DIY world of getting gigs, dealing with social media, and securing health insurance.
  • Michael Glabicki of Rusted RootMichael tells the story of "Send Me On My Way," and explains why some of the words in the song don't have a literal meaning.
  • Chris KnightThis Kentucky singer/songwriter's hits include "She Couldn't Change Me" (recorded by Montgomery Gentry) and "It Ain't Easy Being Me."
  • Mike Scott of The Waterboys - "Fisherman's Blues"Armed with a childhood spent devouring books, Mike Scott's heart was stolen by the punk rock scene of 1977. Not surprisingly, he would go on to become the most literate of rockers.
  • Stephen Christian of AnberlinThe lead singer/lyricist for Anberlin breaks down "Impossible" and covers some tracks from their 2012 album Vital.
  • Eddie Carswell of NewSongThe writer of one of biggest wedding songs ("When God Made You") and Christmas songs ("The Christmas Shoes") tells how they came together.
  • Anatomy of a YouTube Star: How Twelve Singers Found Fame on Social MediaThese pretty people are the first generation of social media stars. A look at how they got their big breaks, and how their careers have progressed.
  • Top Songfacts of 2012Our computers have added them up. Here are the 10 most-viewed Songfacts entries of 2012.
  • Susanna Hoffs - "Eternal Flame"The Prince-penned "Manic Monday" was the first song The Bangles heard coming from a car radio, but "Eternal Flame" is closest to Susanna's heart, perhaps because she sang it in "various states of undress."
  • Gary Louris of The JayhawksThe Jayhawks' song "Big Star" has special meaning to Gary, who explains how longevity and inspiration have trumped adulation.
  • Tanita TikaramWhen she released her first album in 1988, Tanita became a UK singing sensation at age 19. She talks about her darkly sensual voice and quirky songwriting style.
  • King TuffMeet the Sub Pop singer with a modern garage rock sound.
  • Josh ShillingThe Mountain Heart frontman talks about his solo album, Letting Go.
  • Jackie DeShannon - "Put a Little Love in Your Heart"It wasn't her biggest hit as a songwriter (that would be "Bette Davis Eyes"), but "Put a Little Love in Your Heart" had a family connection for Jackie.
  • Cy Curnin of The FixxThe man who brought us "Red Skies" and "Saved By Zero" is now an organic farmer in France.
  • Pam TillisThe country sweetheart opines about the demands of touring and talks about writing songs with her famous father.
  • Steven Tyler of AerosmithTyler talks about his true love: songwriting. How he identifies the beauty in a melody and turns sorrow into art.
  • Billy Gould of Faith No MoreFaith No More's bassist, Billy Gould, chats to us about his two new experimental projects, The Talking Book and House of Hayduk, and also shares some stories from the FNM days.
  • Queensrÿche founder Geoff TateGeoff talks about his solo album Kings and Thieves, and tells the stories of "Silent Lucidity" and "Jet City Woman."
  • Steve Forbert - "Romeo's Tune""Let me smell the moon in your perfume..." It took a rough mix and an extra verse, but Steve found his "calling card" song, which is always the encore.
  • Marvin GayeDid Marvin try out with the Detroit Lions? Did he fake crazy to get out of military service? And what about the cross-dressing?
  • Lukas NelsonThe son of country legend Willie Nelson is a laudable musician in his own right, the frontman of blues-flavored rock band, Promise of the Real. He dishes on collaborating with his father and the joys of live music.
  • Matisyahu"King Without a Crown" took him from a studio in Philly to a Yeshiva in the Catskills. This is a story about how music can take us beyond image.
  • Jayme Dee and the YouTube EffectJayme grew up with YouTube, which meant she could turn on her webcam, play her music, and become a star.
  • Marc Campbell - "88 Lines About 44 Women"The Nails lead singer Marc Campbell talks about those 44 women he sings about over a stock Casio keyboard track. He's married to one of them now - you might be surprised which.
  • Colbie CaillatSince emerging from MySpace with her hit "Bubbly," Colbie has become a top songwriter, even crafting a hit with Taylor Swift.
  • Donald FagenFagen talks about how the Steely Dan songwriting strategy has changed over the years, and explains why you don't hear many covers of their songs.
  • Songfactor's Choice: Musical Power CouplesCarly and James, Jack and Meg, and eight other picks as the best of the musical marrieds.
  • Jim CroceJim Croce was just 30 years old when he died in a plane crash. Did he have a kill in Vietnam? Was there really a Leroy Brown? Find out in this Fact or Fiction.
  • Dean Friedman - "Ariel"Dean's saga began with "Ariel," a song about falling in love with a Jewish girl from New Jersey.
  • PawnShop KingsPawnShop Kings is Joel and Scott Owen, brothers who fuse romp-stomping music with a unique approach to their Christian faith. To spread their message, they're willing to cross some musical barriers.
  • Mike Watt - "History Lesson, Pt. 2"Mike Watt of the Minutemen tells the story of the song that became an Indie Rock touchstone. It's also the story of what Mike calls "The Movement."
  • Jann KloseA Bronx-based singer-songwriter with an international upbringing, Klose did crowdfunding before there was Kickstarter.
  • Chris WillisChris is the voice on many of David Guetta's tracks, including "Just A Little More Love" and "Gettin' Over You." Now a solo artist, he got there through gospel.
  • Harry ShearerHarry is Derek Smalls in Spinal Tap, Mark Shubb in The Folksmen, and Mr. Burns on The Simpsons.
  • Al Anderson of NRBQAlong with some other top songwriting talent, Al formed a group called the World Famous Headliners. Songs he wrote include "Unbelievable" (Diamond Rio) and "Cowboy in Me" (Tim McGraw).
  • Matthew Wilder - "Break My Stride"Wilder's hit "Break My Stride" had an unlikely inspiration: a famous record mogul who rejected it.
  • Nick WaterhouseNick is a young man with an old sound. He explains how simplicity and a brain full of music history help him stand out.
  • John Lee HookerInto the vaults for Bruce Pollock's 1984 conversation with the esteemed Bluesman. Hooker talks about transforming a Tony Bennett classic and why you don't have to be sad and lonely to write The Blues.
  • Searching For SylviaIn 1971, Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show had a hit with "Sylvia's Mother," written by Shel Silverstein. Here's the story of the real Sylvia, and her mother.
  • Matt Thiessen of Relient KThe frontman and lyricist for the long-running pop-punk band discusses upcoming Relient K material culled from hundreds of scrap ideas - and talks about dating Katy Perry before she became famous.
  • Neal Smith - "I'm Eighteen"With the band in danger of being dropped from their label, Alice Cooper drummer Neal Smith co-wrote the song that started their trek from horror show curiosity to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
  • Mac Powell of Third DayThe Third Day frontman talks about some of the classic songs he wrote with the band, and what changed for his solo country album.
  • Ben Savage of WhitechapelThe deathcore guitarist talks about the importance of being experimental, and what it was like visiting the region plagued by Jack the Ripper which the band drew its name from.
  • Ben Nichols of LuceroAmericana from Memphis. The lead singer of Lucero talks about the band's influences and how he finds the right words.
