Bono came up with the idea of focusing on a soldier's last thoughts as he dies from his wounds in the U2 song "White As Snow" after reading William Golding's 1956 novel Pincher Martin.
Young MC shows up in the George Clooney movie Up In The Air performing his hit "Bust A Move."
"Should I Stay or Should I Go?" by The Clash features some Spanish lines by the Texas singer Joe Ely.
Barry Sonnenfeld, who would later direct the movies Get Shorty and Men in Black, was the director of photography on the "Rock the Casbah" video for The Clash.
Ellie Goulding's hit song "Lights" is about her fear of the dark, which forces the singer to sleep with the lights on.
Phil Collins' "Take Me Home" is about a patient in a mental institution and was inspired by the novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
She thinks of herself as a "song interpreter," but back in the '80s another country star convinced Emmylou to take a crack at songwriting.
Was a Beatles song a TV theme? And who came up with those Fresh Prince and Sopranos songs?
John tells the "St. Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion)" story and explains why he disappeared for so long.
Zac tells the story of Hanson's massive hit "MMMbop," and talks about how brotherly bonds effect their music.
A 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.
Rupert crafted hits for Tina Turner, Howard Jones and The Fixx.