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“All That She Wants”

Ace of Base | 1994

When Ace of Base recorded this reggae-inspired pop tune, singer Linn Berggen said "We knew we had made a hit." Inspired by "Another Mother," a hit by fellow-Swede Kayo, the group decided to write something similar. They sent a demo of their song--then titled "Mr. Ace"--to producer Denniz Pop, who listened to it repeatedly after the cassette got jammed in his car stereo. While the song quickly climbed the Danish and U.K. charts, distributors didn't think it could be a U.S. hit until Clive Davis, founder of Arista Records, thought otherwise.

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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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