Jack & Diane started off as an interracial couple; Mellencamp took race references out of the song at the request of his record company.
The kid in Madonna's "Open Your Heart" video became a successful songwriter. His songs include Amy Winehouse's "You Sent Me Flying" and James Blunt's "1973."
"Aberdeen" by Cage The Elephant is named after the birthplace of Kurt Cobain. It's in Grays Harbor County, Washington.
The Mission: Impossible theme is in 5/4 time. Composer Lalo Schifrin joked that he did it so 5-legged aliens could dance to it.
"Sloop John B" is a traditional West Indian folk song, and it was a huge hit for The Beach Boys in 1966. They tweaked the lyric, "This is the worst trip since I've been born" to "...I've ever been on" as a wink to acid culture.
"Doo Wop (That Thing)" by Lauryn Hill was the only US #1 hit of the '90s entirely written, produced and performed by a female singer.
The guitarist/songwriter explains how he came up with his signature sound, and deconstructs some classic Fear Factory songs.
How well do you know the lyrics of U2?
Billie Jean, Delilah, Sara, Laura and Sharona - do you know who the girls in the songs really are?
U2, Carly Simon, Joanna Newsom, Brian Wilson and Fiona Apple have all gone to Van Dyke Parks to make their songs exceptional.
Have you got the smarts to know which of these graduation song stories are real?
The longtime Eagle talks about soaring back to his solo career, and what he learned about songwriting in the group.