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“Chasing Cars”

Snow Patrol | 2006

Snow Patrol had already achieved success in the U.K with their multi-platinum debut, Final Straw, but it was the second single off their follow-up, Eyes Open, that skyrocketed the Irish rockers out of obscurity in America. 'Chasing Cars' got major U.S. radio play and wound up atop the Adult Contemporary charts thanks to frontman Gary Lightbody's heartache-y delivery: "Would you lie with me and just forget the world?" he sincerely croons on the star-eyed chorus. "It's the purest love song that I've ever written," Lightbody told Rolling Stone. "There's no knife-in-the-back twist. When I read these lyrics back, I was like, 'Oh, that's weird.' All the other love songs I've written have a dark edge."

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“Wake Up Everybody”

John Legend and the Roots | 2010

A Number One record by Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes in 1976 (a McFadden- and Whitehead-penned classic sung by Teddy Pendergrass) inspired the title and lead single from Wake Up!, John Legend's tribute album to message music. The more familiar strains of "Wake Up Everybody" also fit his agenda. "It basically sums up, in a very concise way, all the things we were thinking about when we were putting this record together in that it's about justice, doing the right thing and coming together to make the world a better place," he said. Vocalists Common and Melanie Fiona assist Legend on this mission to connect.

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