20 Tunes That Were Written By Unexpected People

Blinded By the Light

If you are a fan of late 70’s synth music, then you probably know the Manfred Mann hit “Blinded By the Light.” But it wasn’t originally an electro-rock song: the tune was actually penned by a young Bruce Springsteen during his Bob Dylan phase.

Yo-Ho, A Pirates Life For Me

Xavier “X” Atencio was an animator for Disney who also wrote the famous songs “Yo-Ho, A Pirates Life for Me” and “Grim Grinning Ghosts.” While it may not seem all that amazing, it was – Atencio has no musical experience and had never written a song in his life before.

It’s Raining Men

Paul Shaffer will always be famous as the bald guy musical director on Late Night with David Letterman. Unfortunately, he probably isn’t as famous for writing the infectiously joyful pop-song “It’s Raining Men.”

Palisades Park

Everyone loved TV show host Chuck Barris, famous for creating “The Gong Show,” “The Newlywed Game,” and “The Dating Game.” But games shows weren’t Barris’s only forte – he also wrote the 1962 Freddy Cannon hit “Palisades Park.”