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Song Stories

“Bonkers”

Dizzee Rascal feat. Armand Van Helden | 2010

The British rapper's collaboration with the Boston-born electronic producer was a big hit, reaching Number One in the U.K. Van Helden saw the song's success more as a fluke than anything else, commenting, "All of my songs that have been Number One or crossed over to pop were unintentional … 'Bonkers' was a quirk." Still, the track had some famous fans, according to Dizzee Rascal, including Sir Elton John. "He came up [at the Ivor Novello Awards] and told me that he listened to 'Bonkers' every day in the shower," he said.

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“Bleeding Love”

Leona Lewis | 2007

In 2008, The X Factor winner Leona Lewis backed up her U.K. singing competition victory with an R&B anthem for the ages: "Bleeding Love," an international hit that became the best-selling song of the year. The track was co-penned by OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder (whose radio dominance would continue with songs such as Beyonce's "Halo" and Adele's "Rumour Has It") and solo artist Jesse McCartney, who was inspired by a former girlfriend, Gossip Girl actress Katie Cassidy. Given the song's success, McCartney didn't regret handing over such a personal track: "No, no," he said. "I'm so happy for Leona. She deserves it. There are really no bad feelings."

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