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Song Stories

“Heart's All Gone”

Blink-182 | 2011

Blink-182 included "Heart’s All Gone" on their long-awaited album "Neighborhoods," which was their first set of new music in eight years. The album featured several songs that displayed a different sound than they had created in the past, but they added this song to remind their fans they were still the same band. "We released 'Heart's All Gone' to go 'Hey, there's a few things on the record that if you only want nostalgic stuff from us, it's still there,'" frontman Tom DeLonge explained.

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“American Girl”

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers | 1976

It turns out that a single with "American" in its title--recorded on the Fourth of July during the nation's Bicentennial, no less--can actually sell better in Britain. Coupled with the Heartbreakers' flair for Byrds jangle and Animals hooks, though, is Tom Petty's native-Florida drawl that keeps this classic grounded at home. Petty dispelled rumors that the song was about a suicidal student, explaining that the inspiration came from when he was 25 and used to salute the highway traffic outside his apartment window. "It sounded like the ocean to me," he recalled. "That was my ocean. My Malibu. Where I heard the waves crash, but it was just the cars going by."

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