German producer Alex Christensen named his dance music project after the German submarine U-96 that features in the World War 2 film Das Boot. Their first hit was this techno makeover of Klaus Doldinger's opening theme of the movie. Tenor saxophonist Doldinger led the '70s and '80s fusion group Passport and also composed the orchestral score for the movie The NeverEnding Story. U96 continued to record well into the 21st century and in 2006 they returned to the German charts with the song "Vorbei."
Linda from Oudenaarde, -Alex Christensen represented Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2009. This time he used the name Alex Swings Oscar Sings. Their stage act featured Dita Von Teese. It did not help though. They ended at the 20th place.
ABBA's Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson conceived "Dancing Queen" as a dance song with the working title "Boogaloo," drawing inspiration from the 1974 George McCrae disco hit "Rock Your Baby." Their manager Stig Anderson came up with the title "Dancing Queen."
The third verse of "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm" by Crash Test Dummies ("they shook and lurched all over the church floor...") was inspired by girl whose parents would speak in tongues at their Pentecostal service.
Ariana Grande's collaboration with Zedd, "Break Free" came about after the Russian-German producer overheard Grande performing at a label showcase while he was backstage, and he mentioned to his team that he wanted to work with her.