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“Easy”

Faith No More | 1992

Faith No More made a career out of keeping listeners on their toes. Case in point is how the group came up with the idea to cover the Commodores' R&B/soft-rock crossover ballad "Easy." "The motivation was kinda to f--- with people," admitted keyboardist Roddy Bottum. "We'd been covering this the same time as [Black Sabbath's] 'War Pigs' and kids would literally expect us to do 'War Pigs.' So being the a--holes we are, we hear people screaming for 'War Pigs,' it was a case of going into the absolute furthest opposite direction."

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“Bleeding Love”

Leona Lewis | 2007

In 2008, The X Factor winner Leona Lewis backed up her U.K. singing competition victory with an R&B anthem for the ages: "Bleeding Love," an international hit that became the best-selling song of the year. The track was co-penned by OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder (whose radio dominance would continue with songs such as Beyonce's "Halo" and Adele's "Rumour Has It") and solo artist Jesse McCartney, who was inspired by a former girlfriend, Gossip Girl actress Katie Cassidy. Given the song's success, McCartney didn't regret handing over such a personal track: "No, no," he said. "I'm so happy for Leona. She deserves it. There are really no bad feelings."

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