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“El Camino”

Elizabeth Cook | 2010

Elizabeth Cook penned this quirky tune while spending a lazy afternoon at a local park in her hometown of Nashville, Tennessee. "It was one of those, sort of, 30-minute moments, where it all came out in the order it is on the song," she explained. "[I] realized there were a lot of people out there sort of cruising around, checking each other out and stuff. It really surprised me that that was going on. It was a creepy scene, with a lot of funky cars and stuff." It may have been an uncomfortable moment, but the song is now a fan -- and concert -- favorite.

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“Vicious”

Lou Reed | 1972

Opening Lou Reed's 1972 solo album, the hard-riffing "Vicious" actually traces its origin back to Reed's days with the Velvet Underground. Picking up bits and pieces of songs from the people and places around him, and filing his notes for later use, Reed said it was Andy Warhol who provided fuel for the song. "He said, 'Why don't you write a song called 'Vicious,'" Reed told Rolling Stone in 1989. "And I said, 'What kind of vicious?' 'Oh, you know, vicious like I hit you with a flower.' And I wrote it down literally."

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