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5 Pop Songs You (Probably) Didn't Know Were Inspired By The Infamous Pied Piper Of Hamelin (feat BTS, ABBA)

The Mystery of the Pied Piper continues...

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The Pied Piper of Hamelin is famous for being infamous!

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The story goes like this...

Once upon a time, a small town in Germany, called Hamelin, had trouble with rats. A mysterious man dressed in multi-coloured clothing came to the town and promised to rid the town of the rats. In return, the town's Mayor promised to pay him a thousand gold coins for the favour.

The Pied Piper played music from his magical pipe and the rats, charmed by the sweet melodies, followed him all the way to the river Wesser where they all drowned. The town celebrated. The Pied Piper came back for his money and the Mayor refused to pay.

Angry, the Pied Piper played his magic pipe once more and took all the town's CHILDREN away.

And thus he became known as the Pied Piper of Hamelin...

Before I tell the end of the story did you know R. Kelly once called himself the Pied Piper of RnB?

You are a big music star who is (and still is) embroiled in controversy about inappropriate relations with underage girls then you go to tell the world to call you the Pied Piper of RnB!!

Imagine the horror on R Kelly's face when he found out about the true story about the Pied Piper...

In his defence, the RnB singer confessed that didn't know the full story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin.

“I don’t really know the story of the Pied Piper. I don’t read stories, first of all. I just remember either a rabbit or a rat leading people out of the village with a flute.” And he laughs at the thought. “That’s all I can tell you,” said R. Kelly during the interview with GQ.

BTS - 'Pied Piper'

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2. ABBA

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ABBA became one of the most commercially successful acts in the history of popular music, topping the charts worldwide from 1974 to 1982 and estimated to have sold over 500 million records, making them one of the best-selling music artists of all time!

ABBA - "The Pied Piper"

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Most ABBA fans describe this song as one of the most underrated songs. It has a good catchy melody to it.

The song is a 1980 track from their Super Trouper album.. The song is loosely based on the famous story of The Pied Piper of Hamelin. Many ABBA rans regarded the song as being very different from the more mainstream songs they had recorded before. This was in reference to the the dark lyrics dealing with the seduction by fascistic leaders and a somewhat medieval sound. Interestingly tt is also the only ABBA song where a part of the refrain is in Latin. The song has gained a small cult following among ABBA fans.

3. Yoriyos

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Yoriyos is the son of Cat Stevens a popular British singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose 1967 debut album reached the top 10 in the UK, and his other albums were both certified triple platinum in the US.

Cat Stevens goes by the name Yusuf Islam as he converted to Islam after a visit to Morocco. While on holiday in Marrakech, Morocco, Stevens was intrigued by the sound of the Aḏhān, the Islamic ritual call to prayer, which was explained to him as "music for God". Stevens said, "I thought, music for God? I'd never heard that before – I'd heard of music for money, music for fame, music for personal power, but music for God!"

This event and the near death experience convinced him to convert to Islam. He named his son Muhammad Islam, but to conceal his identity he has adopted the name Yoriyos.

Yoriyos - "The Pied Piper"

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4. Bob Andy and Marcia Griffiths

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This Jamaican vocal duo consisted of Bob Andy and Marcia Griffiths (pictured) They had a number 5 UK hit single in the 1970s with "Young, Gifted, and Black" and followed it up with "Pied Piper", which peaked at #11 in the UK Singles Chart in 1971.

Marcia Griffiths & Bob Andy - "Pied Piper"

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Crispian St Peters - "The Pied Piper"

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The Pied Piper story continues...

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