Teen Spirit was a kind of deodorant marketed to young girls. That's where Kurt Cobain got the title "Smells Like Teen Spirit."
"Master Blaster (Jammin')" is Stevie Wonder's tribute to Bob Marley, released less than a year before Marley died.
Rihanna was Pitbull's first choice to sing on "Timber," but she wasn't available at the time so he enlisted his RCA labelmate Kesha instead.
Often heard as a patriotic song, "Down Under" is really about the selling of Australia and makes a strong political statement.
Adele's "Hello" was the first song to sell over a million downloads in a week.
"Come Dancing" by The Kinks was inspired by the older sister of Ray Davies, who would make guys take her out dancing and spend their money on her, only to send them home frustrated with just a peck on the cheek.
Ian talks about his 3 or 4 blatant attempts to write a pop song, and also the ones he most connected with, including "Locomotive Breath."
The top chant artist in the Western world, Krishna Das talks about how these Hindu mantras compare to Christian worship songs.
If the name Citizen Dick means anything to you, there's a chance you'll get some of these right.
These overtly religious songs crossed over to the pop charts, despite resistance from fans, and in many cases, churches.
How well do you know the 007 theme songs?
The co-writer/guitarist on many Alice Cooper hits, Dick was also Lou Reed's axeman on the Rock n' Roll Animal album.
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