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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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“Stillness Is the Move”

Dirty Projectors | 2009

A Wim Wenders film and a rapper inspired the Dirty Projectors duo David Longstreth and Amber Coffmanto write "sort of a love song." "We rented the movie Wings of Desire from Dave's brother's recommendation, and he had me go through it and just write down some things that I found interesting, and they made it into the song," Coffman said. As for the hip-hop connection, Longstreth explained, "The beat is based on T-Pain. We commissioned a radio mix of the song by the guy who mixes all of Timbaland's records, but the mix we made sounded way better, so we didn't use it."

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