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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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“Santa Monica”

Everclear | 1996

After his brother and girlfriend both died of drug overdoses, Art Alexakis -- depressed and hooked on drugs himself -- jumped off the Santa Monica Pier in California, determined to die. "It was really stupid," said the Everclear frontman, who would further explore his personal emotional journey in the song "Father of Mine." "I went under the water. Then I said, 'I don't wanna die.'" The song, declaring "Let's swim out past the breakers/and watch the world die," was intended as a manifesto for change, Alexakis said. "Let the world do what it's gonna do and just live on our own."

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