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“Danny's Song”

Loggins & Messina | 1971

Kenny Loggins had set out to write about ordinary people in typical situations when he wrote this song about his brother Dan. "A lot of the lyric is taken, rephrased, from a letter he wrote me when he and [his wife,] Sheila were deciding to move to Berkeley just after their son, Colin, was born," he told Rolling Stone. "He talked about the baby, and that they were going to Berkeley with no money at all, starting fresh." The line "Even though we ain't got money/I'm so in love with you, honey," sealed its inclusion on Best Love Songs lists for years to come.

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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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