That the United States National Anthem uses the melody of an 18th century British gentlemen's club song mentioning the Greek gods, getting drunk, and having sex. youtube.com/watch?v=8KcHg…
Mongolian custom called Β΄coaxing ritual for camelsΒ΄, when a female camel is rejecting her new-born calf, or to adopt an orphaned calf. The rite consists of playing music, the melody gradually induce deep feelings and so touches the female camel making her less aggressive and even cry. ich.unesco.org/en/USL/coa…
The signature melody of Coldplay's maybe most famous song was taken from Kraftwerk en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tal…
Madonna was very keen to record the vocals for the song Teardrop by Massive Attack, but Robert Del Naja and Grantley Marshall chose Elizabeth Fraser feeling her ethereal style suited the mournful melody and feel of the piece. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea…
The melody used by the Boney M hit "Rasputin" actually comes from a Turkish folk song called "Katibim." youtube.com/watch?v=SymcE…
Today I learned of Musical Ear Syndrome, a for of tinnitus that causes one to hear music with no external source. The music can be a single instrument playing a simple melody or a complex arrangement of instruments, including vocals. hearingdr.com/musical-ear…
In 1942 the song "Deep in the Heart of Texas" was banned by BBC during working hours on the grounds that its infectious melody might cause wartime factory-hands to neglect their tools while they clapped in time with the song. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dee…
Rachmaninoff created a piece based on an inversion of the melody of a Paganini's theme, by flipping the melody "upside-down", reversing its contour, so (almost) all the rising parts become falling parts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rha…
Michael Jackson liked the song β€œBehind the Mask” by Japanese electronic group, the Yellow Magic Orchestra, so much that he wanted to include it in Thriller. He added lyrics, melodies to make it a song about a girlfriend would often hide her emotions behind a "mask" dangerousminds.net/commen…
The creepy 4 note melody from Frozen 2's "Into the Unknown" is actually from a 13th century Gregorian funeral chant called Dies Irae, and has been used in many movies from The Nightmare Before Christmas to The Shining to End of Days youtu.be/ZV60qfHhKI0
In August 5, 2013, on the anniversary of its arrival on Mars, the Curiosity rover sung β€œHappy Birthday” to itself using its tools to create the melody youtu.be/DGkUbvPsgNY
The melody in "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star", the "Alphabet Song", and "Baa, Baa, Black Sheep" was not composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart when he was 5 years old; it was already a popular French folk tune which existed for decades before Mozart composed a series of variations on the tune. liveabout.com/mozart-orig…
β€œWhite Christmas”, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”, β€œWinter Wonderland”, β€œThe Christmas Song” and β€œI’ll Be Home for Christmas” plus the melody for β€œO Holy Night” were all written or co-written by Jews. newsweek.com/best-christm…
Auld Lang Syne served as the national anthem of the Korean exile government and from 1945 to 1948, it was the melody of South Korea's national anthem. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aul…
Pink Floyd's The Wall is implied to be an endless loop. The final song, Outside the Wall, ends with the words "Isn't this where...", and the album begins with the words "... we came in?" with a continuation of the melody of the last song, hinting at the cyclical nature of Water's theme. wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wa…
The melody of "Love Me Tender" is taken straight from a civil war ballad feelguide.com/2013/12/06/…
Amusia is the inability to hear music. Symptoms can include the inability to recognize familiar melodies, the loss of ability to read musical notation, and the inability to detect wrong or out-of tune notes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amu…
Prince wrote - and recorded - the synthesizer part for the Stevie Nicks song Stand Back. She called him the night she came up with the melody, and he came right over, "walked over to the synthesizers that were set up, was absolutely brilliant for about 25 minutes, and then left." inherownwords.com/standba…
The song 'Unchained Melody' is the theme song to a little known prison movie called 'Unchained', hence the title. The film flopped although it was nominated one academy award β€” for best original song. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unc…
The melody for the "Edge of Night" song in the RotK was also composed by Billy Boyd who played Pippin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_W…
