How I Wrote 'It Must Have Been Love'

How I wrote ‘It Must Have Been Love’ by Roxette’s Per Gessle

December 2, 2019 in Features, How I Wrote, Interviews

The Swedish soft-rock duo’s lead singer reveals the ballad that graced the ‘Pretty Woman’ soundtrack was originally a Christmas song…

Handbags And Gladrags by Mike d'Abo

How I wrote ‘Handbags And Gladrags’ by Mike d’Abo

November 17, 2019 in How I Wrote, Interviews

The Manfreds man tells the story of his classic that’s been a hit for Chris Farlowe, Rod Stewart and Stereophonics…

How I Wrote book 'If I Were A Boy'

How I wrote ‘If I Were A Boy’ for Beyoncé by BC Jean

November 11, 2019 in Features, How I Wrote, Interviews

How the global smash started life as a Californian girl’s break-up song, inspired by pizza and popcorn in Times Square…

Shed Seven

How I wrote ‘Chasing Rainbows’ by Shed Seven’s Rick Witter

November 4, 2019 in How I Wrote, Interviews

The singer with York’s indie guitar heroes looks back on the creation of an anthem from the band’s Britpop heyday…

How I wrote 'Little Things'

How I wrote One Direction’s ‘Little Things’ by Fiona Bevan

September 29, 2019 in How I Wrote, Interviews, Songwriting Magazine Spring 2019

The Suffolk-born singer-songwriter explains how she and Ed Sheeran made the little song that gave 1D another UK No 1…

How I Wrote 'Zombie' by The Cranberries

How I wrote ‘Zombie’ by The Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan

September 19, 2019 in Features, How I Wrote, Interviews

Before the Irish band’s singer tragically died in 2018, she told us how this classic 90s rock song was created…

'Elusive' by Scott Matthews in 'How I Wrote' the book

How I wrote ‘Elusive’ by Scott Matthews

September 18, 2019 in How I Wrote, Interviews

The Wolverhampton singer-songwriter reveals how his debut single earned him a tour with Foo Fighters and an Ivor Novello award…

How I wrote 'Connected' by Stereo MCs' Rob Birch

How I wrote ‘Connected’ by Stereo MCs’ Rob Birch

September 14, 2019 in How I Wrote, Interviews, Songwriting Magazine Spring 2015

The frontman explains how their most famous song is a long and winding tale of riots, London buses and underpants…

How I wrote 'Silence Is Easy' by Starsailor

How I wrote ‘Silence Is Easy’ by Starsailor’s James Walsh

September 1, 2019 in How I Wrote, Interviews, Songwriting Magazine Autumn 2017

The indie band’s frontman on creating their two-chord, Phil Spector-produced hit single, and how easy it is to sing drunk!…

Scouting For Girls in Songwriting Magazine

How I wrote ‘She’s So Lovely’ by Scouting For Girls’ Roy Stride

August 27, 2019 in How I Wrote, Interviews, Songwriting Magazine Spring 2018

The pop-rock band’s frontman explains how their debut hit took two years of tweaking and “dicking around on the piano”…

How I wrote 'Why Does It Always Rain On Me' by Travis

How I wrote ‘Why Does It Always Rain On Me?’ by Travis’ Fran Healy

August 15, 2019 in How I Wrote, Interviews, Songwriting Magazine Spring 2019

The Glaswegian frontman talks about piecing together their precipitative breakthrough hit single in the arid climes of Israel and Spain…

How I wrote 'Girl From Mars' by Ash

How I wrote ‘Girl From Mars’ by Ash’s Tim Wheeler

July 31, 2019 in How I Wrote, Interviews, Songwriting Magazine Autumn 2016

The Northern Irish frontman recalls how a song he wrote as a 16-year-old schoolboy became the rock band’s breakthrough hit…

How I wrote 'Forever Lost' by The Magic Numbers

How I wrote ‘Forever Lost’ by The Magic Numbers’ Romeo Stodart

July 30, 2019 in How I Wrote, Interviews, Songwriting Magazine Spring 2019

The English pop-rockers’ songwriter tells us how their debut single managed to blend an uplifting melody with a darker lyric…

Adam Young AKA Owl City

How I wrote ‘Fireflies’ by Adam Young (Owl City)

July 14, 2019 in Features, How I Wrote, Interviews, Songwriting Magazine Winter 2015

The singer-songwriter-producer explains how insomnia, a new synth and Blink-182 inspired a multi-platinum single that topped charts across the globe…

Dave Davies

How I wrote ‘Death Of A Clown’ by The Kinks’ Dave Davies

July 7, 2019 in Features, How I Wrote, Interviews

The lead guitarist, songwriter and singer of the influential English 60s rock band tells of his classic track’s haunting origins…

Live

How I wrote ‘I Alone’ by Live’s Ed Kowalczyk

June 30, 2019 in Features, How I Wrote, Interviews

25 years after ‘Throwing Copper’ went global, we learn the story of the song that helped it on its way…

How I wrote 'Labour Of Love' by Hue & Cry

How I wrote ‘Labour Of Love’ by Hue & Cry’s Greg and Pat Kane

June 13, 2019 in How I Wrote, Interviews

From a Latin disco drumbeat to a politically charged lyric, here’s the story behind the 80s pop duo’s biggest hit…

Guy Chambers

How I wrote Robbie Williams’ ‘Millennium’ by Guy Chambers

June 7, 2019 in Features, How I Wrote, Interviews

Robbie’s writing partner talks us through the pair’s creative process and how it spawned their first No 1 single together…

How I wrote 'Ho Hey' by The Lumineers

How I wrote ‘Ho Hey’ by The Lumineers’ Wesley Schultz

June 4, 2019 in How I Wrote, Interviews, Songwriting Magazine Winter 2016

The frontman explains how their breakthrough hit single was inspired by a decidedly uninspiring period spent living in New York…

Eagle-Eye Cherry

How I wrote ‘Save Tonight’ by Eagle-Eye Cherry

May 20, 2019 in Features, How I Wrote, Interviews

When this pop-rock classic landed on both sides of the Atlantic it became a self-fulfilling prophecy for its creator…

Midnight Oil

How I wrote ‘Beds Are Burning’ by Midnight Oil’s Rob Hirst

May 5, 2019 in Features, How I Wrote, Interviews

Detailing the plight of Australia’s First Nations people, this rock anthem found an international audience upon its release in 1987…

How I wrote 'Graffiti' by Maximo Park

How I wrote ‘Graffiti’ by Maxïmo Park’s Duncan Lloyd

May 2, 2019 in How I Wrote, Interviews, Songwriting Magazine Summer 2017

The guitarist recalls creating a song that helped his Newcastle-based band reboot the UK indie-rock scene in the post-Britpop years…