9 Strange Origin Stories of Famous Songs

August 18, 2015

"Angie"- The Rolling Stones
Anglea Bowie was David Bowie's wife at the time, and she says she walked in on both David Bowie and Mick Jagger naked in bed together. "I think they were composing 'Angie'" she quips. Bowie and Jagger deny the story.

"You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" - Bachman Turner Overdrive
The song was recorded to make fun of Randy Bachman's brother Gary, who had a stutter. The song was never intended to be a No. 1 hit, and the band re-recorded it without the stutter. The record company insisted that they release the original instead, which they did.

"Helter Skelter" - The Beatles
After Paul McCartney heard the eardrum-shattering sound of The Who, he figured he could do better and try to out-Who The Who.

"Fight For Your Right" - The Beastie Boys
If you understand The Beastie Boys' sense of humor, then you would know that the song was written as a parody of rock anthems. They even released a music video poking fun at them as well. Some of the irony gets lost when listeners don't realize that the song was written as a joke.

"Dude Looks Like a Lady" - Aerosmith
According to Steven Tyler, he and the members of Aerosmith spotted an attractive looking woman from behind at a bar. When she turned around, it turned out to be Vince Neil from Motley Crue! Hence the phrase "dude looks like a lady."

"Money for Nothing" - Dire Straits
Mark Knopfler
 took the lyrics for the song directly from the rantings and ramblings of a TV salesman who went off script into a tirade about how easy it is for "little f*ggots" to make money on MTV. Ironically, the TV salesman got nothing.

"Nothing Else Matters" - Metallica
James Hetfield 
unintentionally wrote the song while on the phone with his girlfriend while mindlessly plucking away at his guitar. He liked the way it sounded so well that he ended up writing an entire song around it.

"Walk This Way" - Aerosmith
Steven Tyler
 wrote the song after he heard actor Marty Feldman use the phrase in the film Young Frankenstein.

"Sweet Child O' Mine" - Guns N' Roses
The opening guitar riff to the song was originally a string-skipping exercise Slash was doing on the guitar. When Axl heard it, he insisted they use it in the song, which Axl wrote about his girlfriend. When it was time to record it, the phrase "Where do we go now?" wasn't included in the lyrics. When the band's producer asked for a dramatic breakdown for the middle of the song, Axl sang "Where do we go now?" literally. He didn't know where to go with the lyrics.

(source: Cracked)