Outkast's "Hey Ya" was the first song in history to rack up 1 million downloads.
"Jeopardy" by The Greg Kihn Band got the Weird Al treatment with "I Lost On Jeopardy." Kihn and Jeopardy game show announcer Art Fleming both appear in the video.
Madonna didn't write "Papa Don't Preach," which deals with abortion. What drew her to the song was the singer standing up to male authority.
"Achy Breaky Heart" was originally recorded in 1991 by The Marcy Brothers as "Don't Tell My Heart." That original version had the lyrics: "Don't tell my heart, my achy, breakin' heart..."
Jay-Z's "Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)" is based on the song "It's A Hard Knock Life" from the Broadway play Annie.
"Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" is about a guy Jim Croce met in the National Guard, which Jim joined to keep him out of Vietnam. Leroy went AWOL, but got caught when he tried to pick up his paycheck.
Famous songs that lent their titles - and in some cases storylines - to movies.
Was "Pearl" Eddie Vedder's grandmother, and did she really make a hallucinogenic jam? Did Journey have a contest to name the group? And what does KISS stand for anyway?
Despite appearances on Carson, Leno and a Pennebaker film, Williams remains a hidden treasure.
The Evanescence frontwoman on the songs that have shifted meaning and her foray into kids' music.
Soul music legend Bill Withers on how life experience and the company you keep leads to classic songs like "Lean On Me."
We've heard of artists putting their hearts into their music, but some take it literally.
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