Things you may not know about your favourite Songs.

We all love music of one sort or another and there are certain songs that travel taste barriers, just like those songs that however much you try to ignore- you can’t!! Here are a few examples of those and some facts that may surprise you about them


Justin Timberlake‘s ‘Rock Your Body,’ , written by Pharrell Williams and The Neptunes, was supposed to be on Michael Jackson’s final album ‘Invincible.’   Jackson’s management rejected the song and it ended up jump starting Timberlake’s solo career with his album, ‘Justified’ debuting at No. 2 and selling more than 3.5 million copies in the U.S.


The power ballad, ‘I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing,’ was originally written for Celine Dion but luckily for Aerosmith it landed in their lap and was used for the 1998 film “Armageddon,” making history. The song went on to top the  Billboard charts, was nominated for an Oscar, and became one of Aerosmith’s biggest hits.


Kurt Cobain become was famous long before his untimely death and Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit‘ is still regarded as one of the Top Anthems for the young rocker. It may surprise you to know that the title was inspired by a girls’ deodorant! Katherine Hanna, the lead singer of Bikini Kill (and band mate of Cobain’s girlfriend at the time), jotted the phrase on Cobain’s wall as a reference to him smelling of the female deodorant ‘Teen Spirit.’ Cobain mistook this for a cool, rebellious phrase and the title stuck.



Bob Marley’s ‘I shot the Sheriff’ is actually about contraception! Marley was a staunch opponent of birth control, and took an instant dislike to the doctor who was prescribing the medication to his girlfriend. That doctor would then go on to become sheriff, and ‘I Shot The Sheriff’ would become one of his greatest hits and help the Bob Marley ‘Legend’ album sell over 10 million copies.


The Police’s ‘Every breath you take’ is played at numerous weddings all over the world, but it actually relates to the rather dark subject of ‘control’ and ‘surveillance.’ When  Sting wrote the song, he was in a bad place, consumed with jealousy and obsession as his marriage collapsed. “I think the song is very, very sinister,”Sting told the BBC once upon a time.  What surely eases the pain is the $730,000  royalty fees Sting receives from the song each year!

Last, but certainly not least, is the controversial Britney Spears who has a catalogue of shockers:-

  • ‘Baby One More Time’ was meant for TLC
  • ‘Slave 4 U’ was meant for Janet Jackson
  • Rhianna’s ‘Umbrella’ was rejected by Britney
  • Lady GaGa’s ‘Telephone’ was rejected by Britney

So whatever your taste, the truly famous songs are quite often, not what you seem!

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