The '40s hit "Rum and Coca-Cola" is really about American soldiers soliciting prostitutes in Trinidad.
When singing "Cradle Of Love," Billy Idol typically changes a line to, "This song is so cheesy."
The Phoenix song "1901" is about Paris. Their lead singer Thomas Mars said: "Paris in 1901 was better than it is now. So the song is a fantasy about Paris."
Lou Reed's "Walk On The Wild Side" tells the story of real people who were part of Andy Warhol's "factory," including Holly Woodlawn and Candy Darling.
A gospel choir appears in Sam Smith's "Stay With Me" video, but the vocals on the song are all Smith - about 20 tracks of his voice were used to make him sound like a chorus.
Liz Phair sang backup on Sheryl Crow's "Soak Up The Sun."
MTV, a popular TV theme song and Madonna all show up in this '80s music quiz.
The Evanescence frontwoman on the songs that have shifted meaning and her foray into kids' music.
Can you be married in one country but not another? Only if you're part of a gay couple. One of the first famous singers to come out as a lesbian, Janis wrote a song about it.
How well do you know this shock-rock harbinger who's been publicly executed hundreds of times?
The co-writer/guitarist on many Alice Cooper hits, Dick was also Lou Reed's axeman on the Rock n' Roll Animal album.
The Reverend rants on psychobilly and the egghead academics he bashes in one of his more popular songs.
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