I Shot The SheriffEric Clapton
Eric Clapton”s only Hot 100 #1, either solo or with one of his many bands, was his cover of Bob Marley”s “I Shot The Sheriff.”
Black WaterThe Doobie Brothers
The Doobie Brothers” swampy #1 hit “Black Water” is about the Mississippi River, evoking the rafting adventures Mark Twain and Huckleberry Finn.
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Street Fighting ManThe Rolling Stones
Keith Richards did some studio alchemy on “Street Fighting Man,” which is all acoustic except the bass.
Happy Xmas (War Is Over)John Lennon
“Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” is based on billboards John Lennon and Yoko Ono posted two years earlier declaring “War Is Over! If You Want It.”
Don”t Bring Me DownElectric Light Orchestra
Jeff Lynne sang the word “groose” in the chorus of “Don”t Bring Me Down” as a nonsense placeholder, but left it in when he found out it means “greetings” in German (“gruss”).
The Air That I BreatheThe Hollies
The Hollies hit “The Air That I Breathe” was written in part as a reaction to the smog in Los Angeles.
00s Music Quiz 1Music Quiz
Do you know the girl singer on Eminem”s “Stan”? If so, this quiz is for you.
Christmas SongsFact or Fiction
Rudolf, Bob Dylan and the Singing Dogs all show up in this Fact or Fiction for seasonal favorites.
Marvin GayeFact or Fiction
Did Marvin try out with the Detroit Lions? Did he fake crazy to get out of military service? And what about the cross-dressing?
Does Jimmy Page Worship The Devil? A Look at Satanism in RockSong Writing
We ring the Hell”s Bells to see what songs and rockers are sincere in their Satanism, and how much of it is an act.
Maria MuldaurSongwriter Interviews
The “Midnight At The Oasis” singer is an Old Time gal. She talks about her jug band beginnings and shares a Dylan story.
Lita FordSongwriter Interviews
Lita talks about how they wrote songs in The Runaways, and how she feels about her biggest hit being written by somebody else.