Today I learned about "Word Painting" - a writing technique in music where the music reflects the lyrics, for example: the music pausing when the lyrics use the word "stop", or the notes in the melody going higher when the lyrics use the word "higher". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wor…
The Verve received permission from Decca to use a few notes of a string melody from a Rolling Stones orchestral album in exchange for half of The Verve's royalties on "Bitter Sweet Symphony." But the Stones' manager sued The Verve for plagiarism, saying Verve's use was not just a small sample. npr.org/2019/05/23/726227…
Even though the melody of "Happy Birthday to You" was created in 1893, and none of the early printed appearances of the melody and lyrics stated a copyright notice, Warner/Chappell Music managed to keep the song out of the public domain until a court ruling in 2016. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hap…
Playing Taps at military funerals started with a Union soldier’s funeral held too close to the enemy to risk a traditional gun salute giving away their position. They played Taps to give a quieter salute. It was also named Taps because the bugle melody was often followed by three drum taps. history.com/.amp/news/how…
, that Joe Cocker's song titled 'With A Little Help from My Friends' was actually a cover of The Beatles' song, but this version used a radically different melody to go with it's near-identical lyrics en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wit…
The American patriotic song β€œAmerica (My Country, 'Tis of Thee)” has the same melody as β€œGod Save the Queen” from the United Kingdom en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ame…
The theme song called β€œBelieve In Yourself” from the kids’ show β€œArthur” is recorded by Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers which is a group entirely composed of the children of Bob Marley en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
The theme song from the famous childrens TV show 'Arthur' was sung by a band called 'Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers', which included 4 children of the famous Reggae artist Bob Marley. arthur.fandom.com/wiki/Be…
In the 1930's a flute player released his pet lyrebird into the wild, which was able to mimic certain phrases of the man's music. The bird has shared the music with other lyrebirds and the same melodies are still sung by these birds today. awesomestories.com/asset/…
Billy Joel literally dreamed both the melody and chord progression for "Just The Way You Are" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jus…
Melody Roads (invented in Japan) are highways that play songs. Grooves on the road surface cause a vibration and audible rumbling to be transmitted through the wheels and into the car in the form of a musical tune. goinjapanesque.com/04661/
: The Little Mermaid, Ariel appears as an adult in Return to the Sea and gives birth to a daughter named Melody, becoming the first, and currently, only, Disney princess to become a mother. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ari…
Censored Eleven is a group of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons originally produced and released by Warner Bros. that were withheld from syndication because the use of ethnic stereotypes in the cartoons, specifically black stereotypes, was deemed too offensive for contemporary audiences. forcesofgeek.com/2015/04/…
The theme "Concerning Hobbits" is one of the happiest tracks in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and is intended to evoke feelings of peace. Although tin whistle and fiddle both have solos and the main melodies throughout the piece, it is also noted for Shore's distinctive use of the bodhrΓ‘n en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
The melody of the Fairy Fountain song from the Legend of Zelda series comes from a lovely Japanese love song from the 80's. youtu.be/Q7M9958enRk
The melody to the medieval English folk song "Nottamun Town" was considered lost to history until musicologists found isolated, illiterate, populations in Appalachia singing the song with a common melody and lyrics. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Not…
The melody of "The Star-Spangled Banner" was taken from a popular British drinking song called "To Anacreon in Heaven". latimes.com/nation/nation…
The Schlager music emerged in Europe after the Second World War, partly as a backlash against American rock and roll. Typical schlager tracks are either sweet, sentimental ballads with a simple, catchy melody or light pop tunes. Lyrics typically center on love, relationships, and feelings. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sch…
