Elton John's "Crocodile Rock" borrows a bit from Don McLean's "American Pie." Both songs feature a Chevy, and are about young people who are heartbroken when their music "dies."
Jay-Z's "Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)" is based on the song "It's A Hard Knock Life" from the Broadway play Annie.
Irving Berlin said "God Bless America" was "not a patriotic song, but rather an expression of gratitude."
The Four Seasons' "Walk Like a Man" was the first Hot 100 #1 hit to feature a simile in its title.
Mary J. Blige had regrets over singing about getting drunk in "Family Affair."
MTV wanted Weezer to record a version of their song "Hash Pipe" as "Half Pipe" to appeal to the skateboarding crowd. The band refused, and MTV listed the song as "H*** Pipe."
Shows like Dawson's Creek, Grey's Anatomy and Buffy the Vampire Slayer changed the way songs were heard on TV, and produced some hits in the process.
The 10 biggest "retirement tours" that didn't take.
The original voice of Snap!, this story is filled with angry drag queens, video impersonators and Chaka Khan.
The Jayhawks' song "Big Star" has special meaning to Gary, who explains how longevity and inspiration have trumped adulation.
An interview with Dr. John Covach, music professor at the University of Rochester whose free online courses have become wildly popular.
John Lennon, Paul Simon and Lynyrd Skynyrd are some of the artists who have written revenge songs. Do you know who they wrote them about?
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