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Song Meanings, Lyrics, And Facts

This is your one stop shop for in-depth, detailed articles about the song meanings and facts/trivia about music that came out in the 1960s, 1970s, and some from the late '50s. Early '80s music (pop hits and some that aren't as famous) is also included, because no actual decade "ends" when it technically ends. The '60s started in the '50s, and the 1970s were still the '60s for at least three years before what we see as the iconic years of the '70s even started. From song lyric meanings, to famous misheard song lyrics, and the words to all the most famous music from the '60s (and the "groovy era"), try and find your favorite song and read up on how it came to be. You can read wiki pages or sit down and read a bunch of interviews, but we should have you covered if you want to know anything about your favorite songs from your childhood (or your parents' childhood). If we're missing a song that you love, let us know on Facebook and we'll give it over to our writers and editors to make into an interesting article about that song, if there's something interesting there. Look around, see what's what. ✌

'Stay' By Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs: The Shortest ...

April 30, 2021

Photo of MAURICE WILLIAMS & THE ZODIACS; Group portrait (Photo by GAB Archive/Redferns) "Stay" made Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs a one-hit wonder when the s...

Blondie's 'Rapture:' The New Wave Goes Hip Hop, Meaning...

March 28, 2021

The first rap song to go to #1 on the Billboard pop chart? That would be "Rapture" by Blondie, from 1981, featuring the fresh rhymes of Debbie Harry. The son...

Otis Redding's 'Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay:' A #1 H...

March 16, 2021

Soul singer Otis Redding poses for a portrait in May 1966 in London, England. (Photo by Cyrus Andrews/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images) When Otis Redding's...

Dylan's 'Subterranean Homesick Blues,' Lyrics And Meani...

March 8, 2021

"Johnny's in the basement / Mixin' up the medicine" -- so begins Bob Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues," a single from his album Bringing It All Back Home...

Walk On The Wild Side: Lyrics And Meaning Of Lou Reed's...

February 21, 2021

American musician Lou Reed (1942-2013) performs live on stage in 1974. (Photo by Gai Terrell/Redferns) "Walk On The Wild Side" by Lou Reed captures characters...

Blinded By The Light: The Springsteen-Penned Manfred Ma...

February 19, 2021

Left: Bruce Springsteen on August 22, 1975 in Atlanta, Georgia. Right: single sleeve for Manfred Mann's 'Blinded By The Light.' Sources: Photo by Tom Hill/WireI...

Video Killed The Radio Star: Lyrics And Meaning Of The ...

February 10, 2021

The Buggles, famous for "Video Killed The Radio Star," were a one-hit wonder -- but oh, what a hit, with prophetic lyrics and an overall meaning that would d...

I'm Your Venus: Lyrics And Meaning Of The Shocking Blue...

February 7, 2021

Left: Shocking Blue. Right: single sleeve for Bananarama's 'Venus.' Sources: GAB Archive/Redferns; Discogs "She's got it, yeah baby she's got it" -- the catch...

In 'Creeque Alley,' Mamas & Papas Told Their Story: Lyr...

February 4, 2021

Photo of The Mamas and the Papas circa 1970 by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images "...And no one's gettin' fat except Mama Cass" -- that's the chorus to "Cre...

'Love Rollercoaster' By Ohio Players: Did A Woman Die F...

January 31, 2021

The Ohio Players' "Love Rollercoaster" was an instant funk classic -- haunted by a morbid urban legend. The single was released on November 9, 1975, and driv...

Steve Miller's 'Joker:' Pompatus, Maurice And The Space...

January 12, 2021

From its first lines, Steve Miller's 1974 #1 hit "The Joker" is a jumble of enigmatic lyrics: Are we supposed to call him the Space Cowboy, Gangster Of Love,...

Candle In The Wind: Elton John's Tribute To Marilyn Mon...

December 29, 2020

What did Marilyn Monroe and Princess Diana have in common? Apart from Elton John's "Candle In The Wind," nothing -- Monroe was a celebrity sex symbol whose l...

'Do They Know It's Christmas?' Band Aid Asked In 1984

December 25, 2020

Left: Bob Geldof and Midge Ure in Notting Hill, London, during the recording of 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' on November 25, 1984. Right: Sleeve art for the single...

