Radio Song


  • The melody for "Radio Song" originally came to Buckcherry singer Josh Todd in the shower. He recorded it onto his phone then went downstairs and penned all the lyrics.

    Todd sang what he'd come up with to guitarist Stevie D. the next day. The vocalist told him that he wanted it be to the band's "Purple Rain" so the axeman wrote the music with that in mind.
  • Speaking to Spence from Minnesota radio station Rock 95, Josh Todd said that he originally came up with the song in the shower.

    "I remember I came into writing one day and said 'Hey, let's put up a tempo. I got this song.' I sang it down just with no music on a click track. I told Stevie [D, guitar], 'I want this to be our 'Purple Rain,' so make the music, not exactly, but similar. Make it really epic.' I came back and the music for 'Radio Song' was born. He added a bridge to it, and it came together really nicely."
  • Lyrically, the song is about how our childhoods are marked by the songs played on the radio when we were young.

    "It told the story of where we were at, at what time, the parties that were going on, the people that we were dating and the hits that were on the radio at that time," Todd recalled. "It was such a really important piece to the puzzle when we were growing up. I wanted to capture that in a song. The fact you can be in one mood and get in your car, you can be having a bad day, all of the sudden a hit comes on the radio and pulls you out of your nightmare or whatever you're going through. I love the power of song and the power of radio in that regard. That's how that concept came about."
  • The live video was filmed during Buckcherry's August 17, 2019 show at Las Vegas' Fremont Street Experience outdoor venue.


Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Rickie Lee Jones

Rickie Lee JonesSongwriter Interviews

Rickie Lee Jones on songwriting, social media, and how she's handling Trump.

Richard Marx

Richard MarxSongwriter Interviews

Richard explains how Joe Walsh kickstarted his career, and why he chose Hazard, Nebraska for a hit.

Amy Grant

Amy GrantSongwriter Interviews

The top Contemporary Christian artist of all time on song inspirations and what she learned from Johnny Carson.

Yoko Ono

Yoko OnoSongwriter Interviews

At 80 years old, Yoko has 10 #1 Dance hits. She discusses some of her songs and explains what inspired John Lennon's return to music in 1980.

The Fratellis

The FratellisSongwriter Interviews

Jon Fratelli talks about the band's third album, and the five-year break leading up to it.

Tom Keifer of Cinderella

Tom Keifer of CinderellaSongwriter Interviews

Tom talks about the evolution of Cinderella's songs through their first three albums, and how he writes as a solo artist.