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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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“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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