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Song Stories

“A Thousand Years”

Christina Perri | 2011

Christina Perri was such a fan of the Twilight movies and series, she got a Twilight-themed tattoo. And after watching an early version of Breaking Dawn, from The Twilight Saga -- during which she cried the entire time -- she went home and wrote a song about the characters Edward and Bella and their love affair. When she learned her song had made the movie's soundtrack, she told Rolling Stone, "I really had to contain myself. I was sweating. I was so excited." The franchise’s huge fan base guaranteed massive exposure for Perri’s love song.

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“Stillness Is the Move”

Dirty Projectors | 2009

A Wim Wenders film and a rapper inspired the Dirty Projectors duo David Longstreth and Amber Coffmanto write "sort of a love song." "We rented the movie Wings of Desire from Dave's brother's recommendation, and he had me go through it and just write down some things that I found interesting, and they made it into the song," Coffman said. As for the hip-hop connection, Longstreth explained, "The beat is based on T-Pain. We commissioned a radio mix of the song by the guy who mixes all of Timbaland's records, but the mix we made sounded way better, so we didn't use it."

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