'I Am Woman' By Helen Reddy Brought Feminism To The Pop...

December 9, 2020

Helen Reddy in 'Midnight Special' in January 1973. Photo by: Paul W. Bailey/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank With six words -- "I am woman, hear me roar" -- Australian sin...

'MacArthur Park' And A Cake Out In The Rain: Worst. Lyr...

November 11, 2020

Donna Summer performs on stage, circa 1975, as Richard Harris looks on. (Photo by GAB Archive/Redferns; IMDB) "MacArthur Park," a hit for Richard Harris, Wayl...

Gordon Lightfoot's 'Edmund Fitzgerald:' Lyrics And Stor...

November 9, 2020

Gordon Lightfoot's 1976 single "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" sounds like an ancient mariner's lament -- chalk that up to Lightfoot's somber vocals. Bu...

'Y.M.C.A.,' The Sports Anthem About A Gay Cruising Spot...

October 20, 2020

Photo of DISCO; The audience performs the 'YMCA' dance with The Village People at the "ABC Disco Ball" at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, CA (Photo by Ama...

'After The Gold Rush,' Neil Young's Soundtrack Of A Los...

September 19, 2020

Neil Young on the cover of 'After The Gold Rush/' Source: Flickr.com Neil Young's After The Gold Rush is one of the great albums in classic rock, including "O...

With 'He Stopped Loving Her Today,' George Jones Return...

September 12, 2020

George Jones in 1978. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images) When George Jones recorded "He Stopped Loving Her Today," he didn't just need a hit -- he ...

'How Do You Sleep?:' John Lennon's Most Ungroovy Anti-M...

September 9, 2020

Musician John Lennon formerly of "The Beatles" performs onstage at the Chrysler Arena on December 10, 1971 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Tom Copi/Michael Oc...

Was George Harrison's 'My Sweet Lord' Really A 'He's So...

August 31, 2020

Left: George Harrison in Cannes on January 30, 1976, for the Midem music industry trade fair. Right: The Chiffons' single Harrison was said to have plagiarized....

The Boomtown Rats' 'I Don't Like Mondays:' The Strange ...

July 28, 2020

The Boomtown Rats' "I Don't Like Mondays," a fun-sounding little song that went to #1 in the UK, isn't about mere start-of-week grumpiness -- it was inspired...

Cherokee People, Cherokee Tribe: Lyrics And Meaning of ...

July 24, 2020

The Raiders, formerly known as Paul Revere and the Raiders, had a single number one hit, with "Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Ind...

Marvin Gaye's 'Got To Give It Up:' Story And Facts Abou...

June 25, 2020

Marvin Gaye live at Royal Albert Hall, London. 1979 (Photo by David Corio/Redferns) When Marvin Gaye recorded "Got To Give It Up," he was joining the club -- ...

Fleetwood Mac's 'Dreams:' Anthem For The TikTok Generat...

June 18, 2020

Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac performs at The Omni Coliseum in Atlanta Georgia June 1, 1977. (Photo By Rick Diamond/Getty Images) With its chorus "Thunder onl...

"Burn Baby Burn" Original Version Lyrics/Meaning To 'Di...

May 25, 2020

With "Burn baby burn," The Trammps 1976 single "Disco Inferno," the group lit a fire in the kindling of the pre-disco era -- or perahps it's better to say th...

'Set Me Free Why Don't You Babe' Song Meaning & Lyrics ...

May 22, 2020

The Supremes, 1968. From left, Diana Ross, Cindy Birdsong, and Mary Wilson. They wear dresses used during their European tour dates of that year. (Photo by Silv...

'If You Wanna Be Happy' By Jimmy Soul: The Offensive & ...

May 18, 2020

Jimmy Soul Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images. Single sleeve source: discogs.com The lyrics of Jimmy Soul’s “If You Wanna Be Happy” make it one of th...

How The Guess Who Wrote 'American Woman' By Accident (L...

May 9, 2020

"American Woman" by The Guess Who might seem like an anthem praising the ladies of the 50 states... maybe an heir to the Beach Boys' "California Girls." But ...

'(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction' Lyrics/Song Meaning And...

May 6, 2020

When Keith Richards sat down to write one of the most iconic riffs in music history, to the point where the song is in the National Recording Registry of the...