Rod Stewart lifted the melody for "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy" from Brazilian artist Jorge Ben's song "Taj Mahal". Stewart donated his royalties to UNICEF in response. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Da_…
The melody in the song summertime(Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Janis Joplin, Sublime, many otherwise) was initially created by American composer George Gershwin in 1934 youtu.be/ixdJLXDT_QM
Luigi Denza composed FuniculΓ¬, FuniculΓ  in 1880 as an advertisement for a cable car ride. Other composers, such as Richard Strauss, incorporated the melody into their own works, mistakenly assuming the song was a traditional Italian folk song. Denza successfully sued Strauss for royalties. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fun…
Nik Kershaw got the melody together for his first single in 20 minutes. The lyrical content is gibberish that was supposed to be temporary. When he couldn't think of any other good lyrics to fit, he left it in and called the song "The Riddle". songmeaningsandfacts.com/…
John Tesh had no way to record his famous NBA theme "Roundball Rock" when he first thought of it in a European hotel, so he called his home answering machine and left a voicemail of him singing the melody. youtu.be/V_h7Lm7C9Nk
Trent Reznor felt his song "A Warm Place" was too good to be his own work. After the song had been released, he was horrified to discover that he had indeed copied the melody from a piece by David Bowie called "Crystal Japan", written for a Japanese gin advert. Bowie found this hilarious. youtu.be/jONvR5zMy1w?t=2m…
The unique Asian/African folk sound heard in M.I.A.'s Paper Planes directly uses the melody of a 1982 post-punk song from an English rock band, The Clash's "Straight to Hell" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pap…
There are three songs that share the same melody. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Baa Baa Black Sheep, and the ABC Song. lullaby-link.com/three.ht…
The β€œHappy Birthday” song started off as a song sung to school children, with the lyrics β€œGood morning to all”. The melody was kept the exact same but the words have changed to β€œHappy birthday to you”. telegraph.co.uk/music/new…
The collective nouns we use for animals (gaggle of geese, herd of deer etc.) mostly come from the Book of St Alban's published in 1486. It also included terms for professions such as a melody of harpists, a sentence of judges and a superfluity of nuns. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boo…
"Butch" of the Little Rascals was a voice actor for Tex Avery's Merry Melodies. Specifically the voice for Owl Jolson's 'I love to Singa'. (Link in Comments) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom…
1925 Nobel Peace Prize Winner Charles Gates Hawes wrote the melody for Tommy Edwards' 1958 UK chart-topper It's All In The Game ukcharts.20m.com/number1.…
Guitar can be played with one hand by using only 'hammer-ons' and 'pull-offs'. Here is a video of Trace 'The Acoustic Ninja' Bundy performing his own song, 'Dueling Ninjas', in which he uses his left hand to play the melody and his right hand to play the bass notes. youtube.com/watch?v=OsNdM…
In a 1998 poll for Melody Maker, the album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band was voted the worst album of all time. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/enter…
Today I learned about a disorder called Amusia. It's been nicknamed as "musical deafness", and includes the inability to recognize familiar melodies, the loss of ability to read musical notation, and the inability to detect wrong or out-of tune notes. pbs.org/wgbh/nova/body/mu…
John Lennon and Paul McCartney's "placeholder lyrics" for the melody of the song "Yesterday" were "Scrambled eggs/Oh my baby how I love your legs/Not as much as I love scrambled eggs" until they eventually came up with the real lyrics en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yes…
Michael Jackson claimed that when the melody of "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" came to him, he couldn't shake it off. His mother was shocked by the lyrics, but Michael reassured her that the song was not a reference to sex, but could mean whatever people wanted it to en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don…
Johnny Depp’s daughter, Lily-Rose Melody Depp, is the goddaughter of singer Marilyn Manson. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lil…
The Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies cartoon theme song has lyrics and was titled "Merrily We Roll Along". It was written, in part, by Eddie Cantor an early 20th Century singer and performer. youtu.be/wUbl5yFBzoM
There's an entire subgenre of Mexican folk music that mocks, but sometimes also approves of drug crimes using fun, polka-style melodies. It's called narcocorridos. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nar…
