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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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“Madame George”

Van Morrison | 1968

One of the first stream-of-consciousness epics to make it onto a Van Morrison record, his drawn-out farewell to the eccentric "Madame George" lasted nearly 10 minutes, combining ingredients from folk, jazz and classical music. The character that gave the song its title provoked speculation that it was about a drag queen, though Morrison denied this in Rolling Stone. "If you see it as a male or a female or whatever, it's your trip," he remarked. "I see it as a ... a Swiss cheese sandwich. Something like that."

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