6. 'King of Pain'
Sting was in Jamaica with his new girlfriend Trudie, recovering from the agony of his first divorce, when the inspiration for "King of Pain" first hit him. He looked up into the sky one day and said, "There's a little black spot on the sun today." After a pause he said, "That's my soul up there." It sounded like a song to him, and he quickly wrote out the lyrics about all the pain in the world, from a seagull with a broken back to a butterfly in a spider's web. It was a huge hit in 1983, and it inspired Weird Al Yankovic's early classic "King of Suede." Sample lyric: "There's a sale on our gabardine suits today/ They're all 30 percent off from yesterday."