Alicia Keys got a huge break when Oprah had her perform her debut single "Fallin'" on her show.
"Nuclear Device (The Wizard of Aus)" was written about the then Premier of Queensland, Joh Bjelke-Petersen. His political shenanigans were observed by the band during their first tour of Australia.
David Bowie's "Space Oddity" tells the story of an astronaut who cuts off communication and floats into space. The BBC used it extensively in their coverage of the 1969 moon landing - an odd choice considering the lyrics.
Al Gore chose an inspiring but obscure campaign song when he ran for president in 2000: "Let The Day Begin" by The Call.
"All Star" was written as a confidence builder for fans who were bullied for liking Smash Mouth.
Billy Joel's song "Allentown" was written as "Levittown," which is the town in Long Island where he grew up. He got the idea to change it after taking a trip to Pennsylvania.
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.
Was a Beatles song a TV theme? And who came up with those Fresh Prince and Sopranos songs?
A history of songs dealing with transgender issues, featuring Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Morrissey and Green Day.
The 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.
We ring the Hell's Bells to see what songs and rockers are sincere in their Satanism, and how much of it is an act.
When you free your mind, your ass may follow, but you have to make sure someone else doesn't program it while it's wide open.
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