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“Die With Your Boots On”

Iron Maiden | 1983

For Iron Maiden's 1983 release Piece of Mind, the British metal group was in a very war-like mood, as three songs on the album dealt with this subject: "Where Eagles Dare," "The Trooper" and "Die With Your Boots On." It turns out that for the latter tune, Bruce Dickinson borrowed the title from an old book about a regiment of Scots Guards in World War II. Dickinson explained that the title had another meaning: "If you're going to go for something, go for it," he said. "That's exactly the same attitude we have on stage and we have off stage — work hard and play hard."

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“Stillness Is the Move”

Dirty Projectors | 2009

A Wim Wenders film and a rapper inspired the Dirty Projectors duo David Longstreth and Amber Coffmanto write "sort of a love song." "We rented the movie Wings of Desire from Dave's brother's recommendation, and he had me go through it and just write down some things that I found interesting, and they made it into the song," Coffman said. As for the hip-hop connection, Longstreth explained, "The beat is based on T-Pain. We commissioned a radio mix of the song by the guy who mixes all of Timbaland's records, but the mix we made sounded way better, so we didn't use it."

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