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“Bus Stop”

The Hollies | 1966

Using the haunting minor melody that typified Graham Gouldman's compositions, "Bus Stop" wound the Hollies' intricate vocal harmonies around a mini-vignette of a future husband and wife meeting when they share an umbrella while waiting for their ride. The opening lines that set the scene were actually suggested by Gouldman's father. "I used to stand at a bus stop every day going to work and I mentioned it to my dad," Gouldman said. "I came home one day and he'd written these lines ... He always used to help with words."

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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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