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“Grow Old With Me”

John Lennon | 1984

Officially released on the posthumous album Milk and Honey, "Grow Old With Me" was among the last songs recorded by John Lennon before he was murdered. Yoko Ono slept with a cassette of the final take in her handbag, with bells on her door for protection from intrusion. “I didn’t want anyone to take it from me,” she said. Inspired by the poems of Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Robert Browning, with music by Ono, the couple hoped to create a standard to be sung at coupling occasions for years to come. Ono said, “He was saying it to me but also to a whole generation: 'Let’s grow old together.'"

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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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