  • Band NamesWas "Pearl" Eddie Vedder's grandmother, and did she really make a hallucinogenic jam? Did Journey have a contest to name the group? And what does KISS stand for anyway?
  • Billy Steinberg - "Like A Virgin"The first of Billy's five #1 hits was the song that propelled Madonna to stardom. You'd think that would get you a backstage pass, wouldn't you?
  • Jeremy DePoyster of The Devil Wears PradaThe singer and rhythm guitarist of the popular metalcore acts speaks out on the band's songwriting process, creating music that straddles genres, and touring with Slayer.
  • Jaime Preciado of Pierce the VeilPierce the Veil's bass player talks about life on tour and how the songs come together.
  • Peter LordYou may not recognize his name, but you will certainly recognize Peter Lord's songs. He wrote the bevy of hits from Paula Abdul's second album, Spellbound, plus a collection of other classics for the likes of Aftershock, Ali and Goodfellaz.
  • Stoned in SongBob Dylan, Ray Charles, The 5th Dimension, The Supremes, and Van Morrison are some of the artists who have sung about getting "Stoned." That word might not mean what you think it means.
  • Annie Haslam of RenaissanceThe 5-octave voice of the classical rock band Renaissance, Annie is big on creative expression. In this talk, she covers Roy Wood, the history of the band, and where all the money went in the '70s.
  • Narada Michael Walden - "Freeway of Love"As a songwriter and producer, Narada had hits with Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey and Starship. But what song does he feel had the greatest impact on his career?
  • Republicans vs SongwritersSongwriters have been lashing out at Republican candidates who use their songs, but it was much more interesting in 2008, when Mitt Romney was stumping with "Simple Man" and "Heart Of Gold."
  • Trip LeeThe Christian rapper talks about the difficulties of working within a niche genre, and the rising mainstream acceptance of hip-hop.
  • Beau Bokan of BlessthefallThe Blessthefall lead singer talks about his role in the songwriting process, and how his faith affects his music.
  • Jon TivenJon was a rock journalism phenom in the '70s, writing for Rolling Stone as a teenager. Despite an unfortunate encounter with a baseball bat, he made a smooth transition to songwriting and production, reviving Big Star along the way.
  • Director Spence NicholsonThe man behind videos for Hollywood Undead, Augustana, P.O.D. and VersaEmerge explains where the concepts and creative inspiration come from.
  • Bart Millard of MercyMeThe MercyMe frontman tells the stories behind the three songs where he "was a spectator watching the song being written," and explains why they shifted songwriting strategy after "I Can Only Imagine."
  • Tales From The Red CarpetWhat really happens on the red carpet? Our view from the other side of the rope, where we had fleeting moments with B.o.B, K'naan, Nikki Reed and Roshon Fegan.
  • Tim TimmonsThe worship leader/songwriter talks about living with a rare form of cancer.
  • Gordon BaharyGordon was 15 when extreme persistence got him into Stevie Wonder's Songs in the Key of Life sessions. He would later teach Wonder how to work a synthesizer.
  • Jack O'Shea of BaysideThe Bayside guitarist remembers what it's like to be a fan, and treats theirs accordingly.
  • Nona HendryxNona talks about writing and performing with Labelle and the Talking Heads, and explains her Jimi Hendrix connection.
  • Ten Most Culturally Significant One Hit WondersOne hit wonders that started a dance craze, launched a catchphrase, made MTV history or otherwise left an indelible mark on pop culture.
  • Pat Thetic of Anti-FlagThe drummer for the modern political punk band explains the significance of the flag and the songs.
  • Joe ElyThe renown Texas songwriter has been at it for 40 years, with tales to tell about The Flatlanders and The Clash - that's Joe's Tex-Mex on "Should I Stay or Should I Go?"
  • Kirk FranklinThe Christian music superstar and host of BET's Sunday Best explains why songwriting is "the most vulnerable place in my life."
  • Sonny Sandoval of P.O.D.The P.O.D. frontman discusses their controversy in the Christian community, and tells the stories behind hits like "Alive" and "Youth Of The Nation."
  • Chad Urmston of DispatchChad tells the tales behind the band's first studio album in 12 years, Circles Around the Sun, and just why "The General" is more relevant now than it ever was.
  • Joe JacksonJoe talks about the challenges of of making a Duke Ellington tribute album, and tells the stories behind some of his hits.
  • Neil GiraldoPat Benatar's husband and musical partner on how they wrote "Promises In the Dark" and why he can't stand the videos.
  • Jason Roy of Building 429Frontman for one of the hottest bands in Christian music, Jason talks about their hits "Glory Defined" and "Listen to the Sound."
  • The Royal ConceptSweden's freshest indie-pop export, The Royal Concept, reveal to us the saucy story behind their huge viral hit, “Gimme Twice."
  • Vonda ShepardVonda explains how she went from being the female voice on the hit "Can't We Try" to the musical embodiment of Ally McBeal.
  • Family ReplacementSometimes the only way to replace a departed band member is to keep it in the family.
  • Corey HartThe Canadian superstar talks about his sudden rise to fame, and tells the stories behind his hits "Sunglasses At Night," "Boy In The Box" and "Never Surrender."
  • Desmond ChildOne of the most successful songwriters in the business, Desmond co-wrote "Livin' La Vida Loca," "Dude (Looks Like A Lady)" and "Livin' On A Prayer."
  • Rock of Ages from the Band PerspectiveBass player Andy Gerold explains what you don't see in the stage production of Rock of Ages.
  • Don KirshnerHe made Carole King and Neil Sedaka stars as both artists and songwriters, then he created The Monkees. See if you know the real stories about Don Kirshner.
  • Paul Dean of LoverboyThe songwriter-guitarist tells the story of "Working For The Weekend," and talks about how he feels about playing all those hits.
  • Aretha to The Black Keys: The Muscle Shoals StoryThe musicians in this little corner of Alabama who forged the sound of Aretha Frankin - and hundreds of others - tell their story.
  • LecraeThe Christian rapper talks about where his trip to Haiti and his history of addiction fit into his songs.
  • RaghavThe Canadian rapper tells the stories behind "So Much," "Top Of The World" and "Fire," and talks about the his song Michael Jackson was set to cover.
  • The Best and Worst Songs of Will SmithA breakdown of Will Smith's musical output since his days as DJ Jazzy Jeff's rapper.
  • Spooner OldhamHis keyboard work helped define the Muscle Shoals sound and make him an integral part of many Neil Young recordings. Spooner is also an accomplished songwriter, whose hits include "I'm Your Puppet" and "Cry Like A Baby."
  • Cody Hanson of HinderThe Hinder drummer tells the story behind their big hit "Lips of an Angel," and gives his thoughts on those Nickelback comparisons.
  • Larry Wiegand of CrowCrow is best remembered for their 1969 hit "Evil Woman Don't Play Your Games With Me." Their bass player Larry Wiegand talks about the history of the band and their big song.
  • Adam Young of Owl CityIs Owl City on a quest for another hit like "Fireflies?" Adam answers that question and explains the influences behind many others.
