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Hits That Strike A Chord: Find Out Which Popular Songs Are Actually About Historical Events

Have you ever heard a great song and wondered, “What inspired them to create such a masterpiece?” The answer to that question is history. Many pop tunes were inspired by stories of real people and milestone moments that occurred years ago. Today, we’ll discover what historical events led artists like The Rolling Stones, Elvis Costello, and Deep Purple to compose their greatest hits. Who said that history lessons always have to put you to sleep?

“Smoke On The Water” by Deep Purple

According to some reliable statistics, there’s a particular song most people learn on guitar when they’re new to it. Can you guess which one it is? Here’s a hint: its opening riff is definitely iconic.

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If you thought of “Smoke on the Water” by Deep Purple, your answer is correct! This 70s hit took inspiration from the fire sparked in the Montreux Casino after a fan shot a flare gun at the band’s concert.

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