Top 10 Songs Inspired by Newspaper or Magazine Articles

The Top Ten

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

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 Janie's Got A Gun - Aerosmith Cover Art

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 Countdown to Extinction - Megadeth Cover Art

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 Don't You Want Me - The Human League Cover Art

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 Heartbreak Hotel - Elvis Presley Cover Art

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 Search and Destroy - The Stooges Cover Art

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 I Can't Make You Love Me - Bonnie Raitt Cover Art

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 Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond Cover Art

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 Mean Mr. Mustard - The Beatles Cover Art

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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