'Doodle O/Turtle Love/Dude Low' How 'Good Lovin' By The...

April 30, 2020

Photo of American group The Young Rascals (later known as the Rascals) posed circa 1965. (Photo by GAB Archive/Redferns) Maybe you don’t remember where you we...

'Ring Of Fire' By Johnny Cash: Song Meaning, Stories, L...

April 19, 2020

THE JOHNNY CASH SHOW - Shoot Date: March 17, 1969. (Photo by Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Photo Archives/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images) I...

The Beatles' 'Come Together:' Song Meaning, Lyrics, And...

April 17, 2020

"Here come old flat-top" it begins, then describes a man with "ju-ju eyeball," "toe-jam football" and "monkey finger" -- "Come Together" contains lyrics that...

I Will Survive: Song Lyrics & Meaning To The Disco Anth...

March 10, 2020

Gloria Gaynor (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images) Gloria Gaynor's hit "I Will Survive," released in 1978 and a #1 hit in 1979, is dramatic from the ...

'Let's Stay Together' by Al Green: Song Meaning, Lyrics...

February 12, 2020

Al Green performing on stage, holding a rose, circa 1974. (Photo by Echoes/Redferns) With the 1972 hit "Let's Stay Together," Al Green struck a perfect balanc...

Elvis Presley's 'Heartbreak Hotel:' History, Meaning, A...

January 27, 2020

Elvis Presley holding framed gold record of Heartbreak Hotel while in a recording studio to record a new song. (Photo by Don Cravens/The LIFE Images Collection ...

'Knock Three Times' By Dawn: Lyrics And Strange Story O...

January 23, 2020

Tony Orlando and Dawn circa 1975. L-R: Telma Hopkins, Tony Orlando, Joyce Vincent Wilson. (Photo by GAB Archive/Redferns) "Knock Three Times" became a #1 hit ...

'I Wish' by Stevie Wonder: The Underdog Song That Took ...

January 22, 2020

Stevie Wonder circa 1970s. (Photo by PL Gould/IMAGES/Getty Images) Stevie Wonder's 1977 #1 hit "I Wish" captures the funky synthesizer groove that drove his b...

'Margaritaville:' History, Lyrics And Meaning Of The Mo...

January 20, 2020

Jimmy Buffet performs on stage at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana on April 30, 1989. (Photo by David Redfern/Redferns) Ji...

Barry Manilow's 'Mandy' Was Originally 'Brandy.' But Wa...

January 18, 2020

Barry Manilow performing on Saturday Night Live With Howard Cosell, airdate: October 11, 1975. Photo by Ann Limongello/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images P...

The Truth About 'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds:' Is It ...

January 4, 2020

Picture yourself in a boat on a river, using your kaleidoscope eyes to read about the writing and recording of “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds,” the seminal B...

'Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head:' Song Meaning, Hist...

January 3, 2020

Paul Newman (1925 - 2008), as Butch Cassidy, and Katharine Ross as Etta Place, in a promotional still for 'Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid', directed by Geor...

Jose Feliciano's 'Feliz Navidad:' How The 1970 Christma...

December 9, 2019

Feliz Navidad, I wanna wish you a merry Christmas… the holiday wouldn’t be the same without that joyful phrase. Performed by Jose Feliciano, a virtuoso guita...

Harry Chapin's 'Cat's In The Cradle:' Song Lyrics & His...

December 7, 2019

In December 1974, Harry Chapin's "Cat's In The Cradle" was a Billboard #1 hit -- and it's fair to say, an unlikely one. This earnest folk-rock meditation on ...

'Alice's Restaurant:' Arlo Guthrie's Arrest Spawned Ant...

November 26, 2019

Arlo Guthrie in October 1968. Source: Bettmann / Contributor, via Getty Images Riding the folk-music wave, singer-songwriter Arlo Guthrie found his moment of ...

Ben E. King's 'Stand By Me:' A '60s Classic That Keeps ...

November 4, 2019

R&B singer Ben E. King poses for a portrait in circa 1975. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images) Ben E. King wrote “Stand by Me” in 1960, and over tim...

'The Devil Went Down To Georgia' Song: Meaning And Triv...

