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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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“Nightshift”

The Commodores | 1984

The year after soul legends Marvin Gaye and Jackie Wilson died, songwriter Dennis Lambert asked members of the Commodores to give him a tape of ideas. "And the one from Walter Orange has this wonderful bass line," said co-writer Franne Golde. "Plus the lyric, 'Marvin, he was a friend of mine' ... Within 10 minutes, we had decided it should be something like a modern R&B version of 'Rock 'n' Roll Heaven,' and I just said, 'Nightshift.'" This tribute to the recently deceased musicians was the band's only hit without Lionel Richie, who had left for a solo career.

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