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Phrases We Learned From Popular Songs

Phrases We Learned From Popular Songs

How our favorite songs taught us about Champagne Problems, Dirty Work, Freak Flags, Soft Options and other useful phrases

Nick Oliveri (ex-QOTSA)

Nick Oliveri (ex-QOTSA)

Stories behind songs from the Queens Of The Stone Age album Rated R, recorded at the famous Sound City

Fact or Fiction: Steely Dan

Fact or Fiction: Steely Dan

Did they really trade their guitarist to The Doobie Brothers? And what's up with the band name?

Jim Sonefeld of Hootie & The Blowfish

Jim Sonefeld of Hootie & The Blowfish

On their biggest hits, including "Time" and "Hold My Hand"

Dave Stewart of Eurythmics

Dave Stewart of Eurythmics

On "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)," writing songs with Tom Petty, and his new album, Ebony McQueen

Ayla Schafer

Ayla Schafer

On her soothing sensation "Vuela Con El Viento" ("Fly With The Wind") and the healing power of voice

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With Arms Wide Open by Creed

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Scott Stapp of Creed wrote "With Arms Wide Open" when he found out he was going to be a dad. He named his son Jagger.

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Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran

British singer-songwriter Sheeran has fans in high places. Before he released his debut album, his independent EP No. 5 Collaborations Project was praised by both Elton John and Jamie Foxx.

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Songs about space

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Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull

Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull

The flautist frontman talks about touring with Led Zeppelin, his contribution to "Hotel California", and how he may have done the first MTV Unplugged.

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Chilkoot Charlie's, Anchorage, Alaska

Chilkoot Charlie's, Anchorage, Alaska
Talkin' Goin' To Alaska Blues by Shawn Mullins

Shawn Mullins travels to Chilkoot Charlie's in Anchorage, Alaska, where there ain't no rats to race.

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Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton

Did Eric Clapton really write "Cocaine" while on cocaine? This question and more in the Clapton edition of Fact or Fiction.

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