"Free Fallin'" by Tom Petty is set in Los Angeles, as he mentions Reseda, Mulholland and Ventura Boulevard.
Michael Stipe hadn't finished the lyrics when R.E.M. recorded "Radio Free Europe." He calls the vocal "complete babbling."
David Bowie's "Space Oddity" tells the story of an astronaut who cuts off communication and floats into space. The BBC used it extensively in their coverage of the 1969 moon landing - an odd choice considering the lyrics.
"True" by Spandau Ballet is about chief songwriter Gary Kemp's unrequited love for Altered Images singer and Gregory's Girl star Clare Grogan.
Jessie J had a lyric from her song "Who You Are" tattooed on her hip:
Janet Jackson wrote the lyric to "Nasty" in response to random guys calling her "baby."
Tom talks about the evolution of Cinderella's songs through their first three albums, and how he writes as a solo artist.
The powerhouse producer behind Janet Jackson's hits talks about his Boyz II Men ballads and regrouping The Time.
Soul music legend Bill Withers on how life experience and the company you keep leads to classic songs like "Lean On Me."
Jim talks about the impact of "The Middle" and uses a tree metaphor to describe his songwriting philosophy.
The top Contemporary Christian artist of all time on song inspirations and what she learned from Johnny Carson.
"Mony Mony." "Crimson and Clover." "Draggin' The Line." The hits kept coming for Tommy James, and in a plot line fit for a movie, his record company was controlled by the mafia.
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