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“Ace of Spades”

Motorhead | 1980

Motörhead's most renowned anthem is the title track from their 1980 album, Ace of Spades. And the song's title should clue you in on what the song is about, as growler/bassist Lemmy Kilmister explains, "Most of the song's just poker, really: 'I know you've got see me read 'em and weep,' 'Dead man's hand again, aces and eights' - that was Wild Bill Hickock's hand when he got shot." Motörhead would perform "Ace of Spades" on an episode of the British television comedy, The Young Ones, which originally aired on May 8, 1984.

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“Wake Up Everybody”

John Legend and the Roots | 2010

A Number One record by Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes in 1976 (a McFadden- and Whitehead-penned classic sung by Teddy Pendergrass) inspired the title and lead single from Wake Up!, John Legend's tribute album to message music. The more familiar strains of "Wake Up Everybody" also fit his agenda. "It basically sums up, in a very concise way, all the things we were thinking about when we were putting this record together in that it's about justice, doing the right thing and coming together to make the world a better place," he said. Vocalists Common and Melanie Fiona assist Legend on this mission to connect.

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