1. Norwegian Wood- The Beatles
Lennon wrote the song as a veiled account of an extramarital affair he had in London. Further to several British bands, including the Beatles, using guitars to imitate the drone and other musical textures of the sitar in their recordings, "Norwegian Wood" was influential in the development of raga rock and psychedelic rock during the mid-1960s.
Listen to 'Norwegian Wood' from The Beatles here
The song also helped elevate Ravi Shankar and Indian classical music to mainstream popularity in the West. Many other rock and pop artists, including the Byrds, the Rolling Stones and Donovan, began integrating elements of the genre into their musical approach. "Norwegian Wood" is also recognized as a key work in the early evolution of world music.
2. The Way- Fastball
Fastball frontman Tony Scalzo came up with the idea for the song after reading articles which described the June 1997 disappearance of an elderly married couple, Lela and Raymond Howard from Salado, Texas, who left home to attend the Pioneer Day festival at nearby Temple, Texas, despite Lela's Alzheimers and Raymond recently recovering from brain surgery. They were discovered two weeks later, dead, at the bottom of a ravine near Hot Springs, Arkansas, hundreds of miles off their intended route.
Watch the music video of 'The Way' from Fastball here
About the song, Scalzo said that "It's a romanticized take on what happened" - he "pictured them taking off to have fun like they did when they first met."
3. Jeremy- Pearl jam
"Jeremy", the song takes its main inspiration from a newspaper article about a 15-year-old boy named Jeremy Wade Delle from Richardson, Texas who shot himself in front of his teacher and his second period English class of 30 students on the morning of January 8, 1991.
Watch the video of 'Jeremy' by Pearl jam here
In a 2009 interview, Vedder, the vocalist of the band said that he felt "the need to take that small article and make something of it—to give that action, to give it reaction, to give it more importance."
4. Bohemian Rhapsody- Queen
Queen's hit Bohemian Rhapsody is, without question, their most iconic tune. Freddie Mercury, the writer and singer himself declared that the interpretation of the song is all down to the individual. 'It's one of those songs which has such a fantasy feel about it,' he once said. 'I think people should just listen to it, think about it, and then make up their minds as to what it says to them.
Watch the video of 'Bohemian Rhapsody' from Queen here
Having started it in 1968, it was finally finished in 1975. Queen fans were well aware that the band has always been protective over the lyrics of the song, acknowledging they are very personal to Freddie.
5. The Wall- Pink Floyd
In this visual riff on Pink Floyd's album "The Wall," successful but drugged-out musician Pink (Bob Geldof) is looking back on his isolated childhood from the confines of a Los Angeles hotel room. Through a swirl of flashbacks and chemical-induced hallucinations, Pink recalls his lonely upbringing, during which he built a symbolic wall to the world as he coped with the death of his father (James Laurenson) and the overbearing ways of his mother (Christine Hargreaves).
Watch the video of 'The Wall' from Pink Floyd here