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“Crazy in Love”

Beyonce feat. Jay-Z | 2003

"Crazy in Love" begins much like the inauguration of Beyonce's solo career, with horns glaring and a combo of modern funk, soul, pop and -- thanks to her hubby -- hip-hop. "It's the horn hook," Beyoncé noted. "It has this go-go feel to it, this old-school feel. I wasn't sure if people were going to get it." People got it. Released in May 2003, the song would serve as the summer's anthem. And, Jayonce fans would mark the beginning of the diva's willingness to admit that she was head over heels for the hip-hop star.

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“Santa Monica”

Everclear | 1996

After his brother and girlfriend both died of drug overdoses, Art Alexakis -- depressed and hooked on drugs himself -- jumped off the Santa Monica Pier in California, determined to die. "It was really stupid," said the Everclear frontman, who would further explore his personal emotional journey in the song "Father of Mine." "I went under the water. Then I said, 'I don't wanna die.'" The song, declaring "Let's swim out past the breakers/and watch the world die," was intended as a manifesto for change, Alexakis said. "Let the world do what it's gonna do and just live on our own."

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