4. Guns N' Roses, 'Welcome to the Jungle'
Long before he was famous, Axl Rose found himself in a Queens schoolyard being accosted by a crazed stranger. The man got into Rose's face and said, "You know where you are? You're in the jungle! You're gonna die!" The moment stuck in his mind, and he used the line when writing a new song about a newcomer to Los Angeles. "I wrote the words in Seattle," Rose said in the 1980s. "It's a big city, but at the same time, it's still a small city compared to L.A. and the things you're gonna learn... I just wrote how L.A. looked to me. If someone comes to town and they want to find something, they can find whatever they want. I consider this song to be the most representative of what we're like."