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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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“Nightshift”

The Commodores | 1984

The year after soul legends Marvin Gaye and Jackie Wilson died, songwriter Dennis Lambert asked members of the Commodores to give him a tape of ideas. "And the one from Walter Orange has this wonderful bass line," said co-writer Franne Golde. "Plus the lyric, 'Marvin, he was a friend of mine' ... Within 10 minutes, we had decided it should be something like a modern R&B version of 'Rock 'n' Roll Heaven,' and I just said, 'Nightshift.'" This tribute to the recently deceased musicians was the band's only hit without Lionel Richie, who had left for a solo career.

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