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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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“Nightshift”

The Commodores | 1984

The year after soul legends Marvin Gaye and Jackie Wilson died, songwriter Dennis Lambert asked members of the Commodores to give him a tape of ideas. "And the one from Walter Orange has this wonderful bass line," said co-writer Franne Golde. "Plus the lyric, 'Marvin, he was a friend of mine' ... Within 10 minutes, we had decided it should be something like a modern R&B version of 'Rock 'n' Roll Heaven,' and I just said, 'Nightshift.'" This tribute to the recently deceased musicians was the band's only hit without Lionel Richie, who had left for a solo career.

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