A gospel choir appears in Sam Smith's "Stay With Me" video, but the vocals on the song are all Smith - about 20 tracks of his voice were used to make him sound like a chorus.
An Allen Ginsberg line from his poem Howl inspired "Machinehead" by Bush: "Machine says I saw the best minds of my generation."
Stevie Wonder wrote the Rufus funk classic "Tell Me Something Good."
Janet Jackson's "Rhythm Nation" was inspired by the tribes that came together at New York dance clubs.
"Louie Louie" was first recorded in 1955 by an R&B singer named Richard Berry, and his lyrics are easy to understand. When The Kingsmen recorded the hit version, their lyrics were indecipherable.
Carla Thomas became the first woman to achieve a Top 10 hit on the Hot 100 with a song she wrote herself when "Gee Whiz (Look At His Eyes)" reached the chart's top tier in 1961. Thomas was just 16-years-old when she penned it.
JJ talks about The Stranglers' signature sound - keyboard and bass - which isn't your typical strain of punk rock.
P.F. was a teenager writing hits and playing on tracks for Jan & Dean when he wrote a #1 hit that got him blackballed.
Yngwie Malmsteen and Steve Vai were two of Graham's co-writers for some '80s rock classics.
Was a Beatles song a TV theme? And who came up with those Fresh Prince and Sopranos songs?
Taylor talks about "The Machine" - the hits, the videos and Clive Davis.
Chris Stein of Blondie shares photos and stories from his book about the New York City punk scene.
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