You wouldn't know it from the upbeat melody, but "Walkin' On The Sun" by Smash Mouth is about the 1992 Los Angeles Riots.
Gwen Stefani wrote "Just a Girl" as a message to her overprotective father.
Hozier recorded his vocals for "Take Me To Church" in his attic at 3 a.m. one January morning in 2013
Katy Perry's breakout hit "I Kissed A Girl" was surprising to those familiar with her past: her parents were pastors and she started off singing Christian music.
"Grenade" was a term used on the show Jersey Shore to mean an ugly girl. Bruno Mars says his hit song with that title was written before the show started.
Eddie Van Halen played the guitar solo on "Beat It" as a favor to Quincy Jones, who produced the album.
For songwriters, Johnny represents the American man. He has been angry, cool, magic, a rebel and, of course, marching home.
In this quiz, spot the artist who put Romeo into a song lyric.
Find out how God and glam metal go together from the Stryper frontman.
Armed with a childhood spent devouring books, Mike Scott's heart was stolen by the punk rock scene of 1977. Not surprisingly, he would go on to become the most literate of rockers.
A popular contemporary folk singer, Williams still remembers the sticky note that changed her life in college.
Prince is shrouded in mystery, making him an excellent candidate for Fact or Fiction. Is he really a Scientologist? Does he own an exotic animal?
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