Top 10 Great Songs With Interesting Stories Behind Them

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We should use 2 criteria here:
1) how great the song is
2) how unique, impressive or cool the story is.

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1Highway Star - Deep PurpleV1 Comment
2Urgent - ForeignerV1 Comment
3The Show Must Go On - Queen

This was Freddie's last song and he sang it when he was so ill that barely walked. He was dying.
Brian May had concerns as to whether Freddie was physically capable of singing it. But recalling Mercury's performance, May states:
"I said, 'Fred, I don't know if this is going to be possible to sing.'
And he went, 'I'll f-cking do it, darling' - vodka down - and went in and killed it, completely lacerated that vocal."

So true - we all know that Freddie "completely lacerated that vocal". - Metal_Treasure

4I Was Made for Lovin' You - Kiss

Maybe not many of you know that the signature song of this hard rock band is actually A... Disco song!

Paul Stanley, who co-wrote the song with Desmond Child and Vini Poncia, has stated that it was a conscious effort on his part to prove how easy it was to write and record a hit disco song.
"I Was Made for Lovin' You" draws heavily from the disco style that was popular in late-1970s United States. - Metal_Treasure

5My Way - Frank Sinatra

Frank Sinatra's signature song, "My Way", is actually a French song (Comme d'habitude by Claude François, available on YouTube).
The Canadian singer and songwriter Paul Anka was in Paris and after hearing the song while watching French television, bought the song's publication and adaptation rights for only ONE dollar. The original songwriters retained the music-composition half of their songwriter royalties.
Anka wrote English lyrics specifically for Frank Sinatra, who then recorded a cross-Atlantic version of it in 1969 under the title "My Way".
Paul Anka also sang it. Check out: Paul Anka - My Way. - Metal_Treasure

6The Winner Takes It All - Abba

I'm so sorry that the story is missing but it's not my fault - I submitted the stories to all items. Yet, 3 item descriptions did not appear - I guess they are waiting for human review and approval. - Metal_Treasure

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7Nothing Else Matters - Metallica

This is the most popular Metallica song but interestingly, it wasn't meant to be released at all because Hetfield wrote it for himself. But the drummer Lars Ulrich heard it and insisted on considering the song for the album.
And yes, this is a love song. Many people don't know this.

"Singer and rhythm guitarist James Hetfield wrote the song (credited to Hetfield/Ulrich) while he was on the phone with his then girlfriend. Since he held the phone with one hand, he plucked the four open strings of a standard E-minor chord with the other, which eventually made up the first two bars of the song. The lyrics, which talk about being "so close, no matter how far", were also dedicated to his girlfriend, indicating the bond they shared even when Hetfield was on tour." (wiki) - Metal_Treasure

8Fiddler On the Green - Demons & Wizards

This amazing, beautiful and sad ballad is based on a sad story. Hansi Kürsch, singer & lyricist, witnessed two car accidents in his neighborhood while walking his dog - at the same intersection, within only one week. Hansi saw how two kids were killed - a boy and a girl.

Hansi Kürsch turned this tragedy into a sad but almost romantic story: the kids were soulmates and Death took the life of the boy by mistake too early. Then came back to take the life of the girl, too, because the boy was quite alone there. The song describes in details the second accident, when the "poor old Fiddler" talks to the girl: "Would you mind if take you? "
The album cover depicts this story. - Metal_Treasure

9Missä Miehet Ratsastaa - TeräsbetoniV1 Comment
10You Give Love a Bad Name - Bon Jovi

This song is actually a version of "If You Were a Woman (And I Was a Man)" - a song Desmond Child wrote for Bonnie Tyler. Desmond Child was dissatisfied with the chart success of Bonnie Tyler's song and re-wrote it as "You Give Love a Bad Name" for Bon Jovi.
I would kindly invite you to visit my list "Greatest Hit Songs Co-Written by Desmond Child". You will be surprised. - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11Angry Again - Megadeth

This is one of my favorite Megadeth songs but it never appeared on any of the band's official studio albums. It was written exclusively for inclusion in the 1993 satirical action film Last Action Hero, which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger, and appeared on the film's soundtrack.

Dave Mustaine wrote the song IN ONE DAY, while half asleep listening to the melody of "Should I Stay or Should I Go" by The Clash. When Dave wrote the song, he was angry with his band, promoters, and a lot of different parts of the organization, and continued having some problems with drugs again. According to Dave Mustaine himself, he wrote the song during a spur of the moment "I wrote 'Angry Again' right after I got out of a treatment center in Arizona. They had done one of those happy little 1990s interventions where everybody who's not loaded gets to point the finger at everyone who is. And the day I got out of rehab, they threw me into a studio in Phoenix where I wrote 'Angry Again' for the movie The ...more - Metal_Treasure

12Layla - Derek & The Dominos

A ballad written by Eric Clapton about his unrequited love for Pattie Boyd, wife of his friend George Harrison from The Beatles. - Metal_Treasure

13Angie - The Rolling StonesV1 Comment
14Hooker With a Penis - Tool

The story is exactly how it sounds in the song. Maynard meets a fan who says he thinks that Tool is selling out. This song was his response - ryanrimmel

Thanks Ryan, cool story - I didn't expect exactly this from a song with this song title, hehe - Metal_Treasure

15Beyond the Realms of Death - Judas PriestV1 Comment
16Taxi - Harry Chapin
17There Only Was One Choice - Harry Chapin
18Fire and Rain - James Taylor
19All Those Years Ago - George Harrison
20Bangla Desh - George Harrison
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