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“Every Morning ”

Sugar Ray | 1998

Some artists fight the temptation of replicating the sound of their breakthrough hit for subsequent tunes. Not Sugar Ray, who embraced the laid-back, feel-good sound of "Fly" once again for their next hit, "Every Morning." "I don't want to sound premeditated, but 'Fly' is the blueprint now for experimentation," Mark McGrath admitted to Rolling Stone. "A lot of it we owe to David Kahne, who produced those records. He said, 'Let's build songs around your voice.'" The song features samples of two songs: Malo's "Suavecito" and Hugh Masekela's "Grazing in the Grass."

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“Long Walk Home”

Bruce Springsteen | 2007

When the subject of this mournful song returns home, he hardly recognizes his town. Springsteen told Rolling Stone the alienation the man feels is a metaphor for life in a politically altered post-9/11 America. “Who would have ever thought we’d live in a country without habeas corpus?” he said. “That’s Orwellian. That’s what political hysteria is about and how effective it is. I felt it in myself. You get frightened for your family, for your home. And you realize how countries can move way off course, very far from democratic ideals.”

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