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“Heart in Your Heartbreak”

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart | 2010

"Heart in Your Heartbreak" is a pop song about getting dumped, but lead vocalist Kip Berman didn't linger on the downtrodden themes."But the song ultimately evolves in that you realize that there's no point in feeling bad about it because it wasn't that great in the first place," he said. Even though the music has a twee feel to it, Berman wanted the song to relate to teens and adults alike. "It's really important that our music doesn't exist solely on this purely sensational, 15-year-old level. Those feelings are legitimate, and I still feel the 15-year-old way, but it's also good to feel the young-adult way."

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“Nightshift”

The Commodores | 1984

The year after soul legends Marvin Gaye and Jackie Wilson died, songwriter Dennis Lambert asked members of the Commodores to give him a tape of ideas. "And the one from Walter Orange has this wonderful bass line," said co-writer Franne Golde. "Plus the lyric, 'Marvin, he was a friend of mine' ... Within 10 minutes, we had decided it should be something like a modern R&B version of 'Rock 'n' Roll Heaven,' and I just said, 'Nightshift.'" This tribute to the recently deceased musicians was the band's only hit without Lionel Richie, who had left for a solo career.

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