Michael Jackson's "Human Nature" was written by the keyboard player from Toto, who was working on the Thriller album.
In 1997, the Pope quoted the Bob Dylan song "Blowin' In The Wind."
Eminem sampled a song by Labi Siffre on "My Name Is." Siffre, a gay activist, made Em take out some gay humor in the lyric before allowing it.
Vegetarian Fred Schneider of the B-52's got the idea for "Rock Lobster" at an Atlanta disco when a projector displayed images of lobsters on a grill.
Neil Diamond's "Cracklin' Rosie" is about a bottle of wine.
"Bootylicious" made the Oxford English Dictionary three years after the Destiny's Child song was released. Definition: "Blend of booty buttocks and delicious."
When singers started spoofing their own songs on Sesame Street, the results were both educational and hilarious - here are the best of them.
What's the deal with "Summer of '69"? Bryan explains what the song is really about, and shares more of his songwriting insights.
Jon Fratelli talks about the band's third album, and the five-year break leading up to it.
The Jayhawks' song "Big Star" has special meaning to Gary, who explains how longevity and inspiration have trumped adulation.
On the "schizoid element" of his lyrics, and a famous line from "Everything Zen."
You may not recognize his name, but you will certainly recognize Peter Lord's songs. He wrote the bevy of hits from Paula Abdul's second album, Spellbound.
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