songwriting

How ‘With a Little Help From My Friends’ Went From Beatles Anthem to Nostalgic TV Theme Song

It was written at the last minute for ‘Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.’ But whether it was Ringo Starr or Joe Cocker singing, it’s been one of rock’s most enduring tributes to the power of community, especially on ‘The Wonder Years’

Lindsey Buckingham Has Long Dreamed of Solo Success. ‘Holiday Road’ Is His Legacy

A song he dashed off for the ‘National Lampoon’s Vacation’ soundtrack wasn’t his biggest hit. But that’s apt for an artist who’s never fully escaped the shadow of Fleetwood Mac

‘Nothing Else Matters’ Was the Moment Metallica Stopped Caring About Selling Out

Over their career, the thrash-metal veterans have been derided for courting mainstream success. But this power ballad’s enduring popularity is tied to the fact that it’s a song about not worrying what the world thinks of you

‘I Don’t Want to Wait’ Is the Story of the Modern Music Industry

Paula Cole’s 1990s hit is synonymous with ‘Dawson’s Creek,’ but it’s also instructive in illustrating how the record business has changed — and still screws over artists

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