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“All My Friends”

LCD Soundsystem | 2007

James Murphy defined an era of hipster angst with his breakthrough opus, "All My Friends," which is purportedly about aging and coming to terms with friends fading away. "That song is about being on tour and not seeing all the people that I wrote 'Losing My Edge' about," Murphy said. Murphy was pushing 40 when he wrote the song, something he found to be advantageous: "And rock has become an older person's game -- in 1967, if you were over 21, you weren't starting a band," he said.

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“San Francisco Mabel Joy”

Mickey Newbury | 1969

A country-folk song of epic proportions, "San Francisco Mabel Joy" tells the tale of a poor Georgia farmboy who wound up in prison after a move to the Bay Area found love turning into tragedy. First released by Mickey Newbury in 1969, it might be more familiar through covers by Waylon Jennings, Joan Baez and Kenny Rogers. "It was a five-minute song written in a two-minute world," Newbury said. "I was told it would never be cut by any artist ... I was told you could not use the term 'redneck' in a song and get it recorded."

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