"Sloop John B" is a traditional West Indian folk song, and it was a huge hit for The Beach Boys in 1966. They tweaked the lyric, "This is the worst trip since I've been born" to "...I've ever been on" as a wink to acid culture.
Songwriter Wayne Carson came up with "Always On My Mind" on the phone to his wife when he was apologizing to her for being stuck at the office.
Robert Plant's "Heaven Knows" is a satirical look at the '80s, when style seemed to trump substance.
The Bryan Adams song "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You" was almost rejected for the movie Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves because it didn't sound medieval enough.
When singing "Cradle Of Love," Billy Idol typically changes a line to, "This song is so cheesy."
"All Star" was written as a confidence builder for fans who were bullied for liking Smash Mouth.
Outrageously gifted and just plain outrageous, Millie is an R&B and Rap innovator.
When singers started spoofing their own songs on Sesame Street, the results were both educational and hilarious - here are the best of them.
Dan cracked the Top 40 with "Ritual," then went to India and spent 2 hours with the Dalai Lama.
Known in America for the hit "If You Leave," OMD is a huge influence on modern electronic music.
The guy who brought us "Stacy's Mom" also wrote the Jane Lynch Emmy song and Stephen Colbert's Christmas songs.
Mike is lead guitarist with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, and co-writer of classic songs like "Boys Of Summer," "Refugee" and "The Heart Of The Matter."
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