The first rapper with a #1 hit was Vanilla Ice with "Ice Ice Baby" in 1990.
Blur's "There Are Too Many of Us" was inspired in part by a siege in an Australian chocolate café that Damon Albarn witnessed, which resulted in the death of the gunman and two hostages.
John Legend wrote "All Of Me" about his fiancée Chrissy Teigen. He sang it to her at their wedding ceremony in Como, Italy.
"London Calling" by The Clash was written amid widespread fears that the Thames River was going to flood the city.
The Split Enz song "Six Months In A Leaky Boat" is about the journey explorers made from Europe to colonize Australia and New Zealand, where the band is from.
"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.
Yngwie Malmsteen and Steve Vai were two of Graham's co-writers for some '80s rock classics.
The stories behind the biggest hit songs about trucking.
When Judd Apatow needed under-appreciated rockers for his Knocked Up sequel, he immediately thought of Parker, who just happened to be getting his band The Rumour back together.
Many unusual folks appear in Grateful Dead songs. Can you identify them?
One of the most popular classical vocalists in the land is lining up a trip to space, which is the inspiration for many of her songs.
"How much does it cost? I'll buy it?" Another songwriter told Jonathan to change these lyrics. Good thing he ignored this advice.
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