Often heard as a patriotic song, "Down Under" is really about the selling of Australia and makes a strong political statement.
Taio Cruz throws his hands up "sometimes" in "Dynamite" because the song was originally written about surrender.
The "Electric Avenue" in the Eddy Grant song is a real street. It got its name because it was the first street in London with electric lights.
"Tainted Love" started as a 1964 soul song by Gloria Jones, became a huge hit when Soft Cell covered it in 1981, and was the basis for Rihanna's 2006 #1 "S.O.S. (Rescue Me)."
Gwen Stefani wrote "Just a Girl" as a message to her overprotective father.
Vincent Price did the spooky narration on "Thriller." He was paid a flat fee of $20,000, turning down a percentage of the royalties that would have paid him far more.
Into the vaults for this talk with Bolton from the '80s when he was a focused on writing songs for other artists.
Since his debut single "I'm On Fire" in 1975, Dwight has been providing Spinal-Tap moments and misadventure.
The top chant artist in the Western world, Krishna Das talks about how these Hindu mantras compare to Christian worship songs.
They sang about pink torpedoes and rocking you tonight tonight, but some real lyrics are just as ridiculous. See if you can tell which lyrics are real and which are Spinal Tap in this lyrics quiz.
A popular contemporary folk singer, Williams still remembers the sticky note that changed her life in college.
Producer Rupert Hine talks about crafting hits for Tina Turner, Howard Jones and The Fixx.
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