Snap! was two German producers. When they needed a rapper, they found one on the American army base there and had him rap on "The Power."
The Doobie Brothers' swampy #1 hit "Black Water" is about the Mississippi River, evoking the rafting adventures Mark Twain and Huckleberry Finn.
The '60s hit "Then He Kissed Me" covered by The Beach Boys as "Then I Kissed Her."
George Michael was 17 and on a bus to his job at the cinema when he came up with the idea for "Careless Whisper" and the lyrics, "Something in your eyes calls to mind a silver screen."
The first single from the Thriller album was "The Girl Is Mine," chosen over "Billie Jean" and "Beat It" because it was a duet with Paul McCartney and thus guaranteed airplay.
"Lean On" was originally sent by Major Lazer to both Rihanna and Nicki Minaj's camps as a slower reggae track. After both parties rejected the tune, Major Lazer recruited Danish singer MØ to supply vocals and recorded it themselves.
Pool balls, magpies and thorns without roses - how well do you know your Tom Waits lyrics?
The longtime BS&T frontman tells the "Spinning Wheel" story, including the line he got from Joni Mitchell.
Was a Beatles song a TV theme? And who came up with those Fresh Prince and Sopranos songs?
Dennis DeYoung explains why "Mr. Roboto" is the defining Styx song, and what the "gathering of angels" represents in "Come Sail Away."
An original member of Depeche Mode, Vince went on to form Erasure and Yaz.
Rise Against frontman Tim McIlrath explains the meanings behind some of their biggest songs and names the sci-fi books that have influenced him.