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“Bad to the Bone”

George Thorogood | 1982

Although George Thorogood was noted for his takes on old blues tunes, he penned this one himself (though obviously influenced by songs like Bo Diddley's "I'm a Man" and the Muddy Waters tune "Mannish Boy.") In movies, this guitar-heavy song about a heart-breaking alpha male is often played in scenes where someone is preparing to kick butt. But Thorogood insisted the song's character was pure fiction. "Let's face it: Nobody's bad to the bone, except for maybe Errol Flynn, James Bond -- fantasy people that Hollywood created -- and that's what that thing is all about," he said.

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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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