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.
Christine McVie wrote "Songbird" for Fleetwood Mac's Rumours album in just half a hour after she woke up in the middle of the night with the song in her head.
"I Just Called To Say I Love You" is Stevie Wonder's best-selling single worldwide. It topped the Hot 100, AC, R&B and UK charts all in the same week.
"Zoot Suit Riot" isn't just a Cherry Poppin' Daddies song - they were real riots in Los Angeles in 1943 that inspired the lyrics.
Stevie Wonder wrote his own version of "Happy Birthday" in an attempt to get Martin Luther King's birthday declared a national holiday.
The "Gunter Glieben Glauten Globen" intro in Def Leppard's "Rock Of Ages" is something their producer Mutt Lange came up with when he got tired of counting them "1, 2, 3, 4..."
An interview with Dr. John Covach, music professor at the University of Rochester whose free online courses have become wildly popular.
"When seeds that you sow grow by the wicked moon/Be sure your sins will find you out/Your past will hunt you down and turn to tell on you."
One of the first successful female singer-songwriters, Janis had her first hit in 1967 at age 15.
Lyrics don't always follow the rules of grammar. Can you spot the ones that don't?
JJ talks about The Stranglers' signature sound - keyboard and bass - which isn't your typical strain of punk rock.
The longtime BS&T frontman tells the "Spinning Wheel" story, including the line he got from Joni Mitchell.
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