I've never gotten into Simon and Garfunkel biographically (because getting into musicians biographically is fun, but also emotionally intense), but I always thought it was interesting that on the last album they did together, Paul Simon wrote not one but two very affectionate songs that are said to be about Art Garfunkel. One of them is "So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright", and the other is one of my favorite Simon and Garfunkel songs, "The Only Living Boy in New York".
Another of my favorite Simon and Garfunkel songs is "A Hazy Shade of Winter", which is one of those songs where you can't really tell what the lyrics are supposed to mean, but they somehow make perfect sense.
I listened to the Maroon 5 album Song About Jane more times than I can remember as a teenager. My favorite song has always been "Must Get Out".
Shakira is a Colombian singer with songs in both Spanish and English. More purist fans prefer her Spanish songs. I am not a purist, and so will post one of each.
My sister once pointed out that the opening piano chords of the OneRepublic song "Come Home" are similar to the Beatles song "Let it Be", and I recently noticed that the theme of imagining a future where everyone is getting along but acknowledging that perhaps the singer is only dreaming is reminiscent of John Lennon's song "Imagine".
The Carly Simon song I wanted to post was "Film Noir", but I can't find that on Youtube, and so will having to settle for "Like a River", the song she wrote when her mother died:
And while I said I wasn't doing any songs from Beatles or former Beatles, I'm going to make an exception. "See Your Sunshine" was a love song Paul wrote for his second wife Heather Mills while they were still married, but released on the album that came out shortly after their acrimonious divorce. I like this song because it is so happy, and it gives you a sense of why Paul fell in love with Heather in the first place.