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“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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“Hungry Like the Wolf”

Duran Duran | 1982

This indulgent New Romantic group generated their first U.S. hit with the help of what was at the time new technology. "Simon [Le Bon] and I, I think, had been out the night before and had this terrible hangover," said keyboardist Nick Rhodes. "For some reason we were feeling guilty about it and decided to go and do some work." Rhodes started playing with his Jupiter-8 synth, and then "Simon had an idea for a lyric, and by lunchtime when everyone else turned up, we pretty much had the song." The Simmons drumbeat was equally important to the sound of "Hungry Like the Wolf," as Duran Duran drummer Roger Taylor stated it "kind of defined the drum sound for the Eighties."

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