“There’s still time to change the road you’re on” – Stairway To Heaven – Led Zepplin.  Probably one of the biggest songs of all-time, there’s a reason this epic song spans almost 8 minutes in length; it’s THAT GOOD.   There are SEVERAL interpretations of this 70s classic, but this article isn’t here to debate those,…

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“No I won’t be afraid.  Oh I won’t be afraid.” – Stand By Me – Ben E. King.  25 years.  25 years stood between the time of when Stand By Me was originally released in 1961, becoming a hit for Ben E. King, but it wasn’t until two and a half decades of time had…

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”When the day that lies ahead of me seems impossible to face” – Lovely Day – Bill Withers.  This song was heavily influenced by the songwriter Skip Scarborough, who previously worked with Patti Labelle, Earth, Wind & Fire and many other top R&B acts from the time period.  Bill describes Skip as one of the…

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“Even the wrong words seem to rhyme.  I somehow find you and I collide.” – Collide – Howie Day.  Howie Day is a singer/songwriter from my home state of Maine, which I just learned with research of this song and lyric.  🙂  (I love how things work out sometimes).  Collide was written with Better Than…

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“It’s a beautiful day…don’t let it get away.” – Beautiful Day – U2.  Despite being one of the Irish rock band’s most recognizable songs around the world, this song almost didn’t exist as the band didn’t like it when they first heard it.  Funny, as the lead singer of REM Michael Stipe has gone on…

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Christina Aguilera’s 2nd hit from her Stripped album, “Beautiful” was written by Linda Perry.  Linda says that she “wrote the song based on being extremely insecure, and not feeling that you’re good enough, or not pretty enough, or not smart enough, and hearing too many people tell you those things, and it finally affecting you…

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“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” – Stronger – Kelly Clarkson.  You know Kelly Clarkson’s name, but you more than likely have never heard of Ali Tamposi.  Ali is a singer/songwriter from Long Beach California and in September of 2010 she was in David Gamson’s studio in Long Beach, California and in the worst…

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“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.” – Imagine – John Lennon.  This song is one of the most iconic songs of all time.  John Lennon was inspired to write this song after reading several poems from Yoko Ono’s 1964 book Grapefruit and Dick Gregory’s Christian prayer book, which gave…

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This is TEN percent luck, TWENTY percent skill, FIFTEEN percent concentrated power of will, FIVE percent pleasure, FIFTY percent pain.” – Remember The Name – Fort Minor.  This song is all about the trials and tribulations that an artist has to go through to make it big in the world of music.  Remember The Name…

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“I’m worth a million in prizes.” – Lust For Life – Iggy Pop.  You can’t speak of this song and not talk about the infectious drum beat of the song, which also inspired Jet’s “Are You Going To Be My Girl?” but was actually born from two different Motown tracks, “You Can’t Hurry Love” and…

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