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“Baby Come Back”

Player | 1977

Band members Peter Beckett and J.C. Crowley were both feeling pangs of remorse for breaking up with their girlfriends when they sat down and let their emotions pour out on this pleading tune. "There was so much personal feeling in the song that we knew we had something special," Beckett said. Although the song was a commercial hit, critics charged that it was a blatant rip-off of other artists' songs — though they couldn't agree which artist Player had robbed. "Just call it rock 'n' soul," said bass player turned soap star Ronn Moss. "We pull from the best of both worlds."

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“Hungry Like the Wolf”

Duran Duran | 1982

This indulgent New Romantic group generated their first U.S. hit with the help of what was at the time new technology. "Simon [Le Bon] and I, I think, had been out the night before and had this terrible hangover," said keyboardist Nick Rhodes. "For some reason we were feeling guilty about it and decided to go and do some work." Rhodes started playing with his Jupiter-8 synth, and then "Simon had an idea for a lyric, and by lunchtime when everyone else turned up, we pretty much had the song." The Simmons drumbeat was equally important to the sound of "Hungry Like the Wolf," as Duran Duran drummer Roger Taylor stated it "kind of defined the drum sound for the Eighties."

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