  • The Roof Is On Fire: An Old School Rap StoryThe story of "The Roof Is On Fire" and the block parties from back in the day, courtesy of an original member of Rock Master Scott and the Dynamic Three.
  • Luckyiam of Living LegendsThe indie rapper tells what it takes to make it in the business when you never know when your studio will be raided.
  • GracelandWhat happened when Paul Simon went to South Africa to record tracks for Graceland? And who is the Al in "You Can Call Me Al"? See if you can know your Graceland fact from fiction.
  • Middle Class Musicians Raw Survey ResultsThe raw entries from our survey on Middle Class Musicians.
  • Our Lady PeaceRaine and Steve from Our Lady Peace discuss their new album Curve in depth and tell us why "Superman's Dead" is more important in 2012 than it ever was.
  • He's So Fine: The Ronnie Mack StoryCancer took the life of Ronnie Mack just before he could see his Gold Record for "He's So Fine," the song he wrote for his group The Chiffons.
  • Ian Astbury of The CultThe Cult frontman tells who the "Fire Woman" is, and talks about performing with the new version of The Doors.
  • Louie Perez of Los LobosLouie talks about Los Lobos' "La Bamba" experience, and tells us which album stands stands out in their catalog - the one he describes as "amorphic and almost surreal."
  • The Dandy WarholsSinger Courtney Taylor-Taylor and guitarist Pete Holmstrom talk about their new album, small potatoes, and clubs for nice people.
  • Chan Kinchla of Blues TravelerThe Blues Traveler guitarist tells the real story of "Run-Around" and explains their Letterman connection.
  • Shelby LynneShelby won the Best New Artist Grammy in 2001, but has serious beef with the industry as a whole, which we found out the hard way.
  • Little RichardWas Long Tall Sally a transvestite? Did he really set his piano on fire? See if you know the real stories about one of Rock's greatest innovators.
  • Mike Donehey of Tenth Avenue NorthMike wrote "By Your Side," which was the 2010 Dove Award winner for Song of the Year. The awards are nice, but as he explains, he's just the mailman.
  • Rik Emmett of TriumphThe Triumph frontman tells the stories behind hits like "Lay It On The Line" and "Hold On," and explains how you can write a hit song, too.
  • Superman in SongNot everyone can be a superhero, but that hasn't stopped generations of musicians from trying to be Superman.
  • Translator founder Steve BartonTranslator frontman Steve Barton tells us how writing his new album Projector helped him deal with the death of his father.
  • Middle Class MusiciansWe heard from church organists, singer/songwriters, farmer/songwriters, music professors, sound technicians, stay-at-home dad/spoken word artists, and many other working musicians to find out how they make a decent living in the music industry.
  • Dean PitchfordDean wrote the screenplay and lyrics to all the songs in Footloose. His other hits include "Fame" and "All The Man That I Need."
  • Nick Wheeler of The All-American RejectsThe AAR guitarist/songwriter explains how they came up with songs like "Swing, Swing," "Dirty Little Secret" and "Beekeeper's Daughter."
  • Two Sides To The Story - He Said She Said SongsSometimes you need to hear the other side of the story. It worked for Gotye.
  • Jeph Howard of The UsedBass player/songwriter Jeph Howard tells the stories behind The Used fan favorites "The Taste of Ink" and "Poetic Tragedy," along with new songs like "I Come Alive" and "Shine" from their 2012 album Vulnerable.
  • Alice CooperHow well do you know this shock-rock harbinger who's been publicly executed hundreds of times?
  • Supertramp founder Roger HodgsonRoger tells the stories behind some of his biggest hits, including "Give a Little Bit," "Take the Long Way Home" and "The Logical Song."
  • Graham ParkerWhen Judd Apatow needed under-appreciated rockers for his Knocked Up sequel, he immediately thought of Parker, who just happened to be getting his band The Rumour back together.
  • Todd "Runt" RundgrenWhich popular band did songwriter and producer Todd Rundgren find to be "Slow, scared, and overrated"? Did he really raise Liv Tyler? Find out in our Todd Rundgren Fact or Fiction.
  • Gary LewisGary Lewis and the Playboys had seven Top 10 hits despite competition from The Beatles. Gary talks about the hits, his famous father, and getting drafted.
  • Mia Doi ToddThis California folk singer makes music for the soul - and for Joni Mitchell.
  • Arrested For Your Art - The Story Of 2 Live Crew's "Obscene" AlbumIn the summer of 1990, you could get arrested for selling a 2 Live Crew album or performing their songs in Southern Florida. And that's exactly what happened.
  • Terry Taylor of Daniel Amos and Lost DogsA big fish in the Christian music scene, Taylor explains how God gives his own songs back to him in times of need.
  • Al Jourgensen of MinistryIn the name of song explanation, Al talks about scoring heroin for William Burroughs, and that's not even the most shocking story in this one.
  • Maia Sharp - A New Thing to Say, or a New Way to Say an Old ThingSongwriter Maia Sharp talks about her songs, the Cayamo Songwriters Cruise, and her not-so-secret bromance with Edwin McCain.
  • Mike Muir of Suicidal TendenciesWhen "Institutionalized" made Miami Vice and MTV, Suicidal Tendencies peeked into popular culture. That didn't last long.
  • Carole King: Beyond TapestryFour of Carole King's albums released 1977-1980 are now available on CD.
  • Pat Alger ("The Thunder Rolls", "Unanswered Prayers")When Garth Brooks was just a kid from Oklahoma trying to write some songs, he teamed up with Pat Alger and learned the craft.
  • 867-5309The most famous phone number in song, it tells the story of Jenny, and her digits on the bathroom wall.
  • Incongruent Opening ActsWhat happens when an opening act is really out of place with the headliner.
  • Sleeping at LastSleeping at Last is a one-man-show: Ryan O'Neal. His song "Turning Page" appears twice in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1.
  • Richard MarxRichard explains how Joe Walsh kickstarted his career, and why he chose Hazard, Nebraska for a hit.
  • Beats, Drugs and EDM: DJ Culture and Dance Music DemystifiedA look inside the world of DJs and dance music: who are these people, what are they listening for, and what drugs are they taking?
  • Aaron LewisThe Staind lead singer goes country and explains how he "vomits up" songs.
  • Jethro TullStage urinals, flute devices, and the real Aqualung in this Fact or Fiction.
  • J.D. SoutherCo-writer of many Eagles hits, J.D. also did the popular duet "Her Town Too" with James Taylor.
  • Roget PontbriandWith the group Bullet, Roget had a hit with "White Lies, Blue Eyes." After doing his disco duty, he became a college professor.
  • Chris TomlinThe king of Christian worship music explains talks about writing songs for troubled times.
  • In The CardsSongwriters have used cards and card games to make sense of heartache, togetherness, and even Gonorrhea.
  • AC/DCDoes Angus really drink himself silly? Did their name come from a sewing machine? See if you can spot the real stories about AC/DC.
  • Randy StonehillThis CCM forefather wrote the classic songs "Your Love Broke Through" and "Who Will Save the Children."
  • The Creative Side with Mark AddisonWhen the "cloud of hype, narcissism and desperation" became too much for him, Mark Addison bought a studio in Austin and became a full time songwriter/producer.
