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“Coffee Spoon”

Cold War Kids | 2010

Cold War Kids lead singer Nathan Willett wrote this song about making the transition from austerity to having more of an appreciation for the finer things in life. "'Coffee Spoon' is kind of about how in relationships and internally there is something really great about being frugal but it is also easy to be chintzy," Willett said. "To give little and need little. I think the idea of being ascetic was always appealing to me, but then I had to learn how to shed some of that stuff … to 'spend.' So a coffee spoon in a china room was a metaphor for learning to value precious things."

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“Nightshift”

The Commodores | 1984

The year after soul legends Marvin Gaye and Jackie Wilson died, songwriter Dennis Lambert asked members of the Commodores to give him a tape of ideas. "And the one from Walter Orange has this wonderful bass line," said co-writer Franne Golde. "Plus the lyric, 'Marvin, he was a friend of mine' ... Within 10 minutes, we had decided it should be something like a modern R&B version of 'Rock 'n' Roll Heaven,' and I just said, 'Nightshift.'" This tribute to the recently deceased musicians was the band's only hit without Lionel Richie, who had left for a solo career.

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