Cracked Archive - Music

3 Bands Who Completely Disowned Their Former Members

The band may not straight-up pretend that the amputated musician never existed, but the hows and whys of that person's sudden departure are rarely discussed.


5 Classic Songs That Were Originally Creepy as Hell

Turns out that the words these forgotten originals were routinely bizarre, racist, and/or totally insane.


5 Shocking Early Versions of Famous Musicians

If you dig into the past of almost any famous artist, you'll find something radically, hilariously different from what they became famous for.


5 Famous Albums You Won't Believe You Can't Buy Anymore

Humanity has produced a lot of terrible music over the years, and we just don't have enough room to keep it all lying around. Some stuff, though, needs to be made available immediately.


The 6 Most Disturbing Song Choices by Huge Ad Campaigns

Some marketers are content to slap any old catchy riff into their ads, regardless of the incredibly awkward context that the lyrics might create.


6 Classic Album Covers That Were Originally Horrifying

If cooler heads hadn't prevailed, history might remember all of these differently.


5 Famous Musicians Who Went Solo (and Insane)

Some musicians go solo and do the same thing they were doing in their band. Others spread their wings and we wish they did also.


4 Anti-Drug Songs That Are Baffling (Even For the '80s)

There's a lot of propaganda out there about not putting angel dust or airplane glue or thumbtacks in your face holes, and most of it is terrible.


5 Unexpected True Stories Behind Famous Gender-Bending Songs

Here is the real story about the people behind five pop songs about unconventional women.


4 Famous Songs Used in Hilarious Ways Around the World

These songs were all big hits, but for one reason or another found big success in very specific, truly bizarre corners of life.


5 Insane First Drafts of Famous Song Lyrics

Lyrics do go through some changes from the time they start out to the time they're finalized. But sometimes those changes are fun and notable. How many times? Five. Exactly five times.


4 Lesser-Known Halves of Music Duos Who Deserve Your Respect

Second fiddle is a hard instrument to play, especially when you know you deserve better.


Backstories To Lyrics In Famous Songs

It turns out that if a tune is catchy enough you won't even put a second thought into the vile and disturbing things you're singing about.


The 5 Worst Songs in the History of Rock Music

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7 Warning Labels Modern Music Desperately Needs

Since we're on the verge of celebrating two decades of completely telegraphed swear words, I wouldn't mind seeing some labels put in place for some of the other unwelcome surprises that tend to pop up in modern music.