  • Leonard FriendMeet the white and nerdy soul singer with a catchy groove.
  • Denny RandellWith Sandy Linzer, Denny wrote hits for The Toys and The Four Seasons.
  • Top Songfacts of 2011The list of the most-viewed Songfacts entries of 2011.
  • Keith Morris of Black Flag and OFF!The former Black Flag and Circle Jerks frontman on what it's like singing Hardcore at 56 with his band OFF!
  • Matt Pryor of Get Up KidsThe Get Up Kids frontman talks about stripping it down Springsteen Nebraska-style for his solo work.
  • British Session Star Vic FlickVic talks about his contributions to the James Bond theme and other hits he played on.
  • Aaron GillespieThe drummer and a main songwriter in Underoath, Aaron left the band in 2010 to focus on worship music.
  • A History of Plagiarism in SongsBefore rappers were repurposing break beats, Steely Dan was boosting jazz riffs. Musical plagiarism goes back a long way.
  • Darren King of MUTEMATHDarren talks about the time he literally tried to be Jesus, and explains the leaked video for "Spotlight."
  • Matthew WestFrom Rascal Flatts to Veggie Tales, Matthew's songs pepper the CCM/Country landscape.
  • All I Want for Christmas is... Not ThisWhat we can learn from Justin Bieber's Christmas duet with Mariah Carey.
  • James Mead of KutlessKutless is where the worlds of Hard Rock and Worship music meet. James tells us how.
  • Timothy B. Schmit of the EaglesDid this Eagle come up with the term "Parrothead"? And what is it like playing "Hotel California" for the gazillionth time?
  • Duncan Phillips of NewsboysThe drummer for this Christian music powerhouse explains how he connects with the songs he plays.
  • Almost FamousThe stories of musicians who were thisclose to being part of something huge, but somehow eluded fame.
  • Edwin McCain"I'll Be" was what Edwin called his "Hail Mary" song. He says it proves "intention of the songwriter is 180 degrees from potential interpretation by an audience."
  • Shelby EarlThis Seattle singer made the break from corporate life in 2011 with the release of her debut album. We caught up with her again in 2013 to see how that was going.
  • Jimmy JamThe powerhouse producer behind Janet Jackson's hits talks about his Boyz II Men ballads and regrouping The Time.
  • The Musical Impact of The MuppetsMusic that kids and their parents both want to hear - how The Muppets did it.
  • Chris IsaakChris tells the story of "Wicked Game," talks milkshakes and moonpies at Sun Records, and explains why women always get their way.
  • Black SabbathDwarfs on stage with an oversize Stonehenge set? Dabbling in Satanism? Find out which Spinal Tap-moments were true for Black Sabbath.
  • Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of WayneThe guy who brought us "Stacy's Mom" also wrote the Jane Lynch Emmy song and Stephen Colbert's Christmas songs.
  • How the Dead Milkmen Came Back to LifeThe punk purveyors of songs like "Punk Rock Girl" and "Taking Retards to the Zoo" got back together thanks to a fan who sang with them as a 6th grader.
  • Carol KayeA top session musician, Carol played on hundreds of hits by The Beach Boys, The Monkees, Frank Sinatra and many others.
  • Craig WedrenAfter fronting the Punk band Shudder to Think, Craig turned to movies and TV music, then to his own wildly innovative solo project.
  • Ed Sloan of CrossfadeThey broke through with the hits "Cold" and "So Far Away," then got dumped by their label. Here's how they emerged stronger.
  • Sandy CarrollWhat it's like to be a Memphis Blueswoman.
  • Howard JonesHoward explains his positive songwriting method and how uplifting songs can carry a deeper message.
  • Tobin Esperance of Papa RoachThe philosophy behind their songs and how they "hand it over to the fans."
  • Where is the Woody Guthrie of Occupy Wall Street?Turbulent times and protest movements have influenced great songs in the past. Will this recession do the same?
  • Mister HeavenlyMembers of Modest Mouse, The Unicorns and Man Man come together to make something they call "Doom-Wop."
  • The Songfacts iPhone AppA guide to Soundproof - the Songfacts app for iPhone.
  • Ralph Casale - Session ProA top New York studio musician, Ralph played guitar on many '60s hits, including "Lightnin' Strikes," "A Lover's Concerto" and "I Am A Rock."
  • The Dirty HeadsDustin Bushnell and Jared Watson tell us about their wannabe gangsta days and their Avenged Sevenfold connection.
  • Todd Harrell of 3 Doors Down and 7dayBinge3 Doors' bass player knows how to Binge without purging.
  • Philip CodyA talented lyricist, Philip helped revive Neil Sedaka's career with the words to "Laughter In The Rain" and "Bad Blood."
  • Steve Jobs Greatest Hits30 seconds at a time, Steve Jobs opened up new musical worlds with his song selections for Apple commercials.
  • Sum 41Now attracting a new generation of fans, these guys have figured out exactly what to take seriously - and it isn't much.
  • Jess Origliasso of The VeronicasAustralian twins in Los Angeles named after a Winona Ryder character - how their new city and long distance love plays into their songs.
  • Semi Precious WeaponsGaga's glamour boys explain their dirty showbiz philosophy.
  • Henry McCulloughThe only Irishman to play at Woodstock (backing Joe Cocker), Henry was an early member of Paul McCartney's band Wings.
  • Stephen JerzakHave you heard about how anyone can make a song on their computer, put it on MySpace and become a star? That's Stephen.
  • Leslie West of MountainFrom the cowbell on "Mississippi Queen" to recording with The Who when they got the wrong Felix, stories from one of rock's master craftsmen.
  • Stephan Said and Music for Global ChangeAn Arab American singer with a plan to change the world through music.
  • Tony Hiller and Brotherhood of ManTony Hiller, the man behind Brotherhood of Man, is one of the most prolific and successful songwriters in the UK. He tells the stories of their three #1 hits, including the one that one the Eurovision Song Contest.
  • Jon Foreman of SwitchfootSwitchfoot's frontman and main songwriter on what inspires the songs and how he got the freedom to say exactly what he means.
  • Quarterfly - Rock's Next Big ThingTortured songs and toils on the road: How this South Carolina band is trying to make it big.
  • Family Force 5This Atlanta group brings it strong with bombastic beats in the name of God.
  • Surprising Guest MusiciansMichael Jackson, David Bowie and Elton John all got high-profile help on famous songs.
  • Gym Class HeroesTheir drummer/songwriter with the story behind "Cupid's Chokehold," and how they handle Travie McCoy's solo success.
  • Less Than JakeLead singer Chris Demakes talks Spongebob, old vs. new metal, and their unique songwriting style.
  • Guy ClarkVince Gill, Emmylou Harris and Lyle Lovett are just a few of the artists who have looked to Clark for insightful, intelligent songs.
  • Songfactor's Choice: Best American BandsThe Songfactor's Choice picks for the greatest American Bands of all time.
  • Van Dyke ParksU2, Carly Simon, Joanna Newsom, Brian Wilson and Fiona Apple have all gone to Van Dyke Parks to make their songs exceptional.
