26-30 Song Facts

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26. Prince performed a cover of Radiohead’s “Creep” at Coachella, but forced YouTube to remove footage that fans had taken of the performance. YouTube reinstated the videos after Radiohead demanded them to remain on the site claiming “it’s our song, let people hear it.” – Source

27. A guy named Seth Putnam wrote a song about how being in a coma was stupid, and soon after went into a coma himself. After he awoke, when asked how it felt to be in a coma he said, “It was just as f*cking stupid as I wrote about in my song”. – Source

28. Bruce Springsteen’s classic, “Born to Run”, almost became the official song of New Jersey until legislators listened to the lyrics and realized the song was about wanting to get out of New Jersey. – Source

29. The song title “Cake by the Ocean” originated when DNCE’s Swedish producers mistranslated the phrase “sex on the beach” to “cake by the ocean”. – Source

30. The people who falsely claimed the copyright on “Happy Birthday to You” made $2m USD a year for decades until a court ruled the song to be public domain in 2016. – Source

31-35 Song Facts

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31. The Gnarls Barkley song “Crazy” topped the UK charts for so long it was eventually pulled so people would “remember the song fondly and not get sick of it.” – Source

32. The “Can-Can” song was originally composed for an opera as a soundtrack to a man descending into hell. – Source

33. The song “99 Bottle Of Beer” ends with “No more bottles of beer on the wall, no more bottles of beer. You go to the store and buy some more, 99 bottles of beer on the wall”. – Source

34. At the beginning of the song “Roxane” by The Police, during the intro, you can hear a strange piano chord, then Sting laughing. In fact, during the voice recording, Sting accidentally sat on the piano just behind him. They decided to keep this on the final mix. – Source

35. After the band, Three Dog Night covered Randy Newman’s song “Mama Told Me Not To Come” and made it a No. 1 hit, Newman called the band’s lead singer Cory Wells and said, “I just want to thank you for putting my kids through college”. – Source

36-40 Song Facts

36. Woodie Guthrie’ copyright claim to “This Land is Your Land” was for 28 years and stated, “anybody caught singing it without our permission, will be mighty good friends of ours, cause we don’t give a dern.” Today multiple organizations claim copyright for the song. – Source

37. Beyonce’s hit song “Run the World (Girls)” is a heavily sampled version of a song by 3 men, and was co-written by 2 other men. The only female writer or producer involved in the song was Beyonce herself. – Source

38. One of the most played song on U.S. radio of the 2000s decade was “How You Remind Me” by Nickelback. It was played on the radio over 1.2 million times. – Source

39. Someone took all the details from the Ice Cub” song “Today Was a Good Day” to figure out which day it took place on and the song took place on January 20th, 1992. – Source

40. The song “Edelweiss” in “The Sound of Music” was written for the musical, but sounded so much like a classic folk song that after the first performances, native Austrians said they were delighted to “hear that old folk tune again”. – Source

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Last Update: March 19, 2018