Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters wishes he'd written classic songs by Queen, The Police and Jane's Addiction.
The drummer and singer took part in Rolling Stone's "Five Songs I Wish I Wrote" series. He chose Queen's "We Will Rock You" and says, "I think it's one of those things you had to believe in it to get it started. Can you imagine coming into the studio with your friends like, "OK, here's what we're going to do. We're going to clap our hands, stomp our feet and be like, 'boom boom cha' and chant 'we will rock you' over and over. Then I wrote these lyrics like, 'Boy make a big man some day.'"
For The Police he tapped "Synchronicity 2," saying, "I love how the song tells the story of how everyday simple life drives you bonkers. I think by that point Sting was like, 'I don't want to be in a band anymore... Stewart Copeland is one of my heroes. I love him to death. The best music that Sting ever made was with Stewart Copeland."
And for Jane's Addiction he went with "Pigs in Zen" and says that frontman Perry Farrell "made hard rock interesting lyrically again and kind of put some brains back in there when the brains were getting knocked out of hard rock."
His list also included Jeff Buckley's "So Real" and The Hollies' The Air That I Breathe."