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“Adventures of Raindance Maggie”

Red Hot Chili Peppers | 2011

Following a short hiatus, the Red Hot Chili Peppers returned in 2011 with a single that they had planned as an instrumental until Anthony Kiedis boogied down with a tree. "I took it home and it felt so fun to listen to," Kiedis said upon first hearing the song. "I literally left it on in my driveway, opened the door and danced with the tree next to me for quite a while." Oddly enough, the video for "Rain Dance Maggie" was originally slated to be directed by hip-hop artist and former film student Kreayshawn.

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“Love Is the Answer”

Utopia | 1977

The message of the Beatles' "All You Need Is Love" proved to be a universal and long-lasting one, which Utopia revisited 10 years later on this ballad. "From a lyrical standpoint, it's part of a whole class of songs that I write, which are about filial love," Todd Rundgren explained. "I'm not a Christian, but it's called Christian love, the love that people are supposed to naturally feel because we are all of the same species. That may be mythical, but it's still a subject." Though "Love Is the Answer" wasn't a hit, a cover version two years later by England Dan & John Ford Coley peaked at Number Ten on the Billboard singles chart.

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