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“Bangarang”

Skrillex | 2011

The title track off this Grammy-winning dubstepper's fourth EP, full of violent blips and rubbery bursts, is for total dance floor bliss. On it, DJ-producer Sonny Moore, aka Skrillex, ends with, "And yo I'm eatin' fun dip right now, not giving a fuck," which sums up how he rolls: as the ultimate party host. "A few hundred people might be bitching on a message board, but you can go to a festival right now and find 100,000 people dancing to my music," he told Rolling Stone. "No one gives a fuck," he added, as if chanting his own song's mantra.

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“San Francisco Mabel Joy”

Mickey Newbury | 1969

A country-folk song of epic proportions, "San Francisco Mabel Joy" tells the tale of a poor Georgia farmboy who wound up in prison after a move to the Bay Area found love turning into tragedy. First released by Mickey Newbury in 1969, it might be more familiar through covers by Waylon Jennings, Joan Baez and Kenny Rogers. "It was a five-minute song written in a two-minute world," Newbury said. "I was told it would never be cut by any artist ... I was told you could not use the term 'redneck' in a song and get it recorded."

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