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“1901”

Phoenix | 2009

Phoenix don't shy away from their French roots on their pop song "1901," the lead single from their hit record Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. "It's about Paris at a time when Paris was really modern," bassist Deck d'Arcy told Rolling Stone. Lead singer Thomas Mars affirmed his love for the City of Light during the turn of the 20th century, stating, "Paris in 1901 was better than what it is now. It's still nice, but 1901 was better. So this is the fantasy about Paris."

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“Nightshift”

The Commodores | 1984

The year after soul legends Marvin Gaye and Jackie Wilson died, songwriter Dennis Lambert asked members of the Commodores to give him a tape of ideas. "And the one from Walter Orange has this wonderful bass line," said co-writer Franne Golde. "Plus the lyric, 'Marvin, he was a friend of mine' ... Within 10 minutes, we had decided it should be something like a modern R&B version of 'Rock 'n' Roll Heaven,' and I just said, 'Nightshift.'" This tribute to the recently deceased musicians was the band's only hit without Lionel Richie, who had left for a solo career.

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