Top 10 Songs Inspired by Newspaper or Magazine Articles


The Top Ten

1 A Day in the Life - The Beatles
2 Red Barchetta - Rush

It was inspired by a futuristic short story published in Road and Track magazine ("A Nice Morning Drive" by Richard Foster, 1973) - Metal_Treasure

3 Janie's Got A Gun - Aerosmith

Steven Tyler read a Newsweek article about gunshot victims and connected the song lyrics with the theme of child abuse and incest. Tyler said "I got really angry that nobody was paying homage to those who were abused by Mom and Dad". - Metal_Treasure

4 Countdown to Extinction - Megadeth

The song (and album) title were inspired by environmental concerns about the future of the planet and suggested by drummer Nick Menza, who had read a story in Time magazine entitled "The Countdown to Extinction". - Metal_Treasure

5 Don't You Want Me - The Human League

The lyrics were inspired after lead singer Philip Oakey read a photo-story in a teen-girl's magazine. - Metal_Treasure

6 Heartbreak Hotel - Elvis Presley

Lyrics were inspired by a newspaper article about the suicide of a lonely man who jumped from a hotel window - Metal_Treasure

7 Search and Destroy - The Stooges

Iggy Pop said that the title was derived from a column heading in a Time article about the Vietnam War. - Metal_Treasure

8 I Can't Make You Love Me - Bonnie Raitt

It was inspired by an article about a man arrested for getting drunk and shooting at his girlfriend's car that songwriter Mike Reid had read.
The judge asked the man if he had learned anything, to which he replied, "I learned, Your Honor, that you can't make a woman love you if she don't." - Metal_Treasure

9 Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond

Neil Diamond was inspired by a magazine cover photo of Caroline Kennedy, John F. Kennedy's daughter, as a young child on a horse with her parents in the background.
Caroline was 10-11 years old at the time. - Metal_Treasure

10 Mean Mr. Mustard - The Beatles

John Lennon said that it was inspired by a newspaper story about "a miser who concealed his cash wherever he could in order to prevent people from forcing him to spend it. On reflection, Lennon did not think highly of the composition, dismissing it in Anthology as "a bit of crap I wrote in India." (wiki) - Metal_Treasure

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Top Remixes

1. A Day in the Life - The Beatles
2. Red Barchetta - Rush
3. Janie's Got A Gun - Aerosmith


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