The last song Syd Barrett wrote for Pink Floyd before he was replaced was called "Have You Got It Yet". It was relatively simple but whenever the rest of the band joined in he would change the melody and structure before singing the chorus "Have you got it yet?" wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o…
The oldest known melody dates to 1400 B.C.E. youtube.com/watch?v=9c-hm…
The Arthur theme song was performed by Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers, Bob Marley's children. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zig…
In 1968, having deemed 11 Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons too politically incorrect to air, United Artists withheld them from syndication. The "Censored 11" haven’t aired on TV since, but clips have crept online, giving today’s audiences a window into cringeworthy racist stereotypes. entertainment.time.com/20…
Merrie Melodies had a character named Foxy that was a blatant ripoff of Mickey Mouse. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fox…
Cheryl Ladd (from "Charlie's Angels") was the singing voice of Melody (the blonde one) from the 60s TV Cartoon "Josie and the Pussycats". foxnews.com/entertainment…
The melody of the American national anthem comes from a drinking song about Greek gods and sex by a British gentleman's club youtube.com/watch?v=ydAId…
The song β€œThe Little Drummer Boy” is based off of a Czech lullaby, and the drums weren’t originally supposed to be in the songβ€”they were added as an attempt to harmonize the chorus with a melody, and it worked. mynativity.com/blog/the-s…
Paul Simon's "American Tune" is based on the melody for "O Sacred Head, Now Wounded." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O_S…
The melody to "The Star-Spangled Banner" is not original- it was taken from a drinking song called "To Anacreon in Heaven" that predates the lyrics to the anthem (and the event that inspired them) by over three decades. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/To_…
Paul McCartney dreamed the melody of "Yesterday" one night and immediately wrote the music the next morning. He then looked around for a month to find out whether or not he plagiarized it from someone else. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yes…
Mozart heard a starling at market whistling an unpublished tune he was working on -- he bought the starling to preserve secrecy, recorded the melody it sang in his notebook, and gave it an elaborate funeral when it died three years later. indiana.edu/~aviary/Resea…
Bruno Mars (somewhat shamelessly) stole the melody for his song "Treasure" after being denied the right to cover the song "Baby I'm Yours" by Breakbot. justnoisetome.com/breakbo…
"Auld Lang Syne" and "America the Beautiful" were written with the same metre, which means the lyrics and melody for each song can be sung interchangeably. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ame…
The melody for Bob Dylan's 'Blowin in the Wind' was based on an adaptation of the old African-American spiritual "No More Auction Block/We Shall Overcome." The song originated in Canada and was sung by former slaves who fled there after Britain abolished slavery in 1833. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blo…
Song-identification apps like Shazam work so fast and efficiently because they identify music by their up/down melody only (aka Parsons code) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
Bittersweet Symphony by the Verve, had actually used the main melody from Andrew Oldham's orchestral cover of The Rolling Stone's 'The Last Time' youtu.be/faB7kaysef4
The US used the same national anthem melody as Great Britain's until we adopted The Spangled Banner 87 years ago. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_…
In 1993, Melody Maker magazine reviewed a cover of the Beach Boys song "'Darlin" and called it "...a Daft Punky thrash". Rather than being offended, the band embraced the review and later renmaed themselves Daft Punk. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daf…
The melody for the Star-Spangled Banner was inspired by an English drinking song. amhistory.si.edu/starspan…
The song "Unchained Melody," one of the most often recorded songs of the 20th century, was composed for the movie "Unchained", hence the title. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unc…
The melody for Because by the Beatles is Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven backwards youtu.be/nKKOQRI3CA0
Urban birds now perform a sort of 'avian rap' with short and fast songs while their rural counterparts stick to slow melodies news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_ne…
