Funny Music Facts

By Joe Turner
Rock band ZZ Top pose in front of hot rod

The music industry is bursting with strange and funny facts about some of the most successful and well-known musicians in the world. For example, the name of the only member of ZZ Top without a beard is Frank Beard. And the harmonica is the world’s best-selling musical instrument. There are many other facts like these waiting to be discovered.

Longest Song Title

The longest song title in the world belongs to Swedish group Rednex. It is a 305 characters long, including spaces: "The Sad But True Story Of Ray Mingus, The Lumberjack Of Bulk Rock City, And His Never Slacking Stribe In Exploiting The So Far Undiscovered Areas Of The Intention To Bodily Intercourse From The Opposite Species Of His Kind, During Intake Of All The Mental Condition That Could Be Derived From Fermentation." However, the title alone wasn't enough to earn the track similar success to Rednex's 1994 song "Cotton Eye Joe."

Holding a Note

Usher performing on stage

Usher may be famous for his chart-topping R&B, but he has another musical talent: the artist holds the Star Search record for the longest note held by a child at 12.1 seconds. Usher was 13 at the time.

"I Write the Songs"

Barry Manilow sings on stage in London, 1982.

In 1976 American singer and songwriter Barry Manilow released a chart-topping song titled "I Write the Songs." Ironically, he didn't write the song himself.

"Umbrella"

Rihanna performing at the Staples Center, 2013.

Britney Spear was offered Rihanna's chart topper "Umbrella," but her label turned it down. Rihanna went on to take the song to the top spots in Australia, Canada, Germany, France, the Republic of Ireland, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. It also reached the top 10 in many other countries.

Hit Singles

Dianna Ross on stage at Radio City Music Hall, NYC.

Dianna Ross appeared on at least one hit single every year from 1964 to 1996, spanning 33 years.

Dancing Shoes

7000 people disco dance at the Buffalo Convention Center in 2002 trying to beat the worlds largest disco event.

In 1979 the world’s largest disco was held at the Buffalo Convention Center in New York. Thirteen thousand people danced there way into the Guinness Book of World Records.

Longest Recorded Song

The longest recorded piece of music is by a band called Bull of Heaven. The play time of the song, "The Chosen Priest and Apostle of Infinite Space," is in excess of two months. A current project called "Longplayer" is attempting to create the world's longest song. The song is set to last almost 1,000 years; plans are that it will come to its conclusion just before the year 3000.

About the Author

A professional journalist since 2008, Joe Turner has written for the Manchester Evening News and CityLife online, and is currently writing for alternative music website livethescene.com as well as Alternative Magazine Online. Turner is a journalism student at the University of Salford.