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“Blind”

Hercules & Love Affair | 2008

Before "Blind," Antony Hegarty was known for his evocative vibrato and somber, chamber-influenced work with his band Antony and the Johnsons. But lending his powerhouse vocals to DFA Records electro-disco project Hercules and Love Affair let him show off his less cerebral side. "I love that quote from Nina Simone, where she says, 'I sing to know that I am alive,'" he said. "Dance is the same -- you are kind of crying out with your body, jumping out, almost in for a mysterious feeling [that] you couldn't call one thing … Dancing and singing merges that feeling with creativity."

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“Vans”

The Pack | 2006

Berkeley, California rappers the Pack made their footwear choice clear in 2006 with the song "Vans." The track caught the attention of Too $hort, who signed them to his imprint. MTV refused to play the video for the song, though, claiming it was essentially a commercial for the product. Rapper Lil' B disagreed. "I didn’t know nobody [at] Vans," he said. "I was just a rapper who wore Vans." Even without MTV's support, Lil' B recognized the impact of the track. "God blessed me with such a revolutionary song… People around my age know who really started a lot of the dressing people are into now."

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