"Baby One More Time" was originally offered to TLC but they passed on it. The R&B trio felt uncomfortable singing "'hit me baby one more time."
"Sloop John B" is a traditional West Indian folk song, and it was a huge hit for The Beach Boys in 1966. They tweaked the lyric, "This is the worst trip since I've been born" to "...I've ever been on" as a wink to acid culture.
"Veronica" was inspired by Elvis Costello's grandmother, who suffered from Alzheimer's disease.
Madonna didn't write "Papa Don't Preach," which deals with abortion. What drew her to the song was the singer standing up to male authority.
"Tenderness" by General Public was partly inspired by the outbreak of AIDS, which at the time was thought to be contagious.
Yoko Ono has always denied requests to cover "Imagine" with the line "no religion, too" omitted or changed.
Kristian talks songwriting technique, like how the chorus should redefine the story, and how to write a song backwards.
When singers started spoofing their own songs on Sesame Street, the results were both educational and hilarious - here are the best of them.
The "How Country Feels" singer talks Skynyrd and songwriting.
How well do you know the 007 theme songs?
From the lake in "Roundabout" to Sister Bluebird in "Starship Trooper," Jon Anderson talks about how nature and spirituality play into his lyrics for Yes.
Dean wrote the screenplay and lyrics to all the songs in Footloose. His other hits include "Fame" and "All The Man That I Need."
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