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Songs have a way of worming themselves into our brains and lives in subtle ways, without us giving a single thought to how they arrived in our ears. And as it turns out, most songs have really interesting histories.

So we asked our plasticians to come up with fascinating facts about well-known songs, that you can worm into your brain alongside that catchy melody. Here's what they came up with:

Entry by Andrea Meno

Johnny Cash's The Man Comes Around comes from a dream about Queen Elizabeth. In the dream, Cash went into Buckingham Palace and saw Queen Elizabeth

Entry by PollyDarton

Grand funk's We're an American Band. has a verse mentioning Sweet, sweet Connie which refers to Connic Hamzy of Little Rock AR. Hamzy is one of th

Entry by Scott Laffey

CRACKEDC Stevie Nicks' COM Stand Back ripped off a Prince song. And he was totally cool with it. Nicks wrote the song over the melody for Little Re

Entry by Erin Willis

CRNO The iconic drum beats at the end of Livin' On The Edge by Aerosmith... were played on a bass drum that Steven Tyler stole from his high school

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