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.
Italian singer Adriano Celentano released a song in the 70’s with nonsense lyrics meant to sound like American English, to prove Italians would like any English song. It was a hit.
A Chicago High School, as a fundraiser, played Justin Bieber’s “Baby” between classes and had students pay to stop it. The campaign raised $1,000 in 3 days.
Keith Richards woke up in the middle of the night, laid down and recorded a 30 second guitar riff for what would be the song Satisfaction (I Can’t Get No). The following 40 minutes on the tape recorder is him snoring.
There was an early 70’s #1 Italian song written entirely in English gibberish to mimic what English sounds like to a non-English speaker.