The death of John Lennon was an influence on the Stevie Nicks hit "Edge Of Seventeen." He's the one with the "words of a poet and voice from a choir."
Janet Jackson's "Rhythm Nation" was inspired by the tribes that came together at New York dance clubs.
Jay-Z did the rap on "Crazy In Love" at the last minute. He and Beyoncé had started dating and the Texan songstress asked him to get on the song the night before she had to turn in her album.
"Veronica" was inspired by Elvis Costello's grandmother, who suffered from Alzheimer's disease.
"Run To You" by Bryan Adams was written for Blue Oyster Cult, and the guitar part is modeled after "Don't Fear The Reaper." BOC turned it down, so Adams recorded it for his album Reckless.
"Everybody Have Fun Tonight" is a rare hit with the band's name used as a verb: "Everybody Wang Chung tonight." The band says it can mean whatever you'd like it to.
The revered singer-songwriter talks inspiration and explains why she put a mahout in "Drop the Pilot."
With a few clues (Works at a diner, dreams of running away), can you name the character in the song?
Dave reveals the inspiration for "Feelin' Alright" and explains how the first song he ever wrote became the biggest hit for his band Traffic.
Wilder's hit "Break My Stride" had an unlikely inspiration: a famous record mogul who rejected it.
Queen, Phish and The Stones are among our picks for the best band logos. Here are their histories and a design analysis from an expert.
'80s music ambassadors Wang Chung pick their top tracks of the decade, explaining what makes each one so special.
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