You've whistled along in the car, screamed them out from the shower, sang them at the cabaret, and maybe even performed with your grandmother to one of these at your distant friend’s wedding. But would you ever know the dark origins of Van Halen's "Jump" or Hanson's philosophical dialogue in "MMMbop"? The answers might not be as evident or innocent as you think. Here are the fascinating backstories behind 14 well-known songs.

You may think you remember every word to your favorite songs, but do you know who composed them? Some of the most skilled musicians have managed to get by with a little help from their (ahem) friends - both lyrically and musically.

So if you're interested in learning more about the origins of absolutely classic bangers like “Aint No Mountain High Enough” and David Bowie's “Fame”--turns out John Lennon was involved! So look, what are you waiting for?! Consider us your conductor and we are vigorously instructing you to scroll down!

David Bowie's Fame CRACKED.COM Bowie's hit song Fame was written over a riff that guitarist Carlos Alomar originally developed for a cover. Bowie, John Lennon, and Alomar wrote the entire song in one session in 1975 complete with lyrics intended as a scoff in the face of the music business which Bowie and Lennon benefitted exponentially from: Fame (fame) puts you there where things are hollow. GOOD MAXI-SING ARRY 5


Cher's If I Could Turn Back Time CRACKED.COM Prolific songwriter Diane Warren, who has written over 80 top 10 hit songs, had to literally beg Cher to record what would become one of her biggest hits: I got on my hands and knees and held her leg down until she said she'd try it out. She goes, 'I hate that fucking song. I hate it.' I go, 'Well, I'm not letting your leg go! RRY S GOLD MAXI-SING


Kelly Clarkson's Miss Independent CRACKED.COM Originally co-written by Christina Aguilera and Rhett Lawrence, Miss Independent was eventually presented to Clarkson, who finished writing and ultimately recorded the song for her 2003 debut album. Clarkson didn't know that Aguilera was a co-writer until she saw her credited as a songwriter on the album credits. RRY S GOLD MAXI-SINGO


The Shirelles' Will You Love Me Tomorrow CRACKED.COM Written by songwriting spouses Gerry Goffin and Carole King (who was 19 at the time), The Shirelles recorded Will You Love Me Tomorrow in 1961. When the song became a #1 hit, The Shirelles made history as the first black girl group to top the charts. However, in 1963 they learned that the trust supposedly established to protect their royalties until their 21st birthdays did not exist. MAX RRY'S


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