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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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“Stillness Is the Move”

Dirty Projectors | 2009

A Wim Wenders film and a rapper inspired the Dirty Projectors duo David Longstreth and Amber Coffmanto write "sort of a love song." "We rented the movie Wings of Desire from Dave's brother's recommendation, and he had me go through it and just write down some things that I found interesting, and they made it into the song," Coffman said. As for the hip-hop connection, Longstreth explained, "The beat is based on T-Pain. We commissioned a radio mix of the song by the guy who mixes all of Timbaland's records, but the mix we made sounded way better, so we didn't use it."

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