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“Footloose”

Kenny Loggins | 1984

Screenwriter Dean Pitchford's movie Footloose — and, hence, the title song — was inspired by a newspaper article about Elmore City, Oklahoma, which had just lifted its 80-year ban on dancing. Paramount Pictures wanted Kelly Loggins to do the title track, but he had just broken a rib after falling off a stage in Utah. So he co-wrote this with Pitchford while on painkillers. "Each day he would come to my room with a guitar," Pitchford said, "and he was still taped up, with gauze and tape around his midriff while his rib was healing."

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“Madame George”

Van Morrison | 1968

One of the first stream-of-consciousness epics to make it onto a Van Morrison record, his drawn-out farewell to the eccentric "Madame George" lasted nearly 10 minutes, combining ingredients from folk, jazz and classical music. The character that gave the song its title provoked speculation that it was about a drag queen, though Morrison denied this in Rolling Stone. "If you see it as a male or a female or whatever, it's your trip," he remarked. "I see it as a ... a Swiss cheese sandwich. Something like that."

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