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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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“Road to Nowhere”

Talking Heads | 1985

A cappella harmonies give way to an a fuller arrangement blending pop and electro-disco on "Road to Nowhere," but the theme remains constant: We're on an eternal journey to an undefined destination. The song vaulted back into the news a quarter century after it was a hit when Gov. Charlie Crist used it in his unsuccessful 2010 campaign for the U.S. Senate in Florida. "It's this little ditty about how there's no order and no plan and no scheme to life and death and it doesn't mean anything, but it's all right," Byrne said with a chuckle.

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