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“Baby Please Don't Go”

Them | 1964

A bass that throbbed like a heartbeat, a piercing winding blues-rock riff and a snarling Van Morrison vocal made Them's cover of Big Joe Williams' country blues classic "Baby Please Don't Go" a big U.K. hit single. Although it has sometimes been reported or speculated that Jimmy Page was used as a session man to play lead guitar on the track, Them guitarist Billy Harrison has claimed it as his own work. "I played it for a year before it ever got on their record," he said. "What he basically did was, in chords, augment the bass playing."

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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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