Neil Diamond's "Cracklin' Rosie" is about a bottle of wine.
Lucinda Williams' track "Compassion" is based on a poem by her father, lauded Arkansas poet Miller Williams.
The Dixie Chicks got their name from the Little Feat song "Dixie Chicken." In 2020 they became "The Chicks" because Dixie refers to the American South in times of slavery.
McCartney wrote his duet with Stevie Wonder, "Ebony and Ivory," after a marital tiff with Linda. He told Mojo magazine : "It was like, 'Why can't we get it together- our piano can.'"
There are no actual drums on "We Will Rock You," just lots of foot stomping.
The James Blunt song "You're Beautiful" is not romantic: it's a about a creepy subway encounter with an ex.
When singers started spoofing their own songs on Sesame Street, the results were both educational and hilarious - here are the best of them.
How well do you know your protest songs (including the one that went to #1)?
Does he have beef with Gaga? Is he Sean Lennon's godfather? See if you can tell fact from fiction in the Elton John edition.
Julian tells the stories behind his hits "Valotte" and "Too Late for Goodbyes," and fills us in on his many non-musical pursuits. Also: what MTV meant to his career.
Howard explains his positive songwriting method and how uplifting songs can carry a deeper message.
What are the biggest US hits with French, Spanish (not "Rico Suave"), Italian, Scottish, Greek, and Japanese titles?
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