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“Believe”

Cher | 1998

From singing backup vocals on Phil Spector’s glorious Wall of Sound productions as a teen to six decades of Number One hits in the pop, rock and dance spheres, Cherilyn Sarkisian LaPiere has always been at the forefront of musical trends. Add to those achievements her recording of “Believe,” the very song that introduced the Auto-Tune altered-vocal effect to pop music. And when it, too, reached Number One, Cher became the oldest female artist to top the U.S. singles charts, at age 52. When asked if she actually does believe in a life after love, the pop diva replied, “Definitely. I’ve experienced it. It’s been a long time; I’ve never been alone this long.”

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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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