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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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“American Girl”

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers | 1976

It turns out that a single with "American" in its title--recorded on the Fourth of July during the nation's Bicentennial, no less--can actually sell better in Britain. Coupled with the Heartbreakers' flair for Byrds jangle and Animals hooks, though, is Tom Petty's native-Florida drawl that keeps this classic grounded at home. Petty dispelled rumors that the song was about a suicidal student, explaining that the inspiration came from when he was 25 and used to salute the highway traffic outside his apartment window. "It sounded like the ocean to me," he recalled. "That was my ocean. My Malibu. Where I heard the waves crash, but it was just the cars going by."

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