"November Rain" by Guns N' Roses has a literary influence: The lyric is based on a story called Without You by Del James.
The Lady Gaga/Beyoncé collaboration "Telephone" isn't just about turning down an unwanted caller, it's an analog for how Gaga was feeling overwhelmed, like a phone was always ringing in her head.
"Toxic" was the most-searched song on Google in 2004 and helped Spears become the most-searched artist that year, a title she held from 1999-2001.
One of the great "we're all going down" songs is "Ship Of Fools" by World Party, written when Margaret Thatcher was in power in England.
The philosophical Kansas song "Dust In The Wind" is inspired by a line of Native American poetry: "For all we are is dust in the wind."
Lucinda Williams' track "Compassion" is based on a poem by her father, lauded Arkansas poet Miller Williams.
Tim and his brother Richard are the Furs' foundation; Tim explains how they write and tells the story of "Pretty In Pink."
Yngwie Malmsteen and Steve Vai were two of Graham's co-writers for some '80s rock classics.
Rockers, rappers and pop stars have been known to quote the Bible in their songs. See if you match the artist to the biblical lyric.
Think you know your Bob Dylan lyrics? Take this quiz to find out.
The country sweetheart opines about the demands of touring and talks about writing songs with her famous father.
Find out how God and glam metal go together from the Stryper frontman.
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