X-Plained - Stories Behind The Songs

Brian May of Queen

Brian May wrote more of Queen's hits than you thought

Freddie Mercury performing with Queen at Live Aid, July 1985

How I Want To Break Free became Queen’s most controversial song

Dave Grohl in London at the time of the second Foo Fighters album, The Colour And The Shape, in 1997

What does the name "Foo Fighters" mean?

Damon Albarn in Tokyo, November 1994

Is Blur's Beetlebum their most heartbreaking single?

What are these 00s bands up to now with Hard-Fi, The Ting Tings, Hot Hot Heat, Noisettes and The Rakes

Where are these Noughties bands now?

New Order - Blue Monday front cover

Did New Order lose money on the Blue Monday cover?

Brandon Flowers of The Killers and Sam Endicott of The Bravery

Why Brandon Flowers "trash-talked" The Bravery

The Cranberries' late singer Dolores O’Riordan

The true story of Zombie by The Cranberries

Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters onstage in 1995

What does Dave Grohl whisper in Everlong by Foo Fighters?

David Bowie getting interviewed in a hotel, Tokyo, April 1977.

David Bowie hid a secret message on the cover of one of his most famous albums

Paolo Nutini and Charlie Chaplin

The story behind Paolo Nutini's Iron Sky speech

Classic album titles

What’s the meaning behind these classic album titles?

Oasis in 1994

Why were Oasis were sued over the song Whatever?

Morrissey in 1985 and the current Coronation Street set

When Morrissey wrote a script for Coronation Street

Green Day in 2001: Mike Dirnt, Tre Cool and Billie Joe Armstrong

How did Green Day come up with their name?

Paul McCartney, George Harrison, John Lennon and Ringo Starr proudly display their MBE medals after their investiture at the Palace. 1965

The true story of why John Lennon returned his MBE