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Black Francis of Pixies

On "Smells Like Teen Spirit," the Pixies' hidden gem, and the songs that intrigue him

Buffy Sainte-Marie

A classic interview with the "Universal Soldier" songwriter and Sesame Street star

Songs about specific musicians

Joni Mitchell, Foo Fighters and Led Zeppelin are on this list

Cindy Wilson of The B-52s

On the "Love Shack" location, songwriting dynamics in the band, and her personal favorites

Biblical Figures in Song Lyrics

How do biblical figures in songs compare with what's written in the Bible?

Jon Langford of Mekons

How the band has adapted since forming as a musically naive antidote to The Clash in 1977

Interview: Bonnie Mckee

On the hidden meaning of "Dynamite" and the five #1s she wrote with Katy Perry

Songfacts Spotlight

Iris by The Goo Goo Dolls

The Goo Goo Dolls got the title for their song "Iris" from a Country singer named Iris DeMent.

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Pet Shop Boys

The British synthpop duo found international success in 1984 when they paired socially conscious lyrics with a dance beat in "West End Girls." More than 30 years and 70 million record sales later, they became one of the most successful acts in UK music history.

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Songs about unity

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Jon Foreman of Switchfoot

Switchfoot's frontman and main songwriter on what inspires the songs and how he got the freedom to say exactly what he means.

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Atlantic City, New Jersey

Miss America by Styx

Styx take a scathing look at the Miss America pageant and the city that hosts it, Atlantic City.

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Fact or Fiction


Scaramouch, a hoople and a superhero soundtrack - see if you can spot the real Queen stories.

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