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.
Prince Markie Dee of The Fat Boys co-wrote the Mary J. Blige hit "Real Love."
"I Swear" was a #1 country hit for John Michael Montgomery before All-4-One made it a #1 pop hit.
The Ben Folds Five song "Brick" is about a difficult time when Folds' girlfriend got an abortion.
Scott Stapp of Creed wrote "With Arms Wide Open" when he found out he was going to be a dad. He named his son Jagger.
Australian singer-songwriter Sia Furler wrote "Diamonds" for Rihanna in just 14 minutes.
Since emerging from MySpace with her hit "Bubbly," Colbie has become a top songwriter, even crafting a hit with Taylor Swift.
Pete produced Dwight Yoakam, Michelle Shocked, Meat Puppets, and a very memorable track for Roy Orbison.
Chris and his wife Tina were the rhythm section for Talking Heads when they formed The Tom Tom Club. "Genius of Love" was their blockbuster, but David Byrne only mentioned it once.
Ozzy biting a dove? Alice Cooper causing mayhem with a chicken? Creed so bad they were sued? See if you can spot the real concert mishaps.
How a country weeper and a blues number made "rolling stone" the most popular phrase in rock.
Pool balls, magpies and thorns without roses - how well do you know your Tom Waits lyrics?
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