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“Countdown”

Beyonce | 2011

Producer Cainon Lamb laid the groundwork for Beyoncé's "Countdown" while listening to Boyz II Men. "The song, 'Uhh Ahh' starts with a countdown of '10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1,' Lamb explained. "Once the countdown was in the computer I sped it up a little bit. I put the snare drum taps to it and I started a beat." It was both kismet and prophetic. Destiny's Child opened for Boyz II Men 15 years ago. Also, Beyoncé professed her desire to expand her family when she sang, "I'm trying to make us three/From that two." In 2012, Beyoncé got her wish with the birth of Ivy Blue Carter.

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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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