5 Musicians Who Write Their Music in the Bathroom

Searching for some solitude to get their brains working, these 5 musicians all head to the bathroom when it comes to composing a new future chart-topper. Writing some of their biggest and best songs while sitting on the toilet and having a chance to think about their music clearly, these 5 musicians like to get away from it all momentarily when they’re in the middle of being creative! Some say the bathroom is a great place to write music because the sound is good in the small space and they can test how their tune would sound well, while others just like the peace and quiet so they can come up with a chorus while in the recording studio simply by heading to the toilet for a quiet break!

Calvin Harris


Calvin tests all of his music in the bathroom: “DJs don’t have to worry about playing my music because I always test my tracks a million times to make sure they go off. On the toilet is the best listening time. Put your computer on the bathroom floor and it amplifies the sound.”


Rapper Eminem believes it’s the best place to think about music: “Sometimes. I think we do most of our best thinking on the s****er. What else do you have to do in there besides think?”

Lady Gaga

Gaga admits that she wrote the chorus for ‘Hair’ while in the middle of a bathroom break: “We were creating the track in the studio and then I got up to go to the bathroom. I was taking a pee and then I thought of the chorus.”

Lionel Richie

Lionel reveals he wrote ‘Lady’ for Kenny Rodgers in the bathroom during a studio session: “I only wrote the first verse, so I’m thinking, ‘OK, we’ll fudge around for a minute and maybe he won’t get it right and then I’ll go home (and finish it).’ Well, he kills the first verse and he said, ‘Alright Lionel, where’s the second verse?’ and I said, ‘I’ll be right back,’ and I went down to the bathroom and I wrote the second verse… I wrote one of my greatest love songs in a toilet.”

Paul McCartney

Paul likes to be alone and the bathroom happens to be the perfect place: ”[Songwriting] is a solitary process but that’s nice. The rest of the day isn’t solitary. I’m doing interviews or taking my girl to school or doing some filming. So I’m with loads of people. It’s actually quite nice to go into a cupboard, or often bathrooms or toilets which have got good acoustics. So I go in there with a guitar. That’s kind of nice. And you escape into a world of your own thoughts.”