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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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“Nightshift”

The Commodores | 1984

The year after soul legends Marvin Gaye and Jackie Wilson died, songwriter Dennis Lambert asked members of the Commodores to give him a tape of ideas. "And the one from Walter Orange has this wonderful bass line," said co-writer Franne Golde. "Plus the lyric, 'Marvin, he was a friend of mine' ... Within 10 minutes, we had decided it should be something like a modern R&B version of 'Rock 'n' Roll Heaven,' and I just said, 'Nightshift.'" This tribute to the recently deceased musicians was the band's only hit without Lionel Richie, who had left for a solo career.

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