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“Fallin'”

Alicia Keys | 2001

This gospel-tinged piano ballad was Keys' debut single from her debut album, Songs In A Minor. She was just 20."I wanted to write a song for someone who was 10 or 12 years old--like a young Michael Jackson," Keys said. "[The song] is about the ins and outs of a relationship. Sometimes, you’re completely head-over-heels in love with someone, and sometimes you can’t stand that person. You fall in and out…" She performed "Fallin'" on the Oprah show before the album was even released: it hit Number One, and Keys hasn’t let the spotlight since.

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“Vans”

The Pack | 2006

Berkeley, California rappers the Pack made their footwear choice clear in 2006 with the song "Vans." The track caught the attention of Too $hort, who signed them to his imprint. MTV refused to play the video for the song, though, claiming it was essentially a commercial for the product. Rapper Lil' B disagreed. "I didn’t know nobody [at] Vans," he said. "I was just a rapper who wore Vans." Even without MTV's support, Lil' B recognized the impact of the track. "God blessed me with such a revolutionary song… People around my age know who really started a lot of the dressing people are into now."

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