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“Edge of Glory”

Lady Gaga | 2009

Lady Gaga included this song on her multiplatinum-selling album Born This Way, and she knew, even as she was writing it (while doing tequila shots with her father after the death of her grandfather), that she wanted a Bruce Springsteen feel to the track. So when she hit the studio, she called upon Clarence Clemons, who was eager to show off his skills. "I almost got a ticket I drove so fast," the longtime E Street Band sax man recalled to Rolling Stone about getting the call from Lady Gaga. "It was wild. I was so excited. I'm a Gaga-ite."

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“Vans”

The Pack | 2006

Berkeley, California rappers the Pack made their footwear choice clear in 2006 with the song "Vans." The track caught the attention of Too $hort, who signed them to his imprint. MTV refused to play the video for the song, though, claiming it was essentially a commercial for the product. Rapper Lil' B disagreed. "I didn’t know nobody [at] Vans," he said. "I was just a rapper who wore Vans." Even without MTV's support, Lil' B recognized the impact of the track. "God blessed me with such a revolutionary song… People around my age know who really started a lot of the dressing people are into now."

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