“Hit Me Baby One More Time” was written by a Swede who meant the chorus to mean “hit me up on the phone one more time” but mistranslated it.
“Every Breath You Take” by The Police is supposed to be about someone obsessed with a lost lover, and who stalks them. Sting, who wrote it, is troubled by how many people think it is a love song.
In 1971 Pink Floyd played a show in London that was so loud it killed all the fish in a lake 100 yards away.
The Dixie Chicks are still de facto “banned” from country music radio due to criticizing President Bush back in 2003. Their music is never played on many country stations.
In 1997, three composers created “The Most Unwanted Song” based on an opinion poll of annoying musical elements. It includes bagpipes, a opera singer rapping about being a cowboy, children singing about Christmas shopping at Walmart, and much more. It is twenty two minutes long.
They also recorded “The Most Wanted Song”.
The famous Jeopardy “Think!” theme was composed by the show’s creator Merv Griffin in less than a minute as a lullaby for his son. By 2005, he had made over $70 million dollars in royalties from that song, the equivalent of a Jeopardy contestant winning every game for about a decade.
Most consumers give up finding new music when they reach 30.
Tom Petty was so popular his record label wanted to charge $1 more for his 1981 album “Hard Promises” than the standard $8.98, but they backed down after he considered naming the album “$8.98”.
During Eurovision 1978 the Jordanian broadcaster censored the Israeli performance, instead showing pictures of flowers. When it became apparent that Israel would win, the broadcast was cut off and it was announced that Belgium had won instead.
ELO’s first album “The Electric Light Orchestra” has a different name in the US. The american record company tried to call and confirm the name of the album. When they failed to reach anyone on the phone, they wrote down “No Answer”, which someone misconstrued as the name of the album.