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“About a Girl”

The Academy Is | 2008

The Academy Is... lead singer William Beckett didn't write the song about one girl in particular. "It's a sarcastic song, not incredibly, but, in certain ways, about not wanting someone to know the way that you feel about them," he told Rolling Stone. "It's about having a crush on a girl and not wanting her to know how you feel about her." Beckett said he watched a lot of John Hughes films in preparation for recording the album Fast Times at Barrington High and its first single "About a Girl," which exemplified the album's theme of the "celebration of youth and the importance of the present."

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“Vans”

The Pack | 2006

Berkeley, California rappers the Pack made their footwear choice clear in 2006 with the song "Vans." The track caught the attention of Too $hort, who signed them to his imprint. MTV refused to play the video for the song, though, claiming it was essentially a commercial for the product. Rapper Lil' B disagreed. "I didn’t know nobody [at] Vans," he said. "I was just a rapper who wore Vans." Even without MTV's support, Lil' B recognized the impact of the track. "God blessed me with such a revolutionary song… People around my age know who really started a lot of the dressing people are into now."

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