Even though Johnnie Taylor's "Disco Lady" was the first US #1 with the word "disco" in its title, it wasn't a disco tune. He was just singing about disco.
In the song "God," Tori Amos makes the point that if there's God, there must also be a Goddess because there are no male-only species.
When the Velvet Underground song "Heroin" got screechy, Maureen Tucker stopped drumming, figuring it would bust the take, but her bandmates kept going. You can hear it at the 5:20 mark.
One of the first hit songs used in a major marketing campaign was "Start Me Up" by The Rolling Stones. Microsoft paid $3 million to use it in commercials for Windows '95.
Kenny Loggins co-wrote the Doobie Brothers hit "What a Fool Believes," which is about a guy who just can't accept that an affair from long ago was meaningless to her.
"Angie" was the only ballad by The Rolling Stones to hit #1 in America.
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."
Songs that seem to glorify violence against women are often misinterpreted - but not always.
Kooper produced Lynyrd Skynyrd, played with Dylan and the Stones, and formed BS&T.
A founding member of the band War, Harold gives a first-person account of one of the most important periods in music history.
When singers started spoofing their own songs on Sesame Street, the results were both educational and hilarious - here are the best of them.
"Great songwriters don't necessarily have hit songs," says Chris. He's written a bunch, but his fans are more interested in the intricate jams.
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