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.
After a devastating car accident, the actor Montgomery Clift had to be filmed from "The Right Profile" to look good - that provided the name of The Clash song.
Avril Lavigne has a perfume named after her song "Black Star." It smells much better than her Sk8er Boi scent, which reeks of Axe body spray and road grime.
"November Rain" by Guns N' Roses has a literary influence: The lyric is based on a story called Without You by Del James.
"Reasons" by Earth, Wind & Fire is a popular wedding song, but it's actually about a one-night stand.
Quincy Jones wanted to change the title of "Billie Jean" to "Not My Lover" so it wouldn't be confused with the tennis star Billie Jean King. Michael Jackson refused.
The Creed lead singer reveals the "ego and self-fulfillment" he now sees in one of the band's biggest hits.
One of the first successful female singer-songwriters, Janis had her first hit in 1967 at age 15.
Revisit the awesome glory of Night Ranger and Damn Yankees: cheesily-acted videos, catchy guitar licks, long hair, and lyrics that are just plain relatable.
Country songs with titles so bizarre they can't possibly be real... or can they?
How the American gangsta rappers made history by getting banned in the UK.
The Stooges guitarist (and producer of the Kill City album) talks about those early recordings and what really happened with David Bowie.