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“Ashes to Ashes”

David Bowie | 1980

About a decade after David Bowie scored his first hit with "Space Oddity," "Ashes to Ashes" also focused on astronaut Major Tom, this time finding him a troubled junkie. The wobbly keyboard riff that serves as the song's hook was produced by putting a grand piano through a device called the Eventide Instant Flanger. In NME, Bowie called "Ashes to Ashes" an "ode to childhood, if you like, a popular nursery rhyme....about spacemen becoming junkies!" He also revealed the lyric about never doing good or bad things reflected "a continuing, returning feeling of inadequacy over what I've done."

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“I Was Made to Love Her”

Stevie Wonder | 1967

Stevie Wonder discovered true love while still a teenager, writing this ode to young love when he was only 17. The song, Wonder explained, "kind of speaks of my first love, to a girl named Angie, who was a very beautiful woman. She's married now. Actually, she was my third girlfriend but my first love. I used to call Angie up and we would talk and say, 'I love you, I love you,' and we'd talk and we'd both go to sleep on the phone.” The Beach Boys, Chaka Khan, Whitney Houston and Boyz II Men have all recorded versions of "I Was Made to Love Her."

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