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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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“Stillness Is the Move”

Dirty Projectors | 2009

A Wim Wenders film and a rapper inspired the Dirty Projectors duo David Longstreth and Amber Coffmanto write "sort of a love song." "We rented the movie Wings of Desire from Dave's brother's recommendation, and he had me go through it and just write down some things that I found interesting, and they made it into the song," Coffman said. As for the hip-hop connection, Longstreth explained, "The beat is based on T-Pain. We commissioned a radio mix of the song by the guy who mixes all of Timbaland's records, but the mix we made sounded way better, so we didn't use it."

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