  • Stax TodayHome to Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes and The Staple Singers, Stax Records finally has their music catalog and their legacy in order.
  • Francesca BattistelliThe 2011 Artist of the Year at the Dove Awards isn't your typical gospel diva, and she thinks that's a good thing.
  • Lyrics as a Foreign LanguageEnglish is often the lyrical language of choice even when it's a second - or third - language.
  • MusikantoThis Chicago singer/songwriter was using a fake ID when he was 18 - so he could play the open mics.
  • Randy MontanaAn inside look at the Nashville scene from the man who told us that love has a 1,000 faces.
  • Glen BurtnikOn Glen's résumé: hit songwriter, Facebook dominator, and member of Styx.
  • Worthy or Worthless: Quesionable Band MembersLyricists, dancing guys and hype men: We rate the questionable band members from Worthy to Worthless.
  • Benny MardonesHis song "Into The Night" is one of the most-played of all time. For Benny, it took him to hell and back.
  • Jimmy WebbWebb talks about his classic songs "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," "Wichita Lineman" and "MacArthur Park."
  • Depressing Songs That Sound HappyA look at some songs with chipper music that disguises painfully depressing lyrics.
  • They Might Be GiantsWho writes a song about a name they found in a phone book? That's just one of the everyday things these guys find to sing about. Anything in their field of vision or general scope of knowledge is fair game. If you cross paths with them, so are you.
  • Vanessa CarltonThe "A Thousand Miles" singer on what she thinks of her song being used in White Chicks and how she captured a song from a dream.
  • Pearl and the BeardThis is what happens when three quirky musicians meet in New York City and form a band.
  • Don Brewer of Grand FunkThe drummer and one of the primary songwriters in Grand Funk talks rock stardom and Todd Rundgren.
  • Jason ReevesJason co-wrote many of Colbie Caillat's hits, including "Bubbly" and "Realize."
  • Yael NaimYael became the first Israeli singer to have a Top 10 hit in America when her song "New Soul" was used in an Apple commercial.
  • Margaret DuranteWhat it's like to be 22 in Nashville and singing about whiskey and old boyfriends.
  • Little Big Town"When seeds that you sow grow by the wicked moon/Be sure your sins will find you out/Your past will hunt you down and turn to tell on you."
  • John OatesThe understated half of the best-selling duo of all time.
  • Rupert HineRupert crafted hits for Tina Turner, Howard Jones and The Fixx.
  • Mountain HeartJoshua Shilling is an original. He'll do whatever it takes to not write the standard tears-in-my-beer story. And he'll do it brilliantly.
  • Michael Sweet of StryperFind out how God and Glam Metal go together from the Stryper frontman.
  • MTV: The Early YearsAn inside look at the early music video era with the author of MTV Ruled the World.
  • Thomas DolbyHe wrote "She Blinded Me With Science" so he could direct a video about a home for deranged scientists.
  • Josh KelleyJosh released his first Country album in 2011, so now he doesn't have to sound "like a little freakin' emo."
  • 9 Songs Where Stuff Is On FireAll kinds of things catch fire in famous songs, sometimes quite literally.
  • Brandon HeathNo jinx here - after winning the 2008 Dove Award for New Artist of the Year, he won in 2009 for Male Vocalist of the Year.
  • Rebecca St. JamesThis Australian Christian music star found herself a California surfer guy, giving new meaning to her song "Wait For Me."
  • Songfactors Choice: Top Albums of the '90sOur picks for the Top 10 albums of the '90s.
  • Penny Ford of Snap!The original voice of Snap!, this story is filled with angry drag queens, video impersonators and Chaka Khan.
  • Glenna BellThis East Texas singer/songwriter was a rodeo gal and a playwright.
  • The Most Controversial Album Covers PG VersionThe most controversial album covers you can still let grandma see.
  • Lucy BillingsEver wonder what the girl with the guitar on stage at the coffee shop is thinking?
  • Pegi YoungAfter many years working on the Bridge School, Pegi is establishing her career as a singer/songwriter.
  • Steel MagnoliaJoshua Scott Jones explains why he's always asking forgiveness from his musical partner, who's also his girlfriend.
  • John Doe of XWith his X-wife Exene, John fronts the band X and writes their songs.
  • Jaret Reddick of Bowling for SoupIs it goofy fun, or is there real meaning in these songs? And all about the Phineas and Ferb theme song.
  • Maria MuldaurThe "Midnight At The Oasis" singer is an Old Time gal. She talks about her jug band beginnings and shares a Dylan story.
  • Dan ReedDan cracked the Top 40 with "Ritual," then went to India and spent 2 hours with the Dalai Lama.
  • 10 Most-Viewed Songfacts of 2010These aren't necessarily the best-sellers, but the songs you found most fascinating in 2010.
  • TV Themes the Last 4 DecadesFrom Happy Days to Phineas and Ferb, a look at your favorite TV themes and the people who wrote them.
  • Charles FoxAfter studying in Paris with a famous composition teacher, Charles became the most successful writer of TV theme songs.
  • DIY Punk with Chris Clavin of Plan-It-XLittle pockets of Punk Rock are still thriving in places like Bloomington, Indiana, thanks to people like Chris.
  • Dar WilliamsA popular contemporary folk singer, Williams still remembers the sticky note that changed her life in college.
  • Jim McCarty of The YardbirdsThe Yardbirds drummer explains how they created their sound and talks about working with their famous guitarists.
  • Songfactors Choice: Top Albums of the '80sA surprising number of '70s acts made their best albums in the '80s.
  • Mary GauthierA folkie with a devoted following, Jimmy Buffett, Tim McGraw and Blake Shelton have recorded her songs.
  • Joey + RoryNashville writer marries singing waitress, forms duo, success ensues.
  • Dwight TwilleySince his debut single "I'm On Fire" in 1975, Dwight has been providing Spinal-Tap moments and misadventure.
  • Gary Brooker of Procol HarumThe lead singer and pianist for Procol Harum, Gary talks about finding the musical ideas to match the words.
  • Best Selling Albums WorldwideWe counted four rock, three soundtrack, two pop and a country.
  • Vince ClarkeAn original member of Depeche Mode, Vince went on to form Erasure and Yaz.
  • Stan RidgwayGo beyond the Wall of Voodoo with this cinematic songwriter.
  • SugarlandMeet the "sassy basket" with the biggest voice in country music.
  • Andy McClusky of OMDKnown in America for the hit "If You Leave," OMD is a huge influence on modern electronic music.
  • Doobie Brothers World Gone CrazyDoobie Brothers frontman Tom Johnston tells us what it's like making an album in 2010 vs. 1972.
  • Taylor DayneTaylor talks about "The Machine" - the hits, the videos and Clive Davis.
  • Al KooperKooper produced Lynyrd Skynyrd, played with Dylan and the Stones, and formed BS&T.
  • Eric BurdonThe renown rock singer talks about "The House of the Rising Sun" and "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood."
  • Gary NumanAn Electronic music pioneer with Asperger's Syndrome. This could be interesting.
  • Album Cover InspirationsSome album art was at least "inspired" by others. A look at some very similar covers.
