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“Freak Out”

Liars | 2007

According to Liars multi-instrumentalist Aaron Hemphill, the song "Freak Out" almost didn't make it onto 2007's Liars, the band's fourth album. "I almost didn't put it on the CD I sent to Angus [Andrews],” he said. “We don't know what fits for Liars or what will make a good record." The fuzzy, distorted guitar-infused track ultimately did make the cut, though, and Hemphill has no regrets. “I think that's the greatest thing, too--you never know what you're going to get when you're creative.”

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“Bleeding Love”

Leona Lewis | 2007

In 2008, The X Factor winner Leona Lewis backed up her U.K. singing competition victory with an R&B anthem for the ages: "Bleeding Love," an international hit that became the best-selling song of the year. The track was co-penned by OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder (whose radio dominance would continue with songs such as Beyonce's "Halo" and Adele's "Rumour Has It") and solo artist Jesse McCartney, who was inspired by a former girlfriend, Gossip Girl actress Katie Cassidy. Given the song's success, McCartney didn't regret handing over such a personal track: "No, no," he said. "I'm so happy for Leona. She deserves it. There are really no bad feelings."

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