Song Stories

“Can't Get You Out of My Head”

Kylie Minogue | 2001

After a 14-year absence on the U.S. charts, Kylie Minogue landed her second Top 10 hit with this dance-pop ditty about a lover's touch playing on repeat in her mind. During the hiatus, the Aussie was best known in the States for her 1988 cover of "The Loco-Motion." Now, "Out of My Head" is considered her most successful single and signature song, having peaked at Number One in 15 countries. She told Rolling Stone that her early influences included Donna Summer, Bonnie Tyler, Stevie Wonder and the Beatles. "Then 'Grease' came along," she said, "and that was it. At nine years old I was Olivia Newton-John ..."

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“Long Walk Home”

Bruce Springsteen | 2007

When the subject of this mournful song returns home, he hardly recognizes his town. Springsteen told Rolling Stone the alienation the man feels is a metaphor for life in a politically altered post-9/11 America. “Who would have ever thought we’d live in a country without habeas corpus?” he said. “That’s Orwellian. That’s what political hysteria is about and how effective it is. I felt it in myself. You get frightened for your family, for your home. And you realize how countries can move way off course, very far from democratic ideals.”

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