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“B.O.B. ”

Outkast | 2000

"The U.S. was trying to beat around the bush," Andre 3000 told Rolling Stone of the inspiration behind's the song's hook. "We was trying to scare them by bombing the outskirts … If you're going to do anything at all, do it. If you gonna push it, push it." As chanted in the bridge, "B.O.B." brought about an "electric revival" in hip-hop, and the song would bolster a "Stankadelic" movement – subsequently increasing the duo's following.

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“Don't Dream It's Over”

Crowded House | 1986

Early in the sessions for Crowded House's debut album, the band and producer Mitchell Froom were still feeling each other out, and at one point Froom substituted session musicians for the band's Paul Hester and Nick Seymour. "At the time it was a quite threatening thing," Neil Finn told Rolling Stone. "The next day we recorded 'Don't Dream It's Over,' and it had a particularly sad groove to it — I think because Paul and Nick had faced their own mortality." As for the song itself, "It was just about on the one hand feeling kind of lost, and on the other hand sort of urging myself on — don't dream it's over," Finn explained.

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