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“Can't Get Enough”

Bad Company | 1974

After leaving his band Free, Paul Rodgers sang briefly in a band named Peace, which toured with Mott the Hoople. While backstage one day, Hoople guitarist Mick Ralphs played Rodgers some songs he'd written--including this blues rocker--that the Hoople had rejected. "From day one I knew that was a hit," Rodgers said. "I was surprised that anyone had difficulty seeing that." Inspired by Ralphs' song, the two agreed to form a supergroup, Bad Company, to record "Can't Get Enough." "I knew if we could write that sort of music, then we were going to be big," Rodgers said.

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“Santa Monica”

Everclear | 1996

After his brother and girlfriend both died of drug overdoses, Art Alexakis -- depressed and hooked on drugs himself -- jumped off the Santa Monica Pier in California, determined to die. "It was really stupid," said the Everclear frontman, who would further explore his personal emotional journey in the song "Father of Mine." "I went under the water. Then I said, 'I don't wanna die.'" The song, declaring "Let's swim out past the breakers/and watch the world die," was intended as a manifesto for change, Alexakis said. "Let the world do what it's gonna do and just live on our own."

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