October 28, 2019

Charlie Daniels' "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" is one of the great story songs, with lyrics that tell of a fiddler's confrontation with Satan. The tune wa...

Was There Really A Feud Between Neil Young And Lynyrd S...

September 11, 2019

Left: Gary Rossington, Steve Gaines and Ronnie Van Zant of Lynyrd Skynyrd,on the field before the 1977 Season Opening Atlanta Braves Game. Right: Neil Young on ...

Linda Ronstadt, 1975: When The Rock Sweetheart Went Cou...

July 20, 2019

Linda Ronstadt with country star George Jones backstage at the Bottom Line in September 1980 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty I...

How 'Light My Fire' Got The Doors Banned From Ed Sulliv...

June 26, 2019

Left: Jim Morrison in an undated photo. Right: Morrison on The Ed Sullivan Show. Sources: Tom Copi/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images; Vimeo.com The Doors wer...

1966: Buffalo Springfield Warns Us To 'Stop, Children.....

May 31, 2019

"There's something happening here / What it is ain't exactly clear..."The ominous words and high, lonely guitar notes of Buffalo Springfield's "For What It's...

Was Woodstock A Teenage Wasteland? The Who's 'Baba O'Ri...

May 27, 2019

It's one of the riddles of classic rock: who is 'Baba O'Riley' and what is this "teenage wasteland" we keep hearing about? For Pete Townshend, songwriter of ...

It Ain't Me: CCR's 'Fortunate Son' And Vietnam War Hypo...

May 24, 2019

Left: In a photo from 1967, helmets, rifles and jungle boots tell a grim tale of the action fought by the 1st Brigade, 101st airborne paratroopers in Operation ...

Ground Control To Major Tom: David Bowie's 'Space Oddit...

May 15, 2019

"Ground control to Major Tom..."David Bowie's 1969 single "Space Oddity" has a more memorable opening line than its actual title (which appears nowhere in th...

'Every Little Thing's Gonna Be Alright,' Bob Marley’s S...

May 11, 2019

Bob Marley, 1980. Source: (Photo by Sigfrid Casals/Cover/Getty Images) You know the famous reggae song -- the one where Bob Marley assures us that "Every li...

'Big Chill' Soundtrack: A Baby-Boomer Nostalgia Overdos...

March 12, 2019

What's more memorable for you -- The Big Chill, or the Big Chill soundtrack? In 1983, several famous (or now-famous) movie stars got together for an ensemble...

Silver Convention's 'Fly Robin Fly:' First German Billb...

January 2, 2019

Silver Convention West German disco vocal group Silver Convention perform live on stage circa 1976. The group are, from left: Penny McLean, Ramona Wulf and Lind...

'Seasons In The Sun' By Terry Jacks: A Melancholy, Catc...

December 17, 2018

Photo of Terry Jacks - CIRCA 1970: Photo of Terry Jacks Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images In 1973, Canadian musicians hadn't had much luck penetrati...

What’s Love Got To Do With Tina Turner?

December 16, 2018

The smashing Tina Turner took the music world by storm, bringing more than just music to her fans. Her performances have always been high-energy entertainment. Worth around...

Some Of The BEST Songs Of The Groovy '70s

December 14, 2018

George Harrison English singer-songwriter, guitarist and former Beatle, George Harrison (1943 - 2001), Cannes, France, 30th January 1976. Harrison is in Cannes for the Midem mus...

Groovy Prom Songs From The ‘60s And ‘70s

December 7, 2018

High school proms are and have been an exciting American tradition for many high school students. Typically, proms are exclusively for upper class-men and have historicall...

Christmas (Music) In The Jungle: Vietnam-Era Holiday So...

December 6, 2018

December 25, 1967: Soldiers taking rest close to a small Christmas tree, on their position at the Hill 875 near Dakto, few days after the North Vietnamese Army ...

'Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch?' Why The Four Tops Didn't Like...

December 4, 2018

Released on June 19, 1965, "I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)" thrust The Four Tops into the mainstream with their first chart-topping hit. The qu...

Elvis Presley’s Favorite Songs …They May Not Be What Yo...

November 28, 2018

'Elvis' - The Comeback TV Special BURBANK, CA - JUNE 27: Rock and roll musician Elvis Presley performing on the Elvis comeback TV special on June 27, 1968. ...

