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“Fu-Gee-La”

Fugees | 1995

Although the other songs from The Score were produced by the Fugees and recorded in their home studio, this pre-release single was produced by Salaam Remi, who also came up with the song’s beat. At first Lauryn Hill wasn’t feeling it because she thought it sounded like Remi’s remix of the group’s "Vocab." Then, during a session for the soundtrack for the movie Clockers, Wyclef Jean had an epiphany. According to the producer, "He just jumped up at one point and shouted, 'We used to be Number 10, now we’re Permanent One!' That was the first line of the song."

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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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