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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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“Road to Nowhere”

Talking Heads | 1985

A cappella harmonies give way to an a fuller arrangement blending pop and electro-disco on "Road to Nowhere," but the theme remains constant: We're on an eternal journey to an undefined destination. The song vaulted back into the news a quarter century after it was a hit when Gov. Charlie Crist used it in his unsuccessful 2010 campaign for the U.S. Senate in Florida. "It's this little ditty about how there's no order and no plan and no scheme to life and death and it doesn't mean anything, but it's all right," Byrne said with a chuckle.

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