The band Oasis were sued by Coca-Cola and forced to pay $500,000 in damages after it was alleged that the Oasis song "Shakermaker" had lifted words and melody from "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing," a Coke jingle. Asked about the incident, Noel Gallagher joked "Now we all drink Pepsi." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oas…
The members of Daft Punk were originally members of a rock group called Darlin'. An early negative review of their work in Melody Maker dismissed the music as "a bunch of daft punky thrash." Which is what inspired their name. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daf…
There is a clock being built inside of a mountain that is designed to tick for 10,000 years, and play a unique melody that never repeats itself. longnow.org/clock/backgro…
Despite him saying "this is one of my son's favorites" during the holiday classic duet with Bing Crosby, David Bowie disliked "Little Drummer Boy" enough to only appear on the holiday special after "Peace on Earth" was composed for him to sing as a counterpoint melody. (Scroll down to #16.) mentalfloss.com/article/2…
Today I learned of the Censored Eleven a group of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons that were withheld from syndication by United Artists (UA) in 1968 because the use of ethnic stereotypes in the cartoons, specifically black stereotypes, was deemed too offensive for contemporary audiences. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cen…
Newborns' crying is influenced by native language. In a 2009 study, French infants were shown to cry with a "rising melody contour" while German infants cried with "falling contours". sciencedirect.com/science…
In 1450 Louis XI challenged AbbΓ© de Baigne to construct a "piganino," or pig piano, an instrument that jabbed pigs of descending sizes, causing them to oink in a melody. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pig…
The lyrics of the South Korean national anthem were originally set to the music of the Scottish song β€œAuld Lang Syne” for around 40 years before a unique melody was composed for it en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aeg…
The simple piano piece β€œChopsticks” was so called because the melody is to be played in two-part harmony with both hands held in a vertical orientation, little fingers down and palms facing each other, striking the keys with a chopping motion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cho…
Steve Hackett, the lead guitarist of Genesis, was given his position after posting a classified ad saying "Imaginative Guitarist-writer seeks involvement with receptive musicians, determined to strive beyond existing stagnant music forms Steve 730-2445" in Melody Maker. sungazette.com/life/showc…
After dreaming the melody to "Yesterday" Paul McCartney became convinced that he had subconsciously plagiarized the song (cryptomnesia), and went around to other bands and played a demo to make sure the song wasn't theirs en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yes…
In a span of 40 years Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies cartoons were sold by Warner Bros. to Associated Artists Productions, which was sold to United Artists, which was sold to MGM, which was sold to Turner Broadcasting, which was sold to ...Time Warner, bringing the cartoons full circle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loo…
The song "Deep in the Heart of Texas was banned by BBC "during working hours "on the grounds that its infectious melody might cause wartime factory-hands to neglect their tools while they clapped in time with the song." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dee…
, Game of Thrones' Bronn (Jerome Flynn)'s version of Unchained Melody in 1995 was number one on the UK charts for over 7 weeks and sold a million copies youtube.com/watch?v=sNcg4…
Musician, Melody Gardot, was left with severe head injuries after an accident at 18. While bedridden, she was encouraged to write music as therapy, even having to relearn to hum due to the extent of her injuries. She has since been nominated for a Grammy and advocates music therapy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mel…
The words of The Star-Spangled Banner are sung to the popular melody of "The Anacreontic Song," by English composer John Stafford Smith en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The melody of the iconic 'Tetris theme' actually comes from a 19th century Russian folk song called 'Korobelniki' (ΠšΠΎΡ€ΠΎΠ±Π΅ΠΉΠ½ΠΈΠΊΠΈ) youtube.com/watch?v=7m0-3…
The Hamster Dance melody is actually a song from Disney's Robin Hood sped up. youtube.com/watch?v=PKYEK…
The music chosen by Mexican gymnast Elsa Garcia during her floor routine at the 2012 London Olympics was a Legend of Zelda melody by Lindsey Sterling youtu.be/jU9yoJGJqBU

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