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Below, enjoy a selection of some of the most notable songs about music ever recorded — though there are countless more out there, of course! “I don’t like country music, but I don’t mean to denigrate those who do. And for the people who like country music, denigrate means ‘put down.'” – Bob Newhart “Band on the Run” by Paul McCartney and Wings The title song of Paul McCartney and Wings’ 1973 album, “Band on the Run” became a No. 1 hit in 1974. The song has three distinct musical styles and has become one of Wings’ signature tunes. McCartney…

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This month’s Top 11 is a list of some of the most noteworthy songs recorded by bands or artists with animal names.  “Animals may be our friends, but they won’t pick you up at the airport.” – Bobcat Goldthwait “Small Town” by John Cougar Mellencamp When John Mellencamp had a Top 10 hit in 1985 with “Small Town,” he was known as John Cougar Mellencamp. It was an improvement; Tony DeFries of MainMan Management gave the singer-songwriter the stage name Johnny Cougar early in Mellencamp’s career. “That was put on me by some manager,” Mellencamp told American Songwriter “I went…

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“My wife met me at the door the other night in a sexy negligee. Unfortunately, she was just coming home.” – Rodney Dangerfield “In the Air Tonight” by Phil Collins Following his departure from Genesis, Phil Collins released his first solo album, Face Value, in 1981. Its single was “In the Air Tonight,” which became a Top 20 hit. “This song has become a stone around my neck, though I do love it,” Collins told Rolling Stone.  “I wrote it after my wife left me. Genesis had done a tour that was far too long. She said to me, ‘We…

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“Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.” – George Burns “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin Bobby McFerrin’s 1988 tune “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” was the first a cappella song to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. McFerrin first spotted the simple philosophy on a poster of Indian guru Meher Baba. “I would do it in clubs, it wasn’t finished, I didn’t have all the lyrics and stuff figured out but I would just sing the refrain and just improvise, playing with it a little bit,” McFerrin told Vancouver’s CityNews 1130.…

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“That rockabilly sound wasn’t as simple as I thought it was.” –Carl Perkins “Train Kept A-Rollin'” by Johnny Burnette, the Yardbirds and Jeff Beck and Steven Tyler “Train Kept A-Rollin'” was first released in 1951 as a jump blues composition by Tiny Bradshaw. The Johnny Burnette Trio made it a rockabilly hit in 1956. The tune featured one of the earliest examples of a distorted guitar solo. Guitarist Paul Burlison said he discovered the effect when a tube was dislodged after dropping his amplifier. The Yardbirds, with lead guitarist Jeff Beck, recorded their version in 1965. After Jimmy Page joined…

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“If I wasn’t Bob Dylan, I’d probably think that Bob Dylan has a lot of answers myself.” — Bob Dylan “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” by the Wonder Who? Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” was written for girlfriend Suze Rotolo, who had left him to take an extended trip to Italy. The song was released on 1963’s The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, which shows the singer and Rotolo on the album cover. In 1965, the Four Seasons found themselves with “Let’s Hang On” high on the charts with “Working My Way Back to You” scheduled for release.…

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“You know, I do speak the Queens’ English. It’s just the wrong Queens, that’s all. It’s over the 59th Street Bridge. It’s not over the Atlantic Ocean.” – Cyndi Lauper 11. “King Tut” by Steve Martin “King Tut” was a 1978 novelty hit for comedian Steve Martin. The spoof of the Egyptian pharaoh was inspired by the popular Treasures of Tutankhamun museum exhibition of the day. Martin’s backup band, the Toots Uncommons, was really members of the Nitty Gritty Dirt band. The band’s founder, John McEuen, explained in Examiner.com  how they came to record the tune with Martin. “My brother…

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Top 11 Band Name Origin Stories  “If only God would give me some clear sign! Like making a large deposit in my name at a Swiss bank.” – Woody Allen Pink Floyd In 1963, future Pink Floyd members Roger Waters and Nick Mason went through band names that included the Meggadeaths, the Screaming Abdabs, Leonard’s Lodgers and the Spectrum Five before settling on the Tea Set. Syd Barrett joined the band in 1965 and when they performed at a show with another group named the Tea Set, it was time for a new name. Barrett, the band’s creative force at…

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“A guy gave me a job at an information booth – no questions asked.” – Jay London “Questions 67 and 68” by Chicago “Questions 67 and 68” was written by Chicago’s Robert Lamm, who shared vocals with Peter Cetera. The 1969 song was the first single released by Chicago, when it was still named Chicago Transit Authority. An edited version of the song was re-released in 1971 with more success. “It’s about a girl I knew during those years,” Lamm told Blue Desert, “with a hint of acid imagery, and very Beatles-influenced.” Chicago early on gained the reputation as one…

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If you haven’t yet made your New Year’s resolutions, we’re here to help. We’ve listed the Top 11 songs about bad habits you should resolve to change this year, next year — and every year, honestly, if you’re unable to stick to it this time around. Most people will find one or two of their behaviors here. If you need to make all 11 of these New Year’s resolutions, seek professional help … 11. Material Girl by Madonna (Materialism) After its release in 1984, Madonna said that Material Girl reflected her character. “I’m very career-oriented,” Madonna told Company magazine. “You…

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