In 1939, a polka craze swept America thanks to "Beer Barrel Polka (Roll Out The Barrel)."
The MTV classic "Voices Carry" is by 'Til Tuesday, a group fronted by Aimee Mann. She wrote the lyric about a friend who's partner wanted to keep their fling a secret.
"Constant Craving" by k.d. lang deals with principles of Buddhism, including the cycles of birth and death.
Snap! was two German producers. When they needed a rapper, they found one on the American army base there and had him rap on "The Power."
The first #1 hit with a rap was "Rapture" by Blondie in 1980. Debbie Harry's rhymes left lots of room for improvement.
Pink Floyd's "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" is about their founding member Syd Barrett, who became an acid casualty. Notice the S-Y-D in the title.
The Garbage drummer/songwriter produced the Nirvana album Nevermind, and Smashing Pumpkins' Gish and Siamese Dream.
These overtly religious songs crossed over to the pop charts, despite resistance from fans, and in many cases, churches.
Michael tells the story of "Send Me On My Way," and explains why some of the words in the song don't have a literal meaning.
"London Bridge," "Ring Around the Rosie" and "It's Raining, It's Pouring" are just a few examples of shockingly morbid children's songs.
The man who ran Nirvana's first label gets beyond the sensationalism (drugs, Courtney) to discuss their musical and cultural triumphs in the years before Nevermind.
On "Life Is A Highway," his burgeoning solo career, and the Rascal Flatts song he most connects with.
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