Much of Southern California five-piece Young the Giant's self-titled debut album was inspired by the beach, and this song was an attempt to showcase the sounds of the seashore. Frontman Sameer Gadhia told Spinner: "We attempted to have the arrangements cascade together and, tonally, we all worked hard with Joe to recreate the fervor and wetness of splashing waves."
Gadhia explained the song's meaning to Spinner: "The beach has always provided the idea of regeneration. The tide constantly ebbs and flows; almost, the idea of eternity. In the song, a lover attempts to run away from the sunset in hopes of living the day one more time with his woman. In this surreal, dreamy paradise, the two are each other's only reminder of a fading reality."
Two tears roll down Sinead O'Connor's face. toward the end of the video for "Nothing Compares 2 U." They were shed because she associated the song's lyrics of love and loss with her mother, who was killed in a car accident in 1985.
"Whole Lotta Love" was Led Zeppelin's only US Top 10 hit, charting at #4. Many of their songs, including "Stairway To Heaven," were not released as singles, as it was considered bad form in England to make people pay for singles that were on albums.