  • Steve Hindalong of The ChoirThe drummer and primary songwriter for The Choir, Steve wrote "God of Wonders" and many other Christian Rock classics.
  • Seth SwirskySeth is where music, baseball and The Beatles all intersect.
  • Songfactors Choice: Top Albums of the '70sThe Songfacts Community picks the best albums of the '70s.
  • Dirty DancingWhat's missing from today's lame Rom-Coms? Killer songs and Patrick Swayze.
  • Billy Joe ShaverThe outlaw country icon talks about the spiritual element of his songwriting and his Bob Dylan mention.
  • Why Does Everybody Hate Nu-Metal? Your Metal Questions Answered10 Questions for the author of Precious Metal: Decibel Presents the Stories Behind 25 Extreme Metal Masterpieces
  • Tom Gabel of Against Me!Our talk with Laura Jane Grace two years before she began her transition.
  • Steve AzarWhen you touch down in the land of the delta blues, you're walking in Steve Azar's territory.
  • Mike Portnoy of Dream TheaterThe drummer for the Progressive Metal powerhouse on turning the 12 Steps into 5 songs.
  • What The Heck Is Mathcore? Your Guide to Obscure Niche GenresThink you know every music genre? Take a look and find out.
  • Kelvin Swaby of The HeavyImagine if you could be in all your favorite bands at once. Well, the Heavy already are. ~ The BBC
  • OzomatliThe United States government sent them around the world as cultural ambassadors. All good until someone gets an electric shock in Madagascar.
  • Millie JacksonOutrageously gifted and just plain outrageous, Millie is an R&B and Rap innovator.
  • Jim LauderdaleA go-to songwriter for guys like George Strait and Mark Chestnutt, he might be the King of Broken Hearts.
  • Songfactors Choice: Top Albums of the '60sA look at the very best albums of the '60s.
  • Dropkick MurphysIrish Punk from the heart of Boston. Try it, you might like it.
  • Marcy PlaygroundIt took an alternative school education and lots of Dungeons & Dragons to mold the man who brought us "Sex and Candy."
  • Laura Bell BundyThis "Countrypolitan" sweetie has a Marilyn fascination and a look that is pulling YouTube views in the millions.
  • Charlotte Caffey of The Go-Go'sCharlotte was established in the LA punk scene when a freaky girl named Belinda approached her wearing a garbage bag.
  • Ryan StarSeen on Rockstar Supernova, Ryan has a Springsteen thing going on where passion just flows through his songs.
  • Graham Russell of Air SupplyWho knew The Rolling Stones are a big influence on Air Supply? Explore the "Raunchy" side of these soft rock superstars.
  • Second Wind SongsSome songs get a second life when they find a new audience through a movie, commercial, TV show, or even the Internet.
  • Darryl WorleyCountry star Darryl Worley covers war, cancer and snakes in this engaging talk.
  • Scorpions Rudolf SchenkerThe founding Scorpion explains why they are hanging up their stingers. And which of their songs caused a baby boom in France?
  • Wedding Bell BluesWhen a song describes a wedding, it's rarely something to celebrate - with one big exception.
  • Jack Blades of Night Ranger and Damn YankeesRevisit the awesome glory of Night Ranger and Damn Yankees: cheesily-acted videos, catchy guitar licks, long hair, and lyrics that are just plain relatable.
  • Oliver LeiberLong before she was judging contestants on American Idol, Oliver was producing Paula Abdul. Here's how he helped turn this unknown choreographer into a star.
  • Asher Roth"I Love College" made him a star, and this white rapper from the suburbs with no trace of street cred continues his climb up the Hip-Hop ladder.
  • Still Bill: The Story of Bill WithersThe film Still Bill takes us inside the world of Bill Withers, the legendary singer/songwriter who brought us "Lean On Me," "Ain't No Sunshine" and "Just The Two Of Us."
  • Top Albums of the DecadeSongfactor's Choice selects the best albums of the Noughties.
  • Amanda PalmerCall us crazy, but we like it when an artist comes around who doesn't mesh with the status quo.
  • The 2000s was the Worst Decade for Music. Ever.The last decade was a musical pit of despair. Years from now when we're listening to '70s music on vinyl, we'll wonder how we put up with this crap.
  • The 2000s was the Best Decade for Music. Ever.The last decade was a musical golden age. We’ll look back and remember the ‘00s as the decade when seismic shifts in technology changed the industry forever, and to the benefit of consumers.
  • Rick SpringfieldRick has a surprising dark side, a strong feminine side and, in a certain TV show, a naked backside. But he still hasn't found Jessie's Girl.
  • Gentle GiantIf counterpoint and polyrhythms are your thing, you might love these guys. Even by Progressive Rock standards, they were one of the most intricate bands of the '70s. Then their lead singer gave us Bon Jovi.
  • The 10 Most Viewed Songfacts Entries of 2009Lots of Gaga, some Swift and one surprise entry in the list of our most viewed songs of 2009.
  • Top 10 Debut SinglesSometimes you get it right the first time. Among the artists who blew us away with their debut singles: a Grunge icon, some Rock superstars, one band that faded fast, and one of the world's best guitarists.
  • Tommy James"Mony Mony." "Crimson and Clover." "Draggin' The Line." The hits kept coming for Tommy James, and in a plot line fit for a movie, his record company was controlled by the mafia.
  • Valerie Simpson talks about Motown in 1969Adapting to the times, Motown made some of the most memorable music of 1969.
  • Top 10 TV Show Theme SongsThe glory years of TV theme songs may have passed, but these 10 tunes are stuck in our heads forever.
  • Bones Howe and the Songs of 1969A #1 hit for 6 weeks in 1969, "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" was the Hippie anthem. Bones Howe produced the track, and here he explains what was going on in music that year.
  • Songfactors Choice: Best FrontpersonIt's not just men who made our list of the top lead singers of all time. The Songfacts community picks the Top 10 frontpersons.
  • Songwriters Workshop: CollaborationsBruce Pollock takes a look at four great songwriting teams (including one that wears a lot of makeup) to find out how they collaborate on songs.
  • Top 10 Concept Albums of All TimeUnifying themes can be so pleasing. Here are the Top 10 Concept Albums as selected by The Songfacts community.
  • The Soundtracks of the SoldiersThe stories of three different soldiers who fought in three different wars, decades apart. What they have in common is music and war.
  • Top 10 Videos of All TimeThey dazzle, delight and in some cases, defy logic. The Songfacts community picks the 10 best music videos of all time.
  • Songwriters Workshop: Part 2Excerpts from interviews with Richard Marx, Michael Bolton and Desmond Child as they discuss the art of songwriting.
  • Black Women SongwritersJust two of the 380+ members of the Songwriters Hall of Fame are black women. Why the disparity? LaShonda Barnett, author of I Got Thunder: Black Women Songwriters on Their Craft, has some ideas.
  • The Last Years of Miles DavisGeorge Cole, who wrote The Last Miles: The Music of Miles Davis, 1980-1991, explains why Davis is so important and breaks down the key tracks.
  • The Most Viewed Songs of 2008Our computers have added them up: of the songs released in 2008, these are the Top-10 most viewed over the past year. You guys gave Coldplay a lot of heat.
