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“Baby, Baby”

Amy Grant | 1991

Even when she was selling millions of albums in the Christian music genre, Grant had her sights on the mainstream charts. "I realize I'm potentially confronting a whole new audience," she told Rolling Stone. The worldwide success of "Baby, Baby," the first single from her first secular album, proved she could make the transition. Although the song — written about her 2-year-old daughter, Millie — helped Grant make the crossover, she insisted she didn't forget her spiritual side. "It wasn't a case of my falling off the deep end or losing my faith; I just wanted to try new things."

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“Vicious”

Lou Reed | 1972

Opening Lou Reed's 1972 solo album, the hard-riffing "Vicious" actually traces its origin back to Reed's days with the Velvet Underground. Picking up bits and pieces of songs from the people and places around him, and filing his notes for later use, Reed said it was Andy Warhol who provided fuel for the song. "He said, 'Why don't you write a song called 'Vicious,'" Reed told Rolling Stone in 1989. "And I said, 'What kind of vicious?' 'Oh, you know, vicious like I hit you with a flower.' And I wrote it down literally."

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