The former Metallica bassist talks about his first time writing a song with James Hetfield, and how a hand-me-down iPad has changed his songwriting.
Evelyn McDonnell, editor of the book Women Who Rock, on why the Supremes are just as important as Bob Dylan.
Pool balls, magpies and thorns without roses - how well do you know your Tom Waits lyrics?
Wilder's hit "Break My Stride" had an unlikely inspiration: a famous record mogul who rejected it.
Laura Nyro talks about her complex, emotionally rich songwriting and how she supports women's culture through her art.
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.
When "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" climbed to #1 on the Hot 100, Katy Perry became the first woman to send five songs from one album to the top of the charts. The four previous chart-toppers from her Teenage Dream set were "California Gurls," "Teenage Dream," "Firework"; and, "E.T."
The song "Grease," sung by Frankie Valli in the 1978 movie, was written by Barry Gibb of The Bee Gees.
Ed Sheeran's first single was "The A Team," a song about a drug-addicted prostitute.
"Won't Get Fooled Again" by The Who is about a revolution, but it doesn't have a happy ending, since in the end the new regime becomes just like the old one. Pete Townshend thought that whoever was in power was destined to become corrupt.
The Hollies hit "The Air That I Breathe" was written in part as a reaction to the smog in Los Angeles.
Chris Rock appears on the Kanye West track "Blame Game."