"(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding" was written by Nick Lowe in 1974. The original version with his group Brinsley Schwarz was kind of somber, but Elvis Costello made it a classic with his 1978 uptempo take.
Ed Sheeran's first single was "The A Team," a song about a drug-addicted prostitute.
"True" by Spandau Ballet is about chief songwriter Gary Kemp's unrequited love for Altered Images singer and Gregory's Girl star Clare Grogan.
Katmandu, the capital of Nepal, was the archetype for faraway mysticism when Bob Seger wrote a song about it in 1975.
Taylor Swift became the first ever female in the history of the Hot 100 to succeed herself at #1, when "Blank Space" dethroned the songstress' previous single, "Shake It Off" from the top spot.
Beyoncé married Jay-Z five months before releasing "Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)," a song she sang in character as her alter-ego, Sasha Fierce.
Wilder's hit "Break My Stride" had an unlikely inspiration: a famous record mogul who rejected it.
The renown rock singer talks about "The House of the Rising Sun" and "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood."
How the American gangsta rappers made history by getting banned in the UK.
Writing great prog metal isn't easy, especially when it's for 60 musicians.
Songs where something goes horribly wrong (literally or metaphorically), and help is needed right away.
JJ talks about The Stranglers' signature sound - keyboard and bass - which isn't your typical strain of punk rock.
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