10 Really Weird Inspirations for Popular Songs

This week, we got news that R. Kelly was back in the songwriting business when he posted a new track to Twitter — a new track about his tonsils. Well, to each his own. In any event, R. Kelly’s new song inspired us to think of other strange and unusual inspirations and topics for popular songs, from the bizarrely mundane to the just completely random. Click through to listen to songs about body parts, fish, ice floes, and other things that, as far as we’re concerned, make pretty weird subjects for songs, and be sure to let us know your own favorite songs with bizarre inspirations.

Song: “Untitled” by R. Kelly
Inspiration: R. Kelly’s tonsils

“I just wanna thank God upstairs for keeping his hands on me, and keeping all the doctors focused through my surgery,” R. Kelly sings. This week, R. Kelly revealed the first new song since his July emergency throat surgery. He tweeted, “It’s been a long time coming but I finally feel a lot better about my throat since the surgery and this is the first song I wrote.” The song is a screw you to all the haters who thought his career wouldn’t make it past the surgery — not that there were any, but that’s probably irrelevant. What is relevant is R. Kelly’s healthy tonsils.