500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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John Cougar Mellencamp, 'Pink Houses'

447. John Cougar Mellencamp, 'Pink Houses'

Writer: Mellencamp
Producers: Little Bastard, Don Gehman
Released: Oct. '83, Riva
16 weeks; No. 8

Recorded in a farmhouse in Brownstown, Indiana, "Pink Houses" was inspired by an old man "sitting on the porch of his pink shack," Mellencamp told Rolling Stone. "He waved, and I waved back. That's how the song started."

Appears on: Uh-Huh (Mercury)


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