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“Grip Like a Vice”

The Go! Team | 2007

Lead "cheerleader" Ian Parton created this pastiche using vocal samples from a 1985 documentary, found sounds and live drums. "Most Go! Team songs are about four or five different ideas stapled together, normally from widely divergent sources," Parton explained. "On this song, I was really interested in how super-cheeky kind of electro early-Eighties kind of rock-party song could be welded onto something with a more kind of dark, garage-y, Sonic Youth-y kind of feel, as well." He also experimented with "sassy Eighties lady rapping rubbing shoulders with discordant warped guitars," which was "uncharted territory" for him.

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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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