  • Top 10 Original Christmas SongsNo "White Christmas" on this list, but there is one of a different color. We even picked one about a boy who wants a machine gun under the tree.
  • Songfactors Choice: GroundbreakersSongfactors Choice selects the albums that changed the shape of popular music from the '50s to today. Here's our Top 10.
  • You're Running out of Reasons to Hate Neil DiamondDavid Wild, the author of He Is... I Say: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Neil Diamond, explains what you need to know about Neil Diamond.
  • Why War should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of FameWar was one of nine bands nominated for five spots in the 24th class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Here's why they should have gotten in.
  • Songwriters Workshop: Part 1Bruce Pollack presents excerpts from his interviews with Randy Newman, Paul Simon, Andy Partridge and Jim Webb.
  • American Idol Song SelectionSongwriters and Karaoke experts on what songs the American Idol contestants should be singing.
  • Ian Anderson of Jethro TullThe flautist frontman talks about touring with Led Zeppelin, his contribution to "Hotel California", and how he may have done the first MTV Unplugged.
  • Rick FinchIt didn't end well, but Rick made the grooves that made KC and the Sunshine Band the biggest Disco group in America.
  • Bryan AdamsWhat's the deal with "Summer of '69"? Bryan explains what the song is really about, and shares more of his songwriting insights.
  • Mick Jones of ForeignerForeigner's songwriter/guitarist tells the stories behind the songs "Juke Box Hero," "I Want To Know What Love Is," and many more.
  • Tom Johnston from The Doobie BrothersThe Doobies guitarist and lead singer, Tom wrote the classics "Listen To The Music," "Long Train Runnin'" and "China Grove."
  • Steve Perry of Cherry Poppin DaddiesSteve's thoughts on the Swing Music trend ("a faint whiff of conservatism emanates from it"), the story of "Zoot Suit Riot," and how Cherry Poppin Daddies got their name.
  • Hal KetchumAn old-school Country singer in a modern age, Hal talks about his songs, his demons and his battle with Multiple Sclerosis.
  • Alan Merrill of The ArrowsIn her days with The Runaways, Joan Jett saw The Arrows perform "I Love Rock And Roll," which Alan Merrill co-wrote. That story and much more from this Glam Rock pioneer.
  • Eddie ReevesEddie wrote the Cymarron hit "Rings" - as a wedding gift.
  • Scott Jason of Thriving IvoryScott is Thriving Ivory's keyboard player and songwriter. Their songs run deep, and Scott helps deconstruct.
  • Matt Scannell of Vertical HorizonKnown for their monster hit "Everything You Want," Vertical Horizon is back with more delightfully complex songs. Matt takes us into the music.
  • Simon Kvamm of NephewReady for something new and different and Danish? Have a listen to Nephew.
  • Keith Reid of Procol HarumAs Procol Harum's lyricist, Keith wrote the words to "A Whiter Shade Of Pale." We delve into that song and find out how you can form a band when you don't sing or play an instrument.
  • Brad Arnold from 3 Doors DownYou hear their hits constantly: "Kryptonite," "Here Without You," "When I'm Gone." Brad tells the stories behind the songs, and explains why he has no interest in being famous.
  • Jesse Valenzuela of Gin BlossomsJesse was the original lead singer of the Gin Blossoms. He tells the story of their survival through all manner of drama.
  • Jason Michael CarrollJason's songs would make great romance novels, and he'd look just fine on the cover.
  • Ben Romans of The Click FiveTC5 keyboardist/songwriter Ben Romans talks about creating their catchy Pop sound, those crazy homemade videos, and what they're doing about human trafficking.
  • Jake OwenJake is a young Country star who writes his own tunes. He has an interesting take on the Facebook vs. MySpace debate.
  • Terry CashmanIn this interview, Terry talks about producing Jim Croce and writing the ballpark favorite "Talkin' Baseball."
  • Sandy ChapinMany of Harry Chapin's songs, including "Cat's In The Cradle," started off as poems that Sandy wrote. Learn about Harry's clever marketing ploys, where he took creative liberties, and the story of "Taxi."
  • Nick Van Eede from Cutting CrewCutting Crew's debut album produced the first #1 hit for Virgin Records: "(I Just) Died in Your Arms." Their lead singer and primary songwriter Nick Van Eede tells the story.
  • Marc Roberge of O.A.R. (Of A Revolution)O.A.R. (Of A Revolution) is emerging as one of the most popular young bands in America, making a Dave Matthews-like ascent from colleges and bars to MTV and Madison Square Garden. All that's missing are the crazy party girls.
  • Jerry Silverman on Baseball SongsJerry wrote the book on baseball songs, and "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" isn't the only one.
  • The Asteroids Galaxy TourYou know them from the iPod Touch commercial. Lars from TAGT explains why English is the best language to express yourself, and how to make crazy noise using distorted samples.
  • Dave Stewart of EurythmicsOne half of Eurythmics, Stewart has written with Jon Bon Jovi, Bono, Gwen Stefani, Mick Jagger, Tom Petty, Katy Perry and Kara DioGuardi. What famous musician was nothing like what he expected? None of the above.
  • The Broken Family Band (Steve Adams)A wacky and revealing interview with the lead singer of a band you've probably never heard of. And he's OK with that.
  • Keith Murray of We Are ScientistsThey make videos that are totally at odds with the songs, including one where they herd Pomeranians. The W.A.S. frontman explains why, sometimes using SAT words - grab your dictionary.
  • Skip Ewing ("Love, Me," "The Gospel According To Luke")The writer of a staggering 11 #1 Country hits, Skip Ewing is a great communicator. Learn how he worked "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" into a hit, and how horses and songwriting go together.
  • Tommy Lee James ("She's My Kind Of Rain")Dr. Seuss, Reba, Brooks & Dunn and Conway Twitty all get some time in a chat with this Nashville cat.
  • Jay GraydonHe played the guitar solo on "Peg," produced Al Jarreau, and wrote "After The Love Has Gone." Jay tells what it takes to make a song you'll want to hear over and over again.
  • Randy Sharp (From Glen Campbell to Edgar Winter)His Country hits include "Why Does It have to Be Wrong or Right," "Then What" and "Even Now." Sometimes being a great songwriter means listening to your friends.
  • Randy Goodrum (Oh Sherrie)Randy has written an incredible range of hits, including "You Needed Me," "A Lesson In Leaving" and "Oh Sherrie." It's like method acting - you don't have to be Bluer Than Blue to know what it feels like.
  • Billy Montana ("More Than A Memory" - Garth Brooks)A big time Nashville songwriter (Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw), Billy explains why salesmanship and singles are key to his success.
  • Allee Willis: Boogie Wonderland, Friends themeAllee Willis wants you to interact with her songs. Welcome to non-linear songwriting, from the woman who brought you "Neutron Dance," "September" and that pesky Friends theme.
  • Squeeze: Glenn Tilbrook and Chris DiffordThe founders and primary songwriters of Squeeze discuss their craft. Topics include what they think of the New Wave tag, and where they disagree with Bob Dylan.
