Ian McCulloch spoke with much aplomb about what he feels is the rightful place in musical history for this standout track from the Ocean Rain album. "'The Killing Moon' is more than a song, it's about everything," the Echo & the Bunnymen frontman told Rolling Stone. "It's up there with 'Suzanne,' by Leonard Cohen, 'Blowin' in the Wind,' 'In My Life.' Every time I sing it I feel like, 'Whoa, something just happened there.'" McCulloch maintains that the rest of the Bunnymen shared this feeling about the song. "It's hard enough to get a band to agree and say, 'That's the one.' But with 'The Killing Moon,' everyone gets it" -- especially younger generations who discovered the baleful tune after it appeared in the 2001 cult classic film Donnie Darko.
Jason Mraz re-emerged after his disappointing second album with this lead single, a Jack Johnson-esque ditty about giving yourself fully to someone else. The success of the reggae-tinged song (it earned two Grammy nods and a spot on the Billboard singles chart for well over a year) was something the folk-pop singer never predicted when he wrote it in 15 minutes at home. "I played a happy-hippie chord progression that would probably work without 50 different Bob Marley songs," he told Rolling Stone. "I thought, 'It's too novelty. This is a nursery rhyme,'" concluding that "you can never guess what's gonna be a hit."