What's your favorite song? It's a tough question to answer, but we all have one (or several) tunes that make us feel good no matter what. Whether it's an old standby that never fails to put a smile on our face or a new track that we can't get enough of, there's just something special about our favorite songs. We love listening to them, singing along with them, and dancing to them whenever and wherever we can.

Do you have a favorite song? If you do, there's a good chance that the backstory to how the song was written is far different than what you expected. Some of the most popular songs in history were created entirely by accident, while others were born out of heartbreak or lost love. Whatever the reason, these stories make for interesting reading.

So check out this list of favorite songs and their surprising backstories!

Bring you popcorn and coke because this one is a doozy…

Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah became big because of Shrek. The song went mostly underappreciated for years, even as other artists kept covering it, until a version of it was used in a movie about an ogre, a princess, and a donkey. Then it started popping up everywhere.

Source: The Atlantic

Dolly Parton's Jolene was a real woman. Parton kept teasing her husband about a red-headed bank teller who gave him a lot of attention (Her name wasn't Jolene, though that name came from a little girl Parton met while signing autographs.)

Source: NPR

Puff, the Magic Dragon has nothing to do with drugs. Leonard Lipton, who wrote the poem the song was based on, is sick of people asking him if it's really about smoking pot. He swears it's a straightforward children's tale, and that advocating marijuana for little kids is not a good thing.

Source: LA Weekly

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