  • Bo BiceBo talks about his high-risk American Idol moment, and how the songs he wrote eight years before appearing on the show have followed him to solo success.
  • Jo Dee MessinaEver come to a 4-way stop that used to be a 2-way stop and people just sit there? Jo Dee has no sympathy. This country star shakes up Nashville with a no-nonsense attitude.
  • Ken Block of Sister HazelSister Hazel was part of the '90s Southeast scene along with groups like Collective Soul, Hootie and the Blowfish and Better Than Ezra. Ken is their frontman and primary songwriter.
  • Kenny VanceKenny is an original member of Jay and The Americans, and he talks about opening shows for The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. He was also the musical director on Saturday Night Live and supervised the music on many movies, including Animal House.
  • Holly KnightHer hits include "Love Is A Battlefield," "Simply The Best" and "Obsession." Find out where the magic dust comes from, and if you can teach this stuff.
  • Dave Wakeling of The English BeatA founding member of The English Beat and General Public, Dave helped lead the Ska revival. You'll never listen to "Save It For Later" the same way after reading this.
  • Anna Canoni about Woody GuthrieAnna talks about the life and legacy of her grandfather: Woody Guthrie.
  • Speech of Arrested DevelopmentOne word from Prince cost him $100,000. You'll also read about what Hip-Hop plays well overseas, and why Speech put a spiritual guru in Arrested Development.
  • Gretchen Peters (part 2)She wrote "Independence Day," which is Sean Hannity's theme song. Not exactly what she had in mind.
  • Chris Fehn of SlipknotA drummer for one of the most successful metal bands of the last decade, Chris talks about what it's like writing and performing with Slipknot. Metal-neck is a factor.
  • Floyd Marcus of 1910 Fruitgum CoFloyd was in one of the biggest Bubblegum bands of the '60s. Did they play on their own records? Sort of.
  • Lisa LoebLisa talks about what makes a song connect (including "Stay"). Other topics: reality TV, "Homework Songs" and when a song is the last thing you need to hear right now.
  • Lori McKennaLori's songs have been recorded by Faith Hill and Sara Evans. She's performed on the CMAs and on Oprah. She also has five kids.
  • Jane Wiedlin from the Go-Go`sA founding member of The Go-Go's, Jane talks about their transition from Punk Rockers to Pop Priestesses. She also explains what's going on in the "Vacation" video.
  • Howard BellamyThe older Bellamy Brother talks about their unlikely hit "Let Your Love Flow," and how a Groucho Marx line led to a song.
  • Elvin BishopElvin talks about his hit "Fooled Around And Fell In Love" and explains what makes a well-written Blues song.
  • Cevin Soling of Love Kills TheoryCevin got Jackie Chan and Ani DiFranco to record a duet of "Unforgettable." From there, it gets more bizarre.
  • Eddie Schwartz (Hit Me With Your Best Shot)Eddie tells the "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" story, and explains how his multifarious music career fell into place.
  • Andy Hersey (The Genuine Article)"Buckle Bunnies" and "Cowboy Attitude." This songwriter is a cowboy, or is it the other way around?
  • Radney FosterRadney wrote Keith Urban's first hit and a lullaby for his son that the Dixie Chicks recorded.
  • Billy SteinbergHow do you write great lyrics? Billy Steinberg has written the words for five #1 hits, so we asked him.
  • Emily Saliers of Indigo GirlsAlong with Amy Ray, Emily is half of The Indigo Girls. She talks about her relationship with her Methodist minister dad, and inspiration behind songs like "Closer To Fine" and "Galileo."
  • Gretchen Peters (Independence Day)The term "women's songs" makes her skin crawl - it doesn't do justice to her work, which has been recorded by Faith Hill, Martina McBride and Trisha Yearwood.
  • Will JenningsOne of the world's great lyricists, Jennings wrote words for "Tears In Heaven," "My Heart Will Go On" and most of Steve Winwood's hits.
  • Scotty Emerick (Beer For My Horses)Scotty helped write many of Toby Keith's hits. He talks about how they do it, which can involve smoking weed with Willie Nelson.
  • Mitch Myers about Shel SilversteinMitch talks about his uncle Shel Silverstein's songs, including "A Boy Named Sue" and "The Unicorn."
  • Paul WilliamsHe's a singer and an actor, but as a songwriter Paul helped make Kermit a cultured frog, turned a bank commercial into a huge hit and made love both "exciting and new" and "soft as an easy chair."
  • Henry Paul of The Outlaws, BlackhawkAfter many miles and many songs, Henry shares his insights on the difference between popular and good, and how he kept from peaking too early.
  • Larry Burnett of Firefall"The first thing you have to do is know that you're an idiot. And then work on stopping being an idiot."
  • Toni WineToni was both Betty and Veronia in The Archies. She was also part of the New York City songwriting community (don't call it the "Brill Building") responsible for many hits of the '60s.
  • Paul EvansPaul talks about writing songs for Elvis on Tin Pan Alley, life as a teen idol, and why unexpected laughter sells songs.
  • Charlie DanielsCharlie discusses the songs that made him a Southern Rock icon, and settles the Devil vs. Johnny argument once and for all.
  • Ingrid CroceIngrid talks about the life and songs of Jim Croce, a man whose military ineptitude contributed to one of his greatest songs: "Operator (That's Not the Way It Feels)."
  • Emilio Castillo from Tower of PowerEmilio talks about what it's like to write and perform with the Tower of Power horns, and why every struggling band should have a friend like Huey Lewis.
  • Brenda RussellBrenda talks about the inspiration that drove her to write hit songs like "Get Here" and "Piano in the Dark," and why a lack of formal music training can be a songwriter's best asset.
  • Harold Brown of WarA founding member of the band War, Harold gives a first-person account of one of the most important periods in music history.
  • Donnie Iris (Ah! Leah!, The Rapper)Before "Rap" was a form of music, it was something guys did to pick up girls in nightclubs. Donnie talks about "The Rapper" and reveals the identity of Leah.
  • Roger ClyneFormer Freshie frontman finds fame fleeting. Roger went from a major label to independence, and likes it much better that way.
  • Zac HansonZac tells the story of Hanson's massive hit "MMMbop," and talks about how brotherly bonds effect their music.
  • Alex Call (867-5309)Alex came up with the famous phone number and has plenty of stories to go with it. Find out why one famous producer is nicknamed "Basher."
  • Bobby WhitlockHe and Eric Clapton are the last surviving members of Derek and the Dominos. Forget what you've heard, and hear the real stories about the "Layla" love triangle, working with Phil Spector, and how the band got their name.
  • Bill WithersThe soul music legend on how life experience and the company you keep leads to classic songs like "Lean On Me."
  • DevoDevo founders Mark Mothersbaugh and Jerry Casale take us into their world of subversive performance art. They may be right about the De-Evoloution thing.
  • Mike CampbellMike is lead guitarist with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, and co-writer of classic songs like "Boys Of Summer," "Refugee" and "The Heart Of The Matter."
  • Art Alexakis of EverclearThe lead singer of Everclear, Art is also their primary songwriter.
  • Janis IanOne of the first successful female singer-songwriters, Janis had her first hit in 1967 at age 15.