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“Big Girls Don't Cry”

Fergie | 2006

Described by Rolling Stone in the 100 Best Songs of 2007 as a "modern-day version of 'I Will Survive,'" this track finds Fergie declaring her independence. "It's personal, myself and I/We've got some straightenin' out to do," she sings in a song that she started writing when she left the pop trio Wild Orchid, before her days with the Black Eyed Peas. "I probably wouldn't have written those lyrics now," Fergie said in 2007. Maybe not, but she's glad she released them.

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“Love Is the Answer”

Utopia | 1977

The message of the Beatles' "All You Need Is Love" proved to be a universal and long-lasting one, which Utopia revisited 10 years later on this ballad. "From a lyrical standpoint, it's part of a whole class of songs that I write, which are about filial love," Todd Rundgren explained. "I'm not a Christian, but it's called Christian love, the love that people are supposed to naturally feel because we are all of the same species. That may be mythical, but it's still a subject." Though "Love Is the Answer" wasn't a hit, a cover version two years later by England Dan & John Ford Coley peaked at Number Ten on the Billboard singles chart.

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