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“End of the Road”

Boyz II Men | 1992

Boyz II Men recorded this Babyface/L.A. Reid lament for the Eddie Murphy movie Boomerang, and while recording "End of the Road," they became overwhelmed by emotion. "Guys were, like, crying and everything in the studio," Shawn Stockman of the Philadelphia-based R&B group, said. "Each time we played it and sang it, we got more and more into it," but fellow Boys member Wanya Morris felt there was divinity in the track. "It had to be the Lord that brought us that song and said, 'Here you go, Boyz II Men, here's something to help you blow up,'" he said.

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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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