Harry Chapin's wife Sandy wrote the lyrics to "Cat's In The Cradle," which were actually about her first husband.
Props to Aretha Franklin: her song "Respect" introduced the term "propers" as a sign of proper respect.
Christina Perri's "Jar Of Hearts," written about her ex, became a big hit after it was used in a routine on So You Think You Can Dance.
When "Baby Love" reached the top spot, The Supremes became the first Motown act with two #1 hits on the Hot 100.
"Friends In Low Places" by Garth Brooks was written by two Nashville songwriters after a meal in a local restaurant. One of them forgot his money, but said not to worry, "I have friends in low places. I know the cook."
"Are You Gonna Go My Way" by Lenny Kravitz is from the perspective of Jesus Christ: "I am the chosen I'm the one."
Justin wrote the classic "Nights In White Satin," but his fondest musical memories are from a different decade.
It started with a bouncy MTV classic. Nirvana and MCR made them scary, then Gwen, Avril and Madonna put on the pom poms.
What happens when Kurt Cobain, Iron Maiden and Johnny Lydon are told to lip-synch? Some hilarious "performances."
How well do you know this shock-rock harbinger who's been publicly executed hundreds of times?
A selection of songs made to be terrible - some clearly achieved that goal.
Jim talks about the impact of "The Middle" and uses a tree metaphor to describe his songwriting philosophy.
If you are reading this then I want to encourage you not to give in to all the haters who say your songs are trash. There are tons of people out there, including me, who love you and your songs. Please do not ever give up and please keep writing more songs to encourage people like me. I just wanted to give you a shout out because I love you and I think what you do is really great. Thanks for always being there. I love you so much.
Sincerely, Your #1 fan