Music

How “Afternoon Delight” Became The Summer Hit Of '76

July 22, 2022

“Afternoon Delight,” the 1976 #1 hit about a late-afternoon appetizer menu or sex while the sun’s up, splits along generational lines. To the more seasoned cro...

The Unique Story Of “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” By Blue Oyster Cult And More Cowbell

July 18, 2022

“(Don’t Fear) The Reaper '' by Blue Oyster Cult cheated its namesake by transcending into a pop culture legend, thanks to its g...

Bill Wither's "Lean On Me," An All-Time Good Vibrations Song

July 13, 2022

Bill Withers performs on UK TV show, London, 1972. (Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images) In 1972, “Lean On Me” by Bill Withers gave the world its go-to so...

The Story Behind “Nights In White Satin”

June 28, 2022

English musician Justin Hayward of rock band The Moody Blues smoking a cigarette while sitting on a couch, UK, 7th November 1968. (Photo by Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Ge...

The Story Behind “Nights In White Satin”

June 27, 2022

English musician Justin Hayward of rock band The Moody Blues smoking a cigarette while sitting on a couch, UK, 7th November 1968. (Photo by Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Ge...

The Tale Of Men At Work's #1 Hit "Down Under"

June 20, 2022

The Australian band, Men At Work, made waves in 1982 with their international sensation, “Down Under.” Written by lead singer Colin Hay, the rollicking hit ranked #1 for ...

The Tale Of Men At Work's #1 Hit "Down Under"

June 15, 2022

The Australian band, Men At Work, made waves in 1982 with their international sensation, “Down Under.” Written by lead singer Colin Hay, the rollicking hit ranked #1 for ...

The Story Of Tom Petty's "Free Fallin"

May 23, 2022

Jeff Lynne and Tom Petty during The 19th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony - Rehearsal at Waldorf Astoria in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by KM...

“Horse With No Name”: The Song That Brought America Fame

May 20, 2022

The members of America met on a U.S. Air Force base outside London in the late 1960s, as their fathers were stationed there; after performing gigs around L...

How A Ridiculous Music Video Made Duran Duran’s “Hungry Like A Wolf” A Hit

May 9, 2022

Duran Duran in NYC, NYC, February 1982. (David Tan/Shinko Music/Getty Images) Duran Duran’s “Hungry Like The Wolf” epitomized the ‘80s t...

The Story Of Led Zepplin's "Stairway To Heaven"

April 24, 2022

By many measures, Led Zeppelin's “Stairway To Heaven” ranks as the most famous rock song in history. However, the slow-building anthem never charted since it was never ...

The Story Of Rick James' Super Freak

April 20, 2022

In 1981, Rick James dropped the immortal “Super Freak,” a song that elicits a jovial reaction at a bowling alley or a Bat Mitzvah. The intervening years have managed to soften “Su...

The Unforgettable Earworm “Come On Eileen” by Dexys Midnight Runners

April 12, 2022

1982’s “Come On Eileen” by Dexys Midnight Runners bucked the trend of the ‘80s synthesizers while taking the #1 spot from Michael Jackson’s “Bi...

The Unusual Genesis Of Marvin Gaye's Sexual Healing

April 8, 2022

Marvin Gaye’s incomparable “Sexual Healing” burst onto the scene, thanks to strong pornography, writer David Ritz, and a coastal Belgium town called Ostend. The mas...

Cyndi Lauper's Feminist Anthem Of "Girls Just Want To Have Fun"

April 4, 2022

The first kernel of an idea rarely finishes as the final product. Cyndi Lauper’s "Girls Just Want To Have Fun” exemplifies that construct. The song, wh...

Nancy Sinatra's Salacious "These Boots Are Meant For Walkin'

March 3, 2022

When it comes to the Sinatras, Ol’ Blue Eyes obviously reigns supreme. But thanks to his daughter’s 1966 "These Boots are Made For Walkin", Nancy Sinatra...

How The Rolling Stones’ “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction” Was Made In America

February 23, 2022

The Rolling Stones’ “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction” made the band overnight stars in America and continued to distinguish the boys from ...

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