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“Crazy Train”

Ozzy Osbourne | 1981

"Crazy Train" is the song that not only introduced Ozzy Osbourne as a solo artist but also introduced the world to guitar shredder Randy Rhoads. But according to original Ozzy Osbourne Band bassist Bob Daisley, he was the brains behind the tune, not the Prince of Darkness. "The title was mine and 99% of the lyrics were mine," Daisley boasted. "I think a word or two came from Ozzy." With lyrics suggesting that we all oughta get along, "Crazy Train" is one of Osbourne's most covered solo songs, including unexpected renditions by the likes of Pat Boone and the Blue Man Group.

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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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