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“Born to Die”

Lana Del Rey | 2011

For "Born to Die," Lana Del Rey culled inspiration from the real-life situation of being a good girl in love with a bad boy. "We were both living life on the straight and narrow when we met," the pop chanteuse formerly known as Lizzy Grant said. "Two years into it, I didn't know it, but he was off doing other things that he got in trouble for." Her breakthrough single, "Blue Jeans," is a prequel to this song.

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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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