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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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“Nightshift”

The Commodores | 1984

The year after soul legends Marvin Gaye and Jackie Wilson died, songwriter Dennis Lambert asked members of the Commodores to give him a tape of ideas. "And the one from Walter Orange has this wonderful bass line," said co-writer Franne Golde. "Plus the lyric, 'Marvin, he was a friend of mine' ... Within 10 minutes, we had decided it should be something like a modern R&B version of 'Rock 'n' Roll Heaven,' and I just said, 'Nightshift.'" This tribute to the recently deceased musicians was the band's only hit without Lionel Richie, who had left for a solo career.

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