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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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“Madame George”

Van Morrison | 1968

One of the first stream-of-consciousness epics to make it onto a Van Morrison record, his drawn-out farewell to the eccentric "Madame George" lasted nearly 10 minutes, combining ingredients from folk, jazz and classical music. The character that gave the song its title provoked speculation that it was about a drag queen, though Morrison denied this in Rolling Stone. "If you see it as a male or a female or whatever, it's your trip," he remarked. "I see it as a ... a Swiss cheese sandwich. Something like that."

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