Radiohead's "Harry Patch (In Memory Of)" is about the last surviving World War I veteran to fight in the trenches.
Tim McGraw recorded "Live Like You Were Dying" just two weeks after his own father passed away.
"Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)" was written for Doris Day to sing in the Alfred Hitchcock movie The Man Who Knew Too Much.
The original "Enter Sandman" lyric was about crib death, with the "sandman" killing a baby.
John Steinbeck's novel The Grapes of Wrath got its title from a line in "The Battle Hymn of the Republic": "He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored."
Paul McCartney wrote "Hey Jude" to comfort John Lennon's 5-year-old son Julian, whose parents were getting a divorce.
He wrote "She Blinded Me With Science" so he could direct a video about a home for deranged scientists.
Known in America for the hit "If You Leave," OMD is a huge influence on modern electronic music.
Pete produced Dwight Yoakam, Michelle Shocked, Meat Puppets, and a very memorable track for Roy Orbison.
When singers started spoofing their own songs on Sesame Street, the results were both educational and hilarious - here are the best of them.
The guitarist/songwriter explains how he came up with his signature sound, and deconstructs some classic Fear Factory songs.
The Brazilian rocker sees pictures in his riffs. When he came up with one of his gnarliest songs, there was a riot going on.
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