In 2010, the biggest-selling song in the UK was "Love the Way You Lie" by Eminem.
The idea for "The Man Comes Around" came to Johnny Cash from a dream he had where he was in Buckingham Palace and the Queen said to him, "Johnny Cash, you're just like a thorn tree in a whirlwind."
Meghan Trainor and her producer Kevin Kadish originally wrote "All About That Bass" for another artist to record. However, after Epic Records boss LA Reid heard Meghan play a demo of the song on a ukulele, he signed the young songwriter to his label and told her she should sing it.
Eddie Van Halen played the guitar solo on "Beat It" as a favor to Quincy Jones, who produced the album.
"Come Dancing" by The Kinks was inspired by the older sister of Ray Davies, who would make guys take her out dancing and spend their money on her, only to send them home frustrated with just a peck on the cheek.
Bruce Springsteen originally wrote "Hungry Heart" for The Ramones, but decided to keep it for himself on the advice of his producer and manager, Jon Landau.
In 1986, a Stephen King novella was made into a movie, with a classic song serving as title, soundtrack and tone.
JJ talks about The Stranglers' signature sound - keyboard and bass - which isn't your typical strain of punk rock.
One of the most popular classical vocalists in the land is lining up a trip to space, which is the inspiration for many of her songs.
Yngwie Malmsteen and Steve Vai were two of Graham's co-writers for some '80s rock classics.
Bowie's "activist" days of 1964 led to Ziggy Stardust.
It took him seven years to recover from his American hit "Fool (If You Think It's Over)," but Chris Rea became one of the top singer-songwriters in his native UK.