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Song Stories

“All My Life”

Evan Dando | 2003

Evan Dando's rock star lifestyle includes drugs, models, mistakes and more drugs. In this deeply personal song, off his acoustic solo record Baby I'm Bored, the former Lemonheads frontman puts his misdeeds into perspective with a tinge of regret. But Dando didn't write the song. The Australian singer-songwriter Ben Lee wrote it for him. "He got it way better than I could have, ever, because he obviously has a clearer perspective on what I am," Dando said. "Ben knows me so well that he wrote my song, especially about my mid-life-crisis years. And he got it great."

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“Bleeding Love”

Leona Lewis | 2007

In 2008, The X Factor winner Leona Lewis backed up her U.K. singing competition victory with an R&B anthem for the ages: "Bleeding Love," an international hit that became the best-selling song of the year. The track was co-penned by OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder (whose radio dominance would continue with songs such as Beyonce's "Halo" and Adele's "Rumour Has It") and solo artist Jesse McCartney, who was inspired by a former girlfriend, Gossip Girl actress Katie Cassidy. Given the song's success, McCartney didn't regret handing over such a personal track: "No, no," he said. "I'm so happy for Leona. She deserves it. There are really no bad feelings."

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