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“Can't Get You Out of My Head”

Kylie Minogue | 2001

After a 14-year absence on the U.S. charts, Kylie Minogue landed her second Top 10 hit with this dance-pop ditty about a lover's touch playing on repeat in her mind. During the hiatus, the Aussie was best known in the States for her 1988 cover of "The Loco-Motion." Now, "Out of My Head" is considered her most successful single and signature song, having peaked at Number One in 15 countries. She told Rolling Stone that her early influences included Donna Summer, Bonnie Tyler, Stevie Wonder and the Beatles. "Then 'Grease' came along," she said, "and that was it. At nine years old I was Olivia Newton-John ..."

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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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