7. "Across the Sea"
Just one year after Weezer exploded with The Blue Album, Rivers Cuomo became disenchanted with fame and enrolled Harvard, moving into a dormitory and retreating from the spotlight. "I was craving mental stimulation for about a year and a half leading up to that point, being on the road," he told Rolling Stone. "I was driving around in a van or tour bus and playing the same 10 songs every night." He became very isolated and lonely at school and one day he got a letter from a young female fan in Japan. It touched him deeply and he wrote the Pinkerton track "Across the Sea" about the experience, though some of the lines come off as a little creepy these days, especially "I wonder how you touch yourself and curse myself for being across the sea." Cuomo never contacted the fan and it's unclear if she even knows what she inspired.