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“Day 'N' Nite”

Kid Cudi | 2008

"Day 'n' Nite," commonly acknowledged as the stoner jam of 2008, is a simplistic, biographical track by Kid Cudi, a self-professed "lonely loner." "I get sad at the oddest of times," Cudi told Rolling Stone. "I need to see a shrink." Originally released on the rapper's A Kid Named Cudi mixtape, "Day 'n' Nite" attracted a cult-like following and ushered in a new movement of emo-rap, making Cudi a natural collaborator on Kanye West's introspective, synthpop album, 808s & Heartbreak. "[Cudi's] writing is just so pure and natural and important," West gushed to Rolling Stone. Cudi contributed to four tracks on 808s.

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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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