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“Dancing Queen”

Abba | 1976

ABBA, one of the biggest acts in the history of pop music, is probably best known for this song, which is the Swedish group's only single to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The Euro-disco beat, about hitting the dance floor, is one of the most recognizable tunes of the 1970s. Member Agnetha Fältskog recalled: "It's often difficult to know what will be a hit. The exception was 'Dancing Queen.' We all knew it was going to be massive." The group, which disbanded in 1983, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.

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“Long Walk Home”

Bruce Springsteen | 2007

When the subject of this mournful song returns home, he hardly recognizes his town. Springsteen told Rolling Stone the alienation the man feels is a metaphor for life in a politically altered post-9/11 America. “Who would have ever thought we’d live in a country without habeas corpus?” he said. “That’s Orwellian. That’s what political hysteria is about and how effective it is. I felt it in myself. You get frightened for your family, for your home. And you realize how countries can move way off course, very far from democratic ideals.”

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