Al Green's "Take Me to the River" describes a baptism. Two years later, he became a reverend.
The Jesus Jones song "Right Here, Right Now" was conceived as an optimistic version of Prince's "Sign O' The Times."
One of Tom Petty's most personal songs is "Room At The Top," which he stopped performing because it brought back painful memories.
The song "Without You," a hit for Nilsson in 1972 and Mariah Carey in 1994, was written and originally recorded by Badfinger in 1970.
Jay-Z's "Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)" is based on the song "It's A Hard Knock Life" from the Broadway play Annie.
"Unchained Melody" first appeared in a 1955 movie called Unchained. The Righteous Brothers recorded it in 1965, and their version was resurrected in the 1990 movie Ghost.
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.
A popular contemporary folk singer, Williams still remembers the sticky note that changed her life in college.
Dan cracked the Top 40 with "Ritual," then went to India and spent 2 hours with the Dalai Lama.
One 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.
Whoa man! Do you know which band came up with these cosmic lyrics?
The trail runs from flying saucer songs in the '50s, through Bowie, blink-182 and Katy Perry.
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