“Tequila Sunrise” … By The Eagles

November 25, 2018

Tequila Sunrise CocktailIt is probably safe to say that most of the adult, civilized world recognizes “tequila sunrise” as an alcoholic beverage. The ingredients in a tequila s...

Rod Stewart’s “Maggie May” is Arguably one of the Groov...

October 16, 2018

Portrait CIRCA 1969: Rock singer Rod Stewart poses for a portrait in circa 1969. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images) As many songs do, Rod Ste...

Scary, Spooky Songs Of The Sixties And Seventies

October 15, 2018

The 1960s and 1970s were the best eras for spooky, scary novelty songs, and with Halloween just around the corner, now is a great time to remember the creepy tunes tha...

Who was the Inspiration Behind the Hit Doo-Wop Song, “B...

October 3, 2018

NOVEMBER 02: THANK YOUR LUCKY STARS Photo of BEACH BOYS, Event: Circa '67., Artist: Beach Boys (Photo by David Farrell/Redferns) How many people know the na...

Tanya Tucker And 'Delta Dawn:' From Teen Star To Wild C...

September 27, 2018

Left: Tanya Tucker circa 1983, photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images. Right: Tucker on the cover of her 1980 album 'Dreamlovers.' Source: discogs.co...

How It Was In The '70s: Song Lyrics That Captured The D...

September 20, 2018

Left: Bjorn Ulvaeus, Agnetha Faltskog, Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Benny Andersson of Abba on stage at Wembley Arena in November 1979 (Photo by David Redfern/Redfern...

What You Didn't Know About Michael Martin Murphey's 'Wi...

September 11, 2018

Michael Martin Murphey in Concert at Symphony Hall in Atlanta - November 12, 1975. (Photo by Tom Hill/WireImage) In 1975, singer and songwriter, Michael Marti...

'Convoy:' The Song That Made Truckers The Working Class...

July 10, 2018

The chart-topping 1976 hit "Convoy," by C.W. McCall, tapped into America's fascination with CB radios and truckers. The song told a story about a hard-workin...

The Story Of 'Mercedes Benz,' Janis Joplin’s Final Reco...

July 9, 2018

The soulful classic rock singer Janis Joplin's "Mercedes Benz" is one of her most affecting songs, and it also happens to be the last recording she made be...

CCR's 'Bad Moon Rising' And The 1941 Movie That Inspire...

July 6, 2018

In March 1969, John Fogerty had just written a song he wasn't too sure about -- nevertheless, he went into the studio to record it with his band, Creedence C...

Music GREAT, Bob Seger!

July 2, 2018

Bob Seger On Stage Musician Bob Seger performs, Michigan, July 2, 1977. (Photo by Paul Natkin/Getty Images) Bob Seger is one of those musicians that has stood the test of time. He has been ente...

Like A 'Rhinestone Cowboy:' Glen Campbell's Life In One...

June 30, 2018

Singer Glen Campbell performs onstage in July 1974. (Photo by (Photo by Donaldson Collection/Getty Images) The late Glen Campbell's "Rhinestone Cowboy," relea...

Parody Song Master Weird Al Yankovic: True Story Of A C...

June 13, 2018

Music/Video Parodist Al Yankovic holding food with chop-sticks at Bao Wow' Chinese restaurant in1986. (Photo by Ben Martin/Getty Images) For "Weird Al" Yan...

Simon & Garfunkel's 'Mrs. Robinson:' Where Did You Go, ...

March 20, 2018

Simon & Garfunkel's song "Mrs. Robinson" is almost inseparable from the 1967 film The Graduate, in which it appears. Mrs. Robinson is one of the main charact...

'The House of the Rising Sun:' The Animals' Hit Predate...

March 2, 2018

Single cover for an EMI/Columbia issue of The Animals' 'House Of The Rising Sun.' Source: Amazon "The House of the Rising Sun," was a hit for the British rock...

'The Lion Sleeps Tonight' Actually Does Have African Or...

February 21, 2018

The Tokens (L-R top: Stephen Friedland aka Brute Forte, Mitch Margo, Hank Medress and Jay Siegel, seated Phil Margo) circa 1965; Solomon Linda (tallest) with hi...