behind the song

Tim McGraw (Courtesy of Nigel Parry)

Behind the Song: Tim McGraw’s ‘Highway Don’t Care’

It’s a moody anthem that serves as the closing song on his 2013 album’ Two Lanes of Freedom.’ McGraw was drawn to it’s “timeless” quality.

01/23/2014

(Courtesy of Mercury Nashville)

Behind the Song: Kacey Musgraves’ ‘Merry Go ‘Round’

“When we were about to pick the first single I really lobbied for ‘Merry Go ‘Round’ because I’m out there every night and I can tell you, hands down this is the one people are connecting with. I’m really glad that was my first thing to say to the world.”

01/21/2014

Hunter Hayes

Behind the Song: Hunter Hayes’ ‘I Want Crazy’

“‘Crazy’ was just my way of saying, ‘That’s real love. When you feel like you’ve gone crazy. That’s when you’ve actually gotten something right.’”

01/16/2014

(Alex John Beck/XL Records)

Behind The Song: Vampire Weekend’s ‘Diane Young’

Frontman Ezra Koenig on about how their hit single from the GRAMMY-nominated ‘Modern Vampires of the City’ went through a rough ugly duckling stage until they figured out that vocal effect—you know the one.

01/14/2014

(Courtesy of Capitol Nashville)

Behind the Song: Darius Rucker’s ‘Wagon Wheel’

“When I heard ‘Wagon Wheel’ at my daughter’s high school talent contest, I just thought, ‘Man some day I’m going to cut the song for a record.’ It was one of those lightning bolt things that I can’t even explain.”

01/09/2014

(James K. Lowell)

Behind The Song: Lorde’s ‘Royals’

“I think one of the first lines I wrote from that song,” Lorde told Radio.com, “which was, ‘We’re driving Cadillacs in our dreams,’ was in a diary that I had when I was like 11 or 12, so young.”

01/07/2014

(Cass Bird for EMI Music Group)

Behind the Song: Katy Perry’s ‘Roar’

“I am woman, hear me roar.” It’s the simple phrase that Helen Reddy sang in 1971 and 42 years later would inspire Katy Perry, along with her co-writer Bonnie McKee, to write “Roar.”

01/02/2014

(Courtesy of Epic Records)

Behind the Song: Sara Bareilles’ ‘Brave’

If Sara Bareilles ends up winning the Best Pop Solo Performance GRAMMY for “Brave,” she owes Sara Quin an Edible Arrangement or at least a thank you card.

12/17/2013

(Anthony Mandler for Interscope Records)

Behind the Song: Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’

One thing is clear: Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” was the most talked about song of the summer and now it’s up for 4 GRAMMYs including Record of the Year. Thicks says it’s all due to Pharrell and a rather racy video.

12/10/2013

(Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Behind The Song: Carrie Underwood “Blown Away”

After the uptempo pop fun of “Good Girl,” the first single from her 2012 album Blown Away, Carrie Underwood chose a song of a different color for her next one. And by different color we mean something much […]

02/05/2013

Matt Bellamy (Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images)

Behind The Song: Muse’s “Madness”

Although they’re a mere trio, the larger-than-life sounds produced by British prog-rockers Muse carry the weight of bands twice their size. An arena rock band to the core, Muse’s musical dexterity has earned them comparisons […]

01/31/2013

Courtesy Third Man Records

Behind The Song: Jack White “Freedom At 21”

While the mention of Jack White typically elicits visions of blistering guitar lines and dusty blues, the Detroit-native also boasts a far less obvious influence: the band KISS. Where KISS produced a myriad of products […]

01/16/2013

Taylor Swift

Behind The Song: Taylor Swift “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”

From country ballads to frenzied dubstep and vibrant dance-pop concoctions, Taylor Swift’s latest album Red is a variety pack of emotion and energy. Yet one thing that binds so many of her songs together is their undeniable catchiness. She […]

01/16/2013

(Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Behind The Song: Hunter Hayes “Wanted”

Hunter Hayes‘ GRAMMY nominated song “Wanted” began simply as a way to tell a girl he was interested. “‘Wanted’ is very much a love letter. It was written basically just to tell a girl how […]

01/16/2013

(Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Coachella)

Behind The Song: Gotye “Somebody That I Used To Know”

It was hard to go anywhere in 2012 without hearing Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know.” It comes as no surprise the track has been nominated for Record of the Year and Best Pop […]

01/16/2013

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