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Song Stories

“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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“Vicious”

Lou Reed | 1972

Opening Lou Reed's 1972 solo album, the hard-riffing "Vicious" actually traces its origin back to Reed's days with the Velvet Underground. Picking up bits and pieces of songs from the people and places around him, and filing his notes for later use, Reed said it was Andy Warhol who provided fuel for the song. "He said, 'Why don't you write a song called 'Vicious,'" Reed told Rolling Stone in 1989. "And I said, 'What kind of vicious?' 'Oh, you know, vicious like I hit you with a flower.' And I wrote it down literally."

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