Keith Richards heard the riff to “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” in a dream. He woke up, played the riff on a tape recorder and mumbled “I can’t get no satisfaction” and went back to sleep.
Britney Spears’ music is used by the British Navy to scare off Somali pirates.
“Teen Spirit” was a real deodorant – one of Kurt Cobain’s friends spray painted “Kurt Smells Like Teen Spirit” on his wall because Kurt’s then-girlfriend wore Teen Spirit, which led to the title of the 1991 Nirvana hit song.
In 1959, the guy who wrote “Louie, Louie” sold the song’s rights for $750 to pay for his wedding. In the mid-80s, he was living on welfare with his mom in South Central LA, when a lawyer convinced him to take action to get the rights back. He settled out of court and became a millionaire.
In 2006, VH1 Classic ran fundraiser for Hurricane Katrina relief in which viewers could donate $25 to see the music video of their choice. One viewer donated $35, 000. Their choice? ’99 Luftballoons’. For an hour.
An American Airlines flight from LA to NYC made an unscheduled stop in Kansas City to offload a passenger who wouldn’t stop singing “I Will Always Love You.”
One of the most popular marching songs for the Russian Military is Spongebob Squarepants theme song.
In 1985 Simple Minds rearranged and recorded “Don’t You Forget about Me” in 3 hours then forgot about it until The Breakfast Club came out and it became a #1 hit.