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“Happy Pills”

Norah Jones | 2012

Norah Jones wrote this song with tunesmith Brian Burton (a.k.a. Danger Mouse) for her 2012 album Little Broken Hearts, but the two writers actually began working on the record in 2009. The song, Jones explained, is a perfect fit for the honest tone of the entire project. "It sounds happy," she told Rolling Stone, "but the lyrics are evil and f---ed up, which grounded it a little." Jones admitted she was partially inspired by a painful breakup to help her finish the album.

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“Stillness Is the Move”

Dirty Projectors | 2009

A Wim Wenders film and a rapper inspired the Dirty Projectors duo David Longstreth and Amber Coffmanto write "sort of a love song." "We rented the movie Wings of Desire from Dave's brother's recommendation, and he had me go through it and just write down some things that I found interesting, and they made it into the song," Coffman said. As for the hip-hop connection, Longstreth explained, "The beat is based on T-Pain. We commissioned a radio mix of the song by the guy who mixes all of Timbaland's records, but the mix we made sounded way better, so we didn't use it."

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