Paul McCartney based the "Eleanor Rigby" story on old ladies he met at his housing estate. He saw how sometimes when they died, nobody really noticed.
"Kokomo" gave The Beach Boys their first #1 hit in 22 years. They picked the title because it sounded tropical.
"Achy Breaky Heart" was originally recorded in 1991 by The Marcy Brothers as "Don't Tell My Heart." That original version had the lyrics: "Don't tell my heart, my achy, breakin' heart..."
"Sunday Girl" was written by Blondie guitarist Chris Stein to cheer up Debbie Harry after her cat had run away whilst they were away on tour. The gray cat was called Sunday Man.
In the UK, Michael Jackson's "Thriller" returns to the chart every Halloween, a tradition started in 2007.
The instrumental "YYZ" by Rush got its title from the transmitter code for Toronto's Lester B. Pearson International Airport, near where the band is from.
These overtly religious songs crossed over to the pop charts, despite resistance from fans, and in many cases, churches.
A selection of songs made to be terrible - some clearly achieved that goal.
Daryl Hall's TV show is a hit, and he's been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - only one of these developments excites him.
The longtime Eagle talks about soaring back to his solo career, and what he learned about songwriting in the group.
We've heard of artists putting their hearts into their music, but some take it literally.
Yngwie Malmsteen and Steve Vai were two of Graham's co-writers for some '80s rock classics.
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