We sing to top songs in the car, listen to them at work, and dance to them at parties. But, behind every top song, there’s a story and meaning maybe we didn’t hear initially. Sometimes it’s masked by the sound of the song. For instance, an upbeat tune may have a darker meaning hidden in the lyrics. Of course, other times, the stories behind these songs are funny and insightful, making things much clearer. Be ready, because many of these true stories behind the songs might radically change how you listen to them. Here are 25 Insane Stories Behind Top Songs!
Kendrick Lamar - Swimming Pools
When released in 2012, “Swimming Pools” by Kendrick Lamar became an instant party anthem. But, ironically, the song lyrics are about how alcohol and peer pressure ruined Lamar’s life.
Aerosmith - Dude Looks Like A Lady
When Aerosmith hung out with the guys from Motley Crue, they rolled their eyes at how every sentence they said started with “Dude.” Even more, at one point, they saw what looked like a girl with bleach blonde hair, but when that person turned around, it was Vince Neil from Motley Crue. This turned into the riff, “Dude looks like a lady.”
Journey - Don't Stop Believin'
This classic and overplayed rock ballad from 1981 has a little bit of a factual error in it. South Detroit doesn’t exist. When written, Steve Perry tried North Detroit, East Detroit, West Detroit, but for him, South Detroit sounded the best, so he went with it. Later, he found out “South Detroit” is really just Canada.
Gwen Stefani - Hollaback Girl
This pop song and instant dance track sensation was written as a direct response to Courtney Love dissing Stefani, calling her a cheerleader. We’d say Stefani wins for best comeback.
Van Halen - Jump
This upbeat and peppy song is pretty dark when you know what inspired the lyrics. David Lee Roth came up with the line “Go ahead and jump” after seeing a news broadcast of a guy standing on top of Arco Tower, threatening to commit suicide.