With a message of acceptance and inclusivity, "True Colors" became a gay rights anthem. Cyndi Lauper help form an organization called True Colors United to help support LGBTQ youth.
"Wanted Dead Or Alive" by Bon Jovi got the Unplugged craze going when Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora performed it with just their acoustic guitars at the 1989 MTV Video Music Awards.
"Killing An Arab" by The Cure was inspired by Albert Camus' book The Stranger.
Jack & Diane started off as an interracial couple; Mellencamp took race references out of the song at the request of his record company.
Prince Markie Dee of The Fat Boys co-wrote the Mary J. Blige hit "Real Love."
Sweet's hit "Ballroom Blitz" was inspired by an incident in 1973 when the band were performing in Scotland and driven offstage by a barrage of bottles.
Writing great prog metal isn't easy, especially when it's for 60 musicians.
The author of Help! 100 Songwriting, Recording And Career Tips Used By The Beatles, explains how the group crafted their choruses so effectively.
Many actors have attempted music, but only a few have managed a hit. Do you know which of these thespians charted?
Was a Beatles song a TV theme? And who came up with those Fresh Prince and Sopranos songs?
Waters tells the "Gypsy Woman" story, shares some of her songwriting insights, and explains how Dennis Rodman ended up on one of her songs.
It took him seven years to recover from his American hit "Fool (If You Think It's Over)," but Chris Rea became one of the top singer-songwriters in his native UK.
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