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“As She's Walking Away”

Zac Brown Band feat. Alan Jackson | 2010

Written by Zac Brown and his bandmate, Wyatt Durette, "As She's Walking Away" was inspired by a woman in a bar. "We had just played a show in Orlando," Durette recalls. "Zac and I went to a bar in Orlando to watch a UFC fight...It was just one of those circumstances where you see a pretty girl in a bar and you don't have the guts to walk over and say hello to her." Alan Jackson contributed vocals, which undoubtedly helped the tune soar to the top of the charts. The song won the band a Grammy for Best Country Collaboration With Vocals.

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“Vans”

The Pack | 2006

Berkeley, California rappers the Pack made their footwear choice clear in 2006 with the song "Vans." The track caught the attention of Too $hort, who signed them to his imprint. MTV refused to play the video for the song, though, claiming it was essentially a commercial for the product. Rapper Lil' B disagreed. "I didn’t know nobody [at] Vans," he said. "I was just a rapper who wore Vans." Even without MTV's support, Lil' B recognized the impact of the track. "God blessed me with such a revolutionary song… People around my age know who really started a lot of the dressing people are into now."

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