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Song Stories

“Bad Moon Rising”

Creedence Clearwater Revival | 1969

Legend has it that John Fogerty wrote “Bad Moon Rising” on the day Richard Nixon was elected as president, but he refuted the notion that the song was political in nature, repeatedly stating that it was inspired by the 1941 fantasy movie The Devil and Daniel Webster. “When you’re a very tuned-in young person, you’re tied to everything that affects your generation,” he clarified. “So I think it was there, but I was more into the idea of natural phenomena and unavoidability.” Nonetheless, the song’s paranoid vibe perfectly fit the times, and it became an anthem for U.S. troops in Vietnam.

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“Bleeding Love”

Leona Lewis | 2007

In 2008, The X Factor winner Leona Lewis backed up her U.K. singing competition victory with an R&B anthem for the ages: "Bleeding Love," an international hit that became the best-selling song of the year. The track was co-penned by OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder (whose radio dominance would continue with songs such as Beyonce's "Halo" and Adele's "Rumour Has It") and solo artist Jesse McCartney, who was inspired by a former girlfriend, Gossip Girl actress Katie Cassidy. Given the song's success, McCartney didn't regret handing over such a personal track: "No, no," he said. "I'm so happy for Leona. She deserves it. There are really no bad feelings."

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