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“Bang Bang Bang”

Mark Ronson and the Business Intl feat. Q-Tip and MNDR | 2010

This song includes both MDNR lead singer Amanda Warner and rapper Q-Tip on the track, but the latter guest appearsance wouldn’t have happened without a providential accident in the studio. "Q-Tip came to the studio to record a rap and I accidentally played the first few bars of 'Bang Bang Bang' while trying to find something else,” Ronson recalled. “He said, 'What was that, those chords man, those are ill -- let me do something on that.'" Q-Tip added his part, and the song landed in the Top 10.

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“Wake Up Everybody”

John Legend and the Roots | 2010

A Number One record by Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes in 1976 (a McFadden- and Whitehead-penned classic sung by Teddy Pendergrass) inspired the title and lead single from Wake Up!, John Legend's tribute album to message music. The more familiar strains of "Wake Up Everybody" also fit his agenda. "It basically sums up, in a very concise way, all the things we were thinking about when we were putting this record together in that it's about justice, doing the right thing and coming together to make the world a better place," he said. Vocalists Common and Melanie Fiona assist Legend on this mission to connect.

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