Five Genius Songs Written at the Last Minute

Funny thing about songwriting. I can speak from personal experience: sometimes you spend days, weeks, or years getting a song right, and sometimes you just throw some crap into a microphone at the last minute and hope that someone doesn't hate it.

In the hands of master musicians, though, that last-minute Hail Mary is often the unfiltered smoke of genius. There's even a word for it in Portuguese, desenrascanco. It's the reason that people who work with David Bowie always keep the tape running. Even though he says it's just a practice run, it's probably going to be a sudden work of brilliance.

Today we salute you, hits and anthems that have about as much thought behind them as the average crammed seventh-grade history test.

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Jef Rouner is a contributing writer who covers politics, pop culture, social justice, video games, and online behavior. He is often a professional annoyance to the ignorant and hurtful.
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