"November Rain" by Guns N' Roses has a literary influence: The lyric is based on a story called Without You by Del James.
The disco song "Good Tmes" by Chic was a huge influence on early rap, providing the bassline for "Rapper's Delight."
"Oh Well," from their 1960s Peter Green era, is the only Fleetwood Mac song played in concert in every decade they've been extant.
"Louie Louie" was first recorded in 1955 by an R&B singer named Richard Berry, and his lyrics are easy to understand. When The Kingsmen recorded the hit version, their lyrics were indecipherable.
Back To The Future wasn't the only movie where Michael J. Fox rocked out: He sang with Joan Jett in the 1987 movie Light Of Day, with a title track written by Bruce Springsteen.
Richard Harris, who played Professor Dumbledore in the first two Harry Potter movies, had a hit in 1968 with "MacArthur Park."
Jim talks about the impact of "The Middle" and uses a tree metaphor to describe his songwriting philosophy.
A selection of songs made to be terrible - some clearly achieved that goal.
The Christian rapper talks about where his trip to Haiti and his history of addiction fit into his songs.
An interview with Dr. John Covach, music professor at the University of Rochester whose free online courses have become wildly popular.
Fiona's highly-anticipated third album almost didn't make it. Here's how it finally came together after two years and a leak.
What's the deal with "Summer of '69"? Bryan explains what the song is really about, and shares more of his songwriting insights.
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