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“Cobrastyle”

Robyn | 2008

The Swedish group Teddybears first recorded this reggae-rap song, but for her version Robyn came along and transformed it into an electronic one. For someone who makes pop records, the Swedish singer admitted her influences are steeped in harder sounds. "I think the biggest lyrical inspiration for this album was going back to when I was like 15 and on the subway listening to hip-hop," Robyn said. "Back then, because I didn't know many people in Sweden who knew about rap, it was like my own music world where the lyrics were very direct."

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“Madame George”

Van Morrison | 1968

One of the first stream-of-consciousness epics to make it onto a Van Morrison record, his drawn-out farewell to the eccentric "Madame George" lasted nearly 10 minutes, combining ingredients from folk, jazz and classical music. The character that gave the song its title provoked speculation that it was about a drag queen, though Morrison denied this in Rolling Stone. "If you see it as a male or a female or whatever, it's your trip," he remarked. "I see it as a ... a Swiss cheese sandwich. Something like that."

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